Crazy Readerz

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Erin, Golden Library

Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from a brutal arranged marriage to the convent of St. Mortain, where the nuns still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. Ismae’s latest assignment takes her straight into the high court of 15th century Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of conspiracy and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

This book had everything: a strong heroine, a dashing hero, suspense, romance and intrigue. Ismae is a really engaging character who faces some tough choices. Will she follow her heart or her orders? If you like this one, check out the second in the series Dark Triumph.  

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Jessie, Columbine Library

Vampire Academy, the story of vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose, is finally going to make it to the big screen. The first book in the series starts two years after a horrible incident made Rose and Lissa run away. Now they have been found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic and the other on physical training, and all students work to retain some part of their humanity despite their bloodsucking nature.

The movie features Zoey Deutch (who was in Beautiful Creatures) as Rose and Lucy Fry as Lissa, and also stars Sarah Hyland from Modern Family as their friend Natalie. It's scheduled to come out on February 14, 2014. Happy Valentine's Day to us all!

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Jessie, Columbine Library

Looking for something new to read? Of course you are! Try one of these ghost books:

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff: Hannah and her best friend Lillian (recently deceased) team up to investigate a series of gruesome murders.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: It's 1918 and San Fransisco is riddled with death, thanks to deadly influenza and World War I. Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and must consider if ghosts are real when her first love returns.

The Haunting of Apartment 101 by Megan Atwood: This is the first in The Paranormalists series. Jinx and Jackson have worked hard to start their ghost hunting business. The next step is, of course, finding some business. When a popular classmate asks them to investigate a haunting at her father's apartment, Jackson convinces Jinx to investigate, despite her skepticism. 

Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer: Tansy just moved for the millionth time, this time into her grandfather's old house. Everything is different here, including her passion for photography. When she looks through her camera lens, she sees people that aren't really there.

The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki: Neil and his sister Bree, along with their new friends Wesley and Eric, set out to explore Greylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital which is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Nurse Janet.

 

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Looking for something to do this week?  Join us at the library for a free event:
Henna Tattoos
Use the ancient Indian art of henna to create a temporary tattoo.  All supplies will be provided.
Standley Lake Library – Saturday, June 15th 2-3:30
Ghost Hunting 101
Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society will introduce you to ghost hunting and the science and equipment used to detect ghosts and paranormal activity.
Columbine - Sunday, June 16th 2-3
Belmar Library - Tuesday, June 18th 6:30-7:30
Lakewood Library - Wednesday, June 19th 6:30-7:30
Movie Monday
Movie and an activity.  Wonder what we will be showing?  Check the teen facebook page for clues.
Belmar Library - Monday, June 17th 1-3:30

Backyard Bones
Be prepared when you find a dinosaur in your yard. Learn how to preserve bones with Dinosaur Ridge.
Standley Lake Library - Monday, June 17th 3-4
Conifer Library - Thursday, June 20th 3-4
Below the Surface - Body Art
Local tattoo artist, Samuel Clark of Tempest Custom Tattooing, explores the cultural significance, history and science of this ancient art form. Afterwards, design your own temporary tattoo!
Evergreen Library - Tuesday, June 18th 2-3

Teen Time - Mini Catapults
Create a catapult and compete in the Marshmallow Wars!
Golden Library - Friday, June 21st 3-4

Teen Writers' Group
A creative writing group that gives students the opportunity to think outside the box, and to have their work critiqued in a friendly, open-minded environment." Presented by Shelby Yaffe.
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, June 22nd 11-12:30
- See more on the teen blog

And that’s just this week! Check the program flier for all events and locations.

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Pam, Standley Lake Library


By Ji-Elle

Have you ever wanted to get a tattoo?  Now is your opportunity to get a temporary tattoo with henna!  Create your own design and then temporarily tattoo it with Henna.  Henna is a dye created with the crushed leaves of the Henna bush. 

Standley Lake Library
Saturday, June 15th
2:00-3:30 P.M.

