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Friday, June 26, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Harry Potter the Play!!!!

too excited. can't talk. can't capitalize. just read:

From BBC.com:
JK Rowling has announced her Harry Potter stage play will open in London's West End next year. 
Called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it will tell the "untold part" of the boy wizard's story, including the story of the lives of his murdered parents. 
However, the author said on Twitter the play was "not a prequel". 
It will run at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016, with tickets on sale this autumn. 
Rowling said she chose to make the announcement on Friday because it was "a very special day" - the 18th anniversary of when her debut book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was first published in the UK. 
But she was tight-lipped about the plot of the play, saying she did not "want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans". 
She added: "To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - why isn't Cursed Child a new novel? I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story." 
The play was first announced in December 2013, after the author said she had "received countless approaches" over the years "about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production". 
Although the new story has not been written by Rowling, it is a collaboration between herself and writer Jack Thorne - who previously adapted Let The Right One In for the stage and won a Bafta for his work on Channel 4's This is England '88 - and John Tiffany, who will also direct the play. 
It will be produced by Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and British singer Imogen Heap will provide the music.

The plot details might still be hazy, but there's little doubt Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will have a magical effect at the West End box office. 
It will be at the 1,400-seat Palace Theatre, which was home to theatrical blockbuster Les Miserables for a record 19 years. 
JK Rowling's success needs no introduction, but the new Harry Potter play reunites the creative dream team behind the stage adaptation of supernatural love story Let The Right One In. 
When it comes to West End hits, producer Sonia Friedman has a golden touch. Her biggest successes include Book of Mormon and Sunny Afternoon, while her musical Bend It Like Beckham kicked off to rave reviews this week. 
When it opens in summer 2016 the play is likely to spark the kind of Potter-mania that surrounded the release of the books and films. 
And it won't end there. The stage show will be closely followed by the Potter film spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November 2016. 
Eddie Redmayne will star in a movie adaptation of Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 
"Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team," Rowling said. 
"It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry's story." 
Producers originally said the play would explore "the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast". 
"Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard," they said. 
The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye claimed The Cursed Child would "delve into what happened to Harry's parents before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, forcing an infant Harry to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother's sister, Petunia, her horrid husband Vernon and their spoiled son Dudley". 
Rowling's seven Harry Potter best-sellers were adapted into eight blockbuster films starring Daniel Radcliffe as the boy wizard. 
The author is making her screenwriting debut on Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, due in cinemas next November.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Literary Playlist: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

With a title like Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, you have to know the music references are going to be solid.

I could list alllll the songs mentioned in the book, or I could give you a playlist that the authors picked themselves. We'll go with the latter.

Here are Rachel Cohn's & David Levithan's acknowledgements (special thanks to people who helped with the book) in playlist form.
[NOTE: This is a playlist of songs the author mentioned in the book. MRL is not responsible for nor does it endorse the content of non-MRL websites. Users should use critical judgment in relying on information found in these websites and determine what information is appropriate to their needs.]

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Song-Novel Adaptations, Please!!

Okay, this is totally something I would write, but I didn't! This article from The Booklist Reader takes three songs that would be perfect as YA novels, talks about how the lyrics would match the plot, and then gives some actual YA suggestions for you to read! Love it! 

What do you think? Are there any songs you can imagine as YA novels? What about YA books that seem like albums? (Look at our literary playlists for inspiration!

Comment with your suggestions and picks!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cool Online Articles!!!

