Wednesday, October 27, 2004

New Manga on its Way

I recently got a request (via the Teen Corner suggestion box) for some new manga. And I'm happy to say that there is quite a bit on order for the library. Some of the series (like Pretear) are backordered, so it will be a little while before they get here. But many of them you can request already. Just click on the link here and you'll be taken to the library's catalog.

Manga Coming Soon:
- Pretear
- Gravitation
- Angelic Layer
- Fruits Basket

Other Graphic Novels Coming Soon:
- Y: The Last Man: Cycles by Brian Vaughn (second book in the series)
- Dark Days by Steve Niles (sequel to 30 Days of Night)
- Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel

Total Lunar Eclipse

Tonight, starting around 8pm, there will be a total lunar eclipse. And it will be the last one until 2007! If you have never had a chance to see a lunar eclipse, I highly recommend taking a break from watching the Red Sox to take a peek at the moon. Although the eclipse starts around 8pm, you won't start seeing much action until after 9pm and totality will go from 10:23pm until around 11:45pm. When the moon is completely in the earth's shadow (or umbra) it will look reddish - a pretty cool sight you can catch with the naked eye or with binoculars.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Chocolate-covered Spiders

On Monday, for Tuesday's YAB meeting, I made a batch of the deliciously gruesome-looking chocolate-covered spiders. Now, they're not actually spiders (although don't tell the other librarians that!), but they look creepy and they taste great. And since they're so easy to make I thought I'd share the recipe with all of you. Just in time for Halloween!

What you'll need:
1 package (11-12 oz) of milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag, or one small can, chow mein noodles
1 1/2-2 c. lightly salted peanuts (the actual amount is a matter of personal preference)

1. Put chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat them on medium-high (about 70%) for 1 minute. Stir thoroughly. If the chips are not completely melted then heat for 10-15 seconds more and stir again. Repeat, if necessary. [Note: Do not overcook the chocolate, it will get gross. If there are still a few lumps, just keep stirring. The chocolate will eventually even out]

2. Pour in chow mein noodles and stir until completely coated in chocolate. Do the same for the peanuts.

3. Drop "spiders" by the spoonful onto wax or parchment paper and let them cool. Once the chocolate has set (about half an hour to an hour) they're ready to enjoy!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004


I just read on another library's YA blog (Framingham Public Library - check it out) that Shrek is going to be made into a Broadway musical. is the source of the news, and they say that DreamWorks already has a director in mind. That would definitely be an interesting show to see!

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Add FMTC to Your Front Page!

I know some of you have already figured this out, but I wanted to let you all in on something great. You can add this blog to your Yahoo Front Page! (or to a news aggregator if you have one) If you currently have a Yahoo email account, then you have a My Yahoo page (whether or not you use it). With the new beta version of My Yahoo you can add blogs that you want to keep tabs on - like this one! Here are some simple steps:
1. Get the beta version of My Yahoo (there should be a link at the top of your current page).
2. Choose the "Add Content" link
3. Next to the "Find Content" search box there is a link that says "Add RSS by URL"; click on this
4. In the URL field type:
5. Click "Add"

You should be all set! Yahoo will check this page for updates and will add the headlines to your My Yahoo page. That way you'll always know when there's a new entry.

For those of you who already know what RSS is, or who use a news aggregator just use the URL above to add this blog.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Ghoulish Stories and Creepy Snacks

It's Alive @ Flint Memorial Library! That's right, it's Teen Read Week and ghouls have taken over the Teen Corner. Check out the display of Horror, Suspense and Monster stories in the TC, or share your favorite thriller on the board by the Circulation Desk.

Yearning for a spine-chilling tale? The join us for the next YAB meeting - Tuesday, October 19 at 4:30pm (that's tomorrow!) in the Activity Room. Who knows what will happen when the lights go out! And you have to try the chocolate-covered spiders...

Teen Read Week is also the time to vote for your favorite books in the 2004 Teens' Top Ten. Click here to vote.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). If you've ever thought about writing a novel, then this is the perfect challenge for you. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel (about 175 pages) between November 1 and November 30. And this is one time when quality is less desirable than quantity. The point is to write as much as you can to get your ideas flowing. After all, who knows what you might come up with!

Friday, October 08, 2004

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Welcome to your three-day weekend! Just a reminder that the library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 11. So, stop by the library today or tomorrow to get something fun to read or watch over the weekend. Here are some new titles to look for:
The Game of Sunken Places by M.T. Anderson, YA FIC AND
Blonde Ambition by Zoey Dean, YA FIC DEA
The New Rules of High School by Blake Nelson, YA PB N
Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis, YA FIC CUR
Mean Girls, DVD FIC MEA
Grave of the Fireflies, DVD FIC GRA

Monday, October 04, 2004

YAB Meeting Tomorrow

Our second meeting of the year is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 5 at 4:30pm in the Library Activity Room. We're going to decide on the book we'll represent in the Friends of the Library "Every Tree Tells a Story" event. So, come with your recommendations.

As usual, there will be a small snack and plenty of new books to peruse. New members are always welcome, so I hope to see you there!

Peter and the Starcatchers

I am listening to a book on CD that I just had to share with all of you. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is an energetic, pirate-ful adventure on the high seas that tells the tale of how an orphan named Peter became the famous Peter Pan. The Never Land, a creaking and dilapidated ship, carries Peter and his friends from St. Norbert's Home for Wayward Boys toward a life of servitude in the faraway land of Rundoon. However, the presence of a mysterious girl named Molly and a magical trunk hidden in the hold change the course of the journey. The trunk holds "the best treasure ever to set sea", which lures the dread pirate Black Stache and his first mate, Smee, closer and closer to the Never Land.

Even if you're not a fan of the original Peter Pan, I think you'll enjoy Peter and the Starcatchers. It's the perfect book to enjoy between books for school. Dave Barry (the comedian) and Ridley Pearson (a mystery author) have created some of the most memorable, and funniest, characters I've read (or listened to) in awhile. I've laughed out loud countless times! And the plot's pacing makes the book hard to put down (or, in my case, makes it hard to get out of the car).

The book is still in cataloging, but you can request it now. The CDs are also available to request.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Ruse and Meridian

I have had a couple of requests recently to buy the next issues of both Ruse by Mark Waid and Meridian by Barbara Kesel. I'm so glad that people are reading the books and enjoying them (I, too, like both series). Unfortunately, I have some bad news. Both series are published by a company that is currently in bankruptcy. That means I can't get the next issues of the series. At least not yet. I will continue to keep them on my list of books to buy and I will let you all know once I've been successful. In the mean time, try picking up one of our other graphic novel titles like Fray by Joss Whedon or Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston-Major.

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