Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has loved Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar for most of his life. She is a mixture of mystery and adventure and her own quirky personality.. With end of high school mere weeks away, Q accepts Margo’s quirkiness that is closer to fantasy than reality.
This acceptance changes when Margo, dressed like a ninja, opens Q's window and asks for his help:
"Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting."
This kicks into gear an all-night adventure that will change Q's life, particularly--he hopes--how his life relates to the enchanting Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Q’s thought pattern is interrupted when Margo disappears.. Part of being Margo Roth Spiegelman demands the occasional disappearance to plan and execute further adventures. Q, however, can’t pretend this disappearance is normal because Margo left clues. Q, with the help of his realistically written friends, tries to trace Margo's route and he finds more questions than answers, realizing that he might need more than clues to lead him to the girl he loves. He determines he might need to reevaluate everything he previously associated with Margo Spiegelman.
“Paper Towns combines elements of a coming-of-age story and a mystery. Q's search for Margo is, in many ways, just as important as working through the tedium and nostalgia of his last weeks in high school. The story is also very contemporary: the characters have (very clever) screen names that they use to instant message, a website not unlike Wikipedia (here called Omnictionary) finds its way into the storyline. Still, the timelessness of the story seems to ensure that this novel will not become dated as technologies change. Green's inclusion of excerpts from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass also points to this book's lasting power.
The writing keeps readers' attention with an abundance of Green’s wit and makes the book read through quickly. Paper Towns is unique and Q's narration is unique.Anyone who yearns for “the good old days”, will enjoy Green’s combination of nostalgia into present day circumstances.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FREE BOOK for the Holidays

Read a free book at the link below!

Happy Holidays


Twelve Days of Christmas Teen Style

Check out this website for the Twelve Days of Christmas



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

And a Wonderful Time Was Had By All

In spite of the dire weather predictions for a Blizzard of 2009
our Holiday Party was a great success.

Check out our pictures in the slideshow

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Celebration 2009

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Watch the fun of our Young Adult Council Holiday Party. We celebrated Carly and Zach's birthday and added Root Beer Floats. The words on the wall were verboten unless you wanted to lose something from your goody bag. Grab bag gifts were passed as Andre read The Right Family and the party ended with a Wii Fest.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Disney Picks Up Fallen
Source:The Hollywood Reporter
December 9, 2009

Disney has optioned rights to "Fallen," a young-adult novel by Lauren Kate that features angels, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray will produce through their Mayhem Productions.

The book, released this week by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, is part of a four-novel series, all of which were included in the deal.

The contemporary story centers on an alienated girl torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

I couldn't put Graceling down. Similar to Alison Croggan's Books of Pellinor, Graceling brings the story of the seven kingdoms to life. The setting is unique, thoughtful, detailed and believable. Each character comes to life through Cashore's detailed descriptions and distinct voices. They each become a friend, long after the book is finished. The story is a well-paced blend of internal struggle, history and culture of the kingdoms, storytelling, fight scenes, and adventuring.

Katsa is one of a special group of people born with a a grace--some special or unusual skill. Katsa's unusual talent puts her under the control of her uncle the king as little more than a thug. She comes to discover that she alone is responsible for her actions, and through this developes the personality the readers come to love.

The story of Katsa growing into and controlling her Grace is balanced with story of her growing friendship of the Lienid prince, Po.

This book is a story of self-discovery. The heroine journeys through good and evil as well as romance and ends up knowing exactly who she is and that she controls her life. I agree with http://hiplibrariansbookblog.blog-city.com/graceling.htm when she says Po is now vying alongside Marcus Flutie and Jacob Black for best boyfriend in YA fiction. The

Po is now vying alongside Marcus Flutie and Jacob Black for best boyfriend in YA fiction. I can't wait to read Fire, the prequel.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Vampires in New England Fact or Fiction

Twilight and New Moon one of your favorite books. How much is fact?

Don't forget to enjoy Nicholas Bellantoni when he presents

Vampires in New England, Fact or Fiction. December 5, 2009

2 pm New Milford Public Library.

Mr. Bellantoni is the State Archaeologist and a Uconn Professor.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace remembers a certain episode in her life when she was little in Mercy Falls, Minnesota. Surrounded by wolves and blood…and the beautiful yellow eyes of her wolf. Now, at 17, Grace still loves the howls of the wolves in the woods behind her house and can always catch a glimpse of her wolf – only by his eyes.

But Grace’s world isn’t perfect. She has parents who prefer their careers over their daughter and her friendship with Olivia and Rachel is slowly crumbling because of Grace’s obsession with wolves. And then, Jack disappears and hunters are out looking to kill the pack.

Grace would do anything to save her wolf…even if that means putting herself in danger. And when that happens, her wolf saves her and shows himself as Sam, a dangerous secret revealed. Now, it’s up to Grace to try to save Sam from transforming again, but with the weather getting colder and colder, the more time they lose until his final transformation.

Teens are in the midst of reading and gobbling up any book that deals with vampires and werewolves, and Maggie Stiefvater’s new book will be a welcome edition to their reading repertoire. Filled with werewolves, action, and romance, YA readers will keep turning the pages to find out what happens between Grace and Sam, which shows itself only at the end. No peeking allowed!!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Beastly the Movie

Watch the movie trailor for Beastly by Alex Flinn


Sunday, November 22, 2009

November is National Writing Month

Its National Writing Month--so put yourself to the challenge. Posting to Facebook not challenging enough. How about some of the contests listed below.

