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    Normal, IL 61761
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Archive for April, 2010

Summer reading is coming!

Posted by Kristi on April 28, 2010

Hey guys, just a reminder that the Normal Public Library Teen Summer Reading program is going to be starting up again soon.  Our official start date is May 26, and it will run until August 9.  This year’s theme is Scare Up a Good Book, so keep your eyes peeled for some great supernatural and horror reading suggestions in this space if you want to stick with the theme.  Of course, you can read anything you want to qualify for the program, including newspapers, magazines, and even blogs.  You can also listen to audio books.  All you’ll have to do is keep track of your reading hours for a chance to win some great prizes, including a netbook computer and an iPod Nano!

In addition to the reading program, we’ve got a lot of fun activities and events planned for this summer, from crafting to movie showings to writing workshops to video gaming.  I’ll be posting more details here in the very near future, so don’t forget to come back to check out what’s going on.  I’ll also be posting flyers at the library and all over town, so there’s no excuse for missing out!


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Best birthday present ever?

Posted by Kristi on April 15, 2010

Parents in Switzerland know exactly what every kid wants for their birthday: to be stalked by an evil clown plotting to smash a cake into their face.  Don’t you just wish your parents were this cool?

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Don’t forget Game Day this Wednesday!

Posted by Kristi on April 12, 2010

Just a quick reminder to all that we’re having our monthly game day this Wednesday, April 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 downstairs in the Community Room.  As always, we’ve got Dance Dance Revolution, Rock Band, and lots of board games.  And this week, we’ve got a special added bonus: the Beatles edition of Rock Band!  Join us on Wednesday to rock out with John, Paul, George and Ringo!

Don’t know much about the Beatles?  Do your homework before joining us on Wednesday by checking out some of the library’s books and other materials on all things Beatles and Beatlemania:

Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America by Jonathan Gould 

A combination of group biography, cultural history, and musical criticism. That the Beatles were an unprecedented phenomenon is a given. In Can’t Buy Me Love, Jonathan Gould seeks to explain why, placing the Fab Four in the broad and tumultuous panorama of their time and place, rooting their story in the social context that girded both their rise and their demise.

A  Teenager’s Guide to the Beatles by Zane Lalani 

This fast-paced, fun-to-read guide to the Beatles is ideal for the new generation of fans. Written by a father for his teenaged daughter, this book is more than just a biography. The author explores the Beatles phenomenon and the reasons for the band’s success. Probing into many of the controversies, myths, and mysteries surrounding one of the most popular and influential music groups in history, the author examines the hot issues for today’s teenaged Beatles fans.

John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge 

Award-winning biographer Elizabeth Partridge dives into Lennon’s life from the night he was born in 1940 during a World War II air raid on Liverpool, deftly taking us through his turbulent childhood and his rebellious rock’n’roll teens to his celebrated life writing, recording, and performing music with the Beatles. She sheds light on the years after the Beatles, with Yoko Ono, as he struggled to make sense of his own artistic life—one that had turned from youthful angst to suffocating fame in almost a split second.

Here, There, and Everywhere: The 100 Best Beatles Songs by Stephen Spignesi and Michael Lewis 

Organized by ranking order from Number 1 to Number 100, this illustrated celebration of the best songs by the boys who revolutionized rock-and-roll includes expert commentary, historical context, interview material, and lots of great sidebars (including “best” lists from some of today’s pop music powerhouses).  Appendices include a complete song list, discography, videography, and bibliography, making it a one-stop source of Beatles facts and figures.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles, Beatlemania, and the Music That Changed the World by Bob Spitz 

It starts in the housing projects and school playgrounds of Liverpool, where four boys would discover themselves – and a new form of music called rock ‘n roll. It takes us from the famous first meeting between John and Paul, to the clubs of Liverpool and Germany when George and Ringo join the band, down Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, to America and the height of the Beatles’ success – when they were still teenagers.

Meet the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band That Shook Youth, Gender, and the World by Steven D. Stark 

The Beatles have profoundly touched the lives of millions. But have you ever wondered why? Why did they become the most powerful artists in history and one of the twentieth century’s major symbols of cultural transformation? Meet the Beatles answers those questions and more as it examines the ways the lives of John, Paul, George, and Ringo were inextricably tied to the cultural revolutions their music helped inspire. From their long hair and interest in India to their drug use and admiration for strong women, the Beatles changed the way we look, the way we feel, and even the way we think. This is the book for those who have always been infatuated with the Beatles, as well as those who want to learn for the first time what it all really meant.

A Hard Day’s Night  

If you haven’t seen the Beatles’ classic first film, you should definitely check this one out!  In 1964, the Beatles had just recently exploded onto the American scene with their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” A Hard Day’s Night offered fans their first peek into a day in the life of the Beatles and served to establish the Fab Four on the silver screen, as well as to inspire the music video format.

Across the Universe

Using the songs of the Beatles, director Julie Taymor tells the story of young dockworker Jude, who leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America and is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York’s Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.

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Truckers take to knitting and quilting

Posted by Kristi on April 5, 2010

According to this Wall Street Journal article, long-haul truckers who find themselves with time on their hands waiting for their next load are taking up knitting and quilting and other crafts in increasing numbers.  Some have even outfitted their rigs with sewing machines!  I love the idea of these tough old truckers, mostly men, learning to create through traditional handicrafts usually associated with women.  Knitting, crocheting, sewing, and all other kinds of crafts can be a great way to pass the time and end up with something awesome that you made entirely on your own.

Want to learn to get crafty like a trucker?  We’ve got lots of great books here at the library for you to check out – just visit the Crafts and How-To booklist right here on the teen blog for a introduction to a few of the best resources.

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