July 4 - All libraries will be closed for Independence Day.
Apparently I love to read about assassins. Don’t think too hard about what that says about me or my character. I took home the book Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which I had been eyeing for a while even though I had no idea what it was about. I got about 2 pages in and realized that she is an assassin! I knew right away that I needed to set aside all my free time for reading this book. If you also love to read about butt-kicking female assassins, here are a few excellent books to try:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Celaena has been imprisoned for a year when the prince offers her freedom in exchange for becoming his royal assassin. But first she has to compete with all the other royal-assassin-wannabes for the position.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Katsa lives in a world in which special talents are called Graces, and those with Graces are celebrated. Katsa’s Grace is that she is really great at killing, which she is not very proud of. She also hates the king using her as his own personal killing machine, but she’s not sure she can stand up to him.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: Ismae escapes from an abusive father and an abusive husband and hides out in the Convent of St. Mortain. At this convent, women are trained to carry out the wishes of Death himself. (In other words—convent-trained assassins!)
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber: Perry's parents force him to take their boring Lithuanian exchange student to prom. After an incident at the dance he learns that she is actually a trained assassin and she needs him to drive her all over the city so she can take out all her targets.
Love Books? Love sharing them with others? World Book Night is your chance to share your love of reading. It’s an annual, one-night only event where people get to give away 20 copies of a book, completely free.
I’ve been a giver before, and it was such a cool experience! I gave away Ender’s Game and chose to station myself at a light rail stop downtown. My very favorite person was a guy in his twenties who asked me why I was giving books away. I explained that I was supposed to pick a spot where people might not be regular readers. His face fell and he tried to hand the book back to me, saying that he was a regular reader so he couldn’t take it. He then said he wanted to give it to his girlfriend who doesn’t read but who he thought would love Ender’s Game. I got to give him the chance to create a reader too.
If you want to be a giver on April 23, all you need to do is apply. The application only takes a few minutes, and you can select your three top choices for which title you'll be giving. The week prior to April 23, you pick your books up somewhere convenient for you. The night of April 23, you go out and give those books away. That's it.
Fine print: you need to be 16 or older. If you are not 16, talk to an adult who you could team up with. They can apply, and you can give out the books together. You must submit your application by January 5 to be considered.
Hone your writing skills over winter break at the Belmar Library. The author of the Croak series, Gina Damico, and many other published authors will lead writing workshops that may include writing prompts, manuscript editing, poetry writing and performance, and more. Join us on the final day to read your creations aloud and ask the participating authors all of your writing quandries.
Thursday, Jan. 2
Learn to express your own voice with Minor Disturbance slam poets.
1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Poetry in English
Poetry in Spanish
Poetry in Yuroba
Friday, Jan. 3
Beyond the Summit author Linda LeBlanc
Regis University Professor and author of The Ruins and other short stories David Hicks
Saturday, Jan. 4
Kissing Shakespeare author Pamela Mingle
Former teacher and Lucy Dakota series author C.S. Shride
Sunday, Jan. 5
Edit your manuscripts and discuss the publishing process with Julie Ann Peters, author of By the Time you Read This I Will be Dead, Rage: A Love Story, and Luna. Limited to 10 registered participants; Must submit a writing piece prior to the event.
Croak series author Gina Damico leads an interactive workshop on fiction writing.
Monday, Jan. 6
Poetry Slam and literary readings! Perform alongside established slam poets. Email Chandra.Jones@jeffcolibrary.org to register or sign-up in person at any previous author event.
Gina Damico, David Hicks, Linda LeBlanc, Pamela Mingle, and C.S. Shride will answer your questions about the writing and publishing process during this panel discussion.
Worried about going broke buying gifts this season? I discovered No Bake Makery as I was looking for things that I could give to friends and family. I’ve already made cherry bomb -- which is an amazing mix of chocolate, dried cherries, and almonds -- and mini dirt puddings (and I ate about a pound of extra gummy worms).
