Sunday, January 30, 2011

What's Popular in the Zone

Do you ever wonder what everyone else is reading? Personally, I have the curiosity bug that forces me to glance at everyone's books as they leave the Zone and head to checkout. I have an unrelenting desire to collect mental titles, and to achieve this I am forced to use my "lean and squint" technique. You might have seen me do this move before: I tend to lean to one side in an attempt to "nonchalantly" peer at the items in hand. I think the end result is me looking oddly off-balance with a stink-face. 

So when Rebecca shot me an email listing the top six requested YA books of this week, I cackled evilly as I plotted to place them all on my "to-read" list on my Goodreads account. And now, since I have officially added these wonderful books to my mental and online lists, I offer them to you. 

 Awakened, by P.C. Cast

 Angel, by James Patterson 

  Last Sacrifice, by Richelle Mead 

Matched, by Ally Condie  

I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore 

 Misguided Angel, by Melissa de la Cruz

Don't forget to submit a  review to our blog once you've finished your book! 

Now back to my "lean and squint"...

Posted By: Leslie

Friday, January 28, 2011

What to do on your day off

There's no school on January 31st, so what are you planning on doing with your day? No plans? Come hang out with us and celebrate Chocolate! There will be:

Chocolate Tastings
Hot Chocolate
Chocolate Roses
Chocolate Fondue
Candy Bar Taste Tests
Chocolate Trivia

 Monday, January 31st
@ Lawrence Public Library 
for grades 7-12

Friday, January 21, 2011

For the Love of Chocolate

Nothing to do on your day off school?  

Come celebrate the most delicious food ever!

Chocolate Tastings
Hot Chocolate
Chocolate Roses
Chocolate Fondue
Candy Bar Taste Tests
Chocolate Trivia

 Monday, January 31st

@ Lawrence Public Library
for grades 7-12

Presenting "Bullied"

Lawrence Public Library and
Headquarters Counseling Center
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Lawrence Public Library
Bullied chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers hope to those fighting harassment today.  It is intended to encourage young adults to stand up for their peers who are being harassed. 

  •  View “Bullied”
  • Discuss it with teens from local Gay-Straight Alliances
  • Meet Activists
  • Get inspired and prepared to make a difference

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

YALSA: Awards Revealed!

Every year YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) gives out six literary awards announcing their winners of the Alex Awards, Odyssey Awards, Morris Awards, and others. 

They also compile specialized lists of note-worthy YA Literature. Their specialized lists include their picks for Graphic Novels, their Quick Picks for reluctant readers, and their Best Fiction list.

These lists provide diverse genre's that allow even the "pickiest" readers to find an intriguing book! Read through these picks and search our catalog to find one to check out today!

 And don't forget, once you're done reading to write up and submit a review for our blog! 

Posted By: Leslie


Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Morris YA Debut Award Winner

The William C. Morris YA Award honors a debut book published by a first-time authhor writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The 2011 Morris Award Winner is:

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem solving skills, sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself.

2011 Finalists:

Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
In Missouri in 1926, fifteen-year-old Iris Baldwin discovers what family truly means when her father hires her out for the summer as a companion to a country doctor's invalid mother..

Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must user her rusty tae kwon do skills and new-found magic to try to stop a fairy-like race of creatures from Maori myth and legend that is plotting to kill millions of humans in order to regain their lost immortality.

Hush by Eishes Chayil
After remembering the cause of her best friend Devory's suicide at age nine, Gittel is determined to raise awareness of sexual abuse in her borough Park, New York, community, despite the rules of Chassidim that require her to be silent.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And the Winner Is...

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence 

in Young Adult Literature


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacicalupi

In Ship Breaker, near a drowned new Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, nailer and his young crew eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast.

2011 Printz Honor Books:

Revolver by Marcus Sedwick: Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Elnar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Elnar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Elnar's stolen gold.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King: When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher: Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Nothing by Janne Teller: When thirteen-year old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. it is named for a Topeka, Kansas (hey, that's close!) school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Ready for the next throwdown?

Saturday, January 15th
in the Auditorium

 Bring your A-game!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Years Resolutions

Want to get fit? 
Eat better?
Stress less?

Come check out this month's book display to help kick start the new you in 2011!