Join us Friday, December 7, from 7 – 9 p.m. for our Teen Movie Night showing of the classic holiday comedy Elf. After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Elf is rated PG and stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, and was directed by Jon Favreau. Snacks and refreshments will be served. This program is for teens in grades 6 – 12. Click here to register for the program. Also, check out a clip of Elf below:
Previously, we’ve posted about Beautiful Creatures. Click here for a review and click here to check out another! This popular series centers on Lena and Ethan and if their love can endure through Lena’s legacy as a Caster. The first book in the series Beautiful Creatures is currently being turned into a movie that will hit theaters in February 2013. Check out the official movie trailer below and click here to find the first book in the series, Beautiful Creatures, in the Library!
I’m in love with the movie Black Swan (2010). I strongly recommend this movie for those who love ballet, dancing, or ballet performances. I take ballet, and every time I watch this movie (which has been more than a few times) I become so motivated to dance. The choreography of this movie is amazing, as well as the story line. However, since this is a Rated R movie, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this movie to anyone under the age of 16, maybe 15 at the least. There are some sexual parts of this movie that in my opinion (and from watching it with immature friends), is only for mature audiences. I also did have to watch it 2 or 3 times to realize the hidden parts to the story-line and once I concentrated and watched the whole movie, everything tied in together and it made sense (which only made me love the film even more!). Natalie Portman is both an amazing actress and dancer, and if I had to rate this movie, I would give it a 5 out of 5 star rating.
Click here to find the movie Black Swan in the Library, and please note that this movie is rated R and not intended for teens under the age of 17 to watch without an adult present.
review submitted by Amanda
This week’s book trailer of the week is not a book trailer, but a trailer for a movie based on a book. In theaters today is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, was written by Stephen Chbosky and published in 1999. Set in 1991, the story centers on Charlie as he begins his freshmen year in high school. Charlie is naive, but also very intelligent and reflective. Struggling with needing to be accepted, but also knowing that he is not like everyone else, Charlie finds friends in the unlikely pair of seniors, Sam and Charlie. From there Charlie begins to unravel who he is and who he wants to be. Click here to find the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the Library and enjoy the movie trailer below:
In exactly one year from today, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be hitting the big screen.
Are you already a fan? Then check out the official website where you can see who has been cast:
You can also Like the Facebook page for the movie to get updates:
If you want to read the series before the movie comes out, then you should start now! Below is the series list for the five of The Mortal Instruments books that are on bookshelves now and the prequel series, The Infernal Devices. Just click on the cover or the title to find them in the Library today!
The Mortal Instruments
The Infernal Devices
Can’t get enough Sherlock? Try this classic movie, it will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing whodunit. The movie takes a different spin, on a classic tale, by having Sherlock Holmes meet Dr. Watson at London’s prestigious boarding school, Bromton Academy. The light-hearted mystery, is set in the Victorian era, with plenty of fog and some gothic horror. The friends must navigate the tough social setting of boarding school, while trying to find out why seemingly ordinary men are acting crazy. A local gentleman throws himself out of a window and Holmes’ mentor, Professor Waxflatter, stabs himself while fighting some invisible force. Holmes suspects the deaths are connnected and foul play is involved. He alerts Scotland Yard, but they rebuff his claims as being ridiculous. This means that Holmes, Watson, and Waxflatter’s niece, Elizabeth, must solve the mystery of these deaths. The only clues they have are a mysterious, hooded figure with a blowpipe, a jingling noise every time the figure appears, and Waxflatter’s dying word, “Eh-tar”. Their enemies are on to them and the school is trying to expel them, but Holmes, Watson, and Elizabeth push forward with an investigation that pits them directly against their enemies and puts them in mortal danger.
This is a fun, fast-paced movie with a great mystery and intense ending. Because the movie is set in the Victorian era, the film’s age is not a distraction to the plot line. The special effects are not as sophisticated as movies made in 2012, but they are still pretty cool. In fact, Young Sherlock Holmes had the first CGI (computer generated) character in any movie – a stainless steel knight. Fans of the character, Sherlock Holmes, will be interested in learning the origins of his pipe, his cape, his cap and and his archenemy, Professor Moriarty. Young Sherlock Holmes has mystery, adventure, and a moving love story. This is a sure hit for some indoor summer fun.
