“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!”: Thin books for post-holidays

If you’re like me, you spent the last several weeks in the proximity of a lot of cookies. I mean A LOT. Maybe you spent a lot of time on the couch with books, too, but felt too lazy to focus on the long ones, even awesome new ones like Divergent and Why We Broke Up. Maybe this condition is a Cookie Coma…or maybe it’s just me.

Either way, I’m here to champion 2012, less lazy time, and more book-finishin’! And to help get over that hump and ease back into normal consumption of foodstuffs and books, have a carrot stick and consider Short Books with me. You know the ones I mean — in the neighborhood of 100-150 pages, quick enough to read in one sitting and give you a sense of accomplishment.

Here are some to start you off.

Stuck in Neutral

Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him. (114 pages)

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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, by Gail Giles

Fourteen-year-old Sunny is stunned when a total stranger shows up at her house posing as her older sister Jazz, who supposedly died out of town in a fire months earlier. (136 pages)

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Blackwater

Blackwater, by Eve Bunting

When a boy and girl are drowned in the Blackwater River, thirteen-year-old Brodie must decide whether to confess that he may have caused the accident. (146 pages)

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Seedfolks

Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman

One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed. (69 pages)

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Shattered Star

Shattered Star, by Charnan Simon

Cassie is the best singer in Southside High’s Glee Club and dreams of being famous…but how far will Cassie go for her shot at fame? (104 pages)

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Want more? I perused The World’s Best Thin Books: What to Read When Your Book Report is Due Tomorrow and tagged some of them, so you can hop right over to our catalog to reserve them. You can thank me later.

Hey, are you gonna finish that carrot stick?

During Football Season, Every Game Day is a Holiday: Books for Football Nuts

If you are reading this blog…

…you may live in Ohio and if you live in Ohio (especially Central Ohio) you know what I am talking about when I say we have some football nuts who live here (not just this guy). For many Ohioans the next upcoming holiday is the next game day… Ohio LOVES football and isn’t afraid to show it!

If you eat and breathe football or bleed team colors…you may enjoy these pigskin reads.

Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he’s determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field–or to discuss his past.

This quick read (only 48 pages!) is just one in a series of quick reads that aim to capture urban teen life–the ups, the downs and the in-betweens of High School.

Kadeem Jones is a star quarterback for Southside High. He is thrilled when college scouts seek him out. His visit to Teller College is amazing, but then NCAA officials accuse Teller’s staff of illegally recruiting top talent. Will Kadeem decide to help their investigation, even though it means the end of the good times? What will it do to his chances of playing college football?

High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.

Twelve-year-old football stars Troy White and Ty Lewis are eager to face each other in a seven-on-seven tournament being held at the Super Bowl in Miami, unaware that bad choices made by members of their families will put both boys in danger.

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

Best friends Cassie and Greg get caught in the middle of a decades-old football rivalry between their high school teams, the Spartans and the Trojans, in this novel loosely based on Homer’s classic tale, The Iliad.

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

In a small West Texas town, an Australian exchange student becomes a star on the football field and soon finds himself torn between the lure of America and the ties that bind him to his home in Australia.

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Programs Begin Next Week!

But it isn’t too late to register! There are spaces still available in many of popular kids’ programs…stop by the Youth Desk to register or follow the links below to reserve your spot today! These programs are offered on multiple days and times. Visit our calender for details.

Preschool Storytime: Books, stories, activities, live music and fun for your child aged 3-6.

Move With Music: Explore movement and music with favorite songs new and old. The music will be enhanced with movement activities using rhythm instruments, bean bags, the parachute and more! Parents/caregivers stay and play during this interactive family program for children aged 2-5.

Action Tales: This storytime features books, storytelling, imaginative play and a simple craft. Program may last up to 45 minutes. Parents and siblings are encouraged to stay and play! For ages 3 to 5.

Yoga Tales: Children ages 4-8 will listen to and act out stories, play games, sing songs using a variety of modified yoga poses.

Or join a book club!

Bookworms:  You don’t have to be a reader for this book club! We’ll read, dance, chant and craft in this book club designed just for pre-readers. Parents will be an integral element of this program so come prepared to take part in the fun!

