Friday, September 30, 2011

Next in your favorite series...coming this fall

Lots of sequels are due out this fall. Get in line early for the next book in your favorite series. (Click the title below to place a hold in the catalog.)


by Ann Godbersen
Sequel to Bright Young Things

by Melissa De La Cruz
Blue Bloods, Book 6

by James Patterson and Ned Rust
Daniel X, Book 4

by Scot Westerfeld
Leviathan series, Book 3


by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush Hush series, Book 3

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures series, Book 3

by James Dashner
Maze Runner series, Book 3

by L.A. Meyer.
Bloody Jack, Book 9

by Darren Shan
Prequel to Cirque Du Freak, Book 3

by L. J. Smith
Vampire Diaries: The Hunters, Book 1

by Tamora Pierce
Beka Cooper, Book 3


by Ally Condie
sequel to Matched

by Christopher Paolini
Eragon series, Book 4


by Cassandra Clare
The infernal devices, Book 2

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review: The Candy Shop War

Title: The Candy Shop War
Author: Brandon Mull
Available at the Lawrence Public Library

What it's about: A group of friends who start working at the new candy shop in town. They get paid with magic candy. Things turn around when you find our characters are not who you thought they were.

Why I picked it up: My friend suggested it.

What I thought of it: I loved it! It was very unique and exciting. I loved all the twists in the story and the well developed characters.

I would suggest this for: Anyone looking for a good read!

Reviewed by: Sophie V., Grade 9
Submit your own review!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Basics of Brawl: Introduction

Hey Everyone, it's Philip-

I've been running a weekly tutorial session on how to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii. The sessions run from 3-4pm every Wednesday in the Teen Zone.

In terms of my credentials, I have:
- played competitive Ice Climbers for the better part of a year now where I've traveled across the country to play some of the top players in tournament setting.
- become the prominent tournament organizer for the Kansas City area
- sat on the Unity Ruleset Committee, the group that decides the national ruleset that 99% of competitive tournaments in North America will closely follow
- served as Director of the Smash Lab, a group that uses frame-by-frame codes and other various forms of testing to explore in-game mechanics

When I first started playing, I was really bad. There was a huge skill gap between myself and everyone else I played with. Through time, dedication, and a lot of losing, I got to the point where I started to win, even on the tournament level. However, even now I wish that I had someone that could show me exactly what I need to know in order to win every time. To this day, I still learn new things about the game.

As long as the program is running, we'll be covering the concepts and techniques that I had to learn on my own over the course of my competitive career. This will include the mental, tactical, and technical aspects of gameplay. In an hour a week, I'll teach you what it took me 3 years to discover. I'll also be posting what I hope is helpful blog insight every Tuesday.

Hope to see everyone on Wednesdays!

Keep Chasing It,

Philip Fukuto
YA Staff

Monday, September 26, 2011

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. It stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

Come see our display and peek under the bags to see what some people don't want YOU to read!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Monday Movie-- Sixteen Candles

This Monday we're wrapping up our back to school 80's style movie series with John Hughes' Sixteen Candles. This is my all-time favorite brat pack movie and is in my top-ten favorite movies of all time list. I'm excited to share it with you!

It's Samantha's (Molly Ringwald) birthday, but her family has forgotten it in the craze of preparation for her older sister's wedding. On top of that, Sam's in love with the hottest guy in school who doesn't know she exists, is the object of affection for the biggest nerd in school, has been evicted from her room by her invading relatives, and is forced to take the foreign exchange student, Long Duk Dong, to the high school dance. Seriously, this is one funny movie you have to check out. Starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, and Joan Cusack.

What: Sixteen Candles
Where: The Teen Zone
When: Monday, September 26th 4:00pm-6:00pm

Popcorn and lemonade provided!!

-posted by karen

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Meet the Author: Tessa Gratton



Meet the Author:

Tessa Gratton

Saturday, September 24, 2:00 pm

Library Auditorium

If you like books with a supernatural twist plus a little romance, you'll love Blood Magic by Lawrence resident Tessa Gratton. Tessa will read from her book and talk about the process of becoming a debut novelist.

Teens who come to this event will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of the book!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Poetry Social

Read, Slam, or Improvise a poem @ the Library.

September 21

7 PM
in the Gallery

Arrive at 7 to sign up,

the action starts at 7:30

for teens & adults

This month's theme is "migrations." Run with it!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: Black

Black by Ted Dekker

Reviewed by: David G., Grade 7

Check out Black here!

