Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Hanover County PL, North Carolina

This is a total hoot! Check out this library's videos on Youtube. Look for the videos by scooterstories.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

National Coming Out Day: October 11, 2010

Take a look at the contest posted at Candle, Inc. in Rockland County. Who is your favorite queer hero? Submit some artwork, a poem, or just sign the pledge on the left of this page:

Friday, September 17, 2010


This is all George Romero's doing. He took a figure from folklore and turned it into a nightmare. The original zombies were people who were controlled by magic, to do the sorcerer's bidding. Not much fun, but at least they didn't go around eating people. "Night of the Living Dead" was not the first zombie movie, but it was one of the first to turn innocent zombies into walking, decaying, and ravenous monstrosities.

So now, we have an explosion of the walking, decaying dead. "28 Days Later," "Zombieland," "Shaun of the Dead," and "Resident Evil" are some of the recent movies that showcase zombies. If the observations of critics are correct, zombies stand for the materialism, uncertainty, and hopelessness that modern society is dealing with at this moment in time. A lot of the plots of recent zombie novels include the destruction of our nice, cushy lifestyle. Who cares about wearing Nike and Prada when you're trying to stay alive? What about the zombies created from a mutated virus? H1N1, AIDS anyone?

Okay, so here's the heart of the matter. There's a lot of reading to do. Fiction and nonfiction. You gotta be ready when the zombie holocaust happens.

For you literary types, there's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies originally written by Jane Austen, with some help from Seth Grahame-Smith. Poetry your thing? Take a look at Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum. (Caution: Read before you eat. Unless you have a cast-iron stomach.)

Nonfiction your choice? How about "Real Zombies, the Living Dead, and Creatures of the Apocalypse" by Brad Steiger. Or Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide.

Fiction has exploded with books about the undead:

Daniel Waters. Generation Dead and sequels. Just think about this premise: zombiism as an alternative lifestyle with all the problems that come with it.
Adam Selzer. I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It. Isn't school tough enough without trying to date a zombie?
Carrie Ryan. The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves After an apocalypse, the Earth plagued by zombies. People live in walled villages, afraid and confined not only by the walls but by their own society.
Charlie Higson. The Enemy This is a new one: A virus turns almost everyone over 16 into hungry zombies. Orphaned kids try to survive in a devastated London. Of course, zombies aren't their only problem...
Michael Thomas Ford. Z Josh is an expert at torching zombies - online. What if he gets the chance to play the game in real time?
Justin Richards. The Death Collector Evil guy wants to bring the dead back to life. Somebody's gotta stop him.
Cherie Priest. Boneshaker Steampunk and zombies. What's not to love?

Adult Fiction
These can be really gross. There's probably some s-e-x, too.
David Wellington. Monster Nation
Brian Keene. The Rising
Max Brooks. World War Z
Alden Bell. The Reapers are the Angels.
Alan Goldsher. Paul is Undead: the British zombie invasion
Jonathan Maberry. Patient Zero
Z. A. Recht. Plague of the Dead: the morningstar saga
If you can get your hands on J. L. Bourne's Day-By-Day Armageddon, do. I highly recommend it. It's a concise report of the zombie plague told from a military man's viewpoint. If you like your prose short and sweet, this is the book for you.
Don't forget Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Year's Scariest Book?

Kids, watch out! If your parents start throwing around brochures for a "gated" community called Candor, run for the hills! Candor is located in Florida. This guy, Campbell Banks bought up land for the perfect community. Families are flocking to get in. Everything is absolutely perfect. No garbage in the streets, everyone is polite and helpful. All the kids are academic overachievers headed for colleges like Yale. No sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll here. Campbell's son Oliver knows the secret. For a price he'll get you out. What do you think happens when Oliver meets a new girl who hasn't been taken in by Candor yet? Yup, and that's when Oliver's perfect scam starts to unravel. There's another side to Candor, and it isn't pretty. Even the founder's son isn't immune. Candor by Pam Bachorz is one scary read.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Scholastic Book Wizard

Yeah, it says it's for teachers, but it's pretty good for anyone who wants to find a good read. If you like "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, the Wizard comes up with all sorts of titles, not just read-alikes. It can handle some nonfiction, too. "The Cage" by Ruth Minsky Sender came up with other choices in fiction and nonfiction. Go ahead, check it out-the widget's on the left of this page for your convenience.