Page Turners: Explore different authors or types of books each month in this new book club for children in grades 1-3. In January we’ll be looking at Toon Books, a series of graphic novels (comics) for beginning readers.

ARC! Advance Reader’s Club: Do you love to read? Do you love to talk about what you read? In ARC you will have the opportunity to read books that haven’t been published yet: we call ‘em “advance readers copies”. You may be the first to read the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter!

Where’s the beef?: Some 80s linkage

OK sports fans, tonight’s the night! Our We Love the 80’s Party is this evening @ 7 pm in the Activity Center! If you can’t make it, dry your tears and check out some of these links on your own. It’ll be *almost* as great as being there!

Library books, music and movies you can reserve

80s Pop station on Pandora

Interactive online trivia quiz: Everything 80s Part 1

80s music videos

80s fashion explanations (fashion prizes will be given tonight!)

80s snacks and commercials – we will be eating some of these ;)

80s commercials YouTube playlist

Where’s the beef?: Some 80s linkage

OK sports fans, tonight’s the night! Our We Love the 80’s Party is this evening @ 7 pm in the Activity Center! If you can’t make it, dry your tears and check out some of these links on your own. It’ll be *almost* as great as being there!

Library books, music and movies you can reserve

80s Pop station on Pandora

Interactive online trivia quiz: Everything 80s Part 1

80s music videos

80s fashion explanations (fashion prizes will be given tonight!)

80s snacks and commercials – we will be eating some of these ;)

80s commercials YouTube playlist

Holiday Hours @ the Library

Devoted followers and WPL fans everywhere, make a note, write it on your hand, and add it to your calendar: the Library will be CLOSED December 24, 25, and 26 (tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday). We’ll also be closed on Sunday, Jan. 1, as per usual.

Have a relaxing holiday and, if you start experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, get a glass of water, peruse some of our favorite books this year, and let out all your feelings in the comments below. See you next week!

The Hobbit trailer: It’s time to get yer Tolkien on

It’s here! It’s here! Our first glimpse of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie adaptation! Are you in a comfortable seat? Is the sound turned up on your computer? OK, now take this in:

HOW EXCITED AM I?! Enough to shout on the interwebs, that’s how excited. New resolution for 2012: I’ll be re-reading the book and re-watching the amazing movie series in preparation. More details here.

Michael Jackson and Edward Cullen Discuss Upcoming Teen Events…Comixed Style

"So, uh, hey Mike...I hear you are getting pretty excited about the WPL We Love the 80s party next Thursday 12/29 at 7pm?"

"Yeah...Edward, I am pretty excited about the party. I was kinda a big deal in the 80s...maybe you heard about that? Anyhoo--at the party there is going to be rad 80s food and a costume contest and music and stuff. Pretty Bad--as in good, you know like I was in the 80s."

"You know, you WERE pretty big in the 80s...if you are into that whole Thriller thing or whatever. Personally, I like classical music and tree-climbing more than werewolves doing silly dances in tacky red leather. You know, I'm kinda a big deal now and I, uh, SPARKLE."

"Oh, geesh...awkward. You see Edward, I sparkle too--'xcept when I do it, it is cool. Ouch."

Michael Jackson and Edward Cullen Discuss Upcoming Teen Events…Comixed Style

"So, uh, hey Mike...I hear you are getting pretty excited about the WPL We Love the 80s party next Thursday 12/29 at 7pm?"

"Yeah...Edward, I am pretty excited about the party. I was kinda a big deal in the 80s...maybe you heard about that? Anyhoo--at the party there is going to be rad 80s food and a costume contest and music and stuff. Pretty Bad--as in good, you know like I was in the 80s."

"You know, you WERE pretty big in the 80s...if you are into that whole Thriller thing or whatever. Personally, I like classical music and tree-climbing more than werewolves doing silly dances in tacky red leather. You know, I'm kinda a big deal now and I, uh, SPARKLE."

"Oh, geesh...awkward. You see Edward, I sparkle too--'xcept when I do it, it is cool. Ouch."