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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!
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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

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.


Main Library-downtown Harrisonburg

A Night on Cloud 9 @ Main Library

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!


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!)

Robot Librarians!!!

You guys, I just found my new best friends. They are short, they work in a library, and they happen to be robots. No, I'm not talking about the Nodes from the Doctor Who episode "Silence in the Library" (although I love those guys).
via the Tardis Wikia
I'm talking about actual robots! The Westport Library in Connecticut purchased two robots. They teach patrons to code, but they can also play soccer, practice tai chi, and pick themselves up when they fall!

Aren't they the cutest little things you've ever seen?! I want one to be the Johnny Five to my Ally Sheedy! (That was an 80's movie reference. It might be before your time, but it's okay. If you haven't seen Short Circuit and the somehow superior Short Circuit 2, watch them now!)

We also found a cool illustration and description of the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. Most of the library is underground, full of millions of books. You can request a book from the card catalog, and the bin the book is in will rise to the main level, allowing you to retrieve it! The librarians can also put them back with ease. They hardly ever misshelve or lose a book. How cool is that?!

That makes us wonder--in your dream library, what would a robot librarian do? Comment with your take!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Can You Get Too Old For YA Novels?"

The Denver Post published an article called "More Adults Than Youths Are Reading Young Adult Fiction." If so many adults are reading YA, that makes us wonder why they're interested in books targeted toward a younger audience.

Here are some reasons we've compiled as to why adults are reading YA:
  • Young adult author John Green wrote an article for Cosmopolitan--yeah, you read that right--about the YA phenomenon across age groups. Green contends that the YA genre is so appealing to other age groups because the books contain "unironic emotional honesty."
  • Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in the Washington Post that some adults are "highly engaged readers, and are simply adding YA novels to other categories of books they read."
  • Rosenberg also believes that even YA novels with unhappy endings prepare us for the blow better than adult novels.
  • Others believe YA books are popular because it's a chance for adults to recapture their glory days.
  • Another reason could be that YA books are more abundant, popular, and relatable today than before--even though YA pioneers like Judy Blume, Madeleine L'Engle, and even Mark Twain did wonders for teen lit, the YA genre is booming now.
  • A staff member here believes it's a form of escapism; adults like to forget their adult-ish problems and focus on a YA character.
  • Some parents also like to read what their YA children are reading as a way of connecting to them. (Remember that episode of Parks and Rec about the dad who reads Twilight with his daughter?)
  • In the comment section of this CNN article, one reader sums it up: "A good book is a good book regardless of its intended audience."

What do you think? If you're a young adult, why do you believe adults love the genre more than ever before? If you're an adult, why do you love to read YA books? Comment with your opinion!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Furious Flower Poetry Conference

The JMU Furious Flower Poetry Conference is happening right now! It's a gathering centered around African American poetry, complete with writer Q&As and awesome discussions with scholars. If you want to attend, you don't have much time left! It started Wednesday and is wrapping up tomorrow (with special events on Saturday). Here's the schedule.

Here are two poems, "Maple Valley Branch Library, 1967" and "Heart to Heart," by former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove, who will be at the event!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Literary Playlist: This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales, is one of the TTT books we received from YALSA. It's full of  amazing music references. If you've read the book, are reading the book, are going to read the book, or just want to hear good music, listen to this playlist based on TSWSYL:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wanted: Beta Readers!

An author is looking for beta readers for his new book! Shawn Snider wants you to read At Stake, a young adult book about vampires, and give some feedback. If you do, you can get a gift card! From the author:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read and enjoy a beta copy of my book, At Stake. There will be a question or two at the end of each chapter—but this ain't no middle school book report, people! Skip questions, scribble in the margins, read the last page first. Whatever floats your boat. And when you're done, send it back and trade in for a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card.


The week Becca Sanchez discovers Uncle Don is a total whack-job begins with a moving van and ends in handcuffs. First, her creepy history teacher moves in next door. Then her uncle tries to stake him. That’s right, stake. As in vampire. When a student goes missing, Becca starts wondering if maybe crazy Uncle Don isn’t so crazy after all. She decides to find out for herself. But when she’s caught shooting her teacher with a holy water spitball, she lands herself in a whole heap of trouble with the school and, worse, her mom. Becca and her friends concoct a plan to kill the vampire before he can turn the Halloween Dance into his own personal buffet line. But she can’t get rid of the nagging voice wondering if this is all just a series of unlikely coincidences and her teacher is simply a creep. Because this is real life, and really … vampires?

Click the link to start!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bonus Post: Teen Dominoes!

We're having an awesome event on Saturday. We'll be setting up books like dominoes! It will go a little like this:

Come help us make something amazing! There will be pizza!

Teen Dominoes @ Main Library

Were you ever obsessed with dominoes? Put those skills to use and help us make a domino chain of books! Enjoy pizza, fun, and book dominoes! You may even end up on an impressive video to promote the library. Come back in a month for the Teen Reed Kick-off (October 11) for the video premiere!
Ages 11-17 Event.

Main Library-downtown Harrisonburg