***Our next meeting will be on Saturday,August 20, 3-4 p.m. Hope to see you there!***

Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Leviathan Party Pictures!

Leviathan Party

Thanks to everyone that attened the Leviathan Party, and thanks to Leonardo's Basement for assisting us in creating our own clankers. It was a great party! Hopefully we can do it again soon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Next selection!


I hope everyone is enjoying When You Reach Me. I loved it, personally.

We need your help choosing the next book club selection. Here are the options:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time (to go along with WYRM)
  2. The Wee Free Men
  3. Boy Meets Boy
  4. Thirteen Reasons Why (recommended by one of our own book club members!)
Clicking on each title will link you to the SPPL catalog, where you can read a description, see the cover, etc. Please leave a comment below letting us know which book you vote for by Monday, December 5. If you want to vote anonymously, that's perfectly okay.

Also, one of you brought to my attention that Rebecca Stead, author of WYRM, has a blog herself. It's worth taking a look at: http://rebeccastead.blogspot.com/

That's all for now! I plan on posting Levithan Party pictures by next week, so be on the lookout for those.


PS: Bad news--Thirteen Reasons Why is checked out until January. We will probably have to keep that one as an option for January or February.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Decisions, decisions.


I contacted Leonardo's Basement about them bringing a program to the library for our party. After some haggling, they agreed to do a 1.5 hour program for $125. The total budget for the party is $140.

SO! We will need to make some decisions. Do we want to spend almost all the money on the Leonardo's Basement activity? There wouldn't be much left over for catering from Black Sea, for instance. However, we could just have free snacks from our library supply--cookies, pretzel, etc.

So it will be up to the group to decide if the Leonardo's Basement activity is worth it. It does sound pretty cool, and the instructor I've been emailing with is thinking up ways to tie the books into it. Leave your thoughts as comments below!

Leviathan party planning: Budget

Keelin offered to be treasurer.

*We should set a deadline by which each group has to give Keelin an estimate of what their costs will be.
*We need a final budget limit from Katrina.

Please reply in the comments if you have any thoughts on the budget.

Leviathan party planning: Prizes

It seems like everyone is happy with books for prizes -- especially Goliath! Jen and Katrina will put these together. If you have any other thoughts on prizes, please reply in the comments.

Leviathan party planning: Promotion

Isaura offered to be in charge of promotion planning.

*Isaura & Jen will create a flyer. (Henry offered to help, too.)
*The flyer will be done by Oct. 1 so that we can pass them out at the Library Love Festival. Book club members can also take some home to pass around.
*Everyone will promote to their friends and on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

If you have any other ideas about promotion, please reply to in the comments.

Leviathan party planning: Decorations

Abdiqaliq offered to be in charge of decorations planning.

Our ideas included:
*Fall theme

Please reply in the comments if you are working on or have made arrangements for any decorations for our party. Also reply if you have any other ideas about decorations.

Leviathan party planning: Activities

Henry, Charon, & Abdikarim offered to be in charge of activities planning.

During our discussion:
*Mickelle suggested an artist that makes steampunk necklaces.
*We talked about arranging for a Leonardo's Basement project!
*We thought a costume contest would be fun.
*We discussed carving pumpkins as an option.

Please reply in the comments if you are working on or have made arrangements for any activities for our party. Also reply if you have any other ideas about activities.

Leviathan party planning: Food

Mickelle & Keelin offered to be in charge of food planning.

We discussed having:
*Cookies/biscuits & tea
*Food from the Black Sea Restaurant -- especially the Turkish lemonade
*Japanese candies
*Isaura will look into Austrian food -- perhaps sausages?

Please reply in the comments if you are working on or have made arrangements for any food for our party. Also reply if you have any other ideas about food.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Levithan Party Announcement!

Hello Teen Book Club! In considering the Doodle we set up for date preferences, we have decided the party will be on Thursday, October 20 at 2pm. We are very excited and hope everyone will be able to make it to this awesome event!

Please continue to think about your suggestions for the party and post them to the blog. We need specific ideas for food, decorations, and activities.

Also, think about promoting the event to your friends via Facebook and Twitter. You can post this link that will take them right to our Events listing: http://host6.evanced.info/melsa/stpaul/eventsignup.asp?ID=18762&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=10/1/2011&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=3&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=

Yay for parties and Teen Reading!!!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Leviathan Party Planning!

Hi everyone,

You can use this post/comments area to discuss plans for the Leviathan party we will be hosting for Teen Read Week (October 16-22).

1. Which date would work best for you? Please reply to this Doodle poll and let us know.

2. What ideas do you have for our party? Post them in the comments area below.

Questions to think about:

The library will give you a $100 budget and make purchases with your suggestions. What activities do you think we should have at the party? What supplies will you need? Food?

The library staff will help you create a flyer which will be distributed to area libraries. They will also post the event on the library's online calendar, and send a press release to the Midway Monitor. What other ideas do you have to help spread the word about the party?

Let the discussion begin!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Leviathan Party?

Hey Book Club,

It's great that so many of you enjoyed Levithan! It sounds like you had some interesting discussion at the meeting on Saturday. We librarians are so inspired by your steam punk love that we were wondering if you guys would like to throw a Leviathan-themed party for Teen Read Week in October. We'd give you a budget and let you plan all the decorating, food and activities. Of course, we'd help you organize, plan, and be there the day of the party too.

We were thinking of having the party on Friday, October 21. There's no school for Saint Paul Public Schools that day.

What do you think? Comment below to let us know.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Reading Program News!!!

This just in:

Teens who track 30 hours of reading over the summer will be entered to win a grand prize--an iPod Touch! So read, read, read!

I would LOVE it if someone from Hamline Midway was the winner. iPod Touches are compatible with our eBooks from Overdrive as well as having a regular camera and video camera and the ability to access WiFi and download applications. It's a pretty awesome prize, definitely worth thirty hours of summer reading!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer Reading Program at the Library

Be sure to stop by the library in June and sign up for our summer reading program! 15 hours of reading = a free, awesome young adult book. I think we have a really good selection for teens this year, so don't miss out! And, FYI, the first ones to turn in their reading log always get the best selection of books. ;)

You can sign up at ANY St. Paul Public Library. Find the location closest to you here.

Summer Reading

With summer vacation coming up, I'm daydreaming about lazy warm afternoons under the walnut tree in my backyard reading books and drinking lemonade. What are some of your favorite summer reads, or what's on your "to-read" list for this summer?

I'm looking forward to paging through:

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (my "classic" pick for the season)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Happy Memorial Day weekend!