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New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 10/24/2013:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Falling out.

Fallout by Todd Strasser

Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick

Slated by Teri Terry

Revealed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Princesses love chess.

The Princess Of Cortova by Diane Stanley

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

A superhero for a new generation.

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

Lara’s Gift by Annemarie O’Brien

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

Die young, stay hungry.

Undead by Kirsty McKay

The Murders In The Rue Morgue And Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Jean David Morvan and Corbeyran and illustrated by Fabrice Druet and Paul Marcel

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, adapted and illustrated by Hyekyung Baek

A novel in verse.

Serefina’s Promise: A Novel In Verse by Ann E. Burg

Myths and heroes.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The House Of Hades by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, adapted by Robert Venditti, and illustrated by Attila Futaki

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub

NON-FICTION:

A Bag Of Marbles by Joseph Joffo, adapted by Kris and illustrated by Vincent Bailly, translated by Edward Gauvin

Healthy Weight For Teens by Carla Mooney

Punctuation And Spelling: Rules That Make Things Clear by Rebecca Vickers

Giants of science!

Benjamin Franklin by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Pioneering American Computer Geniuses by Mary Northrup

Amazing American Inventors Of The 20th Century by Laura S. Jeffrey

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities For People Who Love Animals by Ann Byers

Extreme Physics by Dan Green

The man who could not stop drawing.

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

10/23/13.

10/21/13.

10/18/13.

09/25/13.

And for Young Adults:

10/22/13.

09/06/13.

07/15/13.

06/28/13.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

06/19/13.

06/18/13.

05/21/13.

05/06/13.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 10/22/2013:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Game Changer by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Cool cover!

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

Homicidal Aliens & Other Disappointments by Brian Yansky

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Soon to be a TV show.

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Popularity, prettiness, and perfection.

Jessica Darling’s It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide To Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty

Fractured by Teri Terry

Find Me by Romily Bernard

Samurai Summer by Ake Edwardson

In outer space!

Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

If you're young and have everything to lose... Beware!

Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Time Riders by Alex Scarrow

Steampunk H. G. Wells by H. G. Wells and illustrated by Zdenko Basic

NON-FICTION:

Ultimate Fighting: The Brains And Brawn Of Mixed Martial Arts by Patrick Jones

Why Do We Fight? – Conflict, War, And Peace by Niki Walker

Sharing our urban world.

Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World by Ann Downer

A memoir from a different kind of year.

Little Fish: A Memoir From A Different Kind Of Year by Ramsey Beyer

Gay Rights Movement by Stephanie Watson

Cyberbullying: Online Safety by Tracy Brown

Voices of indigenous kids.

Looks Like Daylight: Voices Of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis

Radical theories!

Recentering The Universe: The Radical Theories Of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, And Newton by Ron Miller

Self-Control: The 7 Character Strengths Of Highly Successful Students by Ramona Siddoway

The assassination of JFK.

“The President Has Been Shot!” – The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

10/21/13.

10/18/13.

09/25/13.

09/18/13.

And for Young Adults:

09/06/13.

07/15/13.

06/28/13.

06/05/13.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

06/19/13.

06/18/13.

05/21/13.

05/06/13.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 02/06/2013:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Ali’s Pretty Little Lies: A Pretty Little Liars Prequel Novel by Sara Shepard

Cross My Heart, Hope To Die: A Lying Game Novel by Sara Shepard

Take it to the next level.

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Witch & Wizard: The Kiss by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

Love in the time of supervillains!

Blaze (Or, Love In The Time Of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

A Heist Society novel.

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Chilling Tales Of Horror: Dark Graphic Short Stories by Pedro Rodriguez

The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer, adapted by Tony Lee, and illustrated by Julia Land

NON-FICTION:

How To Beat Social Alienation by Jason Porterfield

Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race And Gender Barriers To Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach

The President And The Executive Branch: How Our Nation Is Governed by Mark Thorburn

Putting a name and face on death.