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Briana, Evergreen Library

Orleans starts with an intriguing question: what if Hurricane Katrina was only the beginning?

In this futuristic sci-fi story, the 2005 storm is followed by a series of increasingly devastating hurricanes. Living conditions become horrific for those who choose to stay on the Gulf Coast, and by 2025 the outbreak of a deadly plague called Delta Fever prompts the U.S. government to quarantine the entire region. Fast forward a few more decades, and the survivors in Orleans live in tribes according to blood type - a characteristic more important than any other, as blood type dictates one's susceptibility to Delta Fever.

When 15 year-old Fen's tribal leader, Lydia, dies just after giving birth, Fen commits herself to honoring Lydia's wish that her child make it to the Outer States - the place beyond the wall that separates Orleans from the U.S. Along the way she meets Daniel, a young scientist who illegally crossed the wall and believes he can find a cure to Delta Fever.

Orleans is told through alternating viewpoints, and though Fen's native dialect is tricky at first, it does not detract from the power of the story. This is a fast-paced adventure with compelling themes - climate change, racism, and human survival.

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Chandra, Belmar Library

Happy anniversary to Nemo, Dory and the whole Finding Nemo crew! It's been ten years since the movie debuted in theaters in June 2003. To celebrate, here are some interesting tidbits about the movie.

"Nemo first appeared as a stuffed toy on a couch in Boo's room in Monsters, Inc.. This movie introduces the main characters of post-2003 Pixar films. A boy in the dentist's office is reading a "Mr. Incredible" comic book, anticipating The Incredibles. Luigi the car is driving by the dentist's office, anticipating Cars." -- imdb.com

"Rendering a frame which lasted about 1/24th of a second in the film could take up to four days because of the complexity of the underwater environment with sunlight coming through the water and hitting fish scales." -- imdb.com

"Pixar developed a very realistic look of the surface water, but had to make it look more fake so people wouldn't think it was real footage of the ocean surface. " -- imdb.com

"This is the first time real blood was seen in a Pixar movie." -- pixar.wikia.com

Fascinating stuff, eh?

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Looking for something to do this week?  Join us at the library for a free event:

Below the Surface - Body Art
Local tattoo artist, Samuel Clark of Tempest Custom Tattooing, explores the cultural significance, history and science of this ancient art form. Afterwards, design your own temporary tattoo!
Columbine Library - Monday, June 10th 2:30-3:30

Backyard Bones
Be prepared when you find a dinosaur in your yard. Learn how to preserve bones with Dinosaur Ridge. Come dressed to get messy.
Edgewater Library - Tuesday, June 11th 2-3
Belmary Library - Wednesday, June 12th 4-5
Wheat Ridge Library - Thursday, June 13th 4-5

Ghost Hunting 101
Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society will introduce you to ghost hunting and the science and equipment used to detect ghosts and paranormal activity.
Arvada Library - Tuesday, June 11th 6-7
Conifer Library - Saturday, June 15th 2-3

Teen Time: Friday Night at the Library
Join us on the second Friday of each month for an evening of activities just for teens! Watch a movie, play board games, create a craft - or just hang out with friends on a night when the library is all yours! Snacks will be provided.

Read it / See it
Read the book - watch the movie
Arvada Library - Saturday, June 15th 1-3

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Arra, Lakewood Library
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Briana, Evergreen Library

Every spring, we at the Evergreen reference desk get scores of questions about daily life in Shakespearean England. What did ordinary people wear? How did life in the country differ from life in the city? What holidays did people celebrate? Nerd Alert: I love these questions. They give me an opportunity to use one of my favorite databases, Daily Life Through History.

Daily Life Through History covers thousands of years of history in virtually every corner of the world, from the Australian Aborigines of 10,000 years ago to 1943’s Zoot Suit Riots. It includes articles on eras and analysis of historical events and culture. Within each era are articles about families, entertainment, literature, and other aspects of domestic life. You can browse topics or search for specific information. Plus, there are photos, maps, and videos, too. Next time you have a daunting project for history or English, ask your friendly librarian about Daily Life Through History.

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