Monday, March 31, 2008

There's still space!

Self Defence Basics for Teens
McLaughlin Auditorium
April 3, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Award-winning instructor, Emmanuel Manolakakis, of FightClub Martial Arts and Fitness Training Centre, will present an exciting self-defence program for teens ages 12-18. This free class will last an hour-and-a-half and will educate teens on how to protect themselves and introduces physical training. Please wear comfortable clothing. Register early as space is limited to 20 participants.A permission slip must be correctly and completely filled out and signed by the legal aged participant or the parent of minor aged (17 and under) participants before the event.Register at any branch or call Tiffany at 905-579-6111, ext. 5238 for more details.

*There is still sign-up space for this event! He will also be having a DVD give-away, prizes, and more! Don't let this awesome opportunity pass you by!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight

What happens when super-heroes grow old? Batman: The Dark Knight Returns asks just that question. Separated into four acts, this graphic novel introduces exactly what happens when Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne) comes out of retirement at fifty five years old and begins fighting crime again. Since his retirement, Gotham City has run amuck with villains and criminals – even with The Joker and Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two Face) behind bars. With the police chief retiring, Batman finally realizes that he must get over the death of Robin and that Gotham City needs a hero again. The only question to be asked is – did he wait too long? Is it too late to save Gotham City?

This graphic novel is written eloquently and the images are as riveting as they are terrifying. It really takes you into the dark depths of Gotham City while allowing your imagination to run free.

Excerpt from a triumphant return:

“This should be agony. I should be a mass of aching muscle – broken, spend, unable to move. And, were I an older man, I surely would. . .But I’m a man of thirty – of twenty again. The rain on my chest is a baptism - -I’m born again.”

Miller, F. (2002). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. New York: D.C. Comics.

Need service hours?

Come to our next TAB meeting! It is on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:00 PM at the Legends Centre. Earn service hours while eating snacks and advising the library on teen events. Open to everyone!

What Spring Release Novel are you most looking forward to?
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (4/22/08)
Airhead by Meg Cabot (6/1/08)
Demon Apocalypse (Demonata #6) by Darren Shan (5/1/08)
The Host by Stephenie Meyer (5/6/08)
Peeled by Joan Bauer (5/1/08)
Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three #3) by Erin Hunter (4/22/08)
Exodus by Julie Bertagna (4/1/08)
Night Road by A. M. Jenkins (5/20/08)
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (6/1/08)
Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4) by James Paterson (3/17/08)
Cheated by Patrick Jones (4/1/08)
The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice #4) by John Flanagan (3/18/08)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

April Programmes!

Self Defence Basics for Teens
McLaughlin Auditorium
April 3, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Limited to 20 participants (additional classes will be offered as needed).
Award-winning instructor, Emmanuel Manolakakis, of FightClub Martial Arts and Fitness Training Centre, will present an exciting self-defence program for teens ages 12-18. This free class will last an hour-and-a-half and will educate teens on how to protect themselves and introduces physical training. Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration is limited. A permission slip must be correctly and completely filled out and signed by the legal aged participant or the parent of minor aged (17 and under) participants before the event. Call Tiffany at 905-579-6111, ext. 5238 for more details.

Learning the Tarot
McLaughlin Children’s Studio
April 19th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
April 26th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What’s in your future? This two part workshop will connect you with your spiritual side! Come meet Zsuzsana Summer, author of The Now Age: Demystifying Spirituality, the New Age and the Metaphysical, who will provide an in-depth class on everything Tarot including the history and how to read the cards. Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own cards. Seating is limited. Call Tiffany at 905-579-6111, ext. 5238 for more details.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Schwa

Here's a book with a name we can all recognize:

Book Description: When Antsy Bonano and his friends discover that fellow 8th grade classmate Calvin Schwa can become invisible, they use the knowledge to hatch a money making plot. What begins as a surefire scheme turns into something else, as you weave through this funny, yet thought provoking journey with Cal, Antsy, and Lexie.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

End of March Break

Are you sad that March Break is over?! Fret not. Summer is right around the bend! Do you have some great ideas for Summer Programmes? Is there a book or series you think the library should own? Feel free to comment on the blog at any time, join the TAB group, or give me a call. :)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Top 10 Indie Songs

Here are the Top 10 Albums from Canadian College Radio Stations:
For the Week of March 10th:
Black Mountain - In The Future

Plants And Animals - Parc Avenue

Hot Chip - Made In The Dark

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Hayden - In Field & Town

Jason Collett - Here's To Being Here

Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies

Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow And Blue

Cat Power - Jukebox

Ladyhawk - Shots

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Printz Award Winner

The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean, published by HarperTempest, an imprint of HarperCollins has won the 2008 Michael L. Printz Award. The award announcement was made during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, January 11-16.

Fourteen-year-old Symone's exciting vacation to Antarctica turns into a desperate struggle for survival when her uncle's obsessive quest leads them across the frozen wilderness into danger.
McCaughrean has won numerous awards for children's literature in her native England. Celebrated for her novels, picture books and folklore adaptations, The White Darkness is her first contemporary young adult novel.

"Symone's unforgettable voice propels this journey of discovery in a book that is intricately plotted, richly imaged and brings new meaning to the term unreliable narrator," said Printz Award Committee Chair Lynn Rutan. "Readers will need to hang onto their snow goggles in this compelling book in which nothing is as it seems at first glance."

