City of Bones: The Movie!


Now, it’s no secret that we’re big fans of The Mortal Instruments Series, by Cassandra Clare. We’ve been fans since waaaay back, actually.

So you can imagine how excited your favorite librarians were to see the first trailer from the upcoming City of Bones movie, which will hit theaters in August 2013:
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LET’S NOT PRETEND THAT WASN’T AWESOME. YOU SHOULD WATCH IT AGAIN, JUST TO BE SURE.

Here are some things your favorite librarians may have shouted while watching the trailer:

  • Ooooh, the angel is the first thing we see!”
  • “Look how creepy the Institute looks!”
  • “Wait, was that Luke? WAS THAT LUKE?!
  • “Simon’s wearing glasses! I forgot Simon wore glasses!”
  • “The runes look awesome, don’t they?

…Better watch the trailer again to see if you agree. And if you haven’t yet, read City of Bones (that way, you’ll be all set for August!)



Read This Now: Ten Miles Past Normal


I know you, Bits and Bramblers. Not only have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, you’re already done, aren’t you? You’ve read your 500 pages, and picked up your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Then you kept on working, and read 1000 pages, earned your $8 gift card to Target, and you’re automatically entered into our grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch. Easy, right? No problem at all.

Unless…you’re not done with your 1000 pages yet. Or maybe you haven’t even registered for the program. Which is not a problem, Bits and Bramblers, because you still have time to sign up. All you have to do is visit your faaaaavorite library location and say, “I want to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program.” And then you have…a little less than a month to read 1000 pages. But you’re crazy smart, Bits and Bramblers. I know you can do it. In fact, I’ll help you by knocking some pages off your total–211 pages to be exact. All you have to do is check out Ten Miles Past Normal.

Want to know more? Watch this book trailer–then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, check out Ten Miles Past Normal, and be a part of our Teen Summer Reading Program today!
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The Best Teen Books of 2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR, BITS AND BRAMBLERS!

I hope you had fun saying goodbye to 2011 and ringing in 2012. But before we forget about 2011 completely, let’s talk about THE BEST TEEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR!

As promised, our staff and Teen Advisory Board picked their favorite books of the year…and here they are!
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So…did your favorite make the list? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2012? Don’t be shy, Bits and Bramblers…let us know in the comments!



It’s Chocolate Cupcake Day!


…As far as “holidays” go, this one is pretty sweet, right? (Ha…sweet. It works on two levels!)

Think about it for a minute. What could be better on a totally boring rainy Tuesday that a little bit of chocolately goodness?

It’s hard to think of anything right now. Then again, it could just be because I’m hungry.

Aaaanyway…go ahead. Indulge in the chocolately goodness. You can go to your faaaaaaaaavorite library and check out our awesome books on making your own cupcakes, and you can even find recipes on YouTube. You know…so you can make a batch, and share them with your family, friends, and faaaaaavorite librarians. That last part is entirely optional, but…you know…it would be kind of awesome…
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Ohio’s Big Adventure: Week Eight


Wow…Ohio has really gotten around this summer, hasn’t he? Our unofficial mascot has been alllllllll over Richland County, from way up in Plymouth to over in Madison.

And we just got another postcard from him in the mail!

Wherever it is, it looks like he’s having fun…any clue where he could be (or when he’s coming home?!)
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READ THIS NOW: SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD


…Your time is running out, Bits and Bramblers. You only have a few short days to finish reading 1000 pages for our Teen Summer Library Program, and win fabulous prizes, like a Target Gift Card.

But while time is running out, you’re not out of time. In fact, you still have a few days to read and turn your slips in at your faaaaaavorite library location. You can do it, Bits and Bramblers. I believe in you.

