Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Events

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Here is a new one:

Divergent Series: Insurgent Trailer

Gingerbread House Party December 2014


Check out our Gingerbread House Party put on by New Milford Public Library's YA Council.
A special thanks to Sara Stone, Jessica Berkun, Julia March and Christian Z.




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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Copy of The Aura is Out


Come and pick up your free copy of our Teen Literary Magazine.
Send in your articles for our next copy.


Nat'l Novel Writing Month started- Nov. 1

Check it out. Write your first novel!

http://nanowrimo.org/

Receive online encouragement from staff and published authors. Get ready to -Write - write - write!

Divergent: Insurgent Teaser Trailer

Friday, October 3, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Universal Buys "Let It Snow"


Courtesy of Speak
"The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green wrote one of the three intertwining Christmas tales

Universal has optioned the film rights to the short-story collection Let It Snow, written by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

Released in 2008, the book features three separate interconnected stories about teens during a huge Christmastime blizzard.

Green is the popular author behind this summer's hit film The Fault in Our Stars, and his other book, Paper Towns, is also being adapted into a film. Fault was a breakout hit, and recently passed $300 million at the worldwide box office. He's repped by Writers House.

Johnson wrote the YA series Shades of London and Suite Scarlett, and is repped by KT Literary.

Myracle wrote Thirteen Plus One and the popular IM trio. She's repped by BG Literary.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under the Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner. Universal’s senior vp production Kristin Lowe and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio. Alexa Faigen will oversee for Bluegrass Films.

UTA negotiated the film deal.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Read more: Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies




Director Burr Steers big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen reimagining, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has found its Mr. Collins. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has joined the cast of the upcoming feature, which begins production one week from today.

Smith joins a cast that already includes Lily James (Cinderella) as Elizabeth Bennett, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) as one of the other four Bennett sisters, Sam Riley (Maleficent) as Mr. Darcy and Jack Huston as Wickham.

The story offers an "expanded" version of the Austen classic. The book tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Smith can be seen coming up in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River.

Scripted by Steers and David O. Russell, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be produced by Natalie Portman, Marc Butan, Sean McKittrick, Brian Oliver, Annette Savitch, Allison Shearmur and Tyler Thompson.

Read more: Doctor Who Star Matt Smith Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=123042#ixzz3Dg12Mfwp
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Creative Writing Contests--Try Them Out








Our Contests
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Prizes: $2,000
Deadline: April 1, 2015
No Fee!


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest


Prizes: $3,000
Deadline: April 30, 2015


Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest


Prizes: $3,000
Deadline: September 30, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

VOTE FOR THE TOP TEN TEEN BOOKS



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Contributions Wanted for our literary magazine "The Aura"



In June, 2011, the New Milford Public Library Creative Writing Club published their first teen literary magazine titled The Aura. We are getting ready to publish our next issue and would like to invite anyone in Grades 5-12 to send submissions to the library (vfisher@biblio.org) or bring them to Ms. Fisher in the Children’s Library. Original writing, fiction or nonfiction, as well as original artwork is welcome.


For those of you who have never read The Aura, I thought you might enjoy a bit of the magazine’s history. The Aura is a combination of several different kinds of literature and artwork submitted by students in Grades 5-12.


Our cover design is always unique, created by one of the club members. The cover always includes the Club’s Coat of Arms, designed in 2011—a joint effort by the Creative Writing Club. In the medieval ages, one may represent the kingdom that they fight for with a Coat of Arms. The first quadrant was meant to represent yourself, the second represents your history, the third depicts a skill you possess and the final is representative of where you live.


To represent the Club, Emily Mullis drew a dragon doing battle with a phoenix. The creatures represent the creative side of writing; the fighting represents the turmoil of writing--every story’s conflict and climax, every author’s churning mind.


The history quadrant is a picture of our town’s sign depicting John and Sarah Noble, founders of our town with the founding date of 1707. This sign represents the history of not only our writer’s club, but of the entire town of New Milford.


