Where: Main library, 2nd floor
When: 8/28/12, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Main library, 2nd floor
When: 8/28/12, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Okay, so it’s August now, and pretty soon, we’ll have to go back to school—and I’m not looking forward to having to make decisions again. See, in the summer, all you basically have to decide is whether you’re going to watch T.V. in the air conditioning or go hang out at a friend’s house (or something equally cool). But now you’re going to have to start choosing whom to sit with at lunch, what extracurriculars to join, and when to do that paper for English you’ve been putting off. Sometimes, all these choices are overwhelming!
That’s Brooklyn’s problem in the novel My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody. She makes decisions that are not only bad but also sometimes life threatening. When she was a toddler, she chose to follow a lizard she saw on the street. Baby Brooklyn ended up falling down a mineshaft. Now, she’s a teenager, and she’s still making bad choices. She decides to have a party in a real estate model home, and while drunk, decides to cook using the display vegetables.
Here’s a quick hint: If vegetables are on display in a model home, they’re usually plastic. Long story short, Brooklyn burned down the house and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. (Just another reason why you shouldn’t drink and cook.) Realizing she’s made way too many awful choices, Brooklyn starts a blog and enlists the help of her readers to make decisions for her.
My Life Undecided is a well-written story about something relevant to teens: choices, and who is really making them. Brooklyn used to be popular, and her best friend, the Queen Bee, made decisions for her, such as what parties to go to, how to do her hair, and what jeans she should buy!
I am definitely not recommending that you start a blog and ask strangers to choose things for you—check out the chapter where Brooklyn tries out for rugby—but I am recommending this book. It will make you laugh, and if you’re hyperemotional, it might make you cry. (So, if you’re hyperemotional, there’s a good chance you’ll think it’s better thanCats!)
Jessica Brody makes you flip to the back cover and check out the author photo to make sure she’s not a teenager in disguise. In other words, she’s awesome. If you like My Life Undecided, or even if you don’t, check out her other teen books, The Karma Club and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father.
Good luck in the new school year, everyone! As my last English teacher says, “Make good choices”!
Where: Main library, second floor
When: August 14, 2012
Time: 5:00 – 6:00
As you hopefully know, 2012 is the 30th anniversary of the legendary Air Force 1. To celebrate, Nike has been coming out with amazing pair after amazing pair. I want to take a further look today at the Year of the Dragon AF1 II. Yes, Nike already came out with an earlier pair, so these are version two. :)
The shoes are striking, to put it mildly. The side panels and toe box are covered in a red, textured material that resembles scales. The trademark swoosh is bright gold. The soles are a tinted blue but clear, and the tongue has a great detailed picture of a dragon’s face and head. The shoes are just phenomenal.
They came out a few weeks ago and retailed for $200 as a quickstrike release. They were very limited, and I am still on the lookout for a pair to add to my collection. I hope you enjoy the images and see a pair out and about soon.
1. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games Series – Suzanne Collins
3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
4. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
5. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
6. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
7. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
9. Looking for Alaska – John Green
10. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
For the full list follow this link.
Are you a gamer? Make sure to join us @ the German Township Branch on Tuesday, July 31st from 2-5 p.m. We’ll have snacks and Street Fighter X Tekken, Kinect Adventures, Wii games for your gaming entertainment. And did I mention we’ll have snacks?
Stop in for a DIY (Do-it-Yourself) craft in the teen area of the library. This time around we’ll be making a personalized paper holder. We will supply the materials. You only need to supply the creativity!
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Where: Main library, teen area on the second floor
It has been a while since my last installment, but today I am back with a truly special pair of shoes: the Jeremy Lin Nike Air Force 1s. Since the shoes debuted, Jeremy Lin has taken the mega contract offered by the Houston Rockets, but that does not stop his AF 1s from being truly awesome.
The shoe has a great combination of denim and nubuck overlays for material and is colored in the famous NY Knicks blue and orange hues. It has “LIN” on the tongues, and on the backs, one shoe has his jersey number 17, and the other has “JL.”
The shoes are striking and will probably prove to be fairly collectible, since Lin has now signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets for $25 million. He took his opportunity and made the most of it in New York, parlaying that into a sizable payday for himself. Shows the value of that Harvard education.
Enjoy the pictures, and I hope you find a pair—I know I am looking.
Pics from millenniumshoes.com
Take part in the Longest gaming running tournament scene in St. Joseph County!
Where: Main library, lower level
When: July 21, 2012, 10:00 – 2:00
Tomorrow is the release of The Dark Knight Rises! I am super geeked. Are you?
13 minute behind the scenes footage.
If you are excited about the release of The Dark Knight Rises you should definitely read Batman graphic novels and SJCPL just happens to have a pretty good collection.
Below is a list of some Batman graphic novels available for check out.
Batman: Court of owls vol. 1
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he’s sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime? (Goodreads)
Batman: Year one
A young Bruce Wayne has spent his adolescence and early adulthood, traveling the world so he could hone his body and mind into the perfect fighting and investigative machine. But now as he returns to Gotham City, he must find a way to focus his passion and bring justice to his city. Retracing Batman’s first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante, we watch as he chooses a guise of a giant bat, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a corrupt political system that infests Gotham. (Goodreads)
Batman and Robin: Born to kill vol. 1
Batman begins battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne’s past: His name is NoBody, and he’s not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil. (Goodreads)
Batman: Knightfall vol. 1 The villainous Bane breaks the Bat in one of the most popular and well-known Batman tales! The inmates of Arkham Asylum have broken free and Batman must push himself to the limits to re-apprehend the Joker, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, Killer Croc and more. Pushed to the limits, he comes face-to-face against the monstrosity known as Bane, who delivers a crippling blow destined to change the Caped Crusader forever! (Goodreads)
Batman: Knightfall vol. 2, Knightquest
Mentally defeated and physically broken, Bruce Wayne suffered a crippling blow while battling the brutal Bane. Now, the mantle of the Bat must be passed on to another, and Jean Paul Valley answers the call! But as the new Caped Crusader slowly loses his grip on sanity, his idea of justice takes a violent and deadly turn. Witnessing this dangerous behavior firsthand, Nightwing and Robin try to come to grips with Bruce’s highly controversial decision while the new Batman sets his sights on taking revenge against Bane! (Goodreads)