Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy 34th Birthday Harry Potter! Happy 49th Birthday JK Rowling!

Today is Harry Potter's 34th birthday and Jo Rowling's 49th. Last week was Daniel Radcliffe's 25th birthday, and the week before was my 26th.

I started this blog three years ago after seeing the final Harry Potter movie in theaters. Much has changed since then, yet Harry is still and will remain an important fixture in my life.

As a youth services librarian, I get to watch as the Harry Potter series continues to fascinate children (and adults). One year ago today I was lucky enough to host a birthday party for Harry at the library, complete with classes and butterbeer cupcakes! It was so much fun!


The Great Hall

 Sorting

 Defense Against the Dark Arts


Teachers, Prefects, and Dobby

Again, it amazes me how much Harry Potter continues to influence generations as they read the books, watch the movies, and take in the culture around them. An article I read yesterday discussed the impact the series has made on our culture; stereotypes, prejudices, self-awareness. You should check it out: Harry Potter Reduces Prejudice

This isn't the only study that's been conducted regarding Harry Potter, and it won't be the last. Musicals have been made; universities teach entire courses; Fanfiction.net has over 600,000 stories (not to mention nearly 30,000 crossovers). There are books written on its Christian symbolism and its politics. There are cookbooks, spell books, party books, knitting books, music books, and even science books.

Rowling teased us recently with a short snippet by Rita Skeeter on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which I (and many, many others) hope means we'll be getting more than a peak at the grown Potters and Weasleys. And today I watched a video about real Quidditch teams across the world!


I believe that it's safe to say, Harry won't be abandoning us anytime soon. I plan to embrace my childhood for as long as possible.





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tween Booklist

I've searched and searched, but discovered that there aren't very many Booklists out there for good Tween books. 

Tweens at my library are considered 4th and 5th graders with high reading levels but who want to read (or whose parents want them to read) cleaner books with low content. Teen books often have drugs, alcohol, and sex as main parts of the plot, but Tween books only have those as minor side points. Maybe mom is an alcoholic, but it will have very little to do with the story. Or perhaps Janie has a new boyfriend, but (appropriately since they're twelve) the most they might do is kiss and hold hands. In other words, Tween books keep it PG.

 So my Tween Council at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library and I came up with a booklist of books that are not only appropriate for Tweens but also great stories!

Recommended
Reading
from our
Tween Council




Title
Location
Chasing Vermeer (Series)
1.        Chasing Vermeer
2.        The Wright 3
3.        The Calder Game
TWEEN J FIC BALLIETT
Starcatchers (Series)
1.        Peter and the Starcatchers
2.        Peter and the Shadow Thieves
3.        Peter and the Secret Rundoon
4.        Peter and the Sword of Mercy
TWEEN J FIC BARRY
The Penderwicks (Series)
1.        The Penderwicks
2.        The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
3.        The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
TWEEN J FIC BIRDSALL
Mr. Terupt (Series)
1.        Because of Mr. Terupt
2.        Mr. Terupt Falls Again
TWEEN J FIC BUYEA
The Last Dragon Chronicles (Series)
1.        The Fire Within
2.        Icefire
3.        Fire Star
4.        The Fire Eternal
5.        Dark Fire
6.        Fire World
7.        Fire Ascending
TWEEN J FIC D'LACEY
Out of my Mind
TWEEN J FIC DRAPER
The City of Ember (Series)
1.        The City of Ember
2.        The People of Sparks
3.        The Prophet of Yonwood
4.        The Diamond of Darkhold
TWEEN J FIC DUPRAU
Conspiracy 365 (Series)
       1-12. January-December
       13. Revenge
TWEEN J FIC LORD
Belle Teal
TWEEN J FIC MARTIN
Every Soul a Star
TWEEN J FIC MASS
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
TWEEN J FIC NAYLOR
Middle School (Series)                          
1.        The Worst Years of My Life
2.        Get Me Out of Here
3.        My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar
TWEEN J FIC PATTERSON

Summer of the Gypsy Moths
TWEEN J FIC PENNYPACKER
Rebel McKenzie
TWEEN J FIC RANSOM
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Series)
1.        The Lightning Thief
2.        The Sea of Monsters
3.        The Titan’s Curse
4.        The Battle of the Labyrinth
5.        The Last Olympian
TWEEN J FIC RIORDAN
Heroes of Olympus (Series)
1.        The Lost Hero
2.        The Son of Neptune
3.        The Mark of Athena
TWEEN J FIC RIORDAN
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series)
1.        The Bad Beginning
2.        The Reptile Room
3.        The Wide Window
4.        The Miserable Mill
5.        The Austere Academy
6.        The Ersatz Elevator
7.        The Vile Village
8.        The Hostile Hospital
9.        The Carnivorous Carnival
10.     The Slippery Slope
11.     The Grim Grotto
12.     The Penultimate Peril
13.     The End
TWEEN J FIC SNICKET