Monday, January 31, 2011
Don't forget, our website is available 24/7 with research tools such as World Book, and our free downloadable audio book and eBook service.
Check the local TV stations or our website for updates about our hours.
Please stay safe and check our website www.zionsville.lib.in.us for updates about tomorrow's hours.
Ten films are vying for Best Picture, 5 of which are based on books. This year’s nominees are: The Social Network (The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich), The Black Swan, The King’s Speech (The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi), True Grit (True Grit by Charles Portis), 127 Hours (Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston), Winter’s Bone (Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell), The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, and Toy Story 3. For full list of nominees, related stories and more, visit The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
If you like books that have been made into movies, you might want to peruse the Library's “From Book to Movie” reading guide, available in the Teen and Adult Services Department. You’ll probably recognize titles like A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. But did you also know that the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire was based on Q & A by Vikas Swarup? Or that the current thriller (and Oscar nominee), The Town, is based on Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves?
Teens may want to check out Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Lightening Thief, Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wendelin Van Draanen's Flipped, Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries, and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.
In 2011, look for films based on The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, One for the Money by Janet Evanovich, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Traveling into the future, Julia has recently read the second and fourth books in the "Books of Ember" series, The People of Sparks (2005) and Diamond of Darkhold (2010). In the first book of this series written by Jeanne DuPrau, City of Ember, the two main characters, Lina and Doon, are part of an amazing underground city called Ember where people have lived underground for so long they don't remember anything about the world on top of the earth. Lina and Doon must figure out a way to lead the people of Ember above ground because resources and food are, after 200+ years, running out. Can Lina and Doon solve the mysteries left behind by the Builders of Ember, and if they make it out, can the Emberites survive in a world above ground!? Julia gives both The People of Sparks & Diamond of Darkhold a rating of "fantastic."
Heading back into the past instead of into the future, Julia also recommends an exciting historical fiction book by Avi, The Secret School (2001). Julia summarizes this book by saying, "Ida is 14 and she is excited to do her exit exam until the school closes. She is only 14 so she can't teach, or can she?" Set in the 1920s, a one room school house is about to be shut down, keeping Ida and Tom from being able to take their 8th grade exams and go on to high school. Without high school Ida can't be a teacher, something she wants desperately, but can she juggle being a student and secretly being the teacher to keep the school open, while still caring for her responsibilities on the farm in order to realize her dream? Come on into the library and find out! Julia says this is now her favorite book!
If you want to share your book thoughts with us like Julia has, click on the following link to fill out a book review online. Or, stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a Book Review Form. (Remember, for every qualifying review you submit, you are eligible to enter a raffle for a free iTunes or Amazon gift card!)
Friday, January 21, 2011
If there is anything I have learned since taking my position as the teen librarian, it is that teens love duct tape. In case you have not been down the aisle at your local hardware or department store, you are majorly missing out. Duct tape is no longer available solely in the dull gray color you are most likely familiar with, now it can be found in every color of the rainbow! Red, purple, hot pink, turquoise, lime green, and it doesn’t stop there. There’s also digital camouflage, real camouflage, peace signs, leopard print, zebra print… so options are endless! Why does duct tape come in so many colors? Because you can make things with it! At the Library teens have made duct tape wallets, bags, flip flops, and on Wednesday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. we will be making duct tape roses! Why? Ummmm… Did I mention that duct tape is awesome? Besides that, these bad boys never die! Teens in grades six and up are welcome to attend, registration is recommended.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
We encourage everyone to stay safe and curl-up with a good book at home! If you need a book, try our free downloadable audio book and eBook service http://bit.ly/ec5qrk.
Updates will be posted on our website: www.zionsville.lib.in.us.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
It’s simple, really. We ask our homebound customers what they like to read. And then each month, they receive a green bag brimming with a 4-week supply of hand-picked library goodies (books and CDs), delivered right to their door. (Think pizza delivery, only better!!)
For more information, or to find out if someone you know qualifies, just call Teen & Adult Services at 873-3149, ext. 12400.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
In fact, as we head into 2011, we’d really like to hear what you think of the youth books you are reading, and on occasion (and with your permission) we’d like to share your thoughts with others through this blog. So, if you’d care to share your thoughts with us, here are the details:
- Every time you review a book, you’ll be eligible to enter our raffle for an Amazon or iTunes gift card! The raffle drawing will take place at the end of the Youth Winter Reading Program.
- Both children and adults can participate.
- Youth materials that may be reviewed include: early readers, beginning chapter books, youth chapter books, youth non-fiction books, and picture books with a purpose.
- You may submit multiple reviews but only one per book.
To share your thoughts online through February 27th, visit the following link to review picture books with a purpose: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/picbookreviewsbyyou
Use this link through February 27th to review all other youth materials: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bookreviewsbyyou
You can also fill out a hard copy of the book review form by visiting the Youth Services Reference desk.
We hope to hear from YOU
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Snow in Indiana! Cross country skiers love it when it snows 4 or more inches and it stays cold! It is a great way to enjoy the fresh air! See you sking at Eagle Creek or sledding on the hill at the Mulberry Field Park in Zionsville?
Monday, January 10, 2011
Our Youth Mock Newbery committee at the library did not read this book but I am sure we will have readers lining up to check it out. Unfortunately we do not have a copy in the library yet!
The story is about twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker, the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up. It is where Abilene hopes to find out some things about her father's past.
Two of our Mock Newbery Honor Books won awards.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. It also won as a 2011 Newbery Honor Book! (I knew it would win some award! It was one of my favorites.)
The Dreamer by Pam Munzo Ryan & Peter Sis won the Pura Belpre (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
I have always waited to hear about the Newbery and Caldecott winners through an email. This year, however, with the excitement built up by our Mock Newbery Club student organizer, Laura Rogers, I had to turn on the ALA live webcam announcements. It was difficult to prepare for work at the library (dry my hair and get dressed) while being glued to the the internet. I even tried to watch Twitter posts to get the most current updates. Times sure have changed! Instant information can really be distracting!
The Mock Newbery Club plans to celebrate the winners Tuesday night ... if the snow does not disrupt our plans. Our Mock Newbery Election Day in December was almost cancelled because of the weather. We have a dedicated group! If the library is open I am sure we will have some people here to celebrate the book awards! Congratulations to Clare Vanderpool for writing Moon Over Manifest the 2011 Newbery Award Winner!
The Caldecott Award is given each year to the most distinguished American picture book published by an American Publisher in the previous year.
The 2011 Caldecott Award winner was announced this morning, and the winner is…drumroll, please…
A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. This is a charming story of a man who takes care of others every day, but one day, he is sick and needs others to take care of him.
The Caldecott Honor books included
Dave the Potter written by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Miss Julie and Miss Elizabeth participated in a Mock Caldecott program where we read all of the books that were eligible to receive the Caldecott Award and the following books are some of our personal favorites.
All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Alexander
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
Please Take me for a Walk by Susan Gal
Tiger and Turtle by James Rumford
Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli
Gumption! by Elise Broach
Beaver is lost by Elisha Cooper
Willoughby and the Moon by Greg Foley
Art and Max by David Wiesner
Monday, January 3, 2011
We want you to make reading a habit, so all you have to do is read OUT LOUD or be read to OUT LOUD for fifteen minutes a day for 21 days. Keep track of your reading with a log and stickers, which you can pick up from your friendly Librarians. When you return your log you will receive a Reading Buddy*!
All participants in the Winter Reading Program will be represented by a snowflake on our bulletin board, so we really are looking forward to the oncoming blizzard!
With the cold weather outside, there is SNOW BETTER TIME TO READ!