Posted by alice on 04.30.13

First there was Angry Birds way back in 2010 (or a million years ago in app times), then there was Cut the Rope, Draw Something, and now comes Candy Crush Saga to ruin my life.  
This has always been the case with me.  A little puzzle or word game takes over my life and I find that I haven't seen or spoken to anyone for hours or days.  When games started showing up on phones, starting with my super old Nokia that featured The Snake Game, this problem only became worse.  Do I regret it?  Was my time spent poorly?  Maybe...I guess...probably.
But that doesn't mean that game apps on phones are completely a bad thing!  I say...if you need a little break from your homework or are just bored out of your mind, go ahead and download the Candy Crush Saga app.  It's a puzzle game that's similar to Bejeweled, but with candy and fun characters.  To sum it up, this app is cute to look at, has a hilarious voiceover man, and is highly addictive.  So as long as you don't fall into the same trap as I do for games like this, you'll be fine. 
But yeah, play at your own risk!

Posted by amypelman.res on 04.29.13

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Realm #1)
Katsa has been born in a world where some people have an extreme skill, a Grace.  Some are really great at swimming, or dancing, however Katsa learned at a young age that her Grace is killing people.  Living under the rule of her uncle, King Randa of the Middluns, she is forced to do his dirty work of killing and torturing anyone who might displease him.  One day while on a mission, Katsa's world is rocked when she meets Prince Po, who also happens to have a Grace.  She never expected to become his friend or to go with him on a rescue mission for all of the seven kingdoms.   Most of all, Katsa never expected to learn about herself and learn how she might change the ways of her future.  Any reader who is trying to find their way in this world will connect with this action-packed fantasy adventure and will have you begging for the sequel, Fire.
Review submitted by ITBA member: Lindsay M. 
Name:  Lindsay McRae
Department:  Circulation
Years at AHML:  2
Favorite thing I do at work:  Registering new customers for a library card, I get to meet new people & get to know them a little better!
Best place to read my book:  On my couch!
Why I like reading YA:  I like reading young adult because it sucks me in right away, unlike some adult fiction that may take 100 pages to get the plot and characters set.

Posted by mkrueger on 04.26.13

Here at the library we're surrounded by tons of books, obviously. We all read for various reasons, fun, to answer a question, learn a new skill, or a number of other reasons. Whatever the reason for reading, we study the characters on the pages that convey thought, but have you ever wondered how we came to use the words or letters we print? The video below, courtesy of the always amazing TED-Ed, gives a detailed answer to the question "Who invented writing?"
View more TED-Ed videos HERE

Posted by Trixie on 04.25.13

Today is Ella Fitzgerald's 96th birthday! You may have noticed the tribute on today's Google Doodle (pictured above - click on the picture for a look at how the Doodle was created). For those that don't know, Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz vocalist. She sold over 40 million albums and won 13 Grammy awards during her lifetime (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996).  Also known as "The First Lady of Song", she's an iconic singer known for her flexible, wide-ranging voice. She sang duets with jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra to name a few. The year 1934 marked Ella's first on-stage performance at the Apollo's Amateur Night. Over 50 years later, she performed for the last time at Carnegie Hall, her 26th time performing there. If you'd like to learn more about Ella, check out her website. You can also borrow a book, CD, or DVD from our collection
Here's one of my favorites performed by Ella.

Posted by amypelman.res on 04.24.13


THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

If Blue kisses her true love, he’ll die. Bummer, right?

Blue comes from a family of psychics and for as long as she can remember that’s what she’s been told. She crosses paths with a boy named Gansey and his three friends, all from the local private school, known as Raven boys. She knows they’re trouble but can’t help but be intrigued by them.

What follows in the first book of Maggie Stiefvater’s newest series is further than anything you’d expect from a “love” story. Instead, it’s a story full of magic, mystery and adventure as Blue joins Gansey and his friends on a quest to try and uncover the resting place of an ancient Welsh king; if awoken, he’ll grant the person that finds him one wish.

This fast-paced book is full of twists and turns, and I promise, you will not see them coming. It’s a perfect choice for someone who likes a bit of a supernatural element thrown in, but done in a way that’s entirely believable. By the end of this book you’ll be so completely captivated with these characters and the story that you’ll wish it was September so you can find out what happens next!

