Natrona County Library http://www.natronacountylibrary.org Advocating for literacy, education, and a thriving community. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:39:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pokémon Go at The Library http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/pokemon-go-at-the-library/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:16:52 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=20337 Pokemon_Trainers_Welcome

Maybe you were already a Pokémon fan? Perhaps you have no idea what is going on or why the new Pokémon Go app has become such a hit? Either way, you have probably noticed it seems as though everyone is wandering around town, fixated on their digital device, playing this new game.

The Library is benefiting from the Pokémon hype. The Library is a PokéGym and has two PokéStops.  Every day we’ve seen more and more people, of all ages, both in and around the library battling, catching Pokémon, and having fun.

Are you a trainer? Here are a few ways you can involve the library in your Pokémon experience.

  • Stop by and chat with library staff about the game. Tell us about your favorite Pokémon and the best place you’ve found them.
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  • While you are in the library, color a Pokémon or design a Pokéball. 
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  • Meet new people and make friends with other trainers.
  • Tag The Library on social media when you upload your screenshots of any Pokémon you found close by.
  • Tell us what kind of Pokémon programming you would like to see or what materials related to Pokémon need to be added to The Library collection.

 

 

Here are a few articles and links with information that might give you a basic understanding of the game and the benefits to players and libraries.

Teen Librarian Toolbox: App Review: Pokemon Go, the very basics, safety issues, and Pokemon Go and libraries  AND Video Games Weekly: Pokemon Go and Teen Programming (TPiB)

Why Pokemon Go and The Library is a perfect partnership

Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go!

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Harry Potter Book Night!! http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/harry-potter-book-night/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:18:23 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=18994 580-HPBN2-save-date-Twitter

Celebrate Harry Potter ‘A Night of Spells’ with us

This article first appeared in the January 20, 2016 issue of the Casper Journal.

Do you remember the first time you heard about The Boy Who Lived? Were you a child in elementary school or a teenager in the throes of secondary school like Harry, Ron, and Hermione?

If you were an adult when you first read the series, were you reading them with or to your child(ren), checking them out to see what the fuss was all about, catching up before you saw the movies, or did you just happen to magically stumble upon them?

The first time I was introduced to the phenomenon that began with J.K. Rowling’s first novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” I was browsing in the mall’s bookstore (oh, how we miss you).  I was way in the back of the store, combing through the juvenile fiction shelves for books that might satisfy the requirements for my undergraduate Children’s Literature class. A kiddo who looked to be a fourth or fifth grader noticed me, grabbed a book off of the shelf, shoved it in my hand, and excitedly proclaimed, “You have to read this. It is the best book ever.”  I couldn’t say no to such powerful guidance. I, of course, gobbled it up and waited each following year to dive head first into the next volume. Even now I’m on pins and needles waiting for my Kindergartner to finally be ready to experience the adventures of Hogwarts.

Potterheads (Harry Potter fans) are always looking for a reason to celebrate, dress up, and share their love of the series with other Potter devotees.  Each summer, teens celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31) at the library. And each year, fans—younger and older—lament that they wish they could participate.  We are pleased to announce that February 4 is the day that all ages can join in on the Harry Potter fun at our Harry Potter Book Night, a night for fans of the magical series to share their love for the stories and also introduce them to a generation of new readers.

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Harry Potter Book Night celebrations will be held all over the world at bookstores, libraries, and schools. The theme of the evening is “A Night of Spells.” The library staff have spent months combing the stacks, casting spells, and dreaming up magic that we hope will satisfy the masses.  Muggles, witches, wizards, and Potterheads of all ages can expect a bit of magic in the form of food, games, fun, and friends, including:

– Brewing potions.

– Fashioning wands at Ollivanders.

– Getting sorted by the sorting hat.

– Creating your very own spell book.

– Drinking butterbeer floats.

– Playing board games and LEGOs.

– Enjoying sweet magical snacks.

– And more.

Come dressed in your finest wizard or muggle attire and be prepared for a night of magical excitement.