1. Always wanted to write a novel. Here's your chance. Sign up and commit!!

2. Not into committing to an entire novel? How about trying your hand at a script. This program officially starts in April but does it hurt to practice?

3. Or in for the short run? How about an article in a magazine. Read what other teens have written and contribute some of your own.

4. When all else fails, write for the fun of it!! Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

National Gaming Day 2009

Check out our National Gaming Day. Favorites were Wits and Wagers and of course, Wii Guitar Hero. Join us next year with libraries across the nation!!

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Do You Agree With the Top 10 Teen Picks?

Let me know so I can register our votes!!

1. Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
7. Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
8. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)
9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Book Reviews by Young Adults

Interesting Reader Society

Want to know what your peers are reading?
Check out: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6704672.html

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Moon Excitement

Can't wait for New Moon's Movie Debut. Visit SLJ's http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6704863.html Watch and Read: Spotlight on Media Tie-ins

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jarod Riedl Contest Winner--Read Beyond Reality

Our Read Beyond Reality contest ended on October 23rd with Jarod Riedl winning the tote bag chock full of books and other goodies. The contest was a raffle with each participant receiving a raffle ticket for each 100 pages that they read. The books had to be either Science Fiction or Fantasy.

Congratulations Jarod for a job well done. Thanks to all who participated.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What's Up at New Milford Public Library for November

Calling All Teens and Tweens

November 14th Join with people across the country to celebrate
NATIONAL GAMING DAY Food, Fun and Friends 2:30-4

CHESS AND GO Want to hone your skills or learn new ones.
Every Wednesday from 4-5 (no meeting on the llth and 25th)

Monthly YOUNG ADULT COUNCIL November 18th 6:30-7:45
Anyone 6th through high school welcome

Sign up for the Wrestlemania READING CHALLENGE
Read 10 books, Design a Bookmark on Why Reading is Important

Hope to See You Soon!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Join us for our next Young Adult Council Meeting

Wednesday, November 18th (usually the 2nd Wednesday but we're closed on the llth)
6:30 pm.

Plenty of Food, Fun and a Chance to Hang Out with Friends

This is your group!! Tell us what you would like!!

Questions: vfisher@biblio.org

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

Madison lives in a well-to do town, drives a nice car, knows the right people…and her life is becoming a nightmare. What starts off as a blog of one student nickednamed Str-S-d, who writes about her hatred of the popular people and wishing they were dead turns into murder. Coincidence or not?

One by one, the most popular people start disappearing, and Madison isn’t sure how or why, but there are things that bothers her.First, who is PBleeker and why does he or she keep sending cryptic texts to her phone? Why is her best friend Courtney acting so strangely? And the new student in school Madison is attracted to – is it a fatal attraction? Maddison needs to find answers quickly before she becomes the next victim or someone close to her is killed…Strasser writes an excellent mystery book with a twist that YA readers will eat up. I’ve read almost all of

Strasser’s YA novels, and this one is a departure from his past ones. Not based on reali-life statistics, this book brings together the finesse that takes YA mystery to the top. Fast-paced, this book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end when you finally found out what happens to the victims. In a genre that is hard to find, this book will be one checked out by those who love murder mysteries. Companion books to Strasser’s newest novel would include Gail Giles’s What Happened to Cass McBride or John Halliday’s Shooting Monarchs.
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Check out Naomi's Book Trailer as well!! Great Job

Friday, October 9, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stop and Think! What is a Challenged Book?

Well, "Banned Book Week" is officially over, however, a very well thought out reply to the challenge of "Uncle Bobby's Wedding" has just come to my attention. Thought you would enjoy:


Friday, September 25, 2009

Neil Gaiman Talks Vampires

Entertainment Weekly.com

Neil Gaiman Talks Vampires
Best-selling author holds forth on the history and the eternal appeal of the bloodsucker -- and why it might be time to put them back in the grave.

See if you agree!!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sweet Valley High

guardian.co.uk Wednesday 23 September 2009 12.24 BST

Diablo Cody to tackle Sweet Valley High

Juno writer to script film adaptation of the long-running book series about a pair of beautiful identical twins and their high-school exploits

Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for her smart screenplay to Juno, is attached to write a big-screen adaptation of Sweet Valley High, the long-running series of teen-oriented books which was also made into a TV show.

The books centred on the lives of identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, who live in the fictional town of Sweet Valley, California, and attend the local high school. More than 150 titles were published featuring Jessica, the more flighty of the sisters, and Elizabeth, the practical one, who usually had to save the day when one of her sibling's fanciful schemes went awry.

Cody is said to have grown up reading the books, which were conceived by Francine Pascal in 1983 and written by an army of ghostwriters over the next two decades. While wildly popular, the books have been criticised for their unrealistic treatment of teenage girls' lives. Not only were both twins faultlessly beautiful, but Jessica suffered the deaths of five boyfriends over the course of the series, while Elizabeth fell in love with a Parisian prince and an English viscount.

Universal Pictures is still in negotiations to pick up the movie rights to the Sweet Valley High series, and there are as yet no details of cast or crew as yet.

