Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Books

Once you've got your summer reading assignments taken care of, sit back with a new book. Here are three new titles from the Hart YA collection:

Haven't made up your mind what you're going to be when you grow up? Do the careers you've been looking at leave you cold? Do you yearn to dig into something unique? How about becoming a grave robber? Sure, you always have dirt under your fingernails. Your body odor can kill a skunk. Living acomodations are pretty... basic. But you find some really valuable stuff, get to be part of a brotherhood, and even better: no phone, no telemarketers! Joey wasn't thinking about any of this after his mother dies. He gets sent off to live with the father he had never met, a man who lives in a smelly cabin with no food and has little in the way of people skills. His nickname is The Garbageman. Joey becomes a target for the goons at his new school. His biology teacher has it in for him. Celeste Carpenter is beyond his reach. Then Joey stumbles on the reason his father is called The Garbageman. He learns about the society of men who rob graves for a living. He learns why his parents split up, and how his mother got those nicks in her ear. He learns that there's more to fear from the living than from rotting corpses. Read this if you have a strong stomach. There are very graphic descriptions of digging up graves and bodies in varying stages of decomposition.

Saba and her twin brother Lugh live with their father and younger sister Emmi in a post apocalyptic wasteland. One terrifying day, strangers come during a dust storm, dragging Lugh away and killing their father. Saba vows to go after them and rescue Lugh. Along the way, she and Emmi are kidnapped by slavers who gather stray youth and force them to compete against each other to the death in the Cage. Saba's warrior spirit allows her to triumph, until she learns about Lugh's whereabouts and plots to escape with the help of the Free Hawks, a band of female warriors. When she does escape amidst chaos and fire, she also rescues the charming rogue Jack. They meet more friends on their way to the Palace where the maniacal Sun Prince is holding Lugh. Shades of "Road Warrior" here. The characters speak in a colloquial English much like the characters in Patrick Ness's "Chaos Walking" series. If you dig "The Hunger Games," this is the book for you.

Now for one of the horrors of the real world. Kendra was sexually abused as a child. She doesn't remember the identity of her abuser, it's locked away in her brain. But someone is following her, leaving nasty notes. To relieve the intense pressure, Kendra cuts herself. Especially now that the memories are coming back. Kendra's dad is downsized, money will be tight, and Kendra's therapy sessions will have to stop. There's talk about them having to move. Kendra's safety nets are being taken away from her. Just as she's becoming friends with Meghan, the school bad girl. This is one emotionally wrenching book. You just want to smack Kendra's parents for being so obtuse. The author supplies a list of resources to turn to for help.

There are lots more new books at the Hart Library. Come in and check them out.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The 2011 Summer Reading Club has begun! Sign up at the Adult Reference Desk. Get free stuff just for reading! Enter Bruno's new contest for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble. It's all free!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"You Are Here" is the theme of the 2011 Summer Reading Club for kids in grades 6 and up. The Summer Reading Club begins on Monday, June 13th. All you have to do is read and record what you've read in your reading log. You can earn free stuff every week. Books, graphic novels, manga, audiobooks, and ebooks all count. Don't forget Bruno! This year, Bruno T. Gorilla has gone Hollywood. Fill out an entry form with the title of the movie you think Bruno is in and you could win a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Register at the Adult Reference Desk.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Computer Games at Hart

We have a small collection of video games at the library. They include:

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Spiderman: Web of Shadows
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (IN)
Swords (IN)
Red Steel 2

Jurassic: The Hunted (IN)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (IN)
Record of Agarest War (IN)

As of 3/14/11

Not every title is available yet. Some still have to be cataloged. They can go out for one week. No renewals or reserves. They're kept behind the Adult Reference Desk. One per family. If they take off, we'll build the collection slowly but surely. The funds for the games was provided by the Friends of the Hart Library. Thanks!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Local Band!!

Check out Victims of Tragedy. They're from Mohegan Lake, and one of the guys' parents works at the Hart Library: http://www.myspace.com/victimsoftragedy1

Monday, January 24, 2011


2011 Next Gen Arts Festival
TEENS: Showcase Your Talents in May
Open to Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Poets, and Film Makers in the 6th to 12th Grades.
Entry deadline: March 25, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Book Review

This has got to be one of the best novels about zombies I've read so far. Ok, so it's not just about zombies. It's about brothers, right and wrong, good vs. evil, and girls. In a post-apocalyptic society, you need to get a job by the time you're fifteen or your rations get cut. So, Benny Imura and his friend Chong start looking. After failing at a bunch of things, Benny grudgingly decides to accompany his hated older brother Tom the zombie killer to see what Tom's job is all about. Boy, does he get a wakeup call. The Rot and Ruin is the great outdoors past the town's comfort zone where the zombies and the cool bounty hunters like Charlie Pink-Eye and the Motor City Hammer roam. Tom is lightning fast with a sword but he's way not cool in Benny's eyes. Until Benny's eyes are opened to the vast evil that is man-made. He grows up fast, and the simple black-n-white world suddenly takes on lots of complicated shades of gray. Maberry does a wonderful job reminding us that zombies aren't just walking piles of slimy body parts that eat the living. They are human beings, mothers, sons, grandparents. Tom treats them with a respect that's touching in its humanity. Those of you who read zombie books for the action, have no fear. There's plenty! Read this book!