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The April Reading Challenge Winners are….

Cheyenne Slusmeyer and Cassandra Pill! Congratulations to the two of you!

The April Reading Challenge included a Mad-Lib style excerpt taken from the iconic poem O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman in addition to reading 5 books. Here are our entries:

O Subjects! My Subjects!
O followers! My followers! our fearful job is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The time is near, the sounds I hear, the people all cheer,
While blinking eyes the steady rise, the brave grim and daring;
But O peasants! Servants! Followers!
O the beautiful drops of life!
Where on the Earth my secret lies,
My secret is sure to die.
-Cassandra

O Joy! My Relief!
O Joy! My relief! our fearful war is done;
The soldier has weather’d every rack, the victory we sought is won;
The crowd is near, the voices I hear, the people all rejoice,
While gleeful eyes the steady passage, the sadly grim and daring;
But O sorrow! Peace! Relief!
O the many drops of tears,
Where on the ground my brother lies,
Never to return home again. 
-Cheyenne

O Friend! My Mom!
O Friend! My Mom! our fearful job is done;
The ear has weather’d every rack, the rack we sought is won;
The storm is near, the rocks I hear, the people all gather,
While our eyes the steady move, the shave grim and daring:
But O Girl! Girl! Girl!
O the big drops of rain,
Where on Earth my friend lies,
On the beach. 
-Trallaja

O Captain! My Commander!
O Captain! My Leader! our fearful deed is done;
The storm has weather’d every rack, the battle we sought is won;
The end is near, the cries I hear, the people all shout and cheer,
While Captain eyes the steady mast, the flag grim and daring:
But O Captain! Leader! Commander!
O the innocent drops of blood,
Where on the deck my body lies,
The battle is won, the deed is done, and now I rest in peace.
-Lucy

O Freedom! My Forlorn!
O Freedom! My Forlorn! our fearful wait is done;
The Nazi has weather’d every rack, the freedom we sought is won;
The end is near, the pain I hear, the people all crying,
While jewish eyes the steady stare, the gassing grim and daring:
But O Freedom! Free! Fatality!
O the laboring drops of mortality,
Where on the spot my deathbed lies,
When the Holocaust reign flies.
-Olivia

O Shiloh! My Darling!
O Shiloh! My Dog! our fearful day is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The sun is near, the sounds I hear, the people all around,
While wide eyes the steady stare, the road grim and daring:
But O Shiloh! Shiloh! Shiloh!
O the wet drops of rain,
Where on the porch my Shiloh lies,
No dog park for me today.
-Emily

O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen, cold, and dead.
-Keighley

O Book! My Book!
O Book! My Book! our fearful reading is done;
The cover has weather’d every rack, the books we sought is won;
The end is near, the words I hear, the people all around.
While the eyes the steady, the book are grim and daring:
But O book! book! book!
O the book drops off the rack,
Where on the rack my book lies,
I don’t know. 
-Ben

O Goodness! My Violin!
O Goodness! My Violin! our fearful piano is done;
The horn has weather’d every rack, the tree we sought is won;
The summer is near, the Spring I hear, the people all singing,
While my eyes the steady gold, the liberty grim and daring:
But O yummy! yummy! So good!
O the yummy drops of orange juice,
Where on the tongue my tongue lies,
In my mouth.
-Sophie

Great poetry from our participants! Keep your eyes pealed for May’s Reading Challenge (calling all Divergent fans!)

2012 Top 10 Best Teen Fiction

The American Library Association (ALA) released their top 10 books for young adults for 2012. These books were selected from a larger list (see it here), and included books that were published in 2011. Have you read them all? What were your favorites? To check availability, or to place a hold, click the book title to be directed to the library catalog. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite books of 2012 here. You could win a set of the favorite books!

 

 

ALA’s Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults

 

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. Sequel to The Crown of Embers. 

High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.

When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

 Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill’s mother agrees to adopt Mandy’s unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

Do you love Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Here’s your chance to win the brand new book The Third Wheel signed by the author, Jeff Kinney!

 

Create your own comic strip using the template below or click here to download the PDF. Be creative and funny! You must be age 5-17 to participate. Turn in your completed entry at the 2nd floor desk. The deadline is November 21, 2012. Good luck! 

 

OMG Contest Entries!

