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Book Hunters in Brief #88: Bookworms

As you might guess, the love of books and reading is what drives many librarians to do what they do (well...that and dreams of unimaginable wealth and power). This week, Book Hunters in Brief salutes the mighty bookworm in celebration of National Literacy Month. Here are some great books about readers and reading:

Teens - Try "Something Old, Something New" Today in the Zone!


Teens - Come for a brand new YA program - Something Old, Something New! Listen to selections from an older YA title and a related new YA title while doing an activity. This session features Garth Nix's Sabriel and Kristen Cashore's Graceling. Something Old, Something New is supported by the Friends of Freeman Library.

Summer Jobs


Summer is the perfect time to earn some extra cash, whether it's  the job of your dreams or a daily slog.
If you're working hard for your money or working hard for no money, a.k.a. the Summer Internship,
you'll find some solidarity with these summer job reads. Have the summer off? Get all of the experience with
none of the work!

The Demonata

The Demonata is a series written by popular YA author Darren Shan. The series ended with the publication of Hell’s Heroes in 2009, but for fans of horror who aren’t familiar with Darren Shan, he is a gift and this series is a great popcorn (quick and easy) read.

Shutter

Shutter is the debut novel of author Courtney Alameda. If you ever played the cult video game hit Fatal Frame then this is the book you didn’t know that you were waiting for.

Book Hunters in Brief #77: Paper Towns

This week Book Hunters in Brief salutes a man with an eminently forgettable name and an uncanny ability to remember what it was like to be a young person in this big old world, John Green.

Writing Your Own Heroes

YA fans and aspiring writers in grades 6-12 are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 4, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, in the library meeting room, for this fun and informative program.

Undercover

secretsEarlier this week, I finished watching the first season of Graceland, a current television show about a group of undercover federal agents living and working out of a government-seized beach house in California. The show is addictive, suspenseful and smart, with secrets and lies in every storyline. By the end of the season, my opinions about each character had changed so many times that I wasn’t quite sure who to trust. 

The world of undercover cops and federal agents has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers. Audiences are fascinated by the idea of cultivating an undercover identity and infiltrating the criminal underworld. There is danger at every turn, secrets to guard and to uncover, and even the smallest misstep can lead to the very real possibility of exposure. Movies about undercover work not only give us a sneak peek into the criminal world, but into the psychology of what it might be like to live a lie. In nearly every undercover movie, there is a point where viewers worry the character might have crossed over the line and is in danger of becoming the very person they are trying to catch. It is this delicate balance between good and evil that invites filmmakers and audiences to explore the world of undercover cops time and again.

Of course, not every movie about undercover cops is dark and suspenseful. Some of them, like Miss Congeniality and 21 Jump Street, take a funnier, more light-hearted approach to undercover work. These movies may not delve as deeply into the psychology of undercover, but they certainly have their place.

If you’re in the mood for an undercover movie this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Shadowhunter Academy

All Mortal Instruments fans are invited to attend this fun fan event at the Fairbanks Branch Library on Saturday, June 13, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  This is your chance to meet fellow fans, and try your hand at runes, marks, and even basic fighting skills.  See if you can pass the Codex quiz and complete your training, then enjoy popcorn and a movie screening.  So, put on your best Shadowhunt

Time for Teen Tech Week!

Visit our "New Books for Teens" display to begin.  There, you can explore the exciting world of coding with our coding bookmarks, which have all the information you need to get started.  Pick up a tech themed YA read, or grab a take and make craft for "The Fault in Our Stars".  The library is a great place to learn about and use new technology, and to find resources on fun activities that interest you.&nb

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