Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapy (Early) Thanksgiving!


It’s that time of year again, Bits and Bramblers! It’s time for parades, turkey, stuffing, and pie. It’s shopping in the wee hours of the morning, and eating leftovers in your PJs. But more important than that—than any of that—it’s time to remember all the things we’re thankful for. And here at the library, we have a lot to be thankful for this year.

For starters, we’re thankful for all of our materials—our books, movies, music, and more—because we can lend them to everyone for all kinds of reasons, whether you have to do some research for a big paper, or if you just want to have some snacks and watch a movie. But you know what we’re the most thankful for? In the entire world? We’re thankful for you.
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We’re thankful that you visit us here at the library, that you come to programs, and that you’re…well…you. So thank you for that. And you know what else we’re thankful for? We’re thankful for our traditions, like sharing this awesomely goofy video with you every Thanksgiving. It’s always funny, Bits and Bramblers. It’s. Always. Funny.
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…See? Told you. Always funny. Now…whatever you do this Thanksgiving, whether it involves turkey and pie, or shopping and hanging out in your PJs, have a VERY SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We love you!



Looking for a Good Scare?


And why wouldn’t you be, Bits and Bramblers? After all, it is Halloween, right? And if you don’t get a little scared and eat a bunch of candy, well then…what’s the point?

Luckily, your library can help you there. We have tons of books, TV shows, and movies that will make your heart pound and send shivers down your spine. In a good way, obviously.

Like Such Wicked Intent. Remember way back in June when I told you that you should read This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel? Well, I’m just going to assume you’ve read it, so you know that it’s a prequel to the Mary Shelley classic, Frankenstein. And you know we meet a young Victor Frankenstein, and see him do some pretty…er..grim things to save the life of his twin brother, Konrad. And you know the book ended on a liiiiiitle bit of a cliffhanger.

Well, the new sequel, Such Wicked Intent picks up right where we left off, and it might be the perfect book to read this Halloween. It’s the kind of book you can get lost in–the kind of book that when someone innocently asks you a question, you end up jumping and maybe half-screaming. Probably. I wouldn’t know. That didn’t happen to me last week. Nope, that didn’t happen at all.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, grab some candy, turn on the lights, and check out Such Wicked Intent…and have a SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN, BITS AND BRAMBLERS!
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It’s Spine-Tingling…It’s Heart-Pounding…and it…it…


IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY! (*terrifying and slightly cheesy scream here*)

Haaaaaappppy Teen Read Week, Bits and Bramblers! That’s right, it’s an entire week set aside just to celebrate TEENS and READING, so…what’s not to like?

This year’s theme is “IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY,” which is pretty appropriate, don’t you think? You know, since it is October, when we start thinking of scary stories. And trust me, there are some pretty awesomely creepy stories lurking around every corner at your library. Seriously… (*scary ominous tone*) you never know WHAT you’ll find at the library. There are endless possibilities. (*evil laugh*)

So be sure to visit your faaaaaavorite library location this week, and find out see what we have in store for you. It’s terrifying…it’s mesmerizing…IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY!
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Celebrate Banned & Challenged Books Week!


It’s Banned and Challenged Books Week again, Bits and Bramblers! And you know how much I love banned and/or challenged books. I want to protect them. I want to make sure that everyone has the right to read them.

And that’s one of the reasons I love the library so much—because we do protect challenged and banned books. You can find them all on our shelves…so why not head to your faaaaavorite library location and pick one up today? Celebrate the right to read at your library!
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Be a Part of the Tweet-a-Thon!


Sooooooo…what are you reading this summer? Fun stuff? Assigned reading for school? Cool books that can earn you awesome prizes? (because we are doing that. Have you heard?)

Whatever you’re reading this summer, the New York Times wants to know about it. That’s why they’re holding a Tweet-a-Thon all day today!

All you have to do is log on to Twitter (assuming you have an account. If not, ask your parents’ permission to set up one!) and write a tweet–just don’t forget to use the hashtag #summerreading, okay? You can tweet about what you’re reading this summer, take a picture of your favorite book, even talk about your favorite quotes or characters. If it has to do with summer and reading, don’t be afraid to tweet it.

And you know the coolest part?! The New York Times will be re-broadcasting their favorite tweets. So…you could say that your tweet appeared on one of the New York Times pages! And then you’d be famous. A little famous. Well, you could definitely brag about it.

So what are you waiting for? Get reading, and Get Tweeting!



The Countdown to Summer Begins!


