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Amy, Edgewater Library

"Half my life ago, I killed a girl." This true story begins with Darin in high school, and the car accident that changed his life forever.  He feels so much guilt, even though he is cleared of being at fault as the driver. Celine's mother tells him that he must live for two now, which puts an even heavier burden on him. "My accident was the deepest part of my life and the second deepest was hiding it...By now the camouflage had become my skin." Darin has a terrible time in his young adult years getting close to anyone.

I felt as if he was in the same room telling me his story; I read it in one sitting.

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Tana, Arvada Library

Pacific Rim, written by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham and directed by del Toro, is a fast, flashy, beautiful sendup of two fun Manga/Anime genres, Kaiju and Mecha. Kaiju, Japanese for 'strange creature', is usually translated in English to being "monster" or "giant monster"... as in Godzilla, Rodan or Mothra.  Mecha, on the other hand, is all about Robots and other mechanical objects.  Cyborgs, cars, toasters and those giant Voltron type 'suits,' all count as Mecha in this popular Japanese genre.  Pacific Rim lovingly combines the genres, in the hope that you too, will come to love humongous monsters and ginormous robots!
Here are some examples of Mecha and Kaiju in our collection:

               

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Arra, Lakewood Library

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

Teen Writer's 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, July 27th 11-1

Read It / See It
Go Beneath the Surface to uncover deep, dark secrets in this month's feature based on the book, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Tweens and Teens Welcome!
Arvada Library - Saturday, July 27 1-3

Summer Reading Club Celebration Day
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading club with activities in the library.  Pick up your free book and other prizes if you have not already claimed them for finishing Bingos!
Arvada Library - Saturday, July 27th 10-5
Columbine Library - Tuesday, July 30th 12-8
Belmar Library - Wednesday, July 31st 12-8
Lakewood Library - Wednesday, July 31st 12-8
Wheat Ridge Library - Wednesday, July 31st 12-8
Conifer Library - Thursday, August 1st 2:30-5:30
Golden Library - Thursday, August 1st 10-6
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, August 3rd 10-5
Edgewater Library - Tuesday, August 6th 10-5:30

Movie Monday
Movie and an activity at 1 pm. Movies may be G, PG, or PG-13. For those going into grades 5-12 in the fall. Wondering what movie we'll be showing? Here are some clues: 1. Think of the biggest teen book in the last two years. Yeah, it's that one. 2. "May the odds be ever in your favor." 3. The title's something like The Opposite of Full Sports. Still not sure? Call 303-235-5275.
Belmar Library - Monday, July 29 1-3:30

Teen Time: Henna Tattoos
Design and draw your own semi-permanent tattoos with henna.
Golden Library - Tuesday, July 30 3-4

Teen Time: Book Safes
BOOK SAFES! Create a hidey-hole for your most precious precious out of a book! We will carve books using EXACTO BLADES, so come prepared to (DEFINITELY NOT) bleed! Tweens and Teens Welcome! All materials provided.
Arvada Library - Tuesday, July 30 4:30-5:30

Teen Time: Zombie Felties
Make a zombie out of felt so the undead can hang out with you. For those in grades five through twelve. All materials are provided unless otherwise noted.
Belmar Library - Wednesday July 31 4:30-5:30

Games Night!!
Did you finish two bingos?  If so you are automatically entered into a drawing for Games Night.  This is an after-hours party at the library with games (of course) pizza and soda.  Watch for an email the first week of August for an invitation.
All Locations – August 9th 5:30-8

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Tana, Arvada Library

In this crazy, intense fire-breathing heat, a little white water rafting sounds like it might be just the thing to cool you down, right?  But not if there's a crocodile!  And not if the entire river is made of chalk!  Check out these FANTASTIC chalk creations by artist Julian Beever

Pavement Chalk Artist: the Three Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever  741.092 BEEVER

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Tana, Arvada Library

Alice fell down a Rabbit Hole and landed in another world, far Beneath the Surface of the reality we all know. Published in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll, it has enjoyed numerous renditions, from the Disney version in 1951 to the Tim Burton 2010 variation.  Here are some recent books which play with the Wonderland story to create a whole new adventure!

