Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Shel Silverstein!

Today is such an exciting day that it gets TWO blog posts! I'd already posted about the awesome release of A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel, but how could I go without mentioning the birth-anniversay of the talented author of The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein!?

If Shel Silverstein was alive today, it would be his 72nd birthday!

Shel(don) Allan Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930 in Chicago, IL. He started writing and drawing at the age of 12 and began studying art at the University of Illinois after he graduated high school. He was forced to leave due to bad grades, but moved onto the Art Institute of Chicago after that, and then Roosevelt University after that. He was first published in the Roosevelt Torch, a student newspaper at Roosevelt University.

For much of the 50's and he published military cartoons (he was drafted into the army), magazine articles, and even a cartoon book for adults called "Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities" in 1960. He was also a singer-songwriter, composer, and screenwriter. However, what he is best known for are his children's books, which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold over 20 million copies.

Some of his most famous of these children's books include: A Light In the AtticWhere the Sidewalk EndsRunny Babbit: A Billy SookUncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot BackFalling Up, and of course The Giving Tree.

Check one out at your library today and celebrate the talent that he had!

A Wrinkle In Time Graphic Novel!

Are you a fan of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time?

If so, here's some good news! One week from today (October 2nd) the graphic novel version of story is being released! It's been illustrated and adapted by Hope Larson, who is also responsible for the graphic novels Mercury, Chiggers, and Gray Horses, as well as others.

Put yourself on the list to reserve a copy by clicking here!

In the meantime, TOR.COM has an provided a slideshow of the first 12 pages to show you just how beautiful the graphic novel is going to be

Take a look here!

Happy tesserring!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Roald Dahl's Birthday!

If Roald Dahl was still alive, today would mark his 96th birthday! In celebration, check out one of these wonderful Roald Dahl books or biographies.
For more information about this awesome Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, check out Puffin Books.
Also take a look at Roald Dahl's website,  http://www.roalddahl.com for lots of information and games!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's Come Again... Library Card Sign Up Month.

Once again, September starts official Library Card Sign Up Month, and this year marks its 25th year!

Especially with the school year starting, if you don't already have one, now is the time to go to your library and sign up for a card. You'll be granted access to a whole bunch of free materials, activities, and resources to help you this school year.

Here are some examples:

1. Free computer and internet access every day, plus (in most cases) a few free prints a day too.

2. Hundreds of books, DVDs, CDs, and video games to take home and enjoy.

3. Classes all week long, like crafts, story times, lessons, workshops, family movies, game nights, concerts, and magic shows.

4. Help with your homework through the use of Live-brary, where you can get tutoring through BrainFuse and do research with our library-card-holder-only Online Resources.

5. TONS of free audiobooks and e-books to download onto your devices.

...And us! A lovely set of friendly librarians who are happy to help you with whatever you're looking for!

Stop into your library this month with some ID to get your library card! For more information, call or visit your library online!
Copyright 2009 Laura Druda