Next Program: Duct Tape Flip Flops

The Henna Tattoo program we held last Friday went very well. Pictures for the henna workshop and the earlier graffiti art workshop are posted; you can find the links on the right side menu under Programs or just click the links!

Our next craft workshop is this Friday, July 2, at 1 p.m., and we’ll be making ourselves some duct tape flip flops. Registration is required so I know how many supplies to buy. Register at the reference desk or call 303-762-2555. Hope to see you there!

Have you signed up for summer reading yet? You’ll get your choice of free coupons to local restaurants (Chick-Fil-A, Tokyo Joe’s, and Chipotle, as well as Izze sodas) for every 6 hours read, and you’ll receive a free book or comics pack once you hit 24 hours. Completing the program also allows you to enter our end-of-summer drawing, for such prizes as movie tickets, Elitch Gardens tickets, Wal-Mart gift cards, Twilight series merchandise, and more. You can also get extra raffle tickets by writing short book reviews or coming to programs, such as this week’s graffiti workshop, and the writer of the most reviews wins a $20 Tattered Cover gift card.

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New Books – May/June 2010

New Hardcovers, Paperbacks, and Graphic Novels

Zenith (sequel to Exodus), by Julie Bertagna. Y Bertagna.
After finding that New Mungo is not the refuge they sought, Mara, leaving Fox behind, again sets out to sea with a ship full of refugees and, with the help of the “Gipsea” boy Tuck, tries to find land at the top of the world that will be safe from storms and rising water.

Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken. Y Bracken.
Sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, an unusually talented weaver, must master her mysterious power and join a young wizard in stopping an imminent war in land. When Wayland North brings rain to a region that’s been dry for more than 10 years, he’s promised anything he’d like as a reward. He chooses the village elder’s daughter, 16-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, a skilled weaver with an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloak.

The Demon’s Covenant (sequel to The Demon’s Lexicon), by Sarah Rees Brennan. Y Brennan.
Mae Crawford’s always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she’s even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn’t told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick’s powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician’s carefully laid trap?

The Six Rules of Maybe, by Deb Caletti. Y Caletti.
Scarlet, an introverted high school junior surrounded by outcasts who find her a good listener, learns to break old patterns and reach for hope when her pregnant sister moves home with her new husband, with whom Scarlet feels an instant connection.

Possessed, by Kate Cann. Y Cann.
Sixteen-year-old Rayne escapes London, her mother, and boyfriend for a job in the country at Morton’s Keep, where she is drawn to a mysterious clique and its leader, St. John, but puzzles over whether the growing evil she senses is from the manor house or her new friends.

She Thief, by Daniel Finn. Y Finn.
When Demi–a master pickpocket working for the gang leader Fay–steals a ring, his partner in crime, Baz, soon finds herself alone and betrayed as police and the Barrio’s crime boss close in on Fay and her den of child thieves.

The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger’s Apprentice Book Eight), by John Flanagan. Y Flanagan.
Halt, Will, and Horace set out for Hibernia, where a quasi-religious group, the Outsiders, is sowing confusion and sedition, and they find that secrets from Halt’s past may hold the key to restoring order before the last kingdom is undermined.

Once, by Morris Gleitzman. Y Gleitzman.
After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan. Y Green.
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Click here to see the rest of the new books

Next Program: Graffiti Art

Learn a little about the history of graffiti as an art form, and then practice it yourself by designing and drawing your name in your own unique graffiti style. Local artist Lannie Pihajlic hosts this workshop on Friday, June 18, at 3 p.m. Space is limited for this program and registration is required, so  call 303-762-2555 or stop by the reference desk to register. Hope to see you there!

Have you signed up for summer reading yet? You’ll get free coupons to local restaurants (Chick-Fil-A, Tokyo Joe’s, and Chipotle, as well as Izze sodas) for every 6 hours read, and you’ll receive a free book or comics pack once you hit 24 hours. Completing the program also allows you to enter our end-of-summer drawing, for such prizes as movie tickets, Elitch Gardens tickets, Wal-Mart gift cards, Twilight series merchandise, and more. You can also get extra raffle tickets by writing short book reviews or coming to programs, such as this week’s graffiti workshop.

Other, by Karen Kincy

Author: Karen Kincy
Publisher: Flux
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery/Romance
Call number: YPB Kincy (this book will be published in July, so look out for it soon!)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (really liked it)

The appealing characters and genre blending won me over in this debut teen novel. Other takes place in a slightly different modern world, in which Others (supernatural creatures) have come out of the closet, so to speak, and are living publicly among normals. Gwen, the protagonist, lives in a Washington backwater where the locals view Others with suspicion and fear, so she hides her identity as half-pooka (a Welsh shapeshifting spirit – Gwen can become a horse, cat, owl, and other animals), even from her uber-Christian boyfriend Zach. Then Others around town and in surrounding areas like Seattle start being murdered, including a close friend of Gwen’s, so this coming-of-age novel turns into a serial killer mystery. Romance develops between Gwen and a cute boy named Tavian, who happens to be a kitsune (Japanese fox spirit), after Zach flips out when Gwen tells him the truth about her being half-pooka.

Very minor spoilers

Rock Band 2 this Thursday, 6/10

We just got our hands on Rock Band 2 for the Wii (!!), and so this month’s gaming program has a last minute switch: instead of playing Rock Band on the older Playstation 2, we’ll be able to play the newer, more updated version, Rock Band 2, on the Wii.

Whether you are a whiz on the drums, love the guitar, or are actually one of those rare people that likes to sing, stop by the Storytime room around 4 p.m. to play Rock Band 2. We’ll be there until 5:30, with snacks and drinks on hand.

Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off

Today is the teen summer reading kick-off in the Cool Cafe from 1-4 p.m. We’ll have snacks and drinks, temporary tattoos, and free advance reader copies of popular books to give away to teens who sign up for summer reading, only available today. Sign-up takes only a few moments, and during summer reading you’ll have plenty of opportunity to win great coupons from local restaurants (like Chick-Fil-A and Tokyo Joe’s) and enter our end-of-summer raffle for a variety of prizes, everything from Twilight merchandise to Elitch Gardens tickets. So stop by if you have a chance. Hope to see you there!

You’ll also be able to register for any of our special programs today and any days following: click here for the list.