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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!

Summer Intern in Youth Services at UAPL

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Our post today was written by Harriet, one of the UAPL 2015 Youth Summer Interns.  Harriet is returning for her second summer internship with the Youth Department, one of only three interns to hold that distinction throughtout the years.  

Dear Readers,

Throughout the school year you get to hear from our wonderful librarians for all your UAPL blog-reading needs.  However, for a select amount of time in the summer, interns take over.  Before this exciting time, it seems fitting to explain what we, as interns, do for the library.  Actually, a better question would be “What don't library interns do?” The first thing thing that pops into mind is “not work any place other than the Youth Department.” Yes, it is true we pull on-hold books from the Youth Department and take them to the front of the library, but for the most part we stick to our own Youth Department.

 If you see us in any section feel free to say hello!  We can be identified by our red and blue lanyards that script “intern” and our names. Other than that, we pretty much stick to our section, and participate in many of the amazing things our Youth Department does. Such as, prepare crafts, stamp weeded books, help out at youth events, pull missing and requested books and overall just help out.  

My favorite days are when planned events take place, because it is so rewarding to see partrons, young or old, with smiles on their faces. After all, our main goal as interns is to make the library as fun, and help it run as smoothly as possible.

Happy Reading,

Harriet (UAPL Youth Intern)

Funny Fiction: Dodger

In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd. 

For Teen Fantasy Fiction Lovers: Lark Rising

Shy, sixteen-year-old Lark is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. When Lark has visions that warn her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, she is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. The journey will make her visions reality and bring her closer to knowing her inner strength.  

The Sun is Also a Star

Natasha is a girl that likes facts and reality.  Daniel is a good kid who is intent on living up to his parents' high expectations.  The two meet on a crowded street in New York city and fall in love. While neither of them believe in fate, it seems like the universe might have a different plan in store for them.  (Grades 8 and up, School Library Journal)

 

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!

 

 

 

Book Sculpture

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snowman sculpture made from stacked books

It's fun to create sculpture from a stack of books. Here's the Youth Services Department snowman. What sculptures could you make with your own collection? We'd love to see pictures!

Funny Teen Fiction: Croak

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.  Uncle Mort is not a farmer, but actually a Grim Reaper and he's going to teach Lex the family business.  

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