Natrona County Public Library http://www.natronacountylibrary.org Advocating for literacy, education, and a thriving community. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:14:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Whatcha-Readin-Wednesday: I Knead My Mommy and other poems by kittens by Francesco Marciuliano http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/whatcha-readin-wednesday-i-knead-my-mommy-and-other-poems-by-kittens-by-francesco-marciuliano/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/whatcha-readin-wednesday-i-knead-my-mommy-and-other-poems-by-kittens-by-francesco-marciuliano/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=15035 I Knead My Mommy: And Other Poems by KittensIf you like cats, have ever or currently own one or a dozen, this book is for you. These cute poems, written from the kitten’s point of view, provide a humorous look at the crazy, cute, and annoying things kittens and full grown cats do and why we can’t live without them.

Why I picked it up: I had read the author’s other two books, I Could Chew On This (cats) and I Could Pee on This (dogs), and really liked them.

Why I finished it: It was cute and short.

I’d give it to: pet lovers. Students and teachers looking for inspiration, especially during units on point-of-view and poetry.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars ( I liked it!)

Want to read it? Click here to place the book on hold!

Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)

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Whatcha-Readin’ Wednesday: 365 Days of Wonder by R.J. Palacio http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/whatcha-readin-wednesday-365-days-of-wonder-by-r-j-palacio/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/whatcha-readin-wednesday-365-days-of-wonder-by-r-j-palacio/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:06 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14826 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts

If you have read the book Wonder, you should remember Mr Browne, Auggie’s 5th grade teacher. Mr Browne shared precepts with his class. Simply put, precepts are “words to live by”. I think we all need a guide or pick me up every once in a while and that is why I love this companion volume. You could easily read it in one sitting or read it every day.

The precepts that author RJ Palacio chose to include in the book are a great mixture of classic thought, new & trendy stuff, and as well as precepts that readers sent to her!

Why I picked up the book: I loved Wonder so of course I had to get this.  (Click here to read my review of Wonder.)

Why I finished the book: The precepts are great, and would be wonderful to share in a class or work environment (as a good example of what the class could do!). Between each month, “Mr Browne”, Auggie’s 5th grade teacher, has a little essay that gives readers background into why he used precepts and updates on some of the characters. I found myself reading a lot of the precepts out loud to my husband. I will probably keep the book close and read on a regular basis.

I’d give it to: Fans of the original book will enjoy it.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (Really liked it!)

Want to read it? Click here to place the book on hold!

Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)

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Why One Book? http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/why-one-book/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/why-one-book/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:24 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14785 One Community One Book Middle SchoolOne Community One Book: Middle School

(This article was originally printed in the September 3, 2104 issue of the Casper Journal.)

When did you first fall in love with reading? Was it at a library story time or classroom read aloud? Sitting in a parent’s lap listening to a favorite tale? Or maybe when someone gave you a book to call your very own — a book you could read for fun and enjoy at your own leisurely pace?

Many teens first fall in love with reading when someone gives them a great book that is fun to read and aligned with their interests.

That’s precisely what happens during One Community One Book events cosponsored by your Natrona County Public Library and the Natrona County School District’s secondary librarians.

Our goal is simple: Encouraging teenagers to read for the fun of it by creating a community of readers. This fall marks our fourth OCOB event and focuses on middle school students.

Free copies of the book “Legend” by Marie Lu will be given out starting the first day of school, September 2. Students can pick up their copy in the NCPL Teen Zone and at all local middle schools for as long as supplies last.

Told from two perspectives, Legend will entice fans of the dystopian thrillers The Hunger Games and Legend, by Marie LuDivergent.

Readers will meet June, a girl prodigy training to be a military leader, and Day, a teenage mastermind who is the government’s most wanted criminal. When June’s brother is killed, she goes undercover to find his murderer. But the boy she finds is not what she was expecting. Will she turn him in or help him escape?

Students are encouraged to read the book and then pass it along to a friend. They will have several opportunities to participate in book discussions and other book-related events throughout the fall semester.

