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March Madness is upon us

March is the ultimate month to be a basketball fan!  If you can break yourself away from NCAA tournament, then check out some of these basketball themed books (click on the cover to find it in the Library!):

The Final Four

by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Alternating chapters center on four different players on the two teams that meet in a semi-final game of the NCAA Final Four Tournament.

  Last Shot

by John Feinstein

YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.

Two eighth grade students win the opportunity to cover the NCAA Final Four first hand as journalists, but while reporting live at the tournament they uncover a scandal that involves blackmail.

  Game

by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Drew is a senior living in Harlem and has dreams of making it in the NBA, but he has to learn to control his anger issues first.

  Boy21

by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Two basketball teammates, one black and one white, form a connection through tutoring and find that they have a lot more in common than they had first thought.

  The Pick-Up Game: a Full Day of Full Court

YA SS PICK-UP

This collection of short stories focuses on different perspectives of one pick up game played on a hot day in July in New York City.

  Girl Got Game

by Shizuru Seino

YA GRAPH SEINO, S. V.1

This manga series centers on Kyo, whose father is determined to live out his NBA dreams through his daughter.  Her father signs her up for the boy’s basketball team and Kyo masquerades as a boy on the team to make her father happy.

  Basketball Slave

by Mark Johnson

YA 796.323 JOHNSON, A.

Andy Johnson’s son, Mark Johnson, tells his father’s story of how Andy became one of the original Harlem Globetrotters.

  In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and the Stories Behind Them

by Andrew Gottlieb

YA 796.323 GOTTLIEB, A.

This is a collection of high res photos of some of the more unique NBA tattoos and the first hand stories by the players about why they got them.

 

  When March Went Mad

by Seth Davis

796.3236 DAVIS, S.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are famous for one of the most well known basketball games in history: the 1979 NCAA Championship game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Indiana State Sycamores.  Davis retells the events that led up to the famous game.

  Longshot

by Lance Allred

796.323 ALLRED, L.

Lance Allred is the NBA’s first deaf player.  In this memoir he tells his story of growing up in a fundamentalist Mormon household, realizing his dream of being in the NBA, and how hard it was to get there.

  The Ultimate Book of March Madness

by Tom Hager

796.3236 HAGER, T.

This book includes a history of every NCAA tournament from 1930 to present and provides an analysis of the top 100 games played in the tournament.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 7, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects by Marisa Pawelko

Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects

by Marisa Pawelko

Award winning, indie crafter, Marisa Pawelko  shares 24 of her best DIY Duct tape ideas.  Each craft comes with step-by-step instructions and how-to pictures. You’ll learn how to make fashionable wearables like gloves, leg warmers, a kilt and a halter top. You’ll also find crafty ideas for items like a vase or an awesome night light.  Crazy-Cool gives you a list of recommended tools and materials along with teaching you some of the basic skills needed to create with duct tape.  There are projects in here for all skill levels, from the “I live for crafting”  level to the  “what’s crafting”.  Check out Crazy-Cool and get your craft on!

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on February 19, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Nonfiction

2013 Award Winning Books

This morning the American Library Association’s Young Adult division, YALSA, announced this year’s award winning books and audiobooks.  I was lucky to be at the Youth Media Awards ceremony, since I am in Seattle, WA, for the Midwinter Conference!  Let me tell you the award ceremony was very exciting and a lot of fun!  Check out a couple photos at the end of this post.  Click here to get to official press release of the winners.  Below is a list of the teen titles that won.  Just click on the title to see if you can find it at the Library!

 
Prinz Award for Excellence in YA Literature 


Winner:  
In Darkness by Nick Lake

Honor: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Honor: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Honor: The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna

 
Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award (Honoring a significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature)

Awarded to: Tamora Pierce

Click here to learn more about Tamora Pierce.  Pierce has written a few different book series, but to get started I suggest you check out her Song of the Lioness series or her Beka Cooper series at the Library!

 
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Finalist: Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal

Finalist: Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Finalist: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Finalist: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

 
William C. Morris Award (Honoring a work by a first time author)

Winner: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Finalist: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Finalist: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Finalist: After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Finalist: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

 
Alex Awards (Given to ten books written for adults that have teen appeal)

Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

Pure by Julianna Baggott

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

 
The Odyssey Award (Awarded to the best audiobooks for children and/or young adults)

Winner: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd

Honor: Artemis Fowl: the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker

Honor: 
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Elliot Hill

Honor: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award (Awarded for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States)

Winner: My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel

Honor: A Game for Swallows: to die, to leave, to return by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin

Honor: Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf, translated by Anne de Graaf

 


Pura Beleré Award (Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work celebrates the Latino cultural experience)

Winner: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

 
Schneider Family Book Awards (Honoring a work that emphasizes children or teens with a disability)

Teen: Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

 

Stonewall Book Awards for Children and Young Adult Literature (This award is sponsored by ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table)

Winner: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Honor: Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

Honor: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman

Honor: Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S.J. Adams

 

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award (This award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults)

