Monthly Archives: November 2013

Friday Crafternoon- Crafts with Puff Paint

Puff Paint can be pretty magical, and it’s really affordable. You might already have some lying around the house! This tutorial explains how to make cool doilies from puff paint (doilies are decorative mats for your household objects), but you can also use the same method to create a pretty design for a necklace or bracelet. Also, puff paint sticks to glass- think about all of the designs you can make for window clings! The only other supply you need is wax paper.

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YA Book Review- Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Today we have another review from our guest reviewer Sofia!

“SHUT OUT is a romantic comedy by Kody Keplinger and takes place in an average American town. Lissa Daniels is the girlfriend of the quarterback for Hamilton High’s football team. Ever since Lissa’s older brother Logan attended that high school a few years ago, there have been rivalries, not between schools but between their own football and soccer team, for no apparent reason. Lissa can’t take the violence between the teams any longer, especially when Randy seems to care about fights with the soccer team more than her. Things kept getting worse when Randy’s car kept on getting egged while they were making out in it- she also hated hearing him talk about the rock that the soccer goalie threw at him, and hearing about a soccer player who is in the hospital with a torn ACL from being chased in the woods at night by football players. Lissa thinks the only way to end it once and for all is to go on a hookup strike. After Lissa gets the girlfriends of players from both teams together, they vow to not be physically intimate with their boyfriends. They have sleepovers talking about what their boyfriends have been doing to bribe them so far. Little did Lissa know that the strike will be the cause for her boyfriend to cheat on her, resulting in a breakup. Now, Cash Sterling, a hot soccer playing classmate, coworker of hers at the library, and an old summer crush, is the leader of the boys who try to do everything to make the girls break their vows. They go as far as to crash the girls’ sleepover party by stripping in the backyard, jumping into the pool and inviting the girls in, and getting one of the players to play his guitar and sing to his girlfriend while all of the other boys sing the chorus. This never works, so now Lissa has a new plan to get back at them by going to Cash’s house, making him kiss her and then through her seductive ways make him end the battle. That does not work out exactly as planed…. Lissa went too far- is it ever going to end?”

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Friday Crafternoon- Corner Bookmarks

If you weren’t able to make it to the Teen Room yesterday to pick up a grab-n-go craft kit for bookmarks, here is a great tutorial for one of the styles included in the kit! This tutorial is nice because it gives you tips for a very simple version, and then a much nicer and sturdier version. All you need for these are scissors, paper, and glue!

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(photo credit: http://tallystreasury.com)

YA Book Review- All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

Judith would never have seen how much easier her life in town was before. Once she had disappeared, and then returned with half her tongue cut out, she would never again know the simplicity of being just another girl in her small settler’s town. Through all of Judith’s observations and memories, a sad and tense story is slowly pieced together. We learn that she is most often thinking about the boy she loves, and watching him carefully to make sure he lives a happy life. We read about the loving family she had before, in stark contrast to the cruel widowed mother who now daily reminds her of how little she is worth. We see that the way the town shuns Judith is not at all her fault, but that their disdain for her is largely borne of the fear of not knowing why she and her best friend disappeared as young girls, and why she was the only one to get out alive.

This is one story you will most likely not be able to put down until you finish it. Judith’s tale comes through little by little, as the readers only see through her mind’s eye and only know things as she let’s them be known. Fans of many different genre’s will be captivated by this book, including those who like mystery, thrillers, and historical fiction. There are surprises throughout- grab a copy at the library today!

 

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YA Book Review- Romantic Reads

It’s getting colder, which means it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with some good romantic stories! Our guest reviewer today is Sofia, who has not one but TWO great books to recommend!

Reboot by Amy Tintera

 

“Start the count down for Reboot by Amy Tintera, an interesting, romantic, action-filled, futuristic book about humans who are given a treatment for the deadly KDH virus- but, like Wren Connally, they come back to life as a Reboot, becoming more robot like than human the longer they are dead. Reboots are trained and sent on missions to capture humans or the monsters they turn into after coming back to life. Wren (the longest dead girl to ever exist) is ordered by the Human Advancement and Re population Corporation to kill her too rebellious trainee Callum Miraculously she starts to have feelings for him and runs away with him trying to save his life before the HARC’s deadly experimental drugs take over his body by going back, risking her life and the ones of others to get the antidote and saving the lives of hundreds of Reboots.”

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Hanging By A Thread by Sophie Littlefield

“Among all of the romantic detective books in libraries, there are few like Hanging By A Thread by Sophie Littlefield with a teenager like Clare who has a blessing (or curse) to see the pasts of people through their clothes. After moving back into a now paranoid little town called Clare Night, where they still have not found the missing bodies from the two previous Independent Days, she will find out why those people disappeared and who did it…but she might be next.”

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Friday Crafternoon- Magazine Strip Art

The problem with magazines is that once you get through them cover-to-cover, you’re probably not going to pick them up again, and then you’re stuck with stacks of unused paper. Why not upcycle them? This awesome craft idea uses strips of magazine pages and a simple outline to create super unique pieces of art. You come up with the outline- a silhouette of someone’s face, your favorite shape, or maybe your home state. Once you’ve drawn it out on a nice, big piece of paper (or even a canvas), cut magazine pages in to strips and then trim the strips to sit inside your outline. Glue them down, and there you go! Check out the tutorial here for more info.

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(photo credit: ilovedecoration.com)