Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas with Sherlock Holmes!

Sherlock Holmes the movie will be opening at big screens around the country on Christmas Day. Visit the Waterford Library to check-out a book on Sherlock Holmes before you head to the theatre, or check-out a book on CD so that you can listen to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in their original form.

Book included in our collection at the Waterford Library:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes: The Long Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes; Early Detective Stories by Sir Hugh Greene

Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook by Peter Haining

and much, much more! Just click on the "SHARE" catalogue to find even more great Sherlock Holmes titles! Merry Christmas!

Milwaukee County Teen Book Award

The Milwaukee County Federated Library System Young Adult Services Committee (wow, what a mouthful!) is thrilled to announce the first annual Milwaukee County Teen Book Award! The MCTBA was created this year to promote teen reading and literature by highlighting books published for teens of both quality and appeal, especially in regard to teens in Milwaukee County. The 2010 award finalists were selected from books published between September 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009. So, without further ado, our 2010 finalists are... Wintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonGraceling by Kristin CashoreGeektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil CastellucciThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsCarter Finally Gets It by Brent CrawfordAlong for the Ride by Sarah DessenIf I Stay by Gayle FormanKing of the Screw-Ups by K.L. GoingJumping Off Swings by Jo KnowlesHero Type by Barry LygaPeace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren MyracleThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick NessBurn by Suzanne PhillipsResponse by Paul VolponiThe Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams Teens can vote for their favorite by going to http://mctba.wordpress.com/, checking out the MCTBA ballot, and emailing, snail mailing, or dropping off their vote. Voting runs through March 1st, and the winner and up to three honor titles will be announced April 1st. We just wanted to share our excitement about getting this award off the ground with all you fellow YA book lovers!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

How BIG are your fines??


AP – Stanley Dudek waits for New Bedford Mass., library director Stephen Fulchino so he can return a book …
Tue Dec 15, 7:45 pm ET
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The book returned to the New Bedford Public Library in Massachusetts this week wasn't overdue by a week, a month or even a year. It was nearly a century overdue, and the fine came to $361.35.
"Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country" was supposed to have been returned by May 10, 1910.
Stanley Dudek told the Standard Times newspaper he came across the book while going through things that had belonged to his mother, who died about 10 years ago. He decided that returning the book to the city was the right thing to do.
The overdue book fine was a penny a day in 1910. But Dudek wasn't asked to pay it.
The library plans to display the book in its special collection.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Raves at the Library?? A New Approach on College Campuses...

Flash mobs and raves, both loud and silent, have become something of a tradition at campus libraries

Josh Hadro -- Library Journal, 12/10/2009
Go back to the Academic Newswirefor more stories
Gatherings organized via Facebook
Some library staffs prepared, add security
Is stress relief a library concern?
As students are consumed by final exams, many embrace their campus library more than at any other time in the semester. For most, that means making use of 24/7 study halls, and perhaps extended reference hours. But for some, it means getting down in the hallowed halls, and letting off steam while transgressing against the traditional idea of the library as a staid and quiet place.
Library raves, flash-mobs, and parties are nothing new, and many librarians are now attuned to sources like Twitter and Facebook groups that often serve as organizing platforms for these events.
Still, massive student gatherings can be quickly coordinated with relatively little effort via social media networks, as seems to have been the case Sunday night at James Madison University's (Harrisonburg, VA) East Campus Library around 10 p.m.
According to student paper The Breeze, library staffers were surprised as hundreds of students swarmed the library. Hundreds more remained outside as police locked the doors in an effort get control of the situation.
The gathering dispersed by 10:30 p.m., the paper reports, a far more peaceful result than at a gathering in April at the University of Tennessee (UT) Chattanooga, also spearheaded by a Facebook group. There, police sprayed mace over the heads of students in the crowd to break up the rave. Later, five students were arrested and one issued a misdemeanor citation.
Raving at a dull roar?Apparently taking note of the brouhaha at its sister campus, staffers at the Knoxville campus of UT monitored Facebook for similar events planned by students. Thus alerted to an upcoming flash-mob event this past Friday night, they were able to have plain clothes and uniformed officers onhand at the library, "keeping everything to a low roar," according to WBIR.com.
In both the JMU and the UT Knoxville cases, everything apparently returned to business as usual at the libraries within half an hour.Stress-relief on-camera at CarletonDocumentation of the gatherings is frequently posted to video sharing sites like YouTube. In one video making the rounds in library circles, a silent dance party wends its way through the Gould Library of Carleton College in Northfield, MN. (The silent variation involves students gathering at an appointed time and place, dancing with headphones and listening to music synchronized to a starting signal.)
Jennifer Edwins, assistant to the college librarian and loan services manager, told LJ the event itself—held November 23, during reading week at Carleton—came as something of a surprise to the library staff who were not privy to the students' plans, but added that there was such a long tradition of such activities that "now it's part of the culture." A photo of the event on Facebook calls the silent dance "one of Carleton's newer finals-week traditions."
Edwins found the students' antics amusing, though also recognized that stress-relief strategies can play in important role during finals time. She said library staffers felt strongly that it was important to offer additional services to students during the period leading up to exams. The library has developed stress-relief programs, serving cocoa, bagels, and even sponsoring study-break massage sessions.
Amy Harris, information literacy coordinator and reference librarian at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), expressed a similar sentiment.
Offering cookies, lemonade and board games chosen for their nostalgic appeal, UNCG's "stress free zone" events leading up to finals are designed to remind students of a less stressful time in their lives—"harking back to childhood," Harris told LJ.
Contact the author: josh.hadro@reedbusiness.com
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Go Green this Christmas!

