Friday, December 13, 2013

9 Signs that You're Living in a YA novel

This is too funny! Are YOU living in a YA novel? Guess which YA novel!

Something strange is going on. Animals are looking at you sideways. Things fall off desks when you walk by. You have a sudden hankering for red meat, and you wake up with muddy feet. Did you recently have a birthday? We bet all this funny business started right after that.
Look in the mirror: Do you have green eyes? If not, does your crush? While less than 2% of the population has green eyes, independent studies have revealed that 90% of them are currently living in a YA novel.
You have next to no adult supervision in your life. Whether your adult guardian (there’s probably only one) is missing, working long hours, off fighting werewolves, or just plain clueless, you’re left to your own devices most of the time. This leaves you free to do activities including but not limited to marrying a ghost, overthrowing a postapocalyptic government, and driving a pickup truck while texting, clutching a giant iced coffee, and thinking soulfully about souls.
Within the past few weeks, two hot, adoring guys have come into your life. If one is a dark-haired bad boy and the other a mischievous yet trustworthy blond, just accept that you’re living in a YA novel now, and cross your fingers it’s a series.
You or someone you know is named Cam, Cameron, or Cammie. Also watch out for names that can be shortened to Kat.
Your world’s looking a little bit…whitewashed. And if you do know someone of color, they likely have skin that one might compare to a cafe au lait, mocha, or other beverage currently sold at Starbucks. (Note: If people are looking even whiter than usual, you may be living in a YA novel about vampires. Or zombies. I’m sorry.)
You have an archnemesis. We hate to break it to you, but most people don’t have to deal with someone who is single-mindedly devoted to ruining their life. This goes double if you were inadvertently responsible for your archnemesis becoming a mutant/losing control of their space colony/falling out of their dress at prom.
You just found out you’re descended from a race of creatures that has something to do with souls. Or angels, or demons, or vampires, or seeking, or protecting, or vengeance, or gods. If your family photo album is actually a skin-bound Necronomicon you found in a cave, you’re probably living in a YA novel.
Your friends keep saying things like, “Either I send him south in handcuffs or in a Chicago overcoat.” Wait a minute…you might actually be living in a noir. Lucky!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Win a Free Ticket to Smuggler's Cove

Win a free ticket to Smuggler's Cove by entering the title of your scariest book in the library. It doesn't have to be something you just read -- although if you ask me, Ness' A Monster Calls is pretty darned creepy. It could be anything you read when you were growing up that delivered that delicious nightmare sensation. Goosebumps, anyone?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Rainbow Rowell

One of you teens was asking me for a "nice" book to read, and I've found it! Anything by Rainbow Rowell, starting with Eleanor and Park. Her book Attachments wound up in the adult stacks, but it's just as "nice". Ever read a
book where the people just seem so real? And hers are so likeable too.  I'm reading Attachments right now, and liking it better than Fangirl.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monica's Tip on Getting through Required Reading

Great Expectations was a required reading for anyone going into English honors this year. The notorious book actually does have a bit of an interesting story, if you can get past all the words and old English. If you do decide to read it, be sure to listen to it on audiobook while you're doing so. This helps in understanding the novel more.

Thanks, Monica! That tip about listening to a book on audio is an excellent one! There's a big debate over whether you should read the book or see the movie first, but I think that everyone will agree that, especially for a kind of tough read like Dickens, having a great reader making the story come to life is really a big help in getting the most out a book.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Need some volunteer hours?

Open the 5 hour orientation bar above and get started, and then call us for a tour so we can start putting you to work ASAP!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Drumroll please....and the winners

David Brown, left, is the winner of the teen Kindle contest. (Colin Brown, on the right, won in Kids!) But we still had all those GIFT CARDS to give away, right?

The winners:  Monica D, Michelle M, and Autumn C. Congratulations and good reading. Jesse & Alex Hillhouse, and Jacob, for next summer, keep a good thought. Remember, David won't be eligible!  Everyone have a great year!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Teen Volunteers -- the BEST!!!

