Friday, January 20, 2012

Read It Before You Watch It

We all know the book is always better than the movie. Make sure you stop by North Shelby and pick up a copy before these movies hit the theaters.
Here is a list of 2012 movies adapted from books being released in the first half of the year.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Release Date: Jan 20)
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (Release Date: Jan 27)
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Release Date: Feb 10)
John Carter based on John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Release Date: March 9)
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (Release Date: April 20)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (Release Date: June 22)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Release Date: March 2)
The Secret World of Arrietty based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Release Date: Feb 17)
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Release Date: March 2)

Monday, January 9, 2012

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

What We Read in 2011: Staff Recommendations

Cecelia ~ Children’s Dept
Picture Books:
Where’s Walrus by Stephen A. Savage
Blackout by John Rocco

Chapter Books for Juvenile Readers:
Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Young Adult:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Sherri ~ Circulation
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Divergent by Veronica Roth


Morgan ~ Children’s Dept
Picture Books:
A Few Blocks by Cybéle Young
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Chapter Books for Juvenile Readers:
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznik

Young Adult :
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Where She Went by Gayle Foreman

Adult Fiction:
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Dee ~ Circulation
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton

Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush

Chrissie ~ Circulation
Young Adult:
Switched by Amanda Hocking

The Alchemaster's Apprentice by Walter Moers
Ghost of a Chance by Simon R. Green 
Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez 
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas

Eric ~ Circulation  
The Ambition by Lee Stroebel
Deadline by Randy Alcorn
The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker

Daniel ~ Young Adult
Young Adult Fiction:
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Adult Fiction: 
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Monday, January 2, 2012

B'Tween the Pages Book Club reads Award Winners for January

Meeting Details
When: Thursday, Jan 26th @ 4:00 pm
Where: North Shelby Library (Room TBD)
What: We’ll discuss our favorite award winning books and what we think of the new winners announced on Jan 23rd.
B'Tween the Pages is open to all readers between the ages of 8-12.
Please register on the online calendar of events or RSVP to a librarian at 205-439-5504.

For the month of January the B’Tween the Pages book club is reading Award Winners. Any award will do! And there are plenty of lists to read from.

Here are links to just a few examples:

For help picking a title or other award list suggestions stop by the children’s department and speak with a librarian.

Make Your Voice Heard

It’s award season in the literary world!
Every January the American Library Association announces their awards for the best books of 2011. In honor of the occasion we’re having our own mock awards competition. During the month of January, stop by the children’s department to vote on the Caldecott and Newbery awards. Check out the “Cast Your Vote” bulletin board for more information about each award. 

If your pick is awarded the medal, you will get a special surprise!
Entries must be in by January 21st.