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1 Day Left - New Moon Contest!

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Twilight Prize Pack

There is only one day left in the New Moon contest! The deadline is December 31 at midnight, so send your reviews, writing and art ASAP. You can enter up to 10 times!

Want to win the awesome New Moon prize pack pictured above? It's easy!

We are getting ready to launch a new Teen website for the Library. On this site, you'll be able to post reviews, art, and writing! But we need some stuff to put on the site for the launch. So send me your stuff, and you'll be entered to win!

The Rules:

1) For every item you send me, you will get one entry. You can send as many items as you want!

2) Reviews must be of books that the Library has in its collection (double check with the search). They should include the title and author of the book. They can be as long or short as you want, but you may want to mention plot, characters, and entertainment factor.

3) Other creative stuff: you also get one entry for each piece of art, photography, or writing (poetry, short stories, non-fiction) that you send!

4) Send your stuff to by December 31 at midnight. Include your first name and your age.


Grand Prize: 3 full-size movie posters pictured above; keychain; buttons; New Moon tote bag (Bella and the Vamps on one side, Volturi seal on the other)

Second Prize: 3 full size movie posters pictured above; keychain

Third Prize: New Moon keychain

Looking for Some Magic?

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Try this list of awesome magic fantasy books, which was created by Larissa at Louise Riley. Thanks, Larissa!

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The Princess and the Bear, by Mette Ivie Harrison

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The Good Neighbors, vol. 1: Kin, by Holly Black

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Elf Realm: the Low Road, by Daniel Kirk

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How to Ditch Your Fairy, by Justine Larbalestier

Once a Witch CoverOnce a Witch, by Carolyn MacCullough

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Into the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst

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M is for Magic, by Neil Gaiman


School's Out for Winter!

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So what are you going to do over the break? Try some of these great "cold" books! . . . And if you're at Nosehill Library, ask for Barbara Longair, the magnificent librarian who created this list.

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Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

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Bonechiller, by Graham McNamee

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Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Once Upon a Time in the North, by Philip Pullman

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Blackthorn Winter, by Kathryn Reiss



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What is it about a good mystery that we love so much? Is it the clever titles? The way they combine the crime with the profession of the victim in a way which is not lame at all?

Supermarket Cashier = Murder in Aisle 3

Optometrist = Is This One Clearer, Or Is It Murder!!??

Ok one more

Fast Food Employee = Would You Like to Murder Size that!?

That was one too many…

Mysteries are a staple of the top seller lists. Authors like Agatha Christie, John Grisham and of course, Dan Brown, have sold a lot of books... a whole lot. So why do so many of us like mysteries? Many believe it all boils down to a need in us to see reason triumph over uncertainty and chaos. We like to know we’re in control and tying up loose ends is a great way to unwind. Others just like a good puzzle. A mystery can get you thinking, and a well written one can be a satisfying challenge like a crossword, a Sudoku or my arch nemesis… Origami.

Whether you like to read mysteries, watch mysteries or just act mysteriously sometimes, the Calgary Public Library can help you out. We've got mysteries for adults, mysteries for children and mysteries written with a teen audience in mind. The next time you visit the Library take a look at the mystery section, you might find something you'll love!

p.s. Don't steal those mystery titles, I'm definitely going to write those someday... well maybe not the last one.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

As Simple As Snow

I love talking about this book because I still haven't figured out what happend. If you think you're up to the challenge, give this one a try. Then E-mail me with the answer cause it's really really really bugging me... seriously I can't figure it out.

Something Rotten

The first entry in the Horatio Wilkes series, Something Rotten is based on your favourite play, Hamlet!
If Hamlet isn't your favourite play, then don't worry, it's only BASED on Hamlet. If you like this one be sure
to check out the next in the series: Something Wicked (can you guess which play that one's based on?)

Drawing a Blank: or How I Tried to Solve a Mystery, end a Feud and Land the Girl of My Dreams.

Ummm.... what the title said. Also, it's good!

Have Yourself a Merry Shoujo Christmas!

