Vampires: Save ‘Em or Slay ‘Em?


Did you know vampires are kind of popular? And did you know that I was being sarcastic, just then, with that last sentence? Because whether they’re sparkly, they wear special rings, or they’re just run-of-the-mill, can-only-come-out-at-night vampires, they’re everywhere. And maybe people are starting to get a little tired of them.

Which might explain why there are so many new books about people who really don’t like vampires. I mean…there’s Buffy, the ultimate vampire slayer, with her graphic novels and classic TV show. And now there are some new vampire killers you might not have expected—like Pinnochio: Vampire Slayer (after all, the more he lies? The longer the stake,) and…well…Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (…what? You didn’t learn about that in elementary school?)

So…what do you think, Bits and Bramblers? Are you a big fan of vampires…or would you rather stake them? Personally, I think it all depends on the vampire. I mean, there are some vampires I like very, very much…and others? Well…I wouldn’t really be opposed to someone staking them, I guess.

Now…speaking of vampire slayers…have you ever wondered what it might be like if Buffy Summers met Edward Cullen? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore! Check out this made-of-awesome, classic mashup!
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You’re Wearing Green, Right?


I hope you are…after all, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! Bad things tend to happen to people who aren’t wearing green. (And no, I don’t know where the pinching thing came from, even though I’m Irish-American. I’m guessing some random bully made it up. Yeah…that sounds about right.)

I know the whole St. Patrick’s Day is a little confusing. In Ireland, it used to be more of a serious holiday. But now, it’s a day to celebrate all things Irish! And here in the U.S., it’s also a day for Irish-Americans to celebrate their heritage (after all, things weren’t always so great for Irish immigrants…)

But you don’t have to be Irish-American to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day…in fact, everyone’s Irish on March 17th! So put a few drops of food coloring in…well…anything…to make it green. Listen to some Irish music (and yes, U2 counts. U2 always counts.) You can even try Irish dancing (but seriously…be careful. Even if you’re goofing around, it’s very easy to trip and fall. Not that I know from personal experience, or anything. Because I don’t.)

If you want to practice your jump threes though, here’s a little music to help you out…check out The Corrs, who are Irish and made of awesome, playing the traditional Irish folk tune, Toss the Feathers. So wear your green, dance carefully, and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, Bits and Bramblers!
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Not Only is This Book GOOD…


…It’s even better when you’re eating cupcakes while you’re reading it.

But lets be honest…what isn’t better when you’re eating cupcakes? Really?

Check out the book trailer for The Cupcake Queen, by Heather Hepler!
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Avatar–NOT the Movie


If you’ve always wanted to have an alter ego or hidden identity here’s your chance.   In honor of Teen Tech Week (March 7-13, 2010) some truly awesome librarians have compiled a list of websites where you can create your own Avatar.  If you’re not sure what an avatar is dictionary.com defines it as “a graphical image that represents a person.”  So, in other words it’s one of those cute little cartoony things that kind of looks like you but isn’t you.

Avatars are fun and easy to create and the best thing is, now your parents won’t be nagging you about Internet safety and posting your picture online.  You can just use your Avatar and no one will know what you really look like.  Bonus, creating an Avatar gives you a chance to see what you would look like as a celebrity.

Haven’t you always wondered what you’d look like with a giant, blue Marge Simpson beehive?  Go to SimpsonizeMe.com and find out.  Soon you’ll be attracting swell guys like Homer to all of your online postings.  Or if you wanted to get a part in the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and got beat out by some other wimpy kid, go to the movie site and see what you’d look like as a stick figure.

For most of these sites all you need is an online picture and a little imagination.  They’re so easy I was even able to create one.  Here is another link to a site where you’ll find several other places to create an avatar.  If you always thought you’d make a great anime character, now’s your chance to show the world.



Text Your Friends, or Post on Their Wall…



…and make sure they know it’s TEEN TECH WEEK!

Thaaaat’s right, the Young Adult Services Library Association takes one week out of the year to celebrate how technology is connecting teens. And why not? After all…what would you do if you couldn’t text for a day? Or get on Facebook? Or download music? Or DVR your favorite shows? See? This is why we need a Teen Tech Week.

You can celebrate by stopping by your faaaaaaaaaavorite M/RCPL location and taking our Web 2.0 Tools Quiz. All you have to do is match the Web 2.0 tool—like del.icio.us–with what it does. Simple, right? And you can win a free movie pass to a theater near you!

We’ll leave you with another reason technology is so awesome…it’s why Ok Go (you know them, right?) could make this video. I can’t stop watching it, Bits and Bramblers. It’s that awesome. It kind of makes me want to try this at home, which could be bad…
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It’s National Grammar Day!


…And I’m so happy! Grammar doesn’t get near enough credit, Bits and Bramblers. I know it seems really annoying when you’re diagramming sentences, but trust me…having good grammar is important. Because grammar is your friend.

Don’t believe me? Let me give you an example. You’ve heard about KnowItNow 24/7, right? It’s a service for the entire state of Ohio…you can log on anytime—twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week—and ask a question (like, say, homework stuff.) And no matter what time it is—honest to blog—a real librarian will answer your question for you. Including some of your faaaaaaaavorite librarians here at M/RCPL

So anyway…I was helping someone with their math homework, and they got pretty upset when I wouldn’t solve their equation for them. I mean, I’d given them plenty of examples of how to solve it. That’s the thing about KnowItNow…we help you find answers, but we don’t just…do your homework for you. And this made the Math Person very, very upset, so they typed, “Your stupid!”

I really, reaaaalllly hope you winced when you read it, too. But it’s okay if you laughed a little. I sent them this website, and suggested that they flip through their English book, too. I hope you learned from this little story, Bits and Bramblers. Good grammar is important—even when you’re trying to insult someone. If you don’t have a good grasp of proper grammar, there will be wincing.

So double check your homework today, Bits and Bramblers, and wish everyone a very happy National Grammar Day! With your help, awesome blogs like this one won’t have much to talk about…because everyone will use proper grammar! Sure, it seems impossible now, but I have faith in you. Soon, everyone will know the difference between adverbs and adjectives!

And on that note, we’ll leave you with a made-of-awesome Schoolhouse Rock video, all about adverbs. Yes, it will get stuck in your head. But that’s a very good thing. Get it? Very good. (If you didn’t get it…maybe you should watch the video a couple times.)
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Starved for the sequel????



Good news for those who are ready for another serving of “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic publishing company has announced that “Mockingjay,” the third and final installment in this series, will be released August 24, 2010. Sort of unfortunate timing if you ask me, but this series is so engrossing that it just may have teens wishing away their summer so that they can hurry up and get this book.

I’m know I’m one of those who can’t wait to once again “fear the reaper!”  Although Collins isn’t dishing anything about the plot of this book, we can be sure that there will be plenty of adventure, treachery and love triangle action.  Let the games begin!

If you haven’t already become hooked on “The Hunger Games” maybe this booktrailer by Justin Breaux of Saint Amant High School will help whet your appetite.