OMGCon is coming back to Paducah and the library is giving away two 3-day passes! OMGCon “is an annual event that brings together anime and video games for a weekend of fun and excitement. There are special guests (such as voice actors and artists), dealers (for getting those hard-to-get merchandise), events (like cosplay and video game tournaments.)”

To enter the giveaway, we requested a personal recommendation for favorite manga or anime. Entries were accepted via email, Facebook, and in-person submissions.

Congratulations to the winners - Keirsten Keith and Jen Dowdy! Here are the complete entries:

 

Jen Dowdy (winner!):

“Personally, Fullmetal Alchemist (the original anime) has been the one that has hooked me more than anything else. I like the combination of fantasy, mysticism, and a bit of hidden political commentary (such as the Ishbalites who can be compared to Muslims in the Middle East). The character development is also incredible, something of a shifting sand where some of the people are not whom one thinks they are at first. I also can relate to Edward Elric, who is quite short (I’m 5′ 1 1/2″) but very intelligent and also tempermental. Finally, some of the symbolism and naming of the characters in the anime series is based on alchemical symbols as well as famous alchemists and even military planes and other transportation!”

 

Keirsten Keith (winner!):

“My favorite anime series that I strongly recommend is Pokemon. The library does have this anime and several of the movies based on the series. It is a good starting point for anyone interested in anime and it is appropriate for all ages. It is also appealing to anyone that likes to explore new worlds. Pokemon is my favorite because it was my first anime series. I was hooked from the very first episode. I mean who doesn’t love cute little creatures with amazing abilities. I believe it also expands yours imagination and allows you to dream up your own pokemon.”

 

Garrett Milles:

“I’d have to say my favorite anime/manga series is Kekkaishi. It is the series that actually got me into anime. The library has some of the mangas and anime, but they only have a limited supply of them. I think the people that would like it are the fans who like magical battles, compelling stories, and subtle drama.”

 

Deric Hudson:

Black Lagoon consist of a 9 volume manga series and a 24 episode anime series. Its plot isn’t about the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but rather a small crew of modern pirates who call themselves The Lagoon Company. The series takes a realistic look at piracy in the Southeast Asia Sea, and as such is rated TV-MA. While the series indulges in violent shootouts and foul language, it has some of the most impressive character development I personally have ever seen in any form of media. Even the violence servers a purpose in telling a characters back-story.
A major theme in Black Lagoon is morality, as characters have to face their morality in being a pirate. There’s a massive diversity of characters in the series, and with this diversity comes conflicting beliefs. Most notably is the conflict between a Japanese businessman, and a Chinese-American woman who had a traumatic childhood in the streets of New York. As the characters interact, they test each others belief. The serious tone and in-depth detail to character creates a highly emotional debate as to whether there is good in the world, and leaves the answer open ended. The series paints a picture of a part of our world rarely seen, and it leaves the viewer hard pressed to question their own beliefs as well.
I have not read the manga so I cannot give a full opinion of it, but I have watched the anime multiple times. As I mentioned it’s highly recommended for a mature audience, but I feel this is a fantastic source of storytelling and character development. It’s also a nice change of pace for anime, as it’s based in reality as opposed to the common themes of giant robots and the supernatural. The series is released by Funimation, and is available for purchase online. The library does not currently have it.”

 

Jasmine Humphrey:

“My favorite anime is Black Butler/Karashitsuji.  To explain my dying love for Black Butler, I’ll give a short summary, just enough to keep you unconfused.  Earl Ciel Phantomhive’s parents are killed by an unknown source and Earl goes missing for quite some time. When Ciel returns, he has a black clad butler by his side. With only the 13 year old boy knowing that his butler, Sebastian Michael, is a demon. With the help of Sebastian, Ciel will have vengeance over the one who killed his parents, because only then may Sebastian devour Ciel’s soul.

Black Butler is my favorite anime because of the plot and the action. The plot, which is explained above, drew me in quickly with the pity story of a boy my age.  I also thought the idea of having a demon butler would be pretty awesome.  Within the middle of every episode, Sebastian is either baking someone into a pie or killing people with silverware. I never even thought you could bake someone into a pie…

The anime of Black Butler cannot be located in the library, but the manga can be with only slight differences.  As you can tell, I love Black Butler very much and I recommend it to anyone, really.  Although, if you don’t really enjoy the really action filled ones, I wouldn’t really recommend it.”

