Click Magazine: At the Library

The new February issue of Click Magazine for kids has a ton of fascinating information about libraries and books! Read the text of an interview with David Shannon, author of No, David! and Alice the Fairy, learn about the history of books and making paper, and how to ask a librarian for help. You can also see photos of different libraries around the world, including biblioburros, bookmobiles, portable libraries on elephants and trailers, and even libraries hidden inside telephone booths. You can learn how to make your own book (even one with flaps and pockets!) and photocopy and use the story starter game in the back. Feeling too snowed in to come to the library?

Visit the Click Magazine website to hear audio recordings of magazine features, watch a video on block printing, or play a Sort the Books game.

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Teen Stuff: Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Far Far Away is “the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost.” Jeremy Johnson Johnson is a quiet teen who keeps to himself in his bookshop home in the town of Never Better. For he is the boy who hears voices, namely one voice: that of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, of Grimm’s fairy tales. Jacob is there to guide Jeremy and protect him from the Keeper Of Occasions – whose identity and evil intentions are unknown. Jacob is the narrator of the story, which leaves for an amazing viewpoint of our main character Jeremy and all that happens in town.

One exciting thing that happens in the sleepy town of Never Better is over at Green Oven Bakery. When green smoke exits the chimney the community knows that the famous prince cakes have been baked! One bite of this delicious cake makes you fall in love with the first person you lay eyes on. Rumor has it this is what happened to Jeremy’s mother, who went to the bakery and then ran off for good with another man, leaving Jeremy’s father in a bed of depression for years. One dark thing that happens in the town of Never Better is that children occasionally go missing and the sheriff doesn’t seem to want to do much about it.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal is a bit of fairy tale and a bit of a mystery – an original and quick read that surely will take you far far away. The book is currently an Edgar Award Finalist and was recently listed as a Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.

PreK SPOTlight - NEW Picture Books Feb 2014

My eyes SPOTTED the following NEW books today.
20 BIG TRUCKS in the Middle Of The Road a counting book of 20 different trucks ... for kids who like stories with "wheels".
MY HUMONGOUS HAMSTER ... for kids who like "silly" or "pets" or BOTH.
NEST ... for kids who "notice season changes" and other "thoughtful" observations ... beautiful pictures in a lovely format.
AMY's THREE BEST THINGS for the "overnight at grandparent's house" audience ... or kids "dealing with feelings".

I hope You find something that pleases You too!

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge #4: Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian was a boisterous child in Rutherford, NJ; she always wanted to have fun and enjoy life. One of her most favorite enjoyments was and still is writing. After graduating from the University of the Arts for Writing for Film and Television, she continued on to receive her Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Now she teaches at the University of Pittsburgh in addition to going on tour for her books.

Siobhan Vivian recently coauthored Burn for Burn with Jenny Han in 2013. All of her books have been published with international editions, including those for Greece, France, Germany, and the UK. YALSA listed three of her books in their annual Best Books for Young Adults: The List (2013), Not That Kind of Girl (2011), and Same Difference (2010).

If you would like to learn more about Siobhan Vivian, check out her website and blog.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

Preschool Storytime: Fun with AAWD!

Hello everybody, and how do you tooth? Get ready for a very special preschool storytime at Traverwood on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00pm. To celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month, the featured stories will be about teeth and the tooth fairy. We will even have special guests: members of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists will be there to talk about going to the dentist and how to take care of your teeth! This storytime is sure to put a smile on your face.

CANCELLED - Author John Corey Whaley Visits AADL

Wednesday May 14, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Due to a change in travel schedule - this scheduled event featuring author John Corey Whaley is cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Amazon Teen Bestsellers: Rush Revere and the First Patriots

Apparently radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is trying to make American history come to life for young people, in a series of books about "time-travel adventures with exceptional Americans." The first book in the series is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, in which Limbaugh created the character of a middle-school teacher named Rush Revere. In the second book, "Rush Revere and First Patriots," the character is transported back to the time leading up to the American Revolution. The second book currently is #9 on Amazon's list of Best Sellers in Teen and Young Adult Books.

Secret Pizza Party

Remember how funny and adorable and hilarious Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri is? Well, they’ve got another picture book out, made just for you fans of silly!

Secret Pizza Party features a raccoon that LOVES pizza. “Pizza smell” gives him the “happy screams.” But the poor raccoon in this book is always being chased off by someone with a broom. All he wants in life is some pizza! Eventually a plan is hatched for a secret pizza party. One that involves avoiding the broom factory and the raccoon-sniffing broom-bots. Will this raccoon ever get some pizza?! Read the book and find out.

You might also want to read Dragons Love Tacos, if you haven’t already. And for more funny picture books check out this nice list we've created!

New Teen Nonfiction: This is NOT a Writing Manual, by Kerri Majors

Kerri Majors was once a teen writer, fantasizing about the day when her book would be published. She'd be featured on "Oprah," and smile politely to her friends with a hidden smirk of pride. But one day she realized that writing was not what she had expected: it really was difficult to face the naysayers and her more successful friends, and she really did need to find a job in addition to her first calling.

Majors has come a long way since then, and her new memoir serves as inspiration to passionate young adult writers with a dream. This is Not a Writing Manual exposes the harsh realities as well as the glorious triumphs that Majors faced as an emerging writer. She does not impose strict grammar rules or stiff writing advice. She simply writes honestly, providing "therapy for writers."

Kerri Majors is best known for her creation of YARN, an online writing magazine for teens. She loves reading YA novels, identifies herself as a California girl, and lives in Massachusetts with her family. To learn more about Kerri, visit her website.

Korean Cookbooks @AADL

Do you like to experiment with cooking? Are you fond of kimchi, seaweed, and sesame oil? Why not try your hand at cooking Korean Cuisine!

The AADL has plenty of Korean Cookbooks in our collection, such as Eating Korean: From Barbecue to Kimchi. In this cookbook/memoir fusion, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee writes about what it was like growing up in a Korean kitchen. In addition, she provides resources for the unfamiliar shopper, such as a list of Korean groceries by state and a glossary of ingredients and equipment.

Other Korean cookbooks include The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen, by Marja Vongerichten, which was adapted to a popular PBS television series in 2011. The Kimchi Chronicles feature both traditional Korean dishes and the more contemporary fusion dishes; in this unique cookbook, Vongerichten explains how it is easy to translate Korean flavors into the American kitchen.

One of my personal favorite Korean dishes is the spicy beef soup – called 육개장 yukgaejang (pronounced yook-gae-jahng) – which features beef, vegetables, transparent noodles (I like to call them ghost noodles!), and lots of spicy red chili paste (gochujang). This hot and spicy soup is perfect to warm up with in the cold weather we are currently having here in the mitten state! You can find this traditional recipe, along with several others, in the cookbook Authentic Recipes from Korea by Injoo Chun.

For a list of more Korean cookbooks in the AADL collection, visit the public list Kimchi, Bulgogi, and Gim – oh my!

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