We invite everyone to drop in and partake in the wizarding fun on February 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. If you have questions or if you would like to volunteer to help with the celebration, please call the library at 577-READ ext. 2. And remember to share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night as well as your photos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #HarryPotterBookNight and #NatronaLibrary.

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2015 reading recap & what to read in 2016 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/2015-reading-recap-what-to-read-in-2016/ Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=17795 andFor the past several years I [Jenn] have made reading resolutions.  You can check out my 2015 Reading Declarations as well as my 2015 Book Resolutions.

I also tackled the 25 Books challenge, even though the books I read were not all YA.  My Goodreads challenge was 65 books and I’m over 110. I usually don’t include picture books on my Goodread but I reviewed and added several great ones to my list this year. I also added a lot of early reader chapter books as I have a Kindergartner at home and we read a lot, every night.

While I didn’t read everything I was hoping to in 2015, I did complete several that were on my list in January.  I had a great head start on the Soaring Eagle nominees (having already read 8) but I’ve stalled and don’t see myself having time to read the rest before March.  But there is always next year.

I challenged myself to finish the books I started this year, but that also didn’t always happen.  However, I have felt far less guilty about it than in past years.  My manta is that reading should be fun and enjoyable and it isn’t, don’t be afraid to walk away. (Unless it is an assignment. In that case, you should read it and then move on.)

My Top 15 YA books of 2015

(books that I read this year, not necessarily published this year or in any order)

  1. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  2. The Selection series (The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir) by Kiera Cass
  3. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  5. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  6. El Deafo by Cece Bell
  7. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  8. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  9. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  10. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
  11. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (#10) by Jeff Kinney
  13. Paper Towns by John Green (on my 2015 to-read list)
  14. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (on my 2015 to-read list)
  15. We Were Liars by e Lockhart (on my 2015 to-read list)

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16 YA novels/series) I want to read in 2016

    I am being very nice to myself with this list, adding books I’ve already picked or been assigned for book clubs, because obviously I want to read them.

  1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (I tried to tackle it this year, but it got buried under a pile of other books and work).
  2. Auggie and Me (Wonder stories) by R.J. Palacio
  3. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
  4. The Crown by Kiera Cass (The Selection #5)
  5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (graphic novel)
  6. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  7. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  9. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  10. The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
  11. The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman (I have already read Unwind but not the others)
  12. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (I’ve read Cinder but not the rest)
  13. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  15. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (no… I haven’t)
  16. Summer Days & Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

 

Other 2015 book highlights

Our Afternoon Book Club was featured in a Casper Journal article this fall.

We had author visits, both in person and virtually.

What do you want to read in 2016?
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Inspired to be Book Crafty http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/inspired-to-be-book-crafty/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=17798 I love crafts and I’m always on the hunt for something fun and new to try on my own or with teens. My favorite crafts combine different techniques and allow for individual flair. Check out the variety of book art we’ve created at The Library over the past year.

 

Book Page Poetry

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Sharpie Zentangle art/book page poetry
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Book Pumpkins

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Book Trees

You can access our tutorial post here.

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Other fun ideas for upcycling old books

Hunger Games inspired Capitol citizen hat!
Hat made out of paper and book pages!
buttons made from pages of an old Hunger Games book!
Fandom art
Turn an old book into a picture frame
A notebook created from the cover of an old book
folded book page art
Altered book collage
book inspired art

Need more inspiration? Check out the Library collection for materials related to Altered Books and Zentangle!

What book art will you be inspired to create?

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Altered Book Christmas Trees http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/altered-book-christmas-trees/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:25:06 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=18228 I (Jenn) love trying new crafts. We have created a variety of projects this year from old books. After the adult services department had an extremely successful program making book pumpkins earlier this fall, I thought it might be fun to try something for Christmas. I found quite a few different ways to make these trees, but I’ve included my version below.

We had quite a few families attend our event. They were planning to have a family forest of trees!

 

Required Materials: old book (any size)

Optional materials: binder clips or paper clips, glue, glitter, paint, scissors or x-acto

Choose a book that can be altered or torn apart. Either hardback or paperback can be used. It is also possible to consider comic books, magazines or other books with lots of colorful pages.

[Note: Shop at the next Friends of the Library book sale in the spring! I pulled a variety of book choices from their shelves.]

Instructions

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Carefully remove the book cover. Consider keeping hardcovers to use in future projects.

  1. Fold the top right corner down and inward as close to the spine/binding as possible and crease.
  2. Fold the bottom right corner up and crease. You may not want to fold all the way to the middle. (Try step 3 and see what your finished edge looks like. Once you find the perfect place, you may want to lightly mark the outside edge of the book in pencil so you know how far up you fold the rest of the pages.)
  3. Fold the entire page once more from right to left, as close to the binding as possible and crease. If the bottom isn’t a straight edge, go back to step 2 and refold your smaller bottom triangle.
  4. Repeat folds with each page. If the finished pages get in the way, don’t be afraid to crack the binding or pull them out of your way with a binder clip.
  5. When finished, you may need to secure the front and back page together with a glue.
  6. You may choose to add paint or glitter to the edges of your finished tree. Or add a topper.

 

You can download a printable copy of the instructions here. If you need more inspiration for turning old books into new works of art, check out these books in the craft section of the Library collection.

Happy holiday crafting!

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Soaring Eagle Nominees 2015-2016, part one http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/soaring-eagle-nominees-2015-2016-part-one/ Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:40:44 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=16800 soaringeagleDid you know that Wyoming has a book award just for teens? Each year a list consisting of 13-15 books is created from the numerous titles read and nominated by teens (7th-12 graders) in our great state. We keep multiple copies of each of the books nominated for the Soaring Eagle Award on display in the Teen Zone, which are available for easy browsing and checkout.

I enjoy the award for several reasons. It gives merit to what Wyoming teens read and value to their opinions on what they consider the best books of the last five years. It also expands my reading avenues and is a great spot to start when someone (teen or adult) comes in asking what teens are reading and liking. Our middle school and high school book clubs often choose their monthly reading selection from the list. We also vote and nominate books for the following year.

I have worked at NCPL for almost a decade and while it is always my goal to read every book on the each year’s list, I have never had a year where I’ve read more than four or five of the nominated books.  This year, I’ve already read eight (!) so I’m halfway to the finish line right from the start.

Keep reading for more about four of the nominated titles.

Soaring Eagle Nominees display

 

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)

Nailer is a ship breaker. He lives in the region of the US, formerly the Gulf Coast, and spends his days climbing through the duct work of old ships, scavenging for copper wire and any other scrap that could be sold, and dreaming of one day owning and sailing clipper ships. When a horrible hurricane devastates the beach where Nailer lives, he and friend Pima discover a wrecked clipper ship. This could be the opportunity they have been waiting for. They could make a fortune off of the wreckage. But the discovery of a beautiful, rich, and undead girl leaves Nailer in a bind. Should he attempt to save her, and risk losing the wealth to be made from the materials in the wreckage?

Why I picked up the book: It won the Printz Award in 2011 so it had been on my to-read-someday list. Both our Never Too Old and Teen book clubs have discussed it.

Why I finished it: This isn’t my typical reading choice but I was hooked. I wanted to know how, or if, they would survive the horrible weather. I was hoping for answers as to what happened to our world for it to end up this way.

I’d give it to: fans of science-fiction, possibly readers who enjoyed Dashner’s The Maze Runner series due to the unique language in that world. Fans of dystopian, where characters are struggling to survive and technology is non-existent.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Why I picked up the book: Love the premise of a Cinderella cyborg. Our book club at Roosevelt High School has been trying out different genres/book types and this seemed like a change.

Why I finished it: It hooked me right away. I enjoy looking for the “Easter eggs”, the bits and pieces of the original Cinderella tale, the changes, and the foreshadowing. Even though I figured out the “secret” fairly early on, I was still engrossed in the story and excited to see how the author would reveal it.

