Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday fun and a little frightening.

Hey guys,

Happy Friday. The other week it was time for us to go to the store and upgrade our phones. Upgraded from the Galaxy S III to the Note 4. Quite a phone. Anyway, when we went to get our new phones, it was my lunch break, and so I decided to check out the new sandwich shop next door.
They have one of those amazing Coke machines there, like they have at some other burger places. It’s called the Coke Freestyle. You get to choose your main favorite soft drink and then you can add and mix and blend other flavors. I need one at my house and also one here at the library.

What was your favorite read of 2014?

I’m going to say that mine were Grasshopper Jungle: a history, by Andrew Smith, and Evil Librarian, by Michelle Knudsen, were just about my favorite two, though if I had to suggest two understudy reads, I’d say that In a Sunburned Land, by Bill Bryson, also was quite wonderful.
What about you? Have any favorite books that you loved? Post them in the comments.

What would have done?

A few days ago, Asheboro got put on the national stage again, as a woman’s recording of road rage went viral. You can read about the incident on several news sites. The woman reached into the car of a woman behind her, yelled, screamed and said some awful things. There was a child in the car that was attacked, and you can imagine that it frightened the poor kid.
I have been at the mercy of a few road rage incidents, and I’ve learned to button up the car and call 911. Some detractors of this video have said that woman should have called the police rather than filming the incident. The other side of the argument being, the woman who filmed the incident gave officers license plate information and admissible evidence against the assailant.
When it comes down to it, what would you have done? Recorded it, or called 911. Why?
Respond in our comments section.

That’s about all for this week. Lots coming soon, including the nearly edited Vlog!

Have a great Weekend.

Coming up...

Library Shelfies

Who are your three favorite historical individuals and what dinner would you have with them?

Pottery Slam!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Volunteering, the Majestic Mohawk and Things I cannot wait for.

Hey guys!

Saturday is here, and you may be sleeping but I just cannot wait for some things to happen, and here they are:

Star Wars VII
If you love Star Wars, and you know anything about how slow a year can go when you're looking forward to something, then you know that I'm in agony waiting for this movie. Also, i hope hope hope it doesn't suck.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
This should go without saying, really.

My Birthday
Okay, so, I'm an adult (physically, anyway) and I love my birthday dinners. But this year, I think that I'm more excited than usual, because for the last months, since I've been my current age (it's a double prime. How awful!) I've had an odd and very unpleasant number. So, next birthday, I'm back to being even. It matters.

I mean it, I love the summer. Even though I enjoy the cold!

Volunteer hours.

I have several time consuming jobs that need done. Don't worry, they're simple or even fun enough, but I am just too darn busy. If you're interested in doing a little volunteering, let me know by sending me an email to or call at (336)-318-6819 and make arrangements.
It'll be well worth your time!

Vikings and Mohawks

So, I've been watching the first two seasons of Vikings from the History Channel, and let me just say, it's the best darn show on TV, and that includes Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Not to say that I don't like either of those shows, I do. But for a small-budget gig, Vikings is really knocking it out of the part.
I especially like Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lodbrok) and his mohawk. It never occurred to me that vikings would have mohawks. I would never get a mohawk, but I tell you, if it was ever the case that we were somehow thrust back to those days, I might consider it.

Well, that's about all I have for right now, Have a great weekend.


Things to come:

Why there should be a Magic Coke machine in every place in the world

What's your favorite book from 2014?

How would you have reacted?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mid-week complaints and more.

Hey, Guys,

One of my favorites, honestly.
I'm pretty sure we've all seen the various variations on the Keep Calm and Carry On thing, but have you noticed how clever everyone is with this? I mean, Keep Calm and Call a Shrink comes to mind. It makes me wonder how much time people have on their hands, that this is the kind of thing people focus on all the time.
Okay, I'm done complaining.

What's a free build?

A few years ago, the TeenZone's Lego collection was enhanced heavily by a donation from a member of our community.
We now have several megatons of Legos. And as a result, we've tried to expand on Lego themed programming to make better use of them.
So, every Friday, since the last Lego Mania, we've had a free build.
There are no rules You just come to the library from 4-5 p.m. on Friday afternoon and build whatever you want.
While this is a co-program with the Children's Room, this is something that you guys should be taking advantage of, So, come on out and get building.

Speaking of Programs...
I have a goal to increase programming to at least one program a week. With that in mind, what sorts of things do you want to do? Special guests, crafts, video game tournaments. You let me know. I'll do it.
Mail you ideas to
I'll randomly select one idea giver and make a goodie bag of random awesome coolness to give them.
Who doesn't love random awesome goodies?

What I'm reading...

I am trying really hard to beat my books per year record this year, so I've gone in hot with three books. The best one, though, is 'DUST', by Elizabeth Bear: This isn't YA but is really good and I recommend it if you like science fiction.

See you with more, on Saturday.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Newspapers, The Ocean and Why I read 51 books.

Hey Guys,

51 books in a year??