Blood Promise

Blood Promise
Richelle Mead

How far will Rose go to keep her promise?

The recent Strigoi attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri.

He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Richie's Picks: THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY by Adam Selzer, Delacorte, December 2009, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-385-73650-3; Libr. ISBN: 978-0-385-90613-5

"One night, two lanterns were hung, and Revere jumped out of bed and got on his horse. He did not, however, shout 'The British are coming.' In 1775, most colonists still considered themselves British. Shouting 'The British are coming' in the colonies would have been about the same thing as riding through Paris and shouting 'Here come ze French!' People would have thought he was crazy.
"What he shouted was 'The regulars are out,' which people knew meant they were about to be attacked by British soldiers--or possibly by guys who ate a lot of fiber. Either way, they knew to get ready for something messy."

If one were to propose that it takes a village to teach American history, then what we have here is the village wiseass -- who was undoubtedly entertaining his buddies by thinking up this kind of stuff back in his own history classes -- putting together a somewhat undisciplined and pretty darn entertaining overview of American history that includes many solid -- if sometimes seemingly random facts about our history, as well as some invaluable lessons in information literacy and myth-deflation.

"Nobody really thought of Paul Revere as a war hero--or thought of him at all, for that matter--until 1860, when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote 'Paul Revere's Ride...'"

My own grasp of American history has been greatly enhanced and extended over the years through reading a number of alternative history series as well as numerous notable trade books that focus on specific people and topics. I have not read the latest edition of Joy Hakim's THE HISTORY OF US, but was thoroughly engaged as I read all the way through the 1999 eleven-volume edition. Howard Zinn's THE PEOPLE'S HISTORY was a dense and shocking volume, offering me an entirely new perspective on the motivations of decision makers throughout America's checkered past.

"Stories that Columbus had trouble getting funding because of a belief the Earth was flat were supposedly made up by Washington Irving..."

What I have always loved best has been to supplement my knowledge with in-depth explorations of events and issues in our history such as Ann Bausum's FREEDOM RIDERS: JOHN LEWIS AND JIM ZWERG ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT; Karen Blumental's LET ME PLAY; Russell Freedman's IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY: THE STORY OF AMERICA'S BILL OF RIGHTS; Pete Nelson's LEFT FOR DEAD: A YOUNG MAN'S SEARCH FOR JUSTICE FOR THE USS INDIANAPOLIS; Chris Crowe's GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EMMETT TILL CASE; and Philip Caputo's 10,000 DAYS OF THUNDER: A HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR.

Now, awards committees are not likely to take seriously a history book like THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE, whose coverage of the past sixty years is primarily organized by the order in which people and events are listed in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire." But for this younger generation's smart alecks, who find the conventional classroom presentation of American history to be lame and predictable, and who might salivate at the thought of being able to contradict their teacher's signing onto one of those long-held myths that I was fed as a kid (and is discredited here), or who will enjoy pointing out when their teacher makes use of one of those famous historical paintings that it was actually painted a century or more after the subjects in the painting had all become compost, this is an American history book for them.

Furthermore, the generally brief, unflinching evaluations of the various US presidents will leave lasting impressions:

"But after he won the 1904 election, [Teddy Roosevelt] moved to the left politically and began aggressively taking on the trusts and robber barons, issuing lawsuit after lawsuit against major corporations,
"He was a popular character, known for being a rough-and-tumble sort of guy--kind of like Andrew Jackson, only smarter, less corrupt and not as intent on screwing Native Americans over. He had so much energy that some of the people around him joked that he was like a six-year-old. He knew he was popular, and loved attention. His daughter Alice famously said that he wanted to be 'the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral.'"

THE SMART ALECK'S GUDE includes some great fun features (such as the reoccurring "Stupid Hats From History" and the smart aleck end-of-chapter multiple choice review questions), along with brief discussions of some relevant long-lived conspiracy theories, and some excellent popular culture segments. One of my favorites of the latter is the section on the Flappers of the 1920's which includes a fascinating page full of flapper slang.

All in all, THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY will enlighten, entertain, and encourage healthy skepticism amongst students, and might well motivate students to go on to check out some of those in-depth trade books.

Richie Partington, MLIS
Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.com
Moderator, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_school_lit/

The Host Coming to the Screen

Stephenie Meyer's Host Coming to the Big Screen
Source:Variety September 23, 2009

Variety reports that producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz have acquired screen rights to "The Host," the first adult novel written by Stephenie Meyer, author of the "Twilight" series. Andrew Niccol will write the script and direct the adaptation.

This is how the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, describes the book:

The author of the Twilight series of # 1 bestsellers delivers her brilliant first novel for adults: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.


Dotti Enderle
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Flour Power!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Terrific Banned Book Blog

Anyone interested in Banned or challenged Books and how libraries celebrate
this should check out the Banned Book Webpage designed by the Carnegie Library
of Pittsburgh. It is fantastic and informative!!!!!


Wicked Lovely

Universal Gets Wicked Lovely
Source:Variety September 15, 2009

Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to "Wicked Lovely," the bestselling first book in a fantasy series written by Melissa Marr that will see its fourth installment published next year by Harper Collins, reports Variety.

The protagonist is a 17-year-old girl who can see fairies, and must fend off the advances of a fairy king determined to marry her to save the planet from his vengeful mother.