I’d give it to: fans of dystopian, romance, and fairy-tale retellings. Even though it is futuristic, I saw a lot of parallels to some of the steampunk novels I’ve read (ex. The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent).
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

 

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)

How many of you have ever thought about or even considered the fact that we live close to one of the largest active super volcanoes in the world, right there in Yellowstone National Park? Does it concern you or do you think that 640,000 years is a long time ago and if it blew again, we’d be decimated in an instant so no need to panic? But if history shows us anything, it is that Yellowstone will erupt again and life as we know it will never be the same.

Alex is a typical fifteen year old boy, tired of being harped on by his family and just wanting to be left alone for a while. After winning an argument with his mom, Alex gets to stay home in Cedar Falls, IA while his parents and sister travel to his uncle’s farm in Warren, IL about 140 miles east. The last thing Alex said to his mom was probably something smart and horrible and now all he wishes he could do is take it back and give her a hug. Alex would do anything to see his family again, including risk his life to trek through the ashfall and devastated world left in the aftermath of the eruption of Yellowstone, over 900 miles away. Will he be able to survive? Would you?

Why I picked up the book: Our book club at Roosevelt High School chose it for our book discussion.

Why I finished it: The action begins right in Chapter 1 and leaves you breathless, wanting to know more, and wondering if you’d have even survived that much.

I’d give it to: fans of dystopian & apocalyptic novels. If you liked Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It, you’ll probably love this. It is more dark and raw. Because of the violent acts, I’d probably say high school and up.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

 

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

I’ve already reviewed this book on our blog. You can find out more about the book by clicking here.

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

 

If you are interesting in reading any of these books, click on the link in book title and place a copy on reserve. You can also stop in and check out our display to see what is currently available. You will find the entire 2015-2016 nominee list here. There is also a list of past winners and nominees, maintained by Campbell County Public Library.

The Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award is nominated AND voted on by teens each spring.

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

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2015 Teen’s Top Ten http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/2015-teens-top-ten/ Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:25:19 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=17281
The 2015 Teens’ Top Ten list was just announced this week. If you are looking for the best books of the past year, try one of these. This list was voted on by teens around the USA.  The Library has copies of each of these titles in our YA collection.  Click on the titles to learn more or place a hold.

  1. The Shadow Throne (Ascendance trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen.
  2.  I Become Shadow by Joe Shine.
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1) by Jenny Han.
  4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak.
  5. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas.
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.
  7. The Young Elites (#1) by Marie Lu.
  8. The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson.
  9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
  10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith.

 

You can click over to the Teens’ Top Ten website to learn more about the long list of titles that were nominated as well as past years’ winners.

As always, if you need help finding that perfect book for you, make sure you stop by and ask!

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Summer Reading 2015 recap http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/summer-reading-2015-recap/ Mon, 14 Sep 2015 23:45:31 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=17093 Heroes Read Slogan copySchool has been underway for a few weeks now, so it may seem strange to still be talking about summer reading. However since we made some changes to our program this year, the Library just finished distributing prizes and calculating all the statistics that go along with the fun.

This year our summer reading program ran from May 26-August 31. We decided to move away from levels based on a certain amount of time read and instead decided to award prizes each month just for reading every day. The goal was to read 20 minutes per day and all age groups (Children, Teens, and Adults) had that same goal. This amount of time was chosen to correspond with the message promoted by WeRead, our community’s literacy initiative.

Teens who read daily were rewarded with a free book at the end of each month, meaning those who participated all summer could receive 3 books by the end of August! We also gave away bonus prizes for reading more than the minimum.  Those prizes included gift cards to McDonalds and extra entries in the grand prize drawing.

This year the Library decided to award four grand prizes, rather than just one.
The teen (7th-12th grade) winners of $50 gift cards to Eastridge Mall are:Book Hero 1 copy
Bailey T. (12th grade); Taliah B. (9th grade); Casey H. (9th grade); and Cameron A. (8th grade)!

