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“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

The Cruel Prince follows a girl named Jude who, at a young age, watched her parents get murdered and was taken away to live in the High Court of Faerie. Growing up in the Court for ten years leads Jude to desperately want to be accepted among the fae despite her differences from them and the fact that many of them despise humans. To prove herself of being worthy of the Court she must use her capacity for deception and cruelty against those who want to see her fail. However, as she plunges deeper and deeper into faerie politics and discovers a shocking betrayal, she must risk her life to save her loved ones and the faerie world itself.

I really enjoyed this book–I had been in a bit of a reading slump for a month or so, but this book got me excited about reading again and I ended up finishing it in two days. I found the story to be intriguing and fast-paced as we learn more about this new world and Jude’s place in it. I especially enjoyed how unique this particular take on the faerie world was. Holly Black is the only author I have read that has blended the fae world with our modern world seamlessly–in the beginning scene Jude and her sisters are watching TV and eating fish sticks before they get swept off to a world where people ride magical toads. It would be hard for any author to blend those two completely opposite worlds together without it feeling awkward, but Black manages it and the result is a very unique atmosphere.

The other aspect of this book that was particularly well done was the character development and the relationships between them. The world Jude lives in is very morally grey and therefore no character is completely “good” or “evil” either–they all have their flaws and are complex in their own way. Jude especially was not the typical YA fantasy protagonist–she could even arguably be considered another one of the “villains” in this story. I loved the relationship Jude had with her two sisters that were also taken with her to the High Court. It was realistic and not what you might expect, which was exciting to read. Also Jude’s relationship with her “father” Madoc was filled with tension and kept me on the edge of my toes the entire book.

Overall, this book was beautifully written and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy and/or faeries or someone who just wants a suspenseful, immersive book to lose themselves in.

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“Because Here, the sea was a thing to fear. The sea led to There.”

This graphic novel was amazing. The premise and overall message is actually very simple, yet I’ve never read anything like it before. The way it was written reminded me of a fairytale, which made it seem even more special than your average graphic novel.

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a graphic novel that takes place on the island of Here. Here is a world where everything is predictable, safe, and no one strays from their usual behavior. The people of Here grow up hearing horror stories about There, the land beyond the sea that surrounds their island, a land supposedly full of chaos and disorder. The main character Dave is a seemingly normal resident of Here, until one day he grows a massive, unstoppable beard that changes his life forever.

First of all, the artwork was all done in black and white and was so simple and easy to digest. The art style is a major element of why I liked this book because it added another layer of depth to the story and was extremely well done. It made the characters and setting seem that much richer and complex, which made for a very unique reading experience.

I wasn’t expecting to connect with Dave at all. I thought that his story would have been interesting, but not necessarily emotional, but I was completely wrong. I was crying by the time I got to the end of the book and I felt for Dave surprisingly strongly. He made me laugh at times and at others become angry at the way he was being treated.

The story itself I found to be a very powerful message about being unique in a society that fears and condemns difference. I thought it was relevant to today’s society in that aspect and it’s something that anyone can relate to. The writing felt whimsical and very precise. Collins used his words with purpose, and there were no points in the book that his narration of the story felt unnecessary.

All in all, this graphic novel was extremely well-written with an amazing art style to illustrate it. The concept of the story was executed exceptionally and I think it’s a book that everyone should read.

New Intern at the Library!

Posted: May 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone, my name is Anna, I’m currently a high school senior and for the next two weeks I’m going to be an intern at the library! I’m really excited to have this opportunity and since I have found my experiences here to be very interesting and enjoyable, I thought I would share a little bit about what I do.

Besides running this blog for the next two weeks, I have also been helping Ms. Robyn run Story Time with the little kids, cataloging books, shelving books, and helping the children’s department get ready for summer reading and all of the exciting summer programs. It’s been especially exciting to see the process behind how the books get onto the library shelves. I love cataloging, which basically involves taking the new books, categorizing them into genres and age levels, putting barcodes and due date slips on them, and then stamping them so they don’t get lost. My entire life I’ve constantly been checking library books out, and now I finally get to see the entire process that goes on behind the scenes and what I’ve been taking for granted. This entire experience has given me a new appreciation for all of the work that goes into running a library smoothly, in addition to constantly coming up with new programs to engage the community.

I’m very grateful that I am able to have this experience and it’s going to be sad when I finally have to leave. In the meantime, look out for some new posts coming in the next couple weeks and if you ever see me in Ms. Robyn’s office, feel free to say hello!

BTS ALBUMS HAVE ARRIVED

Posted: June 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Erins blog picThe BTS albums are finally here! A long overdue event, I am honored to say I have started what will hopefully blossom into a well stocked K-pop section at our library. Because the music industry of South Korea is becoming so popular worldwide, I feel it is imperative to include their music. And who knows, maybe this will start an influx of music from numerous other countries to be sold plentifully in American stores and greatly increase American libraries’ stock. For music, if nothing else, transcends language.

Incoming BTS albums

Posted: June 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

My name is Erin Bishop and I have been and am interning at the Oxford Public Library. It has been an amazing experience that was given to me by my school, and, of course, I need to leave my mark. During the two week period in which I am here, I will bring the two BTS albums in the Love Yourself series, Her and Tear, into the library. As BTS are becoming such a global sensation, I feel that these albums are a necessary addition to the library’s collection. I also believe that it will promote other libraries to order the albums as well as bring people from a wider area to our own library. This will also give people who have only heard of BTS in passing a chance to check out why exactly they are so popular, their music a key component in their large fan base. I will give an update when the BTS albums are available and hope others will share my enthusiasm for this addition. And hopefully it will pave the way for other k-pop albums to make appearances in libraries.

