Posts Tagged ‘young adult books’

Twilight, the Party

November 7, 2008

There’s now just 2 weeks left until Twilight the movie, based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel, hits theaters across the country!  That’s means that DPL’s Twilight party is just around the corner.  It’s on Wednesday, November 19th, from 5:30-7:30 at the Fairmount Library to be exact.  Hope you can make it!

We have great activities lined up for all the fans, such as an Edward vs. Jacob debate, a howling contest, Twilight trivia, and pin-the-tail on the werewolf.  There will be fantastic prizes, too.  Twilight soundtrack, anyone?  Would you prefer a poster of Jacob or a poster of Edward?  We also have movie tickets to give away and plan to show the extended trailer on the Library’s big screen.

Twilight is currently one of the most requested books at DPL, by both teens and adults.  It centers around a 17 yr. old girl who moves to a small town in Washington.  She meets a beautiful and desirable high school senior named Edward Cullen, who also happens to be a vampire. (zoinks!)  As their love blossoms, danger is lurking around the corner.  Praised as “extraordinarily suspenseful,” and a “love story with bite,” Twilight has proved itself as the next great thing in young adult literature.

-Christie

Not-So-Extreme Library Makeover: YA Edition

November 6, 2008

Things were getting just a tiny bit crowded in the Young Adult section at Fairmount, so we decided to move things around and freshen up the place.  To help with the shifting we enlisted two brand new teen volunteers, siblings Anthony and Bethany.  We reeeealllly appreciate all the input they provided.  Reeeeallllly.  They did a great job!  If you don’t count all the dusting we had to endure, it was kinda fun shifting the collection, rearranging shelves, and creating new displays. 

It all started when Bethany came in to the library one day to inquire about being a teen volunteer.  After sharing my makeover plan with her she offered up her time and we agreed to take on the project the next Saturday morning.  Well, that Friday she called and left a message saying she had the flu and wouldn’t be able to make it in, but that her brother could come in and help out.  Fine by me.  Then Saturday morning rolls around and they both show up.  How cool is that?!?  You think you’re getting one volunteer and suddenly you have two.  We sure had a great time. 

I quickly learned that working with volunteers who are brother and sister makes for a hilarious morning at the library.  It was great fun to listen to them gently bicker with one another about whether “guy books” or “girl books” should be on display.  Their opposing tastes in books turned out to be highly valuable input that allowed for the displays to cater to a variety of interests.  My favorite moment was not when I could see how proud they were of themselves and their work, nor was it when they were talking about how they were having a good time and would like to volunteer again, rather, my favorite moment was when Anthony said, “Yeah, I’ve always kinda thought that if I could ever be a Greek God, I would be the God of Libraries.”

The next time you’re at the Fairmount St. Library make a point to stop by the YA section and see the new setup.   The circulating videogames are now on a different shelf, and the “NEW” books have their own display unit.  Feel free to let us know what you like/dislike.  We love suggestions, especially from our teen patrons.  Plus, if you’re ever interested in volunteering let us know.  You can always apply the time you spend helping out towards service hours that you might need to accrue for school or church.

Oh, and actually, my favorite moment of the day was when Anthony was giving Bethany a hard time about putting so many of the “girl books” on display and she replied with, “You’re just mad that you don’t get to read the girl books.  You wish you could read girl books.  You wish.”

Thanks to both Anthony and Bethany for their fantastic help!

-Christie

Born to Rock

November 5, 2008

Young Republicans and full body cavity searches?  You’d think it’d be hard to put those two together, but Gordon Korman does it in the first few sentences of his hilarious novel Born to Rock, so you know it’s going to be good.  The story opens with the narrator, Leo Carraway, bemoaning the unceremonious end to his summer job (a.k.a. the full body cavity search).  As the story unfolds, we learn that Leo is an active Young Republican whose greatest goals are to date a beautiful Young Republican (the reason he joined) and to attend Harvard with his full-ride scholarship.  Being the action-packed and hysterical novel that this is, rest assured that Leo’s dreams are not handed to him on a silver platter. 

Leo is accused of cheating after trying to help a friend of his best friend with a major exam.  His scholarship is revoked, and his life heads into a downward spiral.  The worst news for Leo is that he discovers that his real dad is not the nice guy who’s been raising him for 17 years, but instead a punk rock legend named King Maggot.  His best friend worships King Maggot’s music, but Leo finds it repulsive and is utterly unhappy with his newfound parentage.  But Leo hatches a plan to save his place at Harvard — if Leo can only get to King Maggot and tell him that he is Maggot’s son, he can ask his rich punk dad for Harvard tuition and his life will be back on track.  Easier said than done.
 
This story is chock full of zany situations and wild characters.  Poor Leo has to endure all kinds of humiliations (I’d say a full body cavity search ranks as probably one of the most humiliating experiences a human can be subjected to!), but it’s impossible not to laugh.  If you like funny books, or rock n’ roll books, or Young Republican books, then you do not want to miss this one.
-Sam