If you have a child or grandchild in middle school, we encourage you to make OCOB a family affair. Ask your student if they picked up a copy of the book. Read it with them, check out the audio book or ask them to tell you about the story. If they enjoy reading “Legend,” encourage them to check out the other two books in the series: “Prodigy” and “Champion.”

You may also want to take a peek at one of our previous OCOB selections: The Maze Runner by James Dashner; Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans, and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Your library has multiple copies of each title available for checkout, as well as lists of similar books students can use to continue their reading journey

OCOB has been wildly successful in Natrona County since the first event kicked off in spring 2012. Between 1,200 and 2,000 copies of each of the featured books have found homes with students, staff and library users; some with new readers who previously would not have considered reading their hobby of choice.

To learn more about OCOB and other events designed to engage teens in reading, call 577-READ extension 101, stop by the Teen Zone at the main library in downtown Casper or go to www.natronacountylibrary.org/teens.

You can join the conversation on Facebook and twitter, using #ocobms.

9-2-14-OCOBMS

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Whatcha-Readin’ Wednesday: How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/whatcha-readin-wednesday-how-they-croaked-by-georgia-bragg/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/whatcha-readin-wednesday-how-they-croaked-by-georgia-bragg/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14848 How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully FamousHave you ever read an obituary and wondered how or why that person died? Or even if something could have prevented their untimely death?

Many famous people throughout history would have lived far longer if they had only been privy to the marvels of modern medicine. How They Croaked introduces you to nineteen men and women from history and provides details on their often horrible and nowadays preventable demise.

For instance, did you know that….

  • George Washington, our first President and an esteemed man, died a horribly excruciating death. He had an infection in his mouth and the “doctors” tried many experiments to try and “ease” his pain. During that time period, they believed in bloodletting, draining the body of “bad blood”. Doctors drained over 80 ounces (an adult male only has 192 ounces) and so he wasn’t getting any oxygen-rich blood to his heart and lungs. Then they covered him in “remedies” that dehydrated and poisoned him. Had it been invented, all he would have needed to recover would have been a dose of antibiotics! (and a doctor with clean hands!)
  • President James Garfield didn’t die directly from his assassin’s bullet but rather from a horrible infection caused by the ten doctors who stuck their dirty hands into his body trying unsuccessfully to find the bullet?
  • When the Secret Service was first developed, it was to protect the Treasury ($$) not the presidents. Three of the four US Presidents who have been assassinated (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley) did NOT have bodyguards. Robert Lincoln (Abe’s son) coincidentally happened to be with each of those three men at the time of their assassinations.
  • Galileo lived twice as long as most other adults of his time. He died at age 77 of lead poisoning. During his lifetime, water wasn’t safe to drink so he drank wine. Lead was added to the wine for flavoring and it was also cured in containers lined in lead. His middle finger is on display at the Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy.
  • Almost everyone in Edgar Allan’s Poe’s life (mom, siblings, wife, foster mom) died of tuberculosis. No wonder his writing was full of such gloom and despair. He may have died of rabies.
  • Madame Tussaud had time to sculpt Marie Antoinette’s decapitated head out of wax, as it lay in the grass next to her body, waiting for the gravediggers to return from lunch.

 

Why I picked up the book: Who doesn’t love this cover? I had read small sections to “sell” the book to students but hadn’t ever sat down and read the whole thing.

Why I finished it: The book has something for everyone. It is funny, gross, and creepy. It is perfect for read-alouds with kids/classes as each person’s section is only a half dozen pages. !” I’m very interested to pick up the author’s next book How They Choked: failures, flops, and flaws of the awfully famous.

I’d give the book to: Because it is a quick read with illustrations, short chapters, and a carefully selected facts section, it is perfect for boys of any age and reluctant readers. The introduction says it best, though. “If you don’t have the guts for gore, don’t read this book.” It could be paired with John Fleischman’s Phineas Gage or for older audiences, Mary Roach’s Stiff: the curious lives of curious lives of human cadavers.

