Archive for January, 2009

NC Snows…

…not to be confused with NC Knows, a wonderfully useful chat reference service offered through the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, and other NC public libraries. 

NC Snows is the wonderful event that happened last week and allowed even us big kids to have a snow day!



As an Ohio gal, I was kinda impressed.  It really snowed like it meant it…best snowstorm in the 4 years I’ve lived in NC.  🙂  It was a great day for snuggling in with a good book.  I finished Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton, and immediately started on the sequel, Judas Unchained. 



These two wonderful books take readers on an interstellar odyssey following the adventures and mishaps of a cast of characters: a genetically predisposed detective tracks a deadly terrorist group that insists that human events are being manipulated by an alien, an astronomer makes a startling observation of a distant star that may have dire implications for humanity, the rich, the wealthy, and politically powerful angle and jostle for the supremacy of their family’s fortunes and sometimes, just sometimes, they act in the best interest of the rest of the madding crowds. 

I loved the large cast, although I had to go back a couple of times to make sure I remembered who was doing what, I loved the huge scale of the story, the twisty morality and the temporizing of right and wrong, good and evil, especially when the very nature of life and death has changed.  Is is such a heroic act to sacrifice yourself for a person or a cause if you know that your memories will be preserved and you will be “re-lifed” in a new body?  If it’s us versus them, if we as a species must choose to kill or be killed, is genocide ever acceptable?  Hamilton gives us a glimpse into his version of the future as we face that which is alien, and discover what makes us truly human.

Check out the Unshelved booktalk here!

Thanks for reading!  I’ve got to get back to business now…

*crosses fingers and checks the local weather: snow snow snow*



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 Scrapped Princess

 by Ichiro Sakai


Grendel’s Prophecy tells that of the Leinwan Kingdom is the poison of the world and that she will bring about the end of the world when she turns 16.  Everyone thinks that the princess was killed at birth, but the truth is that she was secretly carried from the castle and given to a retired knight.  Now, 15 years later, Pacifica Casull has lost her adopted father and now her dashing sword master brother, Shannon, and her magically inclined sister, Raquel, must travel from town to town in hopes of avoiding the palace and the church who want to make sure that Pacifica doesn’t reach her 16th birthday.


This book is a light novel (or Japanese novel that was made into an anime series) and is the first in a series of 13 (with 3 currently released in the US).  The back and forth bantering between Pacifica and Shannon is comical and you just can’t help but like all of the characters.  The book has full page pictures scattered throughout the story and has all the drama that you would expect from a teen novel.


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

Thanks for posting, Jennifer!


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They read it – they love it – and some are willing to TALK ABOUT IT!!!



Ok, that’s a bit over the top, but hey, it’s a new year, I’ve gotten some sleep, and I’m very keen on teens reading, getting together, talking about books and movies, and having fun.  🙂

By all accounts, that’s exactly what happened at the Hope Mills Branch on December 18th during the program “A Vampire Story,” a book club/party celebrating the recent release of the movie Twilight, based on the bestselling novel by Stephenie Meyers.  Here’s the details:

Edward Cullen Madness


Teens descended upon the Hope Mills Branch Library that Monday for an evening of nonstop Twilight mania a la the “A Vampire Story” program. And mania it was. Everyone had a fabulous time, decorating cupcakes, making Twilight magnets (complete with “sparkle”), and arguing about the relative hotness of Edward and Jacob. “When’s the next Twilight party?” they asked. “This is fun!” they proclaimed. Stephenie Meyer, I officially love you. -Vicki


Vicki is youth services librarian at the Hope Mills Branch library.


Thanks for hosting this event, Vicki!  Teens also quizzed each other with trivia from the book and shared their favorite quotes from the movie. 




More pics available on our Flickr page and the latest on teen programs @ your library on our homepage.  Check it out!




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