Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Talk: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars
by John Green

Hazel's mom decides that she is depressed and that she needs to go to Support Group with other cancer patients. Hazel goes, but is not exactly happy about it. With sarcasm, humor and at least one friend, she gets through, until the day Augustus Waters walks in.

That day, Hazel's life changes in ways she'll never understand.

If you've read this book, loved this book, and want to talk to others about this book (I know I do), or discuss the upcoming movie (how about that poster?), join us at our newly forming High School Book Group, meeting at Ambler on Wednesday, January 22 at 4:30 PM. Sign up today!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Talk: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

by R. J. Palacio
Call Number YA PAL
WVPL - BB & Ambler

Appearances aren't all they seem. Auggie Pullman is the same as anyone else. He's an average kid. Except he's not average. He's a wonder. A random set of genes came together to give Auggie a facial deformity from birth. Up to now, Auggie has been sheltered and home schooled. Now though, Auggie is going to face his biggest challenge yet: school.

This is the story of Auggie's first year in school meeting kids his age and making friends.

Still not sure? Just read the first page.

Did you read this book over the summer? Have you read it? Want to discuss it with new friends? Join us for the Middle School Book Group at Ambler on January 15 at 4:30 PM where we'll talk about Wonder. Please register in advance so we have enough snacks!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tween/Teen Crafternoon Recap: Duct Tape Craft!

Today, I hosted a Tween/Teen Crafternoon featuring Duct Tape Crafts with 7 tween/teens! This was a big hit and we only covered two crafts. We went from 2 PM to almost 3:30 PM making bows and wallets. Here are a few highlights of our creations.

The Duct Tape we had today. Guess which were the most popular!*

Crafters figured out how to make bows of different sizes.
 We were so focused making wallets that I forgot to get pictures! After most wallets were done, some added their bows, added designs, and more to their wallets to personalize them!

*The most popular duct tapes? Bacon, teal, and pink.

Like these crafts? We're bringing Duct Tape back in February. Just want to craft? Join us in January for our next Tween/Teen Crafternoon.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Book Talk: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year
by Gayle Forman
Call Number YA FOR

Did you read Just One Day back in January? Here's the story you've been waiting for: Willem's.

Willem wakes up in a hospital. He's disoriented, confused, but knows he has to get back to something. He's forgetting something. The details start to come back and he has to get back to her, but he can't remember where she is. So he tries to find her, gives up, and tries again with help. Luck, fate, accidents. That's how he's lived. Is that how he should continue living now?

This is not the story of what happened at the end of Just One Day. Instead, this is the story of Willem and what happened when he disappeared, stranding Allyson/Lulu and sparking her journey. For him, his journey is slightly different. He's searching for her, but at the same time, he realizes he's searching for himself. Willem will travel to Mexico (so close to her!), India, and home again trying to learn about himself and the family he came from over the course of a year.

A portion of this review is on our Shelfari page here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bow Ties are Cool!

Especially duct tape bow ties. Like this:
The sun looks snazzy today!
 Of course, you don't have to make a bow TIE. You could take a HAIR BAND bow, or add a bobby pin to it and make a HAIR bow or you could make a bracelets. The possibilities are endless. I'll just show you how to make the bow.

Bows like this are just one of the options at our upcoming Tween/Teen Crafternoon: Duck/Duct Tape on December 28. A basic wallet and bracelet will be available to make and then customize!
Or how about this guy? He looks great with a bow tie.

Be sure to register!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hunger Games at WVPL!

Coming to a library near you...

It's WVPL's own version of The Hunger Games (don't worry. This is more an RPG style thing)! Just in time for the release of Catching Fire!

We still need volunteer tributes! Will you volunteer? (Or you can pretend you were selected). Sign up and get the details here.

Also, want to talk your favorite books to movies? Middle School students are invited to join us at Ambler, Wednesday at 4:30 PM to discuss their favorite adaptions. Learn more here.

In the meantime, while you're waiting for these events, you can stop by Blue Bell to pick up a book similar to the Hunger Games. Here are just a few...

by Lise Haines


by C.J. Redwine



The Declaration
by Gemma Malley

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Coming up: International Games Day!

Are you interested in being part of an international event? We're hosting our own International Games Day here at WVPL in Blue Bell on November 16 from 11 AM to 1 PM. Bring the family (if you want) or bring some friends. We'll have either the Wii or Xbox 360 set up and a bunch of board games for you to play from chess to Twister.

Drop in any time after 11 AM but before 1 PM to play some games! Bring snacks to enjoy.