If you prefer to listen to the audio version, I had a mom tell me that her tween boys loved it!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (I really liked it!)

Want to read it? Click here to place the book on hold!

Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)

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Music Monday: Dan+Shay http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/music-monday-danshay/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/music-monday-danshay/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14828 I love music and have as long as I can remember. I don’t play any instruments, other than the very infrequent and awful right-handed picking at the piano keys, but I’m a huge fan of watching and listening to other’s musical abilities.

My iPod is jam packed full of my favorite tunes.  I listen to a variety of musical genres and love building playlists of my favorites and new songs to try.  I’m one of those annoying people who can joyfully listen to the same song on repeat for hours, and then sing it to myself for the rest of the day.

One of my favorite duties as teen librarian is purchasing music for the library’s collection, which includes rock-n-roll, pop, country, rap, soundtracks, and more and is always growing.

**Did you know you can request items, including music, to be added to the library’s collection? Just complete this form online or stop by one of the service desks in the building. If you are the first to request an item, you will be the first to check it out or your name will be added to the waitlist.**

When I came first heard Dan+Shay’s song “19 You+Me“, I mistakenly thought they were Rascal Flatts, my favorite band. I checked out their album Where It All Began and love it! A few of my favorite songs include “19″, “First time feeling”, “Nothin’ like you”, and “I heard goodbye”.

If you like Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes, or Keith Urban, make sure you check out Dan+Shay.  They were recently nominated for CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year award, so if you haven’t heard of them yet, you sure will. Check out their website: http://www.danandshay.com

Want to listen? Click here to place the CD on hold!

Review by Jenn, YA Librarian

 

 

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One Community One Book: Middle School http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/one-community-one-book-middle-school/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/one-community-one-book-middle-school/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14765 One Community One Book Middle SchoolOne Community One Book: Middle School starts TODAY! (September 2). Stop by the Teen Zone desk or your middle school library to pick up a free copy of the book Legend by Marie Lu, while supplies last.

If you prefer reading on electronic devices, eBooks are available to check out from NCPL’s Virtual Library.

Told from two perspectives, Legend will entice fans of the dystopian thrillers The Hunger Games and Legend, by Marie LuDivergent.

Readers will meet June, a girl prodigy training to be a military leader, and Day, a teenage mastermind who is the government’s most wanted criminal. When June’s brother is killed, she goes undercover to find his murderer. But the boy she finds is not what she was expecting. Will she turn him in or help him escape?

You may also want to take a peek at one of our previous OCOB selections: The Maze Runner by James Dashner; Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans, and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Your library has multiple copies of each title available for checkout, as well as lists of similar books students can use to continue their reading journey.

To learn more about OCOB and other events designed to engage teens in reading, call 577-READ extension 101, stop by the Teen Zone at the main library in downtown Casper, or visit www.natronacountylibrary.org/teens.

You can join the conversation on Facebook and twitter, using #ocobms.

 

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Testing Flickr http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/testing-flickr/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/testing-flickr/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:38:40 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14711

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Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/giver-lois-lowry/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/giver-lois-lowry/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14681 The Giver (The Giver #1) Have you ever wished you lived in a different world? A world in which there was no war, no economic problems, no global warming? No rich, no poor, no one dying of hunger? A world where families were simple and complete with a dad, a mom and two children, a boy and a girl?

Welcome to Jonas’s community. It has no apparent problems or struggles and you never have to worry about what comes next because it is all planned out for you. Every year from age one to age twelve, there is a ceremony. The whole community gathers together to celebrate the yearly milestones that bring you ever closer to being an adult and a productive member of society. This year Jonas will be a part of the Ceremony of the Twelves, and will be receiving his assignment. The Committee of Elders has observed every child during recreation and volunteer hours and has decided on the assignment, or job, each child is best suited for. Jonas is worried because while he has volunteered in many places, he hasn’t displayed an aptitude for anything in particular.

During the Ceremony, each child is called up to the stage to receive their assignment from the Chief Elder. Jonas realizes that something is wrong when his number is skipped and not called. The reason for Jonas’ singling out isn’t revealed until the end of the Ceremony. You see, Jonas has been selected for a special job, the most honored in the community. He will be the Receiver of Memory.

