Saturday, 29 March 2008

Photobucket, Slideshows and Holidays!

What do I do on the first day of my holiday? Well I play around with photobucket of course! We've been thinking about the layout for this blog and thought a slideshow would look good...so I created a slideshow of images that I think relate to libraries and teens today..music, games, books, graphic novels, mags, celebrities etc etc. So checkout the slideshow on the bottom of this page for a shuffle effect! But no I didn't stop there. Had to add this blackboard effect as well! I remember when computers were just about Word, Excel and Powerpoint, but now there's flickr, and Photobucket! So now that I've reminised about the dark ages, I will begin my holidays and leave Ann to have some fun while I'm away. Off to the beach! Bye!

Thursday, 27 March 2008

"Save the cheerleader ..."


I've just watched Episode 4 and 5 of the first Season of Heroes. My favourite scene is when Hiro Nakamura from the future meets Peter Petrelli on a train to give him that now famous message..."Save the Cheerleader, save the World". Check out our Library Catalogue for Season 1 of Heroes on DVD. Sorry to disappoint everyone under 15, but as this is rated MA it can only be borrowed by people over 15 Years!




If you love Heroes you may also be interested in the Heroes graphic novel which has just been released with cover art by comic legend Alex Ross.


I went to the Armageddon Expo in November 2007 which featured Sci Fi Tv Stars and Graphic and Comic Artists. My daughter stood in a queue for 2 hours to get this drawing by Jason Badower, a Melbourne based regular HEROES webcomic artist and current artist for TOP COW's "ZERO-G". In 2007 he was voted the "Best HEROES artist" for his acclaimed efforts on the Season one HEROES webcomic.

This photo shows Tessa with Jason's drawing "just for her" of Peter Petrelli. Jason described it on his blog as "PETER: Totally cartoony Emo Peter with his hair totally out of hand. I was listening to a commentary and apparently Milo couldn't wait to cut his hair as the cast had a whole set of running jokes going as he played with his hair. I liked his hair. It was distinctive. And it saved me drawing his right eye. =)"

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Joel and Cat set the story straight




In my last post I reviewed 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist', by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. That sharp novel, set in New York, uses a dual viewpoint - one chapter for Nick, then one chapter for Norah.


If you like that style, you may wish to read 'Joel and Cat set the story straight'. This is an Australian novel which also uses a dual narrative style.


The main protagonists in the story, Joel and Cat, are arch enemies who are forced to work on a tandem story together. Both do their utmost to make each other's writing task as difficult and painful as possible.


Then matters really come to a head when Cat's Dad and Joel's Mum start dating. For once, Joel and Cat agree on something - they have to stop their parents.


A funny and clever novel.


Here's hoping you have a fun Easter.


Happy egg hunting!!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Spelling Mistakes (sic)

An invitation to all readers!!! Feel free to comment and catch me out on my spelin mitakes! I've already counted quite a few!! So I invite you to comment! Cen

Last FM

Hi Everyone,

I have just added a widget for Last fm featuring a playlist of some Top 40 music. I apologize for Hannah Montana but she is in the ARIA Top 40 album charts! I also apologize for the inclusion of Springsteen, but you have to humour me! CCLC holds CD's by most of these artists. Enjoy Listening!!

Cen

Sleeveface

Had to share this great website.

http://www.sleeveface.com/

A Sleeveface is described as "one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion". So if you wondered what to do with all your parents vinyl records try this at home!

Speaking of music...remember to check out our new release music CD's..
Jack Johnson - Sleep through the Static
Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
Spirit - Leona Lewis
Timbaland - Timbaland presents Shock Value
You can check out our catalogue to check their availability and place a hold for FREE!
http://www.cclc.vic.gov.au/find/catalogue.html

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is one of my favourite teenage novels (I have many!)

It is a fast-paced novel, told from the alternating viewpoints of Nick and Norah. The story begins from Nick's perspective. He is totally absorbed in playing bass in a band, that is, until he sees his ex in the crowd and goes to pieces. What follows is a memorable night as Nick and Norah move from one venue to another. Razor-sharp and contemporary.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Quicksand..the reason why


Why have we called this Blog Quicksand...well funnily enough I was flipping through a book by Kate McCaffrey, a teen author, called In Ecstasy and came across a quote I loved...when describing her addiction to ecstasy and drugs, Mia says...

""It was like quicksand, I touched it and it sucked me in." That's how she'd felt.Totally and utterly controlled."

So despite the fact the I had a group of 14 year olds on the case trying to find a title for our blog,I like the sound of "Quicksand...random thoughts of teen librarians! Guaranteed to suck you in!"


Check out Kate's blog...



Thursday, 13 March 2008

scatterheart

Lili Wilkinson runs the phenomenally successful website Inside a dog. She also ran a blogging workshop that I went to, so its only fair that my first teen book review blog should be about Lili's book - Scatterheart....


Hannah Cheshire is the plucky heroine of this tale of about crime and justice in 19th century London, transportation and convict life in New South Wales (though you wouldnt guess it from the title or cover). It is full of interesting detail about the time and is a must-read for anyone interested in early Australian history.

 
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