Music I like: Lately, I’ve been listening to Mumford and Sons, but I like all types of music and I’m building up my Pandora channels. Send me some suggestions!
Favorite sport to watch: I loved watching the Broncos this year!
Favorite sport to do: Hiking, yoga and snorkeling – when I can get to a beach!
Favorite food to make: Lentils! Lentil Dal, Lentil & Broccoli Casserole, or Lentil Burgers. Tofu is good too! I try to avoid meat, but I’m not a purist. If I really want a hunk of meat, I’ll go for it!
Favorite food: Bread, especially if it has some herbed cotswold cheese on it!
Places I have lived: Colorado, Florida, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Places I have traveled: China, Virgin Islands, Aruba, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Costa Rica, Mexico, Malaysia, and Singapore. Sensing a theme?
Where I want to go next: Curacao! Eventually, Europe too!
Favorite place to hang out: A Beach! Or in Colorado, a Mountain with lots of Pine trees and moss! I love moss!
Do I have a pet? Yes, 4 cats – Kirby, Trouble, Midnight and Star! Someday, I’d like to have a dog too!
I'm sure many of you have read Orson Scott Card's book Ender's Game, the story of an intense military training camp for kids preparing to fight the invading Bugger race. (If you haven't, it's awesome! The kids are trained using video games and zero-gravity challenges.)
Are you looking forward to this book being made into a movie? I love the book but I'm not sure I can picture it as a movie. Although, I am very excited to see how they create the battle room with zero-gravity. That sure would be a fun part to film!
Come in and make a bread tag monster! We will be making monster faces with 'found' items and recycled bread tags. Also, you may share what you are currently reading with the group. All supplies will be provided.
Wednesday, February 1st. 4:00 PM Lakewood Teen Room
Lakewood Teen Time meets the first Wednesday of every month from 4-5 PM
It's not just bees that help flowers spread their pollen. Wind, other insects, bats and hummingbirds also drink the nectar of flowers and can spread pollen from flower to flower. There are two main types of pollination, wind and insect. Insects use their proboscis, that's a really long insect tongue, to get nectar from flowers. Nectar is a mixture of sucrose and water made by the glands of the flowers called nectaries at the base of petals. Film maker Louie Schwartzberg has made an amazing documentary with time lapse video capturing different animals and insects collecting pollen from flowers.
Celebrate Chinese New Year, Jan. 23rd, with some good dragon reads:
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley: When Jake Mendoza, who lives in the Smokehill National Park where his father runs the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies, goes on his first solo overnight in the park, he finds an infant dragon whose mother has been killed by a poacher.
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey: At a time when the number of Dragonriders has fallen too low for safety and only one Weyr trains the creatures and their riders, the Red Star approaches Pern, threatening it with disaster.
Eona: the last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman: Facing the ultimate battle for control of the land she calls home, Eona finds herself waging an internal battle every bit as devastating as the war threatening to break out across the kingdom.
Diviner by Bryan Davis: As Elyssa discovers new aspects of her diviner gifts, Koren questions her ability to save her fellow slaves, and Randall decides to join with Magnar and Arxad in preparations for a battle with the dragon king's followers.
Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey: In 1145 A.D., as foretold by Merlin, fourteen-year-old Rosalind, who will be the twenty-first Pendragon Queen of Wilde Island, has much to accomplish to fulfill her destiny, while hiding from her people the dragon's claw she was born with that reflects only one of her mother's dark secrets.
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn: In a parallel world where humans and dragons live in a state of cold war, seventeen-year-old Kay and her dragon friend, Artegal, struggle to find a way to show that dragons and humans can co-exist.
April 23 will be the first ever World Book Night in the United States. 50,000 volunteers will give away 20 books each, totaling one million free books. The idea is to put a book in the hands of a person who doesn't usually read for fun. It could be kids who just don't go to the library, adults who have forgotten how much fun reading is, or anyone else you can think of!
To be one of the lucky people that gets to hand out books, check out the World Book Night website. You must apply by February 1 and you must be 16 to be eligible. They'll want to know which book you'd like to give away, where you'll give it away, and why. I applied, and it took me less than five minutes.
I want to give away Ender's Game because the story is so exciting (Earth was attacked my aliens and now the army is recruiting kids to learn to be commanders that will kill the Buggers when they return). It's a great book to read if you love The Hunger Games and I think people who don't usually read might like it because the story is so intense, like a good end-of-the-world action movie.
I didn't read the description of the book on the book jacket before I read the book. So a book that I thought was going to be mainly about a boy / girl relationship ended up being so much more. This is really a story about survival and how people deal with loss. If you like survival stories and you want something that is quick to read between homework projects, then Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy might be for you.