2008 Honor Books
Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet
by Elizabeth Knox, published by Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

One Whole and Perfect Day
by Judith Clarke, published by Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

by A.M. Jenkins, published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath
By Stephanie Hemphill, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

March Break

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic March Break!! Here are the programmes we have to offer this week:

Make a Teen Zine Workshop!
McLaughlin Branch Children’s Studio
March 11 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM - Today, Tuesday!
Become an underground artist! Learn about the history of zines, what they are and why people make them. This hands-on workshop will address how to construct your very own zine, an exploration of different genres, and distribution. Bring in images, essays, poems, recipes, or anything, really, that you want to include in your zine. For teens ages 12-18. Free registration at any branch.

Thursday, March 13
McLaughlin Auditorium
Game Day!
2:30 PM
Get ready to play Guitar Hero or other fun games!!

Friday, March 14
Teen Trivia
McLaughlin Branch
Children's Studio
March 14 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hey teens, you think you are smart? Care to prove it? Try to win by playing the special version of Teen Jeopardy! Come and compete in this Jeopardy challenge to win fabulous prizes and to prove you know way more about hockey, Family Guy, Britney, and manga than any other teen! For teens ages 12-18. Free registration at any branch.

Saturday, March 15
Craft It!
Children's Studio
March 15 from 2:30 - 5:00 PM
Come work on St. Paddy's Day and Easter crafts!

Friday, March 7, 2008

New Books in today!

Here is a listing of new books we just got in:

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison

You Are Cordially Invited . . .
to your brother's wedding where he will marry rich, famous Marni Shay, at the River Lodge, the most elite resort in Colorado, the state you chose to go to college in so you could escape your family, except they'll all be there. Enjoy ten fun-filled days of avoiding your mother, who still thinks you're not girly enough; planning your brother's bachelor party, because you are his best man, er, girl; and, oh yeah, trying not to drool all over Hot Connor, who happens to be in your English seminar and work at the River Lodge. Put your best foot forward, and . . .
Don't miss the most joyous celebration of the year!
Yeah, right.

Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi Vol. 1

Discover the earliest known stories of the Jedi and the Sith in this massive collection! Five thousand years before Luke Skywalker's successful assault on the Death Star, the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy. That is, until his death ignited a battle for ascension that would spell the end for his empire - and nearly the entire galaxy! It would be another thousand years before two young Jedi novices Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider would rise for the cause of justice, first in the case of a Jedi-killing Hutt, and then against a dark Jedi spirit threatening to engulf an entire planet! Containing the Tales of the Jedi stories "The Golden Age of the Sith," "The Fall of the Sith Empire," and "Knights of the Old Republic" this humongous omnibus is the ultimate introduction to the ancient history of the Star Wars universe!

The Bonemender's Choice by Holly Bennett

My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
From School Library JournalGrade 9 Up--Abeel writes of her torturous year in seventh grade when she was diagnosed with a learning disability. Having been a gifted, creative preschooler, she was not prepared for the realization, in second grade, that she could not do many of the tasks that her classmates could accomplish with ease. By seventh grade, her feelings of insecurity had reached an all-time high, and she began to experience anxiety attacks over everything from having to remember her locker combination to managing her schoolwork to staying overnight at a friend's. When she was finally diagnosed with dyscalculia, she and her family felt relief. At least now there was a name for her difficulties and strategies she could employ. This account is an interesting mix of factual information and memories. Abeel relates her experiences with detached clarity, but each situation is followed by the thoughts and feelings that finally forced her to face her differences. Occasionally, her well-phrased prose slips into cliché, and when she lists the math skills that she could not perform she becomes rather pedantic. While this book is not likely to be of great interest to casual readers, those with similar learning issues will identify strongly with the author's trials and triumphs. Pair this title with Abeel's book of poetry, Reach for the Moon (Scholastic, 2001), to inspire young people with learning disabilities and to educate others.--Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Stuck at Prom

Would you ever wear a Duct Tape dress or Tuxedo to prom?! What if you would win a $6,000 scholarship and little bit of fame? Prom styles have come and gone over time, but there’s one
fashion that’s remained true for the last seven years – the duct tape dress and tux! That’s right,
high school students across the country are being encouraged to ditch their overpriced, overthe-
top designer duds and design a stylin’, one-of-a-kind outfit made out of duct tape!
In its eighth year, the 2008 Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest challenges high school students to create and accessorize their prom formalwear with
Canada's favorite fix-all – duct tape. And, it’s up to the public as to who has the best outfit!
Online voting will decide the winning couple from 10 finalist couples. Rather than worrying about wearing the same dress or tux as another student, invest in some rolls of duct tape and create a unique, stylish outfit that is sure to be like no other. In addition to getting creative with their promwear, students will also have the opportunity to make college a little more affordable. The couple receiving the first place title will receive a $6,000 cash scholarship for college.

Interested students can go to for official contest rules and a registration
form. The contest starts on March 3, 2008. Participants are required to submit a completed
entry form and a photo of themselves wearing their duct tape prom formalwear and other
documents required by the contest rules. All must be received by June 11, 2008.

Previous Winners: