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JUNE 30, 2012
Science Saturday - Conniving Caterpillars and Bossy Parrots

A few facts for you today:
-The alcon blue butterfly caterpillars will move into an ant colony and mimic the scent and sound of the queen red ant.  The worker ants will then support this faux queen in the lap of luxury and may even kick out the real queen. 

-An african grey parrot named Toby would tease the family dog by saying "Bobby, want to go for a walk?  Want to play with Cooper?  Where's Cooper?  Want to go out?"   After Bobby, the dog, died the parrot didn't say his name.  When Toby made a mess Carolyn the owner would say, "Now see what you've done."  Once when Carolyn dropped a glass Toby said, " Now see what you've done."

-There is the "hot-tailed" California ground squirrel.  This squirrel will raise the temperature of its tail and wave it around to protect against rattlesnakes.  It will only do this around rattlesnakes, which have infrared sensors.

-The body of catfish are covered with taste buds.  With these skin taste buds they are able to detect chemicals coming out of the skin of their prey.  They can locate prey several hundred feet away. 

Want to know more fascinating facts about animal behavior and biology?  Check out the book Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Suprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives by Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal. 

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JUNE 29, 2012
Henna Tattoos at Belmar

Wow! 29 people came to Belmar's June Teen Time. We made henna tattoos. Here are some photos of the finished art. 
 

Check out the entire summer activity schedule here.

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JUNE 28, 2012
StoryMakers Writing Contest

Do you have a writer’s soul? A story to tell? Time to get out your quill and get to work! Rocky Mountain PBS is having a statewide fiction writing contest for middle school students in grades 6, 7, & 8.

StoryMakers is a short story contest for young authors designed to inspire young teens to write. Finalists will be honored January 5, 2013 at Rocky Mountain PBS’s gala event featuring local author Dom Testa as keynote speaker.

Entries must be received by October 12, 2012 – so you have time to write something AMAZING!  Participating libraries have the entry form and rules. And then you can see it come to life in the videos that they make of the winning entries! 

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JUNE 27, 2012
Do You Have a Taste for the Bizarre?

If the answer is yes, try these dark reads:

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy: An exciting reinvention of the Gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares. The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

  

 

Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden: In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water. Fifty years later the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats. Among them are 14-year-old Molly McHugh and Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but when a seance goes horribly wrong Orlov is abducted and Molly finds herself on the run.... 

 Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him. He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

 

Triggered by Fletcher Wartmann: Imagine the worst thing in the world. Picture it. Construct it, carefully and deliberately in your mind. Be careful not to omit anything. Imagine it happening to you, to the people you love. Imagine the worst thing in the world. Now try not to think about it.

This is what it is like for Fletcher Wortmann. In his brilliant memoir, the author takes us on an intimate journey across the psychological landscape of OCD, known as the “doubting disorder,” as populated by God, girls, and apocalyptic nightmares.

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JUNE 26, 2012
Food Allergies

A friend of mine has to eat gluten-free, and going out to dinner with her really opened my eyes! 

It is really hard to stay healthy when you have to avoid something that's everywhere. I found some novels where teens have food allergies.

I found some great cookbooks too! Just click on the covers to place holds.

Oh, yeah, they are all about dessert. What can I say, dessert is my favorite!!

 

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posted by Chandra, Belmar Library

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JUNE 25, 2012
Movie Monday - Frog and Toad

Remember the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel? The Jim Henson Company recently announced that they have picked up the film rights for the series. They are working on an animated feature film now that is scheduled to come out in 2014. Long ways away, I know. But it gives you plenty of time to read or re-read these classic stories!

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JUNE 23, 2012
Science Saturday - Things I Learned at the Night Animals Program

We hosted the Night Animals program here at Lakewood last Wednesday.  It was a fascinating program and I learned a lot.  Here are just a few things:

Owls have a small edge of tattered fringe along the edge of their feathers which reduces the sound of flapping.  Their broad wings also help them coast further with less flapping.

