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‘Tis The Season of Giving!


Okay, Bits and Bramblers, we’ve already talked about how we’re in the holiday spirit, right? With the shopping and the decking the halls and the gifts? Well…now let’s talk about the other part of the holiday: giving back. After all, there are a few easy (and awesome) ways to give back to those in need this holiday season.

First, there’s one of my all-time favorite sites: Free Rice. If you haven’t used the site before, here’s how it works: you pick a subject–anything from English Vocabulary to Human Anatomy–and you answer trivia questions. If you’re right, you automatically donate ten grains of rice. The more questions you answer correctly, the more rice you donate. It’s a win/win/win: you get to show off how smart you are, you get to learn new things to impress your family, friends, and teachers, and you donate rice to those in need.

And speaking of those in need, it’s hard not to think about the tragedy that happened last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School-and it’s especially hard not to think about the victims, their families, and their friends. If you’d like to make a donation–and you have your parent or guardian’s permission–consider the United Way of Western Connecticut. They’ve set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which will provide support services to the families and the community that needs them.

It’s strange, isn’t it? With everything that’s happened, the world can seem like a very dark and very sad place. But there’s one surefire way to make it brighter–and that’s helping people. After all…it is the season of giving. So wherever you are, Bits and Bramblers, HAVE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.

And because we could all use a little laughter, here’s the Santa Claus…soap dispenser…drowning in…pudding, with a crazy legs…snowman. (It’ll make you laugh. Just trust me on this one.)
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Let It Snow, Let It Snow…Let It Snow?


It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, isn’t it, Bits and Bramblers? What with everyone decking their halls, shopping for presents, baking cookies, and bundling up in warm coats, because it’s cold outside. Cold, but not snowing.

Which I am okay with, really. I’m one of those “only wants snow at the end of December and then never again” kind of people. I mean, snow’s great when it means you get to miss school, but…when you have to walk in it? Or worse yet, drive in it? Not so fun.

There are some kinds of snow I don’t mind, though. Like, let’s say, the kind of snow you find in books. If you’re in the holiday spirit and missing the white stuff, check out Let It Snow. It’s three short stories written by some of the coolest teen authors out there—Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle, and if you’re looking to curl up on the couch with a blanket, this is the book for you.

Find out more about the book by watching our book trailer…and let it snow! (Maybe. Not really.)
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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!)