Monday, August 16, 2010

2010 Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read!" has come to a close. This year 100 kids from the 6th to the 12th Grade participated, reading a total of 791 books, manga, graphic novels and magazines! Way to go! Congratulations to the "Where in Time is Bruno?" contest winners:

1. Jonathan Feldman – Civil War/Surrender at Appomattox

2. Cynthia Schmidt – The Kennedy Assassination

3. Kayla Melagrano – King Henry’s Throne

4. Briana Rosenberg – (Fall of) The Berlin Wall

5. Samantha Boffuto – Ancient Egypt

6. Cynthia Schmidt – WW II Raising the flag on Iwo Jima

7. Adrienne Lett – Apollo 11 Moon Mission

8. Maggie Ryan – King’s March to Montgomery, Alabama

9. Mike Wrubel – When Betsy Ross made the Flag

Bruno hopes that the Barnes & Noble $10 gift cards came in handy. Keep on reading!


Loius Sachar - The Cardturner. Real Life
Philip Reeve - Fever Crumb. Fantasy
Chris Lynch - Hothouse: a novel. Real Life
Gail Giles - Dark Song Suspense
Kody Keplinger - The Duff(Designated Ugly Fat Friend)Real Life
Cassandra Clare - The Clockwork Angel Fantasy
Richelle Mead - Spirit Bound Vampire Academy #5
S. A. Bodeen - The Gardener Science Fiction
Lisi Harrison - My Little Phony The Clique #13
Steve Auguards - X-Isle Science Fiction
Cyn Balog - Sleepless Fantasy
Tonya Hurley - Ghostgirl: Lovesick Supernatural
Neal Shusterman - Bruiser Real Life
Melissa de la Cruz - Keys to the Repository Blue Bloods series
Michael Cadnum - Flash Action/Adventure
Charlie Higson - The Enemy Zombies!
Patrick Carman - Thirteen Days to Midnight Dark Fantssy
James Dashner - The Scorch Trials Sequel to The Maze Runner
Brian Falkner - Brain Jack Science Fiction
David Levithan and Rachel Cohn - Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Real Life
Maryrose Woods - The Poison Diaries Fantasy
Elizabeth Scott - Grace Real Life
Nancy Werlin - Extraordinary Fantasy
Scott Westerfeld - Behemoth Sequel to Leviathan
Catherine Fisher - Sapphique Sequel to Incarceron
Daniel Waters - Passing Strange Generation Dead #3
Tricia Rayburn - Siren Horror
Mara Purnhagen - Tagged Real Life
Priscilla Cummings - Blindsided Real Life
Kimberly Pauley - Still Sucks to Be Me: More All-True Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen Vampire Sequel to Sucks to Be Me
Carol Plum-Ucci - Fire Will Fall Sequel to Streams of Babel
Lauren Oliver - Before I Fall Real Life
Holly Black - Black Cat Fantasy
Lesley Livingston - Darklight Sequel to Wondrous Strange
Mercedes Lackey - Legacies Fantasy
Douglas Rees - Vampire High: Sophomore Year
Jeri Smith-Ready - Shade Horror
John Green and David Levithan - Will Grayson, Will Grayson Real Life
Kathryn Lasky - Ashes Historical Fiction (Holocaust)
Elisa Carbone - Jump Real Life
Lauren Kate - Torment Sequel to Fallen
Kim Ablon Whitney - The Other Half of Life Hictorical Fiction (Holocaust)


Stephen Below - Pigskin Dreams: the people, places, and events that forged the characters of NFL's greatest players
Dalton Higgins - Hip Hop World
Russell Freedman - The War to End All Wars: World War I
Eva Mozea Kor - Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz
Adam Selzer - The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History

The Friends of the Hart Library provided the funds to buy these titles. Thank you!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jane Austen's Fight Club

Another funny mashup: Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club and Jane Austen. Check it out!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Scrapbooking Opportunity

Do you make scrapbooks? Creating Keepsakes magazine is holding a contest just for teen scrapbookers. Details are here:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Linger by Maggie Steifvater

Try this:

New Social Network for Teen Readers

young adult,teen,fiction,Kaleb Nation,Bran Hambric,Joy Preble,Dreaming Anastasia

This site looks really cool. Check out the book trailer for Maggie Stefvater's next book: "Linger:"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


free search engine submission

Create Your Own Superhero!