Splintered: a novel by A.G. Howard - Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her  delusions for now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-great grandmother Alice Lidel told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams inspiring his classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But perhaps she's not mad. And perhaps Carroll's stories aren't as whimsical as they first seem.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - When her entire existence is shattered in the blink of an eye, Ali is forced to partner with secretive bad boy Cole Holland to avenge the deaths of her loved ones by returning an undead army to their graves.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor - When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.  Follow-up books in this series are: Seeing Redd and Archenemy. 

 

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Jessie, Columbine Library

The outside world is full of dangerous hybrids: two souls in one body. Everyone starts out this way, but it can become very unstable as the two souls age and begin to disagree. Luckily, the citizens of America have worked hard to keep the population pure. In America, one soul eventually becomes dominant until the other fades away completely. And if a hybrid never settles? The government takes care of those unfortunate cases. 

Eva and Addie are two souls living in one body well beyond the standard age of settling. Addie is the dominant soul, the one that controls the body and does the talking, but Eva is always there in the backgroud. They pretend they are settled because it's far too risky to let on that Eva is still there. But when someone from school offers Eva a chance to grow stronger and eventually speak and move for herself, Addie and Eva have to make a very difficult and potentially deadly decision.

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang is a great story of an alternate universe that feels like it could be real.

 

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

Did you know that you can check out DVD's of some of your favorite manga titles? The library buys several animated Japanese television programs such as Death Note, Bleach, Claymore, Gray-man and Strike Witches to name just a few of them.  Search the catalog for animated japanese television programs to find them all.

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Arra, Lakewood Library

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

Underground Gastronomy
Use the power of science to create tasty treats with the Inventing Room.  Space is limited to 30, so please arrive early.
Golden Library - Saturday, July 20 1-2
Edgewater Library - Tuesday, July 23rd 12-1
Evergreen Library - Tuesday, July 23rd 2-3

Ninja Spy Bootcamp
Practice your ninja-spy skills and pick up some new ones. Learn how to make ninja stars, create a disguise, test your sneaking power, and solve a horrifying crime! You are encouraged to come in costume if you want!
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, July 20 2-3:30

Movie Monday
Movie and an activity at 1 pm. Movies may be G, PG, or PG-13. For those going into grades 5-12 in the fall. Wondering what movie we'll be showing? Here are some clues: 1. The title is something like Really Pretty Animals. 2. Based on a book whose description goes like this: "In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday." 3. The book series was written by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl. Still not sure? Call 303-235-5275.
Belmar Library - Monday, July 22 1-3:30

Teen Time - Chia Pets
Make your own chia pet and watch it grow.
Columbine Library - Monday, July 22 2:30-3:30

Steampunk Wrist Cuff
Create a wrist cuff with steam punk gears and other accessories. All supplies will be provided.
Arvada Library - Tuesday, July 23rd 2-3
Columbine Library - Wednesday, July 24th 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 temp tattoo!
Lakewood Library - Thursday, July 25th 2-3
Golden Library - Friday, July 26th 2-3

Teen Writer's 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, July 27th 11-1

Read It / See It
Go Beneath the Surface to uncover deep, dark secrets in this month's feature based on the book, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Tweens and Teens Welcome!
Arvada Library - Saturday, July 27 1-3

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

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Chandra, Belmar Library

According to a study by a robot expert (how awesome a job title would that be?!), the expressions on Lego minifigs have gotten angier and sadder. Check out an article about the study here

According to a guy who works for Lego, the angrier figures are in response to children's desire to act out conflicts. What do you think: are these toys just better designed for children's play or is there a darker psychological issue at play?

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Arra, Lakewood Library

This is the month we celebrate American independence from Britain.  Here are a few fascinating facts from the database U.S. History in Context:

  • Before the revolution there were 13 colonies and after there were 14 states with the inclusion of Vermont.
  • "Taxation without representation is tyranny" is a phrase attributed to Boston lawyer James Otis.
  • The "Boston Massacre" began with a snowball fight.
  • Congress voted independence on July 2 and accepted the final draft on July 4, 1776.  It was not fully signed until August.
  • Technically, the amendments of the Constitution were passed illegally as Rhode Island did not send delegates to the general convention to "propose amendments" to the Articles of Confederation.

Happy Independence Day!

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