Friday, March 29, 2013

And the Winner Is...

The Hunger Games!!

By one vote!

See, your vote DOES count!

So tell your parents to vote on April 2nd for something that really DOES matter--the school board!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Final Round!!

The final round is here at last!  The top two contenders are The Lost Hero and The Hunger Games.  This is almost an exact match up to last year's March Madness (except it was held in May) of The Hunger Games and The Lightning Thief.  To see who won that match-up go here. 

Will it be an upset defeat for The Hunger Games two years in a row?  Do Percy Jackson and his friends have what it takes to pull off a repeat?  Vote through Friday and show your love for Katniss or Percy!

To Vote, either scan the QR code, or cast your ballot here.

And here is the vote breakdown from the semi-final round:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Quarter Final Results

The results from the quarter finals of March Madness are in!  A few voting irregularities were discovered and discarded (come on people, if you're going to stuff the ballot box, you can't make it so obvious!), and so there are no upsets.  Below are the results.

Now it's time to vote in the semi finals.  The two competitions are Maze Runner versus Lost Hero and Lightning Thief against Hunger Games.  Who will win!  Help decide here or scan the QR code!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Exclusive: 2013/2014 Battle Books Announced!

The session for deciding next year's Battle of the Books books has just ended, and I have a still unofficial, but most likely accurate list of next year's middle school Battle Books.  So get out your library card, and start hunting for these titles!

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Colony Kids by Heather Lehe
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg
January by Gabrielle Lord
Legend by Marie Lu
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Evans
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
Petey by Ben Mikaelsen
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Vote Now in the Quarter Finals!

Here are the results of voting from the preliminary round.  The big news is that The Spiderwick Chronicles upset The Rangers Apprentice series 188 to 99.  303 people voted in the first round of the poll.  Now you can vote in the quarter final round!  Just scan this QR code, or go to this website.  Of if you want to join everyone else, come by the library and borrow an iTouch to vote!  There will also be opportunities to vote in the commons before and after school with your own smart device. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

March Madness @ Your Library

Why let college basketball have all the fun?  Here in the library we're conducting our own March Madness!  This week and next week we're matching up the top 16 most circulated books at our library this year to see which one comes out on top!  However, since each of the top 16 also happens to be a part of a series, we're just matching the series against each other.

Below are the brackets for the first matchup.  Voting on this first round will take place on Tuesday, March 19th.  The results will be posted on Wednesday, March 20th, and voting for round two will take place on that day also.

Voting for the final two rounds will take place next week.  Tune in often to keep up with what's going on!

To vote, simply scan this QR code with your smart phone or iTouch.  You can borrow an iTouch from the library to vote.  If you don't have a QR code reader app, download one, they're free!  Another way to vote is on this website.  You can find the QR code in the library, in the commons before and after school, and of course right here!

If you would like to follow the national March Madness competition for young adult literature, check out this website!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Possible Battle Books for Next Year

Battle of the Books has only been over for a month, but if you're suffering from withdrawal, fear not!  The consideration list for 2013-2014 is out.  You can find it here.  Twelve middle school books will be selected from the list below.  What do you think of the books?  List your favorite and least favorite in the comments section.  I will take your wishes to the selection committee on March 23rd!
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
  • Anything but Typical by Nora Baskin
  • Burn Mark by Laura Powell
  • Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
  • Colony Kids by Heather Lehe
  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Dragon's Keep by Janet Carey
  • Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  • Everlost by Neal Shusterman
  • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  • Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
  • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  • How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg
  • January by Gabrielle Lord
  • The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Park
  • Matched by Ally Condy
  • Michael Vey by Richard Evans
  • Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
  • Outcasts by John Flanagan
  • Petey by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Radiance by Alyson Noel
  • Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Underneath by Kathy Appelt
  • Wild Girls by Pat Murphy