I also believe that if you’re…let’s say…276 pages short, you should definitely pick up Sean Griswold’s Head. Maybe I should rephrase that, ’cause it sounded kind of…weird. You should definitely read Sean Griswold’s Head. There. That’s better. You know what? Just watch the book trailer…
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Now that you’ve watched that…why are you still here? You want to win fabulous prizes just for reading, right? Then CHECK OUT SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD. Okay, that was weird again. Let’s try one more time…READ SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD NOW!



Ohio’s Big Adventure: Week Seven


…Wow. The mail is running late again, Bits and Bramblers. And it’s not even a holiday this time. That’s weird.

Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, we got another postcard from our unofficial mascot, Ohio the Orangutan! He’s still off on an extended vacation, but he’s been keeping in touch by sending us postcards.

He’s been everywhere this summer, guys…Lucas, Ontario, Crestview, Butler, Plymouth, and Bellville. There must be something about these places. If you think about it, there has to be a pattern to these locations.

Oh, well. Any idea where he is this week? You can guess here, or follow Ohio on our Facebook page!
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Who Would *YOU* Cast?


Okay, Bits and Bramblers/Hunger Games fans…are you excited about the upcoming movie? We’re still pretty far away from it, really. I mean, filming hasn’t even started yet, but…at least we know who will play Katniss Everdeen! So now we just need someone to play…er…everyone else.

And there have been a million suggestions already on who should play everyone from Peeta to Haymitch, like Josh Hutcherson and Brad Pitt. You can read up on TelevisionWithoutPity’s casting choices, and head to EW’s Popwatch and vote on who you think should play Peeta and Gale (oooh, and feel free to post your choices in the comments! I’ll go ahead and share my favorite pick–Ian Somerhalder as Cinna. Then again, it might be hard to think of Somerhadler as anyone but Damon Salvatore, but…no. I think it could work.)

So start speculating, Hunger Games fans! And after that, get your fix by checking out some of the awesome fan-made trailers on YouTube…like this one!
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Snow Day!


…Remember last week, Bits and Bramblers? The sun was shining, it was almost FIFTY DEGREES, and we were all, “Whoo Hoo! Spring is on the way!” People were even wearing shorts and flip flops! Sure, we were all thinking, “Yeah…there’s still snow on the ground, it’s a little cold for that, but…whoo hoo! Spring is on the way!”

And now look at us. We’re back to sleet and snow, snow emergencies, slippery roads, and SNOW DAYS! The snow day part isn’t bad, but…it’s just…there have been so many. What do you do when snow days start to get boring?!

Well…there are always, always snowball fights (and luckily, we just got a bunch of heavy, wet snow—which is PERFECT snowball snow.) As far as I’m concerned, there are two different types of snowball fights: real and virtual. The virtual kind is a lot easier. All you have to do is click here, use your arrow keys. You don’t have to bundle up…you don’t even have to change out of your PJs!

But if you’ve been in your PJs too long, and you want to get some fresh air, then the real snowball fight is for you. But before you bundle up and head out, be sure to watch this video…it’ll give you some killer snowball fight tips (this way, not only will you do good…you’ll win!)
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Now, it doesn’t really matter if you like virtual snowball fights, or real ones. They should both end the same way—with hot cocoa. So have some fun, drink some cocoa, and don’t forget…spring is on the way! Whoo hoo!



It’s Shiny. It’s New. And It’s JUST FOR YOU!


Remember last September? The weather was warm, there was no sleet or freezing rain, and your faaaaaavorite librarians were hard at work on the library’s shiny new website. Once the website was done, though, we started thinking. “Know what would be cool?” Your faaaaaavorite librarians said to each other, “If we could have a shiny new Teen Zone, too.” So we got to work.

And now, I’m proud to present our SHINY NEW TEEN ZONE. Now, I know I’m probably a liiiiiiittle biased, but…it’s made primarily of awesome. Seriously…look at all you can do! You can vote in our teen poll, see our calendar of events, and find out about some cool new books. And that’s just our home page!

So what are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? Check out the SHINY NEW TEEN ZONE, and all it can do for YOU!
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