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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Exciting Adaptation News!!

Last night I had a dream that people were turning YA books into TV series and I could watch an in-depth, (hopefully) accurate adaptation of an awesome book series.

OH, WAIT! It's actually going to happen!!1!

Netflix is going to turn A Series of Unfortunate Events into an online series!! A VP at Netflix said: "The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can't wait to bring it to life"!!! 

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!!

Netflix is also in the works to create four Marvel series and a mini-series starring Daredevil!!
 
And Mortal Instruments is going to become a TV series, too! A producer from one of the movie adaptations for MI praised the new showrunner, saying, "We wanted someone who shares our passion and love for these characters and stories." That's an awesome sign! Hopefully they'll take a lot of care to get it right!

Speaking of movie adaptations, John Green has been posting photos, videos, and teasers for the Paper Towns movie. Can it be released already?!
A photo posted by John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks) on



Also here are some awesome trailers for YA movie adaptations. (If you're going to see THG: Mockingjay Part 1 this weekend, let us know how it is! Comment with your review.)



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bonus Post: Teens' Top 10!!

Speaking of YALSA, they released the names of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten Books! Teens and YA-lovers all over the country vote on the top ten books of the year, and we finally have a list for the books we received from YALSA. Here they are:
  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered by A. G. Howard
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Here's the list with synopses. If they look interesting to you, check them out!

Did you vote for one that didn't end up on the Top 10 list? Comment with your favorites of the year!

Book Publishers + Social Media

I know a lot of you guys are on social media. (I mean, come on--who isn't?) Here's a tip--look for your favorite book publishers to follow! You get immediate, up-to-date news straight from the source. If you follow Harper Teen on Twitter, you can find out about contests, giveaways, and new book releases before anyone else. You can send asks to the Penguin Teen Tumblr to find out about the publishing business and what's next for your favorite author. And who doesn't want to see cool links on their feed from Random House Children's Facebook or Scholastic's Pinterest? It's great news about stuff you're interested in, coming directly to your fingertips, and you don't have to pay anything. Amazing, right?

You can also follow YALSA on social media. (YALSA stands for Young Adult Library Services Association. You may remember that we have some supercool books from them.) They are the people who organize the Teens' Top Ten voting and hold Teen Read Week & Teen Tech Week. They're on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Google+... you can pretty much virtually follow them however you want.(Check out their website for links.)

(While you're at it, follow us on social media, too! We're on Facebook and Twitter!)

And finally, we hope you're a little more generous with lit than this kid:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Insurgent News!

If you liked the movie adaptation of Divergent, you might be surprised at what changes are in store for the sequel. Although the first of the series was in 2D, they are shooting the rest of the series in 3D. That's right--Insurgent, which features scenes on a farm and in a truck and in a high-security building, will now be in eye-popping 3D. If you don't like 3D movies, don't worry--they'll still be releasing a 2D version.
They've also released some cool 3D posters for Insurgent. Check them out!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Literary Playlist: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It's time for another literary playlist! This time we're in love with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (It's often on bestseller lists, so you know it's gotta be good.) Part of the charm of protagonist Charlie is his newfound obsession with music. His friends introduce him to great tunes, including songs by David Bowie, The Smiths, and Nirvana. If you want the perfect background music as you're reading Perks, hit play:


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Random News!

Ready for a bunch of cool news and links? Here we go:

From ScreenRant.com
  • In case you haven't already seen them, here are some amazing new pictures from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. How awesome does Cressida look? And Katniss looks completely different from Catching Fire, doesn't she?
  • CNN made a list of 40 new YA books released this fall that you should read! The list includes Rick Yancey's The Infinite Sea (sequel to The 5th Wave), Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield (author of the Uglies series), and On A Clear Day by the late Walter Dean Myers.

    [Is there anything on the list that you want to read but we don't have? You can request a book purchase! Pick up a form at the Circulation Desk or in the Children's Section.]
  • Are you excited for JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie? CinemaBlend came up with some possible spoilers and theories related to the characters. News also broke that Fantastic Beasts is going to be a trilogy! The three films are set to be released in 2016, 2018, and 2020. And HP director David Yates is back for Fantastic Beasts!