Forensic Identification: Putting A Name And Face On Death by Elizabeth A. Murray

Boy Scouts Of America: Discover Outdoor Adventure And Lasting Friendships With The Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts And Venturers by Robert Birkby

Understanding Financial Frauds And Scams by Philip Wolny

Staging and choreography and moves and muscle.

Staging And Choreography by Tracy Brown

The Main Event: The Moves And Muscle Of Pro Wrestling by Patrick Jones

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

01/31/13.

01/02/13.

12/27/12.

12/12/12.

And for Young Adults:

12/28/12.

12/05/12.

08/17/12.

07/10/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

12/22/12.

11/29/12.

11/15/12.

10/29/12.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 12/05/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Burned: A Pretty Little Liars Novel by Sara Shepard

Evil geniuses and killer playlists.

Perry’s Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber

Dark Lord: The Early Years by Jamie Thomson

Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis’s Year In Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm and illustrated by Elicia Castaldi

Daniel X: Armageddon by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Lovely, Dark And Deep by Amy McNamara

The bellows, the gallows, and the black general Gabriel.

Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, And The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau

Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

For boys and girls.

The Cavendish Home For Boys And Girls by Claire Legrand

Momentum by Saci Lloyd

The Curiosities: A Collection Of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

The truth. Almost.

The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

NON-FICTION:

Inspiring African-American Civil Rights Leaders by Stephen Feinstein

Paranormal Files: Ghosts by Stuart Webb

Teen cuisine.

Teen Cuisine: New Vegetarian by Matthew Locriccio, with photography by James Peterson

How To Beat Cyberbullying by Judy Monroe Peterson

Write Horror Fiction In 5 Simple Steps by Laura Baskes Litwin

Top 10 Tips For Planning A Career by Molly Jones

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

12/04/12.

11/20/12.

11/19/12.

11/01/12.

And for Young Adults:

08/17/12.

07/10/12.

04/12/12.

04/03/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

11/29/12.

11/15/12.

10/29/12.

10/18/12.

Homework Help: Art, Music, and Literature.

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Need a little help finding what you’re looking for? The Robins AFB Library would like to provide you with a few resources suitable for students of all ages to help you get started.

Here are some links, resources, and interesting sites pertaining to the Arts…

The U. S. Copyright Office – The rules, forms, and instructions for how to file for a copyright. And a database you can search for registered copyrights.

The Copyright Primer – An interactive tutorial that serves as a nice introduction to the issues and laws concerning copyright ownership and the uses of information.

When Works Pass Into The Public Domain – A handy cheat sheet provided by the University of North Carolina to help determine if a work has passed into the public domain.

Copyright Terms and the Public Domain – Just as it says, an extremely comprehensive chart for understanding when a work will pass into the public domain, including a timeline and terminology.

Art:

Artcyclopedia – Users can search database by artist, artwork, movement, medium, or nationality to find information about that work of art as well biography and news about the artist.

ArtLex Art Dictionary – Featuring over 3,600 terms and their definitions used in discussing/reviewing art/visual culture, as well as thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, quotations, and references.

The Artist’s Toolkit – Providing the basic concepts of art appreciation and creating art.

The Smithsonian Institute – The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Established in 1870, the Met has over 2 million works of art from all over the globe, from ancient times to modern, in its permanent collection, and almost 7,000 of them can be viewed online.

The Museum of Modern Art – MoMA offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, as well as drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, film, electronic media, as well as papers and files on individual artists.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts – The website for the only museum in the world exclusively dedicated to recognizing the contributions of female artists.

Arts Edge – A free digital resource to help teaching and learning about the arts, as well as offering materials that help to creatively use technology as a way to integrate the arts into other academic fields. Provided by the Kennedy Center.

Film & Television:

The Internet Movie Database – The IMDB is one of the greatest resources available online. You can search for movies and TV shows by title, cast/crew and character information. A great spot for determining all the above information plus runtime, genre, cast overview, year of release, plot overview. Also provides links to user and professional critic reviews, among many other cool features.

