Manga or graphic novels–which do you like best, and why? What’s your favorite title?
You just don’t know what to do right now, and you have a few minutes to kill? Help somebody out! Here’s some great citizen-science and crowdsourcing projects that you don’t want to miss.
Can you read? Can you type what you read? Help the University of Louisville digitize and make machine-readable and searchable its Louisville Leader articles. Read the instructions, and transcribe articles for U of L so that people can use a database to search the contents. You can help make this historic community newspaper accessible to historians and everyone! This project includes everything from wedding announcements to sports reporting. I saw an article just the other day about a Central High School basketball game.
This is a platform for helping scientists crowdsource citizen participation in research. Everything from counting birds to sorting drawings to looking for space dust. One-stop shopping for a huge array of citizen-science initiatives.
The New York Public Library wants to make a digital time machine out of their maps. You can help them by playing a series of games that input data while exploring old maps of New York City. Protip: there were drug stores across from drug stores, in the 1850s. I can only conclude everybody was sick literally all the time.
These projects are more than just fun–they make resources available to researchers and the public and help advance our knowledge in history and science!
– Katherine, Young Adult Services, Highlands-Shelby Park Branch
Many publishers of modern young adult fiction understand that kids are very visually driven. So to market their books to the “teen” population, some have begun creating “Movie trailers” of their books. You get to jump into the story visually and decide if you want to give the book a try. Here are some of my favorites:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
If you like comics and love a great story full of action and girl power, you can’t go wrong with these three new graphic novels.
Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Princess Adrienne gets tired of waiting for a prince to rescue her and takes matters into her own hands. She escapes from her tower with the help of Sparky the dragon, and she sets off on an adventure to rescue her sisters.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Astrid signs up for roller derby camp even though her best friend wants to go to dance camp. She works hard to master her skates while she makes new friends and finds a place on the roller derby team.
Ms Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Start here to watch Kamala Khan morph from ordinary Muslim girl to extraordinary superhero while remaining true to herself. Two more issues are coming soon!
What are you reading this summer? We love to see your recommendations!
-Susan, Teen Services, Iroquois Branch
Imagine the guy or girl you’ve been in love with since childhood shows up a month before your high school graduation in your bedroom window with black face paint in the middle of the night. They want you to go on a revenge drive with them. Would you do it?
Quentin “Q” Jacobsen finds himself in this exact position when Margo Roth Spiegelman recruits him to be her accomplice on an epic night of pranking. Margo has devised a revenge mission on all of the people she feels have hurt her throughout high school. There are eleven parts to the plot, and Margo needs someone (and more importantly, a car) to help her complete her plan. However, the next day Margo disappears. She leaves a trail of mysterious clues for Q and he sets out on hilarious and exhilarating road trip with his friends to find her.
The movie is coming to theaters on July 24th. Be sure to read the book before you see the movie, so you can see what changes from the book to the movie. Stop by any library location afterward and let one of our teen or children’s librarians know what YOU think of the changes. We love talking about books!
-Heather, Children and Teen Services, St. Matthews Branch
Did you know that many of this summer’s blockbuster movies are based on books and comics? The theater isn’t the only place to go to find an epic adventure over the summer. The Louisville Free Public Library has comic books about The Avengers and the characters’ individual stories. We also have copies of Pitch Perfect, Jurassic Park, Terminator series books, John Green’s Paper Towns, and Fantastic Four comics.
Remember that in order to make a book into a movie the story and the characters are often changed so that it fits into a small time frame. This means that you are missing part of the story or a great character that you didn’t even know existed. Don’t miss out by only going to see the movie! Take the time to explore the book either before or after and see all the differences. For example, there are hundreds of Avengers comics with dozens of storylines that make it impossible to capture everything that happens to the characters on film.
While you’re checking out our selection of summer blockbuster books, don’t forget to join our Teen Summer Reading program. Starting on June 1st, go to any of our eighteen branch locations and pick up your folder to win great prizes. Just for reading six books and completing one activity, you will receive a backpack, coupon sheet to lots of local attractions, and U of L tickets. You will even be entered for a chance to win a tablet!
Visit your local branch of the Louisville Free Public Library this summer for awesome books and prizes.
So, I was chilling at the Newburg Library one bright and sunny day, and something shiny caught my eye. I was looking at all the new books flooding the library after generous donations were made for us to receive tons of replacement books like The Giver, Holes, Mockingjay and Begging for Change. I couldn’t help but to look toward the glimmer again.
Before I knew it, I was gazing at a popular Carolyn Mackler book that was covered in metallic silver, and the title read…The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. Some of you who have read this book may recognize the older cover(s), but I came across this reflective beauty and loved the inside of it even more!
The story is centered on Virginia Shreves, and she is someone I can most definitely relate to growing up in the family that I did. Sometimes being the biggest one in the family photos can mess with a girl’s self-image, but Ginny doesn’t allow any of that to interfere with her getting what she wants–even after the unthinkable happens.
To read this and many more returning faves; or to fall in love with other classics altogether? Check out your local branch now!
-Renesha, Youth Services, Newburg Branch
Are you stressed about the ACT? Upcoming finals in a little over a month? When I was a teen, I had mini-panic moments where I thought that if I did poorly on a test, I would fail school, not get into college, never get a job, etc….
You will be fine! Tests are important and can be stressful, but your life will not be ruined if you have a bad test day. Just take a deep breath, and read the following book! It will make you feel better about your school experience.
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Need something new to read? Tired of all the fiction dystopias, teen romance and teen fiction that involves a beloved character dying and you end up a blubbering, hysterical mess at the end of the book? How about trying some fun nonfiction?
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel – need a book to cheer you up? This is the one. Nothing but awesome, adorable pictures of dogs underwater. Really, it’s fantastic. Pure joy in a book.
Winter weather keeping you hibernating indoors waiting for spring? Fight cabin fever while you’re trying to stay toasty by forming your own book club. Book clubs are a great way to try out something new with your friends and share ideas. The Louisville Free Public Library has many Book Discussion Kits to choose from with a wide range of authors, genres, and topics. These kits have a longer check out time, so your group has plenty of time to read the book. The kits also come with discussion questions to help guide you. You can turn your book discussion into a party with a theme using decorations, costumes, and foods that reflect the story. The best part about book clubs is that you can express any opinion you would like to about a book.
There are many resources to help you find books for your club to read. Besides browsing the library’s catalog to see what book kits we carry, you can also turn to bestseller lists to see what’s currently popular or has been recently popular. The website Goodreads is an excellent source for book ideas. Many readers create lists of books on the site that you can search for by keywords, and they are often quite reliable. Goodreads is also a superb way to keep track of the books you’ve read and the ones you want to read.
An example of one of the book discussion kits the library carries for teens is Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. This book is written as journal entries from the point of view of Miranda, a sixteen year old who is struggling to survive after a meteor strikes the moon. This event causes worldwide disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and severe climate changes. How will she survive in a world with such an uncertain future? Have your book club read the book to find out.