Hedgehogs will poop and pee on your meeting room carpet if they get nervous.

50% of an alligator's length is in its tail.

Bull snakes are on average 5 feet long.  They can both climb and dig holes.

Want to know more?  Come to one of the Night Animal programs at our libraries. 

 

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JUNE 22, 2012
Mixed Media Novel

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral is a lovely book and story. The contents are photographs, texting conversations, police reports, school reports and ticket stubs. When you flip through the pages, it looks like a scrapbook. It is, but it’s also a novel.

It tells the story of Glory, who at 16 is a piano prodigy. The book begins with Glory’s disappearance from the Golden Hands Rest Home in New York City. Golden Hands is a facility for pianists and Glory was committed to the facility after a breakdown during a performance. The book then shares the previous 18 months of Glory’s life, what led up to her stay at Golden Hands as well as her disappearance. The book is a mystery to solve and a classic love story told with a surprising amount of depth. It’s also a quick read - 30-45 minutes! I encourage everyone to give this book a try and to think about your own story and scrapbook items. Could you put together your story? Would you share it with us in the comments, if you do?

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JUNE 21, 2012
Test Your Summer Smarts

Take this little quiz and see how smart you are about summer!

1. When was sunscreen lotion first invented?

a.  1938
b.  1947
c.  1892
d.  1973

2. UV is an abbreviation for what?

a.  unseen vision
b.  utopic villitonin
c.  ultra violet
d.  under Visible

3. In 2011 how many shark attacks were there in world?

a.  124
b.  75
c.  48
d.  232

4.  Which state produces the most Ice Cream?

a.  Massachusetts
b.  Ohio
C.  California
d.  Vermont

5.  What is a probiscus

a.  The tubular mouth of an insect such as a mosquito.
b.  An instrument used to measure the angle of the sun.
c.  A medical device used to measure the diameter of the bicep.
d.  A person who is a big fan of the hibiscus flower.

6.  What is the tallest roller coaster in the United States?

a.  Top Thrill Dragster
b.  Kingda-Ka
c.  Steel Dragon
d.  Superman: Escape from Krypton

7.  When will the earth be furthest from the sun in 2012?

a.  December 27
b.  January 8
c.  July 4
d.  August 12

 

Answers:
1. - a.  Franz Grieter is credited with the first sunscreen lotion in 1938.  He suffered a burn while climbing Mount Piz Buin and decided to invent a cream to prevent future burns.

2. - c. Ultra Violet is the part of the light spectrum with shorter waves than visible light.  The sun emits light in all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum but ultra violet is the part of the spectrum that causes sunburns.

3. - b. According to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File, there were 75 global shark attacks. 29 of these occurred in the United States, with 11 of those from Florida.

4. - c. According to the United States Census in 2009 California produced the most ice cream.

5. - a. A probiscus is the long tubular mouthpart on an insect used for eating.  On a mosquito this is what they use to suck your blooooood.

6. - b. The Kingda-Ka is the tallest with a 418 foot drop.  It is at the 6 Flags park in Jackson, New Jersey.

7. - c. The sun will be at aphelion (furthest distance from the sun in orbit) on July 4th at 9 p.m.

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JUNE 20, 2012
Night Sky Mobiles at Wheat Ridge Library - Start Time Change!

The Wheat Ridge Library is hosting a really cool program called Night Sky Mobiles. Join artist Lannie Pihajlic to transform the magic in the night sky into luminous mobiles depicting your favorite celestial bodies and nocturnal animals.  All materials are provided. Registration is not required, but space is limited to 25 people. This program was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 28th at 4 p.m. but the start time has changed to 3 p.m. so please take note!  Again....

 

Night Sky Mobiles Program

Wheat Ridge Library

Thursday, June 28 at 3 p.m.