The quill pen represents our talent. Some of the best writing has come from feather pens. All of the members of our club are very talented and eager to write and publish their work.

Lastly, the picture of the New Milford Public Library is where the club meets twice a month. The library is a symbol of wisdom to the club.

The writing across the Coat of Arms says “ad finum temporum.” The club chose this quote which translates to “until the end of time.” And isn’t that what writing is all about.


Come pick up your free copy of The Aura at the end of October and enjoy the work of all of our talented artists.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sticky Fingers-DIY Duct Tape

Check out this amazing book with lots of Back To School Ideas.

How About a Hunger Games Theme Park?

Dotti Enderle

Lionsgate ‘deep into conversations’ with theme parks for ‘Hunger Games’ attractions
On a conference call last week, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer updated investors on their plans for The Hunger Games theme park attractions.

http://www.hypable.com/2014/08/18/hunger-games-theme-park-lionsgate-comments/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hunger-games-theme-park-lionsgate-comments

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Wonder of All Things sold to Lionsgate

Lionsgate Buys Secret Super-Powers Book The Wonder of All Things

Is this the next teen sensation? Lionsgate has picked up the latest secret super-powers novel The Wonder of All Things by Jason Mott, author of The Returned. http://tinyurl.com/mpuq35r



Long link: http://io9.com/lionsgate-buys-secret-super-powers-book-the-wonder-of-a-1615703574?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+io9%2Ffull+%28io9%29

Monday, August 4, 2014

Papertowns Gets July 2015 Release Date

http://www.hypable.com/2014/08/01/paper-towns-release-date-john-green/?doing_wp_cron=1406927275.2704050540924072265625

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nat Wolff on how 'Paper Towns' is sort of like 'The Godfather'

Nat Wolff on how 'Paper Towns' is sort of like 'The Godfather'

By Samantha Highfill on Jul 30, 2014 at 6:15PM

The first time Nat Wolff heard about John Green’s Paper Towns, he was on the set of another John Green adaptation, The Fault In Our Stars. It was then that producer Wyck Godfrey suggested that Wolff give Paper Towns a read. As Wolff puts it, Godfrey didn’t quite wink at him, but “there was something behind” the suggestion. So Wolff quickly read the book, loved it, and four months later, picked up his phone just in time to be offered the lead role of Quentin “Q” Jacobsen in a Paper Towns film adaptation. According to Wolff, he said yes before they could even finish making the offer. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/07/30/nat-wolff-paper-towns-interview/

~d
Dotti Enderle

/Dax Varley

http://www.daxvarley.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Freedom Summer Murders

Another great book review by Ritchie's Picks.
Check out our Book Review Page

Eyes Wide Open Book Review

I just posted a great book review on "Eye's Wide Open."
An intriguing summer read.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Check Out Our Summer Programs

Mockingjay Preview

Monstrumologist to be a Movie





Warner Bros. Brings The Monstrumologist to the Big Screen

Source: Variety , Rick Yancey
June 24, 2014

Rick Yancey's four-book The Monstrumologist is heading to the big screen from Warner Bros. Pictures, Variety reports. The studio has set The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones scribe Jessica Postigo to adapt the first part in what could potentially become a big-screen franchise.

Read more: Warner Bros. Brings The Monstrumologist to the Big Screen - ComingSoon.net

~d

Dotti Enderle
/Dax Varley
http://www.daxvarley.com

Monday, June 23, 2014

CHECK OUT THESE SITES FOR GREAT SUMMER READS



http://www.teenreads.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAN82WTXA9o&noredirect=1