Rotten Tomatoes – A top resource for keeping track of information about movie and DVD releases, and finding dependable critical reviews from the nation’s top print and online film critics.

Teen Movie Critic – Reviews of films for teens written by teens.

Backstage – a great online resource for actors, providing insides, advice, and casting news.

The Oscars – The homepage for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Motion picture/film lessons and resources – A very comprehensive set of links, provided by the Media Literacy Clearinghouse.

TV.com – Providing recaps, episode guides, cast bios, and schedule listings for your favorite shows.

The Movie Spoiler – Called “the most fun you can have at the movies without being there.” Provides detailed synopsizes of films.

Television Without Pity – Extremely humorous and snarky recaps, spoilers, and message boards centered around your favorite shows.

Hulu – Speaking of your favorite shows, never miss an episode and watch in streaming video. Some content free, with time limits, and partially subscription-based.

Memory Alpha – An extremely detailed and comprehensive wiki for all things Star Trek.

The Movie Cliches List – A humorous list of stereotypes and flaws in logic constantly recurring in movies.

Performing Arts:

Performing Arts Encyclopedia – A guide to the music, theater, and dance resources, collections, and exhibitions available through the Library Of Congress.

The Monologue Archive – A nice collection of monologues from many famous playwrights, as well as a very hand set of theatrical and dramatic links.

The Costume Page – Extensive online resources dealing with the art and history of costuming for live dramatic theater, dance performances, opera, sports, as well as film and television.

NPR’s Performing Arts page – A nice collection of links to stories and interviews dealing with actors, dramatists, and the theater, as well as audio archives for stories about the performing arts on National Public Radio.

The Internet Broadway Database – Similar to the IMDB, but an archive of Broadway theater information, providing interesting facts and statistics about different productions.

Dramatist Play Service – A subscription database that lets users search and browse plays by their title and author, buy books, and purchase rights. Represents both new and established playwrights.

Warner Robins Little Theatre – Local community theater house/company who has been entertaining central Georgia for almost 50 years.

The Perry Players Community Theatre – Located in beautiful downtown Perry, this community theater house/company has been providing high quality entertainment and cultural activies for the past 30 years.

National Forensic League – The NFL promotes debate, oratory, and public speaking for high school and middle school students as a means of helping them to become effective communicators and ethical individuals and to develop strong critical thinking.

Music:

Pandora – Create an online streaming radio station based on songs, genres, eras, or artists. Completely free and also available as an app.

Last.fm – Free streaming radio and also lets you effortlessly track what you listen to from any player or device and recommends more music and artists to you based on your taste.

8 Tracks – Create your own streaming radio station or playlist, share with your friends, or listen to station and playlists from users from around the world.

Playlist.com – Listen to songs, build a playlist, and share with your friends around the world via all of your favorite social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, etc.

Art of the Mix – Devoted to the art form that is making a good mix tape or CD. Read thousands of others’ track lists and share your own.

The Public Domain Information Project – Information on and searchable database for songs and music in the public domain.

All Music Guide – A comprehensive listing of music information, and great for finding any song, artist, album, or genre.

Ultimate band list – As advertised, you can probably find information on any band or group here.

Song Facts – Search by artist, song title, or genre, and find fascinating music trivia, song meanings, behind the scenes info, and lyrics.

Song Meanings – Lyrics to your favorite songs, as well community provided stories about what they mean to others, and allowing you to share what a particular song means to you.

Lyrics World – Search for the lyrics from your favorite songs, provided in an alphabetical list.

The Archive of Misheard Lyrics – Check out common and commonly hilarious misconceptions in song lyrics.

From The Top – Offering education events as well as a showcase of America’s best young musicians. Also a show on both NPR and PBS.

