Monthly Archives: April 2014

Book Shorts: Nameless

Title: Nameless (A Tale of Beauty and Madness)

NamelessAuthor: Lili St. Crow

3-Sentence Summary: Camille was found alone and freezing on a dark, snowy road by one of the most powerful and magical families in New Haven. She has no memory of her previous life and no reminders but the webbed scars across her snow white skin. Ten years later, now sixteen, Cami struggles to piece together her fragmented dreams for an explanation, and choose her place in the dark world unfolding.

Six word review: Snow White gets a wicked upgrade.

Star Rating: 8.5 out of 10

I started reading because… I love fairytales and their adaptations. I kept reading because… the setting of the book is incredibly imaginative and the premise is a wholly different take on the traditional Snow White story, though it still returns to its Grimm origins.

I loved the unique retelling, and the backhanded references to other fairytales. I was grossed out by the Catherine-Heathcliff dynamic between Cami and her adopted brother. Maybe it’s because I too have an adopted brother and know that there’s more to the taboo in intrafamilial romances than common genes. I couldn’t get enough of the creepy, magical universe that is New Haven, and the nonchalant way St. Crow just throws you into the mayhem.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, they would be voted: Fairest of Them All.

Online Resources of Interest:  The author has a website, and by all accounts she is quite prolific.

Anything else we should know:

Mystery. Romance. Intrigue. A good, fast-paced read for an otherwise boring day.

Allegedly, there’s a sequel from the fresh perspective of Cinderella on the way, and I’m so gonna read it.

–Maddie, 17, Teen Center Advisers

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Happy Earth Day!

Do something good for the planet today (or this month!), it’s Earth Day!

NASA is calling for a pic of you on Planet Earth. Post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Google+ using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie, or post it to the groups at #GlobalSelfie on FB or the #GlobalSelfie on Flickr. You can also join the #GlobalSelfie at Google+. NASA will patch them all together and make a vid…check out last year’s highlights of Earth!

 

Here’s some fun Earth Facts from Trish, a mom-blogger. 🙂

Are you doing anything locally? Planted a tree? Encouraged recycling? Reduced your carbon footprint? Read a book (hey, it counts, and we’ve got lots)? Conserved water by fewer showers (my personal fave, lol)? Give us a shout-out and pic…we’ll give you full props and share your idea! 🙂

 

Go Team Earth!

Loren’s Top Five Teen Books

These are my personal top five favorite books about/for teens, in no particular order.

1. Perks of Being a Wallflower

I love Perks on a deep, emotional level. I read Perks when I get really sad, and nothing else will make me feel better. Charlie is the most likeable and relatable character I have ever known, and that’s how you feel after reading this amazing book, like you know him. Freshman year is tough (especially in the ’90s) and so far I haven’t had as much trouble as Charlie, but this book has helped me through some tough times.

2. The Hunger Games

I read this book for the first time in fifth grade, and feel like I may have outgrown it by now.  However, I still enjoy the story that everyone (and their grandmothers!) knows by now. I guess I just love the idea of fighting to the death with other teens, which is why I highly recommend Battle Royale, which is just a really violent Japanese Hunger Games with tolerable love stories that actually make sense.

3. Why We Broke Up

The beautiful watercolor illustrations from Maira Kalman wonderfully accompany Daniel Handler’s (who uses the pen name Lemony Snicket for his children books) writing of this tragic letter from a “different” (some call would call her “arty”) girl to the jock she has broken up with. She delivers this letter with a big box of memorabilia from their relationship (these are this items that Kalman illustrates). A word to the wise: Don’t read this book if you have recently broken up with someone. It will just make you sad.

4. The Giver

You were probably forced to read this at some point in your school career; if you have, go back and re-read it. You probably missed a lot. (If you weren’t forced to read it, you should!) I have read this book several times now and I am always noticing new and interesting things. Lois Lowry created a dystopian community that has always fascinated me.

5. The Fault in our Stars

I’m not a huge fan of John Green; I think his books are a little too similar concerning characters. But TFioS is undeniably the saddest book I have ever read. I really admire any book that can make me cry (I forgot to mention I always cry when you-know-who dies in The Hunger Games). TFioS isn’t even that sad all the time, you spend your time laughing and “aww-ing” along through most of the book. The characters are part of a beautiful story that makes me believe in love. But you are also telling yourself, “One of them is going to die! Or both! I know I’m going to cry!” Let’s just say that the ending left me devastated.

–Loren, 15, Teen Center Adviser

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STA Files: Devon (The Old-Timer)

D2 Once again, our intrepid interviewer Derrick has squeezed words of wisdom (er, well, at least experience?) from Devon, a three-year STA.  Interested in working at the library?  Read on for words straight from an “old timer.”  🙂

Derrick: How did you hear about the program?

Devon: My brother worked as a Student Assistant during high school. He told me about the program and encouraged me to apply because of the flexible hours and attractive pay. Interested in the position, I volunteered just down the street from my high school at Lake City once a week to get a feel for the work environment. After getting my feet wet for about a year and half, I was finally hired as a Student Assistant at Northgate. The position is for three years and my term is finally coming up.

Derrick: How has this job helped you grow professionally?

Devon: I have learned how to treat everyone in a calm and respectful manner. In this way, I have been able to improve my customer service skills. The library has also provided free training sessions on safety and intellectual freedom that I have taken. In addition to this, I have learned how to use e-mail, computer software, using the cash register, printers, and copiers. I believe most jobs will require these skill sets so I believe that the library has effectively prepared me.

Derrick: What is it like working with and helping people from different backgrounds?IMAG1651

Devon: It can be challenging at times, but also really rewarding and fun. I get to experience other people’s cultures. It shapes my perspective and I feel because of it, I have become well-rounded. In addition to this, being biracial, I recognize and accept that there are different point-of-views.

Derrick: What will you miss most about being a Student Assistant?

Devon: I think I’ll miss the relaxed environment and the benefit of a flexible schedule while in school. Most of all, I will definitely miss the wonderful staff here. Everyone is so helpful and professional here at the library.

Derrick: So what are your plans for the future?

Devon: I am hoping to apply for a permanent position as a Library Associate through the Continuous Recruitment Program offered by the library. It is a way for the library to keep current employees’ applications for up to a year in hopes that they find a position they like.

Check out Nasiroh’s profile, our “newbie” STA.

And, remember, you have until April 30th to return your application materials.  So get’er done!

Awesome Book Trailers by Whitman Students

In Mr. King’s class at Whitman Middle School, you don’t just read the book–you sell it. Students made their own book trailers promoting their favorite novels.

Like this one, that won first place in the King County Library System’s 2012 Read Film Win contest.

 

Or this one, for a novel about an extremely smart girl trapped in her own mind.

 

And there are more! The Whitman book trailer videos are in the library’s catalog; watch them all here.

 

Sakura Con – who’s in?

banner_2014This weekend is the 17th Annual Sakura-Con…the Northwest’s biggest anime / manga / all-things-Japanese convention.  Who’s going?

I am!  I have been to every Sakura-Con since 2008.  It’s an amazing three day event that celebrates, well,  all things Japanese…from anime viewings to manga give-aways to panels of experts and authors to Ikebana displays to kimono fittings to auditoriums of game playing.  There’s a huge masquerade ball and even martial arts demos.  Not to mention the ginormous Exhibit Hall of booths selling merchandise and the ever-popular Artist’s Alley.

It’s a fascinating weekend that celebrates the otaku in all of us.

Have you been?  What did you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts of the event and see your pictures…especially if you cosplay!  😀

Ja ne!  Hope to see you there!