Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Harry Potter Love in the Library

I've talked about my love for Harry Potter a few times on the blog already.  Here's probably the biggest post: Dear Mr. Potter.

But I'm also excited because of all the new Harry Potter announcements - the new movie, the play, and the new book. It's giving libraries a chance to host Potter events again.

Tonight my library is hosting a Harry Potter Birthday Bash. We have an awesome Platform 9 and 3/4 built for taking photos. We have a wizard rocker. We having cake and butterbeer. And a coloring station. And my co-worker reconfigured the game Are you a Werewolf into Are you a Death Eater.

This is our blueprint for the platform. We had a whole team of people working on it. And it looks awesome!
And she came up with a plan for us to celebrate Harry Potter all year round at the library (more on that later). We do have an awesome event coming up in November right before the movie release with Draco and the Malfoys. It's going to be another EPIC event.

All week long, we've posted a flyer about our birthday bash in the Children's Room. And it's gotten lots of comments. Some wonder what we're doing, some express their love for Harry Potter, and some are so excited to come.

I love that Harry Potter is making the rounds still (and I suspect the books will for years to come), but it's great to have everyone talking about my favorite wizards again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Learning

This week's topic is Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them. I love reading books that make me want to look things up or figure out long after I've put down the novel. 
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Learn more about Dreams
A Premonition of Murder by Mary Kennedy

Go back to learning Welsh. I'm 25% Welsh and when I was in high school, I started learning the language. I'd love to be fluent one day - but that's going to take a whole lot of time
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Take a Sound of Music tour
Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Go on a bike tour:
Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark

Get a camera and start taking photographs - I love taking photos on my phone, but it's just not the same.
Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

Take a baking class and learn how to make pastries and other goodies I haven't made before
Kitchen Chaos by Deborah A. Levine

How to make more candy items
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Much more about computers - coding/hacking
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

How to bake an amazing pie - crusts are tricky
Honey by Sarah Weeks

How to paint - better. I dabble somewhat, but I'm not that good.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Tween Tuesday Review: VIP Battle of the Bands

 * Book 2 in the VIP series *
Mac is still living her dream and touring with her favorite band. Perfect Storm is on the rise and loving their time. They're recording some new music, including a song about Mac.

That is until a new up and coming band steals the song and records it first. Now the boys of Perfect Storm are angry and want revenge.

Because both bands are with the same studio, they're sent out on tour together. Of course this starts an all out war between the two bands. And it looks like perfect storm is going down from their behavior and all their most private secrets share with the public. Someone is clearly sabotaging them. Can Mac figure it out before the band breaks up?
My Thoughts: I loved the sequel. I loved getting to know the guys more. I loved the comics. Again the art was cool and Mac became more confidence on page. I felt bad for the guys as their world came apart and their secrets were shared. I can't imagine the pressure these guys must be under and how awful it would be to have your secrets spilled out into the world. No one made great choices here. I liked the vlogger angle and how the played out. A fantastically fun sequel and I can't wait to read more about Mac and her friends and the guys.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: Sent for Review
Release Date: Out Today
Library Recommendation:  Highly recommended for tween collections, this one will fly off the shelves.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: Long Shot

A story from Chris Paul's childhood about working on his skills to make the team, despite his shortness.
My Thoughts: I really loved this book. I'm a big basketball fan, so it was super fun to read about an NBA player's childhood. It reminded me of the story about Michael Jordan in Salt in His Shoes.

I love how Chris went after his dream. He practiced and practiced. He worried. He talked to his friends and family about it. But he never gave up, not even when people thought he couldn't make it.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: While it's perfect for summer reading this year, it's also a great book about going after your dreams and not settling because people think you might not make it. Highly recommended for Children's collections.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Fall Programs for Teens (7)

I know Summer Reading is starting to wind down. But my head is filled with ideas for fall programs. Fall for my library runs from September thru December. This is my first fall for teen programs at the library, so I'll be doing a mix of old ideas that worked well and new ideas. 

Here's my series from last year in case you missed it and want more ideas. 

Back to school crafts (aka playing with Washi Tape)
Washi Tape Pencils, Giveaway at Kids Party, use tape within the Birthdays colourscheme:
Boatload of ideas on this pin

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse?
zombie scabs -        Mix together:      1/2 TBS corn starch      1 tsp water      1/4 tsp corn syrup      3/4 tsp onion flakes (1 tsp corn flakes or bran flakes will work, too)      1 drop red food coloring      1 drop yellow food coloring:
Make yourself a zombie bite

National Brownie Day is December 8th
Perfectly rich, dense, fudgy brownies every time. They are so easy and come together with just a bowl and a whisk. This is the only brownie recipe I use!:
We'll be taste testing a few kinds

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mini Review: Case of the Missing Moonstone

Lady Ada Byron commands the household as the only person of rank, with her mother off visiting and her father dead. She's not thrilled about a new tutor. But when the new tutor brings along a student, she has somewhat of a change of heart.

