ages 11-18

Pickles' Picks for 20-somethings

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If you are young, smart, brash, you wear flip-flops to the office or listen to iPods at your desk, you want to work but you don't want work to be your life, Joanna Spikol (aka Pickles), the resident 20something at HarperLibrary Marketing might just know what appeals to you, book-wise.

Check out the blog Pickle's Picks for 20-somethings on myspace.com.

Good reading.

Investment 101 on Tuesday, July 10

Have your allowances or job earnings been adding up lately? Great! Now learn how to make your money grow. Financial advisor Amy Doyle will take you through the nuts and bolts of investing.

Join us Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Malletts Creek meeting room.

No "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Today, July 7, is the 100th birthday of science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein. Considered by some to be the father of modern science fiction, Heinlein wrote over 50 novels and collections of short stories. He never considered becoming a writer. While serving in the Navy, Heinlein contracted tuberculosis and was at a loss on what direction his life would take. When he saw an ad in a pulp fiction magazine offering $50 for a story, he wrote one but decided it was too good and sent it to a science fiction magazine where it was accepted. And so began his new career. Unlike other science fiction stories at the time that were full of gadgets and imaginary machines, Heinlein's fiction dealt with the world as it was and how it could be imagined realistically in the future.

Trigun @ Animanga Club, Monday, July 9th

Join us this Monday @ the Northeast Branch from 6:00 to 8:00 for the June meeting of the AADL’s Animanga club. We'll be watching episodes of the Trigun anime, which is based on Yasuhiro Nightow’s manga of the same name. Trigun is the story of Vash the Stampede, a notorious gunman who has a 60,000,000,000 double dollar bounty on his head due to his destruction of an entire city. But as Milly and Meryl, two investigators from the Bernadelli Insurance Company, soon find out, Vash isn’t exactly what you might expect in a hardened criminal. We’ll also have a cool craft to celebrate the Japanese festival of Tanabata.

Not familiar with the series? Come anyway! Tell us about your favorites, and hear about our fall events. Snacks and drinks will also be served.

A good sketch is better than a long speech

I've been in to picture books, comics, manga, graphic novels or what ever you prefer to call the medium of artistic story telling for a long time. I remember trying to explain my appreciation for graphic novels to my parents. They looked at me with slightly puzzled, slightly worried looks...

"...so are they called graphic novels because they are violent?"

"Some are some aren't, but thats not important"

"... so are they called graphic novels because they have naughty pictures?"

"Some do some don't, but that's not important"

".. so is it the foul language that makes them graphic?"

" NO!, they are called graphic because of the art work."

Harry Potter Read-A-Likes

So, here are some books (many the beginning of series) that should appeal to Harry Potter fans... Yes, the list could go on and on...but hopefully this will be enough to tide you over till the new book comes out.
Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
So You Want To Be a Wizard by Daine Duane
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Merchant of Death (Pendragon) by D. J.MacHale
Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea
Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic) by tamora Pierce
Pure Dead Magic by Degi Gliori
The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark is Rising) by Susan Cooper
Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Robots on the rise

I don't want to panic anyone but I don't like the way my toaster is looking at me.

If we're on the brink of a robot uprising where our hi-tech gadgets get back at us then
How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. is the survival guide to have.

Robots of every size and shape

For some reason lately I've been on a bit of a "Robot Kick". Maybe its all the run up and hype for the release of the Transformers Movie or maybe I'm just geeked about the Library Lego League. (I can't wait to see how the new program works out ;0)

I remember reading a quote from Joseph Engelberger (early robotic pioneer ) about what makes a robot a robot he is quoted to have said.

"I can't define a robot, but I know one when I see one."

Chic Shoeboxes - Teen Craft

Turn ordinary shoeboxes into artful containers. Store those pictures, cd's, or whatever you've got saved that needs a container. We'll have paper and add-ons to turn those ordinary containers extra-ordinary.

New French Children's Books

There will soon be new French children's books at all branches. Some of the new titles are:
Charlie et la chocolaterie by Roald Dahl
L'enorme crocodile by Roald Dahl
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
La chenille qui fait des trous by Eric Carle
Chair de poule/Goosebumps 24 "L'horloge maudite" by R.L. Stine
La Cabane Magique/Magic Tree House 7 "Le voyage sur la lune" by Mary Pope Osbourne

Check them out! If you have any suggestions for French or any other foreign language books, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

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