--Submitted by ITBA Member: Susan B.

Name: Susan
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML: 10
Favorite thing you do at work: Checking in books! I love getting to see what’s new and popular.
Best place to read your book: Curled up in bed.
Why you like reading YA: I like reading about characters my age – it makes them easier to relate to.




Posted by alice on 04.23.13

Most of us have probably only experienced outer space through books, movies, and Angry Birds Space, but that doesn't make the real thing any less awesome!  Sure it's super cool to imagine what's out there, but the reality of outer space is even more mind-bending sometimes, in my opinion.
Check out this video of what it's like to wring out water from a washcloth in space.
Spoiler alert: It's nothing like it is here on our home planet.
I want to go!  Anyone want to lend me $200,000 so that I can?
cool, space

Posted by amypelman.res on 04.22.13

Those of you who follow us in Instagram and Twitter (*hint hint* for those who don't we're: Hub500) might have seen the photo above already.  Last night I was just on the couch in my pjs and I decided to do something I'd been thinking about for a while: wrapping my earbuds. I hate the way they get tangled in my bag, and I heard this might help.  Plus it makes them look better!  It works on all sorts of cables, not just earbuds.  Want to do it?  All you need is some scissors and embroidery floss.  You can get embroidery floss at needlepoint stores and craft stores like Michael's.  I experimented with thin yarn last night too, but I liked the way the embroidery floss looked better.  Anywho, if you already know how to make friendship bracelets, you're pretty much set.  If not, just watch this quick video to see how to do it:   
Tweet or tag us if you do it! 

Posted by Trixie on 04.20.13

Design: Jessica Helfand
April is National Poetry Month! Since 1996, schools, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and individuals have united to bring attention to the art of poetry during this national celebration. This initiative was started and is led by by the Academy of American Poets. The main goal of National Poetry Month is to increase awareness and availability of verse in mainstream culture. Learn more at Wondering how you can celebrate? Here's a list of resources to help you get started!

Posted by mkrueger on 04.19.13

April saw an interesting DIY! We learned how to solder electronics together to create personalized flashlights from mint tins! You can view a gallery below of the event.
Couldn't make the program? Don't Fret! You can read the instructions to create your own mint tin flashlight, courtesy of the ever amazing

Posted by alice on 04.16.13

Raven Boys Book Cover
Have you ever been to a psychic?  Well, I've only been once, and it was a very surreal experience.  You go in, and if you're a skeptic like me, you try and not believe anything the psychic tells you.  I mean, are they really for real?  Really?  Really?  With the internet and Google Glass becoming a reality, what if the psychic is just doing some crazy web researching while you're sitting there?  Skeptic or not, it really is a thrilling experience and you get chills if anything the psychic says rings even close to home.  (You're right, I do know a person named John Smith!)
Well, in the world of The Raven Boys, psychics are real.  Like real.  Real.
No one knows this better than Blue Sargent, a high schooler who comes from a family of psychics.  Her mother is a psychic, her aunt is a psychic, but Blue doesn't seem to have the same third sight as the rest of her family.  That doesn't mean she doesn't know what's coming for her though.  She's told some pretty bad news: "If Blue was to kiss her true love, he would die."  Serious bummer.
When her mysterious aunt comes to town, she tells Blue some even more troubling news: "This is the year you'll fall in love."  Double bummer.
Blue initially isn't so worried by these dark omens.  I mean, obviously she wishes it wasn't the case, but she basically resigns herself to live a life without falling for anyone, and definitely not to kiss anyone she thinks she's falling for.  But things get difficult when she befriends a group of wealthy boys, known as the Raven Boys, from the local swanky, private school called Aglionby.  She quickly comes to realize that it's definitely fate that brings her and these boys together, which may mean the end of one of their lives.
The Raven Boys is an eerie story full of mystery, unsettling coincidences, and magic.  It isn't just a story about Blue and the love she may or may not kill either!  Each of the Raven Boys has an interesting backstory that makes you realize that money is something, but it isn't everything.  Some of these Raven Boys are born with privilege, some make themselves privileged, and some will do anything for privilege.
This book is the first in a series and the twist ending will leave you antsy for the second one!