Want to help save the planet? So does Action For Nature, an international environmental organization that’s based in San Francisco. The plucky nonprofit group is encouraging kids to take practical steps to protect the environment by awarding cash prizes of up to $500 to young eco-heroes from around the world. Youngsters, ages 8 to 16, who have participated in projects that promote environmental advocacy, health, research, or protection are eligible to apply for the prizes. But don’t dawdle: the deadline for applications is February 28, 2010.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monthly Teen Contest! Win free books!

Teenreads.com's Grab Bag of Books Contest

Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a Teenreads.com signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven’t been released yet!This contest period’s winners will each receive a copy of Meg Cabot's AIRHEAD and BEING NIKKI: An Airhead Novel, SHADOWLAND: The Immortals, Book 3 by Alyson Noel, and TEMPTED: A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form by Monday, December 14th.
-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.
Click here for all the contest details.

Also, be sure to check out Teen reads.com if you haven't done so before. Not only does the site contain neat contests like the one I listed, but it also lists all the lastest book releases, book trivia, news, and more!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Next Stephanie Meyer?

That a publisher is championing the notion it’s landed the next Stephenie Meyer isn’t very surprising, but Dutton Children’s Books certainly seems to be speaking in more than hyperbole when it compares its newest author to the bestselling scribe from Arizona. Last week the Penguin Young Readers Group imprint laid down a seven-figure advance for three books from Ally Condie, in a heated auction featuring seven other houses. Condie, a Brigham Young University alum and stay-at-home mom of three boys (like Meyer), grew up in Utah and is repped by Jodi Reamer at Writers House (also like Meyer). Her first book, Matched, is a dystopian novel that Dutton likens to Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale.
In the novel, a 17-year-old girl, who has waited her entire life to be told by a group known as “the Society” who her soul mate is, has her world upended when she discovers she’s in love with someone other than the group’s pick. Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, along with Lauri Hornik, president and publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, and Julie Strauss-Gabel, associate publisher of Dutton Children’s, all worked on the deal, which is for North American rights. Gabel, who will edit the book, said that it “will make readers crave the passion of uncertainty and cherish the power of the written word.” And Reamer, expectedly perhaps, drew the Meyer parallel, saying reading Matched reminded her of the first time she read Twilight.

Teen Advisory Board Reminder

If you are interested, don't forget to call or email Emily and get an application for this years' teen advisory board. In addition to helping the library and gaining those very important volunteer hours, you'll get to engage in great discussion, fun activities, and you may even make some new friends! Call the library at 534-3988 or email Emily Scherrer escherrer@waterford.lib.wi.us to get more information. The next teen advisory board is in January and we'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Check-Out a New Author!