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JUNE 19, 2012
Read This! Trash by Sharon Darrow

For Sissy and her brother, trash reminds them of too many foster homes they've lived in. Now they are on the run searching for their big sister Raynell- forced to rely on their trash-dumping skills to make it. Reunited in St. Louis, they shed their old identities, and become graffiti artists splashing their new names on city bridges and walls. But one night's painting goes wrong……..

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JUNE 18, 2012
Monday Monday -- Princess Bride

You've seen the movie, but have you tried the book?

Princess Bride was a book before it was a movie. And the book is easily as good as the movie.

Which one do you like better?

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JUNE 17, 2012
This week at your library...

Are you signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Club yet? If not, sign up today! If you read 8 hours or more during June and July you can come in at the end of the summer and pick up a free book and you'll also automatically be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. Easy enough, right?

Here are the awesome events happening for teens this week:

Belmar Library:
GPS Monster Hunt: Thursday, June 21, 2pm

Golden Library:
CSI: Forensics: Tuesday, June 19, 4pm

Lakewood Library:
Night Animals: Wednesday, June 20, 4pm

Edgewater Library:
Become a Comedian: Tuesday, June 19, 2pm

Wheat Ridge Library:
Night Animals: Thursday, June 21, 3pm

Don't see your library listed? Check our full schedule for upcoming events.

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JUNE 16, 2012
Science Saturday - Sunscreen Smarts

Do you know what the SPF number on your sunscreen really means? The SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) is the ratio of the amount of time it takes for your skin to turn red in the sun with sunscreen on, as compared to the time it takes for your skin to turn red without sunscreen. So, if your skin would normally start to turn red after 10 minutes in the sun without sunscreen, then applying sunscreen with an SPF 15 would allow you to stay in the sun for 15 times longer, or 150 minutes, before your skin would turn the same color. A good sunscreen will help protect against UVA and UVB rays. 

Children and teens are more sensitive to sun exposure than adults because their outermost layer of skin is thinner. So make sure you layer it on before you go outside!

For more facts about sun exposure and sunscreen, check out our Science in Context database. Search for "Sunscreen."

("Sunscreen." World of Invention. Gale, 2006. Gale Science In Context. Web. 16 June 2012.)

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JUNE 15, 2012
Fake Guns Must Have Orange Tip!

That’s right, boys and grrls… If you head on down to the Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference in your favorite super hero costume, and you happen to be carrying a fake gun… it must have an orange tip. This weekend, June 15 – 17 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, you can check out some of the latest and greatest graphic novels, meet some awesome authors, schmooze with some literary scholars and figure out who that guy with the tail and fangs is supposed to be.

Teen tickets for the whole weekend (3 days) are $30. You can also buy tickets for the individual days for less $$. Go. Wear something day-glo or made of pleather… In other words, embrace your inner Super Hero!

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JUNE 15, 2012
LGBTQ Teen Books

 

This weekend marks the 37th annual DenverPridefest, an event to "celebrate and promote the heritage and culture of the LGBT and allied community in Colorado." That's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered. 

 

Teen books in recent years have increasingly represented the LGBT community. Here are some that you can find at the library.

 

 

I am J by Cris Beam - J was born female but feels like it was a mistake, and he's really a male inside. He runs away from home and his friends to try to become who he feels he should be.

 

 

 

 

  

 
Homosexuality: Opposing Viewpoints edited by Cynthia A. Bily - Not sure what your opinion is on all the recent legal developments regarding people who are gay? Try this book from the Opposing Viewpoints series to read opinions from every side of the debates on LGBT rights, gays in the military, how sexuality should be addressed in school, and even what might cause homosexuality in the first place. 

 

 

 

 


My Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky - Justin has a plan to become popular by the end of the school year, despite being Jewish, chubby, and gay. His plan to date the varsity quarterback goes awry when the football player's girlfriend develops and interest in Justin. Plenty of confusion and hilarity in this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George - Jesse is out at school. Everyone knows she's a lesbian. But no one knows she secretly meets Emily, the student council president, for make-out sessions. Emily's happy keeping Jesse a secret, but when the two find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue, the two struggle to cope with their relationship and their futures.

