Wednesday, December 06, 2006

December Events!

Just as a reminder, here are the dates for anime and game night this month:

December 7 - Game Night
December 14 - Game Night
December 26 - Anime Night
December 28 - Game Night

Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween pictures up on Flickr!

If you came to the Halloween party (or even if you missed it) the pictures we took are up on the flickr site.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Handy audiobook links:

Like Audiobooks? Looking for something new, and maybe even unpublished? Podiobooks is a site that offers free audiobook downloads of unpublished books in all genres. There's even a few that were written specifically for the YA crowd, so go take a look!

Also very cool is Librivox, which offers free audiobook downloads of books in the public domain. (Hint: Many of the books assigned in your English classes are in the public domain. Read the book, then download the audio!)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


If you're looking for something to do this Halloween, never fear! Come down to the library basement on Tuesday, October 31st, where we'll be having a teen Haloween party from 6-8. There's going to be snacks and plenty to do, including movies and games. I'm even pulling my Ouija board and tarot cards out of the closet. :) So come join us, and bring your friends!

(Costumes are encouraged, but if you insist on not dressing up you can still come down and have fun.)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

This week's schedule:

Just a reminder, we will be having a meeting to discuss our ideas for Banned Books Week this Thursday, Sept 21st. The library is closing at 5PM that day due to staff being gone at a conference, so we'll need to have the meeting around 4PM. This is different from what we had originally planned, so pass on the new info. (And as always there is no game night on the 3rd Thursday of the month.)

P.S. Arrrr, today be Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Banned Books Week

This is the Banned Books week brainstorming post. At the Zoo Board meeting, we discussed the idea of writing essays/letters about banning books, as members of the "Literary Protection Agency". What we need is ideas about books that could be banned, and why. There will be another meeting next Thursday (Sept. 21), where we will compile these ideas into something we can use for banned books week.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Zoo Board Meeting!

We know it's late notice, but we'd like to try and have a Zoo Advisory Board Meeting this Thursday before game night. Most of you show up early anyway, so we'll just do some planning stuff with whoever is there around 5. If you can't make it, don't worry, there's always next month!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Check this out!

So, you remember Heather Brewer's minion buttons from a few weeks ago? Remember how some of us took a picture to send to Heather? Well yesterday we showed up on her blog. Congrats guys, we're famous! :)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

July calendar of events!

July 5 - Summer Reading
July 6 - Game Night
July 12 - Summer Reading
July 13 - Game Night
July 19 - Summer Reading
July 25 - Anime Night
July 27 - Game Night

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Calendar of Events:

The Calendar of events for the rest of June is:

June 8 - Game Night
June 21 - Summer Reading
June 22 - Game Night
June 27 - Anime Night
June 28 - Summer Reading

Remember, you can pick up summer reading review forms from the front desk. Each one you return is a chance for prizes!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Coming Soon: "The Immortal Murders"!

For this year's summer reading program, we are once again hosting a murder mystery party! This one is entitled "The Immortal Murders", taking place at a gathering of Weres, Vampires, Fae, Mages, and mortal watchers. If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to .

If you know someone who doesn't have an email address but still wants to participate, never fear! They can sign up at the desk, or at the first summer reading meeting.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Want to see what you missed?

Pictures from Pirate Night can be found here. Pictures from past game nights and last years summer reading to come soon!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Don't forget: Thursday is a special teen night event! Come join us in the basement from 6 to 8 for pirate night!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

You can help us fill in our manga collection!

As many of you know, we're missing a great deal of our manga collection due to theft (if the book has been lost and paid for, we reorder). How can you help? Well, we're talking about possibly putting the duplicate volumes we've got up for trade. In exchange for a volume we're missing (it doesn't have to be our copy, just a copy of the manga*) we'll give you one of our extra volumes. If you're interested, come talk to either Carol or myself.

Extra volumes available:
Othello 6, 7
Cheeky Angel 2, 3
Rurouni Kenshin 5, 8
Dragonball 14

*Of course, if you happen to have one of our missing manga, we'd love to get it back.

Friday, April 21, 2006


Friend us on MySpace here!

Great News!

