Monthly Archives: May 2010

Mondays with Megan: On My Desk

One of my favorite things about my job is ordering the books. I love reading all the book blogs, the publishers’ magazines, and new release catalogs. I love getting book requests from patrons and staff members. Once I order a book it’s time to sit back and wait for them to arrive, which brings me to another thing that I love…coming to work and finding a stack of new books waiting for me!

Today I had the following waiting:
Prey by Lurlene McDaniel. VOYA calls it a “dark and sinister romance” and checking in at just under 200 pages, this little paperback could be a perfect beach read.
Scandal by Kate Brian. This is the 12th book in the Private series. Looking for an exciting summer series? Maybe this is the one for you.
Little Vampire Women by Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina. This is another in the current  wave of classics being retold with a paranormal or sinister slant. If you like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, you aren’t going to want to miss this one! I haven’t read it yet, but the cover is truly delightfully gruesome and just screams to be picked up.

See?

Ok, moving on. Summer programs are filling up fast, so please sign up if you want to attend the Red Cross Babysitting Training, tie dye T-shirt, or make bracelets. It’s easy-call the reference desk, stop by and see me, or register online. The next big event is Summer Reading! Start looking in the back of the closet and under the bed for any missing library materials. Bring the back on June 14th for the dance party and we will call it even, no fines. Not only that, we will have awesome music courtesy of local DJ Bence Toth, pizza, and prizes! Dance away some fines and sign up for the Summer Reading Program and get me one step closer to being a one-eyed pirate with hot pink hair.

Finally, my own reading report. I must confess, it’s quite a dismal report. My weekend was a whirlwind of family activities and I did not read at all (gasp!). I did manage to finish The Karma Club by Jessica Brody, which was a light, fun read. Again, perfect for the beach…

Currently Reading: Her by Laura Zigman, Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
Currently Listening To: In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer (still! Again, the family time really cut in to my listening time)
Up next: I don’t dare make predictions this week, since it doesn’t seem work out anyway. We will all just have to wait and see what happens.

In the meantime, happy reading to all.

˜Megan

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Mondays with Megan

I can’t believe the school year is almost over! Summer is right around the corner, and with is….Summer Reading! I have spent the past week gather the schools’ lists and trying to get everything organized. All of the books that we own that are on lists can be found in the Teen Summer Reading section. The lists can also be found in a three-ring binder in the Teen Room. If the book you want isn’t there chances are I have more copies on order. Come find me and I will put a hold on for you.

Here at the library we like to plan our own summer reading events. This year I decided to spice things up and challenge all you readers out there. Beginning June 14th you can sign up for summer reading at the library. If more than 200 teens sign up I will come to work dressed like a pirate (it’s a water theme this year). If those teens read over 1000 I dye my hair hot pink and wear it that way for a month. It’s not often that the opportunity for public humiliation presents itself so easily, so I suggest taking advantage!

Summer reading sign up is still a month away, but tomorrow is Teen Scene in the Basement. Stop in for a snack and hang out and play video games.

Looking for a new series? Try Rick Riordan’s latest, The Kane Chronicles. Book One is the Red Pyramid and it is fabulous! Riordan does a great job of sorting out the complicated relationships between the Egyptian gods. Fans of Percy Jackson will not be disappointed. There is plenty of magic, mythology, action, and of course humor and awesome animal sidekicks. This ones a winner, add it to your summer reading list. At over 500 pages, that was the only book I managed to finish this week.

Currently Reading: The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
Currently Listening to: In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer
On the To Read Pile: The Prince of the Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

Happy Reading

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan: Youth Services Symposium Highlights

Hi everyone, I hope, despite the wacky weather, you had a nice weekend.

On Friday I spent the day at the Youth Services Symposium in Twinsburg. This day long event touched on a number of topics related to libraries and teens. In a nutshell, this is what I learned:

1. Teens do not blog or read blogs as much as they once did (figures).
2. Pop can tabs can be turned into really cool accessories and jewelry.
3. Dandi Daley Mackall, author of over 400 books, is hilarious and has had a fascinating life. I am looking forward to reading her newest YA book, My Boyfriends’ Dogs. I also am excited to have an signed copy of her book Crazy in Love to give away during Summer Reading.
4. I like winning prizes and seem to be on a little winning streak lately. Maybe I should play the lotto? I won a signed copy of The Tension of Opposites by debut author and Ohio native Kristina McBride. I am keeping that one, but I do have another signed copy to add to the library’s collection. Keep an eye out for it.

For more information about Kristina and her book, check out her website. Be sure to watch the cool trailer that was filmed in Kristina’s hometown of Centerville, Ohio.

For more information about Dandi Daley Mackall and her books and to read her book blog, visit her website.

I actually learned a lot more at the symposium, but those are the higlights!

Teen Events for this week: SAT Test Tips and Review Session with the professionals from Princeton Review. Tuesday May 11th 6:30-8:00pm in the Auditorium.

Currently Reading: Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
Currently Listening to: In the Belly of the Bloodhound (Bloody Jack #4) by L.A. Meyer
To Read: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, and Nightschool,the Weirn Books, vol. 3 by Svetlana Chmakova

That’s all for now. Happy reading.

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan: Sequels I Must Have Now

Hi all!

I missed last Monday because I was taking a much-needed day off. I thought about posting, but that seemed too much like work. But things are back to normal this week. Let’s start with upcoming Teen Events:

Tomorrow, Tuesday May 4th at 6pm Wendy, a professional esthetician from Renuvo Salon will be here to talk about skin care and make-up. She will share professional tips, tricks, and techniques for keeping your skin healthy and blemish free. She will be demonstrating age-appropriate make-up applications and raffling off some great prizes.

Tuesday May 11th The Princeton Review will be here to offer tips and strategies to help improve your SAT scores.

Moving on to books,  here a quick look at April: I read 14 books this month, including 2 graphic novels. My favorite 5 books this month would have to be, in this order

1. Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer 2007 (Audio)♥♥♥♥♥
2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 2010 (Fiction, Debut Author)♥♥♥♥♥
3. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 2010 (Fantasy Fiction, Debut Author)♥♥♥♥♥
4. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan 2010(Fiction/Fantasy)♥♥♥♥
5. Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien 2010 (Science Fiction)♥♥♥♥

The exciting new of the day for me is…the fourth Bloody Jack book is finally back! Don’t get me wrong, I have really enjoyed Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom Series, but I will pause after book two in order to listen to In the Belly of the Bloodhound. I finally realized the other day what I was missing lately-a great series! I miss Clary and Jace from Immortal Instruments, I miss Janie and Cabel from Wake. I want more of The Gallagher Girls (Ally Carter), The Blue Bloods (Melissa de la Cruz), and Maggie Quinn (Rosemary Clement-Moore). I need to know what will become of Peeta and Katniss (Suzanne Collins) and Damen and Ever(Alyson Noel). Some of these favorites are done forever, but some have more to tell, it’s just a matter of waiting for the next book. I am pleased to report that I finally found a new series: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I started the first book this weekend and I can’t put it down! I am totally rooting for Alex and Brittany, but I am afraid something bad is going to happen to Alex. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for anyone!  *Sigh* I’m hooked!

My pile o’books for the week:
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The Dark Days of Hamburger Haplin by Josh Berk

And in my car:
Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer

That’s all for now. Happy Reading

˜Megan