We WILL Rock You…


Well Bits and Bramblers, it’s really hard to believe that another Teen Summer Library Program is almost over (seriously…where did the time go? But don’t worry…if you haven’t finished reading your 1000 pages just yet, you’ve still got a little bit of time–the last day for turning in slips is this Saturday, August 1st!)

Aaaaaaaaanyway, you know what the end of the Teen Summer Library Program means…it’s time to celebrate! This Friday at the Main Library, we’ll be playing Rock Band. We’ll be eating pizza. We’ll be hanging out in the library after closing time. What’s not to love?

We’ll be starting at 5:00 pm., and wrapping things up around 7:30 pm…but you want to know the best part? If YOU want to rock, there’s still time to register for the program! All you have to do is call the Main Library, and let them know you want in on the fun!

Now…if you really want to get in a Rock Band state of mind, check out the official trailer for the game…and I swear to cheer very, very loud if you choose to play this song by (one of my all-time favorites) the Foo Fighters!



This. Is. AWESOME.


Hey Bits and Bramblers! I know there have a been a ton of video tributes to Michael Jackson—and all of them are very cool—but this one is by far my favorite, and I had to share it.

This actually happened at a library in France—a French media library, to be specific. At first, it just seems like a normal day, but…keep your eyes on the librarian in black (and feel free to dance along!)



What’s YOUR Traveler IQ?


I never really liked Geography class, Bits and Brambers. Things might have been different, though, if I would have had the Traveler IQ Challenge back then…because I’m crazy-obsessed with the game now.

Here’s how it works—they’ll give you a world map, and city (let’s say…London, England,) or a famous place (like…Fenway Park,) and all you have to do is click the mouse in the right place! Sounds easy enough, right?

It would be, if there wasn’t a time limit. And if the game didn’t get all snarky with you when you click on the wrong spot (look…I know where Reykjavík is, okay? I was just…distracted. I really don’t think that the game needed to say, “Holy Geez, you’re terrible!” I think that’s a liiiiitle bit much, don’t you?

Stupid game. So why can’t I stop playing it?!?!?!

Aaaaaaaaanyway, see how you do with the game. After all, it might make Geography class easier! And we all know that it pays to be good at Geography. Remember the whole 2007 Miss Teen USA thing?

But it looks like Miss South Carolina is doing better now…after you find out your Traveler’s IQ, see how you do on her geography quiz!



It’s Potter Mania! (Again! Some More!)


Wow….can you believe it’s been two years since the final Harry Potter book was published? And two years since the last Harry Potter movie hit theaters? It doesn’t seem like two years, does it?

But here were are, two years later…and Potter Mania is back! So…are you counting down the minutes until midnight, when Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince hits theaters?!?!

I’ll be honest with you, Bits and Bramblers—I’m excited. Especially after reading all these awesome stories about the new movie and it’s made-of-awesome cast.

So…if you can’t get enough Harry Potter, here are some more Potter-goodies: you can always find out the lastest news by stopping by The Leaky Cauldron! And since you might not have time to reread all six books before you see the new movie, here’s a “Potter Primer” from Time Magazine (this way, you’ll know at what point in the story the new movie will start!

And speaking of Time Magazine…check out this article on Harry and the Potters, and the whole “wizard rock” phenomenon!

And speaking of wizard rock, Potter fans, we’ll leave you with a song by Draco and the Malfoys. They’re awesome. I got to see them in concert a few years ago, at a librarians-only show. (See? That’s one of the reasons I love my job!) Not only were we wearing the same shoes, but when I bought a few of their CDs? They totally autographed them for me. (See? Awesome.)

Enjoy the new movie, Bits and Brambers/Potter fans…and let us know what you think! :)



Fantasy Road Trip Contest


If you’re already worried about how you’re going to occupy your empty hours this summer, here is a contest for you. Listening Library, maker of audio books, is sponsoring a video contest for teen ages 13-18. According to their site, no babies, old-people or weird baby-old people hybrids should apply! But, if you don’t fall into one of those categories, then you should get busy making your video.

Here are the particulars. Create a video between 30 seconds and 5 minutes long that answers the questions: If you could go on a road trip with a character from your favorite audio series, where would you go? What would you do along the way and how would you travel? All of the specific rules and regulations are on the Random House site.

So now you need to write your dialogue, assemble your actors and start filming. If you have some really great ideas, but don’t have a video camera to use, don’t worry we will come to your rescue. Every branch of the public library owns a “Flip” video camera that you can use to film your video. You have to film “on location” since we can’t let you take it home, but you are welcome to use our cameras and our space and can even use our computers to edit and polish your video.

If you don’t have any great ideas yet because you don’t listen to audio books, now is your chance to start. Audio books are an awesome way to pass the time on those long road trips you’ll be taking this summer. Or they can help take your mind off how hot it is while you’re trying to catch rays out by the pool. Here are just a few of the great titles that we have for your listening enjoyment:
The Compound by S. A. Bodeen
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

What are you waiting for? Doesn’t this sound like fun? The judges are Libba Bray, Tamora Pierce and Rick Riordan, all authors of some awesome adventure books. I’m not sure about all the rules, but you might want to use one of their books to give yourself an edge. (Just sayin’) Each author will choose one winner and the three winners will receive a brand new 8GB iPod Touch. Now that ’s what I call a prize. Too bad I’m an old person and can’t enter. Oh well, at least I’m not a baby-old person hybrid. That would cause all sorts of problems.

If you’re intrigued but want some more information, here is a short video complete with a cheesy mascot that might clear up some questions. You can also look on Youtube and view some entries that have already been submitted and see what your competition is like. Don’t delay, the contest ends August 17,2009.



HAPPY (early) INDEPENDENCE DAY!


That’s right, Bits and Bramblers, it’s time to celebrate the Fourth of July! (Or for our friends outside the U.S….Saturday. :) ) Now, because we’re all about knowledge at the library, here are some fun facts about Independence Day which you can use to impress (or annoy) your family and friends.

  • Did you know Independence Day wasn’t technically declared a legal holiday until 1941?
  • Did you know George Washington held his first public office at age 17…and he continued in public service until his death in 1799?
  • Did you know there were fireworks in China as early as the 11th century…and they used them for war rockets/explosives?

Luckily, we don’t use fireworks like they did in 11th Century China. Today’s fireworks just, you know…look pretty cool, and are fun to watch.

And fun to play with. Virtually, that is. I mean, at least with virtual fireworks, you’re 99.9% sure you’re not going to hurt yourself or someone else, right? I can tell you from personal experience that I didn’t hurt myself playing Firework Columns. I just spent way too much time playing, and waiting for the red swirly bombs that look like peppermints. And even though I’m pretty accident prone, I didn’t hurt myself playing the Fireworks Simulation Game. Instead, I had fun playing with the colors (here’s another fun fact: did you know in order to get different colored fireworks, they have to include different chemical compounds? It’s totally true. My favorite fireworks have barium.)

Whether you’re playing with virtual fireworks, or annoying your friends and family with facts…have a very safe and happy Fourth of July, Bits and Bramblers!

We’ll leave you with a little Schoolhouse Rock, American History-style (which, by the way, might help you answer some of the questions on this week’s Teen Summer Library Program Game, the Star-Spangled Quiz…remember, you’ve still got time to enter to win some gift certificates to Taco Bell or McDonalds!)