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Cleopatra's Trailer

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Book trailers vary widely in quality, but the one for Cleopatra's Daughter is awesome! This is an adult novel, but I know that teens read lots of adult books, as well as YA. Check out the trailer at the link below!

Halloween Reading

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Looking for some spooky reading this Halloween? Try The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. It won the Newbery Medal this year, and it's awesome! Here's what it's about...

Graveyard Book CoverThere is a hand in the darkness, and that hand carries a knife. The knife has dispatched nearly an entire family, and the man holding it is on his way to kill the baby.

But the baby is not in his crib. In fact, the baby has wandered up the street to a graveyard. The man is in hot pursuit, but the baby is snatched up by a protective ghost, and disappears. The ghosts of the graveyard decide that they will raise the child, who is still being hunted.

They call him Nobody, or Bod for short. A vampire acts as his mentor, and a werewolf is his tutor. But Bod is growing up fast, and sooner or later, he will have to confront his past.

To find out what lurks there, check out The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman himself narrates the trailer for this book on YouTube - watch it here!

If you want a really intense book, try Bonechiller by Graham McNamee. Here's what it's about...

Bonechiller CoverDanny and his father haven’t stopped moving since his mother died. They go from town to town, trying to escape their memories. Now, Danny is stuck in a remote town in the Canadian wilderness, during one of the coldest winters on record.

Then one night, Danny is attacked by a terrifying white beat with rows of teeth and a stinging tongue. He escapes, only to discover that every generation, kids go missing in this town during the coldest winters.

Now the beast is invading Danny’s mind, and it's after his friend. He knows it’s only a matter of time before it returns for him. And this time, running won’t help.

Bonechiller will keep you up at night, so be careful!

Need Help with your Homework?

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Do you see that icon over there on the left that says “Homework Helper”? Do you have any idea what that is? If not, you're missing out!

Homework Helper lets you chat with Library staff online. We are available to answer questions, direct you to our electronic resources and help you find books.

The best part, especially if you are agoraphobic (if you don’t know what that means you can log in and ask us!), is that you can ask us questions from the comfort of your own home!

To login you will need your Calgary Public Library card. Just click on the picture when it says “Online,” enter your card number, and ask away!

Banned Books

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Have you ever read a banned book bound in black bindings? I haven't, but I have read banned books, and you probably have too. Banned Books

According to the American Library Association, the three most common reasons books are challenged are: sexuality, offensive language and inappropriateness for the intended age group. Most complaints come from parents and are directed at schools and school libraries.

Challenged books are usually those written for Children and Teens. In fact, the most challenged book from 2006 - 2009 is a children’s picture book titled And Tango Makes Three. It is a true story of two penguins at the New York Zoo that raise a young chick named Tango. So what’s the deal? The penguins are both male. For many parents in the United States and Canada, that is a very big deal.

Other frequently challenged authors you may have read include: Stephenie Meyer, Philip Pullman, Robert Cormier, Walter Dean Myers, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Judy Blume and yes, even J.K. Rowling (not everyone is a Harry Potter fan).

So what do you think? Should anyone have the right to decide what you can and can't read? If so, what reasons would qualify a book for banning? Something to think about the next time you're at your local library.

They Want You

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Need some extra cash? Check out the City of Calgary's Online Hiring Fair:

There are hundreds of jobs listed, so you're sure to find something that suits you. Jobs are for ages 15 - 24, and each one has a FAQ about the company you'd be working for.

Jobs include: nannies, retail, program coordinator for a theatre company, and lifeguards (hopefully you won't ignore the kids like the girl in the picture).

Good hunting!

Fright Night

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This Halloween season, we will be hosting vintage horror movie nights!

Teen Read Week @ the Movies is a fun new event - come watch The Haunting with your friends. This is the classic 1963 version, so don't expect blood and guts, but prepare to be scared! Haunting DVD

Space is limited at every location, except the spacious Library Theatre at Central. Screenings are at:

  • Fish Creek - October 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Country Hills - Oct 19 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Louise Riley - Oct 20 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Central - Oct 22 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Crowfoot - Oct 22 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Forest Lawn - Oct 23 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Join us if you dare!

Burning Up

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Catching Fire, the sequel to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, is finally here! It's the most hotly anticipated teen book this year.

Are you one of the lucky people who have read it already? What did you think?

If you haven't gotten your copy yet, make the wait less painful with this new trailer for the book!

And if you're one of the few who haven't read The Hunger Games yet, here's what it's all about:

From the ruins of North America, a new country has risen. Panem is divided into 12 districts, all of which lack supplies. Each year, every district sends two teenagers to the Capitol to compete in the Hunger Games. The winner of the Games brings home fame and fortune. The other twenty-three teens all die. And everything is televised.

If you want a riveting book with non-stop action (and I mean non-stop), don't miss The Hunger Games.

Read the first chapter and watch a trailer here.