Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Books!

Did you know that we actually get new books delivered every single week at the Library? I've told some people this recently and they seemed very surprised. For all of our great new YA titles I'm going to try and do a post every week. The previous post was from last week's shipment. Here's this week's:

Half World by Hiromi Goto
Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. Just how much of an outsider she's about to find out. When she returns home to find her mother missing, lured away to Half World by a creature called Mr. Glueskin. Melanie must embark on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to bring back her mother and save the universe. (Jeepers, I can't find a picture of the cover of this book, which is too bad as it was illustrated by Jillian Tamaki who did the graphic novels Skim and Emiko Superstar)

Bliss by Lauren Myracle
Bliss has left her life with her parents on a commune and moved in with her wealthy and conservative grandmother to attend the stately Crestview Academy. However, it's not long before sensitive Bliss starts hearing a voice that speaks of blood and the dark secrets of the school's past.

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Nine short stories about: a phone booth in Las Vegas, unhelpful wizards, possibly carnivorous sofas, a handbag with a village inside it, Tennessee Fainting Goats, dueling librarians, a statue of George Washington, a boy named Onion, pirates, an undead babysitter, a nationally ranked soccer player, shapeshifters, and an unexpected campfire guest. All accompanied by drawings from Shaun Tan (and if you don't know Shaun Tan, check out Tales of Outer Suburbia).

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Books!

New books in this week:

Impossible by Nancy Werlin
17 year old Lucy Scarborough finds out she is doomed to suffer her family curse. If she cannot complete 3 impossible tasks by the time her first child is born, she will fall into madness. Based on the ballad "Scarborough Fair".

Vidalia in Paris by Sasha Watson

Vidalia wins a scholarship that allows her to move to Paris to study art. When there she falls for two guys. One a quiet guy who works at a bookstore, the other a mysterious art dealer. When she finally discovers the extent of the art dealer's illegal activities it may be too late.

Something Wicked by Alan Gratz

High school detective Horatio Wilkes finds himself mixed up in a plot surrounding a death at a Scottish Highland Fair. What with suspicious parents, goth-punk bagpipers, hot girls and caber tossing, Horatio will need lots of snark and smarts to solve this one.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

North America is in ruins and the cruel Capital that rules the remains demands that the 12 outlying districts provide 1 girl and boy each year to participate in the Hunger Games. A fight to the death on live tv.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Renovation News

Just thought you might want to take a look at some of the plans for the renovated and revitalized Children & Youth Services Department.

<-- This lovely green chair is known as Luemmel. You will be seeing a collection of these in the new teen space.

The carpet that we are using is called Stimulus Blip in Pistachio. It is made by a company called Milliken. -->

Don't worry, there's more. But I'll include more info in another post. Just to keep you all interested.

We've Moved!

That's right, the Children & Youth Services Department is now located in the Auditorium while the renovations take place upstairs. I can't wait to move back up, it's going to be like a whole different planet. No more ventilation shafts! No more cinder block walls! Colour! Woot!