July 29, 2009

Pizza Taste-Off Results

Another year, another crazy summer at the library. This year we had more teens and tweens than ever sign up for the Summer Reading Program and attend activities at the library. The final event, The Pizza Taste-Off, was muy excelente. Below I've listed the top 3 winners in each category. Let's see if you agree.

Best Overall
1. Pizzeria Valdiano
2. Papa John's and Domino's (tie)
3. Little Caesars

Best Crust
1. Mellow Mushroom
2. Papa John's
3. Little Caesars

Best Sauce
1. Papa John's
2. Brooklyn Pizza
3. Domino's

Best Cheese
1. Domino's
2. Pizzeria Valdiano
3. Papa John's

July 28, 2009

Our Teen Film Festival entries

Take a look at some of the entries we received for our first Teen Film Festival at the Winter Park Public Library and tell us what you think. :)

Red Beans and Jam

Emma's Very Short Claymation Festival

Yolks On You


The J&H Show

July 27, 2009

Mortal Instruments online!

Now through August 10, visit the Simon & Schuster Mortal Instruments series webpage, to read a FREE web-only version of City of Bones and get The Mortal Instruments Sample of the CITYs, a free introduction to the series that includes excerpts from all three books and a Q&A with Cassandra Clare.

The series page also features a book trailer video, interview videos between Cassandra Clare and bestselling authors Holly Black and Scott Westerfeld, downloadable wallpapers, excerpts of the audio books, and much more.

If you haven't yet read Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments books, I highly recommend them...especially if you enjoyed the Twilight series.

Happy reading, and I'll see you at the library.

July 23, 2009

First lines -- Win or Fail?

Here are the first lines of some books I have stacked on my desk for a project. Would any draw you in and make you want to read more?

1.The worst night of my life? My first--and last--date with Angela O'Bannon. (Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman)

2.Streaked with soot, the Tattooed Monk followed the wavering tracks of a lone fox into the woods. (Sign of the Qin by L.G. Bass)

3. I am commanded to write an account of my days: I am bit by fleas and plagued by family. (Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman)

4. My first memory of myself I be drowning. (Born Blue by Han Nolan)

5. It started with a book. (King Dork by Frank Portman)

6. My mother has a very complex relationship with cows. (Please, Please, Please by Rachel Vail)

7. At the age of nine, Mary Jane Watson had already become a master of self-distraction. (Mary Jane by Judith O'Brien)

8. I'm going to tell you a funny thing that happened to my mother and me yesterday evening. ("The Umbrella Man" from The Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

9. A long time ago, when Time was still winding its watch and Sun was trying to figure out which was was east and which was west, there was a king and queen. (Cupid by Julius Lester)

10. Silvano da Montacuto was not just young, handsome and rich. He was young, handsome, rich and in love. (The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman)