More Hunger Games movie news

If you haven’t already seen the excellent picture of Jennifer Lawrence made up as Katniss from The Hunger Games, go here to the Entertainment Weekly blog to see a bigger version and read about the shoot.

More casting news here: Josh Hutcherson has been cast as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth has been cast as Gale, Paula Malcolmson has been cast as Katniss’ mother and Willow Shields as sister Primrose, Woody Harrelson cast as Haymitch, Stanley Tucci as Ceasar, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Amandla Stenberg as Rue, and many more characters have been cast, too.

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Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand

Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 435 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Call number: Y Hand
Read in March 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

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2011 Summer Reading Program Schedule Up!

It’s almost time for the teen summer reading program, starting June 6 at Englewood Public Library. Find more information on the Programs tab to see the schedule for our special programs. This summer, we have four excellent workshops coming your way — sign up to design your own magnet/chalk/memo board, make your own airbrushed T-shirt, learn how to dance hip-hop style, and get glitter henna tattoos. All programs are free and all supplies are provided!

Registration for the special programs starts today (May 9), so give us a call at 303-762-2555 or stop by the reference desk to sign-up!

April 2011 New Books

Geek Fantasy Novel, by E. Archer. Y Archer.
Ralph is asked to spend the summer with his strange British relatives at their old manor house in order to set up their Wi-Fi network. And thus begins his strange adventure. What happens when a science geek and magic collide? Archer presents a comic tour de force for those who obsess about wizards and warcraft.

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book One), by Kelley Armstrong. Y Armstrong.
Sixteen-year-old Maya suspects there may be a relationship between her paw-print birthmark, her connection with wild animals, and strange events occurring in her tiny Vancouver Island community, where a medical research facility harbors big secrets.

Chime, by Franny Billingsley. Y Billingsley.
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Red Glove (Curseworkers, Book Two), by Holly Black. Y Black.
When federal agents learn that seventeen-year-old Cassel Sharpe, a powerful transformation worker, may be of use to them, they offer him a deal to join them rather than the mobsters for whom his brothers work.

Blood and Flowers, by Penny Blubaugh. Y Blubaugh.
When the Outlaw Puppet Troupe is accused of various crimes by a vengeful critic, the members escape to the faerie world to avoid being incarcerated.

Strings Attached, by Judy Blundell. Y Blundell.
When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob, who then asks her to do some favors for him.

Stay, by Deb Caletti. Y Caletti.
In a remote corner of Washington State where she and her father have gone to escape her obsessive boyfriend, Clara meets two brothers who captain a sailboat, a lighthouse keeper with a secret, and an old friend of her father who knows his secrets.

Awakened (House of Night), by PC Cast. Y Cast.
Zoey has returned from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey–or her relationship with her super-hot Warrior, Stark–ever be the same?

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book Four), by Cassandra Clare. Y Clare.
As mysterious murders threaten the new peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, only Simon, the Daylighter vampire, can help bring both groups together.

The FitzOsbornes in Exile (sequel to A Brief History of Montmaray), by Michelle Cooper. Y Cooper.
In January 1937, as Sophia FitzOsborne continues to record in her journal, the members of Montmaray’s royal family are living in luxurious exile in England but, even as they participate in the social whirl of London parties and balls, they remain determined to free their island home from the occupying Germans despite growing rumors of a coming war that might doom their country forever.

Wither (Chemical Garden, Book One), by Lauren DeStefano. Y DeStefano.
After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

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Free Comic Book Day May 7

We’ve got two programs going on this Saturday, May 7, for Free Comic Book Day!

We’ll be giving away comics from 12-4 p.m. in the Storytime Room. We have a great bunch of titles. The number of free comics available per person varies but every teen gets at least one comic (while supplies last). For ages 12-18. Some of the titles available are shown below.

Then, from 1-3 p.m., we’ll be showing one of the best comic book movies of all time: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s epic graphic novel series. Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart (PG-13). For ages 12-18.