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Calling all Writers! (and Readers)

On Monday, November 19 and November 26 from 7 to 8 pm, the Writers and Readers club will meet downstairs at the Library. It’s just for Riverside people in 6th to 8th grade. Be there for writing games where we will gear up for character development, description and other snarly writing stuff. Be there to discuss (or criticize) a new book, genre or movie. It’s going to be the literary event of the year! (Or at least a fun way to spend your Monday evening.)

Friday Night Film Club

On Friday, November 16, at the library you will be able to stay after hours for the Friday Night film club. If you were here last time, you know that club members get to choose the next film. This week’s is, “Moonrise Kingdom,” the story of a boy, a girl, and a dream to make their own world in the middle of family dysfunction and boy scout camp. Show starts at 4 pm. It’s only for Riverside 6th grade and up and there will be popcorn, pizza and other movie treats. Fill your mind and your stomach! (This movie is rated PG-13, and that’s okay. Just bring a signed permission slip if you are a 6th grader who is 12 years old.)

Reassembly in progress!

Ah Frankentoys, the stuff of nightmares? These recombined little darlings are the result of two days of Frankentoys workshops at the library on October 29th and 30th. And speaking of recombining and changing things, we’re going to be changing the blog. It will be assembled from the different parts of your special interests; maybe even a new name? Watch for the strange and amazing new changes coming soon!

I’ve got that Dystopian feeling… again!

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games then you’ve gotten a taste for dystopia–books about a society changed forever by something that happened in the past. If you’ve finished The Hunger Games and you are “hungry” (so sorry) for more books set in a dystopian future, then how about trying Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. It’s a story about a young man called “Nailer” who makes a living tearing apart rusty, abandoned ships. It’s a tough and dangerous job made even more dangerous by the oil fumes, dirt, dust and the company Nailer keeps. Complicating his life is the fact that his father has crashed into the dark world of gangs and drugs. Nailer’s life is grim, but there are a few bright spots. His friend and boss, Pima represents a safe haven. Her family protects Nailer from his father. But no one can protect them from a “city killer” a typhon storm that sweeps through their coastal village. When a clipper ships also blows ashore, things get even more complicated when Pima and Nailer rescue a young heiress who’s running away from her father’s enemies. There is plenty of action, danger, and a bit of romance too; enough to satisfy all of you out there pining away after finishing The Hunger Games series.

ABE Awards?

A few of you have been asking for books on the ABE Award list, and rest assured, we’ve either got them, or can get them for you. Never heard of them? The Abraham Lincoln Award is the high school award given to a book that gets the most votes from a list prepared by the Illinois School Library Media Association, and like the Caudill and Blue Stem awards, classes vote for their favorite on the list. If your school’s not participating, that’s okay. You can still read from the list and they have some great titles, like Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and Matched by Ally Condie. You can get the whole list by visiting the website:

Mom, Dad, where do books come from?

Books still come from book sellers and a big part of a librarian’s job is ordering books and other materials for the library. With so many books, movies, music cds, video games and magazines (yes, we have them all) out there, how do we librarians choose which ones? Looking at review magazines like School Library Journal, Booklist and others helps. Keeping up with what new books popular authors are coming up with is another ways librarians choose titles. Of course we want the collection of stuff at the library to be the stuff you want to read, look at and play with, so… The next time you think, “Gee, I wish the library had… ” let us know. We may not be able to get everything you’d like us to get, but we definitely want to hear from you. Remember though, “sharing is caring.” Use your library card to check out the stuff you’d like to bring home, and then bring it back. :)