YALSA names 2010 William C. Morris Award shortlist

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) selected five books as finalists for the 2010 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the 2010 winner at the Youth Media Awards on Jan. 18, during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.
The 2010 finalists are:

“Ash” by Malinda Lo, by published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
“Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
“The Everafter” by Amy Huntley, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins

“Flash Burnout” by L.K. Madigan, published by Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“hold still” by Nina LaCour, published by Dutton Children’s Books, a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group
“The five finalists represent a terrific field of new YA talent with writing styles ranging from first person narratives to gothic horror, lyrical retelling of fairy tales to stark contemporary issues,” said Judy Nelson, 2010 Morris committee chair. “The committee wrestled with the selections but chose writers and stories that were fresh, compelling, unusual and believable.”
More information on the finalists and the award can be found at www.ala.org/morris. YALSA sells finalist seals to librarians and publishers to place on books at http://www.alastore.ala.org/. YALSA will host a reception honoring the shortlist authors and the winner, as well as YALSA’s Excellence in Nonfiction Award winners, at a free reception from 8-10 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Westin Copley Place Essex Center South.
The award is named for William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. William “Bill” Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.
Members of the 2010 William C. Morris Award are: Chair Judy Nelson, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, Wash.; Jeana Actkinson, Bridgeport (Texas) High School; Dr. Joni Richards Bodart, School of Library and Information Science-San Jose (Calif.) State University; Susan Fichtelberg, Public Library of Woodbridge, N.J.; Angela Frederick, Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library; Clio Hathaway, Martin Memorial Library, York, Pa.; Melanie Koss, Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Ill.; Anne Leon, Alvin Sherman Library-Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Gail Zachariah, Keene (N.H.) Public Library; David Durante, administrative assistant, Pierce County Library System, Graham, Wash.; and Booklist Consultant, Ilene Cooper, Chicago.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hunger Games 3 Relase Date Set....

Hunger Games fans have just eight more months to wait: the as yet untitled third and final book in Suzanne Collins’s dystopian fantasy trilogy will be released in English worldwide on August 24, 2010. An audio version from Scholastic Audio will be released simultaneously.
In other news, the trade paperback edition of the first book in the trilogy, The Hunger Games, will be released on July 6, 2010.
The Hunger Games, released in September 2008, has 800,000 copies in print; book two, Catching Fire, came out this past September and has more than 750,000 copies in print. Foreign rights for the books have been sold into 37 territories to date, and Lionsgate has optioned movie rights.
The title for book three will be announced early next year.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Celebrate 25 years of the Polar Express!!

Celebrate 25 years of the Polar Express by visiting http://www.polarexpress.com/. The website has games, recipes, worksheets, and more fun things to do!
Here's a recipe you can try at home so you have something unique to share with your family and friends this Christmas:

Polar Chocolate Nougat Caramel Squares
1 cup flour
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine (room temperature)
5 candy bars—chocolate with nougat and caramel (hint: the initials are MW)
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbls. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 can (3 1/2 oz.) blanched sliced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
2. Combine 1 cup flour with the brown sugar in a medium-sized bowl.
Mix in the butter until crumbly dough forms. Press dough into greased pan.
3. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
4. Melt candy bars with milk in small saucepan
over medium-low heat.
5. Cool the mixture slightly, then slowly add the
eggs. (Beat constantly to keep from curdling.)
6. Add the vanilla, 2 tablespoons of flour, and
the baking powder to the candy mixture, then
pour every thing over the crust (which has been
cooling on the rack). Sprinkle almonds on top.
7. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until the top
is firm. Let cool.
MMmmmm! Delicious!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Attention Stephanie Meyer Fans!!

Judge Rules in Favor of Meyer in Plagiarism Case

Dismisses Jordan Scott's claim of copyright infringement
By Lynn Andriani -- Publishers Weekly, 12/3/2009

A judge has ruled in favor in Stephenie Meyer and Hachette Book Group, dismissing Jordan Scott’s claim of copyright infringement. Scott had accused Meyer of plagiarism.
The Honorable Otis D. Wright II of the U.S. District Court said in his ruling that Breaking Dawn and Scott’s 2006 vampire novel The Nocturne (Yorkshire Publishing Group, 2009) have little in common and that the “characters in the two works are vastly different.” The decision scolded Scott for “the deceptive presentation of the alleged similarities” and noted that she “has twice manipulated aspects of the subject works in order to create the appearance of similarity.”
Scott filed the suit in federal court in California in August of this year. At the time, Hachette called the suit a “publicity stunt to further Ms. Scott’s career,” and said it expected the court would dismiss it, according to Reuters. Following Wright’s ruling, a Hachette spokesperson said today, “While an attempt to ride on someone else’s success may not be surprising, it is encouraging that the courts and the public are not so easily misled.”

