Monday, March 25, 2013

Uglies: Shay's Story

Are you a fan of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series?

Good news if you are! There's a graphic novel now!

Uglies: Shay's Story came out this month and is the graphic novel version of the original Uglies book. It's written by Scott Westerfeld and Devin Grayson and illustrated by Steven Cummings.

The book trailer can be found below:

Click here to reserve your copy of "Uglies: Shay's Story" today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars... CUPCAKES!

Have you ever considered the idea of making a cupcake based on the details of a book? Well "Have Your (Cup)Cake And Read It Too", a collaboration between Huffington Post Books and, has done just that! And this month they read one of my favorites, John Green's The Fault In Our Stars and made cupcakes to go along with it. Watch the segment below and see which of the details you remember from the book.

What parts of the story would you focus on if you were making your own The Fault In Our Stars cupcakes?

Monday, March 18, 2013

National Nutrition Month

Did you know it's National Nutrition Month? If you're anything like me, you've basically been sick since Thanksgiving, so why not use this transitional month to focus on getting healthy...and eating healthy?

National Nutrition Month is a campaign noted every March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and exercise habits. Here are some good books on nutrition, if you'd like to make better choices:

Green Beans, Potatoes, and Even Tomatoes: What is in the Vegetables Group? by Brian P. Cleary

Eat Right!: How You Can Make Good Food Choices by Matt Doeden

Food & You: Eating Right, Being Strong, and Feeling Great by Lynda Madison

The Edible Pyramid: Good Eating Every Day by Loreen Leedy
Healthy Eating by Emily K. Green

The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active, & Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids! by Edward Miller

The Scoop On What to Eat: What You Should Know About Diet and Nutrition by Kathlyn Gay

Food Choices: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Robin F. Brancato

Digestion And Nutrition by Robert Sullivan

Body Fuel: A Guide to Good Nutrition by Donna Shryer

Do You Know What's In Your Food? by Neil Morris

Food For Feeling Healthy by Carol Ballard

Let's all eat healthy food and feel great for spring!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Favorite Toys

Somewhere in the midst of Internet link-clicking, I stumbled upon this beautiful set of photos of children with their toys from around the world. Taken by photographer Gabriele Galimberti, these photos depict kids with the toys they treasure most from countries like the USA, Italy, Iceland, Botswana, Costa Rica, India, Australia, and many others. Ultimately, I think it reminds us that kids are kind of the same anywhere you go, but according to the photographer, the way each of the children played revealed a lot about their countries. “The richest children were more possessive,” he said, “At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them. In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.”

This got me thinking about my most prized toys as a kid. I grew up in Long Island, New York in the 80's and early 90's. There were a few clear standouts: Magic Nursery Babies, Care Bears, Puppy Surprise, Maple Town figurines, Littlest Pet Shop, and Yum Yums. Were these toys important to any other kids of my generation? What were your most favorite childhood possessions?

Do you want to read more about toys of yesterday and today? Here are some books you may want to reserve:

Toys by Kevin Cunningham

Toys: 100 Years Ago by Allison Lassieur

Totally Tubular '80s Toys by Mark Bellomo

Turning Vintage Toys by Chris Reid

Thursday, March 7, 2013

National Craft Month

March is national craft month! What's your favorite craft? Now is the time to embrace whatever you like making, or maybe try a new creative hobby altogether. Come into the library to check out one of our many craft books, or put one on hold below:

Eco-Crafts by Sally Henry and Trevor Cook  
Pet Crafts: Everything You Need to Become Your Pet's Craft Star! by Megan Friday

Creative Kitchen Crafts by Kathy Ross, illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch

Cool Crafts with Flowers, Leaves, and Twigs: Green Projects for Resourceful Kids by Jen Jones

Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations from the editors of Martha Stewart Living

The Girl's World Book of Friendship Crafts: Cool Stuff to Make With Your Best Friends by Joanne O'Sullivan

Recycled Crafts Box: Sock Puppets, Cardboard Castles, Bottle Bugs & 37 More Earth-Friendly Projects & Activities You Can Create by Laura C. Martin

Happy crafting, everyone!
Copyright 2009 Laura Druda