Congratulations to our winners and also to everyone who participated in this year’s program. It may sound cliché, but reading really is its own reward.

For those who are interested, here are a few other numbers from our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program.

  • 504 books awarded to teens as prizes.
  • 923 entries in the teen grand prize drawing.
  • 235 teens received prizes and 101 teens received prizes for all three months of reading (74 of those also received bonus prizes for each month).

The Library does more during Summer Reading than just facilitate the reading program. We also provide free programs each week for all ages. Our teen program is for 7th – 12th graders who are looking for a fun or creative way to spend their time and meet new friends. This summer the Teen Zone hosted 29 programs that were attended by 495 teens! Those programs included book clubs, weekly craft/maker programs, movies, and two fandom events (Nerdfighter Night and Harry Potter’s Birthday Celebration).

Pictures taken at our teen events can be viewed on the Teen Zone’s facebook page as well as on flickr.

We have lots of fun coming this school year for teens and are already in the process of brainstorming what will happen next summer.  Until then… keep reading!

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Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/book-review-paper-towns-by-john-green/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:38:04 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=16772 Paper Towns Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin (Q) and Margo Roth Speigelman have known each other their whole lives. They live next door to each other; their bedroom windows face the other. Their lives have really only intersected twice in a life-altering, meaningful way. The first was at age 9, when they discovered something horrible in the park that changed them forever. The second was the night before Margo disappeared; the night she crawled through Q’s window at midnight for a night of adventure, the night a month before graduation that really woke him up to life.
Now that Margo has vanished, Q is learning more about this spunky legend and unrequited love of his life. She has left him a breadcrumb trail of clues and Q is determined to piece them all together and find her before it is too late.

My Review
I have tried to tackle Paper Towns twice, once in hardcover and once as an audio. I was never in the right place for it. Obviously since the movie is coming out soon I needed to read it first. This in itself is a detriment because I will never have my own mental image of Q and Margo as anyone other than Nat & Cara.

I am glad I decided to give the book another chance. Since I love Looking for Alaska (LFA) & The Fault in Our Stars (TFiOS), I can find those classic John Green elements in this. I understand what some readers (mainly adults) say about the similarity in his main characters, but I think all writers tend to get that way. John just happens to write intellectual teenagers with unrequited crushes, where someone like Sarah Dessen writes realistic girls in beachy towns and Stephen King writes horror. (Yes, I realize those are really broad generalizations, but you get the point.)   I enjoyed the mystery elements of the story, and the fact that it was more than formulaic.

I’ve read plenty of reviews where adults said they didn’t like Margo and couldn’t find any goodness in her. I remember being a teen and I think she is a great look at being a teen, expectations, hormones, home life, and possible mental illness. Also the fact that Q loved her but didn’t know her (and vice versa) is really true to life at any age.

I thought the end was a bit rushed, but all in all I liked it. I could have read another 100 pages, but I’m glad that Green has a great editor. Knowing that this was his third book, and knowing LFA, The Abundance of Katherines & what was to come in TFiOS, I think it has a great mix of all of the John Green elements. Boy meets girl, unrequited love, road trip, messed up girl, intellectual teens, and great, quirky friends.  This book could easily be read in one sitting if time allowed.

I have heard the author speak at length about how books and movies are different art forms and should be viewed as such, so don’t be surprised to see changes.

Warning: There is definitely some language and older teenage situations (drinking, talk of sex, etc.) that might make it more appropriate for older teens.

