2.24.2015

CHPL Comic-Con 2015!


CHPL Comic-Con 2015!

Saturday, February 28
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Library Lower Level
All Ages!

Join us for our 3rd Library-run Comic-Con! Local comic shops, artists' alley, and a little bit of something for everyone!

Special events for teens:
Mighty Writers Comic Madness Workshop - registration required (ages 10-14)
Anime Meetup
Cosplay Dating Game
Live Superhero Trivia Crack
Whovian Meetup

2.23.2015

Not Your Grandma's Cross Stitch

"LSP cross stitch" by Mandy Jouan, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Feeling crafty? We'll teach you the basics of cross stitch and show you how to make samplers featuring lyrics from songs or 8-bit characters.

Wednesday, February 25, 7 - 8 p.m.
Children's Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
Open to grades 8 - 12

Staff Pick: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
From goodreads.com:

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Pick it: if you love stories that are mystical and romantic, but without the ghouls and goblins of paranormal fiction. This book had me hooked from the beginning - I love tales of mysterious, strange families.

Pair with:  Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick for more haunting magical realism.

Reviewed by: Deena

2.12.2015

Club Anime: Shonen

"002 - Chicken or Beef?" by rhodaboat, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Watch anime, meet other fans, and enjoy snacks, crafts, and other activities. This month we will explore the shonen genre. We will screen Soul Eater and One Piece and make our own ramen creations! Feel free to bring your own anime or manga from the shonen genre to screen or share with the group.

Wednesday, February 18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Joyce Alexander Walker Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Open to grades 8 - 12.

2.11.2015

Teen Movie Zone: Lonely Hearts Club

"Lonely Heart" by Stefan Van der Straeten, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
No need to be alone this February 14! Come to CHPL and enjoy a teens-only free flick. We will choose between a few romantic comedy selections. Popcorn on us!

Saturday, February 14, 2 - 4 p.m.
Joyce Alexander Walker Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Open to grades 7 - 12.

No registration required.

2.10.2015

Prose & Cons

"Writing is best way to..." by Melissa W. Edwards, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
Come hang out with other teens who write fiction for fun! Bring what you're currently working on to get encouragement and feedback. Or get inspired through writing games and creative story starters.

Wednesday, February 11, 6 - 8 p.m.
Children's Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
Open to grades 8 - 12. 

2.09.2015

Staff Pick: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
Children's librarian Alia picked this as one of her top reads of 2014!
From goodreads.com:

When the picture tells the story…

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.


Pick it: for a super cute read. No fantastical monsters or deep dark issues here, just the drama of high school, and figuring out what (and who) you want. You'll be shipping Ja/son in no time.

Skip it: if you're looking for something with strong plotting and consequences. This book is an entertaining read but it's definitely fluffy.

Pair with: David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy for another sweet LGBTQ book.

Reviewed by: Deena