Monday, October 22, 2018

Talk About Fall

In this week's edition, some of our YA patrons describe what they love best about autumn!

Isiah Sarille
My grandmother and I making pumpkin rolls, chilly weather (and getting warm), dressing up like Harley Quinn for Halloween, watching scary movies (with popcorn).

Sara Boyer
Crunchy leaves, pumpkin everything, Thanksgiving, fall colors.

Braden Unruh
One of the things I like about fall is that, in that time (mostly October), there is one of the four Great I like to call them. The Gatherings are as follows: Easter, Halloween, my birthday, and Christmas. October is great because Halloween is a time of the year when family gathers to just have fun. Another thing I like about fall is the weather getting colder, and things seeming to slow down.

Hannah Wright
What I like about autumn is that it is not so hot out anymore. And I enjoy being able to see the leaves changing into their many different colors. It's also a time when we can start drinking hot chocolate without worrying about being too hot afterwards. When it rains I can hear the drops landing on the fallen leaves, and I can watch the rain as it falls.

Sarah Stine
There are many things about fall that I enjoy. One is the cooler "sweater weather." Halloween is an overall big part of my love for this season. Two classics about fall include the leaves changing colors and falling from the trees. It's so pretty! One of the final things I love about this time of the year, another classic, is apple cider.

Skyler Stine
The one thing I like about fall is the beautiful trees and the cool weather. Another is that I can be with my friends and play basketball and other sports. I love to scoop pumpkin guts out of the pumpkin. I also love Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Frankenstein Discussion

Community Book Chat 

5:00 to 5:45 p.m.

If you haven't already (there's still time!), pick up a copy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at the Adult Desk. The books are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be yours to keep, thanks to a grant from the Indiana Humanities! After reading the book, join us for a community discussion guided by Library Director Chris Scandling.

Guest Speaker

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Kyoko Takanshi, associate professor of English at IUSB, will discuss "What Frankenstein Read: Lessons on Education from Mary Shelley's Classic Novel." Takanshi specializes in 18th and 19th century British literature with a focus on the history of the novel. She has been teaching at IUSB since 2011. The community is invited to hear Takanashi's insights into this interesting topic.


This program is made possible through a Community Read grant from Indiana Humanities. One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Monster Lives

You've finished Mary Shelley's masterpiece in plenty of time for BPL's Community Forum (October 30), now what? Celebrate by checking out the following collection of Frankenstein inspired works -

Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill

In this free-verse novel, Hemphill tracks Mary's turbulent young life, including her relationship with poet Percy Shelley and their travels across Europe.

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge

Drawn from Mary's painstaking journals, Judge's book spotlights the circumstances that inspired the unforgettable creature. More than 300 illustrations accompany this selection.

Cadaver and Queen by Alisa Kwitney

When Elizabeth enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn't have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she'll have to go above and beyond. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-Mechanical, she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program. Only this Bio-Mechanical isn't like the others. Soon Elizabeth realizes that it's Victor Frankenstein, a former student who died under mysterious circumstances.

Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon

While a serial killer stalks his small Georgia town, sixteen-year-old Henry tries to find the truth about the terrible accident that robbed him of his mother and his memories.

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

Tired of being sheltered from humans, seventeen-year-old Boy, son of Frankenstein's monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, runs away from home and embarks on a wild road trip that takes him across the country and deep into the heart of America.

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestly

In 1918 London, fifteen-year-old Billy, a pickpocket, meets Mr. Creecher, a monstrous giant. Their relationship turns from convenience to a strong bond as they journey northwards on the trail of Victor Frankenstein.

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

Nell Crane has never held a boy's hand. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts, Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical limbs that everyone now uses. But she's the only one with her machinery on the inside: her heart.

Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker

When science prodigy Tor Frankenstein accidentally kills a teen boy in a midnight car accident, there's only one thing for her to do: use her science project to bring him back to life.

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life.

Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Told primarily by servant Felix, Lord Byron and friends gather to tell ghost stories on a stormy night in 1816 Switzerland. Then, a young girl arrives with her own dark and dangerous tale.

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein.

Gris Grimly's Frankenstein by Gris Grimly

Retells, in graphic novel format, Mary Shelley's classic tale of a monster who develops a mind of his own, learns to loathe himself, and hate his creator.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Movie Review: The Princess Bride

Featured Actors –

Cary Elwes as Westley
Robin Wright as Buttercup
Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya
Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdinck

Plot Summary –

It’s a movie about a book that is read to a sick boy who doesn’t think the book will be good. It starts with Westley and Buttercup. Westley goes on a ship and doesn’t come back. Years later, Buttercup is chosen to marry the prince of the land, but gets kidnapped. Westley returns and seeks out to save her.

Notes & Opinions –

It has action, fencing, comedy, and more. It's great for everyone. My whole family has watched the movie many times. The best part, in my opinion, is when Buttercup is captured.

Rating –

4.8 out of 5

This review brought to you courtesy of YA volunteer, Maggie.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Getting to Know...Tess

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Tess Miller! A 13-year-old seventh grader, Tess has accumulated 5.25 volunteer hours since June.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Stranger Things, The Office 



INTERESTING FACT: Decorating things, such as houses.


DESERTED ISLAND FRIENDS: My dad and my friend Nora.


FAVORITE QUOTE: "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." - Carol Burnett

Monday, September 17, 2018

Recommended Read

Supercat vs. The Party Pooper by Jeanne Willis

Supercat, Book 2

In the beginning Supercat gives his owner a matching costume, who tried to act as if he liked it. They then went downstairs and his family heard the news that they were on a mission. The villain, Count Backwards, was planning to rule the world and must be stopped!

I liked the book because it's funny. My favorite character is Supercat. I do not like James' sister because she is a tattletale.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This book review brought to you courtesy of YA volunteer, Daniela.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Recommended Read

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Gallagher Girls Book One

Cammie Morgan is a freshman at Gallagher Academy at the beginning of Book One. Her friends are Bex (Rebecca Baxter) and Liz (Elizabeth Sutton). Most people think the Academy is just a private school for girls that can't go into town, but really it's a spy school. One day, the Senator comes by with his daughter Macey McHenry. Macey, who is very bossy and sassy, has been kicked out of at least three schools. Her parents now want her to go to Gallagher Academy, though are unaware that it's a spy school.

The book is very good. I liked the plot, which features lots of action. It is also funny at some points. I would recommend this title to people who like spy stories and are girls.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This book review brought to you courtesy of YA volunteer, Maggie.