All About Jazz – A very informative advocacy website for Jazz enthusiasts, dedicated to raising awareness of jazz music as well as defining it, and providing reviews and history of jazz artists.

Music Theory – An interactive website that provides less, exercises, and tools for learning musical theory.

Pollstar – A nice resource for tracking touring information and concert reviews for your favorite bands and artists.

Billboard – The online site for Billboard magazine, which provides daily music news, reviews, and chart reports, as well as much more.

Rolling Stone – The online site for Rolling Stone magazine, which offers primarily features and reviews of music, as well as covering subjects such as film, television, and politics.

Literature:

The Hub – A blog from YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a part of the American Library Association (ALA). “Your connection to Teen Reads.”

The Newbery Medal homepage – Information and a list of winners for the annual John Newbery Medal, which recognizes distinguished contributions to American literature for children and young adults.

Bartelby – The online literature project offers classic works of fiction and poetry, along with verses and references, for free.

Project Gutenberg – Providing over 38,000 classic works of literature as free ebooks, available for download for just about every device, or readable online.

Spark Notes – Providing study guides and plot summaries to classic works of fiction, as well as resources to help study for tests and prepare for college.

60 Second Recap – An educational video project providing short, interesting video summaries of classic literature titles as well as contemporary titles.

Shmoop – Offering literature learning guides and teach resources, and showing students how writing and learning and more relevant than ever in the digital age.

Free Book Notes – A search engine for literary study guides, pulling from Cliffs Notes, Spark Notes, BookRags, and Wiki summaries, and many others.

Book-A-Minute Classics – A very cool, very fun site that summarizes large works of literature into just a few sentences.

The Shakespeare Web – News and reviews of the Bard and productions of his work.

Shakespearean Insult Generator – Randomly returns insults from the Bard’s works. Fun for you, your friends, and your teachers.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare – An online catalog of all of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, free to read online.

The Jane Austen info page – Contains a hypertext version of Pride And Prejudice, as well as excerpts from Austen’s other novels as well as literary criticism.

The Jack London online collection – A nice resource featuring the novels, short stories, and letters of the famous author, as well as images, bibliographies, and literary criticism.

Literary Criticism resources – Provided by the Internet Public Library, this is an extensive and wide ranging collection of links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works

Encylopedia Mythica – A searchable database of detailed information about gods and goddesses from both ancient and some modern religions.

Poetry 180 – A poem a day (for the 180 days of a school year) for American high schools, provided by the Library of Congress.

No Flying, No Tights – A nice blog providing reviews for comic books, graphic novels, anime, and manga.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – The CBLDF is an organization designed to protect the First Amendment rights of creators of comic books and graphic novels, as well as their publishers and retailers.

Favorite Teen Angst books – Celebrating and reviewing books about teenage angst and personal discovery.

YA books in series and sequels – A nice searchable database that helps you keep track of the books in your favorite series.

Rutgers – A vast collection of literary resources from around the internet, provided by Rutgers University.

Geek The Library – A library advocacy site presented by OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center.

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Blogs and websites by authors:

Laurie Halse Anderson.

Jay Asher.

Holly Black.

Libba Bray.

Meg Cabot.

Rachel Cohn.

Melissa De La Cruz.

Sarah Dessen.

Neil Gaiman.

John Green.

Brent Hartinger.

John Hodgman.

Maureen Johnson.

Justine Larbalestier.

David Leviathan.

Carolyn Mackler.

Jaclyn Moriarty.

Daniel Nayeri.

James Patterson.

J. K. Rowling.

Sara Shepard.

Ned Vizzini.

Scott Westerfeld.

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Are we missing something? Please let us know!