http://www.audiobooksync.com/sync-schedule/sync-young-adult-titles

Thursday, June 5, 2014

End of School Celebration

Join us for the End of School Celebration

June 13th

7 pm

New Milford Public Library

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

FREEBIE BOOKS

Freebies:
Project Gutenberg - over 30,000 free ebooks
The Online Books Page - over 35,000 free books available on the Web
DailyLit - sends books in installments via e-mail
Lit2Go - free online collection of stories and poems in mp3 format
ReadPrint - free online books, poems, plays and short stories
Listen to Genius- audio selections from the classics of world literature read by award-winning audio-book narrators
Ohio University: Wired for Books - one-on-one interviews from Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio with the greatest writers of the 20th century (mp3 audio downloads)
Story of the Week - every Monday The Library of America features a free Story of the Week. It could be anything: a short work of fiction, a character sketch, an essay, a journalist’s dispatch, a poem.
We Give Books - over 150 children's books have been digitzed and made available free online

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Silver by Chris Wooding



Review from http://naomibates.blogspot.com/2014/04/silver-by-chris-wooding.html
Monday, April 28, 2014
Silver by Chris Wooding

Scholastic Press, 2013
Adam, Paul, Mark, Erika and Caitlyn….all of them attend Mooringham Boarding Academy. These students have a web of relationships from enemies to friends, love to hate. The one thing that binds them together is the solitude of the Academy. Cell phones don’t have signals, and the nearest town is a long walk no student is interested in. But the academy has more than enough to keep their students academically challenged, well-fed and healthy. Mr. Harrison, the headmaster, is not very pleased with Paul, the newest student to the Academy. Together, they possess a relationship of disdain and noncommittal acknowledgement of each other.

One day, Mr. Sutton, a mild-mannered science teacher, take his students out to the fields to find insects and it’s here where one of his students encounters a peculiar beetle. And that single small beetle is the beginning of the nightmare for those who survive the rampant horror and death at Mooringham Boarding Academy.

Those who are lucky aren’t bitten. Those who are begin a strange metamorphosis. Their skin begins to turn silver and their veins look more like tech cables. Slowly, the bitten are losing their humanity to become zombie-like cyborgs with one mission in mind – create new machines for the collective. Adam uses his brute strength to fight while Paul becomes a leader through quick thinking. Mark lets his intelligence protect him and the others while Erika’s physical traits gets her further along in the game. And then there’s Caitlyn….

If you have readers who need the next sci-fi for young adults, hand them this book. A page-turner from start to finish, Wooding comes back into the world of YA with another great story that will create even more followers to his other books. The imagery he writes about is one that I could easily picture in Technicolor in my mind. Wooding runs that gamut from horror to romance, nanotechnology to humanity in one thrill fest of a read. What is equally rewarding are the characters Wooding creates, which makes this a read for both genders. It left me with the question, “Will there be a sequel?” Recommended for JH-HS

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

8th Grade Diary Becomes Book Deal

An incentive to keep on writing!!


http://www.teenvogue.com/my-life/profiles/2014-04/maya-van-wagenen-popular

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5th Wave to be a Movie

Chloe Grace Moretz Closes Deal to Star in The 5th Wave
Source: Sony Pictures
April 15, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with Chloe Grace Moretz to star in the film adaptation of the bestselling novel The 5th Wave, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. An original approach to an alien invasion movie, the film will be directed by J Blakeson, with a screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the book by Rick Yancey. Graham King will produce through GK Films along with Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe through his Material Pictures.

Chloe Grace Moretz Closes Deal to Star in The 5th Wave - ComingSoon.net

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April celebrates the 50's

April celebrates the 50s!


Fun facts:

First modern credit card introduced
First organ transplant
First "Peanuts" cartoon strip
Color TV introduced
Car seat belt introduced
Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen at age 25
DNA discovered
Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile
Disneyland opens
McDonald's Corp founded
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus
Elvis gyrates on the Ed Sullivan Show
TV remote control invented
Velcro introduced
Dr Seuss publishes The Cat in the Hat
Hula Hoops become popular
LEGO Toy bricks first introduced
NASA founded
Peace symbol created
The Sound of Music opens on Broadway
Average Salary: $2,992
Cost of a loaf of bread: $0.14

Resources: http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade50.html and http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/1950timeline.htm

Sneak Peak at The Fault in our Stars

Here’s a link to the sneak peak of The Fault in Our Stars that aired during the MTV Movie Awards last night.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Monster Calls to be a Movie



Focus Features Sets A Monster Calls for October 14, 2016
Source: Focus Features
April 9, 2014

Focus Features has set director Juan Antonio Bayona's A Monster Calls for a wide release on October 14, 2016. Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the "Chaos Walking" trilogy), the film will be produced by Belen Atienza.

