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Your New Year's Reading Resolutions

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Are you sick of hearing about how people are going to stop eating sweets in the New Year?  Or maybe they resolve to be less lazy.  Perhaps this will be the year that your brother finally kicks that bad habit of biting his nails.

This year, instead of focusing on what you DON'T want to do, why not make a resolution that encourages you to explore the world, discover new things, and increase your brain activity! Reading is a great New Year's resolution that helps you push yourself to grow, learn, and live more in the New Year.

How do you make a resolution about reading, you ask?

1.  There are lots of lists available online. A great site for different types of booklists can be found on List Challenges. If you're a Gilmore Girls Fan, they have the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Or if you think you want to be an English major in college, you can always look at the English Student Book Challenge. Make it your New Year's Resolution to read 20 books on that list.  More or less is fine–pick what works for you!

2.   Goodreads, a website that allows you to keep track of the books you read, also has a yearly book challenge. You can challenge yourself to read a certain number of books. Remember it's always helpful to make a reading list that has a reasonable goal. It is not likely that you will be able to read 500 books next year unless you are reading more than one book a day. Maybe start with 24. That is two books a month. If you finish your goal early, you can always raise your goal at that time. Goodreads also has great lists to look at to draw inspiration. You can even see what your friends (and librarians) are reading!

3. If you are looking to expand your reading repertoire, POPSUGAR has an awesome reading list that has items like: a book by a female author, a book that scares you, a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit. The list goes on! You can even count one book for more than one category if you'd like. It's a fun way to read something you'd never thought of reading before.

What's your reading resolution? We'd love to hear from you!

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

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2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by Prudence Shen, art by Faith Erin Hicks  

It is war: cheerleaders vs robotics club for their funding for the year, what could go wrong?

2.) A Devil and Her Love Song. story and art by Miyoshi Tomori  Manga from Shojo Beat.

3.) Primates:the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. story by Jim Ottavani , art by Maris  Wicks

Birute Galdikas was also featured in the documentary: “Born to be Wild” which we also have available on DVD or Blue-ray!

4.)  Laddertop. (Volumes 1&2) story by Orson and Janice Card illustrations by Honoel Ibardolaza  New sci-fi series from the author of Ender's Game

5.) Boxers. and Saints. the new 2 volume set by the author of “American Born Chinese”, Gene Luen Yang.  

In graphic memoir fashion it chronicles the bloody Boxer rebellion from in China at the end of the 1800's.

6.) Little Fish: a Memoir From a Different Kind of Year.  story and art by Ramsey Beyer

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

7.) Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. story and art Tony Cliff 

Delilah Dirk is a world traveler in a time where most women stayed home.  She uses her skills learned on the road to plunder and rob the corrupt and injust.

8.) Battling Boy. story and art by Paul Pope

New demi-god vs monster action!

9.)​Dawn of the Arcana. story and art by Rei Toma

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!”

10.) Will and Whit. story and art by Laura Lee Gulledge

​From the author of “Page by Paige” comes the story of Will (Wilhemina) who crafts whimsical lamps to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

11.) ​Sherlock Bones. story by Yuma Ando and art by Yuki Sado

New manga! Mystery solving Sherlock Homes is reincarnated into a cute dog with his owner, Takeru as Dr. Watson

12.) Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

For the horror fan, a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's tale of Frankenstein.  

Please also check out  YALSA  (Young Adult Library Services Association) for their enormous list of great graphic novels of the past 2 years.

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

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Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the definition from the website Holiday Insights. According to them a geek is “an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his [or her ;-)] technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise.”  So whether you are a geek or a nerd - tech savvy, a bookworm, own every comic book ever printed (or aspire to!), so immersed in games (video or otherwise) all else pales, or some other wonderful variety of geek - today is your day. Applaud your unique inner wonderfulness!

In honor of Geekness Day, and being of the bookish (and sciencey! and maybe even gamer!) sort of geek -), I've listed some of my favorite books below. Some of the characters might qualify as geeks -), some are just my favorites.

Book Cover for Geektastic

 

Oh, and don't forget to check out Geektatsic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. It is a collection of short stories by prominent (and some might even say geeky -)) authors of teen literature covering all things, well, Geeky.

 

Happy Reading and have a Geektastic day!

 

 

 

College is Calling

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As snow melts and flowers start to bloom, spring is not the only thing around the corner.  If you are a junior, or even a sophomore, it may be time to start thinking about colleges!  This may seem like a daunting ( SAT word) task—so many tests, choices, decisions—but Upper Arlington Library has a lot of resources to help make this big life-changing decision more manageable.

Test Prep

Whether you need to take the GED, ACT, or SAT, we have workbooks that can help take you through the test step by step.  Many of these tests ask certain types of questions, so it is good to be familiar with the kinds of questions you will encounter on these tests.  Type in the word keywords “ GED prep”, “ ACT prep” or “ SAT prep” into the catalog search bar.  It will pull up a bunch of resources to help you study.

What school is right for me?

With so many schools to choose from, how can someone possibly decide?!  Lucky for you, there are lots of great guides that help match your preferences—are you a big or small school kind of guy? Are you a chemistry or architecture major kind of gal?—these resources can help lead you to schools that fit your needs.  Spring break is a GREAT time to go take a look at schools (especially when you are a junior) so you can know what the school is like before you start filling out your applications!  Type in the keywords “college search” or “choosing a college” into the search bar.  It will show you some great guides for selecting a school.

Worried about tuition and student loans?

We have information about that too!  Covering the costs of tuition can be a very complicated thing, but if you start thinking about and preparing for scholarships and financial aid now, it will make the task of paying for college that much easier.  Type in “student loans”, “financial aid”, “scholarships”, or “paying for college” into the search bar.  It will help you find resources about how to pay for college. 

Knowledge is power!  The more you know going into your college search, the more prepared you will be for your bright, invigorating future.

Below are some books from our collection that can help make the path to college a little easier.

It's Time for Winter Fun! Elves, Faeries, Apps, and More!

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Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun! (Links open in a new window)

And for some online fun check out the Website (and App)  ElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf!

Elf Your Self APP

Books about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun!

Book Cover for Me, My Elf, and I by Swain    Book Cover for The Runes of Elfland by Froud    Book Cover for Lord of the Rings by Tolkien    Book Cover for Don't Expect Magic by McCullough     Book Cover for Winter's Child by Dokey     Book Cover for Shayla Witherwood by Torero     Book Cover for Bones of Fairies by Simner    Book Cover for Frost by Delsol    Book Cover for Let It Snow by Green, Johnson, and Myracle     Book Cover for Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Cohn     Book Cover for Decked with Holly by Bates     Book Cover for Winter's Kiss       

Happy Winter Reading!

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