How do you take apart a 210 foot tall dam? One chip at a time. The Elwah River Dam located in Olympic National Park is being removed in order to restore the river for salmon spawning. A large barge mounted caterpillar notches out 13 foot wide and 6 food deep sections of the dam wall. These notches then let 580 cubic feet of water per second out of the reservoir. In the end around 800 acres of land will be exposed in the former reservoir. Already the damn is half as tall as it used to be. There is a lot to consider in damn removal, how to replant the newly exposed earth, how to account for the amount of silt added to the rivers from the deconstruction and also how the increased flow will impact communities and ecosystems downriver of the damn.
There will be an event the last Wednesday of every month, 6 pm.
January's project will be making a survival cuff -- it is stylish, but there's more! If you should find yourself in an emergency situation where you need 8 feet of lightweight rope strong enough to hold your body weight, just take it apart.
It might just save your life if you ever find yourself in need of a tourniquet, a collar for your escaped dog, or an emergency belt.
All the materials will be provided. There's no sign-up required, just show up!
The 2012 Grammy Nominees CD comes out on Tuesday, January 24. There's already holds on it so get on the list today!
I was half-watching the 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert while doing laundry when I found myself glued to the screen and speakers. I love this duet by Lady Gaga and Sugarland and I'm crossing my fingers that someone will sell the recording of it so I can listen to it over and over and over...
I'm still new to JCPL so out of curiosity I searched the catalog for the Grammy Nominee CDs and the library owns all of them!
Do you follow music awards? How do you find new music to love?
Incarceron is a futuristic prison, where the descendants of the original prisoners remain locked up; it's reached a point where nobody new comes in and nobody ever escapes. Finn is imprisoned there, but he feels like he remembers a time when he wasn't. Claudia's dad is the prison warden, and she discovers a crystal key that allows Finn and Claudia to begin communicating. And plotting an escape...
An Incarceron movie is in the works. And who's going to play Finn? Taylor Lautner. Yes, this guy.
E=mc2 or F=ma or (i D - m) v) = 0 or a double helix strand or set theory. All these and more appear in the new book "Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed" by Carl Zimmer. My favorite is Entropy. Carnot, a French engineer, wanted to develop a steam engine that was more efficient than the British engines. He found that there will always be a loss of energy that cannot be used. His acceptance of the idea that you cannot build a perfect engine turned into a measurement of disorganization. "In a closed system...entropy always increases. Eggs never unscramble themselves." - pg. 26
We're starting to put together the events for the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program and we want to know what you think. The descriptions are pretty rough—we don’t know exactly what the events will look like yet but this should give you a general idea. Please vote for the event that you are LEAST excited about. That's right, the program that you would never go to. Voting will be open through Monday, January 16.
Monster Movie Make-Up: Learn how the pros create monster and horror movie special effects with make-up
Night Animals: Visit with 3-4 nocturnal animals from the Denver Zoo
CSI Forensics: Use forensic science to solve a crime
Become a Comedian: Watch a stand-up routine and learn how to create your own No-Cook Food: Create some fun new no-cook snacks
Dancing: Learn a new style of dance. Could be swing dancing, line dancing, or something else!
Burning the midnight oil? Don’t have the car? Blizzard? Just because you can’t get to the library, that doesn’t mean you can’t get help from a librarian. AskColorado is run by Colorado librarians, including your own Jeffco research-masters, and is available 24 hours a day, every day (except for some holidays). It’s like chat or IM, and the librarians can help you research just about anything, from Auckland to ZhuZhuPets.
Cast your vote for Colorado’s favorite Teen book and nominate titles for next year. Voting for the Colorado Blue Spruce Award ends Friday, Jan. 13th. Ballots are available at public and school libraries. Ask your teen librarian if you have any questions!
We're starting a new feature on the Crazy Readerz blog. Every Monday we'll be featuring a book that will be turned into a movie. We're starting with a book that has been turned into many, many movies: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. There are two Snow White movies coming out in 2012:
Snow White and the Huntsman features Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman is scheduled to come out June 1, 2012.
Mirror Mirror features Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins (who was in the Blindside) as Snow White. It is scheduled to be released March 16, 2012.
Did you try our experiment from last week? Want to know the science behind what you saw? This experiment was an example of emulsification. Milk contains proteins and fats. When we added the water / soap it changed how these fats and proteins worked together. The soap weakened the surface tension of the milk creating the swirling colors you observed. Dishwashing soap is similar to the bile in your small intestine. This helps you break down fats that you eat. Dishwashing soap brings together grease and water making it easier to clean your plate. Tune in next week for more exciting science facts!
You must read Animal Farm. No matter who you are, what age you are, or what you like to read. It's a fairy tale with a killer twist plus a history lesson. The pigs talk, and take over the farm making all the other animals slaves to their communist rules.
Calling all Teens in the Evergreen area! Come to Evergreen Library on Wednesday, January 11th from 4-5 for Evergreen Library's first Teen Time! We will be participating in some fun "minute-to-win-it" activities!
Try this Resolution Generator. My resolution is to get a passport and then use it! I used a library computer to find out how to get an application for a passport and I've been checking out Budget Travel magazine for ideas on where to go. What's your 2012 goal?