The movie version of Eragon, Christopher Paolini's bestseller, opens this Friday, December 15. The film stars Edward Speleers as Eragon and other cast members include Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Rachel Weisz. Eragon is the first book in Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy. Which do you think will be better - the movie or the book? Let us know what you think!
The winners of this year's National Book Awards, announced last night in New York City (the show airs this weekend on Book TV) include:
Young People's Literature: M.T. Anderson for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party (Candlewick)
from the U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian:
According to a report published in the United Kingdom, the following books were “the ones most chosen in answer to the question, ‘Which book should every adult read before they die?’"
What do you think? Do you agree? Have you read any of these books? Are there others you would add?
The first book listed received the most votes and the rest of the titles follow in decreasing order of votes.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
1984 by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony BurgessA Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzenhitsyn
TEENS: You could win an iPod nano
or free Phillies tickets for Aug 11 - sign up for drawing! All you have to do is be registered for Creature Feature summer reading & turn in at least one reading log. You can sign up at the library or online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For every 5 books you read, you get a prize. You get to choose a prize from the cabinet plus are automatically entered into the drawing for an ipod nano. New prizes added regularly. You can count your summer reading required for school!
Ancient Evil and Mythic Beings
Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Something is stalking the halls of NY’s American Museum of Natural History.
Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding – Hunting down of murderous wych-kin invading the world in an alternate Victorian London.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black – Gritty urban tale about the world of faerie.
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier – A mysterious door and predators who want to take advantage of magical powers.
Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney – Seventh son of a seventh son learns to fight boggarts, ghosts, and witches.
The Boy Who Couldn’t Die by William Sleator –Sixteen-year-old finds a voodoo priestess who performs a ritual that locks his soul away, making him invulnerable, or does it?
Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge: A Ghost Story by Kathryn Reiss – Alternating tale of past and present about a haunted antique dollhouse and the vengeful ghost that inhabits it.
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman – A phantom carnival threatens to take 16-year-old’s soul if he fails to ride seven deadly rides by sunrise.
I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – Four teenagers who desperately try to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mysterious killer seeking revenge.
Killing Britney by Sean Olin – Britney is popular and beautiful but will she be next in a series of people dying in gruesome and horrifying ways?
Watchers by Dean Koontz – Genetic engineering has created a creature of ultimate good and a creature of ultimate evil, and both have escaped from the lab.
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld - A world where a parasite infects people with vampirism.
Wounded by Stephen Cole – Journey in search of a cure for being a werewolf.
By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle –Werewolf tale set in medieval Scotland.
Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales edited by Deborah Noyes –Ten contemporary authors draw upon dark fantasy, fairy tales, horror and wild humor.
Being Dead: Stories by Vivian Vande Velde – Seven creepy stories about haunted souls of yesterday who aren’t ready to leave our world.
It Begins by Richie Tankersley Cusick – Terrifying encounter in a graveyard leads to a feeling of being stalked by an unseen presence.Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – New girl in town falls for mysterious and handsome guy who does not seem to be human.
Check this out – a site with an overload of cute. With image after image of cute, cuddly animals, Cute Overload won a 2006 coveted Webby Award in the People’s Voice category. It's also interactive - you can test your cuteness quotient by identifying the “rules of cuteness” and you can also submit your own cute image.
Come to the Haverford Township Free Library to join in the fun and competition of the new dance craze—DDR—Dance Dance Revolution this Saturdays, July 15, at 1:30pm. Although the library has two mat setups, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 and Dance Dance MAX, feel free to bring your PS2, PS2 DDR mats and PS2 DDR games. Even if you don't know how to play, come and learn. It’s lots of fun!
Enter to win a trip to the Eragon movie premiere! Join Barkbelly on his quest for the truth behind his wooden existence while trying to decipher Rage's dark dreams in Winter Door!
Think you know everything about the Inheritance Trilogy? Enter to win four tickets to the premiere!Click here to enter and for official rules.
Visit the Eragon Movie Web site!
The following are the nominees for Television:
Choice TV Show: Drama/Action Adventure
One Tree Hill
Choice TV Show: Comedy/Musical
Everybody Hates Chris
My Name Is Earl
High School Musical
The War at Home
Choice TV Actor: Drama/Action Adventure
Adam Brody, The O.C.
Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Matthew Fox, Lost
Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy
Tom Welling, Smallville
Choice TV Actress: Drama/Action Adventure
Evangeline Lilly, Lost
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars
Mischa Barton, The O.C.
Kristin Kreuk, Smallville
Sophia Bush, One Tree Hill
Choice TV Sidekick
Allison Mack, Smallville
Amaury Nolasco, Prison Break
Vincent Martella, Everybody Hates Chris
Donald Faison, Scrubs
Jorge Garcia, Lost
Percy Daggs III, Veronica Mars
ADVENTURE – The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan – Thirteen-year-old can’t seem to help himself from causing trouble in class and mysterious accidents happen when he goes on field trips. Then, he learns he’s the half-blood son of an unidentified Greek god, and monsters start trying to kill him. (gr 5 – 8)
CHICK LIT - 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson – Open-ended treasure hunt that takes Ginny through Europe when she gets a package of blue envelopes from her late artistic aunt. (gr 8-11)
HORROR – Peeps by Scott Westerfeld – College freshman spends the night with a beautiful girl and gets infected with a low-grade version of a parasitic disease. (gr 8 up)
TEARJERKERS – Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – Liz died when she was only 15 and ended up in the afterworld of Elsewhere where she spends hours watching her family and beloved dog who are still alive back on earth. (gr 7 up)
HUMOR – Absolutely, Positively Not – Coming-out story with appeal to gay and straight teens alike. (gr 7 – 10)
SCIENCE FICTION – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld –Futuristic world in which everyone gets a government-sanctioned operation to change from “uglies,” actually just normal looking human beings, into “pretties” whose features conform to a societally conditioned standard of beauty. (gr 6 – 10)
FANTASY – The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan – Orphan who wants to become a knight instead begins training as a government spy. (gr 5-8)
WAR BOOKS –Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac – Sixteen-year-old Marine serves in World War II encoding and decoding messages in a top-secret code based on his native Navajo language. (gr 8 – 11)
What do you think of Johnny Depp? Great article in today's Philly Inquirer - "Among entertainers, he's Harold and the Purple Crayon, drawing his own universe - and drawing us in." Do you have a favorite Depp movie? "Secret Window?" "Chocolat?" "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?" "Sleepy Hollow?" "Finding Neverland?" "Edward Scissorhands?" "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl?"