    [If you like this, be sure to see our post about Queen Jo's Fantastic Beasts Twitter hint! (Small spoiler alert for the link.)]
  • In other JK Rowling news, she's planning on building Hagrid's hut on her property! Here are the plans and more information. I mean, come on--who wouldn't love a perfect replica of Hagrid's hut in their backyard?
  • Want to read awesome YA book reviews? Check out Reading Rants! It includes reviews of awesome new books, book trailers, movie adaptation trailers, interviews, and more.

    [If you want to write a review for this blog, email it to ecorrea@mrlib.org]
  • Do you need Halloween costume ideas? Check out these YA costume ideas from BuzzFeed, Teen.com, Read Breathe Relax, and Forever Young Adult.
  • And finally, have you been looking forward to The Office writer BJ Novak's new children's book, The Book With No Pictures? Well, here's your chance to see him read it to an enthusiastic group of kids! It's definitely a use-your-imagination-and-a-silly-voice kind of book.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bonus Post: Teen Read Week Giveaways!!!

Don't forget, guys: Saturday is the last day to enter our Teen Read Week drawing! All you have to do is check out a book--that's it! Write your name and age on your checkout receipt and drop it in the box at Circulation. After Saturday, we'll draw for winners. You could win a prize from one of these fantastic Downtown Harrisonburg businesses:

Blue Nile
Bella Luna
Benny Sorrentino's
Earth & Tea Cafe
Las Chamas
You Made It!
Larkin Arts
Glen's Fair Price Store
The Indian & American Cafe

Be sure to check out a book tomorrow or Saturday to enter!

Ages 11-17

Book Dominoes Video!!!!!!

Okay, no one's as excited about the book dominoes video as I am. But it's so cool! I love it! If you haven't seen it yet, here it is:


During one week of the 2014 Summer Reading Games, the Massanutten Regional Library circulated 1,189 young adult items and 10,857 items in the children's section. We asked our teen and tween volunteers to help show you what that looks like. They set up 1,189 books like dominoes...and then they knocked them over!
For more information about MRL and our services, visit our website!www.mrlib.org

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BONUS Bonus Post: Teen Read Week!!!

I totally forgot to mention that we're having a kick-off party for Teen Read Week!!! The theme this year is "Turn Dreams Into Reality," and we're going all out! We're going to brighten up the library with banners and sidewalk chalk, decorate a cloud bookshelf, and eat pizza and cloud Jell-O!

We're having a fun night on Thursday, Oct. 16, too! The JMU Golden Key group is going to teach us how to make dreamcatchers, and we'll enjoy ice cream floats!

You guys will also get the first chance to enter in for one of our TRW drawing prizes! If you drop your check-out receipt in the box at Circulation, you'll be entered in a drawing for one of the amazing prizes! We have gift certificates and goodies from all over Downtown Harrisonburg. You could get a prize from:

Blue Nile
Bella Luna
Benny Sorrentino's
Earth & Tea Cafe
Las Chamas
You Made It!
Larkin Arts
Glen's Fair Price Store
The Indian & American Cafe

All you have to do is check out a book to enter! How amazing is that?!

Here are the deets:


Teen Read Kick-off @ Main Library

10/11/2014
Get ready for Teen Read Week (October 12-17) by celebrating with a party! Snacks will be provided. Make awesome art and watch the video from the Book Domino event. You can even enter your name for prize drawings! This event is for ages 11-17.

Location:

Main Library-downtown Harrisonburg



A Night on Cloud 9 @ Main Library


10/16/2014
Celebrate Teen Read Week and "Turn Dreams Into Reality!" Teens, ages 11-17, come make a dreamcatcher and enjoy an ice cream float, provided by JMU Golden Key. Don't forget to drop your checkout receipt in the box at Circulation for a chance to win a prize! We have over $100 in prizes from awesome businesses in downtown Harrisonburg!

Location:

Main Library - downtown Harrisonburg

Bonus Post: J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts Update!!!

J.K. Rowling sent a strange post to the Twitterverse on Monday:
The Internet went into a frenzy, trying to solve the anagram. One possibility was:
But the answer, confirmed by Queen Jo, is:
Queen Jo gave a hint earlier:
So now we know more about Newt Scamander and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! (To learn about about Newt and Fantastic Beasts, you can read the book Queen Jo wrote for Comic Relief. We have a copy in the library system! Check it out!)