ages 11-18

Furubafest @ MC, Friday, November 30th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Can't get enough of Fruits Basket (aka Furuba) by Natsuki Takaya? Then join us this Friday night at Malletts Creek for a Furuba-themed celebration. We'll be discussing the latest twists and turns of the manga, screening episodes of the anime, and making a cool craft. Light snacks will be provided. For Grades 6-12.

DAN IN REAL LIFE

Dan Burns (Steve Carell) is recently widowed but would like to get back into the dating game. Unfortunately, the first woman he falls for is his brother's (Dane Cook) girlfriend Marie (Juliette Binoche). This is a blissfully funny and touching romantic comedy; the real thing is that its characters manage to be romantic, hilarious and recognizably human at the same time. I was entertained and felt pretty good...so will you! Watch Dan in Real Life Trailer.

AMERICAN GANGSTER (Jay-Z's Audio CD)

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

Scott Pilgrim's just another twenty-something slacker living in a cold Canadian town. He's cheerfully unemployed, crashing at his gay best friend's apartment, and playing bass for a truly terrible band. But when a cute Amazon.ca delivery girl starts rollerblading through his dreams, he suddenly has a mission in life: to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends so he can win her heart. The Scott Pilgrim series is easily one of the funniest that I've read in the past year. But don't just take my word for it--find out for yourself! The library owns the first three volumes (1, 2, 3). You can also find previews at the official website.

Tween Scene: Share the Warmth

Spend your day off from school making something warm for others as we move into the cold, wintry season. Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Wednesday, November 21 at 2 PM. We'll have until 4 PM to create no-sew fleece blankets to be donated to a local non-profit organization. In the spirit of giving, choose from a rainbow of colors and prints and spend the afternoon making blankets for others in our community.

Trigun

Those of you who have been enjoying the manga Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow will be happy to hear we’ve added the first three discs of the anime adaptation to our dvd collection. It's the story of Vash the Stampede, a notorious gunman who tends to leave destruction in his wake. But as two insurance investigators on his trail quickly find out, Vash isn’t exactly a hardened criminal. Check it out for the action and humor--and for some very memorable supporting characters.

Winner of the 2007 National Book Award

The prize for young people’s literature was awarded to Sherman Alexie for the “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”, an autobiographical story of a 14-year-old Spokane Indian who leaves his poverty-stricken reservation school and moves to a wealthy, all-white school. (New York Times, Nov. 15)

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is Alexie’s first book for young adults. "It's just astonishing. It's all because 27 years ago, I went up to my mom and dad and asked if I could leave the rez school, and they said yes." (Seattle Times, Nov. 14)

Out of This World: Great Sci-Fi and Fantasy (Nancy Pearl's Picks)

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"I don't consider myself at all a science fiction/fantasy fanatic, I must say that selecting the books for this topic was harder than any of the others that I've done. There is simply so much excellent stuff out there — both new and old — that I know people would enjoy, that the list could have been at least four times as long.

Did she pick any of your favorites?

Knit Your Bit For Others

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Jillian Moreno, author of Big Girl Knits has come up with 3 simple patterns for a hat, scarf, and mittens, and will be leading our group demonstrating stitches, and answering your questions. Bring your own needles and choose from a variety of our yarns. Your finished projects will be donated to local non-profit organizations.
Sunday, November 18 - 2:00-4:00 PM at Malletts Creek Branch - AADL - Grades 4-12

The perils of being "gifted"

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani is a first novel about Rumi, who at the beginning of the story is a five year old math prodigy, daughter of Mahesh, a math professor at a university in Wales and Shreene, who futilely longs for a return to India. Mahesh is determined that his daughter will enter Oxford at 14 and institutes an arduous program of study at home in addition to school. As Rumi grows up, she feels more conflicted about the roles imposed on her and longs for the more normal life of a teenager. Her father's drive for her academic success eventually leads to tragedy.

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