Gaming Day @ Western Branch

Enjoy a great afternoon testing your skills and strategies on Wii and XBox. We will also have a selection of favorite board games available.

When: May 22, 2012

Where: Western Branch

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

 

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Book Trailers

The newest book by Cassandra Clare is City of Lost Souls. This is the fifth book in her Mortal Instruments series. If you are a fan of Harry Potter, Hunger games, and Twilight you should have already read this series. If you haven’t, you really need to come to the library and check them out!

 

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Bridget’s View

When I get to the point in the year when I don’t have too much homework, many of the extra curriculars I do are over, and I am pretty much bored out of my mind, I go to the library and pick out a huge stack of books to read.

Last week was not one of those times.

I still went to the library, but I went with no intention of getting an enormous pile of books. Instead, I needed something to read at night after I was done with my final projects and studying for tests. So, when I got to the teen section and saw the cover of the book Fracture by Megan Miranda, I didn’t think it would be a book that I would end up completely obsessed with.

I usually don’t like to say I was wrong, but this is one of those rare times: I WAS WRONG!

After one chapter, I had been sucked into the world of Delaney Maxwell, and I was reading it under my covers with a flashlight at night. That’s usually how I judge books. Am I willing to sacrifice sleep for it? Anyone who knows me knows that I love to sleep almost as much as I love to read, so if I put one of these things above the other, I know I’ve got a good thing going.

The story centers on a girl named Delaney, who is convinced by her best friend, Decker, to cut across a frozen lake on their way to meet their friends. No surprises here: Decker makes it across, and Delaney falls through. Here’s where the tagline “A lot can happen in eleven minutes” comes into play.

Well, okay. Go on, Ms. Miranda. Please, tell me: what can happen in 11 minutes? Apparently, Decker can run two miles in 11 minutes. Delaney herself once wrote an English essay in 10 (Warning: Do not attempt at home.).

“It only takes three minutes without air for loss of consciousness. Permanent brain damage begins at four minutes. And then, when the oxygen runs out, full cardiac arrest occurs. Death is possible at five minutes. Probable at seven. Definite at ten. Decker pulled me out at eleven.”

—Delaney Maxwell in Fracture

 Ooh. Intrigue! This is where I, again, go back on my word. In my last review, I (perhaps overly) explained that the sci-fi genre is not my favorite. And there I was, starting another book that begins with the main character dying (or almost dying, at least). Although, I have to give it credit. Fracture stays away from the cliché of becoming a complete science fiction story. Delaney wakes up from a coma, and all seems well, but suddenly, she starts feeling a pull toward people who are about to die.

Here’s where Fracture loses the points it gained for not being a cliché. Delaney’s worry about what is happening to her takes up chapters that could have been used to set up her character. As a result, at many points in the book, I found Delaney to be someone I couldn’t relate to—and, truthfully, whiny.

Things start to look up when Delaney meets Troy, a boy who has the same abilities she does. He’s more used to this power, though, and he has decided to put the dying people out of their misery since he cannot save them. Troy is convinced that he and Delaney are being punished for something and that his coma was caused by a car accident that killed everyone in his family except him. (I’m fine with this theory, but wouldn’t having to live with this knowledge and without your family be the punishment?)

And here’s where I’m going to assume you all know what SPOILER ALERT means. I’m invoking it now. If you don’t know what this means, you will soon!

Megan Miranda chooses, at this point, to submit to a popular trend in teen books: a love triangle between the best guy friend and the dangerous new guy. In my opinion, the story did not need so many pages going over and over Delaney’s internal conflict (We all know you’re going to end up with your best friend. Just sing him a Taylor Swift song and get it over with.), but hey, it obviously works for some people.

As you can see, I have mixed feelings about this book. However, at the beginning of this review, I mentioned being obsessed with it. That is completely true: I’m obsessed with trying to figure out if I love it or hate it!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a thought-provoking read. It isn’t philosophical, but you will start to wonder about Troy and Delaney’s dilemma: is it moral to kill someone who is going to die anyway?