For other subjects and resources please see our main Homework Help page.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 07/10/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Night World, No. 1:  Secret Vampire, Daughters Of Darkness, and Spellbinder by L. J. Smith

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Not The End Of The World by Geraldine McCaughrean

Never Fall Down: A Boy Soldier’s Story Of Survival by Patricia McCormick

City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Underworld by Meg Cabot

Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

Stunning: A Pretty Little Liars Novel by Sara Shepard

Dreamless: A Starcrossed Novel by Josephine Angelini

All The Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers

Jackie’s Wild Seattle by Will Hobbs

Numbers 3: Infinity by Rachel Ward

A Confusion Of Princes by Garth Nix

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Morning Glories: Deluxe Collection, vol. 1 by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Joe Eisma

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham

Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham

Bridge Of Time by Lewis Buzbee

NON-FICTION:

Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide To Living With A Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma by Michelle D. Sherman and DeAnne M. Sherman

What If Someone I Know Is Gay? Answers And Questions About What It Means To Be Gay And Lesbian by Eric Marcus

Are Books Becoming Extinct? edited by David Haugen and Susan Musser

Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea To Freedom In The West by Blaine Harden

Advertising: Information Or Manipulation? by Nancy Day

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

07/03/12.

06/27/12.

06/14/12.

06/07/12.

05/31/12.

05/01/12.

And for Young Adults:

04/12/12.

04/03/12.

03/20/12.

03/06/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

06/26/12.

06/21/12.

06/12/12.

06/05/12.

You Belong @ Your Library!

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Just a reminder: National Library Week starts today!

Tonight we’ll be doing a Nighttime Story Time, starting at 6:30 PM, and we’ll be reading Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, which is a classic, and one of our all time favorites.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is also Library Worker Appreciation Day.You don’t have to give us a hug or say anything to us, but if you wanted to… Well, it would definitely be appreciated. Especially tomorrow. But it’s equally important for us that you know how much we appreciate you.

…which is part of why we’ll be holding an Open House on Wednesday from 11 AM to 1 PM, and we’ll have munchies and goodies laid out. This is just one of the ways we hope to thank you for your continued patronage and support, and we’d love to have you stop by and tell us how we can be of service to you.

On Wednesday, during our Open House, we’re very privileged to have Mr. Charles Woodward who will be here on behalf of NASA and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to display several samples of Lunar and Meteorite material.

It’s not totally accurate, but I’ve been joyously exclaiming, “Moon rocks!” since I heard this was happening.

We could not be more excited about this presentation, and it’ll really be something special for lovers of NASA, space exploration, the moon, and fans of the Apollo missions. And, if nothing else, I guess we’ll all finally find out if its made of cheese, right?

And Thursday will be Support Teen Literature Day, and all about young adults and some of their favorite books which, believe it or not, are not all about sad vampires that sparkle and mope around.

We hope you’ll spend the week with us.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 03/06/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Goddess Of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

Gyakushu! vol. 1, written and illustrated by Dan Hipp

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

Historical fiction about how Hurricane Katrina effects an 11 year old boy, dealing with the struggles of evacuation and the strength of a people determined to survive in their city. The review from Kirkus Reviews sums it up nicely: “A small gem that sparkles with hope, resilience and the Crescent City’s unique, jazz-infused spirit.”

Hooked by Catherine Greenman

The River by Gary Paulsen

Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Flawless by Sara Shepard

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Nation by Terry Pratchett

Re-Gifters by Mike Carey and illustrated by Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel

Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

What They Found: Love On 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green

Another novel from author and vlogger, John Green, and his second book. As I’ve said before, Green is extremely popular with our young adult (and adult) readers, and it’s not hard to understand why when you read one of his books. They’re sweet, but they’re quirky and unique, and they’re smart, and the characters are memorable, especially the characters in this book, which is about a boy with an affinity for girls with the name Katherine, and his friend who accompanies him on a road trip. Check out reviews for the novel done by The Young Folks and The New York Times.

My Boyfriend Is A Monster, vol. 1: I Love Him To Pieces by Evonne Tsang and illustrated by Janina Görrissen

Great tagline: “Can love survive the zombie apocalypse?” This is a fun graphic novel. It’s boy meets girl, and of course they come from two different worlds: she’s a jock, and he’s a nerd. And then the zombie outbreak happens. It’s got horror, romance, and the art by Janina Görrissen is just wonderful. Here’s a review from The Ninja Librarian.