…I know you, Bits and Bramblers. You’re counting down. There are only so many days of school left, right? And you’ve got this three day weekend coming up…you can almost taste the sweet freedom of summer. Sweet, stay-up-super-late, do-fun-things, go-fun-places summer. And I don’t blame you, not one bit. Just don’t forget what makes summer at your library so special.

Thaaaaaaaat’s right, it’s almost time for the TEEN SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM! What could possibly be better than reading books, and winning cool prizes? Now…we’ll give you more details on the Summer Library Program later (like how it works, when you can register, and HOW AWESOME THE GRAND PRIZE IS.)

Until then, you’ve got school stuff to worry about, right? Tests, papers, projects, and all that stuff. But soon—very, very soon—it’ll be time to read cool books, go see new movies, and find cool games on the internet. And as always, Bits and Bramblers, we’ll be here to help you with that.

In the meantime…get back to work! Unless, of course, you’re not quite done with this tiny break you took, because you’ve been working so hard on homework. You do deserve, a little break, Bits and Bramblers. So watch this video, and then, BACK TO WORK. But don’t worry…the countdown continues!
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Back to…*sigh…*




Labor Day is officially over, Bits and Bramblers. Which means, I guess, summer is over, too. And you know those first few days of school, where you get to see a lot of people you didn’t see over the summer, and it’s kind of fun? Well…those are over, too. *sigh*

Okay, so…now that I’ve completely depressed you, I’ll give you some good news. It’s LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH! You know what that means, right? Well, let me put it in Back-to-School terms for you. Haaaaaaaave you used our Research Databases? Here’s a few reasons why you might want to start…

  • Have a book report due? If you have a library card, you can use our awesome literature and biography databases from the comfort of your very own home.
  • Science homework got you down? You can find everything from tutorials to science fair project ideas with our science databasesif you have your library card.
  • Need recent magazine and newspaper articles about a particular topic? If you have your library card, try EBSCOHost…you’ll find everything you need and more!

…See where I’m going with this, Bits and Bramblers? Even though going back to school is totally depressing, having your library card will help. Not only can you access these databases, don’t forget about our books and DVDS (and, you know…your favorite librarians.) We’re totally here for you—and everything is that much better if you have your library card.

And speaking of your favorite librarians…it probably goes without saying that we love our library cards. In fact, we love them SO MUCH, we took our picture with them. Check it out!
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Hey, You! Yeah…YOU! Get Caught Reading!


…After all, May is Get Caught Reading Month!

Thaaat’s right, no matter where you are this month, remember to take your book or eReader with you. Because we’ve got some pretty sweet new stuff to you to read, and let’s face it—you look cool when you do it. I promise. After all, it never hurt anyone to get caught reading.

Well…I take it back. These guys at the University of Arkansas might have gotten hurt. But getting a net thrown over your head by a dancing guy in a mascot’s outfit just for reading? I’d say it’s worth it…so GET CAUGHT READING TODAY!!!!
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‘Tis the Season of Giving: The New and Improved FreeRice


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There’s a definite chill in the air, Bits and Bramblers. Yesterday, we got just enough snow to build a tiny snowman (but let’s be honest—it’s definitely more fun to throw snowballs at your friends.) Aaaaanyway…my point is, it’s beginning to look and feel like the holiday season!

Now, we all know the holidays are a time for tradition…right? So here at Bits and Brambles, we’re keeping a tradition of our own…a series of posts about different websites you can visit, and charities you can contact to help give back to those in need. After all…‘Tis the Season of Giving, right? And we all know that giving is better than receiving, right?

I know I’ve shared FreeRice with you before, but it’s one of my favorite websites ever. It’s an online game that’s a little bit like taking a vocabulary test (*coughgreatACT/SATpracticecough*). But your capacious vocabulary (that’s right, capacious. That’s why you need to play the game!) isn’t the best part about playing the game—the best part is that for every word you get correct, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice through the United Nations’ World Food Program. So you’re learning new things, and feeding the hungry. What could be better than that?! There’s only one thing I can think of…and that’s the new, improved FreeRice!

Now if you visit the site, you’ll have more than an illimitable (seriously, play the game!) vocabulary—because there are several different games you can play. You can match a famous work of art with the artist who created it, and you can learn all about the periodic table of elements and quiz yourself on the symbols. There are quizzes on languages like Spanish and Italian, Math/Pre-Alegebra, and much more! But the point is the same—you learn new things, and you help feed the hungry. Everybody wins, right?! There’s no downside. You get smarter, and the people that need food most get it. It’s really that simple.

You can learn a little bit more about this made-of-awesome website from this video…then start clicking, and help end world hunger!
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