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Basket Contest

Celebrate the season with Teenreads.com's Fourth Annual Holiday Basket of Cheer feature and contest! From November 13th through December 10th, you can enter to win a "Basket of Holiday Reading and Fun."Five winners each will receive a festive basket that includes 10 of the holiday's hottest books --- THE AMANDA PROJECT: BOOK 1: INVISIBLE I by Melissa Kantor, DEADLY LITTLE LIES by Laurie Faria Stolarz, HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford, IT’S ALL GOOD: A So For Real Novel by Nikki Carter, A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD by Lisa Ann Sandell, NEED by Carrie Jones, SECRET SOCIETY by Tom Dolby, SPLENDOR: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE AWAKENING by L.J. Smith, and VIOLA IN REEL LIFE by Adriana Trigiani.Along with the books, winners will find their basket stocked with tons of seasonal goodies --- a kit to make a mini gingerbread village, Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate mix, peppermint bark candy, a snowflake patterned fleece blanket, red woolen gloves, a snowman ceramic coffee mug, plush warm socks, snowflake tissues, and gourmet hand-cut vanilla marshmallows. For Contest rules click here

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Welcome Emily Scherrer!

I have exciting news! Emily Scherrer will be joining the Children's Department staff! She is busy planning new and exciting programs just for teens! The Teen Advisory Board will be getting back on track starting Tuesday, January 19 at 4:00. The meeting is open to anyone 12 and older interested in volunteering at the library. Of course, snacks are included! Come on in, meet Emily, and tell her what kinds of teen programs you want to see! Her ideas include a Twilight Ball to celebrate Eclipse coming to theaters in June, a spa day, and much, much more! More updates to come. Thanks for keeping up with our blog.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Teen Area

This past Saturday, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to "open" the new teen area at the library. New shelving, a larger space, and new furniture have been added, thanks to a donation made by Runzheimer's, to create a fun and relaxing place for teens to hang out. Books are easier to find and there is lots more room for new teen books. Thanks to the Heinze family for cutting the ribbon with me and to Smoov Music DJ Service for providing the entertainment. Stop in and check it out!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teen Top Ten Winners Announced

More than 11,000 teens voted online for their favorite book of the year through the American Library Association. John Green's Paper Towns came in first place. Here is the final top ten list:

Paper Towns by John Green
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Wake by Lisa McMann
Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Look for bookmarks in the teen area at the library. Thanks for voting!

Monday, October 5, 2009

How to Steal a Car

Pete Hautman is having a video contest! Here's the invitation I received in my e-mail:

Your students (or you!) can become YouTube sensations, maybe earn extra credit, get experience making videos, and--who knows--win a fabulous prize! Make a short video based on Pete Hautman’s new novel, How to Steal a Car.Contest is open to individuals or groups, students or professionals, the crazy and the sane. It could be a class project with a cast of hundreds, or just one person looking into a cell phone camera while talking about the book.Here are some ideas:

• Act out a scene from the book.

• Narrate a commentary about the book.

• Make a spoof, like on Saturday Night Live

• Create a photo montage with voiceover

• Do an interview with a character from the book

• Animate a ">

First Prize: Full set (all ten) of Pete Hautman’s YA books, personalized and signed by the authorSecond Prize: $50.00 Amazon.com gift cardContest Rules

• Video must be between at least 60 seconds long, but not more than ten minutes.

• It must be posted on YouTube on or before March 15, 2010.

• It must be about the novel How to Steal a Car (not just a video about car theft).

• It must not contain anything that will get you or me in trouble (no porn, no slander, no bomb-making instructions, etc.)

• The title (How to Steal a Car) and author (Pete Hautman) of the book must be mentioned, and an image of the book cover must appear at some point in the video. This can be at the beginning, the end, or anywhere else in the video (for example, you could show a character reading the book).