Jonas is being trained to replace the current occupant of the job, the man who is now The Giver. Being the Receiver is a lonely, often painful duty, one that may convince you that your wish for perfection isn’t worth what must be left behind in order to achieve it.

Why I picked up the book: I’ve read it before and really enjoyed it. At some point, I want to read the other three in the series. Both my book clubs were interested in reading it, many of them for the first time, since the movie is being released this month. I know some students read it in 4th/5th grade and I’m looking forward to my older teens talking about their reflections and bringing some experiences to their thoughts.

Why I finished it: I wanted to know why the previous “Receiver-of-Memory” didn’t work out and if Jonas would.

I’d give it to: Readers who like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner so they can get a glimpse of some classic YA, and probably one of the first real dystopian fiction for juveniles. A great read for those who want to see the movie or those who already have and want to make comparisons. 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Want to read it? Click here to place the book on hold!

Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)

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Book Review: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/the-last-lecture-by-randy-pausch/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/the-last-lecture-by-randy-pausch/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14556 Each year at a series known as The Last Lecture, a Carnegie Mellon University faculty member is asked to deliver what would hypothetically be a final speech to their students before dying. It is a wonderful tradition in which both speaker and listeners take a moment to reflect upon what matters most in this life. In September 2007, the speaker, 47-year-old computer science professor and father of three, Randy Pausch, didn’t have to imagine that he was confronting his imminent demise because, in fact, he was. Pausch had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and, at the time of his Last Lecture, had only been given three to six months to live. Pausch’s speech, entitled “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” was every bit as upbeat and inspirational as the man himself. Rather than focusing on dying, it was a speech about living, about achieving one’s dreams and enabling the dreams of others, about truly living each day as though it were your last.

I read this book because it has been recommended to me various times throughout my years as a high school student.

I continued to read the book because I couldn’t possibly put it down because I was so intrigued to know what this very wise man had to say.

I would give this book 5 stars and name it one of my very favorite books I have ever read.

Want to read it? Click here to place the book on hold!

Review by Kaitlin, high school graduate

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Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by: Khaled Hosseini http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/book-review-a-thousand-splendid-suns-by-khaled-hosseini/ http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/book-review-a-thousand-splendid-suns-by-khaled-hosseini/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=14546 This story is set in Afghanistan during the past few decades. Amidst war and invasions from the Soviets and the Taliban, families and friends are forced into a struggle for survival.

Mariam is a young girl who lives with her mother in a small hut. She is technically an illegitimate child, so she and her mother are not allowed to live with her father, Jalil, in his house. Yet Mariam adores Jalil despite the hardships he causes Mariam and her mother. Unfortunately, as custom, her father eventually gives her away to Rasheed for marriage. Rasheed is several years older than Mariam, who is only in her teens, and he turns out to be less than the ideal husband.

Laila is also a young girl, though a generation younger than Mariam. Though her mother seems to lack room for Laila in her heart because her older sons are fighting the war, Laila has a decent upbringing with her father. He is set on Laila’s education, and Laila is lucky enough to have friends at school and to also fall in love with a boy named Tariq.

Nevertheless, despite all the hope and love these characters have, war tears apart families and friends in unexpected and horrific ways. The courage of Laila and Mariam is put to the test as the lives of characters become intertwined. Life continues as the war beats down on everyone, and laws in Afghanistan become worse. Their only hope is to take care of each other and to keep sight of the ‘thousand splendid suns.’

I picked up this book because it is written by the same author who wrote The Kite Runner, which I have read twice and thoroughly enjoyed.
I finished it because the story is both fascinating and heartbreaking, as I am sure many people in Afghanistan have experienced tragic events like these because of war.
I would recommend this book to any Kite Runner fans or whoever loves well-crafted stories.
I give this book a 5***** rating.

Want to read it? Click here to place the book on hold!

Review by Leslee, high school graduate

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