Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Bite: "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”
-- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2007)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Polar vortex-worthy reads

Since we have no choice but to endure this extreme cold (and snow), let's embrace our winter weather. I put together a list of books that will have you commiserating with the characters dealing with frigid temperatures and never ending snow.

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Britt goes hiking in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming with her ex-boyfriend Calvin, but trouble arises when she is caught in a blizzard, taken hostage by fugitives, finds evidence of murders, and learns whom to trust and whom to love.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

Survive by Alex Morel
A troubled girl is stranded in an arctic winter terrain after a plane crash and must fight for survival with the only other boy left alive.

Trapped by Michael Northrop
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

Blankets by Craig Thompson
This is an illustrated novel loosely based on the author's life growing up in rural Wisconsin.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Bite: "The Difference Between You and Me" by Madeleine George

"If you do something, you become a target. People want to take you down. That’s a risk. But it’s better to do too much, better to try too hard, better to have a crisis of faith and get thrown and climb back up on your horse and keep riding, than to see something wrong in the world and not do anything at all."
- The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George (2012)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Get creative with duct tape in Monday's Craft Lab

Cut, fold, and stick duct tape at Monday's Craft Lab, Duct Tape Projects. We have a rainbow of colors and patters for you to experiment with at the program! Here are some examples of projects you may want to tackle:
Clockwise from top left: spike bracelet, flower pens, phone case, carnation pen
The program will be held Monday, January 19 at 2 p.m. in the Craft Room on the lower level. Please register online, by calling 847-428-3661 (press 3), or in person.

Monday, January 12, 2015

New books to warm you up!

Remember Me by Romily Bernard
Teen hacker Wick Tate has to decide between right and wrong as she tries to solve another murder and discover the truth about her mother's suicide. Sequel to Find Me.

The Halcyon Bird by Kat Beyer (series)
Mia Della Torre is happy to be settled in Milan, learning her family's ancient trade of demon hunting, and able to put her fear of her own, personal demon aside--until she falls in love and realizes how much more than her own happiness is at stake. Sequel to The Demon Catchers of Milan.

The Terminals by Royce Scott Buckingham
Nineteen-year-old Cam Cody takes the opportunity to join a covert unit of young spies who, like him, are terminally ill but have extraordinary abilities due to an experimental super-steroid, but he soon learns the program is not what it seems--and they may not even be ill.

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
Sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged 'Rapture' to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivan's quest for the truth begins.

Little White Lies by Katie Dale
The first time Lou meets mysterious Christian, she knows he is The One. But when Christian's secret is unveiled in front of the whole world, it seems everything he's ever told Lou is a lie, and Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit.

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
It's 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she'll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all--live.

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Tracker Bryn Aven's goal of becoming a member of the elite King's Guard is threatened when she is sent to stop Konstantin, a fallen hero who she once secretly loved, who appears to be kidnapping changelings.

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (series)
Flynn, leader of the rebellion on Avon, captures Jubilee "Lee" Chase, captain of the forces sent to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but later saves her and the two, caught between sides in a senseless war, flee together.

Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti
When rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the streets of Kolkata by a troop of power hungry langur monkeys, a young langur soldier's life is changed forever.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Paper Airplanes by Dawn O'Porter
The story of the strong bond of friendship between two fifteen year-old schoolgirls in Guernsey in the mid-1990s, who became friends through their shared loneliness and dysfunctional families, despite their differences in personality and ambitions.

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (series)
David and the Reckoners continue their fight against the Epics, humans with superhuman powers, except they may have met their match in Regalia, a High Epic who resides in Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan. Sequel to Steelheart.

X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
A novel covering the life of Malcolm X from childhood to age 20.

Hold Tight, Don't Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp, dreaming of joining Nadine but wondering if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.

Memoir and Non Fiction:

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela De Prince
Michaela DePrince lived the first few years of her live in war-torn Sierra Leone until she was adopted by an American Family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documents his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor and his efforts to investigate past dates gone wrong to discover why he was still single.

Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes by Amber V. Keyser

Graphic Novels:
Kiss of the Rose Princess vol. 2 by Aya Shouoto

My Love Story vol. 3 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko

Batman/Superman vol. 2: Game Over

Aquaman vol. 5: Sea of Storms

Batman Detective Comics vol. 5: Gothtopia

Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Bite: "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson

“Cold and silence. Nothing quieter than snow. The sky screams to deliver it, a hundred banshees flying on the edge of the blizzard. But once the snow covers the ground, it hushes as still as my heart.” 

- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (1999)