Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Good Reads

Do you ever want to see what books other people really like...or really hate?

Check out Good Reads and keep track of what books you have read and pick how good...or how bad you thought the book was!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It's Teen Literature Day!

It's National Library Week!

April 19th is Teen Literature Day... which just basically means it's a day to celebrate the great books there are for teens nowadays. Did you know there's over 5,000 books published each year for children and teens? How do you pick a good one from all that?

Easy--ask us! Want a romance? A gritty urban drama? A mystery? We can help you find the best one.

Say you want a historical fiction book about a princess with lots of drama. We've got one about a Byzantine princess named Anna who tries to kill her brother the king so she can inherit the throne. Try Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett. It's based on a true story.

Or you want a book drunk driving and punishments and learning what's really important in the end. How about the one where Brent Bishop from Chicago leaves a party, drunk, and kills a girl, and as punishment he has to travel across the country and build a whirligig in the four corners in the girl's memory? That would be Whirligig by Paul Fleischman.

Or you don't want to have to read many words--you'd rather look at the pictures and you'd like the pictures to be of popular TV characters. What better than Books Don't Taste Very Good by Chris Griffin? Yep, a Family Guy graphic novel.

Give us a try... we've got a book for you!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Coming Full Circle

This week is National Library Week! The theme is "Join the Circle of Knowledge." Check out the circle books we have in the Teen Section.

"The Circle of Magic" series by Tamora Pierce
Sandry's Book
Tris's Book
Daja's Book
Briar's Book
*Four young and troubled teenage mages are brought together, each representing a different element. Each book centers on one character, but they are all connected in a circle of magic.

The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
*This is a retelling of the popular children's fairy tale, "Hansel and Gretel" told through the eyes of the witch.

A Circle of Time by Marisa Montes
*A comatose teen is forced to travel back in time 100 years to help a girl right the wrongs of the past.

The Circle of Blood by Alane Ferguson
*As she uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to investigate the death of a young runaway, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney, an assistant to her coroner father, worries that her secretive mother may be involved.


It's National Library Week!

The transition between grade school and junior high seems to be dramatic and tough. Mostly everyone wants to be grown up and mature and cool. Shug just wants to be young and keep things they way they have always been. She doesn't understand why everyone needs to be boyfriend/girlfriend all of a sudden and she really doesn't get why Mark won't hang out with her anymore.

As everyone seems to be growing up without her, Shug finds friendship in the one person she thought she hated. Sometimes you have more things in common than you think. And sometimes the friends you thought would be there forever slowly fade away.

Read Jenny Han's Shug.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's National Library Week!

It's National Library Week!

And it is also Earth Day on April 22, 2008.
In 1962, and for seven years following, Senator Gaylord Nelson strove to make our environment a bigger issue. The Senator decided he would persuade President Kennedy to go on a National Conservation Tour. He had to go through Attorney General Robert Kennedy first, and he liked the idea and so did the president! The president began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. Not many people thought it was a big deal, but it eventually stemmed into the idea of Earth Day. April 22, 1970 was the date of the first Earth Day. Earth Day is an awesome idea to get people to remember that the environment is very important.

Check out this website to find ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Super Sized Library

It's National Library Week!

Nothing is more popular than McDonald's, right? Don't be so sure. To help celebrate National Library Week (April 13-19), take a trip through the information drive-through and see what ends up in your take-out bag. Fact: There are more public libraries than McDonald's in the U.S. - a total of 16,549, including branches. Starring Shad Kunkle and shot at... well, it should be obvious where it's shot at.

From the I Love Libraries Website

Monday, April 14, 2008

Meg Cabot is my friend

It's National Library Week!

How many friends do you have? Are you looking for a few more? Many of your favorite authors have MySpace pages and would love to be your friend. Meg Cabot can be one of them. Or Sarah Dessen. Even David Levithan and John Green. Celebrate National Library Week by adding an author or two as your friend...and then go read the book they wrote, if you haven't already.

Looking for something new to you?

It's National Library Week! Stop by the Teen area and see our book display. All of the books displayed are the first book in a series. Be the first of your friends to discover a series to obsess about.

Here are a few to lure you in!

Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, M16.

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's National Library Week!

Join the circle of knowledge @ your library: celebrate National Library Week at the Lansing Public Library, April 13-19, 2008

It’s National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide - and the perfect time to discover how you can join the circle of knowledge @ your library.

The Lansing Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with different events for adults, teens, and children. Watch our blog and check our website for more information.

“Everyday, libraries in big cities and small towns, colleges and universities, in schools and in businesses help transform their communities,” says Debbie Albrecht, director of Lansing Library. “At our library, people of all backgrounds can come together for community meetings, lectures and programs, to do research with the assistance of a trained professional, to get a job or to find homework help, attend story times, research their family genealogy, and much, much more.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Watch our blog this week as we celebrate National Library Week online!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sweethearts: a novel

What if your childhood was so bad that you only had one friend?
What if everyone made fun of you for your weight and being dirty?
What if your mother was never home, so to avoid being the smelly kid, you had to do your own laundry when you were seven years old?
What if to forget about how bad your life was you just ate and ate and ate?
What if your only friend mysteriously disappeared and everyone at school told you he died?

All these things happened to Jennifer Harris and when she finally decided to transform herself into Jenna Vaughn, she became pretty, popular, and smart. Her life was finally everything she wanted. She had a boyfriend, great friends, and a great family.

When her one childhood friend, the one she believed to be dead, comes back into her life, everything Jenna worked so hard to change and forget comes back.

Read Sweethearts: a novel to find out more!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Teen Poetry Contest and Cafe Canceled!

Due to the small amount of contest entries received, the Teen Poetry Contest and Teen Poetry Café are canceled this year. Keep your poems for next year when we will hopefully have enough participants to hold the contest.