Saturday, January 30, 2016

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hitRECord

It PAINED me to my core to discover that the vast majority of TAC members don't know who  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is.
Joe, Joey, JGL, Regular Joe has been acting since he was a child and has NOT imploded like so many other childhood actors. While people MY age know him best for his role in the comedy "Third Rock From the Sun," those of a tender age may know him best as Batman's ally, Officer John Blake, in "The Dark Knight Rises." Joe is an amazingly talented and brilliant individual, so very grounded, and hysterical. Check out his lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant at the 3:40 and 8:00 minute marks.

Which brings us to the most amazing creative opportunity that I have heard of in a very very very long time. Joe founded and directs hitRECord, an open source collaborative production project. As their website boasts, "We make all kinds of art and media together." And make money in the process! 
Check it out.

Peace out, Butterscouts.
-Miss Sara


Friday, January 22, 2016


Midterms are FINALLY over. Congrats and thank goodness. Treat yourself to some reading just for fun this weekend!

Peace out, Butterscouts.
-Miss Sara

Saturday, January 16, 2016

When your favorite book gets turned into a movie... ARGH!!!!

Baker & Taylor Children's and Teen Services, the vendor that we purchase most of our materials from, recently shared this hysterical story from about the emotional roller coaster we all ride when our favorite book gets made into a movie. As we all know, it often isn't pretty.

How many of the 12 can you relate to? 
12 Emotional Stages Of Watching Your Favorite Book Get Turned Into A Movie

Monday, January 11, 2016

ALA Announces 2016 Book Awards

Forget the Golden Globes, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners today!!!!!!

You may be most familiar with the Newberry and Caldecott Awards, but there are so many more. Here are some of the awards for teen literature that I've chosen to highlight:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“Bone Gap,” written by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner. (We own.)
Printz Honor Books: “Out of Darkness,” by Ashley Hope PĂ©rez (On order.)
“The Ghosts of Heaven,” by Marcus Sedgwick (We own.)

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:  The teen (ages 13-18) winner: “The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B,” written by Teresa Toten (We own.)

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. (We own multiple titles by him.)

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: “Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War,” written by Steve Sheinkin (On order.)

View the complete list of winners here. Happy reading!

Peace out, Butterscouts.
-Miss Sara

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten

Suggest a title published in 2015 to be considered for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten - a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! The process is very simple. Once nominations are received they are reviewed by a selection committee and are announced during National Library Week, which falls on April 10-16 of this year. Teens are then allowed to vote for their choice between mid-August and Teen Read Week, which falls in mid-October. The winners are announced the week after Teen Read Week.

What is YALSA you ask? It's Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. While much of this association's function is geared toward teen services' librarians, participating in Teens' Top Ten is one way that YOU, a teen reader, can be involved. 

For more information on YALSA's Teens' Top Ten list, including lists of past winners, visit the Teen's Top Ten website and scroll to the bottom of the page. I always love seeing which books teens are really reading.

Peace out, Butterscouts.
-Miss Sara