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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)

Teen Recommendation: The Smell of Other People's Houses

A 1970s Alaskan fishing town is the setting for this tale of four teenagers struggling with hardship over the course of a year, during which their stories occasionally collide and intertwine.   Dora only wants to find a safe home and loving family, but when good fortune strikes, it may be her downfall.  Ruth misses her parents and hopes to escape the harsh life she has endured with her Gran, but a relationship with a popular guy at school might not be the escape she needs. Stowing away on a ship proves dangerous for Hank, who seeks a safe haven for himself and his brothers, and Alyce must choose between her love of dancing and her father’s expectation that she continue to spend summers fishing with him. The gutsiness of these four teens who, at heart, are trying to find their places in the world and survive against challenging odds, will resonate with readers of all ages.  

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!

Sci-Fi Pick For Teens: Apollo's Outcasts

Jamey Barlowe has been unable to walk since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup that has occurred overnight in the United States. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. Jamey soon finds himself at the center of a dangerous political struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon. 

Sci-fi Pick for Teens: 172 Hours on the Moon

It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon. To grab some much needed funding and attention, they decide to launch a historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to the once top secret moon base DARLAH 2. Mia, Antoine, and Midori are going on the trip of a lifetime, and only one is coming back.

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