NON-FICTION:

Web Design For Teens by Maneesh Sethi

The Brave Escape Of Edith Wharton by Connie Nordheilm Wooldridge

A fine biography of Edith Wharton, author of books like Ethan Frome and The House Of Mirth, who was born into a priveleged, wealthy New York City family during the Gilded Age, and her escape into a more creative life. Connie Nordheilm Wooldridge‘s book is very interesting in that it focuses much more on the life of Wharton, rather than her works, which makes it very insightful for anyone who’s read her books or is looking to discover them. Check out The New York Times‘ review.

Cool Tech: Gadgets, Games, Robots, And The Digital World by Clive Gifford, with consulting by Mike Goldsmith

How Cool Is This? An Up-Close Inside Look At How Things Work

Tattoos And Secret Societies by Jason Porterfield

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone On The Media by Brooke Gladstone and illustrated by Josh Neufeld

Brooke Gladstone is a journalist and media analyst, and an expert on trends in the media, and she hosts NPR’s On The Media. She has called this book, a graphic novel illustrated by cartoonist Josh Neufeld to be a “a treatise on the relationship between us and the news media,” and the story utilizes an illustrated version of Gladstone herself taking the reader through the history of the American press. It is a very interesting book. You can find reviews at Slate and NPR, and an interview with Gladstone at Newsarama. Check out the trailer below:

Wild At Heart: The Story Of Joy Adamson, Author Of Born Free by Anne E. Neimark

Come Back To Afghanistan: A California Teenager’s Story by Said Hyder Akbar

The Big Idea Science Book: The Incredible Concepts That Show How Science Works In The World

Georgia O’Keeffe: The “Widenss And Wonder” Of Her World by Beverly Gherman

Wheels Of Change: How Women Rode The Bicycle To Freedom (With A Few Flat Tires Along The Way) by Sue Macy

Very interesting. Features a brief memoir section of author Sue Macy‘s childhood reminiscences of bicycle riding and then moves into a very informative history of the bicycle and how women were able to use it as innovative technology to cycle out of repressive conditions in the past and closer to independence. There’s also a nice foreword by Leah Missback Day, the founder of World Bicycle Relief. Check out reviews from Booklist and Read Kiddo Read.

Pre-Algebra And Algebra Smarts! by Lucille Caron and Philip M. St. Jacques

Celebrating A Quinceanera: A Latina’s 15th Birthday Celebration by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and with photographs by Lawrence Migdale

Tricky Mindtrap Puzzles: Challenges The Way You Think & See by Detective Shadow

Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’: A History Of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke

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And please don’t forget to check back here tomorrow to find out more about our Survey/Trivia contest.

And for info on other future contests we’ll be doing, you can always check out our CONTESTS page.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

01/31/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

02/28/12.

02/23/12.

02/16/12.

01/28/12.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 02/21/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and illustrated by Maira Kalman

Daniel Handler writes fun and interesting novels for all ages, including books for adults and young adults under his own name, and the popular A Series Of Unfortunate Events books he wrote for kids under the name Lemony Snicket, and so I’m expecting his new book to be a winner. And to help promote it, he’s started The Why We Broke Up Project, which allows users to log in and share and read their own stories of romantic woe.

Pretty Bad Things by C. J. Skuse

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Virals by Kathy Reichs

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Ultimate Spider-Man: Death Of Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Mark Bagley

Takio by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming

The Only Ones by Aaron Starmer

Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard

Two Truths And A Lie by Sarah Shepard

Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard

New books in the Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series.

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

A touching, sweet, and fascinating love story about a boy and girl who meet at a cancer patients support group, and already one of the most well reviewed novels of the year, and one of the most cherished, and before that it had been one of the most anticipated.  John Green has proved to be one of the most popular authors amongst our young adult readers, and we don’t think this book will disappoint his fans in the slightest. The book, of course, has already been optioned for a film treatment. Check out this interview the author did with The Wall Street Journal.