Here are a few links I came across in my listserv reading:

These books are order as of last week:

The Ring - Bobbie Pyron (Mardie saves herself in a boxing ring)
Waiting for You - Susane Colasanti (Marisa wants to live a normal teen life...)
In Ecstasy - Kate McCaffrey (Just say no)
The Intruders - Olive Peart LOCAL AUTHOR!!
Sweet Little Lies - Lauren Conrad (An L.A. Candy novel)
Dead-Tossed Waves - Carrie Ryan (Sequel to Forest of Hands and Teeth)
Scarlett Fever - Maureen Johnson Seuqel to Suite Scarlett)
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #3)
For Keeps - Natasha Friend (A mother-daughter relationship complicated by dad's reappearance)
Movers & Fakers - Lisi Harrison (An Alphas novel)
Center Field - Robert Lipsyte (Mike just wants to get to the pros)
For the Win - Cory Doctorow (The vicious future world of virtual game playing)
The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell (Carrie the teen)
Lies: a Gone novel - Michael Grant
Runaway - Meg Cabot (Airhead #3)
Borderline - Allan Stratton ( a Muslim father and son)
The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys - Scott William Carter
Nothing - Janne Teller (Horror)
Every Little Thing in the World - Nina De Gramont (Sydney goes to wilderness camp - pregnant)
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead - Julie Anne Peters (Bullied relentlessly, Daelyn decides to end it all)
Raven Rise - DJ McHale
Wizard Heir, Warrior Heir, Dragon Heir - Cinda Williams Chima

Ghosts of War: the true story of a 19-year old GI - Ryan Smithson (in Iraq)
Rough Guide to Anime - Simon Richmond
Rock 'n Roll Soldier - Dean Ellis Kohler (Starting a band in Viet Nam)
Bite of the Mango - Mariatu Kamara (A victim of Sierra Leone's civil war)
From Boneshakers to Choppers - Lisa Smedman

The Good Neighbors 2: Kith - Holly Black
DC vs. Marvel Comics - Ron Marz
Ultimate X-men: fire and brimstone - Mark Millar
Batman Tales of the Demon - Dennis O'Neil
Ultimate X-men: the ultimate collection
Light Brigade - Peter J. Tomasi (WW II)
Love Attack #7 - Seino Shizuru
Tyranny - Lesley Fairfield (Eating disorders)
Foiled - Jane Yolen
The Unwritten #1: Tommy Taylor and the bogis identity - Mike Carey
Batman: King Tut's Tomb - Nunzio Defillippis
Superman: Braniac - Geoff Johns

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Libraries Need Your Help!

Maybe you're not old enough to vote yet, but you still have a voice. Teens use the library just as much as any other group. You pay taxes if you work. Your parents pay taxes, too. The government is by the peoople for the people. Remind your congresspeople and state representatives! Tomorrow is the deadline for Congress to pass important legislation that effects libraries everywhere.

Check this out: Please encourage your parents, friends, and relatives to call or write. You can get the information at this website.

Monday, April 5, 2010

New York Public Library's 2010 "Stuff for the Teen Age"

Here it is: It doesn't just list books, it lists dvds like "Drag Me to Hell" and cds like Justin Bieber's "My World," and XBox 360 "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." How cool is this?

TeenSpace is now on Facebook!

We're entering the 21st century! Take a look at our new Facebook page. It's only just begun, but there are events listed as well as a discussion question. We (really, I) welcome your input!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bloomsbury Heard!

Check this out:
Bloomsbury will release future copies with a different cover. Congratulations!