What's it about?
: A guy falls asleep in our world and he wakes up in another.

Why I picked it up?: It was recommended to me.

What I thought of it?: Awesome.

I would suggest this for: Harry Potter lovers.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Monday Movie: Real Genius

This month we're going back to school retro style with movies from the 1980's. Come and watch one of Val Kilmer's first movies, where he plays Chris Knight, the irreverent king of practical jokers and roommate of Mitch Taylor, the university's youngest student. Both students are asked to build a high-powered laser for the school, but who is it really for? Find out what happens and how they get their revenge when Chris and Mitch find out they've been used.

What: Monday Movie-- Real Genius

Where: The Teen Zone

When: Monday, September 19th 4:00pm-6:00pm

Popcorn and Lemonade provided!!

Movie Review: The Lost Battalion

The Lost Battalion

Reviewed by: David G., Grade 7

What it's about: A World War I battalion who is lost when the radio lines get cut

Why I picked it up: I like war movies.

What I thought of it: It was cool.

I would suggest this for: People who like Call of Duty.

Submit your own movie review!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunday Tutoring

No More Excuses!

Struggling with your school work?

Our teen tutors can help.
In the
Teen Zone, every Sunday, 3 - 5 pm.

Get help with math, science, English, history, writing, and more.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Can your skills take the prize?

Saturday, September 17
3 - 4:30pm
(in the Auditorium)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last Chance to Vote for the Teens' Top 10

Have you voted yet??? You have until Friday, September 16th to cast your vote over on YALSA's Teens' Top Ten website. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 16-22. Vote this week to make sure your favorite books win bragging rights over other teen books. The list of nominees is below. Is your favorite book on the list?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Music Review: Twisted Sister's "Stay Hungry"

Artist: Twisted Sister
Album: Stay Hungry

Reviewed by: Tristan R., Grade 7

What kind of music: Rock
Sounds like: ACDC

Why I picked it up: Got it for my bday.

What I thought of it: It is awesome to listen and rock out to!

What was your favorite song and why?: We're not going to take it because it's the way rock should be.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Monday Movies

Join us this semester for movies every Monday from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Teen Zone. Popcorn and drinks provided!

September Lineup

We’re heading back to school 80’s style.

Sept 12: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Sept 19: Real Genius
Sept 26: Sixteen Candles

Friday, September 9, 2011

Movie Review: I am Number Four

I Am Number Four

Check out I Am Number Four here!

Reviewed by: Tristan R., Grade 7

What it's about: When aliens are forced here they become hunted.

Why I picked it up: I saw the trailers.

What I thought of it: I thought it was the best mixture of action and romance.

I would suggest this for: Anyone who likes action or sci-fi.

Submit your own movie review!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

PSAT Practice Test

Taking the PSAT in October?
Get ready with this free full-length practice test from Kaplan Test Prep.

When: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 2 - 5 pm
Where: Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

Registration required: only 30 spots available. Call 843-3833 x121 to sign up.
Test results will be provided at the PSAT Test Strategies 101 session on
September 29.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Book Review: Stormbreaker

Title: Stormbreaker, The Alex Rider series
Author: Anthony Horowitz

What's it about?
This spy named Alex Rider who has to save the planet from insane criminals.

Why I picked it up?
My friend recommended it to me.

What I thought of it?
I thought it was well written and action packed.

I would suggest it for?
Young Adults and people that like action.

Reviewed by: Edward R., Grade 7

Saturday, September 3, 2011

PSAT Practice Test

Get ready for the PSAT in October with this full-length practice test from Kaplan Test Prep. Test results will be provided at the September 29 PSAT Test Strategies 101 session.

When: Saturday September 10th, 2011
Time: 2:00pm--5:00pm
Where: Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

Registration required. Only 30 spots available. Call 843-3833 x121 to sign up. Open to teens in grades 7-12. Remember to bring pencils and a calculator! Good luck!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Book Review: The Hunger Games

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins

What's it about? 12 boys and 12 girls are forced to kill because of a rebellion years ago. Only 1 will live

Why I picked it up? Teacher and friend recommendation 

What I thought of it? 
Exciting page turner to keep you awake at night. 

I would suggest it for? Everyone. 


Reviewed by: Tristan R., Grade 7