I found this awesome journal at
a local office supply shop for $3.
My friends will tell you that I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. I think they're silly. They seem to be more of a fad than anything, and so, after two weeks, they've been forgotten.
Well, exactly one year ago, I read a really inspiring article (that I cannot find anywhere, sadly) about a man who recorded every book he had read in his life in a series of notebooks. He was averaging around 150 books a year.
I thought, 'If he can read that many, I can read one book a week, right? RIGHT?!?.' So I bought a really cool journal and tracked my reading. I read 51 books in a year. I tried to make it, but the holidays cramped my reading.
Now, when I say I 'read' I mean that I both read and listen to books on audio, using our eaudio app, OneClickDigital. It's free with your library card, and I can tell you more, if you want to know. It makes it so that I can read while doing chores. Pretty cool.
Find more here.
The idea is if you track your reading, you can have a historical archive to see how your preferences change or evolve over time. It's been fun. I've set the goal to double my total for this year. We shall see!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a Novel

Ocean in a bucket? Yes please.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman is the first book I've read by Gaiman that was for teens. That is, American Gods, which is one of my favorite books, is actually geared more for mature readers.
This book is, in a word, awesome. The protagonist, who is never named, is returning to the site of childhood adventures after a funeral of a loved one. While there he remembers and relates with curious detail the story of how he and Lettie Hempstock a little girl of curious power and history, went to bind a powerful spirit who was giving people money. The Hempstocks, three generations of women who claim to have come over 'the ocean'-- their pond, many years ago, to keep things in this world safe. The protagonist winds up loosing the powerful spirit who takes human form and nearly destroys his family and life.
If you like fantasy, history and just a really good story, I highly recommend it.

What's a newspaper and why you should read it.

Finally, while visiting a Middle School here in town, I asked the students how often the looked at or read the local newspaper.
Their resounding answer was not at all.
I cannot emphasize how important it is to read or at least glance through your local newspaper as often as you can. Not only are there some really good bits of current events in your town (and by your town I mean, it is also your town, not just your parent's) and there are some really good articles in there about all sorts of things. There are comics, crosswords and other really neat things.
Hey, did you know I write a column in our local paper? Here's my latest one.

That's about all for today. However, I recorded the John Czop program and I'll splice it and edit it up so you can get a nice overview if you missed it.

Next time.

What the heck is a Free Build??

What programs do you want at the library for teens?

Keep calm and DO WHAT???

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A little something new for 2015

Don't blame me. He drew this.

Hey guys.

You know I've been talking about doing a vlog for some time now. Well, it's coming, finally. And don't worry, you won't have to look too closely at my ugly mug!

My good buddy John Czop is coming back to show you how to draw comics. You have to call to register, so do that [(336)-318-6819]. You don't want to miss this. Seriously.
Thursday, January 15th at 7 p.m.

Also, We're having the Pottery Slam this year again. Stay tuned for more on that, but if you haven't ever made your own pottery before, or if you have and you want to do it again, stay tuned.

Also, don't forget to go by the TeenZone page at and check out all the cool stuff there.

And finally-- and I'm really excited about this for some reason-- The Internet Archive has brought back a lot of really cool MS DOS games, like we used to play when I was a kid, five hundred years ago.
They're free and there's tons of games on there. Go and have fun here.

Until the next edition!


In the next edition:

Why I read 51 books last year;

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, a Review

Why You should read the newspaper.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Rambles

Hello, hello! It's another Friday, another month, and there is a definite winter-chill to the air. So of course I am in a rambling sort of mood ... Hey, if I'm not rambling, I am totally going to be trying to find a place to hibernate. I'm a Southern Girl, through and through, y'all, and I wasn't mentally prepared for this chill-down!

Wholly Random Thoughts
In case you're curious, books checked out today are due on December 5th. Two weeks from now is that infamous "Black Friday" where most people go nuts over sales - and I curl up with college football, a stack of books, and tasty leftovers. 2014 is almost over, and I feel like it should be maybe March. Maybe instead of mentally preparing for winter, I should start preparing for 2015. Because that's going to be a big year. Also, I have roughly a month and a half to "finish" 2014 -- and there are still things I want to accomplish before I flip over to the next chapter.

Book-to-Movie News
If you follow the Archdale facebook page, you probably saw a post about this -- or if you follow YA social media feeds -- but one of my all-time favorite YA fantasy reads has been picked up by Focus Features! That's right, Maggie Stiefvater's amazing The Scorpio Races will finally be coming to the big screen! I am beyond psyched, and have high hopes ... Focus brought me the gorgeousness of the 2005 Pride & Prejudice, so they know how to make pretty movies. And this one has potential to be pretty.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
You didn't think I would forget to mention this, did you? The final official trailer released last week, and it is mesmerizing ...
December is going to be a big month, movie-wise, with at least three that I will have to see on the big screen (and I tend to see The Hobbit in multiples).

What's on your mind this chilly Friday? Read anything amazing? Know any book or movie news that the whole world needs to know and be excited about?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Book News!

I knew it! You guys, I told you that I felt like there was more to Kiera Cass's Selection series, even though the trilogy "officially" ended with The One. If you don't remember (or don't want to click through), here's my quote from back in the summer:
...there is still so much left unresolved. I can't help but wonder if there will be another book after this one (even though it's "supposed" to be the end), or maybe another, spin-off series/trilogy ... I'll definitely be keeping my eyes and ears open!
So. Yeah. My hunch has totally been proven correct ... Voila!

Another incredibly gorgeous cover, and the trilogy has become an official series. Here's the blurb from Goodreads:
Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.
I don't know about you, but I'm intrigued ... I will be very interested in seeing how Cass weaves in the lingering loose ends that bugged me so bad from the trilogy aspect (or if she leaves them undone). Guess we'll find out in May!