Edward Scissorhands screenwriter Caroline Thompson will adapt the book.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hoax Photo Contest Winner

Howard Ho was winner of the digital camera in our Summer Hoax Photo Contest.

Entrants had to photograph a town landmark and incorporate a fictional element in the entry. Howard chose to photograph the tank on the town green and have the tank shooting fire. Other entrants put Wonder Woman and Spider Man on the Lover's Leap Bridge, a yellow brick road complete with Dorothy and companions on one of our main streets, our statue of Lincoln sported horns, a grin and goatee and the former CVS building became one with the library as one of our entry ways was added to the side of the CVS building. The winner was chosen by popular vote.

Great job everyone.

How Many Banned Books Have You Already Read?


Are you feeling a little naughty? Why not allow your inner bookworm to have a field day?

Each year, the last week of September is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. How will you celebrate this anti-literary occasion?

This week-long bookish holiday does present an important reminder about the power of government censorship around the world and how it may challenge or inhibit personal freedoms of expression.

Throughout the history of published literature, books have been challenged. Taboo titles have even been burned. Often, authors have faced persecution for what they have penned.

Historically, several previously banned books have become literary classics. Perhaps ironically, many of these once-taboo titles are now required reading for high school and college literarature classes.

How many of banned books have you already read? How many of these once-banned titles do you recognize?


Friday, August 21, 2009

Going Bovine, new Libba Bray Book

Libba Bray's 'Going Bovine': At least for her new book trailer!
by Mandi Bierly
Categories: Book Trailers, Fiction, Interview

If you’ve yet to pick up a book by young-adult author Libba Bray, you might after watching the trailer for Going Bovine, her smart, funny, layered new novel due out Sept. 22. The book, featured in EW’s annual Must List Issue, follows the epic journey of 16-year-old Cameron, who’s been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (the human form of mad cow disease). The inspiration for the story, Bray tells EW, came many years ago, when her mother told her about a man from their hometown who had contracted the disease. “One of the symptoms that he had was hallucinations. He would see these flames shoot up in his field of vision. I was haunted by that, because I thought how horrible must it be when you can’t trust your reality. What is reality? Who’s to say what’s real and what’s not? Then it became this crazy cobb salad of all kinds of things that I’m interested in, like, theoretical physics, and microwave popcorn, and Disney World, and yard gnomes, and Norse mythology, and why are we here as opposed to why aren’t we there… or at Nordstrom?”

The trailer, featuring riffs by a cow suit-wearing Bray, is equally fantastic in its randomness. Our two favorite parts: “Boneless chicken” and “That says, to me, I’m marked for death.”


Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Final Week Raffle Winner

Congratulations Christian Scillitoe 5th Week Winner


The summer is almost over and our Summer Reading Program Be Creative @Your Library has come to a close. We ended with the annual pizza and ice cream party and the Teens helped to pick the Raffle Winners for the Reading Program. We had over 500 participants and couldn't have handled it without our 23 Teen Volunteers. Thank you for your help. It made the for a GREAT summer! Have a Fun Year.

Hope to see you at the library.

Friday, August 14, 2009


The first book in the Uglies series, for FREE!


By Scott Westerfeld

The world of Uglies, set in our not-so-distant future, is a tech-savvy society (way beyond Twitter and Facebook) where everyone is made pretty. You're probably thinking, "Uh...where do I sign up?" Except the local government makes every teen undergo surgery at sixteen to become supermodel beautiful with a certain kind of pretty face. And you thought you had problems when your school enforced a dress code! Rooftop parties and champagne for all! Everything is just awesome. Or so they think.

For a limited time (8/5 - 9/5), you can read the first book in the series, for nada! Plus (and this is HUGE), if you keep reading, you'll get a sneak peek at Scott Westerfeld's new series, Leviathan, coming this October. See what everyone has been talking about!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Check out our Raffle Winners

3rd Week Winner Gina Viglione Twilight Tote

4th Week Winner Andre Cardenas Quassy Passes, Book Tote

2nd Week Winner Charlotte Durr Bowling Tote

Missing from Photo's lst Week Winner, Elizabeth Michelstein. Blockbuster Tote




LORE'S LANES (bowling) New Milford, Ct.

FRIENDS of the New Milford Public Library

Donations to the New Milford Public Library Teen Summer Programs foster creativity in reading, writing, music, art, theater and more!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Based on the best-selling illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, the film chronicles the adventures of wisecracking middle school student Greg Heffley over the course of an academic year, as told through the young man's diary and hand-drawn cartoons.

Jeff Filgo & Jackie Filgo and Jeff Judah & Gabe Sachs wrote the screenplay.

Zachary Gordon, who was tapped after a nine-month search, will play the title role, with Zahn and Rachael Harris portraying his parents. Robert Capron will portray his best friend, and Devon Bostick will play his brother.


Dotti Enderle
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MAN IN THE MOON (Delacorte Press)
A novel about the magic that lives in all of us...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stephen Morrissey Monopoly Champ 2009

It was a competition to the finish as players tried to buy the most property, build it up with houses and hotels while saving as much cash as possible. The most successful entrepreneur was Stephen Morrissey.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Google Book Contest--Win Prizes

Have you seen the contest -- New! Explore the world of Google Books. Play the game today.