We received the Funimation packet in the mail yesterday, complete with 20 starter packs of the new Full Metal Alchemist trading card game. They've given us an instruction sheet too.. anyone interested in a FMA-TCG game night?

Speaking of Funimation: Anime night is Tuesday! Don't forget!

And now for cool game night news, we're adding two extra game nights, starting in May. Game nights will be on the first, second and fourth Thursday of the month. (May 4th, May 11th, May 25th) Anime night will continue to be on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Also, the library Myspace account has been approved. Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Coming soon to a library near you...

Pirate Night!! Yes, you heard right. On May 18th, from 6-8, Pirates will be invading the library basement. There will be skits, songs, and people dressed in funny clothes. Arrr.

The Anime chosen for the summer reading program was Cowboy Bebop, Inu Yasha, Ah! My Goddess, and Spirited Away.

Other ideas for programs were Music Night, Yoga Night, and a Superhero party (wear your superhero costume, special powers optional.) If enough people are interested, we will consider adding a Thursday program in addition to the Game Night and Anime Night Tuesdays.

For poetry night we are planning to do a short reader's theatre piece. If you are interested in a part (no memorization required) please talk to either Carol or myself. We still have four parts available!

Don't forget, Tuesday is Game Night (with the return of DDR!) and April 18th is Poetry Night! Bring a friend!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Important Meeting!

Next Thursday, April 6th, we will be having a planning meeting to discuss how we are going to run the Anime program over the summer. If you've got Anime you would like to share, now is your time to do just that! Bring what you'd like to show, and we'll work on getting a schedule together so I can request the rights to show them!

See you next Thursday!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Case Closed!

Don't forget: Next Tuesday will be our second Anime Night! From 6-8 we will be in the basement watching Case Closed, Fruits Basket, and UFO Princess Valkyrie!

Thursday, March 02, 2006


Dates for this month:
Zoo Board: March 9
Game Night: March 14
Zoo Board: March 23rd
Anime Night: March 28th

Coming soon:
Poetry Night: April 18th
Summer Reading Discussion Group begins: June 12

Game night this month will feature Karaoke Revolution. Show off, have fun!

The Summer Reading Discussion Group will be reading Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. More details as we get closer to the summer!

Also, new Comics this week are Marvel's "House of M". This series of books features a storyline that spans the entire Marvel universe: X-men, Fantastic Four, and the Incredible Hulk!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Anime Night!

Anime night was a total sucess! A huge thank you to those who recruited friends to come, or put up posters for us. A good time was had by all, but it isn't quite over yet. Make sure to fill out the February survey over at ADV films. The survey can be found here. Your group is, of course, "YA Zoo".

See you all at the planning meeting, Thursday at four!


Don't forget, tonight from 6-8 is Anime Night! We'll see you in the basement. (Bring a friend!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

New books for Tuesday:

Meg Cabot's Princess in Training

Aimee Cooper's Coloring Outside the Lines: A Punk Rock Memoir

Kimberly Fusco's Tending to Grace

Also, don't forget that next Tuesday is Anime Night! Some of you have requested a calendar, and while I can't put one up here, you can click on the library's calendar of events (in the top right hand corner of the webpage) and see when Game Nights and Anime Nights are scheduled to take place. See you on the 28th!

Also also: If anybody has questions or suggestions that they don't want to post here on the blog, my email is posted under the Zookeeper profile. Don't be afraid to tell us what you think!

Friday, February 17, 2006

New YA books!

Marc Acito's How I Paid for College: A novel of sex, theft, friendship, and musical theater

Ellen Hopkins' Crank

Darlene Ryan's Rules for Life

Holly Bennett's The Bonemender

Debbie Federici and Susan Vaught's L.O.S.T. and Shadowqueen

Meg Cabot's Teen Idol

Gary Soto's Help Wanted: Stories

Josef Holub's An innocent Soldier

Melina Marchetta's Saving Francesca

Viola Canales The Tequila Worm

Wendy Freeman's Knit & Stitch for beginners

Also, a correction: February 28th, which is Anime night, is not next Tuesday. It is the Tuesday after. Plans are to show an episode of Fruits Basket, Samurai 7, and Diamond Daydreams.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

New YA books:

Tom Matthews' Like We Care

Malorie Blackman's Naughts & Crosses

Fruits Basket has landed.