If you’re looking for a quick read before you get back to studying, don’t choose this book. I spent a night reading it, and it was good, but I didn’t catch up on sleep for another week. Trust me, it will not be a quick read. If you are like me, you will be re-reading chapters and trying to figure out how it will end before it, well, you know, ends.

Hopefully, I have created a mass rush to the teen section to find a copy of this book. I’d request it now before the books get damaged from being read too many times. Really. Because as this is my second review—and, obviously, I am a professional now—I am just that influential.

Anyway, hang in there. Soon, it’ll be summer, and you’ll be able to check out a huge stack of books without feeling guilty. Have you started the countdown yet? (I started in September. Now it finally feels close.)

Happy reading!

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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 by this evening and check out our program.

Where: Second floor

When: May 8th 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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For the Love of the Shoes

I can tell I am getting older when I wear shoes from former players and people have no idea who the shoes originated from. This is not the case with my Nike Air SC Trainer IIs, because they are the shoe Vincent “Bo” Jackson made famous. Jackson endorsed and wore several Nike shoes, but my favorites are the SC Trainer II. I have them in three different colors.

Bo Jackson is one of the greatest athletes of all time. His excellence in professional football and baseball, paired with work ethic and athleticism, made him the face of Nike Training. He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports, and he also won the Heisman Trophy in 1985. You have to respect anyone who can excel at a professional level in two different sports.

Nike reissued his shoes starting a few years ago and I quickly snapped up a few pairs. I fondly remember Bo snapping bats over his knee playing for the Kansas City Royals and running over and through over-rated players like Brian Bosworth while with the Oakland Raiders. I was so impressed with the amazing athletic talent he possessed, it was like he could do anything and everything he set his mind to.

Nov. 30, 1987 - A month into his “hobby” as a professional football player, Los Angeles Raider running back Bo Jackson had a ball on his 25th birthday. In one of the most scintillating performance ever on “Monday Night Football,” Jackson, who says his main job is as an outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, set a Raiders record by running for 221 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a 37-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.Ron Flatter, ESPN

I wear my SC Trainers every time I go to the gym and just love the memories that Bo Jackson gave all of us sports fans in his too short and multi sport career.

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For the Love of the Shoes

Easter has come and gone, but that does not mean it will not come back around to us. When it does, I will be ready, because I got two of the three colors Nike offered this year for the Easter collection of Air Force 1s. I picked up the Lush Teal and Royal Purple pairs. I am just a fanatic for any variation they offer. Nike has a direct line to my debit card, and I am OK with that.

The colors are very bright, and they go so well with the white accents on the shoes. The midsole, stitching, laces, and other small accents are white and really set the pairs off in a great way.

I cannot wait for the other releases this year. Nike has dropped at least 10 different Air Force 1s in celebration of the 30th anniversary, and I am grabbing what I can; it is truly an addiction, and my closets are filling fast.

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Book Trailers

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth, was just released on 5/1/12. In celebration of how awesome Veronica Roth’s books are here are the trailers for both  Divergent and Insurgent.

 

 

Divergent:

Insurgent: (Warning: If you have not read the first book yet do not watch this video.)

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Main-ly Movies Presents: Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr.

This dynamic new portrayal of Sherlock Holmes sends Holmes and his stalwart partner, Watson, on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Refreshments will be served. This film is rated PG-13.

 

When: Today (4/28/2012) @ 2:30

Where: Colfax Auditorium

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For the Love of the Shoes

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Air Jordan Retro 12 “Playoffs” landed in stores. This is a great shoe—a great silhouette and style and great colors.

Did I get a pair? Well, here is how the day went for me:

I woke up at 6:15 a.m. and showered, let my awesome American bulldog outside, and then ate a quick breakfast. I had to get ready and dressed for work, since I had to be in at 9:45 a.m. that day.

I left my house around 7:15 a.m. and got to the University Park Mall by 7:30 a.m. I could already see a decent number of cars in the parking lot and a small crowd of people (8–10) by an entrance door.