 

 

What's your favorite LGBT character on TV, in the movies, or in a book? Why? 

Personally, I love the gay title character from WIll Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan. He's just so ridiculous and so well-meaning. Also, it's one of my favorite books, and it wouldn't make much sense without one of the Wills.   

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JUNE 14, 2012
Teen Time @ Standley Lake Library

 

Teen Time @ Standley Lake Library

Sat. June 16th 2-3:30

Painted Rocks – Join us for our first craft of the year!

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JUNE 13, 2012
Zombie Preparedness??

If the zombie hoard descends on the US don't worry, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has got your back.  Check out this graphic novel from the CDC on how to prepare for a zombie outbreak. 

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JUNE 12, 2012
Read This! The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George

Opposites attract, right? Jesse wears huge fisherman boots to school every day, cuts her own hair with a Swiss army knife, and, as her parents say, “Very bravely and bossily came out of the closet when she was only fourteen years old [saying] we can’t choose who we love. We just love the people we love, no matter what anyone else might want for us.” She knows who she is and she’s proud of herself. She’s not so proud of the secret affair she's been having with Emily, who is super popular, the vice president of the student council, and has been dating her baseball-player boyfriend since she was too young to be dating. Jesse and Emily have nothing in common, but once they start kissing nothing else matters.

When a big-box superstore tries to move into their town, Emily and Jesse are very obviously and very vocally on opposite sides of the debate that takes over their school and their town. Will it take over their relationship as well?

I loved all the characters in this story and I thought they were so funny and realistic. The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George is one my new favorite books! You can look forward to Emily's horrifying description of her boyfriend's slobbery kissing techniques, Jesse's manifestos for her organization, NOLAW (National Organization to Liberate all Weirdos), and a zany group of supporting characters who tie it all together.

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JUNE 11, 2012
Movie to Book: Snow White and the Huntsman

Have you seen the Snow White and the Huntsman movie yet? I love Charlize Theron as the evil queen! In a backwards twist on our usual Book to Movie posting, this is a Movie to Book post. We just got the book adaptation for Snow White and the Huntsman in this month, and it already has holds on it. This book was based on the screenplay, so I'm sure I don't need to tell you too much about what it's about. Basically, what you need to know is that this Snow White is not just going to sit around and wait for some prince to come save her. She is strong, tough, and powerful, and I want to be her!

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JUNE 10, 2012
Ant Art

So these are REAL LIVE ants by Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov! Just imagine the patience it would take to get them to pose. Check out more of the photos and then place a hold on Bug science : 20 projects and experiments about arthropods : insects, arachnids, algae, worms, and other small creatures to learn how to get an ant lost.

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JUNE 9, 2012
Science Saturday - Science Fiction Becomes Reality

I love reading science fiction, the idea of imagining what the future may be like.  Some of the authors of science fiction really did predict the future.  Arthur C. Clark described the iPad in 2001: A Space Odyssey and also predicted such things as using satellite relays to communicate and tourists in space.  Jules Verne imagined the spaceship and the submarine in his novels From Earth to Moon and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  The word robot came from Karel Capek's 1920 play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots).    H.G. Wells came up with the concept for automatic doors in The Sleeper Awakes.  Ray Bradbury predicted interactive television and personal radios, like iPods, in Fahrenheit 451.  Mary Shelly's Frankenstein predicted the ability to do medical transplants.  What will the sci-fi- novels predict for our future?  The Internet implanted in our brain like the characters in M.T. Anderson's book Feed?

Want to know more?  Check out these other blog posts and websites:

11 Astounding Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True

10 Things that Science Fiction Got Right

Science has a new television series Prophets of Science Fiction

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JUNE 8, 2012
Just Sign It, Already!

