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Have YOU Rocked the Drop?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 15, 2009

Operation Teen Book Drop

Don’t forget that we are Rockin’ the Drop with the Readergirlz , YALSA, and GuysLitWire by bringing in our gently used children’s and teen books to donate to the Family Violence Center. Tomorrow, April 16, is Teen Literature Day, but we are extending the donation day through Friday, April 17. We even got books yesterday donated by readergirlz diva Melissa Walker! Please clean out your closets and bookshelves TODAY and bring in your books tomorrow or Friday. We have candy (!) and we are giving away two Barnes and Noble gift cards. One to the person who donates the most books and one to a person whose name is drawn randomly from all donors. If you have donated books already and I did not take your picture, please come back in and remind me to snap a pic to send to readergirlz. Oh, and by the way, as of this minute we have 407 books donated so far! No, wait. Falyn just came in with three boxes FULL of books, about 200 more books!!!!!! Hooray! But bring in more books, please, the Family Violence Center is counting on us!

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Have You Forgotten About Book Divas?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 13, 2009


Have you visited the Book Divas website? Are you on Twitter? Well, if you are a Book Divas fan, and you’re on Twitter, you can follow Book Divas on Twitter to get all the latest news abut your favorite authors. Book Divas is an online book club with members all over the world. By following them on Twitter you can keep up with the latest author interviews,  giveaways, new books, reviews, and blog posts. Right now they’re having a giveaway for the complete Twilight saga series. How cool is that? You can also visit the site to read reviews of Donna Jo Napoli’s Alligator Bayou, Rachel Wright’s You’ve Got Blackmail, and Eva Ibbotson’s The Reluctant Heiress.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Still Hungry After 40 Years

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 20, 2009

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Have you checked out Google today? As I’m sure you know, Google frequently changes their logo to reflect significant events of the day. Today’s logo celebrates author Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, perhaps the most famous of his many wonderful children’s books. As a Blatant Bibliophile, this may have been one of your first books, or one of the books that inspired your life-long love of reading. According to an article in the London Telegraph, Mr. Carle, who will celebrate his eightieth birthday later this year, was inspired by, of all things, a hole puncher to create his world-famous book. Here’s what he had to say about how he invented his character: “One day I was punching holes with a hole puncher into a stack of paper, and I thought of a bookworm and so I created a story called “A Week with Willi the Worm”. Then my editor suggested a caterpillar instead and I said “Butterfly!” That’s how it began,” he said. Today marks the fortieth anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and elementary schools and public libraries around the world are celebrating. The book is published in 47 languages and has sold over 29 million copies. A copy is sold every thirty seconds somewhere in the world. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is just one of over seventy children’s picture books Mr. Carle has published. If you love Eric Carle and his books, celebrate by reading a book with a child. You may also enjoy visiting his website.

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What’s New at readergirlz for March?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 3, 2009


This month’s readergirlz featured author is Mary E. Pearson. Her featured book? The Adoration of Jenna Fox. What’s it about? It’s about Jenna’s search for her own identity after she wakes up from a coma and can’t remember who she is. She can’t even remember the people who say they are her parents. Are they, or aren’t they? They seem very bizarre, as does everything else about her life. Join Jenna as she tries desperately to unlock the secrets of who she was and who she has become.


Visit readergirlz to find out more about author Mary E. Pearson, Operation Teen Book Drop, which is coming in April, and how you can learn to write powerful and professional political letters and then visit to let your voice be heard.


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Read a Book with a Child; Honor Dr. Seuss’s Memory

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 2, 2009

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It’s Read Across America Day! The event is held in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. The National Education Association has sponsored this event every year for the past eleven years, with this being the twelfth year of the program which focuses on motivating children to read and to master basic skills. While we don’t focus much on the celebration in high schools where, ideally, most of our patrons are already skillful readers, please consider reading to a younger sibling or friend today. The event asks that every child read today in the company of a caring adult, or perhaps a caring teen. If you have an interesting story about someone who helped you learn to read, or promoted your love of reading, i. e. made you into the Blatant Bibliophile that you are today, why not post a comment on the blog?