Most of the recipes don’t require weird ingredients and they almost all take an hour or less to make. For example, Beary Surprise uses butter, marshmallows, Rice Krispies, gummi bears and jam to make a super gooey Rice Krispies treat that, according to the book "you can literally throw...against the wall and they will stick."
Love to read books by John Green? You’re not alone. John Green is one of my favorite authors, and based on how quickly his books fly off the shelves, I suspect he may be one of your favorites as well. But what to do when you’ve already read all his books? For starters, follow his VlogBrothers channel on YouTube (Tagline: raising nerdy to the power of awesome). But you might also want to try some of these other books:
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: Greg is friendly with everyone, but he really has only one friend, Earl. He and Earl spend all their time making movies, knowing nobody will ever watch them (or want to watch them). His mother throws this blissful existence off track when she forces him to spend time with Rachel, a girl he knew as a kid who now has leukemia.
Winger by Andrew Smith: Ryan Dean (Winger, to his rugby teammates) is two years younger than his classmates at boarding school. As a result, he spends a lot of his time trying to fit in and a lot of his time trying not to get beat up. This year, he finds himself living in the troublemaker dorm, sharing a room with one of the biggest bullies at school, and falling in love with his best friend.
Winter Town by Stephen Emond: Evan and Lucy have been best friends forever, but now that Lucy Lives in Atlanta they only see each other when she comes home for the winter holidays. This separation has never mattered before, but this winter Lucy looks totally different and is full of some seriously bad attitude. Will their friendship survive now that they are growing into different people?
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Eleanor and Park are two misfits who meet on a school bus and fall in love. I fell in love with them too on every page of this book.
There is a problem in London. Fifty years ago ghosts started popping up all over the city. While some of them are harmless, too many of them are dangerous and even deadly. Lockhart, Lucy and George are three ghost-hunters doing their part to make the city a safer place, eliminating ghostly threats and even solving some mysteries along the way.
This book felt very real to me. The author (who also wrote the Bartimaeus books) does an excellent job setting up the history of the ghost problem as well as the current strategies and organizations involved. While I was reading it I truly believed that of course ghosts are haunting London! And of course we need to all be carrying around charms and gadgets in order to keep them away!
If you’re looking for a great ghost story to keep you up reading all night, The Screaming Staircase might be the book for you. But be careful--after reading this one all I want to do is read more scary ghost books. I may never get a good night of sleep again!
Compete in Hunger Games style once again in anticipation of the Catching Fire movie release! The Hunger Games arena returns – hone your survival skills and compete against other teens in a fight to the death...by sticker that is. No teens will be harmed at this event!
November 22nd from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Light snacks will be provided. Dress comfortably as we will be moving around a lot.
Attendance is limited. For ages 12-18.
If you hate finding a really great series only to discover you have to wait a year for the next book, you've hit the jackpot. The Croak trilogy is complete!
Lex has hit a bit of a rebellious stage, and when she bites a guy at school who called her a vampire, it's the last straw for her parents. They send her to spend the summer on a farm with an uncle she barely knows. Lex quickly learns that the only thing being reaped in the town of Croak is souls, and she's destined to become a Grim too. The series follows Lex as she tries to catch a Grim that's gone all rogue and is releasing souls from people who aren't yet dead. Warning: do not start reading this series unless you've got time to finish it, it's addicting.
I love a good suspense story and Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff was exactly what I wanted it to be. It is full of action, adventure, sleuthing, and excellent gadgets. We know him as Benjamin, but that is not his real name of course. A few years ago Benjamin’s father was killed by The Program, a mysterious government organization working to wipe out terrorist threats. Now Benjamin is a trained assassin working for this same organization, hoping to right the wrongs of his father. The Program gives him his assignment and then he works his way into his future victim's life—going to school with their kids, building strong friendships, going to parties, whatever it takes. And then when the perfect opportunity arises he kills them and disappears, moving onto his next fake life and never looking back. But his latest assignment is proving to be much trickier (hint: prettier) than ever before and for the first time Benjamin finds himself questioning The Program.