Someday in the future, when you are one of Santa’s helper Elves in a mall somewhere, you will be sad if you don’t know American Sign Language. There are always several days when the Deaf and Mute community is invited to bring their kids down to see the Signing Santa. You don’t want to be the only Elf who can’t ‘talk’ to adorable children, do you?

Thankfully, we have a link for that! Visit our American Sign Language Browser. You can find it in our Language/Literacy/ESL database, where you can also learn to speak other languages, improve your literacy skills or learn how to pronounce foreign words like a native speaker!*

*Library card number is required for some of the sites.

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JUNE 7, 2012
Evil Main Characters - Read if you Dare...

Death Note by Tsugumi Oba
When high school student Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a Shinigami death god, he discovers that any person whose name is written in it dies.  Light decides to use the notebook to rid the world of evil.

 

 

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

Child prodigy Cadel Piggott, an antisocial computer hacker, is starting his first-year at an advanced crime academy.  Class subjects include disguise, basic lying, embezzlement, and explosives.  Cadel soon discovers the teachers are not all they seem to be. 

 

The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp
Wealthy and spoiled, Bounce and her drifter friends Wiggins and Orange kidnap three-year-old Frog in order to get revenge on a visiting poet in her English class.  Frog is content to eat cereal and play a video game about wolves all day--a game that parallels the reality around her--until Wiggins is overcome by guilt and tension and takes action.

 

I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

John Wayne Cleaver treads a thin line.  He's obsessed with serial killers mainly because he doesn't want to become one. In order to protect himself and those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself.  When a serial killer strikes in his home town he must convince everyone, including himself, he is not the killer.

 

Violence 101 by Denis Wright
Hamish is in a reformatory due to violent attacks on other teens and his therapist. He is a genius and a sociopath.  Hamish has no reservations about his violent behavior, and, in fact, he elaborately and convincingly justifies it in his journal entries.

 

 

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is an evil genius.  He has discovered the existence of fairies and concocts a plan to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold.  Will his evil plot succeed?

 

 

I am a Genius of Uspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President by Josh Leib
Living in Omaha, Nebraska, Oliver Watson has everyone, including his own family, convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius.  When he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.  First step class president, next step world domination.

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JUNE 6, 2012
Upcoming Summer Reading Events!

 

 

The Summer Reading Club has officially started and we have some great Teen events coming up soon. Check the schedule below and come and check one out.  All programs are first come, first serve.

Night Animals-Thurs. June 7 @ 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. @ Belmar Library-Learn about nocturnal animals with the Denver Zoo.

GPS Monster Hunt-Sat. June 9 @ 1 p.m. @ Arvada Library-Hunt down some dangerous creatures of the night. 

CSI: Forensics-Mon. June 11 @ 3 p.m. @ Columbine Library-Analyze realistic crime scene evidence to solve a crime.

GPS Monster Hunt-Mon. June 11 @ 3 p.m. @ Evergreen Library-Hunt down some dangerous creatures of the night. 

CSI: Forensics-Wed. June 13 @ 2:30 p.m. @ Arvada Library-Analyze realistic crime scene evidence to solve a crime.

Night Animals-Wed. June 13 @ 2 p.m. @ Standley Lake Library-Learn about nocturnal animals with the Denver Zoo.

Come and check out a program close to you!

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JUNE 5, 2012
Read This! The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan

Have you already demolished the Percy Jackson books? Devoured the first two Heroes of Olympus volumes? Put a hold on the Demigod Diaries now! The record is in the catalog, and the book is due to be released August 14!

The Demigod Diaries includes a new Percy Jackson short story, a Leo Valdez story, new artwork, and a story from Luke Castellan's point of view, from the days when he adventured with Thalia and Annabeth.

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JUNE 4, 2012
Movie Monday-Divergent Movie Coming!

Did you all love Divergent by Veronica Roth as much as I did? Have you already read book two, Insurgent? If you're going through Hunger Games withdrawal put your name on the list for Divergent, it is a great read!

