READ THIS NOW: MY NAME IS MEMORY


So…we’re about a month into the Teen Summer Library Program A few people have read their 1,000 pages, and picked up their $8 Target gift cards. But if you still have some pages left to read (or, on the off chance you haven’t signed up yet, and need to read 1,000 pages by July 31st—but that’s not the case, right? Right?!)

Anyway…you can knock 324 pages off your total by checking out My Name is Memory, by Ann Brashares (if that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she’s the one who wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.)

It’s the story of Daniel and Sophia. Who later became Constance, and before that the girl from North Africa, but Daniel didn’t know her name back then. See, Daniel and Sopia have fallen in love with each other more than once, again and again throughout time. And after hundreds of years of waiting, Daniel finds her again, in a high school senior from Virginia named Lucy Broward.

The catch is, she doesn’t remember him. But he’s getting used to it, because it happens every time. Now he has to help her remember…while protecting her from the one person determined to keep them apart.

So check out our book trailer for My Name is Memory…then head to the library, and READ IT NOW!
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Do Sumthingz Gud: Adopt a Cat Today!


So…along with being National Candy Month (and really, really, ridiculously hot and humid,) June is also Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month.

Now…this is usually where I give you statistics, or links to websites that will make you think, “Wow. There are a lot of animals that need good homes.” But I’ll be honest with you, Bits and Bramblers, (because I’m always, always honest with you.) The thing is…I don’t want to look up the numbers. Mostly because I know there are tons of cats that are in need of good homes, and knowing exactly how many just makes me sad. And it’s already Monday morning, which is bad enough on it’s own (that’s one thing humans and cats have in common—we both hate Mondays.)

So let’s just say this: there are a lot of cats that need good homes, and you still have a few days left in June to celebrate Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. Why not get a cat? They like to hang out with you, but they’re also fine napping by themselves. And they’re cute—so cute you don’t even get angry at them with they throw up on the carpet. And when they do something insanely cute, you can post it on I Can Has Cheezbuger and your cat will be a celebrity LOLcat overnight. What’s not to love? If you’re still not convinced, though, just…watch. Seriously. WATCH.
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…See? You said, “Awwwwww!” at least once, didn’t you? It’s impossible not to say “Awwwwww!” at least once. It’s amazing one YouTube video can hold that much adorable. So why not have a bunch of “Awwwwwww!” moments? Make a trip, and save a shelter cat today!



READ THIS NOW: CANDOR


…I’ll be honest with you, Bits and Bramblers. This book was great, but it…well, it sorta/kinda freaked me out a little bit. Candor, by Pam Bachorz, is all about Oscar Banks. He lives in Candor, Florida—a town founded by his father. It’s full of white picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns. Everyone gets good grades, plays chess, and plans on going to an Ivy League college.

So…clearly, something is not right about Candor. And what’s not right about Candor freaked me out but good. Especially the ending, which was sad. And creepy. But somehow still awesome.

I’m not kidding…this is one you have to read to believe. So check out our book trailer, then head to the library and READ CANDOR NOW! (It’ll knock 249 pages off that 1,000 page total! You’re like, at least halfway to your $8 Target Gift card by now, right? If not…there’s still time to sign up for the Teen Summer Library Program!)
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Everything is Better with Bunnies…


Summer is a busy time, Bits and Bramblers. And as much as you’d like to sit down and watch a movie, some days you just don’t have the time.

That’s where the bunnies come in. Because what movie wouldn’t be better if it were way shorter—let’s say, 30 seconds max—and had a cast of animated bunnies?

The answer is…pretty much everything. Everything would be better with snarky animated bunnies. Don’t believe me? You can catch the 30 Second Bunnies on the Starz network, or watch them at Angry Alien Productions. The bunnies have covered a tons of movies, from Gone With the Wind to Twilight. And the best part is, they take less than a minute to watch. And they’re made of awesome.

If you’re still not convinced, I’ve got three words for you. Bunny. Star. Wars.

You’re welcome…
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READ THIS NOW: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall


We all have our favorite places in the mall, right? American Eagle Outfitters. Bath and Body Works. Hot Topic. Macys. Since both of Tessa’s parents work at the mall, she pretty much lives there—a full-fledged “mall brat.”

But when Tessa is badly injured in a dodge ball game gone horribly wrong, she finds herself floating…up. To…the mall?! Find out what happens to Tessa—and just where she ends up—by checking out Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass, and READING IT NOW! (Still not convinced? Check out our book trailer!)
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Read “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” RIGHT NOW!


Now…usually when I say “READ THIS NOW” it means the book is so good you should drop everything and READ IT NOW. Now, don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not saying that The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner isn’t good…I’m telling you that you can literally read it right now.

I know it sounds like a joke—I tell you that it’s available free online, you click the link, and boom. Not only is there no ebook, you’re now at some crazy spyware-ridden virus-filled site.