When she meets Mary Godwin, she finds her first friend. Together, the girls even each other out. They start coming up with schemes - one of them is to start a detective agency, which they do.

Lady Ada is quite particular about which case they choose, but once she hears about the missing moonstone, she can't wait to solve it.
The Good:
Lady Ada and her inventions
Lady Ada ruling the house
Lady Ada and her interactions with Mary
The strength and determination of Lady Ada and Mary
Charles, the invisible boy who reads
Lady Ada discovering the truth about her tutor
Victorian Era
All the STEM in the book
The Ladies Detective Agency
Solving the case
The references to other elements in the story
The chase
That ending!

The Bad:
Nitpicking here, but historical impossible to happen with the difference in ages between the two.

Cover Thoughts: Fantastic
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for all Children's Collections
Final Thoughts: I'm looking forward to the second book in this series!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summertime Book Review: Unexpected Everything

Andi knew what she wanted from life and a plan to get it. So imagine her surprise when her world comes crashing down after her father's political career takes a hit.

The scandal changes her summer plans in an instant. Now without her internship, Andi's floundering. She's stuck at home with no plans and no ways to create a better summer.

At first, she's at her wits end, but then she agrees to take a dog walking job. Just like that everything changes.

She meets Clark - a boy who challenges her on every level. Her relationship with him gets off to a rocky start but then rebounds.

Could this spontaneous summer be the best thing that ever happened to her?
My Thoughts: I LOVED this book, not surprising because I love her author books. I enjoyed the father - daughter banter, the political side to the book, Andi's friendships, her letting go of her plans and letting loose, and of course Clark. Clark reminded me of the Christoper Paolini publishing story crossed with a little Game of Thrones - which was awesome. And that sweet dog. Bertie was charming. I love how Clark and Andi didn't know much about each other and their first date was priceless. I liked learning more about Andi's mother. I loved how this summer taught her to have deeper relationships. I didn't want this book to end!

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for all teen collections.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Blogger Tag

I found this on Bring My Books blog and decided to give it a try.
Go ahead and fill this out if you're interested. 

How old are you?


What book are you reading?

Mother-Daughter Book Camp (The Mother-Daughter Bo…The Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)The Inside of Out


(One True Pairing, for those who don’t know.)
Yikes this is hard!
Darcy and Lizzie 
Ron and Hermoine
Luke and Lorelai 
Wes and Macy
Mia and Michael

Blogger or WordPress?


Going outside being active or staying in and reading a book?

Depends on the day - I love hiking, but I also love reading inside. Usually if the weather is nice, I'd pick hiking. But if not, reading for sure. 

What is the last book you read?

Too Many Moose by Lisa Bakos
Super cute Children's book

What is the book you’re going to read next?

Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay, #1)

Ebooks – yes or no?

NO! I love feel of print in my hand. 

Where do you prefer to read?

Mostly anywhere but usually on the couch or in bed

Who is the last person you tweeted?

 To wish her a happy book birthday for
The Way Back Home (Wildflower, #3)

Whose blog did you look at last?

Andi's for her ABCs

Who is your favorite blogger?

I'm not sure I can choose....

Who is your favorite book-tuber?

I don't have one - I don't watch these videos, but maybe I should. Who should I be watching?

What do you do when someone tells you reading is boring?

I'll try to help them find a book they will love.

Who is your all-time favorite book character?

Yikes again! 
Elizabeth Bennet 
Harry Potter characters

What is your preferred drink whilst reading?

I'm a diet coke addict

How many bookshelves / bookcases do you have?

7, including four my husband made me and 1 built in bookcase (which in no way influenced my house buying decision - ok it totally did!)

Insta-love: yes or no?

Nope - not unless there's a REALLY unique twist on it

Favorite author?

Yikes Again!
Meg Cabot, Jane Austen, Sarah J Maas, JK Rowling...

What is the number-one book on your wishlist?

The new Meg Cabot or Sarah J Maas book (whenever they are coming out)

Do you prefer books with female or male protagonists?

Doesn't matter to me as long as the story is good.