Thanks to all the Jeffco Library teens that joined me at the red carpet premiere of Divergent last night! It was an amazing time! The movie was excellent and follows the book well. The actors Ben Lloyd Hughes and Christian Madsen were both present. Some teens did get their posters and books autographed. The picture above is about as close as I got to the actors, in other words I was in the back. I think one of them is in the middle with the purple shirt.
It would be hard to pick my favorite scene in the movie, the whole thing was so good. The scenery was amazing and futuristic Chicago was very realistic. I used to live in Chicago and can freely admit that I would not make Dauntless as I have never had the urge to jump off a moving ‘L’ train. I would have to say my favorite part was Triss rappelling across buildings, my nails may be a bit shorter after watching this part. It was a great evening and great film, definitely worth the sleep deprivation for staying up late!
The Oscars are happening this Sunday, so throw on your party clothes, whip up some snacks and host a watch party. There are several movies nominated this year based on books including The Great Gatsby, Twelve Years a Slave, and my personal favorite The Book Thief (nominated for Best Original Score). The movie is based on Markus Zusak's critically acclaimed YA historical fiction novel that focuses on the journey of Liesel and her foster parents during World War II. There is nothing like beautiful music to bring to life and heighten a beautiful story.
There can never be too many books or movies about Greek Mythology. This month the movie, The Legend of Hercules was released and it amped up my interest in all things Greek again. There is of course the new Heroes of Olympus book, The House of Hades,which came out last fall, and some really cool graphic novels that feature epic tales like the Odyssey: a graphic novel. But if you are looking to find more information about the history and details of gods then try out Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology, one of the library's databases. My favorite part is being able to look up some minor god and figure out who he's related to and what he's done. This database is also useful for making your book reports about Rick Riordan look super impressive.
Stop by the Belmar Library reference desk to pick up a piece of swag from The Legend of Hercules movie. We have t-shirts, hoodies, and posters to give away to teens on a first come first served basis.
* image of Hoplite provided by Lammyman, Flickr Creative Commons, cc 2013.
Calling all Divergent Fans, get your red capret smiles ready! You have a chance to win a ticket to the Colorado premiere of the upcoming Divergent Movie, based on the book by Veronica Roth. If that's not exciting enough there will be two actors from the movie at the premiere, Ben Lloyd- Hughes (Will) and Christian Madsen (Al). I'm sure you're thinking, "How do I win this golden ticket?!?!" All you have to do is take this short quiz.
You can see more information about the date, time, and place of the movie at the start of the quiz. We will contact the winners by February 28th. Must be 13-18 years old to win! Tickets provided by Allied-THA.
Teens are complicated. There I said it. You can be sweet, sassy, thoughtful, and rude all in the matter of minutes. And that complexity is what makes working with you such a fun challenge.
I recently attended a training for Mental Health First Aid hosted by the Jefferson Center for Mental Health that reminded me of how quickly the brain is changing between the ages of 12-20, and how those changes can affect mental health. There are some amazing resources out there for you and the adults in your life that can answer questions, spark discussion, and provide background information. One of my favorite sites is Teen Mental Health which has information for teens, parents, and educators on everything from dealing with depression and anxiety to making new transitions in life, like starting colllege. The library also offers access to Teen Health and Wellness, an awesome database, that covers a variety of topics like grief and loss, food safety, and even dating.
So no matter what you're feeling, take a deep breath, talk, do a little research and know that your brain changes will slow down someday, but the way it functions will always be complicated (even as an adult).
*video provided by TeenMentalHealth.org
Aimee Carter, author of the Goddess Test series, has a new book out!
Pawn takes place in a future United States where society is strictly structured into different social classes. Each person takes a test when they turn 17 that determines their class and the kind of life that they will lead. Kitty tests as a III, which means working in a sewer and never having enough food or money to truly be happy. When the Prime Minister gives her the opportunity to upgrade to a VII she agrees without even knowing what she will need to do. The next thing she knows she is waking up after weeks of being drugged, only to find that she has a whole new body—she now looks and sounds exactly like the Prime Minister’s niece. Kitty learns that her world and the people who lead it are more gruesome and corrupt than she ever imagined, and she is now a pawn in their evil plots.
A boy stands in his room and then the world is destroyed. Okay, so that isn't exactly what happens in Homestuck, a web comic written, illustrated, and animated by Andrew Hussie, but it’s not far from the truth.
Meet John and his three friends Rose, Dave, and Jade. They decide to play a game called Sburb only to find out that it destroys their world. Now they need to work together with a group of alien teenagers called Trolls to save, not only their world, but many others, even in other galaxies. Get ready to dive into a world where everything is completely crazy and can make little to no sense. You will laugh the whole way through your Homestuck experience and make new friends.
Still doesn't sound cool enough for you? Come and learn more about this crazy phenomenon at the Standley Lake Library's Homestuck Party, Friday February 7th at 6:00pm.
*youtube video created by EmptyFeet
I just moved to Denver from Kansas City in December, and since then I have undergone a crash course in Broncos football mania. People are sporting orange and blue at work, to school, even on dates (a color combo that in any other context is not recommended). I have never been passionate about a football team (sorry Kansas City Chiefs), but the love and excitement for the Broncos just might make me a fan.
Inspired by the football buzz I decided to read, Pop by Gordon Korman. It must have been the Broncos orange and blue on the cover that sucked me in, or that like me the main character, Marcus Jordan, has just moved to a new town. While training at the park for the upcoming football season Marcus befriends Charlie Popovich, a charasmatic adult prankster. When school starts Marcus is schocked to find out that Charlie is not only the father of Troy, the starting quarterback at school, but is also a former NFL player. Tensions rise both on and off the field as the boys compete over football, girls, and what's best for Charlie.
Sports fiction is not usually the kind of book that I tackle (see what I did there), but I enjoyed the very real characters created by Korman and the fast pace of the storytelling. So, in the spirit of trying new things, this weekend I am going to rock some orange and blue and scream GO BRONCOS!
Do you think re-incarnation is possible? Does the past have an influence beyond explanation on what will happen tomorrow? In this futuristic tale, Eric is a journalist who has come to the island of Blessed to investigate rumors of unnatural occurrences. When he meets Merle, a local girl, he feels as though he already knows her. This gothic tale is told in 7 parts, each based on a phase of the moon.
The Printz is selected based on excellence in literature for young adults. Sedgwick is also the author of the nail-biting suspense story Revolver.
2014 Printz Honor books include:
Bring your suits, your heels, your ties and your gowns to the Belmar Library. The Prom Swap will be Saturday, Feb 15, 10 am - 4 pm, and you can trade in your formal wear or canned goods for new-to-you fancy pants (or dresses). If you aren't interested in attending the swap but would still like to donate, feel free to drop your donation off at any of the Belmar Library service desks now until Feb 15th.