Archive for July, 2009

All good things…

ice creamIce cream and libraries may not go together like peanut butter and jelly (melting cream and sugar in library book pages; the stuff of nightmares!), but there’s a group of people that think an ice cream flavor inspired by public libraries is just what the reader ordered

Who am I to disagree?

How do you like the following suggestions, or can you think of something even better?

Gooey Decimal System: Dark fudge alphabet letters with caramel swirls in hazelnut ice cream.

Sh-sh-sh-Sherbet!: Key Lime or a chocolate/vanilla combination.

Rocky Read: Vanilla with chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate chunks and raisins.

Writer’s Block: Coffee with fudge chunks and nicotine stains.

Chick Lit: Fat-free Peach-Mango swirl with pieces of Chicklet chewing gum.

Chexy Librarian: Demure vanilla on the outside, chocolate-covered cherries and Chex cereal pieces on the inside.

Twilit: Pale-white lemon sorbet with red shoestring licorice and the hair of Robert Pattinson.

Over-Goo Fudge: Chocolate with marshmallow and fudge.

Bookworm: Vanilla with gummy worms and annelid chunks.

Periodicals Cream: Glossy strawberry syrup, some eye-popping sprinkles, but mostly regular vanilla.

Chocolate Chip Bookie-Dough: Banana with chocolate-chip cookie dough. Decent odds.

Of Ice and M&M: M&Ms, Chocolate powder, Vanilla, Fresh bananas. It’s a good plan, but it never fully works.

Out-of-Print Pistachio: Even the nuts have freezer burn!

Reading Rainbow: PBS-sponsored Rainbow sherbet.

July 31, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Create Your Own YA Cover!

beatcoverFeeling creative?  Follow these instructions (courtesy of 100 Scope Notes) to create an original piece of cover art perfect for the YA shelves:



1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click

The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click

The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click

Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

July 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

SRP Weekly Raffle Winners

winner-winThis weeks winners for Summer Reading are:

Books: Crystal

Movies: Riqui

Wild Card: Xiomara

If you’d like a chance to win next monday, be sure you’re registered for summer reading and check in with Miss Catherine by Friday afternoon with your reading log!!

July 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Get what you want!

suggestion_boxIf you don’t see what you want in the library, be it a book, a movie, or a cd, the best thing to do is ask for it!

Librarians love suggestions, and maybe they’re not aware of the super-cool new series of books that you’re dying to read.  Leaving a suggestion for new library materials can be as easy as leaving a comment on this blog, or just mentioning it to Miss Catherine! 

Try asking for what you want, you just may be surprised how easy it can be!

July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Have you seen the new HP movie yet?

July 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Miss Catherine Recommends:

Monster Blood TattooRossamund Bookchild (unfortunate name for a boy), a foundling raised in a Marine orphanage, has always dreamed of the dangerous life of a vinegaroon (sailor), hopefully fighting lots of monsters and saving civilization, thereby earning his very own monster blood tattoos.  Instead, he’s saved from being the oldest foundling in the building by being recruited by the lamplighters, which sounds quite safe and dull to Rossamund.  We join him as he enters the wide world at last, and we all learn a thing or two about where to find real monsters and what’s safe and what isn’t.

I think the cover of this book is a little misleading; while monsters are a big part of this world, they’re not such a big part of this story.  This book is mostly laying the foundation for the very rich fantasy world we are entering, which is not to say there’s no excitement, but I worry that readers looking for immediate action and possible gore will be disappointed, while readers who will be enchanted by the richness of this imagined world won’t pick it up!  Also, the size of the book is a bit daunting, but almost a quarter of the book is a hefty addendum for the detail oriented.

I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to moving on to the sequel for more action and to see if my hypothesis of a great secret (I KNOW I know something Rossamund hasn’t yet figured out) is correct.  I highly recommend supplementing your reading of this book with a visit to the author’s website as well – a feast for the eyes.

July 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm

weekly raffle winners!

winner-winThis weeks winners for Summer Reading are:

Books: Ricky


Wild Card: Crystal

If you’d like a chance to win next monday, be sure you’re registered for summer reading and check in with Miss Catherine by Friday afternoon with your reading log!!

July 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Movies, movies, movies

moviesDid you know we show a teen movie every Thursday afternoon @ 2:00 pm?

If you have a favorite movie you’d like to watch with your friends right here at the library, let Miss Catherine know.

There’s nothing better than enjoying a good air-conditioned movie on a hot summer afternoon!

July 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Summer Reading Winners!

winner-winThis weeks winners for Summer Reading are:

Books: Olivia

Movies: Crystal

Wild Card: Xiomara

If you’d like a chance to win next monday, be sure you’re registered for summer reading and check in with Miss Catherine by Friday afternoon with your reading log!!

July 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm


capt_headBe sure to sign up for our super special Superheroes drawing workshop on TUESDAY JULY 14th @ 1:00pm!

Registration is required, so let Miss Catherine know if you want to participate (hint: you do!) and learn how to design and draw your very own super hero or villian!

This workshop is being run by professional comic book artist, Chris Pallace, so don’t miss your chance to learn from one of the best!

July 7, 2009 at 1:36 am

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