The Dark Knight Rises

Tomorrow is the release of The Dark Knight Rises! I am super geeked. Are you?

Movie Trailer

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)

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Bridget’s View

Now that it is officially summer, my friends and I like to go to the mall a lot. And I know that this isn’t just us being weird; a lot of people actually do go to the mall. Shocker. But what would happen if the mall were under lockdown—and you were in it?

This is the plot of No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz. And the mall isn’t just on lockdown; there is actually a biological bomb in the parking garage. Now, no one in the mall knows about it at the beginning, except Marco, who found the bomb; the people who have been called in to investigate; and the senator, who was at the mall with her family. Eventually, other people start to find out, but by then it’s too late. Cue horror movie music.

The prospect of a bomb is enough to make you not want to go to the mall, but this mall is nothing like the University Park Mall here. Lorentz’s mall has an ice-skating rink, a Pancake Palace, and many more department stores with beds, pillows, etc. than we do. I’m impressed with how Dayna Lorentz has created a mall that I want to go to and, yet, want to stay as far away from as humanly possible. Well done, Ms. Lorentz.

 Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the four teenagers trapped inside the mall: Shay, the poetry lover; Ryan, the popular boy’s little brother; Lexi, the senator’s daughter; and Marco, who you remember from the second paragraph. Yes, this writing format is confusing at first, but halfway into the book, you should understand what’s going on. Each character develops his or her storyline just slowly enough that you want to keep reading and find out how they’re going to get out of the mall, because you really do like them.

The development of the story keeps the same pace, moving along at a speed that Goldilocks would appreciate. And the developments themselves? Well, they have just enough science fiction in them that they aren’t recognized as anything near to truth, but they are completely believable within the limits of the story.

I don’t want to spoil any part of this book, so I’m just going to borrow some words from my friend Abi, who recommended this book to me: “At the end, you’re expecting it to happen, but it happens differently, and you don’t want it to happen.”

There. That should be vague enough that you’ll want to read the book. It worked on me.

Enjoy your summer, and have fun at the mall.

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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: July 7, 2012

Time: 5:00 – 6:00

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Gaming @ The Library

Do you like video games? At SJCPL we love video games! If you are a fan of gaming stop and check out our program.

Where: Second floor

When: June 26th 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Book Trailers

The author of Graceling and Fire, Kristin Cashore, has a new book out! Have you checked out Bitterblue yet?

I just picked up a copy the other day and I am super excited to start reading it.



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Karaoke Time!

For Teens Only! Bring your friends, and join us to sing karaoke. Do you like to rock or just watch? Sing and encourage others to participate. Light snacks will be served.
Where: Centre Township Library
When: June 12, 2012
Time: 6:30 – 7:30
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Zombie 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 zombie paper dolls. We will supply the materials. You only need to supply the creativity!

Where: second floor

When: June 12,2012 @ 4:30

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Bridget’s View

Stories of fame, fortune, glitz, and glamour are what Jen Calonita has to offer in her book Secrets of My Hollywood Life. Centered on a teenage starlet named Kaitlin Burke, this is one of my typical “guilty pleasure” books.

No, this book will not change your life, so don’t go writing a report on how its themes apply to everyone and expect to get an A+; your English teacher might not be too impressed (But who knows? Maybe she’ll like your creativity. I think mine might. Why do I get the good ideas for projects after school is out for the summer?) Anyway, if you are looking for a book that will make you forget your life for a while and make you believe you live in Hollywood, go ahead and try this one.

Kaitlin is the “nice girl” on her soap opera-ish hit T.V. show, on screen and off. Her T.V. twin, Skylar Mackenzie, is the bad girl and constantly spreads rumors about Kaitlin to the gossip magazines. Fed up with her overbearing parents, wannabe star little brother, and publicist who won’t give her any time off, Kaitlin enrolls in high school as Rachel Rogers, a girl from London.

However, this isn’t much better. There, she faces a super-fan principal, a typical mean girl who is dating the guy Kaitlin/Rachel likes, and on top of all that, homework that she has to do while trying desperately to get an audition for a movie role.

Secrets of My Hollywood Life is filled with laugh-inducing, cringe-inducing situations, (including the high school dance where the students must dress as a celebrity, and Kaitlin goes as Rachel going as Kaitlin) and, sure, some facts that might make you think about your favorite stars differently. Carefully placed throughout the book are Kaitlin’s Hollywood secrets about everything from the social ladder in Hollywood to how the Oscars really work—apparently, it’s uncomfortable to sit in a fancy dress all night. (I don’t know about you, but I’d still love to go.).

Once you’re done with school and need something to read that won’t make you think too hard (Yes, I’m talking to you, summer reading lists.), you should try Secrets of My Hollywood Life. The best part is that it’s a series, so you’ll have even more to log on the Summer Reading Program at SJCPL!

 And the series might even inspire you to plan a road trip to L.A.! (However, I’ve found that renting a few Reese Witherspoon movies works just as well—and costs a lot less.)

On that note, happy summer, and happy reading!

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For the Love of the Shoes

On June 9, the “Military Blue” Nike Air Jordan IVs will arrive. The shoes have an amazing look and feel to them, and sneakerheads will be lining up early.

It all started in 1989 for this legendary shoe. Tinker Hatfield, the amazing and legendary Nike designer, once again, created this one. The Air Jordan IV featured many new design concepts: first, the straps on the side for increased ankle support. It was nearly impossible for M.J. to roll his ankle in these shoes. Also, the Air Jordan IV featured the air sole heel for added cushioning and a full-length midsole.

While wearing the IVs, M.J. led the league in scoring, with an average of 32.5 points per game, and collected numerous other awards, as well. That only helps to build the legend of the IVs.

Spike Lee even gave them a few minutes in his 1989 movie Do the Right Thing. One of the characters has his brand new Air Jordan IVs scuffed by someone walking by with a bicycle, and he proceeds to yell and berate the person for two minutes about the incident—before taking the shoe off and cleaning it with a toothbrush.

I know they are only shoes, but sometimes you can take a shoe as a snapshot of an era or as a trip down memory lane, and for me, the Air Jordan IVs will always be one of the best shoes I have ever owned.

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Teen Summer Reading 2012

Sign up online at home or at any SJCPL location. You’ll receive an incentive prize for signing up. (while supplies last)

Record online the books you have read. Magazine, comic books, and books you listen to count, too.

The more books you read and record, the better your chances to win prizes.

For updates like us on Facebook @ SJCPL Teens.

Summer reading runs from June 4, 2012 to August 4, 2012.

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