When your video has been posted let Pete know via email, or as a comment on his blog at: http://petehautman.blogspot.com/Links to all qualifying entries will be posted on Pete’s blog. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2010.There will be two winners (assuming we get at least two entries).First Prize will go to the video that Pete likes best.Second Prize will go to the video that gets the most YouTube views by March 31, 2010. (Posting your video early and getting your friends to watch it will give you a huge advantage!)Note: It is possible that one video could be awarded both prizes. Information about the contest is also available on my blog at: http://petehautman.blogspot.com/ Thanks for taking the time to read all the way to the end!

Pete Hautman

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Attention Muggles!

Soon, muggles of all ages will be able to experience the wizarding world in Orlando at the addition planned for the Universal Islands of Adventure. Scheduled to open in spring 2010, shops, food and entertainment inspired by J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series will be open for exploring. The planned experiences include Honeydukes, Zonko's, Derbish and Bangles, a "flight of the Griffith" roller coaster, a Hogwarts castle, Ollivander's and much more. A picture gallery and more information are available on Universal's "Wizarding World" Web site. Very cool!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nominate the One You Love!

The New York Times, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the American Library Association are now accepting nominations of public, school, sollege, and academic librarians for the I Love My Librarian! Award. Anyone can nominate a librarian online until October 9. Librarians will be judged on their quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources, and a commitment to helping library users. The awards will be presented on December 3 at the New York Times headquarters in New York City. Winners will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony. Let's have a winner from Wisconsin this year!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Library Without Books???

On September 4, the Boston Globe printed a story about Cushing Academy, a prep school in New England just outside of Boston. School officials decided that a traditional library is outdated and no longer necessary. They will be getting rid of all of their books. All of them except extremely valuable books and a few hundred children's books will be given away or donated. Instead, the library will be a learning center with flat-screen TV's, study desks, a coffee shop, and 18 electronic reading devises loaded with reading material. If the electronic readers aren't available when a student needs them, assigned texts will be available via computer. Here's a link to the full story: Boston Globe

Personally, I can't imagine a library without books. I love looking at the covers and thumbing through the pages. I love wandering in the stacks. I think that there are benefits that come with turning the pages of a book that you can't get on a Kindle. Books can be dropped, thrown in a backpack, used in the sand and in the sun. They can wait for me in the car and even survive splashes from the bath. They can be stored for long periods of time without losing function. And I believe there is a tactile and often emotional benefit that comes with curling up on the couch under my favorite blanket with a cup of coffee and a good book that just can't be replicated with an electronic device. I also worry about the kinds of information that will be lost as the technology gets outdated. Remember floppy discs? What happens when the newest, greatest electronic reading devise comes out. Will all of the books released on today's technology be able to be updated to the newest format? Or will they be lost like the information on my floppy discs?

I think what the Cushing Academy is doing is a big scary step. Maybe I'm old-fashioned. Maybe I am technophobic. Maybe I'm afraid of what will happen to all of the wonderful stories and important pieces of information if it is only available electronically where people can manipulate the words or lose them all together. Whatever the reason, this story makes me sad. I hope that other libraries will find ways to blend the best of technology with print materials. I hope that books never go out of style.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Louder Than Words

There's a new teen book series out authored by teen girls. The motto is truth is more fascinating than fiction. The goal of the publishers is to help teen girls connect at a personal level by offering real life stories and experiences told by other teens. If you have a story that's louder than words, you can submit your story on their website. Or, you can keep up with the latest news on their facebook page.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

For All of You Twilight Fans...

Below is an article from the School Library Journal about the case being brought against Stephenie Meyer:

Author Claims Stephenie Meyer Ripped Her Off

By Rocco Staino -- School Library Journal, 8/24/2009 2:00:00 PM

Musician and little-known author Jordan Scott is suing Stephenie Meyer, creator of the popular “Twilight” vampire series, claiming striking similarities between Scott’s book, The Nocturne (Yorkshire, 2009) and Breaking Dawn (Little Brown, 2008), the fourth book in Meyer’s series. Nocturne was available online and electronically prior to its recent print publication with Yorkshire Publishing Group, a self-publishing enterprise. Author Stephenie Meyer is being sued for plagiarism.