Clash guitarist Mick Jones has become a 'guerrilla librarian'

The Clash's lead guitarist Mick Jones has swapped the noisy world of punk rock for a quiet life as a librarian.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Write About Your History--Win Summer Camp at Mission Quest Flight Camp


This release is sent on behalf of Lynn Geddie, who has established teen essay contest. Please contact Lynn at info@americanvetpowerof1.com with any questions.


If I may, I want to share with you an idea I am working on with my teenage son, Reid. As an educator or librarian, I hope you will become as excited as we are about this project. After much research into my own father’s military role in WWII he has written an essay about his grandfather for a class project at his Middle School in Newnan, GA. We both came away from the finished project with a greater appreciation and deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by all of our veterans. As well, Reid gained a wealth of knowledge about the grandfather he never met which gave him a real and lasting connection to him. Further, this project increased his ability to be familiar with, and learn to develop an accurate essay format.

Our request is a simple one really. Would you be interested in listing the project on your site or in your newsletters for teens that have relatives or role models who are veterans that might want to participate in submitting story for possible inclusion in a collection honoring our veterans? The teen can write about any veteran that served in WWII or any period all the way through to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are asked to have their parent or guardian sign a form to give us permission to publish the essays that will be chosen for inclusion in a book of the collection©. This project is free and open to all teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The top essay winner will receive a (2010) summer camp experience, titled MISSION QUEST at Warner Robins Museum of Aviation (this project is listed on the Education page of the museum’s web site: www.musuemofaviation.org ) and the 2nd place winner will receive a $50. cash prize. None of the entrant’s contact information will be shared with any entity or organization except the aviation museum which will be given the winner’s information so that arrangements for camp can be made. This project is sponsored privately by our family with the camp scholarship donated in memory of our father and grandfather a WWII pilot and American veteran. All teen authors who have an essay chosen will be given a certificate of merit. This will help Reid with his independent study putting together the collection; as a community project he plans to present it at his school’s Veteran’s Day program in November and give a copy to our local VFW.

In offering this project to our teens it is my hope that we can achieve several objectives; as mentioned, the teen will make a real connection to those who have made individual sacrifices for the betterment of our country; learn to distinguish the difference between what great courage or strength of character is and that of fame or celebrity; and last, will foster an awareness that our veterans are the true mentors and role models for all Americans. I have found throughout my life that learning comes through active participation in a task and feel the younger generation is in need of understanding what is truly important for the continued success of America. Our goal is to receive hundreds of essays and publish the best essays in a book, therefore giving as many teens as possible exposure to this learning experience©. Registration is free through our website; the deadline for essays is October 15, 2009.

If you are interested and can post our essay project please contact us at: info@americanvetpowerof1.com, my personal e-mail or visit our website to learn more about us at: www.americanvetpowerof1.com. Our website features the guidelines and essay criteria and more about who we are and why we are sponsoring this project. Thank you in advance for your help and please contact me with any questions or comments.


Lynn M. Geddie,

Newnan, Georgia

Daughter of Capt. Dave Matison, Jr. WWII CBI Hump Pilot

Contact information: info@americanvetpowerof1.com

Monday, July 20, 2009

It's Twilight Again

"Twilight" is officially coming to comics, and seeing as how comic book creations like Iron Man and the X-Men helped inspire author Stephenie Meyer to write "Twilight" in the first place, that shouldn't surprise anyone. Though movie fans won't be seeing photo-realistic versions of Meyer's characters straight off the big screen, certain features unique to "Twilight" and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" actors such as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will influence the artistic rendering by Korean artist Young Kim.


Septimus Heap "Magyk" Movie

David Frankel Helming Septimus Heap
Source: Variety July 15, 2009

Marley & Me helmer David Frankel is set to direct animated fantasy Septimus Heap: Magyk at Warner Bros. Pictures, reports Variety.

Rob Lieber is adapting Angie Sage's seven-book series, which revolves around two babies switched at birth - a boy who's the seventh son of a seventh son and a girl destined to be a princess.

The first book, "Septimus Heap: Magyk," was published in 2005, and three others have since been published, with the fifth, "Syren," due out in September.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


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Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Programs

Check out and Register for our Summer Programs

July 8th Photoshop Workshop/Photocontest

learn photoshop basics with former Oprah photo editor, Dianna Baros. Put your skills to the Test in our Wacky Photo contest. Laptops welcome.

July 15th Anime Workshop
Learn Anime Basics with graphic artist Heather Krumm

July 22nd Wii Wednesday

Join us for an afternoon of music fun with the Wii

July 29th Monolopy Tournament
Go for the silver in this annual event

August 5 Project Runway

Create and model recycled fashion statements

August 12th Design a Dessert

Back by popular demand--who will create this years culinary masterpiece?

Programs are free and open to students coming out of 5th through 12th grades. All programs require registration which begins June 29th. Visit, register online www.biblio.org/newmilford or call the library 355-1191 ext 204

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Team Jacob or Team Edward

Attention Team Jacob: Little, Brown has revealed their cover for the movie tie-in edition of New Moon, which features an exclusive image from the Twilight franchise's second film. Taylor Lautner fans should certainly pick up more than a few copies (Those arms! That smoldering stare! Remember, he's only 17!). As for Team Edward...well, at least the image proves that the moon is not, in fact, made of green cheese.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pulse It--Free Books

Join Simon and Schuster's Pulse It program for teens, read free books, post a Review, win prizes.