But it’s for real, honest. Stephenie Meyer wanted to give a gift to her fans (and I think we can all agree it’s a pretty awesome one.) You can read the entire book for free at Breetanner.com, from now until July 5th. So, seriously…GO READ IT NOW!

But if you wanted to go get some snacks first, that would be fine, too.

And remember, it’ll only be available until July 5th. But I’m guessing most Twilight fans will have the book read before June 30thright?
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Happy Flag Day!


Haaaaaappppy Flag Day! That’s right, today is the day we’re supposed to “honor our flag and it’s makers.”

But why can’t it be a day to celebrate everybody’s flags? I mean…other countries have some pretty awesome flags too, right? And we should know what they look like (if only to keep the World Cup teams straight! I kid, I kid…)

Anyway…whether you’re celebrating our flag, learning about the awesome flags of other countries (soccer or non-soccer related,) or even creating a flag for your very own nation (like Strong Bad does for Strong Badia!) enjoy your Flag Day, Bits and Bramblers!
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Make Waves by SHOOTING THE RAPIDS!


Now…I’ve made my thoughts on Cedar Point pretty clear, Bits and Bramblers. While I like the idea that America’s Roller Coast is only an hour away…some of the roller coasters freak me out. Two specific coasters in particular (Look…I’m sorry. I’m a big fan of Canada, BUT I DON’T REALLY WANT TO SEE IT FROM THE TOP OF A ROLLER COASTER.)

Luckily, the park’s new ride isn’t a roller coaster, it’s a water ride. One of the world’s largest water rides, to be exact, and it’s called Shoot the Rapids.

But don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s one of those lame water rides…you know, the kind where you hardly get wet, and pretty much go in a straight line? I mean, this is Cedar Point we’re talking about, here. The first hill is 85 feet tall—which is higher than the peaks of classic rides like the Blue Streak, the Mine Ride, the Iron Dragon, and the Corkscrew (I should probably point out that I’m comfortable riding all of those rides. Except the Corkscrew. Shut up. It goes upside down. On the midway.) Anyway…after the 89 foot hill, and the 49 foot hill, you’ll get splashed. A lot.

Now…the ride isn’t open just yet, but that’s no problem. It gives you time to read your 1000 pages, get your $8 Target gift card, and buy something cool for the drive up to Cedar Point. Then you can make some waves by SHOOTING THE RAPIDS! Still not convinced? Check out this “sneak peak” video!
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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to MAKE WAVES…


Thirty-five years ago this summer, hardly anyone wanted to go swimming. Not in the ocean, not in lakes, or ponds—maybe not even in pools, even though it was…you know, hot outside. It had a lot to do with one of the biggest movie in the summer of 1975, Jaws. After people saw it, they were scared that if they went into the water, A GIANT BLOODTHIRSTY SHARK WOULD EAT THEM.

Not only was Jaws one of the biggest movies of 1975, it’s one of the biggest movies ever. Seriously…even if you haven’t seen the movie, chances are you know something about it—you’ve heard the theme, or some of the famous lines. You might have even seen some of the, like…eight million sequels, including one that was in old-school 3D (and is maybe one of the cheesiest movies ever. They might tell you “the third dimension is terror,” but trust me…the third dimension is cheese.)

If you haven’t seen the movie, though (and you aren’t really planning on swimming—especially in the ocean—for the next, oh…month or so,) then you should totally grab some popcorn and celebrate the movie’s 35th anniversary by watching it this summer. You can even read the book that the movie was based on, just to compare the two (just FYI, has 311 pages …which only leaves 689 pages to read before you get your $8 Target gift card!)

But I have to warn you…even the library isn’t safe from sharks. Of course, our shark isn’t really bloodthirsty. He just has a really cool eye patch, and got really tired of waiting to sign up for the Summer Library Program (which you’ve already done, right? Right?!)
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Grab Your Popcorn: MAKE WAVES EDITION!


One of the best things about summer (other than the Summer Library Program…but you’ve already signed up for that, right? RIGHT?!) are the big summer movies. Some of them have been out for a few weeks (you’ve seen Iron Man 2, right? RIGHT?!) Aaaanyway…here are a few more movies coming soon to a theater near you!

First up, Despicable Me. It features the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segal, and Jack McBrayer. Need I say more? Catch it on July 9th:
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Next up, it’s The Last Airbender. In case you didn’t know, it’s based on the super popular Nickelodeon show, which we have here, at the library, called Avatar: The Last Airbender (but…you know…someone had already used that first word.) It hit’s theaters on July 2nd:
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Last—but OMG not least—it’s a new teaser trailer that was released less than a week ago. It’s the first look at Part I of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I won’t lie, Bits and Bramblers. It’s the first trailer in a long time that made me wince, hold my breath, and made me want to see more (what can I say? I’m a Potter girl through and through!) We’ll have to wait a little longer for this one…it hits theaters on November 19th:
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