Wednesday, February 27, 2013

YoYo Day at New Milford Public Library

What do you get when you mix a kid named Howard Ho and that simple mechanical toy called a yo-yo?

On a recent Saturday afternoon at New Milford Public

Library you got Yo-Yo Day.

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Steampunk 101 with author Suzanne Lazear

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Steampunk 101 with author Suzanne Lazear: Steampunk has been around for decades, but has really gained popularity in the past few years. But what exactly is that Steampunk stuff anyway?

Imagine a world where steam and natural gas, not coal and electricity, are the primary power sources. Steampunk transports us to a place abounding with airships, gas lamps, gears, cogs, and brass goggles and populated with mad scientists, philosophers, adventurers, and air pirates. Steampunk stories are filled with exploration, optimism, curiosity, technology, and rebellion. They boldly go new places, explore and invent new things, and ponder the what ifs and never wases of technology and history. HG Wells and Jules Verne are huge inspirations for Steampunk. Examples include League of Extraordinary Gentleman and Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker.
It seems to me that by its very nature Steampunk is a genre meant to challenge itself. Lately, Steampunk has grown from its SciFi roots to really cross genres and boundaries. We have paranormal Steampunk, like the popular Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger and God Save the Queen by Kate Locke. We have “steamypunk.” We have clockpunk with steampunkatude. We have steampunk retellings of classic stories, like Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. In YA especially, there’s a whole crop of steampunk mashups, where authors explore the breadths and depths of steampunk to the very limit, sometimes creating something new altogether. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013


RED Hearts are guest posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today.

Today’s RED Hearts post is from RED author Carey Dunne, 23, in NYC who extols the many virtues of the public library:

Libraries get a bad rap. They’re dismissed as fusty nerd havens or avoided in post-traumatic student disorder as exam study hellholes.

Unfortunately, it is not well known that they are actually fun, and also, cool.

I love libraries: They are cathedrals of free knowledge. I got my first library card when I was five, from the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. White marble lions sit guarding this library, with Lego lion replicas just past the entrance. ( is not guarded by lions, and also does not have a big ceiling painted with cherubs.) I knew that cards of this size and shape were important objects usually meant only for grown-ups. I flashed it at all who walked by on my way home, so they would see that I held the key to infinite wisdom and power.

Most public libraries also have various free programs, say, an anime club for teens, story readings for kids and film screenings. Libraries also happen to be the best places to get new releases of DVDs -- you don’t have to buy them or wait months for them to be available on Netflix.

In the tradition of great storytelling, we present some of the Coolest Fictional Libraries:

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: At the Sunnydale High School Library, Giles, like many librarians, is only disguised as a fuddy-duddy. In truth, he possesses ancient mystical wisdom. Buffy goes to him for vampire-slaying guidance and books about werewolves and demon eggs. The library is her main hang, aside from the cemetery.

In The Breakfast Club: Being stuck in the library goes from punishment to party.

In The Music Man: Marian, and the song about loving her madly, is proof that “librarian” is one of the world’s most desirable jobs.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Hermione Granger’s discovery of gillyweed in the “restricted section” means that Harry Potter would have died in book four if it weren’t for libraries.

In Party Girl: I mean, this is the story of a broke dance club queen (Parker Posey) who discovers the seductive allure of the Dewey Decimal System. If you’re not convinced, watch Posey dancing epically on library tables:

Three whispered cheers for libraries.

RED Hearts guest poster Carey Dunne is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.

Fault in Our Stars Movie

Josh Boone to Direct The Fault In Our Stars
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
February 19, 2013

Fox 2000's adaptation of John Green's bestselling novel The Fault In Our Stars has found a director in Josh Boone, the man behind the upcoming Writers (formerly Stuck In Love), says a story at The Hollywood Reporter.

The script, by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, made 2012's "Black List" of unproduced screenplays with the following official log line:

Based on the eponymous novel by John Green, a teenage girl stricken with cancer falls for a boy in her support group and the two form a bond as they deal with their illnesses.

The trade also makes note of Shailene Woodley's rumored involvement with the project. While she's not signed on as of yet, the Amazing Spider-Man 2 star is said to be in the running for the female lead.


Dotti Enderle