There have been TONS of book articles I've been saving up for you guys. Here they are!
  • According to this article from CBC News, a girl in Canada was forbidden from reading while riding the bus! 
  • Have you ever read a contemporary YA book and thought the story just wasn't realistic? This article from Mic.com wonders what YA book plots would be like if they accurately reflected teens' real lives. 
  • Remember how great it was to get a brand-new coloring book? The whole book was like a fresh canvas, and you felt like da Vinci, van Gogh, or Pollock, depending on your mood. Well now you can get that same feeling again, without buying a Shrek 3 coloring book that you secretly hid from your college roommate (or was that just me?). There are now coloring books for adults (or teens)! This article from the Washington Post explains why adult coloring books are so popular.
  • Are there too many books in the world?? This article from The New York Review of Books wonders if we have too many literary options available to us.
  • This article from Barron's calms our fears about eBooks vs. printed books. (It's okay! Books are still getting printed!) Apparently eBooks aren't getting more popular, and printed books aren't getting obsolete! 
  • Speaking of eBooks and printed books, which do you think is the greener option? According to this Q&A on Grist.com, the best way to help the environment by reading is by visiting the library! Check out books from the library and share the literary love!
  • For anyone who was severely underwhelmed by the Insurgent movie adaptation, check out this article from Buzzfeed. Maybe we should have been underwhelmed by the book itself?
  • Neil Gaiman waxing poetic about Douglas Adams? Yes, please!
  • This article from Buzzfeed shows some awesome book-themed infographics and charts. They range from what book to read next, to how long it would take you to read a certain book, to how being a reader is good for your health! Seriously, can we get these as posters??
  • Need bookshelf suggestions? This article (another one from Buzzfeed; I have a problem) shows you 27 new ways to display your books!

MRL is not responsible for nor does it endorse the content of non-MRL websites. Users should use critical judgment in relying on information found in these websites and determine what information is appropriate to their needs.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bonus Post: Movie Adaptation News!!!

via TheCapitol.pn


And also this screencap posted by Jennifer Lawrence????!!!

Also also Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (from Les Miserables, The Theory of Everything) is going to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them!

Also also also two other popular YA books are getting turned into movies!!! One of the writers for the show The Blacklist will be adapting The Selection, and the producers of The Hunger Games will tackle Blackbird!!!

Also also also also here's the new Paper Towns trailer!!!


J.K. Rowling recently announced that in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander will meet people from the U.S. VERSION OF HOGWARTS!!! We read in the FBaWtFT book (a special released for Comic Relief, which we just so happen to have copies in the library system) that wizarding schools are all over the world, including one in Salem, Massachusetts. Which leads us to wonder...

What do you think American wizarding schools are like? How are they different from or the same as Hogwarts? Comment with your ideas!

June Book Club!!!

One of our L.O.L. volunteers received an Advanced Reader Copy of Kindle the Flame by Tamara Shoemaker. (Kindle the Flame was just released yesterday! There is a Goodreads giveaway here, if you want to enter to win!)

Our volunteer posted her thoughts on her Goodreads account. Here is her review!

via Goodreads
's review
5 of 5 stars 
Recommended to Sarah by: Anne Tjaden
Recommended for: YA Fantasy fans
Read in May, 2015, read count: 1
This book is about two countries, of magical creatures and their trainers, on the brink of war. A power-thirsty king, named Sebastian, rules over one of the countries, building an army of unwilling people and mythical beasts. Every person is assigned to a clan and given a tattoo to signify what type of dimn (trainer) they are. The king is merciless towards uprising rebels like Ayden the dragon dimn, Kinna the pixie dimn, and Cedric the mysterious boy raised by a centaur. Ayden holds a grudge against the king for the despicable curse he first bore years ago. Kinna's tattoo will not not stay and her pixie persistently loathes her, so she rides away on horseback to unveil her murky past. Cedric seeks other humans to answer questions about his centaur mother and her crime against the others.
My favorite character is an orange haired pixie called Lincoln. He is Kinna's proclaimed protector and skilled at catching fish, normal pixie tricks, and provoking giggles when Kinna needs them. I can relate to Lincoln because he wants to help his friends and cheer them up when smiles are scarce. I also felt strong pity for Ayden when I discovered his deadly curse. Consequently, my favorite part had to be when Ayden was preparing revenge on the savage king Sebastian.
I immensely enjoyed this book because it has a twisting plot and is told by four contrasting perspectives. Little do the characters know how their destinies will intertwine. When these characters met for the first time I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for reactions, realizations, and revenge. Clashing viewpoints between the trio of rebels and the dastardly upperhand make the story exciting. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. Anyone who searches for memorable fantasy romance has found what they need! Kindle the Flame

MRL is not responsible for nor does it endorse the content of non-MRL websites. Users should use critical judgment in relying on information found in these websites and determine what information is appropriate to their needs.

