Posted by tspicer on 07.10.14

What if the people who raised you had been lying to you for your entire life?  What if everything you believed, everything you were, was nothing more than someone trying to manipulate you for their own ends?  In Bloodwitch by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, that’s the question that Vance Ehecatl has to face.
 
Vance is a quetzal, a shapeshifter who can take the form of a bird.  Abandoned by his own people, Vance has been raised by the vampire rulers of the powerful Midnight Empire.  His sheltered life is interrupted by Malachi Obsidian, who tells Vance he’s a bloodwitch, a powerful magic user, and that the vampires have been lying to him all his life to make him their tool.
 
Vance struggles to discover his identity and figure out who he can trust in this compelling fantasy tale.  It’s the first of a new trilogy, but if you enjoy it you can follow the ongoing “Lilith’s Explorations of Midnight” tale that the author posts on her Facebook page.
 




Posted by tspicer on 06.19.14

 
What happens when you mix science fiction, fairy tales, romance, and a compelling, fast-paced plot all in one book?  You get Cress, which is all of that and so much more.  Cress continues the stories of Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books in The Lunar Chronicles.
 
Cinder and Scarlet and their ragtag band of fugitives take their stolen spaceship to rescue Cress (think Rapunzel if she was locked up in an orbital satellite instead of a tower). Cress has the secrets they need to stop the Lunar Queen Levana, who plans to marry the young Emperor Kai (who Cinder might just still have a crush on, although she’d probably never admit it), then kill him and invade the rest of the Earth.
 
With a fast pace, plenty of action and a bit of romance, Cress will appeal to a lot more than just sci fi fans, although there’s plenty here for them as well: cyborgs, spaceships, and moon people with psychic powers, for example.  There’s only one downside – once you finish you’ll have to wait until next year to find out what happens in the next book.
 
 




Posted by tspicer on 05.28.14

John the teen library intern
Hi, I'm John, the new intern in teen services!  For the next few months, I'll be in The Hub learning from the librarians, library assistants, and teens as I work my way through library school.
 
I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, but I'm also into historical fiction, mysteries, and a whole lot of other genres.  Lately I've been reading a lot of graphic novels and comics too.  My current addiction is Fables and all of its various spin-offs.  I wasn't a big Disney fan growing up but it's really cool to see all those fairy tale characters as immigrants to the real world.
 
As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I can't resist a good pun - or in this case an awful one.
 
I'm a pretty big gamer, though I'm falling a bit behind the times thanks to grad school.  Games With Gold on the Xbox 360 is pretty much my favorite thing because I get to try games like Sleeping Dogs, Assassin's Creed, Dungeon Defenders, and Saints Row the Third that I missed the first time around.
 
I'm also into anime, board games, and I know way more about Star Wars than any human being should (if they don't work for LucasFilm or Disney anyway).  In my (pretty rare) spare time I also study American Kenpo Karate.
 
I'll be around The Hub this summer, so feel free to stop and talk to me about whatever you're reading, watching, or playing lately, or just to chat in general.  I always like to learn about more cool things, and share the ones I know about.  Come say hi!
 




Posted by tspicer on 05.02.14

We had 4 amazing bands/musicians record 6 different songs in the library's Digital Studios in this year's contest ... and the voting was tight! Thanks to all the bands and all of you who voted! We would also like to thank the generosity of Guitar Center of Arlington Heights for teaching free Teen Music classes here at the library and for their donations ... thanks!  
 
The winner of the Battle of the Recorded Bands contest is ...
  • Come February for 'Blame it on the Rain'! Congratulations to Hannah K., Anna M. and Carly B. of Come February! Your band will receive Guitar Center gift cards and will be invited to play a live set at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.
 
We also would like to announce the winners of the giveaways generously donated to our contest by Guitar Center of Arlington Heights.  The giveaways are 1) a most excellent Acoustic guitar (with guitar stand!) and 2) a Ukulele.  The winners for the giveaways are ....
 
  • For the Guitar and Guitar Stand: Carly B. of Come February!
  • For the Ukulele: Jared K. of Cross Roads!
 
Thanks again to all of you for making our first ever BATTLE OF THE RECORDED BANDS totally ROCK!




Posted by tspicer on 02.27.14

 
If you still haven't placed a hold on Boxers or Saints yet after watching the above clip, I'll try and convince you now. I've only read Saints, but it was so uniquely told, informative, funny and horrifying, that I am eagerly waiting to read Boxers. The Boxer Rebellion occurred in China over 100 years ago and this 2-volume set of graphic novels by Printz award winning author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang, sheds light on the complicated events of this bloody period of the world's past. Yet the genius of this book is that it makes these events that happened such a long time ago seem vivid, understandable and totally engrossing as the author crafts genuinely believable characters, whom the reader ends up caring greatly about their plights.
 
China at this time was weakened and the government in shambles. European missionaries began to emerge and flex their influence throughout the country and the result was a nationalism-inspired backlash by the 'Boxers' against these 'Saints'.

Bloodshed and chaos ensued.

It all sounds so violent and terrible and certainly at times it is. But the story is filled with humor, as the character's facial expressions are so expressive, including the young teenage protagonist, an unwanted fourth-born daughter named ... (ahem) 'Four Girl'. Four Girl is a Chinese Christian teenager who struggles with her faith. She hatches all types of odd plans to cope with the confusion and turmoil surrounding her, including my favorite plan of hers: in order to be feared and respected, she walks around endlessly with her "devil face" on. This face needs to be seen to be believed and is laugh out loud funny. Four Girl's struggles with her faith and whose side to fight for, come across as gut-wrenching, endearing and are acutely conveyed. Teens, adults should all dive into this amazing work of art.

 




Posted by tspicer on 02.01.14

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Posted by tspicer on 08.17.13

What a night last night at our 7th Annual Teen Film Fest!!  Such great films and shown to a PACKED HOUSE!  Oh yes, indeed!  Without further ado, here are the winners!
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
 
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Lynnette Hartwell for her film 'One Way Ticket'
 
BEST ACTION VIDEO: Luke Mayo for his film 'Artifact'
 
BEST COMEDY: Abby Anderson for her film 'Alice the Fairy'
 
AUDIENCE FAVORITE: Robert Kraybill for his film 'Ouija'
 
and the best OVERALL FILM was awarded to Riley Langefeld for his masterpiece 'Symphony'!!!
 
 
 
Congratulations to all!  Here is a link to all the films submitted and don't forget ...the library's  OPEN HOUSE event tomorrow, Sunday the 18th, from 1-3 pm, will have all of the films played in the HUB on a flat screen!
 
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Posted by tspicer on 02.04.13

Check out these TEEN MADE GIFs from our GIF Kung Fu program!
 
R-A-Y ...GIF!
 
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Sharpie - - GIF
 
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Sealife: The Evolution of a Narwhal
 
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Heart Smash
 
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Dunking
 
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Posted by tspicer on 12.13.12

Check out this awesome Prezi our MANGA expert Sonya Hill put together. In the words of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective: "Go ahead, snoop around"!
 
 




Posted by tspicer on 09.25.12

Check out what our TEEN ADVISORY BOARD members were up to at a recent meeting!  This is called a '2nd Line March' Jazz Funeral.  We didn't want it to end!
 
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