Many MANY thanks to our super teen volunteers who helped so much...Jacob, Katherine and David, who helped me figure out how to put on a hobbit relay race, Anthony and Amanda for all their blood, sweat and tears (all those DVDs! All those pull lists!) and Austen for doing whatever weird thing I asked him to do. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monica is reading in Saudi Arabia

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Blogger Monica Deschapell said...
I just finished reading the book If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, and I will admit that I cried through most of it. I found that it was a very heart-rending book to read and one that will relate to teens. If you do decide to read this novel however, it would be best to do it in private, unless you're okay with people seeing you break down into tears. Be sure to also read The Story Behind The Story in the back of the book.
I felt the same way, Monica! There's a sequel to it too, Where She Went. -- Ms. T

I've just recently read it, and I understand why it's always checked out. It's an amazing book that has some really interesting perspectives to things. It really challenges you to look at stuff in ways you don't normally tend to which, in my opinion, made it a great read.

A few days ago My family and I camped out with a group in the desert. It was really fun and we all had a great time.

Ms. T
It hasn't been very desert-like here! It's been pouring torrents every day this week -- rainbows one minute, and run for shelter the next.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Read a Book You DON'T Want to Read

This video by author Jim Trelease gives a couple practical hints:  

  • Get comfortable but not too comfortable. Don't put your feet above your heart or you'll snooze off.
  • Read in parts, chapter by chapter or at least scene by scene. But I say that if you just read a page or two a day, the book will last forever and you won't get much out of it. Read chunk by chunk, hopefully chapter by chapter.
  • Use sticky notes or actually write in the book to interact with what you read.
  • I go on wikipedia for character lists when I find myself reading a book with long lists of characters with confusing names. Or just bookmark your own list.
  • Take the book everywhere you go. You never know when you'll have down time. Books are portable.
  • Read in bed with a bright bulb. It's a nice habit to get into.

Monday, June 17, 2013

This just in from Monica:

My family and I have been in Saudi Arabia for a couple of days now. We spent about a month here last summer, and that is what we are doing again now. As you can imagine, it's very different from Florida. There are some buildings around that marks this place as Riyadh, but besides that it's all sand. This sand is not the soft, white silky sand we have at our beaches, but gritty and yellow (almost like dirt). If you look outside your windows here you can see that the air and sky has a yellowish hue from all the sand that is in the air. I guess that's all for now, but I'll continue to post about Saudi and maybe do some book reviews while I'm here. ~Monica

Yeesh, dirty gritty sand. Thanks for helping me enjoy our beautiful beaches a little more as our incredibly hot summer weather starts up, Monica. And I can see that yellowish hue around the horizon.

I just finished reading John Green's Paper Towns, and I have to admit I didn't quite like the ending as much as 17 Katherines. But he is still always very fun, and I'm looking forward to reading The Fault in Our Stars if I can ever get my hands on a copy.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Teen Volunteers?

Hi Guys!
I hope that some of you will be able to stop by and lend a hook on Pirate Day. There's also Middle Earth Day, Dinosaur Day... 

Just want to congratulate Le'Ciang again for being SALUTATORIAN -- that is so MAJOR. And we knew her when.  

And also...hope to hear soon from Monica, as she packs up and flies to SAUDI Arabia. Here's hoping she'll blog in with us about what THAT'S like.  

I just finished reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I was not surprised to see in the back that her favorite authors included Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, because a) I loved this authors too and b) I loved Seraphina! Hartman creates a wonderfully rich world. There are dragons, and there are humans, and they've signed an uneasy peace but still hate each other. The dragons, however, are able to take human shape, and that's where poor outsider Seraphina comes into it... Her mom took human shape and now she's not one thing of the other, an abomination. A pretty abomination who sings like an angel, has visions and is plenty smart -- well, geez, she IS the heroine.

Looking forward to seeing you all this summer! Did I say I needed volunteers? Did I mention the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party and the whoopee cushions?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Teen Volunteer Meeting, April 29 @ 4:00

Hey Teens! 
Stop by Gulf Beaches Public Library @ 4:00 on Monday, April 29, to talk about volunteering this summer. Need to get those hours in? Now's the time to make sure you get everything approved in time.

(And enjoy a nice root beer float with us and maybe even find a good book.)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I finally read this book, and I soooo enjoyed it. It was as if my inner Holden Caulfield (Catcher in the Rye) finally had a book character he could relate to.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

Where are all four copies of my Beautiful Creatures books? Must be someone is reading them -- getting ready for the movie release!

Kami Garcia's facebook page

Have I mentioned that a lot of beautiful creatures are working in my library right now as volunteers? They are, they're wonderful, and a big thanks!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Where's my copy of this book? I want to read it to find out why everyone else is reading it. I looooooved his other books, but you guys keep checking this one out, it's never on the shelf!