Douglas Adams would have been 60 today. In honor of his birthday, pick up his hilarious sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This novel, the first in a series, is a laugh out loud funny account of what happens when the earth is destroyed and earthling Arthur Dent just happens to hitchhike onto to an alien spacecraft right at the end of the world, with his good friend and also alien Ford Prefect. What follows is the account of Arthur’s journey as he travels the galaxy encountering a crazy cast of characters as well as another earthling, Tricia McMillan, who he also happened to meet at a party and asked out, before the end of the earth. Click here to find The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at the Library.
If you have already read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, did you also know that there was this awesomely well-done movie adaptation of the book?
Also, if you just so happen to be a super fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (like me) try out this super awesome Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Infocom Adventure game, found on douglasadams.com. Click here to find the game, it’s a role playing game taking cues from the book and you have to try to stay alive, despite the end of the world and hitchhiking your way through the galaxy, just like Arthur Dent.
Join us tomorrow at the Library for the Twilight Extravaganza, from 4 – 6 p.m. Your invitation to the wedding of the century has arrived! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 film is in theaters at midnight, and we are celebrating. Volturi, Vampires, Werewolves, and Humans are invited to get dressed in their finest and join us for food, crafts, trivia, and fun. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and several other categories. Click here to find the Twilight Extravaganza on our events calendar and register for the program!
|The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games is a story that is packed with adventure and excitement. I couldn’t even put the book down. It’s also frightening and a loving book. I think that whoever picks up this book will truly love it and won’t want to put it down.
review submitted by Alexandra
|Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins surprised me by being an amazing sequel to The Hunger Games. I had high expectations for this book and they were achieved. Katniss and all her friends are back when the government decides to do a special edition hunger games, a challenge for the champions. With the government in more chaos than ever, will Katniss survive?
reviewed submitted by Samantha
|Once Upon a Marigold by Jean FerrisThis story was exciting and a good read. It’s about a princess named Marigold forming a friendship with commoner Christian. Christian lives in a cave with his friend Ed. He finds work in the castle, reveals his identity to Marigold, and uncovers the plot Mother Olympia is planning (she is evil).
review submitted by Katie
|The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanThis book tells the story of Sadie and Carter Kane, siblings who, after their mother’s death, were separated. Now, on Christmas Day, one of two days they can meet, they witness their father’s capture by Set, and Egyptian God. This sets off a journey to find out who they really are and to learn to master their powers, all while trying to save their dad. I really liked this book because it combines Egyptian mythology with adventure and excitement. I recommend this book for anyone interested in mythology.
review submitted by Ellen
|ttyl by Lauren Myraclettyl is a book that teen girls would like. It has some problems that girls might understand. It was in a cool format like AIM. If I was to rate this book, I would rate it 5 stars. It’s got a lot of things happening and it makes you feel like you’re really IMing someone.
review submitted by Isabella
|Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardPretty Little Liars is a story of five girls entering 7th grade. Then one goes missing. Four years later they find her, well, her body. Could Ali’s death bring Spencer, Aria, Hannah, and Emily closer to the fact that Ali is haunting them, or does someone know their deepest secrets?
review submitted by Emma
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2To start the conclusion of the epic Harry Potter series, we find our heroes at a beach house with a goblin named Griphook. They find out where one of the last horcruxes is and set off to find it. Meanwhile, everyone is preparing for the battle between Harry and Voldemort. This movie is a definite must see because of the action and amazing battles.This movie is rated PG-13.
review submitted by Flynn
|Jinx by Meg CabotI thought this was a really good book for people who enjoy magic, and somewhat romance novels. A girl nicknamed Jinx, for her bad luck, moved in with her aunt and uncle to escape a stalker. Her cousin Tory is determined to ruin Jinx’s life only because Jinx has magical powers and Tory doesn’t. All I’m going to say is, did Jinx really escape horror by coming to New York, or did she walk right into it?
review submitted by Pooja
|Monte Carlo (2011)I saw the movie Monte Carlo! It was about a girl who wanted to go on a trip to Monte Carlo. She finally goes with some of her work friends. It was a great movie and any age can see it.This movie is rated PG.
review submitted by Haley
|The Sword Thief by Peter Larangis (The 39 Clues, book 3)The third 39 Clues book was a thrilling, action-packed clue-hunting book. I’d recommend this series to anyone who loves quick books with a ton of suspense.
review submitted by Sara