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

Review by Jenn, YA Librarian, who is now in need of reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson to finish out her John Green experience.
(View all my Goodreads reviews)

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

 

Check out other NCPL reviews of John Green’s books:

Jenn’s review of The Fault in Our Stars

Leslee’s review of The Fault in Our Stars

Michelle’s review of The Fault in Our Stars

Jenn’s review of Let It Snow

Leslee’s review of Looking for Alaska

 

EXTRA! EXTRA!! Our John Green teen Nerdfighter Night is next Wednesday.  Be ready for food, fan art, fun, and of course a screening of a little movie from last summer!7-22-15 - Teen Nerdfighter Night-01

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A Year in Review: Authors and Literacy at your library http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/a-year-in-review-authors-and-literacy-at-your-library/ Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:39:43 +0000 http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/?p=16596 92614 margaret peterson haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix was the featured children’s author at the 2014 Wyoming Library Conference.

One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is having the opportunity and privilege of listening to and meeting a variety of authors.  This past year, 2014-2015, I was able to add many more to my list and even have an author Skype visit for the first time.

Teen and adult readers of YA were please to have such a high caliber of authors come to Casper and we were privileged to partner with Casper College, Wind City Books, and several secondary librarians from the Natrona County School District #1 to make these visits happen.

 

September 2014: The Casper College Literacy Festival. NCPL hosted an evening with the best-selling fiction author Joshilyn Jackson.

Jenn met author Margaret Peterson Haddix at Wyoming Library Conference. We use her book Found (The Missing series #1) in our middle school book club and it was a joy to meet her.  I had many readers who were very jealous!

 

October 2014: Even though we didn’t have any authors in October, we kicked off another One Community One Book: Middle School, featuring the book Legend by Marie Lu. I love giving away books. Teens and adults alike were reading the series and clamoring for more!

 

November 2014: We were approached by Wind City Books to partner on this fun event. Authors Wendelin Van Drannen (Sammy Keyes series, Flipped, The Running Dream) & Mark Parsons (Road Rash) were touring the country in their minivan. Their “He Said, She Said Author Road Show” was focused on visiting indie bookstores and they visited around 40 cities in about two months.  They incorporated music and fun into their presentation. It was perfect timing as The Running Dream was on the Soaring Eagle nominees list and Flipped is another frequent book club favorite.

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Jenn’s selfie with Wendelin & Mark’s road trip van!

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Vicki Burger (Wind City Books), Jenn, Mark Parsons, and Wendelin Van Draanen, November 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2015: I have met Ellen Hopkins and listened to her speak at conferences before. Her books fly off the library shelves and are probably the ones I have to replace the most often. Her publicist emailed me in the fall asking if we would be interested in a free Skype visit.  Her latest book, Rumble, is about suicide and bullying and seemed a perfect fit for our Youth Empowerment Council, which works on educating their fellow students on those issues. Many of the members are big readers and Hopkins fans so they were stoked for this opportunity.

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Youth Empowerment Council members asking questions and listening to author Ellen Hopkins.

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Jenn, YA librarian, with author Jay Asher!

Jenn, YA librarian, with author Jay Asher!

February 2015: Shelley Diehl, the librarian at Casper Classical Academy and Frontier Middle School, won a visit from Jay Asher, making Casper the 38th stop on his 50 States Against Bullying Tour. Check out our blog post about the event.

Youth Empowerment Council members joined us for this event and even presented Jay with a gift.  After this exciting evening, they were on pins and needles to find out which author they’d be meeting next.

 

 

 

 

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Jenn and author Mike Mullin, May 2015.

 

May 2015: NCPL was able to wrap up our year of YA authors by hosting Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series. This visit was courtesy of Melissa Henry, NCHS librarian, and Tabitha Smith-Herron, KWHS librarian, who organized the Spring 2015 One School One Book collaboration between the two high schools.

Mike spoke at both high schools numerous times throughout a two day period, spoke at NCPL his last evening in Casper, and even did a presentation at the Juvenile Detention Center the final morning before he left. Mike had so much energy and broke a concrete block at most of the presentations.

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Half of the brick Mike Mullin broke at our event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the video of author Mike Mullin, who has earned a black belt in Taekwondo, keeping the audience in suspense as he breaks a brick.

I’m looking forward to 2015-2016 and seeing which YA authors will join us in promoting literature and the love of reading!

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