Monday, March 27, 2017

Table Toppers

By a show of hands, how many of you have ever stumbled upon BPL’s Children’s Room during the afterschool hours? Raise ‘em high. Yes, I see you in the back. Just as I thought, the number is a considerable amount. I don’t have to tell you, then, just how happening the environment is. Besides the wonderful personalities, there is rarely a lack of entertainment and activities to take part in. One such pastime is the great assortment of board games by which to pass the hours. From Monopoly to Jenga, many of the classic favorites are here.

Upon starting the YA position last year, one of my first priorities was to capture some of that atmosphere and bring it upstairs. So I set about contacting manufacturers around the country, seeing who might want to assist in bringing this vision to life. Through much generosity, companies such as AEG, GMT Games, Griffon Bookstore, Atlas Games, Double Exposure, Rio Grande Games, and Miniature Market, donations came pouring in and Table Toppers was officially created.

With over 30 games in the collection, all that’s missing is you! While specific dates of programming have appeared on the calendar, Table Toppers is more of a ‘come when you want’ format. An opportunity for friends to gather, socialize, and compete, with the flexibility to fit any schedule. Looking to be further enticed? Consider that the host of selections is rotated on a regular basis. Which means that during one month you might find Catan, Dominant Species, Pandemic, and Ticket to Ride on display. The next, Carcassonne, Thunder Alley, Forbidden Island, and Star Trek: Five-Year Mission.

I’ve even been known to sit-in when an extra player is needed. Let the die be cast!

This musing brought to you by YA Librarian, Chris.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily is a little off, as it were. It is said that there’s a curse on her head because of the feathers she wears. She’s never been afraid of anything, though, not even coming face-to-face with the leader of the Lost Boys, Peter Pan. Fear enters, though, when she begins to fall in love with Peter. A problem considering she’s set to be married to a man from her tribe. Everything begins to slowly fall apart in Tiger Lily’s life. Desperate times call for pirates.

This book is one of the most creative stories based off of an original. It has those good parts that every love story needs, with a twist. Readers should take note that the story is written from Tinkerbell’s point of view.

Rating:  4.3 out of 5

This review is brought to you courtesy of YA volunteer, Keely.

Monday, March 13, 2017

YALSA (Gesundheit)

So, my friends, I reach out to ask, “What’re you reading or listening to these days?” Oh, you’d like to hear about my selections first? How very kind!

I have a bit of a trek on my commute to-and-fro the library. As such, the dulcet tones of audiobook narration help to pass the time (and horses). Pushing through the winter, I wanted a selection to put me in the right frame of mind to coincide with this arduous season of weather. Little did one know, however, that these past few months would border more on spring-ish and not so full of hardship.

Anywho, not possessing this foresight I began my journey through the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Pioneer tales of homesteading, adapting to the landscape for means of survival. From the big woods, migrating to the prairie, travels to Plum Creek and Silver Lake, and all the trials and tribulations in-between. A near perfect choice of listening material as my car lazily navigated the long stretch of country and open expanse where, I too, could be a farmer boy.

Perhaps you're in search of a similar tonic to stoke and fuel the imagination. That’s where YALSA can be of great assistance. No, I didn’t just sneeze. The Young Adult Library Services Association is a division of the American Library Association and focuses specifically on meeting the needs and interests of tweens and teens. This focus includes providing readers’ advisory, a helpful tool when I’m not available to help you wander the stacks! So without further ado, here are several highly sought after recommendations that just happen to grace our shelves (click on any title to check current availability):

Vic’s father died two years ago. Unable to accept his mother’s new relationship, he flees with his father’s urn. An unlikely gang of misfits brings Vic into their fold, helping him fulfill his dad’s final instructions regarding disposal of the ashes. A triumphant celebration of the many kinds of family.
In this reimagining of Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte Holmes is a distant relative of Sherlock and a high school student in America. James Watson, a distant relative of Dr. John Watson, is a student at the same school, and Watson and Holmes eventually meet up to solve a murder.

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Quinn hasn’t left his room in six months since the death of his sister and filmmaking partner. After reluctantly going out with his best friend Geoff, Quinn falls in love, uncovers secrets, and comes to terms with his sister’s death.

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Hanneke helps her family survive by procuring and distributing black-market goods for customers, one of whom is hiding a Jewish girl. When the girl vanishes mysteriously, Hanneke takes up the case, unwittingly joining the Resistance as her eyes are opened to the war’s horrors.

Character, Driven by David Lubar
Cliff is almost out of high school and he’s never had much luck with girls—or anything else. But when Jillian moves to town, he determines to have the girlfriend of his dreams and figure out what to do with his messed-up life.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins (editor) 
In turns humorous, touching, and atmospheric, this collection of short stories by 12 prominent, popular, and up-and-coming young-adult authors offers diverse tales of love and summertime in genres ranging from science-fiction and fantasy to realistic fiction.

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Nanette has a nice normal life—friends, high school, soccer. But after she discovers a cult-classic novel, “nice and normal” becomes instantly unappealing. Ditching everyday life for the book’s reclusive author and another obsessive teenage fan, Nanette explores her rebellious nonconformist side—and the risks that come with it.

Railhead by Philip Reeve
In the distant future, sentient trains carry passengers across the universe on the Great Network, and Zen Starling, a petty thief and “railhead,” darts from planet to planet in search of his next score until the mysterious Raven enlists his help for a mission.

This musing brought to you by YA Librarian, Chris.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Getting to Know ... Brianna

Say hello to Brianna Andrews! She has been a member of our YA Volunteer Team since September and has completed 13 volunteer hours to date.

Brianna, an 18-year-old senior at Bremen High School, plans to attend Bethel college to become an RN. "I want to eventually specialize in pediatrics or OB." She loves books and hopes to one day become a published author.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS:  The Office, Friends, Pretty Little Liars, Grey's Anatomy
AN INVENTION SHE WOULD UNINVENT:  Jorts (jean shorts for men)
SPIRIT ANIMAL: Dwight Schrute
FAVORITE QUOTE:  "You can't make everyone happy. You're not pizza."