Monday, June 1, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Games!!!

It's here, everyone!!! You can now officially enter the Summer Reading Games!!! Sign up at any of the MRL branches (Main, North River, Grottoes, Village, Elkton, Page, or Shenandoah). You'll get a...

  1. Gameboard
    Keep track of your reading! Every two hours, you'll get a Hero Prize. At ten hours, you'll receive a Superhero Prize Pack. For every hour after that, you can enter the drawing for one of our awesome prizes. All prizes have been graciously donated by these fantastic sponsors.
  2. Super Pool Pass
    Get into a local pool for free next week (June 7-13). Participating pools are listed here.
  3. Free Friday Wristband
    You can visit a new place every Friday for free! All you need is your Free Friday Wristband! Here is the Free Friday schedule this year. 

We also have some exciting programs planned. Here's what's coming up this summer: 

Every Hero Has a Story (ages 0-10)
  • Dome Theater @ YOUR Library
  • Fancy Nancy: The Musical @ YOUR Library
  • Stories from Aunt Nelly's Mountain Home @ YOUR Library
  • Family Flicks @ Main Library
  • Summer STEM: Heroes of Design @ North River Library
    • On Saturday, June 6, and Saturday, June 11, drop in to the North River Library between 10:30 AM and 12 noon to celebrate a well known hero who has created designs that better lifestyles for humankind and complete a creative design challenge of your own!
  • Mission Rescue: Dogs in Need of Forever Homes @ North River Library
    • Come to North River Library Thursday, June 11 @ 2 PM to hear from Laura Burchfield, a local teen whose family has made it their mission to rescue stray dogs and foster them until they find a forever home.
  • Everyday Heroes @ Main Library
    • Kids Like You! Saturday, June 6 @ 1 PM - stories from local kids who we think are real heroes!
    • Harrisonburg Police Department, Saturday, June 13 @ 1 PM - Police vehicle display including a cruiser, the DARE Mustang, a motorcycle, a bicycle, and possibly a command post truck! Plus more fun activities inside.
    • Fire Department, Saturday, July 11 @ 1 PM - A fire truck to check out as well as other interaction with real-life firefighters!
  • Job of a Firefighter @ North River Library
    • Local firefighters will share their stories of why they decided on their job, how they became firefighters, and what it takes to continue in their job on Thursday, June 18 @ 2 PM.
  • Read to the Rhythm with the Handley Puppeteers @ Village Library
    • Stop by the Village Library Thursday, July 16 @ 2 PM and welcome the teen puppeteer troupe from Handley Library! They will present a puppet show set to music with zany antics and designed to promote reading.
  • Read with... @ YOUR Library
  • Storytimes @ YOUR Library (storytime schedule is here)
  • Hero Construction @ YOUR Library
    • Kids in grades K-5, dig into craft conundrums and tunnel through intriguing books @ YOUR Library's Hero Construction craft time June 8-July 31. Dates and times are listed here.
  • Lego Club @ YOUR Library
  • Dogs 2 Read 2 @ YOUR Library
    • Grab a book, get comfy & read to YOUR library's very own registered therapy dog. All reading levels are encouraged.
    • North River: 4th Tuesdays @ 4 PM
    • Main: Thursdays @ 2:30 PM
Unmask! (ages 11-17)
  • Incredible Afternoon Movie @ Main Library
    • Come out Saturday, June 20 @ 1 PM, watch a great movie, and grab a snack from our popcorn bar, courtesy of DuPont Community Credit Union
  • Superhero Survival Skills @ Main Library
  • Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! @ Main Library
    • Celebrate this super wizard's birthday, Friday, July 31 @ 12:30 PM! We'll have potions, fortune telling, prizes, snacks and more! Don't forget to dress as your favorite character!
  • After Hours Teen Lock-In @ Main Library
    • Have you ever wanted to know what the library is like when it's empty? Saturday, August 15 @ 3:30-7 PM is your chance! We'll play the Awesome Library Race, decorate bookends, kind-bomb the library, eat pizza, and more! You'll even walk out of here with a free book. How cool is that?? Must register by August 8.
Escape the Ordinary (18+)
  • Escape... @ Main Library
    • Monday, June 1 @ 7 PM - Escape the Ordinary: In Search of the Paranormal 
    • Monday, June 8 @ 1 PM - Escape the Ordinary with Local Hero & Founder of Our Community Place Ron Copeland
    • Thursday, June 18 @ 7 PM - Escape Your Diet: The Gluten Lie
    • Monday, June 29 @ 1 PM - Escape the Funny Pages with Cartoonist John Rose
    • Monday, July 13 @ 1 PM - Escape the Ordinary Garden - Hobby Hydroponics: The Weedless Garden
    • Thursday, July 23 @ 7 PM - Escape the Planet: Why Do We Explore Mars?
    • Monday, July 27 @ 7 PM - Escape the City with Local Nature Photographers Ann & Rob Simpson
  • Super Screenings @ Main Library
    • Select Saturdays and Mondays in June and July, you can visit the Main branch of MRL for an awesome superhero movie! Look here for more info.