Read more: Focus Features Sets A Monster Calls for October 14, 2016 - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=116965#ixzz2ySCwSYbY

~d

Dotti Enderle
/Dax Varley
http://www.daxvarley.com

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eleanor and Park to Be a Movie

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/04/02/eleanor-park-dreamworks-picks-up-film-rights-to-rainbow-rowell-novel-exclusive/

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Your Favorite Authors Talking Live




Your Favorite Authors Talking Live
March 26, 2014
We've loved Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party since back in the day, and now they are highlighting a new show called Ask! Authors! Anything! hosted by the fantastic Megan McCafferty (author of the beloved Jessica Darling books).

Her first guest? Another favorite of ours, Ms. Sarah Dessen! (You missed the live interview, but you can watch the video here.) Next up is the amazing Laurie Halse Anderson. We think this show should be called Ask! The! Best! Authors! Ever! Anything!, because the lineup is spectacular.

Check out the tumblr for the show to submit questions, suggest authors for Megan to host and join in on all the book talk. We are so there.

read more entertainment at iheartdaily.com

Fox to Visit John Green's Paper Towns

Fox 2000 to Visit John Green's Paper Towns, Nat Wolff to Star
Source: Deadline , John Green
March 24, 2014

With Josh Boone's adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars on the way to theaters June 6, Fox 2000 is looking at adapting another work from the bestselling author. Deadline reports that an adaptation of Paper Towns is on the way from many of the same people involved with Stars. Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will adapt the material with Nat Wolff set to star and Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey again producing.

Read more: Fox 2000 to Visit John Green's Paper Towns, Nat Wolff to Star - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=116398#ixzz2wwHhAjoF


Dotti
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aka Dax Varley - YA Author

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Books about Mental Illness

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012

Top 10: Books dealing with mental illness (guest post by Kim Baccellia)on Teen Librarian's Toolbox
My early years growing up in Sacramento were filled with lots of confusion and fear. At the time, I knew something wasn’t quite right with my father but the one time I did confine in a friend? I was labeled ‘bad’ and a bad example. Only later did I found out that most of the young women in my church were told to avoid me. As if you could catch what was happening in my home.

I felt so alone. My church wouldn’t help my family. Other people would avoid us as if we had the plague.

Only recently, after my father’s death, did I have a name for what my father had.

Bipolar Disorder.

I wanted to know all I could about this mental illness as I believe knowledge is power. What I found is there is still a stigma attached to it. I’m happy that just recently there has been some YAs that have addressed this and other mental health issues. I thought I’d share some of my favorites. I believe these books NEED to be out there and I’m a huge advocate for them.\


BLEEDING VIOLET
Young girl dealing with bipolar disorder flees being put in mental institution to find biological mother in small Texan town. She later finds out that maybe she’s not as crazy as she thought. I loved the way the author shows us a strong protagonist who refuses to be ignored while battling her own demons and the ones in her town.


IMPULSE
I love Ellen’s books so much. She’s not afraid to write unflinching tales with their honest portrayals of teens. IMPULSE is one of my favorites as it shows teens in a mental hospital dealing with some very intense issues. The companion novel PERFECT is another must read.



SCARS
This powerful, haunting tale follows a teen that cuts herself as one way to deal with the pain of her sexual abuse.


I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN
I read this book in high school back in the later 1970s. This is a very gritty portrayal of a schizophrenic teen who ends up in a mental hospital battling reality. Little did I know why this book felt so hauntingly real to me. My own father was dealing with the same issues.