I went to a side entrance that not as many people know about. I got in and went to Foot Locker—my preferred local shoe store—and saw two people ahead of me, which meant I would be #3 and guaranteed a pair. :) The downside: it was 7:30 a.m., and the store did not open until 9:00 a.m. So, we all just stood there and chitchatted about Jordan shoes and random stuff to pass the time. But the time goes slowly no matter what you talk about.

Gradually, more and more people started to filter in. Our local mall has two Jordan Brand locations: Foot Locker and Finish Line. The line at Foot Locker was already 12 people deep, so the people coming in just walked down to Finish Line to wait. I heard they had 18 pairs there and 12 at Foot Locker.

But then at 8:50 a.m., the employees got there and slowly started the opening of the store. At 9:00 a.m., they started giving out tickets for specific sizes, size 10 for me. The ticket guarantees your pair. It all went smoothly.

I was out of the mall and on my way to let my dog back outside by 9:05 a.m. before heading to work on time so I can keep getting paychecks to feed my shoe habit.

Oh, about the shoes:

The original Air Jordan 12 was released in 1996–97 and was the first Air Jordan shoe in the Jordan Brand line.

That season, Jordan lost the MVP by the narrowest margin in NBA history to Karl Malone, who helped lead his Jazz to the NBA Finals only to fall to Jordan and the Bulls. Jordan wore the Air Jordan 12s when he took home his fifth NBA title and fifth NBA Finals MVP.

The Air Jordan 12 featured something unique in terms of design: its upper was stitched to resemble the Japanese Rising Sun flag. The Air Jordan 12 also was the most durable shoe out of the whole Jordan shoe series. In addition, it provided the most ankle support, which was great for keeping Jordan on the floor for the whole season.

Jordan Brand was born in September 1997 when Nike decided to launch this new sub brand, and the Air Jordan 12 was the first shoe to be a part of the collection. Interestingly, it did not have the Nike logo anywhere on the shoe—not even on the insole.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Bridget’s View

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is pretty much the opposite of what I expected to find myself reading last week. It morphed from chick lit into sci-fi, and anyone who knows me knows that, while I have absolutely no problems with the sci-fi genre, it is not exactly my favorite subject matter.

However, Unraveling was so good that I could not put it down. Maybe that says I was in desperate need of a book, and I would read anything I could get my hands on. But more likely, it says that Elizabeth Norris has created the perfect mix of, well, pretty much all teen genres. It’s sci-fi and mystery, with just a little bit of paranormal chick lit thrown in there, too. If I forgot anything, let me know. Or better yet, read the book and see for yourself if it’s in there. There’s a good chance it is.

The book centers around a teen girl named Janelle, who, within the first seven pages, dies. Now, this is the point where, in most books, “THE END” would be printed in big letters. It’s over. She died. What now? However, Ben, a “loner” from her high school, brings her back to life. He somehow fused her spine back together after a truck hit her. Hmmm … not a bad way to get a girl’s attention, apparently, because she is convinced that she did die and that Ben saved her.

Janelle is quickly written off as crazy by her best friend, her family, and cynical readers like me. She is persistent in this idea that she was brought back to life, and finally, decides to actually go talk to Ben. Maybe this could have happened faster, but the pages in between her death and her conversation with Ben set up her life at home with a younger brother, a dad who works for the FBI, and a bipolar mother.

Well, I think that’s pretty much enough of the plot. I don’t want to spoil the ending; although, there are many more plot twists (as in, enough that nothing I say about them could spoil the ending, because there are just so many changes).

Unraveling would be good to read if you love sci-fi or are ready to have your mind changed about the genre. I would not recommend this book, however, if you are a teen girl who has just died and come back to life and are looking for a guide on how to confront the guy who saved you. In that case, this isn’t exactly the book for you. Maybe there’s a “Dummies” book about that?

Since my opinion of the genre has changed so much, you should go out and read this book, no matter what you think of sci-fi in general. Maybe you’ll end up loving it a little less or a little more than I did, but it will change your view of the sci-fi category.

With these, hopefully, impressive and maybe even life-changing (a girl can hope, right?) last words, I will finish my first review. See you around the library!

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