Archive for December, 2008






Sneak counter-attack!  Go little stickman, go!

We had lots of fun at North Regional last Thursday (12/4/08) at the teen Holiday DIY program, and so I thought I share some pics of my glass votive craft.  The teens had lots of great ideas including using masking tape to make stencils and then spraying the glass with “frost,” and painting holiday patterns (one girl created a really cool candy cane motif).

The next teen crafty programs are December 16 at the East Regional branch (glass ornaments, program starts at 5:45 pm) and December 20th at the Cliffdale branch (various crafts, program starts at 3 pm, registration is required for this one).

Join us for some crafty fun!  …and beware of stickmen tossing snowballs! 🙂



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Would you watch?


The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins


12/09/08 review by Susan W.


Okay, so this is the first teen novel that has grabbed me since I finished Breaking Dawn in August.  Alright, I admit that I got sucked into the children’s novel The Underneath by Kathi Appelt in September and then, yes, The Southern Living Kids Cookbook in November, which really, I don’t care how old you are, their strawberry jam and cream cheese stuffed French toast recipe rocks, and I ate it three days in a row.  I even cheated and adapted my own version by dipping the bread in egg nog so I didn’t have to mess with the egg and milk batter.  Talk about lazy.  And the elephant ears sprinkled with parmesan cheese and paprika were divine…But I digress. 


I was looking forward to this book before we even got it since there was a bit of buzz about it on mock Newbery Award websites.  As a matter of fact, I even nagged the North Regional Library’s teen librarian here saying that I NEEDED this book.  The Hunger Games takes place in a futuristic society.  North America was hit by natural disasters and decimated by wars.  Really, you know how they tell us that the rising ocean waters will put areas of the coast under water?  That is what has happened here.  What emerged after this war and all of these natural disasters was Panem, a country with thirteen districts surrounding a Capitol.  The districts rebelled against the Capitol city and at the end of the rebellion, there were only twelve districts left. 


To punish the citizens of the twelve districts and to maintain control, the Capitol leaders invented the Hunger Games.  Every year, each district has to send one boy and one girl (called tributes) to the Hunger Games.  Next, all of the contestants are placed in a huge enclosed arena where they have to fight each other to the death until only one tribute remains.  Each year, something different happens.  They could end up in a freezing cold environment or in a desert with little water. 


All of this is captured on live television.  When Katniss’ little sister Prim is chosen to represent District 12 at the Hunger Games, Katniss bravely volunteers to take her place.  A local boy named Peeta (who also has always had a crush on Katniss) is chosen as the second tribute from District 12.  Katniss and Peeta become…er…friends…but can you really be friends when only one of you can remain alive in the end?   I was on the edge of my seat trying to finish this one, and now I think I NEED a sequel to happen.


Susan is the youth services manager at the North Regional Branch Library.


[Thanks for reviewing, Susan! –ml]

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Nice tat…


Ink Exchange

by Melissa Marr


12/09/08 review by Jennifer H.


Leslie wants to get a tattoo more than anything. She sees it as a way to reclaim her body and part of her life.  But Leslie won’t settle for just any ordinary tattoo, it has to be something that’s unique, something that nobody’s ever had before.  Leslie eventually finds the perfect one; it’s a tattoo of a pair of eyes, with a set of wings.  The only problem is that Leslie doesn’t realize just how much this tattoo is going to cost her.  The tattoo has forever linked her to Irial, the king of the dark faeries and she has now become his virtual slave.  Irial sucks all of Leslie’s emotions and uses them to feed his dark court.  Will Leslie, along with the help of a handsome dark faerie name Niall, be able to break free from Irial’s clutches?


I didn’t realize when reading this book that it’s actually the sequel to Melissa Marr’s book Wicked Lovely, but that was all okay.  You don’t have to read this first book in this series to understand what happens in this one.



Jennifer is a youth services librarian at the North Regional Branch Library.

[Thanks for reviewing, Jenn! -ml]



…and keep an eye out for the third book, Fragile Eternity, due out in April 2009. 

Thanks for visiting!



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Fun and games with WordPress polls!

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