Archive for January, 2011

Hey sports fanatics!

Are you in love with sports? Are you a girl? Are you a girl in love with sports? 🙂 While exploring sports fiction for girls, I found these “pretty tough” (the system owns #1 Pretty Tough #2 Playing with the Boys and #3 Head Games) books. While looking for more, the back cover of one of the books told me to check out the website Pretty Tough.

Here’s more about the website:
Breaking barriers, fighting the good fight; that’s why as little girls we were told we could do anything boys could do, and likely do it better. Well here’s to all the girls (and women) who are busting stereotypes – those who prove every day they’re “Pretty Tough.”
Today girls surf 20 foot waves, dunk basketballs, do huge airs on vert ramps, beat guys on the motor track, and more.
Pretty Tough has been established as a voice for girls who kick butt on and off the field, the track, the slopes and elsewhere. We want to draw attention to the strengths girls possess and inspire them to feel beautiful because of their incredible abilities. We make strength and courage attractive and accessible to all girls – competitors, spectators, fans or simply those looking to get involved. Whether you’re looking for information or inspiration, you’ll find it here.


I’ve just put up all the information you’ll need for our annual teen photo contest. The entry and permission forms are all on there as a pdf. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to:
call: 889-2200

Anime Day at BML: Sat, Feb 19, 1-3PM

Announcing TEEN Anime Day at BML!

Watch Anime, Browse Manga, Hang-Out and Eat Yummy Snacks

Brighton Memorial Library
Saturday, February 19, 2011
1:00-3:00 PM
Grades 6-12 Welcome!

Sending more book love to L. K. Madigan’s novels!

If you haven’t read these excellent books, check them out! Brighton owns both in our YA collection.

LKM is currently battling the hard fight against cancer. Sending book and author love to her!

An interview with a local award-winning YA author

Shawn Goodman won the Delacorte Prize for a First YA Novel and his book, Something Like Hope, just came out in December. It’s a great story about a girl in a home for “troubled” teens. Check it out! (The author lives in Ithaca with his family.) Click here for the interview.

Yay for the Potter Pals

Every other month the teen librarians get together to discuss what’s going on in the wonderful world of the public library. At our last meeting, one of the librarians said that she was going to do a Potter Pals program and another librarian wanted to know more because she hadn’t heard of the Potter Pals. Just in case you hadn’t, you need to watch the Mysterious Ticking Noise!

TBF is almost here!

Well not TOO close, but getting closer! Just 115 days to go until TBF 2011! I thought you might be interested in this. Please feel free to spread the word!

Our official TBF Blogger, Carly, is celebrating her 100th TBF post! Please help her celebrate by visiting the blog, making some comments, AND…entering to win prizes (including TBF stuff and books!). Carly’s 100th post and all details about how you can win can be found here.

2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Teens

In addition to announcing all of those wonderful teen book awards on Monday, the Young Adult Library Services Association also released its 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults. There are 99 books on this list, so if you’re looking for some suggestions, this should keep you busy for awhile. In addition to the full list, the committee also identified the 2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Teens. Here are the top ten (alphabetical by author) with links to the library catalog. I have read Revolution, Ship Breaker, Finnikin of the Rock, and The Things a Brother Knows. They were all great!!

Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy–Louis Charles, the lost king of France.


Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.


Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.


Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Lish McBride
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.


Trash, Andy Mulligan
Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country’s dump.


Bamboo People, Mitali Perkins
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.


The Things a Brother Knows, Dana Reinhardt
Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.


Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Eighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.


Revolver, Marcus Sedgwick
In an isolated cabin in an Arctic wilderness, 14-year-old Sig is alone with his father’s frozen corpse. Then, out of the Arctic darkness comes a stranger: a rough giant of a man who claims Sig’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold and is threatening terrible violence if Sig doesn’t reveal its whereabouts.

Sending Love & Light to a YA Author

The lovely author, Lisa K. Madigan, of the amazing Mermaid’s Mirror and Morris-winning Flash Burnout is going through a tough time with her health. I know she’d love to hear from any fans of her books!

Here’s Lisa’s blog post.

Google Global Science FairI just read on the Google blog about the Google Global Science Fair, an online science fair for students around the world from the ages of 13-18. This is an opportunity to share your ideas and compete with students from all across the globe. You build and submit your project online. They are allowing teams of up to 3 people, and there are some pretty amazing prizes. Here are the rules, including how to enter. (Note that you must have a parent or guardian’s permission.)