NON-FICTION:

Inside The Olympics by Nick Hunter

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories Of False Identities by Chris Barton and illustrated by Paul Hoppe

Booklist has called this book “thoroughly researched and grippingly presented,” and author Chris Barton brings you ten vignettes that are insightful and exhilarating. The stories are true, and fascinating, and presented in a way that’s easy for the reader to get into the mindset of the historical person whose masquerade and adventure is being read about. One of the subjects included is Frank Abagnale, who was a confidence man, forger, skilled impostor, and escape artist who later reformed and went on to work as a security consultant after he reformed. His autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, was later turned into a film starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. You can find author Chris Barton talking about his book below:

Money And Banking (Dollars And Sense: A Guide To Financial Literacy) by Jonah Wallach and Clare Tattersall

Savings And Investments (Dollars And Sense: A Guide To Financial Literacy) by David W. Berg and Meg Green

Sojourner Truth, A Self-Made Woman by Victoria Ortiz

Black Gold: The Story Of Oil In Our Lives by Albert Marrin

Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal Of Afghanistan by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter

Author/photojournalist Rafal Gerszak first went to Afghanistan in 2008 and spent a year embedded with an American military unit, documenting the life of U.S. soldiers in the country, seeing what they saw and experiencing what they experienced. Later, Gerszak came back to Afghanistan, with no escort, completely on his own, with the goal of documenting the daily life of the people of Afghanistan, to see what their lives are like during this wartime. This book provides not just one fascinating perspective on a country mired in conflict, but two perspectives. It’s an amazing look at war, one that is humanized, but never romanticized.

Malcom X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer and illustrated by Randy DuBurke

Into The Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way By Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross and illustrated by Stephen Biesty

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

02/14/11.

02/02/12.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

12/23/11.

And for Young Adults:

02/09/12.

01/31/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

02/16/12.

01/28/12.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 02/09/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Zombies Vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Can we finally settle the ages old question of which is better, zombies or unicorns? Black and Larbalestier have been debating this for years and have assembled several other YA authors into the two camps and hope to come up with a clear conclusion in this anthology of short stories. So which side are you on, Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

The Babysitter Murders by Janet Ruth Young

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Back When You Were Easier To Love by Emily Wing Smith

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Mercury, written and illustrated by Hope Larson

Red Glove by Holly Black

The Poison Eaters And Other Stories by Holly Black

Another Holly Black book! She’s a favorite amongst quite a few of our younger readers (as well some of our slightly older readers) and this is her first short story collection, featuring tales of vampires, faeries, ghosts, werewolves, and all sorts of other things that go bump in the night.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

This story about a young girl who doesn’t seem to belong or fit in anywhere and discovers magical abilities is one of the most highly rated and recommended of our newer books for YA readers. You can check out the book’s trailer below and read reviews of book from both The Los Angeles Times and The New York Public Library.

Clean by Amy Reed

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

NON-FICTION:

Cyber Bullying by Nick Hunter

History Of Art For Young People by H. W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends Of The Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg and Kevin O’Malley

The warning at the beginning of this book gives you a pretty good idea of what you’re in store for when it says: “If you don’t have the guts for gore, do not read this book.” But if you’re interested in trivia and interesting stories about the deaths of the historically famous then I think you’ll be quite entertained by this book. It’s a lite, fun romp.

Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale Of An Amazing Feat Of Engineering by Martin W. Sandler

Life Inside The Air Force Academy by Magdalena Alagna

The Devil On Trial: Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists, And Terrorists In America’s Courtrooms by Phillip Margulies and Maxine Rosaler

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

02/02/12.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

12/23/11.

12/19/11.

12/17/11.

And for Young Adults:

01/31/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

01/28/12.