Winner: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Honor: No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 28, 2013 Categories: Award Winning, Fiction, GLBTQ, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction

So, You Want to be a Comic Book Artist? by Philip Amara

So, You Want to Be A Comic Book Artist? 

by Philip Amara

This book is a cool step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books.  This is not a how to draw book.  So, You Want to Be A Comic Book Artist? guides readers through the entire comic creation process .  It gives great tips on developing awesome characters, how to  adapt story lines for video games or movies,  and ends with  how to submit your comic to a  publisher.  The last two chapters  are filled with recommended books, magazines, lists of art schools, and great comic related websites that make this book a must for comic creators.  Whether you are a beginner, an advanced comic artist or somewhere in between, you will find something worthwhile in this book.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on January 24, 2013 Categories: Art, Nonfiction

Teeny-tiny Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec

Teeny-tiny Mochimochi 

by Anna Hrachovec

If you know how to knit and love tiny things, then you should checkout the book Teeny-tiny Mochimohci!  You’ll find over thirty different tiny creations to make.  There’s tiny animals, tiny edibles, tiny humanoids, and more.  There are a ton of photos of these cute creations, as well as step by step instructions on how to create most of them.  Even if you are still learning to knit or if you don’t know how to knit at all, these creations are so cute and fun to look at!  For example, here’s the tiny cupcake:

And the tiny gnomes:

You can also check out the Mochimochi Land website: http://mochimochiland.com/

There’s a blog that you can follow, some additional how to instructions for all things knitting and stitching, and a gallery that features some of Anna Hrachovec’s creations as well as creations submitted by fans of Mochimochi.  Right now the results of the Mochimochi Land photo contest have been posted on the blog.  Here’s the winner:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 20, 2012 Categories: Crafts, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

There is no Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye

There is no Long Distance Now

By Naomi Shihab Nye

 This is a book of 40 short stories set in the current moment and told by teen narrators from around the world. The stories are all less than 1,000 words and give a flash of insight into the characters’ lives. Each protagonist is different, many have quirky personalities, and all are memorable. The book includes topics like loss, friendship, enemies, accepting responsibility, and siblings. The one factor that each story shares, is their character’s desire to connect with the world. These connections are made mainly through relationships, but sometimes through actions. 

This book is a great summer read for those who want a fast read, with meaning. The stories are really short on words, but leave you thinking about the characters and their lives. You wonder how Amel deals with being made fun of because of her heritage, how Jack comes to terms with his body image, and if Lily will forgive Brianna for judging her when they first meet. With titles that include, We Like you for Your Flaws, Killer Chili,and Will You Hold My Bullet, Please?, you can read one story or the whole book.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on June 28, 2012 Categories: Issues, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

Handmade Chic by Laura Bennett

Handmade Chic

by Laura Bennett

Project Runway star, Laura Bennett, shares tips and techniques on how to make 35 high-fashion projects. The beginning of the book explains a variety of techniques from finishing leather to dyeing feathers.  Bennett gives the reader helpful information on where to buy different materials, using faux fur, and even sewing terminology. The projects are divided into four sections, Small Luxuries, Fashionably Organized, Stylish Carryalls, and Evening Extravagances. Each project comes with great instructions, a lot of pictures and even patterns. Plus, helpful tips to encourage you along the way.

This is a great book for anyone interested in creating designer quality belts, bags, bracelets, and even a beaded dress.  The author stresses the point that “handmade” does not have to look “homemade” and her quality projects show this.  Another benefit of the book is that there are different project levels.  You can start with a simple key ring tassle and work your way up to a feathered evening clutch. Whatever your skill level, you can find fun, fashion projects to work on this summer, that will look great. 

If you like fashion and creating your own clothes or accessories, just click one of the book covers below to find it in our catalog.

 

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on June 20, 2012 Categories: Crafts, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

Get in SYNC this summer

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Starting today, SYNC will be offering 2 FREE audiobooks to download.  One will be a current teen title and the other will be its classic counterpart.  This week it is Jeff Hirsch’s Eleventh Plague paired with John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

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Click here to visit SYNC’s website and start downloading.

You can also text synca to 25827 to get alerts about the FREE titles.

Also, don’t forget that you can download audiobooks and ebooks for free using the Library’s free downloading service, MyMedia Mall.  Click here or on the icon below to check out MyMedia Mall!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 14, 2012 Categories: Events, Fiction, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: six-word memoirs by teens famous + obscure

This week’s book trailer is for I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: six-word memoirs by teens famous + obscureI Can’t Keep My Own Secrets comes from the editors of Smith Magazine and collects the short six word memoirs from almost 800 teens, ages 13 to 19.  Some of the teens are famous ones, but the most interesting memoirs are from the teens that are not famous.  This is definitely a fun book to pick up if you want some interesting and light reading.  Click here to find I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets at the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 19, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Witches! by Rosalyn Schanzer

This week’s book trailer is for Witches! by Rosalyn SchanzerClick here to find Witches! in the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 10, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Nonfiction, Supernatural/Paranormal