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Christmas was introduced to Japan in the 16th century with the arrival of the first Europeans, but it has only become a popular holiday recently. As with a Canadian Christmas, there are decorations, music, traditional foods, and presents. But somehow, Japanese Christmases have taken on some unique characteristics. For instance, they eat KFC rather than turkey in Japan. They enjoy strawberry shortcake instead of fruitcake. And they wait for Hotei Osho, not Santa Claus.

But the most significant difference is that Christmas in Japan is a holiday for couples, rather than families – think Valentine’s Day! It has become a favourite day for romance, and is often featured in shoujo (girls’) manga!

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High School Debut (Volume 4)
Story and art by Kazune Kawahara
Meet tomboy Haruna. After dedicating her Junior High years to softball and shoujo manga, she has decided that her High School years are going to be committed to being in love and having a boyfriend. But she has a problem: she just doesn’t know how to attract boys. Luckily, handsome and popular Yoh knows what boys like about girls. On the condition that she doesn’t fall in love with him, he agrees to become Haruna’s love coach.
In volume 4, Haruna decides that she’s going to plan her and Yoh’s first Christmas together. Typically, she dives in heart first, turning their Christmas into a total production. This is one of my favourite shoujo Christmas moments: it’s full of angst, comedy, and of course, romance!

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Ultra Cute (Volume 8)
Story and art by Nami Akimoto
When rivals Ami and Noa meet Tamon and Hiro, they are shocked to discover they DON’T fall in love with the same boy. Tamon and Hiro seem like cute, likeable boys, but they’re actually planning a mean prank on the girls. When Ami discovers this, she decides to get revenge.
Volume 8 is an angsty shoujo-style Christmas. Ami is excited to spend her Christmas with Tamon, but her plans are ruined when Sana is injured and it seems to be Tamon’s fault. When Sana requests that Tamon visit her in the hospital, will Ami be able to trust him or will jealousy get the better of her?

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Sugar Princess
Story and art by Hisaya Nakajo
This is a short 2-volume shoujo series about first time skater Maya Kurinoki. After making an impression on skating coach Eijo Toda, she becomes the partner of Shun Kano, a professional skater. Although he agrees to train her, he has no interest in become partners with anyone – especially a novice. But when they learn that the rink is going to be shut down due to lack of funding, the two will have to pair up in order to save it!

It's True!!

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YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) has released their list of this year's finalists for the Award of Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. If you are at Crowfoot Library, ask our very own Betsy Fraser about the books - she helped create the list!

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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

In the early 1960s, the doctor in charge of testing NASA’s astronauts decided to find out if female pilots were capable of passing the grueling qualification tests required of male pilots. Feasible? Yes. Allowed? No. All testing of women’s potential for the Mercury program was done outside NASA’s purview and without their permission. The reasons why will stun readers.

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Charles and Emma: the Darwin's Leap of Faith

After creating a list of the pros and cons of marriage, science-minded Charles Darwin chooses to marry his strictly religious first cousin. Little does he know that he is about to embark upon the most loving, creative, and intellectually important relationship of his life.

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Hoose recounts the largely untold story of Claudette Colvin, who was arrested and jailed at the age of 15 after refusing to relinquish her seat on a bus to a white woman. Interviews with Colvin create a vivid picture not only of the Montgomery bus boycott but also the Browder v. Gayle case, in which she was a key defendant. (This won the National Book Award!)

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The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous and Stupendous Life of the Showman P.T. Barnum

Thrill to the audacity! Gasp at the hucksterism! Come one, come all to the jaw-dropping, larger-than-life biography of expert humbugger, relentless curiosity seeker, and unparalleled showman P. T. Barnum.

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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

By presenting a detailed examination into the work of different types of forensic archaeology at excavations in both Jamestown, Virginia, and Colonial Maryland, readers are rewarded with both a picture of this fascinating work and an appreciation for what it contributes to our knowledge of history.

... So who do you think should win?

We Don't Have It: What Now?

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Sometimes, the Library doesn't have the book, CD, or DVD that you really want. What do you do?

Tell us! Your opinion counts, and we often end up buying the stuff you want!

AND if we buy the item you ask for, we'll automatically put it on hold for you when we get it. Aren't we nice?

To get to the "Suggest a Title" page, click here or go to our homepage and click on "Contact Us" and then "Suggest a title."