Opening tomorrow: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" THE SEQUEL
Are you ready? LeBlanc Literacy Challenge 2006 has begun & you have a chance to meet Deborah LeBlanc, author of A House Divided, at the Haverford Township Free Library on July 18 at 7 pm! Deborah has launched LLC 2006 with bigger and better prizes!
The LeBlanc Literacy Challenge will be offering a grand prize of $5,000 along with other great prizes! For 2006, however, she is offering an additional grand prize of $5,000 to the high school with the heighest percentage of student participants! (Note: you do not have to be a high school student to enter). Visit the LLC website www.theleblancchallenge.com/ to find out how you can enter!
How can you get involved? There are many ways you can get involved:
1. Sign up and get started with the quizzes…you could be $5,000 richer this year!
2. This year, we are offering an additional grand prize of $5,000 to the high school with the highest percentage of student participants. Encourage any high school student that you know to take the challenge to work towards winning the prize for their school.
3. Host Deborah to speak at your local high school. If you are interested in having Deborah as a speaker at your local high school, email her at Deborah@deborahleblanc.com with the following information:
o High school name
o High school address
o High school phone number and website (if applicable)
o Principal's name
o Your name and phone number
DO THE DEAD CRY?The wait of the dead was the loneliest thing Nikki could ever have imagined. Lonelier than thinking her friends were making fun of her. Lonelier than sitting by herself in the gym on a bottom bleacher while others danced. Maybe she could endure the loneliness if she wasn’t so angry—furious really. He took her and hid her and no one would ever know what had happened. No one would find her. And the years would move away like a train abandoning a station. The tracks becoming covered with weeds, disappearing, with no one to stop there again. Do the dead cry? Do they ache in sorrow? Do they weep in helpless frustration? You know they do.
What do you think? Post your review here!
Although the library has two mat setups, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 and Dance Dance MAX, feel free to bring your PS2, PS2 DDR mats and PS2 DDR games. There is no fee to learn and compete and beverages will be provided. Assuming there are enough people in the competition, a prize will be awarded to the winner. Even if you do not know how to play, come and learn. It’s lots of fun!
Join us for a reception & a book talk/signing event!
"Deja Vu" - Beyonce with Jay-Z
"Ain't No Other Man" - Christina Aguilera
"Mighty 'O'" - Outkast
"Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado, featuring Timbaland
"Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira, with Wyclef Jean
"Don't Feel Right" - The roots
"World Wide Suicide" - Pearl Jam
"Woman" - Wolfmother
"Change the World" - Joan Jett
"Faith" - Boy Least Likely To
"Beanbag Chair" - Yo La Tengo
"Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken" - Camera Obscura
"Over and Over" - Hot Chip
"Kick, Push" - Lupe Fiasco
"Voice Inside My Head" - Dixie Chicks
"A Little Too Late" - Toby Keith
"Girl" - Paul Wall
"Steady as She Goes" - Raconteurs
"Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley
Teen Knitting Group - Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Interested in stitching but not knitting? Bring whatever handiwork project you are working on and join us.
Generation to Generation: Teens Helping Seniors Learn Computer Skills - Call 610-446-3082 or stop by the Front Desk for an application.
Creature Feature Teen Summer Reading Club - May 22 - August 18. Read books, get prizes.
Dance Dance Revolution - June 24, 1:30 pm
Duct Tape Workshop - June 29, 2:00 pm
Dance Dance Revolution - July 15, 1:30 pm
Duct Tape Workshop - July 20, 2:00 pm
Dance Dance Revolution - August 5, 1:30 pm
Dance Dance Revolution - August 26, 1:30 pm
Stopy by & pick up a brochure with lots of info on sudoku & take a look at these links:
Read a book, magazine, graphic novel, or newspaper
Check out a movie
Check out a video game
Get books on tape, CD, or for MP3
Surf the Internet, email a friend, create your own webpage
Join the Creature Feature summer reading club
Play a game
Put together a puzzle
Enter prize drawings
Trade Magic the Gathering trading cards
Get books required by schools for summer reading
Learn how to do something new!
Penguin will be running a “win a phone-call from Sarah Dessen” contest for consumers ages 14-up, from April 6 through July 1. No purchase is necessary; entry forms can be found on in-store displays at bookstores or on Penguin’s Web site.
The winner of the contest will receive a call from Dessen to talk about her books and the writing process, a 2GB iPod Nano, and a signed set of the author’s books.
Borders Books & Music has joined in a partnership with NASA in an out-of-this-world expansion to set up Borders Express outlets on future space shuttle flights and space stations. Borders has also taken an option on being the exclusive bookseller at future planetary settlements.
and why the thirteenth?
Most important of all, is it really unlucky?
What do you think?