Teen Summer Events!

Posted: June 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/5    11:30AM

We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s. However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!

    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Maker Masters Crafternoon: Make a Book End – Thursday 7/6    2:00PM

  • Come craft up a book end! We will use tons of materials to decorate book ends for the library shelves.  They’ll be used in the YA section for everyone to admire
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Getting To Know You/ Library Promo – Monday 7/10     6:00PM

  • We have a tall order for teens this summer. We are asking that you create a promotional video or presentation for the library!  You will have all summer long, you will be able to work with others or alone!  We’ll go over more details at this “Getting to Know You” program!  See you then!
    • Age Range: 7th – 12th Grade
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/19     1:30PM

  • This week we will be meeting at 1:30PM, but don’t worry we will be back to our 11:30AM schedule next week! We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s.  However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Writing Workshop – Thursday 7/13     5:00PM

  • Bring a sample of your writing to this workshop! It can be poetry, stories, school essays, or even just a journal entry!  We will be reading and reviewing everyone’s work with suggestions and helpful tips on how to improve.  All participants will have the option to remain anonymous if they choose, Ms. Robyn will be making copies of each sample and everyone will get one, so your name can be included or not, whichever you are comfortable with!  Hope to see you there!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Renew and Repurpose – Monday 7/17     2:00PM

  • We’ll be taking a look at how you can take old materials, clothes, and more and remake them into something amazing!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/19     11:30AM

  • We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s. However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Minute to Win It – Tuesday 7/25     2:00PM

  • Balance a book on your head, build a house of cards, keep a balloon in the air…but you only have 60 seconds!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • Registration Required

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/26     11:30AM

  • We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s. However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Trivia – Thursday 7/27     5:00PM

  • Are you good at remembering random acts?  Do people often ask you, “How do you know that?”  Come to Teen Trivia Night and test your knowledge!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Beyond the Library Walls – Monday 7/31     2:00PM

  • Come join us to talk about how to be a more active part of your community beyond the library!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Animal Embassy – Thursday 8/3     4:00PM

  • Be amazed by the talents of a diverse group of AnimalAmbassadors that build complicated structures. We’ll study the architectural feats of nest building, burrow making and web spinning as well as how structures created by some animalshelp others to survive. In nature, many creatures contribute to the success of others by building homes and creating places to rear their young. We’ll explore how we too can help our wild neighbors by building bird boxes and frog ponds. Library patrons will meet live Animal Ambassadors such as a Monk Parakeet, a Red Foot Tortoise, a Mandarin Duck, a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula, a Ferret, an Argentinian Horned Frog and an African Hedgehog or African Porcupine. We will also see artifacts & photographs representing one of nature’s most prolific builders, the beaver, along with bird & paper wasp nests. Together, we’ll draw parallels with our own lives while exploring how we can build a better world!
    • Age Range: Ages 4 and up
    • **Registration Required**

Pokémon Club – Wednesday 8/9      2:00PM

  • Whether you play the video games or cards or enjoy the show and movies, come play against or just chat with other friends interested in Pokémon! This is an independent program at which you can bring your own cards and relax and meet other players.  It is not a formal librarian-run program, but still a ton of fun!
    • Age Range: All Ages
    • **Registration Required**

Library Promo Party – Thursday 8/10     6:00PM

  • Today is the day to present your library promotion materials! Whether it is a video, poster, or pamphlet, bring it in and present it to our group!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Summer Reading Wrap Up Party – Friday 8/11     12:00 – 2:00PM

  • Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading with games and more! We will be taking out the giant games from last summer and enjoying the sunshine and outdoors!
    • Age Range: All Ages
    • **Registration Required**

Book Roast – Thursday 8/17     3:30PM

  • Have you ever read a book you hated? No, like hated.  How much?  Enough to rant and rant about all the things you couldn’t stand?  GREAT!  Come tell us why!  Rant, rave, give the worst review ever!  Reading is always awesome but sometimes there are books or characters we just love to hate! (No books will be harmed)
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Maker Masters: Open Craft-ernoon! – Monday 8/21     4:30PM

  • Come craft with us! There will be tons of odds and ends to put your craft skills to the test and see what you can come up with!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Trivia – Wednesday 8/23      2:00PM

  • Are you good at remembering random acts?  Do people often ask you, “How do you know that?”  Come to Teen Trivia Night and test your knowledge!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Minute to Win It – Monday 8/28      5:00PM

  • Balance a book on your head, build a house of cards, keep a balloon in the air…but you only have 60 seconds!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • Registration Required

Better Together Movie Night! – Thursday 8/31     5:30PM

  • To conclude our summer of building a better world through hard work, compassion, and empathy, we will have a movie night with a film that celebrates all of these things! Come for a movie night to watch “Remember the Titans!” (Rated PG)
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Reading Program!

Posted: June 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hey everyone!

I hope you’ve all signed up for the Summer Reading Program – we are trying to read 3,000 hours so we need your help!

All you have to do to earn prize tickets is read, and whenever you come see us just show us your log and we’ll give you tickets.  The prize rules aaaaarrrre:

5 hours read = 1 ticket

10 hours read = 1 ticket

15 hours read = 1 ticket

Every hour after 15 earns you A TICKET PER HOUR!!!!

List of Prizes:

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If you need any of the summer reading lists or assignments you can find them here 🙂