A lawsuit filed in California’s federal court claims that Breaking Dawn has “striking articulable and substantial similarities to Scott’s novel Nocturne.” And although Scott's book is set in 15th-century France and details a love affair between a young sorcerer and a teenage girl and Meyer's book chronicles a modern-day teenage love triangle between a human, a werewolf, and a vampire, lawyers for Scott have claimed that there are many similarities between the texts of the two novels.

A Breaking Dawn wedding scene, a post-wedding scene on the beach, and the element of a human being transformed into a vampire were specifically singled out. The suit also goes on to mention similarities “in plot lines, theme, dialogue, mood, setting, pace, characters, sequence of events and ideas.” J. Craig Williams, Scott’s lawyer, told MTV that it’s “highly unlikely that many similar points was simply a coincidence.”

Meyer’s publisher,Hachette Book Group, says the plagiarism claim is completely without merit. “Neither Stephenie Meyer nor her representatives had any knowledge of this writer or her supposed book prior to this claim,” the publisher said in a statement, adding that Scott’s attorney has yet to furnish a copy of Nocturne as requested. “The world of 'The Twilight Saga' and the stories within it are entirely the creation of Ms. Meyer,” the statement goes on to say. “Her books have been a phenomenal sensation, and perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that other people may seek to ride the coattails of such success. This claim is frivolous and any lawsuit will be defended vigorously.”

Scott’s Web site says that she began writing the "Nocturne Trilogy" series at 15, after taking time off from writing music and working in film and television. “I wrote The Nocturne with the intent of bringing readers into a completely new world of the fantasy and romance genres,” she writes. Breaking Dawn has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide and a film version of the book is being released in November.

Weigh in here! Has anyone read Nocturne? What do you think?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vote For Your Top Ten

Each year, the American Library Association asks teens to vote for their top ten teen books of the year! Following is the list of nominations for this year! Read the books! Click the button! Place your vote!! Leave me a comment and let me know which one is your favorite! Voting starts August 24 and ends September 18.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Untamed by Kristin & P. C. Cast
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Truancy by Isamu Fukui
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Paper Towns by John Green
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott
Wake by Lisa McMann
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Bloodline by Katy Moran
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thank You Volunteens!

Today we're extending a huge THANK YOU to our dependable and wonderful VOLUNTEENS who helped us make the Waterford Library’s summer reading program a success again! We had a great turn-out of library patrons signing up for the program and we had a FANTASTIC group of teens volunteering their hard work and summertime hours to their community by working with the Children’s Librarians this summer. 25 volunteers helped in the library over 300 hours this summer to keep things running smoothly. Thank you, volunteens, thank you and we hope to see you again next year!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Library Fight in West Bend

This story has been going on for a while, but CNN just published an update on July 22.

Here's the link to the CNN story:


Basically, a group of people have gotten together and decided that books in the teen area that depict sex and homosexuality should be removed from the collection or put in a place where teens have to get parent permission to check out the books.

What do you guys think? Have you read any books that you feel are "inappropriate"? Do you feel the access to books for teenagers should be limited? Are books in the teen collection too racy? Are teens really influenced by these types of books? Or should teens have access to all materials? Share your thoughts here!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2009 Teen Summer Reading Program

Express Yourself @ Your Library
126 Teens Enrolled
332 Teen Weekly Prizes over 5 Weeks
Teens Volunteered 166 hours so far this summer!

Art Gallery & Open Mic Night Contestant Winners are:
Video Category - Sami Suszka
6-9 grade category
Hillary Vara - 1st prize winner
Kelly Christensen - 2nd place winner

10-12 grade category
Sarah Koehler - 1st place winner
Kelyy Christensen - 2nd place winner

3D Art
6-9 grade category Hannah Stein - 1st place winner
Natalie Vara - 2nd place winner

10-12 grade category
Hillary Vara - 1st place winner
Kelly Christensen - 2nd place winner

2D Art
6-9 grade category
Tom Noll - 1st place winner
Lydia Horn - 2nd place winner
Emile Bowen 2nd Place winner

10-12 grade category
Ashley Chic - 1st place winner

Grand Prize drawings
Aphrodite Dress - Many Baxter
KK Photography - Cassandra Pokorny
Garmin Geocaching - Matthew Boster
Night in the Village - Brittany Chic