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Vote the Peach!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 27, 2009


It’s time to vote for your favorite Georgia Peach Book Award nominee. Please stop by the library and pick up a form—or two, or three, or twenty—and vote for your favorite Peach Books before March 13. You can express your opinion on any Peach Book you’ve read before the March 13 deadline. Just rank each book you’ve read according to whether you think it was fantastic, great, okay, not so good, or “the pits.” Fill in the title and author of the book and drop it in the box in the media center. The media center staff will tally our results and send them in to the Georgia Peach Book Award Committee. Your vote will help determine which books will become the 2009 Georgia Peach Book Award winner and runners up. Last year’s winner was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Which book will win this year? Will it be Impulse by Ellen Hopkins? Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson? Uglies by Scott Westerfeld? You could make the deciding vote! Make sure you stop by the library before March 13 and make your vote count!

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Because Guys Are Readers, Too

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 26, 2009


You know I’m always posting about readergirlz, one of our favorite sites, because they are so great at promoting fun reading, celebrating strong girls, and inspiring girls to make their own history. But today when I was reading a blog post by one of the readergirlz founding divas, Justina Chen Headley, I was reminded that sometimes I forget to remind you about some of the great websites that promote reading for our guys, like Guys Lit Wire and GuysRead.


GuysRead is a great website by author Jon Scieszka. You know Jon, the author of The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and other great books you’ve been loving since you were a little kid. You can go to the site and find great guy books for guys of all ages, and even books for adults based on your most-beloved book, favorite author, or a topic of interest.


GuysLitWire is a blog that reviews the kind of books that guys like to read. A post today reviewed Black and White by Paul Volponi, a great contemporary writer who really appeals to, well, you guessed it, guys. So, with apologies for ignoring all you guys out there, please forgive me, and check out these two great sites. And, hey, don’t forget that a lot of the books reviewed on readergirlz are still great for guys, too!

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Swimming with the Big Fish

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 26, 2009

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Can books swim? Have they had lessons? Do they wear those little water wings? Should they? Well, what I do know about books is that they are fun, and you can take them with you to the beach or the pool, and make that experience even more fun. But did you know that you can borrow books from BookSwim just like you borrow videos from NetFlix, for a low, low monthly fee? And unlike those evil librarians who charge you late fees, (what? who would say such a thing about lovely librarians?) you can keep them for as long as you want without late charges. They have a fabuloso selection of contemporary books that you will actually want to read. You don’t even have to get out  of  your pjs to go to the library and check them out, or pay big bucks to buy them for yourself at the book store. You just pick out the books you want, add them to your “pool,” and then BookSwim mails them to you with no delivery charge, which is just about the nicest thing that can happen to a person these days. You read the books, and then BookSwim mails then back to you, again with no delivery charge. And now you can even rent textbooks. College textbooks. Graduate school textbooks. For cheap, people. So, I’m working on my doctorate. The school I’m attending offers to sell me two books I need for something in the neighborhood of $150 each. I manage to find one at Barnes & Noble for $50. I just found it on BookSwim. I could have rented it from them for $28.60 for 90 days, the length of my class. I’m guessing they would have frowned upon my highlighting the pages, but to save that much money, I could have restrained myself. Another book for the same class was about the same price from a B&N used bookseller as it was to rent for ninety days from BookSwim (around $62 from each place) so it pays to shop around. At any rate, you can swim on over to BookSwim and see if you have been swimming in the right book pool.


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Can’t Wait Until March 10 to Read Hunted? Get Chapter One Now!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 9, 2009


Are you a fan of the House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast? Well, if you are, then you know that the next installment in the series, Hunted, goes on sale March 10. Can’t wait? Then mosey on over to the House of Night website to read the first chapter online. But be warned, it’s addictive. After you read the first chapter, you’ll be driving yourself crazy hanging out at the bookstore begging the nice salespeople to sell you an advance copy of Hunted before it goes on sale. In the meantime, if you’re not familiar with the series, our library has the first four books, Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, and Untamed available for checkout. When someone else isn’t devouring them, that is.  You can also check out P. C.’s blog for more info. Happy Reading!

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Only One More Day To Wait For Forever Princess

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 5, 2009


So what are you doing tomorrow, Bibliophiles? Why trying to get your  hands on a copy of  Princess Diaries X, the conclusion to the Princess Diaries series by Creekview fav author Meg Cabot. In Forever Princess, Mia has a lot of decisions to make–about college, the future of Genovia, Prince Phillipe, her first love Michael, and her dreamy boyfriend J.P. Will Mia make the right decisions? Her choices could not only affect the next four years of her life, but–forever! Join Mia in her final romp, Forever Princess. Check out Meg’s website for more details.

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