Friday, August 29, 2014

NEW PROGRAM: #TeenCraftSaturdays@OPL. Saturday September 6 Noon-3 p.m.

You know you have that BIG project due Monday, so why not take a study break and make something cool?

This Fall, the OPL Teen Department is introducing a NEW PROGRAM: #TeenCraftSaturdays@OPL. To be held the first Saturday of each month, Noon-3 p.m. (or until supplies run out), this 100% drop-in program will feature a different cool craft each month. 

September's project, set for Saturday September 6, will be Retro Treasure Boxes. For this, we'll start you off with an old VHS tape case and a table full of art supplies. From there, you use your creativity to transform that tape case into something useful, fun, and retro-esquely hip. 

Upcoming projects are
  • Frankentoy Workshop (Saturday October 4)
  • Book Hedgehogs (Saturday November 1)

#TeenCraftSaturdays@OPL are drop-in only. That means no registration and no wait lists. It also means that when supplies run out, they run out forever. So get here early!

We'll see you next Saturday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Closed for the Holiday

Just a heads-up that Oxford Public Library will be CLOSED Saturday August 30 thru Monday September 1 for the Labor Day Holiday. 

We will reopen Tuesday September 2. Hours as usual.

Have a safe and fun holiday!

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Ever since that family reunion 10 years ago when she and her cousin, Lindsay, were inseparable, Raina has wanted a sister. Someone to have fun with, someone to share adventures and secrets with, someone who would be a built-in best friend. So naturally she is thrilled when her parents finally, finally bring home baby Amara.

But having a sister isn't at all like Raina imagined. From the start, Amara is grouchy, argumentative, and prone to tantrums when she doesn't get her way. And she doesn't share any of Raina's interests. Except art. And, worse, Amara is the better artist. Naturally, none of this sits well with Raina. Or Amara, for that matter. And when a brother is introduced into the equation, things at the Telgemeier household go from bad to worse. And the years don't improve the situation any.

Sisters, by Raina Telgemeier, is an autobiographical graphic novel that illustrates Raina's summer before high school when she, her mother, Amara, and brother Will road trip it from California to Colorado for a family reunion. As the story (told partly in present day and partly in flashbacks) unfolds, the reader gets a better picture of Raina and Amara's stormy relationship and also of the drama that's going on within their family. Sure, the sisters fight and annoy each other. All. The. Time. But when life throws an unexpected curve ball their way, they're also are willing to be there for each other. Not that that'll admit to that, though. 

Over the years, I've become a big fan of Telgemeier's books. Smile, where we first meet Raina and her family, was (and still is) my favorite of the author's. And Drama was a cute and fun departure from the autobiographical books. Sisters is being promoted as a sequel/companion book to Smile, but you don't have to read one to fully enjoy the other.

Highly recommended! --AJB

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall Programs 2014

Teen Summer Reading 2014 and all its awesomeness may be over, but don't despair! We've got some exciting new programs starting in September lined up. Check them out!

*New Programs*
#TeenCraftSaturdays @ OPL
First Saturdays Noon-3 p.m. (or until supplies run out)
9/6, 10/4, 11/1
You Know you have to stop by the library anyway because that BIG project is due Monday, so why not take a study break and create something fun? Most projects make use of "upcycling," so they're both fun and environmentally friendly. These programs are drop-in only, so get here early! When supplies run out, they run out forever.

September 6: Retro Treasure Boxes: Use provided craft supplies to transform old VHS cases into retroesque treasure boxes. The predecessor to the DVD never seemed so cool.

October 4: Franken-Toy Workshop: Create creepy new toys from pieces of old ones. Well post photos of our favorite creations on this blog and our Facebook page.

November 1: Book Hedgehogs: Back by popular demand! These adorably literary critters are so cute all your friends will want one--even the ones who don't really like to read.

Bored? Play Games! Saturdays
Third Saturdays, Noon-3 p.m.
9/20, 10/18, 11/15
It may sound counterproductive, but board (not bored) games are a surefire cure for the dreaded affliction of ultimate boredom. The teen staff understands this, so we'll have a TON of games and puzzles set out. Drop in and play!

*Fun Stuff*
October is Teen Read Month
All Month Long
Pick up a Teen Read Month activity card beginning October 1. Read books and do activities and turn your stuff in by October 31 for a chance to win awesome prizes. Sort of like Summer Reading, but not nearly as intensive.

LEGO Program for Teens
Tuesday 10/14
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Stop in and make something awesome with our LEGOs. Prizes will be awarded for height, originality, and functionality (your creation does something). Creations will be judged by on-duty library staff.

Halloween Spooktacular Film Festival
Saturday 10/25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Looking to scare up something fun to do? We'll be getting into the spirit (pun intended) of the season by showing scary/creepy movies all day long. There will be all kinds of treats in store...and maybe a few tricks. Movies will be PG and PG-13.

Stop in and check these out!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Where's The Doctor?

Waldo?'ve already found him. Been there, done that. Or have you?With Where's The Doctor, llustrator Jamie Smart puts a whole new (and timely) spin on Waldo-esque books. In this fun and colorful volume, The Doctor, Amy, and others are hidden among Daleks, Judoon, Weeping Angels (don't blink!), and more. You don't even have to be a "Whovian" to appreciate this book. So.... Where's The Doctor? You won't know until you find him.

Books: Bigger on the Inside

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fearless Fashion, by Alison Bell

Hey Ladies (guys too): It's never too early to start planning your Back to School wardrobe--especially with all the stores having huge blowout sales (if they haven't started yet, they will soon). 

This in mind, a fun book to check out is What's Your Style: Fearless Fashion, by Alison Bell, which can be found in our nonfiction section under Dewey call # T391B. Take a quiz to determine your overall style, and learn about some of the various fashion trends out there and how to identify them in your friends and yourself (for example, I discovered that I'm sort of Hipster/Boho). There's even a chapter about health and beauty (hair & makeup). Plus, there's a ton of great ideas for enhancing your individual style or cultivating an entirely new look.

Overall, What's Your Style: Fearless Fashion is tons of fun. Another great book to check out is Popular: Vintage Wisdom from a Modern Geek, by Maya Van Wagenen. Pair it with it's companion book, Betty Cornell's Teen-Age Popularity Guide for the full experience. --AJB