Okay guys, Funimation is your new best friend. No really. The packet we received today with the Fruits Basket vol. 1 DVD is stuffed with all sorts of cool things: postcards, posters, and a couple of sampler DVDs. We'll see you all next Tuesday! (Or this afternoon, if you're on the Zoo Board.)

Friday, February 10, 2006

And we have Anime!

Our very first Anime packet came in the mail today, through Central Park Media's Anime University program. The DVD sampler has an episode of Amored Trooper Votoms, plus trailers for Central Park Media's 2006 releases. Stay tuned for more info!

Friday, February 03, 2006

New Books

New books in YA today:

Said Hyder Akbar's Come back to Afghanistan

Lilli Thal's Mimus

Brenda Wood's Emako Blue

Thursday, February 02, 2006

New Books!

Some new books in YA:

Brigid Lowry's Guitar Highway, Rose

Andre Norton's Return to Quag Keep

Jacqueline Woodson's Miracle's Boys

Markus Zusak's I am the Messenger

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Teen Night Schedule

The Teen night schedule has been tweaked a little, in order to avoid any more conflicts with other groups. Starting this month (except for Feb. 14), we will be having Game Night on the second Tuesday of every month (March 14, April 11, May 9) and Anime Night on the fourth Tuesday of every month (February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23). Also, we've moved the time back to 6:00-8:00 since we'll probably be needing that extra half hour when we start watching anime.

Monday, January 23, 2006

New Manga Series!

Check the shelves for Neon Genesis: Evangelion. We've got volumes 1-9.

Don't forget!

Don't forget that tomorrow, January 24th, is YA Game night down in the basement! We'll be downstairs from 6:30 to 8:00, so come join us!

Friday, January 20, 2006

New books!

Three new books on the shelves today.

Kevin Waltman's Learning the Game

Lola Douglas' True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

Open the Unusual Door: The Life Stories of Challenge, Adventure, and Sucess by Black Americans, edited by Barbara Summers

Stephen Cole's The Wereling: Wounded, The Wereling: Prey and The Wereling: Resurrection

And on Audio, Meg Cabot's Avalon High.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

New book!

A new book on the shelf tonight:

Tales before Tolkien: The roots of modern fantasy edited by Douglas A. Anderson

Also, an announcement. I've ordered our first Anime film from Operation Anime, Fruits Basket. We'll hopefully be showing it on Tuesday, Feburary 21. February 7th, there will be no game/YA night, because of a scheduling conflict. (We could have just postponed it a week, but how many of you really would have shown up on Valentines day anyway?)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

New YA books!

Two new books in YA today:

Vivian Vande Velde's Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird


David Larochelle's Absolutely, Positively, Not

Friday, January 13, 2006

Anime update!

So far we have been accepted into two of the three Anime programs, the one for ADV films, and Funimation's Operation Anime. Take a look at their sites and see what we can look forward to in the coming months! Also, pay special attention to Operation Anime's screening selections. We'll need to pick what we want soon, so we can hopefully get it for next month!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Inagural Post

So the YA program's got a name (The YA Zoo: if you've ever been in the same room as us, you'd know why), and our very own blog. Check back frequently for program announcements, and feel free to comment with suggestions and/or opinions (everybody's got one).

Schedule of Events:

January 24-- 6:30-8:00: Game night in the library basement. You're free to come and play cards (MtG or just regular playing cards) or come and play DDR! You might want to bring a camera to this one, folks. :D

January 26-- 4:00-5:00: The Zoo board meeting. If you want to help us plan for future events, then this is the meeting for you. Right now, the Zoo board consists of anyone who wants to show up, so don't be left out!

** Starting next week, I'll be posting when we put new YA books onto the shelves (and maybe where to look for other graphic novels that aren't in the YA Graphic Novel section), so stay tuned!

** If you're interested in watching Anime at future game nights, let us know! Several Anime distributors will send us free Anime DVDs if we have more than 15 active members. Also, if you'd like to show something from your own Anime collection (no bootlegs or fansubs please), send us a list of what you have. We must ask permission from the Anime distributors (sometimes by snail-mail) before we can show anything. Plus, some companies will send us free promotional stuff if we ask early, so get those lists in!