Monday, July 13, 2009


Tokyopop Rating Systems-Revolutionizing how "MANGA" is Rated. Taking into account language, violence, gore, sexual themes, and nudity, as well as other issues, the new TOKYOPOP rating guide includes more than 40 content indicators divided among TOKYOPOP original five age ranges. After each manga's careful review by an in-house ratings committee, up to four selected content indicators will be published on the back of each book, with a complete list available at http://www.tokyopop.com/

TOKYOPOP Rating System

All agesAppropriate for ages 6 and up.May contain cartoon violence and potty humor.
Youth Age 10+Appropriate for ages 10 and up.May contain mild language, fantasy violence and bullying.

Teen Age 13+Appropriate for ages 13 and up.May contain infrequent and mild profanity, mild violence and gore, crude humor, mild sexual language and themes, nondescript nudity, and mild fanservice, as well as references to tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drug use.

Older Teen Age 16+Appropriate for ages 16 and up.May contain profanity and strong language, moderate violence and gore, moderate sexual themes and sexual violence, nudity, moderate fanservice, and alcohol and illegal drug use.

Mature Ages 18+Appropriate for ages 18 and up.May contain excessive profanity and language; intense violence; excessive gore; explicit sexual language, themes and violence; and explicit fanservice.

We've compiled a list for retailers and librarians of our recommended bestseller based on the ratings system.If you have any questions about TOKYOPOP indicators, please e-mail ratings@tokyopop.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Art Gallery & Open Mic

The teen final program will display the art and craft work turned in during the summer.

An Open Mic time will give teens a chance to win prizes awarded by their peers. Snacks will be provided. All teen prizes will be given out at this event.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Check it out.......Weekly Teen Prizes

Weekly Prizes for kids 12 and older:

Week 1 - free sub from Subway certificate
Week 2 - free game of bowling at River City
Week 3 - free Culver's ice cream certificate
Week 4 - free ice cream at Uncle Harry's
Week 5 - choice of a free book

Express Yourself @ Your Library

Calling all Teens!
Let's Get Creative at the Library this summer!

Enter your best artwork into our contest!
All entries will be on display at the final teen program
on Tuesday, July 21st at the Art Gallery Opening Night!
Prizes, food and fun will be offered as a part of the program.

•Any artist ages 12 to 18 may participate in the contest.
•All artist must be enrolled in the summer reading program to qualify for prizes.

•Artists do not need to be present at the final program to win.
•All entries must be the original work of the artist.
•Work must have been created within the last two years.
•All eligible artwork must be submitted no later than Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 8:00PM.
•All eligible artwork must have an affixed ID label on the back or bottom of the piece.
•ID labels are included on the back of this sheet and available at the library.
•Waterford Public Library is not responsible for any damage sustained to entries.
•Participants may enter up to two pieces for consideration, but only one piece per category.
•Check each category for specific rules and details.

Categories are: 2D Artwork, 3D Artwork, Video/Photograph and Open Mic/Six word Memoirs.
Judging: All entries will be judged between July 18 and July 21 before the program at 6:00 PM on July 21.
Entries will be judged per category and in two age categories: 6th -9th grade or 10th - 12th grade.
Grade levels are determined by the grade participants will be entering in the fall of 2009.
Prizes will be announced at the Teen Art Gallery Opening Night program beginning at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 21.
Prizes for reading during the summer will also be given out at this program. Any teen can attend the program,
even if artwork was not entered.

Any questions regarding the contest or any other aspect of the summer reading program
should be directed to Tricia at tcox@waterford.lib.wi.us or 262-534-3988 ext.13

Get your copy of the detailed rules.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Twilight: The Move

DVD Release Date is March 21, 2009
TWILIGHT talent and filmmakers will be making surprise appearances at the TWILIGHT atMIDNIGHT release parties in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago Borders Stores, Dallas and Salt Lake City. Ineach city, their appearance will be at one of the following retail locations:

Chicago locations are:

Borders 755 W. North Avenue Chicago
Borders 830 N Michigan Chicago
Borders 1539 E 53rd Street Chicago
Borders 2210 W. 95th Street Chicago
Hot Topic 551 Chicago Ridge Mall Chicago
RidgeFYE 551 Chicago Ridge Mall Chicago Ridge