Enjoy your summer and READ http://www.simonandschuster.net/content/feature.cfm?tab=23&feature_id=5712

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stockmarket Winners


New Milford Public Library won First and Second Place in their region for the Fall 2009 Stockmarket Game
and First, Second and Third Place for the Spring 2009.

Way to Go!!
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Love You, Hate You, Miss You

Watch the Book Trailer for Elizabeth Scott's New Book.
Love You, Hate You, Miss You

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Job Ideas for Teens

Job ideas for teens

With summer vacation almost here, many of you are looking for ways to earn money.

Baby-sitting isn’t the only job for teens. Here are some job ideas you can do this vacation to make it a meaningful one and so you will know how rewarding it is to earn your own money, if only for a little while now.

1. Cleaning service. – nobody likes doing household chores—unless they’re getting paid! This is a great idea to get you used in doing household chores. Think of it this way, you’re learning while you’re earning some money.


2. Computer tutor – if you’re somewhat techie and knows enough about computers to tutor younger kids on learning the basics and more advanced stuff about using the computer and the Internet, this would be the perfect job for you to do. You don’t even have to exert much effort because you’ll be teaching from your own stock knowledge.

3. Pet-sitting service – if you’ve experienced baby-sitting before, then this wouldn’t be too much of a new experience for you. A lot of families are going out on vacations nowadays because it’s the holidays, and most of the time, they can’t just bring their pets with them nor can they leave them unattended at home. Pet-sitting is fun and the pets are usually adorable. Just be sure to know the necessary information about the pet and you ask questions about possible risks before doing this.

4. Delivery service - you can work part-time at your mom or dad’s office as a messenger or do little errands for their officemates. You can also do it for your neighbors. It’s a great opportunity to use your skates or bike, and it’s so much fun going to different places doing a sort of favor for the neighbors.

5. Academic tutor – if you know you’re smart in more than one are, then don’t be afraid to share that knowledge. You can tutor the younger kids in your block or a friend’s kid sister or brother. If you’re very good at playing an instrument, you can widen your clientele to fellow teens and even adults.

6. Lots of older people or people that don't have enough time need someone to do chores. How about lawn mowing, weeding, painting.

Summer vacation should not only be about spending money and going to amusement parks and malls, and having parties all the time. You should also take it as an opportunity to develop yourself as an individual who will be an adult soon. Remember, learning shouldn’t stop just because school has.

Info from http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/job-ideas-for-teens

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Anime & Manga sites

Sign up for our Anime Drawing Class with graphic artist Heather Krum
July 15th at 3:30 at New Milford Public Library.
Take out selections from our LARGE graphic novel selection!!

My favorite manga review sites that are maintained by reviewers I've come to trust include the following:

Precocious Curmudgeon (David Welsh)

The Manga Critic (Katherine Dacey)

Manga Recon (Melinda Beasi and Michelle Smith specifically, but the other reviewers there are good, too) http://www.popcultureshock.com/manga/

For manga news, more than reviews (although those are there, too), you might look at Deb Aoki's site at About.com http://manga.about.com/

And Brigid Alverson does an amazing job of rounding up the rest of the manga reviews found online at MangaBlog http://www.mangablog.net/

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mary-Kate Olsen Turns Beastly

Source: Variety June 4, 2009

CBS Films has cast Mary-Kate Olsen opposite Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in the teen romance film Beastly.

Daniel Barnz is directing from his own script, in which Olsen's character places a curse on a handsome egocentric young man (Pettyfer), who's physically transformed into everything he despises.

The story is based on Alex Flinn's fantasy novel, a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" set in modern-day New York.

Shooting starts June 13 in Montreal.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Book IV Inheritance Cycle

What We Know

# e cover of the fourth book will feature an emerald (green) dragon
# Murtagh and Thorn will play larger roles than in the previous books.
# With the first parts of Eragon's prophecies having been resolved in Eragon and Brisingr (weapon under the Menoa Tree, "There is a doom upon you, but of what sort I know not. Part of it lies in a death ..."), we can expect the remaining prophecies to come into play:

* Eragon's vision of him and another leaving Alagaesia forever with their dragons
* The Rock of Kuthian and the Vault of Souls
* An "epic romance" ("I cannot say if this passion will end happily, but your love is of noble birth and heritage. She is powerful, wise, and beautiful beyond compare." - Angela, Eragon... it is arguable that this romance/passion has already existed for Arya with a bad ending)

# The origin of werecats will be thoroughly explored

Check this site out for latest Book IV theories

Friday, May 15, 2009


Look for our exciting programs for summer:

And while you wait


May 21st SCIENCE FAIR Hill & Plain Elementary 4:30-7:30
June 19th SLEEPOVER 7:30
June 24th BOOK SWAP 2-4

Questions or to register 860 355 1191 ext 204 or vfisher@biblio.org

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea imparts the importance of volunteerism, outreach and caring- what one man can do- as well as a connection to present day as many of the schools Greg Mortensen built have recently been destroyed by the Taliban so the cry is louder than ever for the importance of education around the world! Three Cups of Tea is an eye-opener and catalyst for change.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Susan Beth Pfeffer

Mark your calendar for next Monday evening! Whether you're at work or at home, you won't want to miss this!

