Season’s Greetings!

HolidayBookListAs some of you may know Kimberly is no longer working with us here in West Baton Rouge and she will be greatly missed!  My name is Ashley and I will be taking over as the Youth Services Librarian.  It’s scary taking over for someone as awesome as she was but I’m up for the challenge!

Here’s a little information about me:  I have a degree in Geography from Louisiana Tech University and plan to go to grad school in 2015 for a Masters in Library Science.  I love reading YA fiction, especially Fantasy, Sci Fi, and the occasional love story. However if it’s good I’ll read just about any genre.  I’ve just recently discovered how good Graphic Novels and Manga are so please feel free to comment with suggestions for me to read.  I will be visiting the High Schools starting in January so make sure you come say hi to me at my table. And don’t forget I can take requests!  I want to make sure I am bringing what you are interested in so speak up if you aren’t seeing your favorite genre, book, or author.  We will also be having an Anime Club meeting in January, make sure you check back here later for more information about that.

There are great things happening at the library and I’m excited to be part of them.  Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on The Scorpio Races by: Maggie Stiefvater.

10626594November means death. That’s how it’s always been on the island of Thisby and that’s how it’s always going to be. That’s when the water horses come out of the sea to rampage around the island. And that’s when some foolish, brave men decide to try their luck and race them. The race is short, brutal, and bloody, but they’ve always been part of the island and they always will be.

Sean Kendrick has won the races four times. His water horse, Corr, is strong, beautiful, and blood red. They’ve been together for years, which is something rare considering the water horses have a strong desire to go back to the sea. The races are especially important to Sean this year because this is the year he races for his freedom. This is the year he races to buy back his father’s land and keep Corr for his own.

Puck Connolly never should have entered the races in the first place. Women have never been allowed on the beaches and she doesn’t have a water horse of her own anyway. No one else wants her on the beach and they will stop at nothing to sabotage her and her horse in order to keep her out of the race. But the stakes are too high for her to quit. After the death of her parents, her family is falling apart and the only way to keep everything together is to win the prize money for the race. And so she’s determined to finish the race, even if it kills her.

The Scorpio Races is a beautifully written novel that takes place in early 20th century Ireland. It is a culturally rich retelling of Kelpie folklore, as well as a strong character-driven story. If you like headstrong protagonists, magic, horses, danger, or a little bit of gore, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s book spotlight is Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.

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Sophronia Temminnick lives in a world of curtsies, proper etiquette, and young ladies doing what is expected of them. She also lives in a world where vampires have a place in proper society, werewolves serve in the Queen’s military, and steam powered mechanical servers run most households.  Unfortunately for Sophronia she would rather be learning how the mechanicals work than how to pour the perfect cup of tea for guests.  When Sophronia does one too many unlady like activities (apparently climbing trees is only for boys) her mother decides finishing school is her only hope.

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality sounds like that last place that Sophronia wants to be but this is no ordinary finishing school.  From its location, a gathering of tethered dirigibles floating above the country side, to its teachers, including a rather dapper vampire and a werewolf with a top hat, she learns that at this school espionage is just as important as etiquette.    Between lessons in eyelash fluttering, covert message passing, proper dancing styles, and how to discretely slip poison into someone’s tea, Sophronia finds herself intrigued by a mysterious prototype that may be hiding aboard the school and has drawn the attention of dangerous Flying Highwaymen.  Sophronia’s first year of finishing school is one filled with danger, supernatural beings, making friend’s in unusual places, and of course trying to learn a proper curtsying.

Etiquette and Espionage is an adventure worth reading is you enjoy steampunk, adventure/spy novels, strong female protagonist, or just looking for something a little different.  First in a series.  If you would like to reserve a copy please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on The Dream Thieves by: Maggie Stiefvater.

Dream-Thieves-CoverAgainst all odds, Blue Sargent has become friends with the Raven Boys, a group of students from the Aglionby Boys’ Academy that the residents of Henrietta, West Virginia know to stay away from. But it’s hard not to become friends with people after you’ve had an adventure in a magical disappearing forest where the laws of time and space don’t seem to apply. So it’s only natural that she wants to spend the summer with them, going on their crazy quest to find a long-dead Welsh King.

But one of the boys, Ronan Lynch, has a dangerous secret. Whatever he dreams of, he can produce in the real world. He can bring puzzle boxes, ancient artifacts, even cars. But he can also bring nightmares into the world; towering beasts, part raven, part man who want nothing more than to rip him to shreds with their razor sharp claws. Ronan can usually control what he brings from dreams, but it’s getting harder and harder for him to keep those nightmares at bay.

If this isn’t bad enough, Blue and the Raven Boys have woken up long-dead magic in the town of Henrietta, and this has drawn fortune seekers from all over the globe. Most of them are harmless, but more and more of them are becoming ruthless cut-throats in their quest to find the source of this magic. And one in particular is very interested in Ronan Lynch. He will stop at nothing to find him and to abuse the power he has.

This is the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series. It continues the adventurous paranormal mystery from the first book with an added element of horror. If you like thrills, action, and a little bit of magic, you’ll definitely want to pick up this book. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

LTRCA Books for local high schools

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Port Allen and Brusly High Schools were the recipients of 2015  Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Book Set Grant.  The West Baton Rouge Parish Library applied for the grant on behalf of both of the schools. Here, master teacher, Tara Hebert, accepts the award for the Port Allen High.

The grant was made possible from donations from the Louisiana Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., PermaBound, and the Louisiana Library and Book Festival Foundation.  The grant is intended to encourage public libraries and their local high schools to partner in projects designed to motivate high school students to read the nominated books and vote in January in a statewide election for their favorite book using voting machines provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.

The author of the book receiving the most votes is invited to accept the Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice medal at an award ceremony in the State Capital during the 2015 Louisiana Book Festival next fall. Don’t forget to vote for the book you want to win here.

Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Awards

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The polls have officially opened for the Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Awards. A list of the books currently up for the awards can be found here. If you’ve read one or more of these books and feel that it deserves an award, please do something about it!

You can cast your votes online at the Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Awards website here. Let us know in the comments of this post which one you voted for!

Voting is open until February 1st.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on The Fall by: Bethany Griffin.

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What would you do if you woke up one day to find that you’d been buried alive? Stifled inside a stone sarcophagus, you know the only way to save yourself and your loved ones is to bust and gasp for air. But what if something was keeping you there? Something sinister and supernatural?

Madeline and her twin brother Roderick are the last heirs to noble line of the House of Usher. Over the years, death and illness have dwindled the family down to nothing. There are rumors of a curse too, one that causes any Usher living inside of the family mansion to go mad. Roderick, of course, doesn’t believe in the curse, but Madeline knows its true. She’s seen it. She’s felt it. And she knows it is because the house itself wants it to happen. The house has trapped her in its crypts, fooling her brother into thinking that she’s dead and must be locked away with the rotting corpses.

But Madeline is determined to not die. She wants to live, even though she is half-mad and nearly dead with the family curse. And she will do anything in her power to stop the decay in the line of the House of Usher. Even if it means having to destroy the house itself.

This is an eerie, atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher.” It gives us a fresh perspective of what really might have been going on in the story, as well as fleshes out characters who have only appeared in passing. If you love spooky stories about ghosts, mystery, and betrayal, this book might be for you. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.