Monday, April 3, 2017

Teen Book Con 2017

If you know me, you know there are several different days I would hyperbolically refer to as The Best Day of the Year. You also know that I mean it wholeheartedly every time I say it.

So when I say that Teen Book Con is the Best Day of the Year, know that I am telling you the truth.

Imagine a day designed for teen readers. A day where there are photo booths for selfie-taking, a tree to hang your poetry on, 3D printers to gawk at, buttons to make, books to buy, food trucks in the parking lot, and authors. Lots and lots of authors. And admission is free (you have to pay for the books and the food, unfortunately)! That day is Teen Book Con. It happens every year in April and is put on by a committee of amazing librarians and the coolest independent book store.

I love going to Teen Book Con because, even though there are lots of librarians and other adults around, it's really focused on the teens. During the panels, teens are given priority seating and only teens are called on to ask questions of the authors. Librarians are welcome to get books signed but it's the teens that get to wait in lines to meet the authors in person.

This year was especially fun. I was psyched about a bunch of the authors (Andrew McCarthy, Zoraida Cordova, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Bill Konigsberg!), but seeing them in person and watching them talk about their work and interact with their readers made me even more excited about reading.

Highlights of the day included: any panel with Angie Thomas (author of The Hate U Give), the general awesomeness of Benjamin Alire Saenz, Andrew McCarthy probably assuming I was taking a sneaky picture of him, Laini Taylor's shoes, and the Family Feud Author Edition that resulted in Len Vlahos taking off his pants onstage!

If you couldn't make it this year, I'm so sad for you! You should really plan on joining us next year!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Upcoming Events

While there isn't really ever a lull in library programming, I feel safe in saying that things are just a little more quiet post-holiday season. However, Spring has sprung and that means things are gearing up for summer and much more. But before I get you excited about Summer Reading Club stuff, let's talk end of March, April, and beginning of May!

March 31st (Friday)

  • 4:30-5:30pm Video Games in the YA Area- We'll be playing Super Smash Brothers!

April 1st (Saturday)

  •  Poetry Contest entries are accepted. Turn in your poems to the Children's Desk from April 1-29. The Teen Advisory Group will judge the poems by grade level and winners will be announced on May 4th. An award ceremony will be held on May 12th! 
  • Teen Book Con! Held every year, Teen Book Con is a free book convention just for teens. For legal reasons, I can't drive anyone there but I will be there to meet up and guide you around to hear authors talk about their new books and to hold your stuff while you stand in signing lines at the end of the day! You can register here at
    •  If you're interested in going, email me at! If you (or a parent can drive people please let me know!)
April 7th (Friday)
  • 4:30-5:30pm Video Games in the YA Area
April 13th (Thursday)
  • The 'Art' of Deduction- Read the first Sherlock Holmes story and join us for the first meeting of our Sherlock Holmes Book and Art Club! We'll discuss A Study in Scarlet and then create a piece of art based on the story! (Snacks will be served and all ages are welcome!)
April 14th-15th (Friday-Saturday)
  • Library Closed
April 17th-21st
  • No programs- Sti at Texas Library Association Conference
April 28th (Friday)
  • 4:30-5:30pm Video Games in the YA Area
April 29th (Saturday)
  • Last day to turn in poetry for the Poetry Contest!
May 4th
  • May the Fourth Be With You Family Event! 5:30-8:45pm Light Saber craft, Jedi performance, and viewing of The Force Awakens!
  • Winners of poetry contest notified and announced
Whew! That's quite a bit of stuff happening. I hope you can make it to some, if not all of the things!

    Return of the Blog!

    It was recently brought to my attention that I haven't updated this blog in a while. I thought to myself, 'That's true, I should really go look at it!'

    Then I came and actually looked at the page's been a whole year?! Unacceptable!

    So my new year resolution (a little late in coming) is to regularly update this page with library happenings, book reviews, and more.

    We didn't do a March Madness this year, for the first time in 5+ years, but that's because the Teen Advisory Group and I have had our plates full. Back in January, we hosted our first ever Comic Convention- Zaki Con. It was a 3 day event that was both exhausting and so much fun. Looking forward to planning it again for next year! 

    We just had another first, our first ever SherLock In. A lock in dedicated to watching the first two seasons of the BBC Sherlock. We even had our own, original Escape the Room Challenge, created by our Technical Services Librarian, Keith! We were all in need of sleep afterward, but it was worth it!

    So, as you can see, we've been coming up with great teen programs lately! And I can't wait to tell you about what's coming up in April and May. But that will be for another post...which I will definitely write and post! I swear!


    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    March Madness Week 4- Pets and Familiars

    Welcome to the Final Four! Just two weeks left of this tournament of pets and familiars!

    In a lot of the categories it was a close race! Come in to the YA section for the final scores. 

    So here is your tough decision for this week!

    Crookshanks VS. Iko
    Cranky cat or hilarious android?

    Saphira VS. Hedwig

    This is too difficult. I might abstain from voting (just kidding, I'm totally voting)...But you shouldn't! Come in to vote or vote in the polls to the right of this post!


    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    March Madness Pets and Familiars Week Three

    Hey y'all!

    It's Week Three of our annual YA March Madness and I'm only now blogging about it. That's mostly because I've been out of town, and a little because until this week there were SO MANY characters to talk about. 

    But now that's we've moved onto Week Three there are only 8 contenders to worry about, and many of my favorite have been dropped (*sobs*) so I'll spend less time trying to sway your vote if I write about them!

    So this year we've gone a new route. All our contestants are Pets/Familiars/other not human sidekicks in our favorite YA books (with a few children's and adult books thrown in).

    The Teen Advisory Group and I had a lot of fun coming up with all of these characters and I hope you see some of your favorites up on the bracket when you visit the YA area! Now, let's get down to who you can vote for this week!

    Cat VS. Cat

    Starting off, we have two fierce felines. 
    Hermione Granger's Crookshanks or Primrose Everdeen's Buttercup? Which cat has your vote?

    Fire Demon VS. Android
    A cranky (and cursed) fire demon or an android who thinks she's a teenage girl?
    Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle or Iko from Cinder and the Lunar Chronicles

    Hell Hound VS. Dragon


    Percy Jackson's faithful Hell Hound from the Gods of Olympus series or the dragon Saphira from the Inheritance series?

    Flying Bird VS. Flying Horse

    Another entry from the Harry Potter series, Harry's own owl Hedwig vs. another Gods of Olympus/Lost Hero character, Percy Jackson's pegasus Blackjack. 

    These are all tough decisions, make sure you come into the library and vote, or vote in the poll on my sidebar!


    Monday, January 18, 2016

    2016 Reading Resolutions

    Speaking of resolutions for 2016, here's are my Reading Resolutions (which I take both very seriously and not seriously at all). 

    Do you have book related resolutions for 2016? Share them in the comments!

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!

    Hey there! Long time, no write. I think one of my resolutions for 2016 is to blog here more often.

    I wanted to post something really quickly about an opportunity I have for my young adults to see an advance screening of a really fun movie. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a great movie if you like Jane Austen and/or zombies. Seriously, you don't need to have read the original books (either Pride and Prejudice (though you REALLY should so we can be better friends) or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) to enjoy this film. It's a perfect blend of humor, romance, and gore. Seriously. I made a video review about it: 

    If this sounds like a movie you'd like to see (FOR FREE) on Wednesday January 20th, here is the link for the RSVP:



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