One Book New Jersey invites you & your teens to an online discussion of the 2009 teen selection, Life as We Knew It, on Monday, May 4 @ 7:30 P.M. Come prepared with your thoughts on the story, your NJ experiences, and questions for the author!

Simply go to www.bccls.org/OBNJ at 7:30 P.M. where you will find directions for
logging on. This discussion is free, no registration necessary, and open to all!

Ms. Pfeffer has won various awards for many of her young adult novels, and Life as We Knew is also the winner of the 2009 Garden State Teen Book Award in the 6-8 Grade category. the dead & the gone is the companion book to Life as We Knew It.


Teen Ink Environmental Solutions Contest
No Deadline: Entries Accepted Throughout Year
Do you have a creative plan to stop pollution? Have you found a way to encourage recycling in your neighborhood? Share your idea to solve an environmental problem or describe a current solution.
Every month one teen is honored for the best Environmental Solutions article. Essays are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive $25 and a copy of the magazine featuring their environmental solution.
For contest guidelines and submission requirements, visit the Teen Ink contest page


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book IV Inheritance Cycle

Book 4 Index | What We Do Know | Loose Ends | Book 4 Theories


Does Book 4 have a name or book cover yet?
Book 4 does not have a name or book cover at this time. Any name or book cover found floating around on the internet is fake fan art. When the name and book covers are released, official announcements will be made on the official Inheritance Cycle website as well as here on Shur'tugal.

Does Book 4 have an official release date?
At this point in time, there is no official or unofficial release date for Book 4. Christopher Paolini is hard at work on Book 4. Any release dates you may encounter on the internet are fake.
Is Book 4 the final book in the Inheritance Cycle?
At this point in time, Christopher Paolini plans to end the Inheritance Cycle on the closing page of Book 4.

"Book 4 - What We Do Know" is a guide to all of the confirmed facts about Book 4. Please keep in mind that these are the only confirmed facts regarding Book 4 at this time.

The staff of Shur'tugal have put together a one-of-a-kind guide to the loose ends left by the events of Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr and can be used as a basis to remember and speculate about events and plot threads that need tying up and explaining in Book 4.

from http://www.shurtugal.com/?id=cycle/book4/index

Thursday, April 9, 2009



Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel available at New Milford Public Library. It made two Top 10 lists put out by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It made the Best Books for Young Adults and Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists.

The book also received media attention late last year when the writer, Mariko, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, but Jillian, the illustrator, was overlooked. Legendary graphic novelists Seth, Chester Brown and several other notable writers/illustrators published an open letter to the GG’s jury to properly acknowledge both contributors for the nomination.

“This auspicious graphic novel debut by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki tells the story of “Skim,” aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a goth girl in an all-girls school in Toronto, circa the early ’90s. Skim is an articulate, angsty teenager, the classic outsider yearning for some form of acceptance. She begins a fanciful romance with her English teacher, Ms. Archer, while nursing her best friend through a period of mourning. The particulars of the story may not be its strong suit, though. It’s Jillian’s artwork that sets it apart from the coming-of-age pack. Jillian has a swooping, gorgeous pen line-expressive, vibrant and precise all at once. Her renderings of Skim and her friends, Skim alone or just the teenage environment in which the story is steeped are evocative and wondrous. Like Craig Thompson’s Blankets, the inky art lifts the story into a more poetic, elegiac realm. It complements Mariko’s fine ear for dialogue and the incidentals and events of adolescent life. Skim is an unusually strong graphic novel-rich in visuals and observations, and rewarding of repeated readings. (Feb.) ”
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Which Cover Art Do You Prefer

Check out this blog to see the difference in International Covers for the same books. Vote for your choices in comments.

http://salemlibrary.govoffice2.com/index.asp? and go to Teens and BBYA

Friday, April 3, 2009

YA Authors on Twitter

Here's the list (in alphabetical order) of published or about-to-be published authors who write for teens should you want to follow any or all of us. Note to new tweeps: this list closed at midnight 3/31/09. Please feel free to compile an addendum and link to it in the comments.

