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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."

Cleopatra's Trailer

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Cleopatra

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!

http://www.cleopatrasdaughter.com/

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!

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.

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.

Write and Win

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If you're 15 or younger, you can enter the Children's Fiction Writing Awards - and get published!

Winning stories will be published in an anthology. Your biography and photo will be in there too, so start practicing your Top Model smile. But hurry - the deadline is October 10th.

In the 12-15 year old category, stories need to be at least 3000 words (about 6 pages).

The stories must fall within one of the following genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Mystery. So if your story has vampires, spaceships, or secrets, you're good.

Check out the Calgary Book Fair site for details.

Writer's block? Check out these collections to get some ideas:

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Lay-Ups and Long Shots: an Anthology of Short Stories

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows (includes stories by Scott Westerfeld and Neil Gaiman)

Firebirds Rising (includes stories from Tamora Pierce and Diana Wyne Jones)

Prom Nights from Hell (includes stories by Stephenie Meyer and Meg Cabot)

Non-fiction is Non-boring?

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As someone who studied literature once upon a time, I always considered the good books to be shelved in the fiction section. Non-fiction was strictly on a need to (forced to) read (forget about on my desk) basis. It seems I was missing out.

Sure there are a lot of manuals about proper photocopier maintenance and grass identification techniques, but the wonderful world of non-fiction (the world most of us actually live in apparently) can be every bit as entertaining as the world of Harry Potter, or whatshername Vampire girl.

I doubt it will come as any great surprise when I tell you the Calgary Public Library has a LARGE non-fiction collection. If fiction’s just not your thing, you want to try something different, or if your photocopier is making strange noises in the night, you might want to remember that non-fiction is fun, informative (yes the two can co-exist) and available at the Library.

Here are a few titles you may (should) want to (yes, want to) check out.

It's non-fiction, it's a graphic novel and it's awesome. Houdini the Handcuff King is an account of one of the legendary escape artist's greatest tricks. It's beautifully drawn, an interesting read and all around cool. This is a great book for anyone who loves magic, history or... handcuffs?




Finally, our love of Monarchies and our love of violence have come together in one book! Royal Murder is the story of ten unfortunate royals and the horrible things that happened to them. If you're not sold already, it also has photos!


"It is good to give a girl compliments
Don't go crazy with them though."

How to Talk to Girls is full of great advice from author Alec Greven who wrote it at age 8.....

Read the Movie

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Tons of books are popping up on the silver screen lately! Movies based on books (mooks?) are a huge trend right now. Here are some of my favourites...

at the movies

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

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Cirque du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant, by Darren Shan

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Gossip Girl, by Cecily Von Ziegesar

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

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Speak

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (like Twilight, this one stars Kristen Stewart!)

...And here are some to watch for:

Beastly, by Alex Flinn

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The Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith (starts in Fall on the CW) ... see the trailer here!

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Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins ... you'll have to wait until 2011, but check out the book trailer and first chapter here!

New MoonNew Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (in theatres this November) ... Check out the movie tie-in covers for New Moon, here!

Can you do better than the producers? What book do you think should be turned into a TV show or movie?

Open 24/7 & Available Worldwide

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I'm about to blow your mind. Are you ready? The Library is open 24/7. It's true (almost).

You can download e-books and audio books from our E-Library whenever you want! This also means that you can access the Library while you're on vacation, from anywhere with internet access. Just look under Books, Authors, & E-Books for the databases!

Overdrive is our most popular database for downloads. You'll need to install a media console on your computer, but then you'll be able to get tons of books for your computer or iPod.

You can download either audio books (which you listen to) or e-books (which you read). Two of my favourites are Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Jinx, by Meg Cabot.

While you're browsing, click "Recommend this Title to a Friend" to let your friends know about the awesome books you find!

You will need a library card to download books, so if you haven't got one (or if your fines are sky-high), come in and chat with us!

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