Summit Entertainment has bought the film rights to the book and Evan Daughtery, who wrote the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, is writing the screenplay. There is already speculation about who will play Tris and Four.  I personally like the idea of Elle Fanning or Hailee Steinfeld playing Tris. They have the right blend of innocence and strength. Who do you think would be good casting choices?

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JUNE 3, 2012
New Books for June

It's summer! I don't know about you, but I like to spend my summer outside with a good book. Here are some hot new titles out this month. Some of them are going to be popular, so get your name on the list today.

 Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult usually writes adult books. She's the author of My Sister's Keeper, which was turned into a movie. This is her first teen book and she wrote it with her teenage daughter. Delilah spends her days dreaming of the prince charming character she reads about. And then one day he starts talking to her--yes, from the book! (June 26)

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold. (June 5)

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan: Farrah is high school math whiz who started at a new school when she can try to blend in and become popular. Until she accidentally cracks a terrorist group's code and finds herself working with the FBI. (June 5)

 
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne:  Fourteen teens get trapped in a superstore while the world outside falls apart. (June 5)

 

 

Series Favorites:

Rapture by Lauren Kate: This is the fourth and final book in the Fallen series. (June 12)


 

Stunning by Sara Shepard: Pretty Little Liars Book #11. (June 5)

 

 

Mirage By Kristi Cook: Sequel to Haven. Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna, back for her senior year at Winterhaven, finds her friends in danger, a mysterious new teacher as her psychic coach, and her Sabbat tendencies threatening her relationship with Aidan

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JUNE 2, 2012
Science Saturday - The Physics of Roller Coasters

When I think of summer, I think of sunburns, hot dogs, and roller coasters. Do you ever wonder what makes you feel like you might loose the giant blue slushie you just gulped down?  Keep your hands inside the car because I am about to explain the physics of roller coasters.

Roller coasters are designed using the basic laws of motion and gravity.  When the cars are going uphill they generate potential energy, just like winding a watch.  At the top of the hill is the point of greatest potential energy.  As they go down-hill they use kinetic energy and reach the greatest point of kinetic energy at the bottom of the hill.  Generally, the first hill will have a slope of 50 degrees.  The typical angle on a high roller coaster is 90 degrees. The Takabisha in Japan has a 121 degree drop created by an S curve.

G-forces, or gravitational forces, are what push you back against your seat.  Typical g-force on a roller coaster ride is 6.  The maximum amount a human has withstood is 108. Human tolerance for g-force will depend on the length of time experiencing the force, the axis at which the g-force is exerted and many other factors like vibration and body support.  The Formula Rossa, located in the United Arab Emirates, is the fastest roller coaster at 150 miles per hour.

There is a new roller coaster being proposed that will create the sensation of zero gravity for up to 8 seconds at a time.  How do they do this?  The coaster cars will be enclosed so your eyes do not tell you that you are hurtling toward the earth.  The coaster will accelerate to maximum speed and then decelerate slightly to lift passengers from their seats.  The coaster will then automatically adjust its speed to match the velocity of the passengers as they fall back to earth.  This potential ride is inspired by the aptly named vomit comet used by NASA to train astronauts.

Want to know more?  Check out our online database Science in Context

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JUNE 1, 2012
Summer Reading Club Starts TODAY!

 This year we are hosting the Teen Summer Reading Club online. You can sign up right now. Start reading today and track your hours online.

After you register online come in to your local library to pick up your free starter coupons to Lakeside Amusement Park and Brunswick Bowling.

Read for 8 hours, earn a free book and a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Pick up your free book on Book Award Day at your local library.

After you have read for 8 hours stop in to your library and pick up your finisher coupons. (Lakeside Amusement Park, Colorado Rapids and Brunswick Bowling)

Read for 16 hours and enter your name into a drawing to attend Games Night at your local library.

Looking for something to do this summer? We have lots of FREE programs, including Monster Make-up and CSI investigation to name a few.

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