We want you to vote on the theme of our next teen/young adult program, which will take place further on this year. (No seriously, vote on it. I'm organizing it, so I promise it will be cool.) The four options are (drumroll please):
1) Zombies: Games and activities related to the upcoming zombie apocalypse
2) Hunger Games: You read the series, now volunteer as tribute yourself (minus the killing and dying part)
3) Be a Kid Again: Listen to your favorite picture books read aloud, color inside the lines (or outside the lines, if you want), and have fun just being a kid again!
4) Crafting Upcycled Holiday Gifts: Learn to make holiday gifts for your friends and family using recycled materials
You can vote at the library main desk. (Ask if you don't see the voting box, I promise none of us bite. Well, I can't vouch for all the library staff's free time activities, but biting in the workplace is something we strongly frown upon.)
Tomorrow (Friday 10/19) is Spirit Day, which GLAAD describes as an "annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth."
If you like Jessica Shirvington's first novel, Embrace, then I have good (or bad, depending on how you feel about adaptations of your favorite books) news: Th CW television network is turning it into a TV show.
NPR has a really interesting article on Skinny, by Donna Cooner, a YA novel about a teenage girl who decides to undergo weight-loss surgery.
In case you haven't seen it, here is a funy Hunger Games parody, The Hipster Games:
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the winners of the 2012 Teens' Top Ten, an annual list of the best books for young adults. For this list, teens nominate and vote on their favorite books of the year. Which book took the top slot? Divergent, by Veronica Roth.
The Onion A.V. Club has a review of the fourth book in The Giver quartet, published this month. I really want to read it, if only to complete the journey I started at 8ish years old, when I first read The Giver. (Yes, I was a super-book-nerd as a kid. That's who grows up to be librarians. Big shocker.) For those of you that aren't big The Giver fans (although I can't personally imagine how that happens), here is a picture of (apparently) the world's smallest (and quite possibly cutest) deer:
In my enthusiasm for Teen Read Week (which of course I think should be every week...because I'm a librarian), I mistakenly told you it was last week. It's actually this week. If you are heartbroken by my mistake, you should probably get out more. But here is a cute corgi picture to apologize.
The National Book Award Finalists have been announced. The Examiner has a list of the books in the young people's literature category.
Fictional Food is a website devoted to creating real versions of food that appears in books, TV shows, and other media. WARNING: Do not read while hungry!
If you have read this blog at all, you know how much I LOVE Libba Bray. So today I'm posting two interviews with her, one in culturemap Austin (Warning: This article contains semi-explicit language...it has "b$#%s%$#" in the title.), and the other in Publishers' Weekly.