For the Love of the Shoes

Today, we will take a step back from the expensive and limited-edition shoes I usually discuss to recognize a great shoe idea and company: Toms Shoes.

If you have a pair of these shoes, then thank you. You are helping out someone in need. If you want to help someone out and want to do it in a really great way, pick up a pair and enjoy, because that is all you have to do; the rest is automatically taken care of.

Toms Shoes was started by Blake Mycoskie in 2006 after a trip to Argentina, where he noticed an alarming number of barefoot children in the poorer villages. The design is based on an Argentinean shoe, the Alpargata, and the concept is simple and really fantastic.

For every pair of Toms Shoes purchased, Friends of Toms, a registered non-profit affiliate of Toms Shoes, gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need. The canvas shoes have been given to children in 25 countries worldwide, including the United States (Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Florida), Argentina, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Guatemala, Haiti, and South Africa. Toms are sold at more than 500 stores nationwide and internationally, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Whole Foods Market. As of 2012, Toms has given away more than one million pairs of shoes. (Source: Wikipedia).

The shoes start at around $44 from what I have seen, and it is a refreshing change from the $200–$300 Nike shoes that seem to get all the headlines. So, do someone in need a favor and pick up a pair for yourself—or as a gift, so two people can benefit.


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DIY Craft

Stop in for a DIY (Do-it-Yourself) craft in the teen area of the library.  We will supply the materials. You only need to supply the creativity!

Where: Main library, 2nd floor

When: 8/28/12, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

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Bridget’s View

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”!

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Gaming @ The Library

We’re going to have a couple of gaming systems set up for you to play. Join us on the second floor and have some fun!

Where: Main library, second floor

When: August 14, 2012

Time: 5:00 – 6:00

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For the Love of the Shoes

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.

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NPR’s List of the Top YA Novels

NPR’s poll of 100 the best 100 YA books was released. Bellow is the list of the top ten. Do you agree that these are the top ten? What would you pick?


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.



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Gaming Dreams

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?

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Teen Do-It-Yourself Craft

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!

When: 7/24/12

Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Main library, teen area on the second floor

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For the Love of the Shoes

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.

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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

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