1. Susan Adrian @@susan_adrian
2. Jill S. Alexander @jillsalexander
3. Tara Altebrando @TaraAltebrando
4. Laurie Halse Anderson @halseanderson
5. R. J. Anderson @rj_anderson
6. Joelle Anthony @joellewrites
7. Andrew Auseon @andrewauseon
8. Kim Baccellia @ixtumea
9. Cyn Balog @cynbalog
10. Jennifer Lynn Barnes @jenlynnbarnes
11. Lauren Barnholdt @laurenbarnholdt
12. Clare Bell @rathacat
13. Robin Benway @robinbenway
14. Holly Black @hollyblack
15. Coe Booth @coebooth
16. Robin Brande @Robin_Brande
17. Heather Brewer @heatherbrewer
18. Susan Taylor Brown @susanwrites
19. Meg Cabot @megcabot
20. Janet Lee Carey @janetleecarey
21. Ceil Castellucci @cecilseaskull
22. Susane Colasanti @susanecolasanti
23. Paula Chase Hyman @Paulachy
24. Tera Lynn Childs @teralynnchilds
25. Cassie Clare @cassieclare
26. Eoin Colfer @eoincolfer
27. Deborah Copeland @authorgrl
28. Holly Cupala @hollycupala
29. Sarah Dessen @sarahdessen
30. Cory Doctorow @doctorow
31. Kathleen Duey @kathleenduey
32. Anthony Eaton @anthonyeaton
33. Daniel Ehrenhaft @danielehrenhaft
34. Beth Fehlbaum @bethfehlbaum
35. Neil Gaiman @neilhimself
36. Liz Gallagher @lizgallagherliz
37. Linda Gerber @gerbsan
38. K.L. Going @klgoing
39. Alison Goodman @alisongoodman
40. Alan Gratz @Alan_Gratz
41. John Green @realjohngreen
42. Lorie Ann Grover @lorieanngrover
43. Megan Kelley Hall @megankelleyhall
44. Brendan Halpin @bhalpin
45. Jenny Han @jennyhan
46. S.A. Harazin @saharazin
47. Brent Hartinger @brenthartinger
48. Louise Hawes @louisehawes
49. Justina Chen Headley @justinaheadley
50. Simmone Howell @postteen
51. Mandy Hubbard @mandyhubbard
52. Mark Jeffrey @markjeffrey
53. Maureen Johnson @maureenjohnson
54. Varian Johnson @varianjohnson
55. Carrie Jones @carriejonesbook
56. Heidi S. Kling @seaheidi
57. Jo Knowles @joknowles
58. William Kostakis @williamkostakis
59. Marie Lamba @marielamba
60. Margo Lanagan @margolanagan
61. Jessica Leader @JessicaLeader
62. E. Lockhart @elockhart
63. Greg Logsted @greglogsted
64. Lauren Baratz Logsted @laurenbaratzl
65. Rita Lorraine @ritalorraine
66. Eric Luper @ericluper
67. Lisa Madigan @lkmadigan
68. Bennett Madison @bennettmadison
69. Marianne Mancusi @mariannemancusi
70. Christine Marciniak @ckmarciniak
71. Melissa Marr @melissa_marr
72. Georgia McBride-Wohl @Georgia_McBride
73. Lisa McMann @lisa_mcmann
74. Neesha Meminger @NeeshaMem
75. Kate Messner @kmessner
76. Saundra Mitchell @saundramitchell
77. Sarah Mlynowski @SarahMlynowski
78. Tee Morris @TeeMonster
79. Kirsty Murray @kirstymurray
80. Alyson Noe @alysonnoe
81. Sarah Ockler @sarahockler
82. Olugbemisola Amusashonubi-Perkovich @olugbemisola
83. Micol Ostow @micolz
84. Kelly Parra @kparra
85. Mary Pearson @marypearson
86. Marlene Perez @MarPerez
87. Mitali Perkins @mitaliperkins
88. Diana Peterfreund @dpeterfreund
89. Karen Rivers @karenrivers
90. Dana Reinhardt @dsreinhardt
91. Chris Resttstatt @Rettstatt
92. Christine Rose @christinerose
93. Penni Russon @eglantinescake
94. Sara Ryan @ryansara
95. Lisa Ann Sandell @lisaannsandell
96. John Scalzi @scalzi
97. Janni Lee Simner @innaj
98. Linda Joy Singleton @LindaJoySinglet
99. Jon Skovron @jonnyskov
100. Rhonda Stapleton @rhondastapleton
101. Courtney Summers @courtney_s
102. Sarah Sumpolec @SarahSumpolec
103. Nikki Tate @WriterGrrrlTx
104. Tiffany Trent @tiffanytrent
105. Gaby Triana @gabytriana
106. Melissa Walker @melissacwalker
107. Diana Wallach @dianarwallach
108. Gabrielle Wang @gabriellewang
109. Robin Wasserman @robinwasserman
110. Sara Bennett Wealer @sbennettwealer
111. Deborah Wiles @deborahwiles
112. Lili Wilkinson @twitofalili
113. Sara Zarr @sarazarr
114. Michelle Zink @michellezink

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chat with an Author

In the next month, I'll be chatting with TWO famous authors. Will you join me?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz will be on hand to discuss the 2009 One Book New Jersey adult selection, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, on Thursday morning, April 16 from 11:00 to 12:00, and there's a chance he'll be back for the second discussion on Thursday evening, April 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mark your calendars! -- It's only a few weeks away!

Participate in one of our online discussions and "meet" the authors! Readers from throughout the state (and even beyond) are encouraged to login to www.bccls.org/OBNJ to discuss OBNJ selections. This is also your opportunity to talk to the authors about their books! Participation is completely free and there are no registration or log-in requirements. All are welcome!

Discussions of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will be held on Thursday, April 16, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

A discussion of Life as We Knew It with author Susan Beth Pfeffer will be held on Monday, May 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Transcripts of all discussions will also be available at www.bccls.org/OBNJ.
Much thanks to Guy Dobson, Internet Services Librarian at the Bergen County (NJ) Cooperative Library System, for moderating and generally assisting with the online discussions.

Kate Vasilik
2009 Chair, One Book NJ

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Free Comic Book Day

Come visit us the first Saturday in May, May 2nd
and pick up a free comic book compliments of

Newtown, Conn.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

Does this look like fun?
Become a kid again and see: