Blockbuster Movie Month!

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clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 - (May 2nd)
  • Godzilla - (May 16th)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past - (May 23rd)
  • Maleficent - (May 30th) 

Watch the Amazing Spider Man battle super-villians from the mysterious company Oscorp. 

Godzilla, the world's most famous monster, battles Earth-made mutant monsters.

In X-men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine is sent to the past to change an event disastrous to both mutants and humans.

Maleficent is the live-action, dark horror fantasy of the Sleeping Beauty story.  There are no singing fairies in this Disney version!

May will be a fun month to go to the movies!

Calling All Teens!

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We're planning the future of the library and we want to hear from you! Come to our focus group just for high school students on Wednesday, September 16 from 4-5 p.m. in the Main Library's Meeting Room B. Tell us what you like about the library and what we could do better. Come ready to talk and share your ideas! Free refreshments will be available. Sign up through our program calendar at http://www.ualibrary.org/calendar-field-event-date/month.


Teen Recommendation: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

Celia Door enters high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year. With only poetry for solace she attempts to deal with her classmate's cruelty, the loss of her only friend, and her parents' separation. But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest secret and seeks her help. But when Celia's quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake she's forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.

Photography Now and Then

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Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling in the photos. Then the image had to be processed with casutic chemicals in an extremely dark room. Photography was a time-comsuming, expensive process that often lead to more failed images than successful ones.  

In a new biography of one of the first professional female photographers, Stand There! She Shouted  by Susan Goldman Rubin, we learn how Julia Margaret Cameron turned failure (fuzzy, slightly out of focus photos) into a trademark style. Many of her photographs now hang in the Victoria and Albert Museum in England, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Often using family members as her subjects, a portrait of her great-niece Rachel Gurney taken in 1872 entitled “I Wait” is among one of Cameron's most recognized images.

"I Wait" by Julia Margaret Cameron (1872)







Check out these titles to learn more about how photographs have impacted history and how to take awesome photos of your life and times.

Musical Mondays: Where Books and Music Collide

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Welcome back to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.

Just to recap: A lot of books are now incorporating music in some way into the story. Some authors create music playlist for their books, other weave music into the story, and some are just about music in some way. The first blog post featured Books with Playlists. This blog will highlight books that weave music and songs throughout the novel.

Just like the last list, music isn’t necessarily the main focus of these novels, although it can be. Instead, many use music to help tell the characters’ stories, set the mood, or give the reader an extra layer to think about and interact with. One of my favorites of these is when songs are the chapter titles – like in Playlist for the Dead or Blackbird Fly.

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matsonbook Cover for Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Here is a road trip full of detours, connections, and music. Each chapter begins with the lyrics from a song and music playlists mark Amy and Roger’s journey across the country. The playlists are not online but are detailed throughout the book.  

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly  Black Bird Fly Playlist
There is a lot of music in this book! And since Apple loves the Beatles, and thinks one of the albums is the soundtrack to her life, many songs are by them. Each chapter title is a song and Kelly has compiled a playlist of some of the songs throughout the book. 

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Music, especially drumming, is a central component of this novel. It uses drumming vocabulary through the story and it is a love of music that helps the main character get through some difficult times. No playlist yet, but there is a short video interview with Sonnenblick where he talks about the book, writing, and drums. And don’t miss the sequel After Ever After or this video where Sonnenblick plays the drums

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell  Eleanor and Park Playlist Book Cover for Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
Rowell works on her playlists while she writes. For Eleanor and Park she created mixed tapes for each character and ended up with four playlists! On her site she has the playlists, with links to the music, as well as her thoughts, commentary, and videos. 

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato Guitar Notes Playlist 
This book is filled with music and, since the two main characters write music together, sometimes reads like a fabulous, dramatic, romantic version of a music writing handbook! Amato has written and recorded all the songs for the book, making a unique playlist! Her website, The Thrum Society, contains the songs, song writing resources, a songbook for the novel, videos, and karaoke versions of the songs. 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman  If I Stay Playlist
If I Stay is infused with music. Forman put together a partial list of the songs in the book in the order they appear in the story, but there are many more throughout. Also, don’t miss the sequel Where She Went, which has original songs throughout. Forman has compiled the lyrics to these songs on her website. 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen Just Listen Playlist Book Cover for The Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Music is a big part of this book, but the songs in it were actually made up by Dessen. But, after she wrote it she went back and created a playlist of the songs that were her inspiration for the book, that helped her get through writing, or that she just likes. 

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Website 
This is a book filled with mixed tapes, a band’s secret show, and a whirlwind night of music and adventure! There are also 3 playlists to go with this book! The first playlist is a listing of the songs mentioned in the books. The other two are The Norah Soundtrack which are the songs Cohn imagines would be on Norah’s side of a soundtrack, and (T)Rainy/Dreamy which is a playlist of songs inspired by Norah’s wish to make Nick a playlist with the words rain or train in them.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Each chapter is the title of a song that appears on a playlist left behind by one of the characters. The reader, and the main character, are tasked with figuring out what message the song is trying to convey. There is no online playlist, but the songs from the chapter titles could be compiled together to make one and then listened to as you read.

That's it for this month.Come back for our last installment, Want to Join a Band?, for a look at books where the main characters are part of a band or write or make music. A few are even written by muscians!

Happy Reading (and Listening)!



Horror for Teens: The Cemetery Boys

When Stephen moves to the small, midwestern town where his father grew up, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. The town has a dark secret, right out of an urban legend. The twins are caught in the middle of this secret, and Stephen must decide where his allegience lies.

Scifi Novel: Leviathan

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts. Grades 6-12


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