 

Jared Howard:

“My favorite Manga is FairyTail because I have always been fascinated by magic, wizards, and just plain fantasy.  This book has all of that in one with some mildly crude humor in it here and there. I would recommend it to anyone.”

 

Helen Fuhr:

“Greetings my name is Helen and I am a regular at OMGCon so you can imagine how excited I was to come across your flyer for this contest.  It was difficult for me to choose which anime/manga that I feel that others would enjoy if you got it for your library.  The one I chose is called “Alice in the Land of Hearts” a strange version of Louis Carroll’s story “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland”.  The reason it is my favorite manga is the well written plot, many loveable characters, issues that many people face, and fantastic artwork.  For these reasons I’m sure it would quickly become others favorite as well.”

 

Morgan Partain:

“My favorite manga is probably Shugo Chara. I would sometimes sit on the floor in the library just to read one of the books – just because I couldn’t wait to read it. I think it’s my favorite because everyone truly has a natural instinct to be a kid, no matter what age you are or how much responsibility you have. Not just that it shows how people should follow their dreams and enjoy life as it is now. You should always be who you are and to always be true to yourself. I guess, when you look at it all, these books state that finding yourself isn’t easy and there will be many possibilities and it will be hard. Yet, in the end, it will all be worth it.”

 

Marissa Keith:

“I recommend Cardcaptors for my recommendation. The library has it on the shelf and the movies the creators made about this series. Cardcaptors are my favorite because the series keeps you guessing about the main character’s secret crush on each other and it’s very adventurous. It is also appropriate for all ages. I was interested in it by watching the trailer of the series. The person who got me to watch it was my older sister because she also liked the series. Kids would love the creatures and characters in the series. All kids would love this series if they like action and adventure.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Comic Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Comic Strip Contest:

(Click on a name to see the comic!)

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Come by the 2nd floor desk to pick up your autographed Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney! The winning comics will also be displayed on the 2nd floor – come check them out!

Thank you to all who entered! We had a great time reading them. If you’d like your comic back, you may pick it up at the 2nd floor desk.

*Deadline extended to win an autographed Wimpy Kid book!*

We have extended the deadline to submit your comic to win an autographed Diary of a Wimpy Kid book! Entries must now be submitted by Sunday, Oct.9.

Make sure to check out our cool events next week for Fall Break! You can view the schedule here.

Create-Your-Own Comic Strip Contest!

Win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book signed by author Jeff Kinney!

You may use the template provided at the 2nd floor desk

 or make your own comic strip.

Multiple winners will be announced & displayed at the library!

The winning entries will be the funniest & most creative,

but don’t gross us out too much, please.

 

The contest is open to ages 17 and under.

Return your entry to the 2nd floor desk by Sept. 30, 2011.

For more information, contact Ashley

270-442-2510 ext. 122

aadair@mclib.net

*Click here for the link to the PDF so you can download the template from home!

*Deadline extended to win an autographed Wimpy Kid book!*

We have extended the deadline to submit your comic to win an autographed Diary of a Wimpy Kid book! Entries must now be submitted by Sunday, Oct.9.

Make sure to check out our cool events next week for Fall Break! You can view the schedule here.

Create-Your-Own Comic Strip Contest!

Win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book signed by author Jeff Kinney!

You may use the template provided at the 2nd floor desk

 or make your own comic strip.

Multiple winners will be announced & displayed at the library!

The winning entries will be the funniest & most creative,

but don’t gross us out too much, please.

 

The contest is open to ages 17 and under.

Return your entry to the 2nd floor desk by Sept. 30, 2011.

For more information, contact Ashley

270-442-2510 ext. 122

aadair@mclib.net

*Click here for the link to the PDF so you can download the template from home!

Do you Twitter? Write a haiku and win $50 to use at Amazon!

To celebrate National Library Week (going on this week!), @YourLibrary, the Campaign for America’s Libraries, is holding a Twitter haiku (a “twaiku”, if you will) contest! The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to to use at Amazon.com

If you don’t already have a Twitter account, it’s free and easy to sign up. Go here to sign up for Twitter, then read this information from @YourLibrary to compete in the contest.

But hurry, the contest ends tomorrow, April 13! And don’t forget to follow your library here on Twitter!