Blog Stuff and a Big Controversy

I thought I'd point out a few blogs that are dedicated to teen lit. The address for the tag on the left is for Readergirlz:

For readers of color: You can link to the Persons of Color (POC) Reading Challenge from there. Here's a couple of titles to get you started: Linked by OlivePeart - see the review below. And,

This story is a real humdinger from Justine Larbalestier. The narrator, admits that she lies. The book is published by Bloomsbury USA, which managed to put its collective foot in its mouth by using a cover showing a white girl when the heroine is obviously not a white girl! Loads of protest got Bloomsbury to change it. There's another YA book out there called Magic Under Glass by a first-time author, Jaclyn Dolamore:

This book was published in December. I haven't read it yet, but the main character is described as having dark skin. What's up, Bloomsbury? Why are you lying to your readers? I've been in the library business long enough to know that covers count. Readers will pass up a great story if the cover sucks. They get angry if they buy a book and the cover has no relationship to the story inside.

There are loads of good books out there by authors of color featuring protagonists of color. There are the usual suspects: Walter Dean Myers, who just won the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, Sharon Flake, Sharon M. Draper, Mildred D. Taylor, Jacqueline Woodson, Julia Alvarez, and Sherman Alexie, The newer writers including Christopher Paul Curtis, Charles Smith, Anna Na (The Fold), Randel Addel-Fatah (Does My Head Look Big in This?), Sherri L. Smith (Flygirl), and Tanita S. Davis (Mare's War). I'm leaving out a lot here. And this is just the fiction category. Take a look at this article from Salon:

And this blog entry:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Steampunk 'n Stuff

Steampunk is a literary genre that fuses science fiction, fantasy, and the Victorian Age to create an alternate history. Basically, technology shows up at a time when it was not possible for this stuff to exist. If you've ever read Jules Verne or watched the original "Wild, Wild West" tv series, that's steampunk. The new Sherlock Holmes movie is an example, too. Quirk Books, those fine publishers who brought us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will publish a Anna Karenina parody, Android Karenina. Like, vampires are so done.

Scott Westerfeld has jumped on the boat with his latest novel Leviathan. Way back in the early 20th century, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne and his wife were assassinated. This murder helped touch off World War I. Westerfeld twists things a bit and sets the stage in an alternate world. This world is divided into the Clankers: people who rely on machinery, and the Darwinists: people who have taken Charles Darwin's theories and put them to the test by creating living creatures biologically engineered to perform certain jobs. Both sides despise each other. Prince Aleksander, heir to the Austro-H. throne and Clanker, is left orphaned by his parents' assassination. He is spirited off by his father's loyal servants to keep him safe. The second story line involves Deryn, a British Darwinist who wants to become a pilot for the British Air Service, flying the Leviathan, a biologically engineered airship. Deryn has a big secret. Of course, Aleksander and Deryn meet and "we have met the enemy, and he is us." There's lots of derring-do and edge-of-your seat suspense that makes this a great adventure story. Scott Westerfeld's website:

THE STUFF: The Maze Runner is James Dashner's first novel. Thomas finds himself on what appears to be an enormous moving freight elevator. He has no memory of how or why he got there. The elevator doors open to reveal a walled-in settlement populated solely by teen boys. As a Greenbean, Thomas is not allowed to ask questions, but he's got plenty of them. These boys have been in this place for about two years. Once a month, they're sent a new resident. They get supplies delivered on a regular basis. They have no idea why they're stuck in this place. They only know that they're safe as long as they don't venture outside the walls at night. Nasty creatures roam the woods outside the walls, and woe to the boy who is bitten by one of them. During the day, they send out runners to try and solve the puzzle of the maze that exists in the woods. Then, the day after Thomas arrives, a girl shows up in the elevator. She's not in good shape, but she manages to say "everything is going to change." Oh, boy, does it! There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading. The ending is a cliffhanger to set you up for Volume #2 in the trilogy. Reviews compare this to "Lord of the Flies," but it reminds me of an episode of "Lost." You can take a look at The Dashner Dude's blog at
If you're intrigued by the whole steampunk thing, here are some resources:
If you're into reading about kids on their own, here are some suggestions: (Besoides Stephen King's Children of the Corn):
Gone by Michael Grant
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
Can't Get There From Here by Todd Strasser