Whoa. That's a lot. Make sure you sign up for Summer Reading at any of the MRL branches to get started!

And finally, here are the hilarious videos the L.O.L. group made to promote the SRG. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Literary Playlist: Audrey, Wait!

"Audrey, wait!"

That's the last thing Audrey's ex Evan says to her after she breaks up with him. Later that night, she shows up to one of his gigs, and he sings an admittedly awesome break-up song--about her! Evan's band blows up, with her song--and her life--getting caught in the middle of it. Audrey becomes an overnight sensation, with reporters calling to ask about her love life after dumping Evan. But Audrey just wants a normal life. She wants to start a relationship with someone new, but how can she, with the paparazzi following her every move?

Every chapter in Audrey, Wait! begins with a lyric from an awesome song. Click play below and get inside Audrey's head as her life gets crazy.
[NOTE: This is a playlist of songs the author mentioned in the book. MRL is not responsible for nor does it endorse the content of non-MRL websites. Users should use critical judgment in relying on information found in these websites and determine what information is appropriate to their needs.]

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun YA Quizzes!!!

Admit it: You've spent waaaayy too much time doing online quizzes when you could have been doing homework. So we decided to make it a little easier for you. Here are some of our favorite book quizzes we've found online.

Which Teen Book Character Are You?
via quibblo.com

Camp Half Blood Parentage Test (Mostly Accurate)
via quotev.com

How Many Of These Young Adult Books Have You Read?
So little time, so much to read.
via buzzfeed.com

The Harry Potter Night Sorting Hat quiz
Ever wonder which house you'd be in if you went to Hogwarts? We're celebrating Harry Potter Book Night with this sorting-hat quiz, which will answer this forever!
via theguardian.com

Are You More Harry Potter or Draco Malfoy?
Take this magical quiz to find out!
via buzzfeed.com

Are You More Ron Weasley Or Hermione Granger?
Either way, you'll be BFFs with the Chosen One.
via buzzfeed.com

Can You Guess The "Harry Potter" Character By These Emojis?
Do You-Know-Who? Warning: spoilers.
via buzzfeed.com

Which "Harry Potter" Core Subject Would You Get An Outstanding In?
Remember, swish and flick!
via buzzfeed.com

Who Is Your YA Boyfriend?
via popsugar.com

Who is your YA book boyfriend? [Yes, another quiz about YA boyfriends!]
via gotoquiz.com

Book lovers: What's your reading personality?
via bookbrowse.com

Which of the March sisters from Little Women are you? 
Let's face it, no one can read Louisa May Alcott's novel without identifying with one of the four March sisters. Find out which one you really are!
via theguardian.com

Insurgent by Veronica Roth - quiz
To celebrate the release of Insurgent, the second film in Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, we have created a quiz to see how big a fan you are!
via theguardian.com

The Alice in Wonderland quiz
The Imagine Festival is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland! We have lots of events that you can come to during the festival. Do you know why a raven is like a writing desk? How well will you do in our Alice quiz?
via theguardian.com

Which classic book would be perfect for me? 
Is your new year's resolution to read some classic books? Take our classics match quiz to find your ideal classics read!
via theguardian.com

LGBT characters in teen fiction - quiz
LGBT characters and storylines are becoming more and more common in YA fiction. But can you tell your LGBT from your YMCA? Take our quiz and find out just how out and proud about your reading you should be!
via theguardian.com

What YA Book Should You Read Next?
Wondering what to bump up on your TBR? Let us help you narrow your choices...
via uppercasebox.com

And aaaalll of these quizzes from Sporcle.com

Comment with your results!

