Tuesday Trailer: Samurai Rising

Tuesday Trailer: Samurai Rising : the epic life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner

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Readers’ Corner: Novels in Verse

I hope you are enjoying National Poetry Month, maybe by reading a little more poetry than you normally do. This week’s featured booklist will help you increase your intake of poetry even if you think you don’t like poetry. This week, I’m sharing 25 great Novels in Verse: Stories Told in Poetry. These are just like normal stories, but each one is written as a series of poems. That means the language is beautiful and lyrical, and they are really quick to read.

Novels in Verse: Sno-Isle Teens Booklist

Many of the books on this list are award winners. So if you want an excellent story that’s also poetry, pick one of these.

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo

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Featured Events: Bots and Cons

Get ready for robots and comic-cons this week!

Teen STEM Tuesday: Ozobots
@ Arlington Library
Tuesday, April 11
Come code some tiny robots using markers and paper. These tiny robots use color sensors to determine which direction to go, so you can draw their path and make them dance to your commands.

LEGO Robotics
@ Mariner Library
Wednesday, April 12
Learn to build and program with LEGO Robotics. Strengthen your skills in technology and engineering. For tweens and teens. Registration is required.

@ Camano Island Library
Saturday, April 15
Come be part of the first ever Camano Island Comic-Con! Cosplay, participate in Q&A panels, compete in contests, play with Virtual Reality, fight your friends in the Bubble Wars, and share your passion for comic books, science fiction, anime, and other similar genres with fellow fans! Be one of the first to arrive, and get a prize! If you feel overwhelmed, relax with a book in the quiet room.
Everyone is welcome. Snacks will be provided.Admission is FREE!

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Weekend Book Giveaway: The Bone Queen: Pellinor: Cadvan’s Story

This week we have the ARC for Alison Croggon‘s The Bone Queen: Pellinor: Cadvan’s Story, which isn’t out until June. This is the prequel to the Books of Pellinor series.

From the publisher: After being seduced into sorcery by an agent of the Dark, the promising Bard Cadvan of Lirigon recklessly unleashed the terrible Bone Queen, bringing destruction down upon Annar. Cast out of the Schools of Barding for his crime, Cadvan now lives in exile, burdened by memories of his dealings with the Dark. At his former home, Cadvan’s mentor, Nelac, and his rival, Dernhil, begin to suspect that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in Annar, and a young Bard named Selmana is plagued by an ominous presence and an unsettling new ability to step between worlds. With darkness gathering and Bards giving in to fear and paranoia, a guilt-ridden Cadvan must once again earn the Bards’ trust and Selmana must gain control of her newfound powers if they are to bring peace to the living and the dead.

For your chance to win, tell us about a time you had to earn’s someone’s trust. Was it easy or was it hard? How did it feel once you earned it?

The winner will be picked on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 with the assistance of the Random Number Generator. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or age 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

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Top 3 Right Now: Rickey from our Granite Falls Branch

This week we are featuring Rickey, our teen services ninja from Granite Falls.

Fun Fact: Rickey his undergraduate degree in music! I wonder if he’ll show you how to play something fun on the clarinet if you go visit him...

Okay Rickey, whatcha been readin’ lately that’s worth recommending?

 Divergent by Veronica Roth
I am a huge fan of the Dystopian Sci-Fi genre (featuring popular series such as the Hunger Games and Maze Runner) and Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” Series will not disappoint readers who also enjoy these sorts of books with a futuristic feel and plenty of action.

Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Promise by Gene Luen Yang
Set immediately after the conclusion of the wildly popular animated series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” we once again have the chance to join, Aang, Katara, Zuko, Sokka, and the rest of the gang on a whole new set of adventures! The world is once again threatened by chaos and war, and it is up to Aang, the Avatar, to bring balance and harmony to the four nations. For all those fans—much like myself—wondering what happens between “The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” this series will be an immensely enjoyable experience, because it fills in the much-needed details of the lives of the Aribending Avatar and his friends. If you have not yet watched “The Legend of Korra” then I recommend reading this series first.

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
As a musician, I am always reading books about my favorite composers, but this biography of Shostakovich in particular is one of the best I have ever read. Not only does it offer a great overview of the life of one of the greatest Russian composers to have ever lived, but it also offers an interesting look into what the every-day life for the average person was really like before and after World War II in Russia. Above all though, this book will show you the true power of music to inspire an entire country during its darkest times, and how it can bring hope and compassion to those who only know despair and fear.

Fantastic suggestions, Rickey – thanks for sharing!
If you would like to be featured on our T3RN, email teens@sno-isle.org and include:

  • The titles of the three books that teens would enjoy (they can be published for any age group).
  • One or two sentences describing what it is about each book that has you in its grip right now.
  • A photo of yourself.  We like wacky!
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Trailer Tuesday: Rules of the Game

Trailer Tuesday: Rules of The Game, an Endgame novel, by James Frey

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Readers’ Corner: Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, so naturally this week’s featured teen booklist is full of poetry!

Think you don’t like poetry? I bet you just haven’t found the right kind. Personally, I love the simple brilliance (and low time commitment) of the six-word memoirs. The teen version is on this list, but you can find more in the Sno-Isle catalog. Pop Sonnets is another favorite.

Want to develop an appreciation of poetry? Find something from this list that speaks to you, and then read one new poem each day of the month.

Poetry: Sno-Isle Teens Booklist

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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Featured Event: Locked in the Library

Are you a fan of solving puzzles? Use your skills in this escape room scenario!

Locked in the Library
@ Snohomish Library
Wednesday, April 5
Uh oh! You fell asleep while doing your homework at the library, and now you’ve been locked in overnight! The only way to get out is to search for clues and solve a series of puzzles. Can you break out of this library “escape room” before the time runs out?

Registration is required. Please arrive 15 minutes before your session begins. Each session only holds up to 5 registrants. This session geared for teens ages 13-17.

Sign up for one of these times –

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Vlogsquad: #GirlBoss

Shea is back, with a review of #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, a rags to riches story of a girl who went from homeless to the CEO of a multi-million dollar company!

Request it from Sno-Isle Libraries today! https://goo.gl/Dg4kcu

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Weekend Book Giveaway: The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl

This week we are giving away an ARC for the final book in the Haunting of Sunshine Girl series (out in April), The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie. We have copies of book one and two in the catalog if you’d like to catch up with the series before it ends.

From the publisher:

Is Sunshine Griffith who she thinks she is? Now that her luiseach powers are fully awakened, and having barely survived an abyss full of demons at the end of Book Two, Sunshine must figure out who—or what—has been organizing the forces of darkness against her.

Thanks to her brainiac boyfriend, Nolan, they not only unearth that Sunshine’s death would trigger a calamitous event, but that all civilization depends on her survival. So when an unexpected event unleashes a fierce war between the luiseach and the demon army, Sunshine will learn a shocking truth about herself. Can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice to save humankind?

For your chance to win, tell me about a time you made a sacrifice in order to help a friend or family member. How did it make them feel? How did it make you feel?

Winner will be picked Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, with the assistance of Random Number Generator. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or age 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

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