Archive for May, 2007

April 14, 2007 – North Regional Branch, hosted by Katharine, LAII – teen liaison, and Tiffany, Librarian.


16 teens had a blast deconstructing and decorating their jeans, skirts, and bags with lace, beads, buttons, grommets, rhinestones, ribbons, studs, lots of paint and the Bedazzler™!


Wow!  Talk about sparkly!  The lone young man who attended made his presence known, however, causing a run on the studs and chains when he showed off his metallic masterpiece. 

Special thanks goes to Susan Nelsen for her many craft donations and her enthusiastic, untiring assistance with this program.   


If you’re interested in trying this project (or something similar), please check out the following available at the library: 

Embellishments: adding glamour to garments  by Linda Fry Kenzle 

Jeans Style by Gabrielle Sterbenz 

Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-shirt  by Megan Nicolay  

Rip It!: how to deconstruct and reconstruct the clothes of your dreams  by Elissa K. Meyrich

Here are two of our participants modeling their creations…



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…and the ballerina behind them ducks.  🙂  Now, let me explain where I got this cast of characters. 


A colleague recommended that I read To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel.  Even though I am not a dancer, Siena’s story of how she learned to become a ballerina and the beautiful watercolors created by her husband drew me in.  To Dance is a glimpse into the world of professional dance: long, painful practices,  fierce competition, close, caring friends, and the rush and accomplishment of performance.  Highly recommended to dancers, athletes, and dreamers.


Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and fiesty heroines just make a good book better.  Recently, I was browsing an online bookstore and came across Warrior Girl: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Pauline Chandler.  I think I was drawn to the heroic cover with a young woman riding a war horse, into what one might assume is a nasty battle, with her banner held aloft.  Hey, we all have our weaknesses.  So I fired up the library catalog, LeoCat, and found a copy to borrow.  The tale focuses on Mariane de Courcey, the cousin of Jehanne, the girl who will become known to history as Joan of Arc.  Her father died a hero before she was born, and now unable to speak after the violent attack that claimed her mother’s life, Mariane is drawn into the visions and quest of her cousin to crown the Dauphin as King of France, and drive the English out of the country.  As she travels with her cousin, Mariane must also gather information and find her dead father’s seal if she is to claim her inheritance as his true heir, and she is torn between duties to her beloved cousin Jehanne and to her father’s estate and its dependants. 

Telling the well known story from the point of view of a contemporary, though fictional, character is interesting and well done.  Mariane doesn’t always understand her cousin, but she loves her and will help her as best she can.  It is all the more heartbreaking at the end when Mariane sees Jehanne betrayed, put on trial, and executed.  I really enjoyed the novel, even knowing that the story must end with Joan’s death, and it was a nice “girl-power” moment to read about a young woman who, though she stood in the shadow of a legend, stood tall and made her own place in her world.  Recommended for lovers of medieval fiction, fiesty heroines, and action adventure.  Knights do not use nerf bats!


 One other book that I’d like to share with you is a personal favorite, and a classic in its own right, and I had the opportunity to reread it this last week.  Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, is the story of two girls who meet by chance, grow to be friends and fall in love.  It’s a coming of age story and a troubled romance, with a huge dash of “coming-out” drama thrown in, as these two young women struggle with their feelings and the obstacles placed in their way by family and school.  Though this book was originally published in 1982, it reads well today, having avoided many of the cultural cliches that would hold it back.  I’ve enjoyed reading it several times, and it still gets to me at the end.  Not that I cry or anything mushy like that.  Ok, so maybe I do…but in a good way.  Recommended for social activists, dreamers, and romantics.

Ok, so that’s the low-down on my recent reading adventures.  What have you read lately?



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