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.
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If you haven’t had your fill of Susan Collin’s The Hunger Games yet, check out what these people have created to express their appreciation of the series in visual format. People have gone so far as to create a “Peeta Mellark Pumpkin,” a knitted mocking jay pin and even frosted cookies decorated with quotes and images from the books. It’s amazing what a book can inspire you to do! How about you? Do you have any Hunger Games artwork to share? To see some examples click on this link:http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2012/03/hunger_games_arena_embroidery.html
HungerGames2012 Click on this link to see highlights of the Hunger Games, Riverside Public Library style!
This is the story of Ketchvar III, a gastropod from the planet “Sandoval” who wiggles his way into the body of Tom Filber, a fourteen year old incoming freshman. Why? Ketchvar must decide the fate of the human race: will they be annihilated, or allowed to muddle along, barely able to conduct their own lives, let alone take care of planet earth. There’s plenty of evidence for the decision to annihilate humans. In Ketchvar’s opinion, they’ve driven their beautiful planet towards the brink of an untimely demise. They are willfully violent towards each other, misinterpreting any basic kindnesses so that they may continue on their destructive path. At least that is how Ketchvar sees it as through Tom Filber’s eyes. Ketchvar’s first experience as Tom Filber is alarming. His mother chases Ketchvar/Tom around with a broom after finding potato chip crumbs strewn around on her porch; Tom’s doing. On another occasion, his sister accosts him with a cattle prod as he attempts to escape his mother by taking a short-cut through her room. These scenes are actually pretty funny, in spite of the serious dysfunctionality of Tom’s family. More humor comes in the form of Ketchvar attempting to access some sage advise from Tom’s consciousness, which has been enveloped in a “Ragwellian Bubble.” Tom talks to Ketchvar, dispensing sage advice like, “Duck behind the tree and make a run for it.” But when Tom’s advice is to “go for some tongue action” during a tender kissing scene with the neighbor girl, it backfires miserably. Both Ketchvar and Tom have a lot to learn. This novel explores the human spirit from the eyes of an outsider, something that many of us may have felt at one time or another.