Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dive into Podcasts

“A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.” 

So begins the first episode of the increasingly popular Welcome to Night Vale, where we get a glimpse into a community where all conspiracy theories are real, librarians are monstrous creatures that “SHOULD NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE APPROACHED,” and angels (which are all named Erika and do not exist) communicate through Old Woman Josie. We are listening in to the public radio show of the little town, headed by Cecil Palmer, our constant companion through all the trying times that you can imagine would occur in such a place.  Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast by Commonplace Books that updates twice a month.

Some of you might be wondering what a podcast is. (I imagine most of you are wondering about that surrealist nonsense in the previous paragraph, but I’m hoping at least one of you focused on the “podcast” part and not the “Erika” part, because this is my segue anyway).

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Looking for a Good Book?

Something to take your mind off of looming finals? (I am not condoning procrastination, but every one needs a study break right!)

We had a friendly competition here at the library, over the last few months, to see which group could read the most teen fiction books between February 1st and April 30th. I read a ton of great books, and it was fun to compete in a friendly manner (my group won!!) So if you love to read or even are a bit of a reluctant reader and want to have some motivation, why not challenge your friends to a book war! Below are some of my favorites that I read recently and loved.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kaga

After Allison is forced to flee the city, she joins a band of humans who are seeking a legend — a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the creatures threatening humans and vampires alike. (Vampires and Zombie-like creatures?!)

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Fictional Food: Recipes Inspired by Your Favorite Teen Fiction

My bookish friends, how often have you fantasized about wandering through Hogsmeade, slipping into the Three Broomsticks, and ordering yourself an excellent foaming hot tankard of Butterbeer? Or perhaps the tempting sweets of the White Witch from Chronicles of Narnia are more to your liking? Will it be Turkish Delight? Alice’s Looking-Glass Cake? Or Dauntless chocolate cake?

Some books are meant to be savored—some books devoured. Some, moreover, simply whet our appetites for food that we can never taste.
Or can we? Whether you’re culinary, literary, or both, I invite you to test out some of these fun cookbook compilations available in the library’s collection. Cook something right out of the pages of your favorite book! Be sure to check out some of these fun cookbooks.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory—More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike by Dinah Bucholz

Offers many a tempting treat for wizard or muggle (though those looking for butterbeer will be sorely disappointed). Explore Diagon Alley delights, treats from the train, Great Hall favorites, holiday fare and much more!

 FEATURED RECIPE:Hagrid’s Rock Cakes

hagrid-cakes

 Hagrid’s rock cakes, which are mentioned no less than three times in the Harry Potter books, are a standard with tea and hard as a rock if made authentically (to make a more palatable version don’t over bake and leave them out for several days like Hagrid probably did).

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Teen Choice Book Awards – Vote Today!

This summer the Louisville Free Public Library will host its first-ever Teen Choice Book Awards. Vote for your favorites in each category, and then attend the Teen After-Hours party on July 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. when the winners will be unveiled. Vote as often as you like and tell your friends!

Map Your Ideas

I found this great new tool (toy) that lets me gather little “pearls” from all over the web.  The pearls can be text, websites, music videos, social network pages, etc. If I’m exploring a topic, I can organize these pearls into a visual map called a pearltree.  One of the great things about these trees is that they are adjustable.  That means I can reorganize whenever and however I like.

My first pearltree begins with the novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  It’s madly popular, has been made into a soon to be released movie, and has been a muse for many artists, activists and fans.  This novel is on a list of Bildungsroman novels I am compiling, so creating the pearl tree was both fun and functional.

I also started a Reader Advisory Pearltree.  I’m looking forward to being able to add YouTube book reviews and trailers.

One feature I still have to figure out is “partnering” with others.  Apparently you can partner with other people who have pearltrees with the same or similar topic.

-Angel, Children and Youth Services, Bon Air Branch