MRL is not responsible for nor does it endorse the content of non-MRL websites. Users should use critical judgment in relying on information found in these websites and determine what information is appropriate to their needs.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"5 Things I Learned While Writing 'Nobody's Goddess'"

We've reposted from Diversity in YA before, and here is another awesome post:


I began work on a manuscript that led to my YA romantic fantasy debut, Nobody’s Goddess, twelve years before its publication. What I wrote then bears little resemblance to what will be published April 21st, but some of the images that first popped into my mind back then became the groundwork for the finished product. It all started with a cavern bathed in violet light, a cavern that made it into the finished manuscript even when characters, the plot and the role of the cavern did not. Writing Nobody’s Goddess taught me a lot of things, but these five are the most important: 
1. Stories can evolve. Many authors talk about shelving early manuscripts they wrote, claiming their writing skills weren’t polished at the time or citing a long list of rejections. I believe that even if the earliest work you do on a project doesn’t see the light of day, if you believe in the core of your story, you’ll eventually figure out how to make it work—even if you have to rewrite the story from page one more than once. 
2. Write at your own pace. If you can write every day, you’ll get a lot done and improve much quicker than writers who don’t. That said, it’s not a feasible schedule for every writer. It’s been a long journey, but I discovered that I write best when I write every day (or nearly every day) for a few months at a time and then let myself rest for a few months, using that time to edit and outline other projects. I wrote what became the original finished first draft ofNobody’s Goddess in just nine days. (I’d scrapped most of what I’d written on the project before that, although the bare bones of some of it made it through.) I made far more significant progress in those nine days than I had in the nine years before that. 
3. Prepare to revise. When I finished the first draft of Nobody’s Goddess, after years of writing aimlessly, I thought the hardest part was behind me. Over the next few years, I revised it significantly for: an agent (which led to me signing with another agent), an editor at a publisher, a second round of submissions with my agent’s help after that didn’t work out, and for my publisher after signing, with a number of smaller revisions with the help of beta readers and editors along the way. It takes a lot to shape your ideas into something that’s ready to share with readers, and you won’t have to go it alone, but you should be ready to rip up your manuscript and rework scenes if necessary. Some of the characters in the final version of my book didn’t even appear in the version we first sent out to publishers. 
4. Write what you love. When I first wrote what would in some form become Nobody’s Goddess (then called, embarrassingly,Dreamalgam; at least the next working title, The Veiled Man’s Goddess, was an improvement), I lacked passion for the project because I was focusing on writing a story that didn’t speak to me as a reader. I wanted to write a YA fantasy, and romance was an afterthought; I wasn’t sure it was going to appear at all. I was focused on fantasy and dreams, even though I usually found dream scenes irritating in the entertainment I consumed. Eventually, I remembered how much I adore a twisted kind of romance and decided to scrap the dream angle entirely, instead writing a story I hoped would prove in the vein of Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre or even Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, with a Byronic hero and a heroine who stands up for herself and what she believes in rather than simply caving in to his affections. Because I love those types of stories, going in that direction made writing easier. 
5. Focus on scenes that speak to you. If you’re having difficulty writing, think about the scenes you’ve yet to write. If one seems really exciting, go ahead and skip to it. Re-discover that passion you feel for the project as you write that scene, and then go back and fill in the gaps in the plot later. The more organized-minded might not like to write that way, but it’s important you keep writing any way you can rather than letting yourself get stuck because you’re not sure how the next chronological scene should go. Write to bring the characters in your head to life. Write to promote more diverse reading, with worlds more accurately reflective of the world we live in. Write just because you want to. Most importantly—just write.
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing about anime and business topics and crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings. Nobody’s Goddess, the first book in The Never Veil Series, is her debut YA romantic fantasy. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Nobody’s Goddess is available for purchase.