BAD GIRLS CLUB by Judy Gregerson
This book also deals with schizophrenia but only this time around it’s the parent. What I loved about this book is how realistic it is on how a teen deals with her mentally ill mother without help. I know how lonely that can be. A must read.




I DON’T WANT TO BE CRAZY
This is a great novel that shows a teen dealing with panic attacks.


COMPULSION
This story of a teen, who has to use prime numbers in everything, is haunting and very powerful. One huge plus for this book is it shows a boy’s POV on how he deals with OCD.


TOTAL CONSTANT DISORDER
This is another one of my favorites that deals with OCD and how how the teen tries to find inner strength.


THIRTEEN REASONS WHY
I still remember hearing Jay read the beginning of this at a SCBWI Agent Day event and getting chills. This is one of those haunting tales that stays with you.



THE UNQUIET
A huge plus for me in this novel is how Garsee shows what happens when someone doesn't take their meds. I've seen this in my own family and it's just as scary as it's shown in this novel.
Rinn's haunting descent into madness is chilling. I love how it's not over the top but rather subtle. You can't tell if it's the disorder talking or the ghost.

The ending is shocking and caught me off guard. Love that!

A must read for paranormal fans that shows bipolar disorder in a realistic
(TLT review of The Unquiet)


Kim Baccellia is an author as well as a PR and Online Marketing associate for Mont9Books. You can find her at @ixtumea on Twitter or at www.kim-baccellia.com. You can also find her reviewing books at YA Books Central. Find out about Kim's books - Earrings of Ixtumea, Crossed Out and No Goddess Allowed - at her website.


Check out this and other informative posts at http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Are the MTV Awards doing women wrong?

From The Wrap:
“Hunger Games” fans demand that their favorite archer be added to the nominees’ slate. Are the MTV Movie Awards doing women wrong? So claims a newly launched online petition.
http://www.thewrap.com/mtv-blasted-including-katniss-everdeen-movie-awards-hero-category/

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http://www.daxvarley.com

Sneak Peek into Divergent

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Divergent Discussions

Check out these Divergent interviews

http://movies.yahoo.com/video/divergent-featurette-four-000036096.html

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blind Date with a Book--Give it a Try



Blind Date with a Book
Check out a wrapped book.
Take it home
Unwrap it.
Show it your favorite spots to read.
Share your favorite snacks or show it off to friends.
Who know’s, maybe there’s a future for the two of you.

If you don’t like it, bring it back.
You will be entered in our February raffle.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Valentine's Day Dance

The Giver--a Movie?

This was one of my favorite dystopias. How do you feel about it?

Jeff Bridges has been trying to make Lois Lowry’s 1993 classic The Giver into a film for nearly 20 years. In that time, his kids became adults, his father Lloyd, who he’d wanted to play the Giver, died, and he got rejection after rejection from everybody in town till Harvey Weinstein came along.
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/01/23/the-giver-first-look/

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Check Out Our January YA Meeting


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We made Valentine Cards for Veterans, made plans for February 14ths Valentine Dance and
relaxed with games.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Enter for a copy of The Killing Woods

Prizes
Prepare to enter THE KILLING WOODS.
Two (2) winners receive:
· A copy of The Killing Woods

Prizing courtesy of Scholastic
Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only,


http://yabooknerd.blogspot.com/2014/01/contest-killing-woods.html

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christpher book trailer




Check out our new book reviews by guest reviewer Sherry Chaillou

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fault in Our Starts Debuts a First Still


Movie News
The Fault in Our Stars Debuts a First Still
Source: EW
January 8, 2014
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The first still from 20th Century Fox's The Fault in Our Stars has debuted at EW. Check it out below for a look at Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel and Gus, the stars of John Green's bestselling novel.

Also starring Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia and Emily Peachey, The Fault in Our Stars boasts an adapted screenplay by Scott Neustadter and follows two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey.

The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters on June 6.

Check it out at: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=113217