I absolutely LOVED this book! It’s beautifully written with incredible imagery. I felt as if I opened the book and walked right into the scenes described. Walton delivers a rich and full story that provides the context for Ava's plight; she weaves together stories across generations à la Marquez. I also adored the characters and was invested in their outcome. I liked the dark, traditional fairy tale/fable feel of the novel - sobbed at the end of it, but strangely hopeful and satisfied despite tragedy. If you like magical realism or emotional stories, this is a must read!
To kick off Teen Tech Week (March 9th-15th), we’re having a contest featuring some tunes from the library’s collection. You can check out any of these songs on their respective CDs or on Hoopla, a streaming service you can use with your library card!
Here’s how it works:
- We’ll post a song on Tumblr each day, Monday-Friday starting on the 10th.
- Each week will represent a different teen book.
- The first person to guess the book represented will win an iTunes gift card.
- You can comment on any of the songs posted on Tumblr to submit your guess.
Questions? Contact us on Tumblr or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One last thing: you have until the end of the month to submit an entry for our Battle of the Recorded Bands contest. We have prizes donated by Guitar Center to give away and other goodies, including a live gig at the library to kick off the summer!
What are you waiting for? Get started by following us on Tumblr!
Here’s a rundown of the most important part of the Grammys – the winners of course!
Record of the year & Best pop duo/group performance
"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Album of the year & Best dance/electronica album
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
Song of the year & Best pop solo performance
"Royals" -- Lorde
Best new artist
Best pop vocal album
Bruno Mars -- "Unorthodox Jukebox"
Best dance recording
"Clarity" -- Zedd featuring Foxes
Best traditional pop vocal album
"To Be Loved" -- Michael Bublé
Best rock performance
Imagine Dragons -- "Radioactive"
Best metal performances
Black Sabbath -- "God is Dead?"
Best rock song
"Cut Me Some Slack" -- Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Best rock album
Led Zeppelin -- "Celebration Day"
Best alternative music album
Vampire Weekend -- "Modern Vampires of the City"
Best R&B song
"Pusher Love Girl" -- Justin Timberlake
Best urban contemporary album
Rihanna -- "Unapologetic"
Best R&B album
Alicia Keys -- "Girl on Fire"
Best rap/sung collaboration
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake -- "Holy Grail"
Best country solo performance
Darius Rucker -- "Wagon Wheel"
Best country duo/group performance
The Civil Wars -- "From This Valley"
Best country album
Kacey Musgraves -- "Same Trailer Different Park" (Best country song -- "Merry Go 'Round")
Producer of the year, nonclassical
Best compilation soundtrack for visual media
"Sound City: Real to Reel"
Best score soundtrack for visual media
Best song written for visual media
Adele -- "Skyfall" -- "Skyfall"
Best music video
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z -- "Suit & Tie"
Best music film
Paul McCartney -- "Live Kisses"
For all of you aspiring musicians, check out our Battle of the Recorded Bands contest: YOU could play a live show to kick off the library's summer reading program!
Photo Credit: marc e marc
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is an expressive novel set during World War II. Verity, a secret agent, is captured by the Gestapo and “convinced” to reveal her mission. Verity explores her past, how she came to be a spy, and how she arrived in Nazi-occupied France in her written confession. Verity is battling for her life as she fills sheet after sheet followed by random scraps of paper. As her intricate story unfolds, readers are left to wonder whether her detailed confession will be enough to save her life.
An interesting fact that Dodds states in her post, “only 3 percent of all books published in English are translations”, blows my mind! Clearly, much more goes into translating a book from its native language. Nuance, mode of expression, and humor have to be considered and might not have a literal translation; however, there have to be more books out there worth translating! Reading this post prompted me to make a list of books translated to English. Some might surprise you, like The Three Musketeers. Some are new, like Ruby Red and 1Q84. Check one out and broaden your horizons.
The graphic novel Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong follows a ragtag group of high schoolers on their journey to a robot rumble. Charlie is the captain of the basketball team. Nate is his best friend and the president of the school’s robotics team. Holly is head cheerleader and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend. When school funding comes up short, student council must choose whether the robotics team will attend the national robotics competition or if the cheerleaders will get new uniforms for the national cheerleading championship. Naturally, Charlie is pulled into the drama in the midst of dealing with his own problems. Eventually, the characters must set aside their differences and work together to battle in a Thanksgiving robotics competition that will get both the robotics team and cheerleading squad to nationals.
Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks present a funny, heartwarming, and realistic story about dealing with high school cliques, camaraderie, competition, and friendship. Shen’s writing is an authentic portrayal of interactions between the teenage characters. The story is quick-paced and engaging. Hicks’ illustrations capture the characters’ personalities and sense of movement throughout the book. The humor of the novel comes from characters expressions and robot demolition conveyed by the artwork.
This is a great read for anyone – it’s a perfect Thanksgiving story to pass the time while you digest your turkey dinner!