Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manuel is marketed as "The definitive guide to pranking and mayhem," and that claim couldn't be more accurate! This nondescript-looking book (located at T818H in the nonfiction section) contains detailed how-to's on everything from classic pranks like the Salt and Sugar Switcharoo to more advanced shenanigans (see page 197). Just don't skip the ever important sections on prank safety, not getting caught, and, most importantly, never allowing your hoaxes to cross over into the realm of bullying. Check out this awesome book and you'll be a master prankster in no time! --AJB
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Monday December 2:
After School Movie @ 4:30 p.m. We will be showing Iron Man 3 (PG-13), starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. When Tony Stark/Iron Man finds his entire world reduced to rubble, he must use all his ingenuity to survive, destroy his enemy, and protect those he loves. But a question remains: Does the man make the suit? Or does the suit make the man? No registration required.
Tuesday December 3
Otaku Central @ 4:30-6:30 p.m. Do you love Anime and Manga? You won't want to miss Otaku Central, OPL's teen-run Anime & Manga Club! Watch Anime, discuss your favorite series, Cosplay, and more! This is a great place to meet other fans and discover new series. No registration required.
Thursday December 5
$$$ For College @ 6:30 p.m. Thinking about college, but not sure how you're going to pay for it? Attend this helpful annual seminar where expert Sheryl Krasnow (of College & Career Counseling Associates) will talk about how to seek out and apply for financial aid, grants, and scholarships. A must for anyone considering college! Registration required!
Monday, November 25, 2013
It's no secret that studying for the vocabulary portion of the ACT (or SAT) can be quite tedious, but don't let this seemingly heinous chore leave you in a state of utter despondency. Did you know you can acquire a cornucopia of high-level vocabulary words just by watching your favorite movies? Inconceivable, right? Wrong! Cruise on over to the New Nonfiction Shelf and peruse Name That Movie! A Painless Vocabulary Builder. This helpful guide will show you how you can learn over 1,000 vocabulary words and increase your test score infinitely (yes, just by watching movies). So grab the popcorn, park yourself in front of the tube, and start that movie marathon. If your parents inquire why you're watching TV in lieu of studying for the SAT (or ACT), say you are studying. And if they need to verify that claim, just hand them this book.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
From Alien Abductions to the truth about Zombies, this fun little browsable book has it all! Dead Strange, located on our New Book Shelf, contains the latest up-to-date information about 50 of the world's most popular urban legends. Is Sasquatch a native creature or a visitor form another galaxy? Can the practice of Dowsing really be used to find water, oil, and lost valuables? Is there really a Loch Ness Monster? Men in Black--fact or Hollywood fiction? Check out the book and decide for yourself. You may not find all the answers you seek (after all, this book isn't endorsed by the Mythbusters), but it's a lot of fun to read just the same!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Life on the isolated, somewhat backward island of Thisby isn't very exciting--until autumn comes and the water horses begin to emerge from the cold, salty sea. Each year, islanders both look forward to and dread the annual Scorpio Races, which take place the first day of November. Here, the island's men (and occasionally boys) saddle the water horses they've caught and race down the beach. This may sound innocent enough, but nothing could be more dangerous! For water horses are terrible carnivorous monsters who think nothing of trampling and sometimes eating their riders. There hasn't been a race yet that hasn't ended in death. But to win! Winners get money, prestige, and respect. What guy doesn't want that?
But this year's race will be different. This year island teens Kate (Puck) Connolly and Sean Kendrick both have something to prove. Puck, the first ever girl to participate in the races, is determined to win. Her purpose is twofold: She hopes to keep her oldest brother from leaving the island for the mainland and earn enough money so her family can keep their home from being repossessed by the bank. Sean, a perennial winner, hopes to carry on his late father's legacy and prove there's more to him than just a stable boy.
The story alternates between the two teens, and there's a lot to it. Like the author's other works, there's a ton of detail and the characters (even minor ones) are extremely complex! This causes things to move slowly on more than one occasion, so if you're into a lot of hard and fast action, this one may not be for you. Just the same, this unique fantasy is a must read!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Ok... Let's say you've been talking to your friends about life (and stuff) and now you have some really important questions you need answers to, like, soon. You could ask a parent, teacher, or guidance counselor, but, the thing is, these questions are really kind of embarrassing. And these adults might get the wrong idea about you if you did ask them. So the only logical solution is to say silent and believe all the gossip and rumors, right?
Look no further than our new book shelf for 100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents (T306.7H). Here you will find straight, honest, and accurate answers on blush-worthy topics like sex, drugs and alcohol, body issues, and other issues teens need to know about. Does this book make your questions any less embarrassing? No. But you will find the answers you seek without having to endure humiliating confrontations with adults.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Love all things Harry Potter? Now you can say it with a postage stamp! Starting this month, the United States Postal Service will have available limited edition stamps featuring characters from each of the Harry Potter movies. These stamps will feature 20 different designs and provide a good excuse to say what you need to say the old school way (with a letter) rather than a text or Facebook post.