Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tell us what you think!

If you have joined the Summer Reading Club, we're asking you what you think.

Now Adults can register themselves online (sorry teens and kids - for now it's still F2F for you)

Everyone can write a book review.

Adults, Teens, and Kids who write book review will see it appear on the website within a few days.

Not only that, but we're also interested in finding out what folks think about the events held at the different libraries.
Many libraries are offering prizes; your review is like a raffle ticket, and there are no limits to how often you may enter.
So... check and see what's happening at your library.

And remember - when it's hot you can come inside someplace cool and relax with a nice book.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Arrrrrrgh? Elllllllll Ooooooohhhhhh Elllllllll!

Any teens (for the purposes of clarity, that's folks aged 13-18) who have a yen for things Piratey are invited to Pirate Movie Night at the Teen Forum of Martin Library.

This Wednesday night there will be two movies - Pirates of the Caribbean 1 & 2 - shown from 4-9 p.m.
There will be all kinds of snackage; poporn and soda will be provided free of charge, and candy machines are available for those who need sugary, chocolaty, or other tasty goodness.

Anyone who talks too loud, has their cell phone go off, or is disruptive to other viewers will be flogged and fed to the sharks.
For a quick preview of the two movies click here; in thirty seconds, and re-enacted by bunnies.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Graphic Novels - the new hotness!

With 1004 distinct items in the Library System, we have a veritable treasure chest of Graphic Novels. We can't keep them on the shelf, they're the most rapidly-growing niche in publishing, and many are spawning a new renaissance in Hollywood. Good Stuff!

But wait - what is a Graphic Novel? You don't know?

Graphic novels are similar to comic books. Like comic books, they use sequential artwork to help tell a story. However, they are more likely to be stand-alone stories, and plot lines are more extended.

Some are collections of comics (Usagi Yojimbo) and some are books in their own right (Pride of Baghdad) . Still others have won prostigeous awards like the Xeric Award (Clan Apis) and one has even won the Pulitzer Prize (Maus)

Better to refer to them as a format (just as we do a book, magazine, audiobook, or movie) because they cover many genres; Cyberpunk, Horror, Romance, Fantasy and more.

Does this mean that these books are only for teens?
Not at all. Graphic Novels tend to be very appealing for all ages. (This includes the staff that develop this collection) The visual presentation, great character development, well-written plots, and escapism make this format of book very appealing.

Graphic Novels are all about Superheroes, right?

Actually, no...they’re not even all fiction.

Although we do have superheroes such as Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and Wolverine we also have other fiction and non-fiction books.

Here are a few examples:

· Pedro and Me
· The amazing true story of a Teenage Single Mom
. Persepolis

· Sandman
· Tapping the Vein
. Thirty Days of Night

· Heavy Liquid
· Channel Zero

Christian Fiction
· Left Behind
· Tribulation Force

· Moby Dick - Melville
· Remembrance of Things Past—Proust

· Cartoon Guide to Genetics
· Cartoon Guide to Physics
. Jack The Ripper

BEST OF ALL many are now coming to the big screen.

So if you're interested in this 'new' format, why not give them a try?
There are many terrific books out there, just waiting for you to discover them.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Summer Reading Kickoff - At the West Manchester Mall!

Noon - 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 13th, please join the library and the Mall Kid's Club for this exciting kick-off event!

Zoo America will have live animals to see and there will be crafts and activities as well as an opportunity to sign up for the Summer Reading Club.

Visit us for this free event and have a blast. Win fabulous prizes! Take home some great giveaways and start a summer of fun!
If you have any questions, please call 846-5300 x 242

Friday, June 8, 2007

Libraries: answering trivia and earnest questions since 1879

If you're not familiar with this logo, you really need to aquaint yourself. This FREE service is FREELY available for FREE 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (except major holidays when the Librarians are FREE to do what they wish)

Now we know that you use Google. We're not even bitter about it, because we have a little secret; Google doesn't always have the answers. Sometimes, it even has the totally wrong answer altogether. And don't even get us started on Wikipedia.

So when you're looking at a bazillion wrong answers to what should be an easy question, and you're ready to throw things at the monitor, why not give us a try?

If you're questioning the value of something that's free, here's a suggestion; try out Ask Here PA. If you're pleased, but uneasy about something for nothing, why not write a check out to York County Libraries?

Or, cheerfully and happily keep your money, secure in the knowlege that you have a good answer.

somewhere, someone
really fell for this

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Summer Reading Club!

It's time for Summer Reading Club!

Beginning Monday the 11th of June, folks of all ages are welcome to participate, read, have fun, and try for fabulous prizes.

Nobody is too young or too old for the club;

  • "Read to Me" is for babies in arms up to age 6,

  • "Summer Readers" are folks 6-12

  • "Teen Readers" are 13 to 18 and

  • "Adult Summer Readers" are over 18.

There are programs, contests, books, and other 'club' activities available all summer.
Check out the website for more information and don't forget the concurrent GO series.