Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scott Pilgrim series final installment and movie coming this summer

Many readers will be thrilled to learn that the 6th and final installment of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O'Malley, will be released on July 20th. Oni, the publisher of the series, announced the information on their blog. Click here to read about it.
Also a movie based on the series entitled Scott Pilgrim vs The World will be released August 12th, 2010. The movie stars Michael Cera as Scott Pigrim.
Scott Pilgrim is a loveable slacker who plays in a band and has just fallen in love with the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers. There is only one problem; he must first defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to be her boyfriend. That should be no-problem right? Well, one of her exes has psychic powers and another has large muscles. Read the series to find out if Scott is up to the challenge.
All volumes are written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Katie CCL

Monday, March 15, 2010

Magazines at the library

Did you know that the libraries of Chester County have magazines that you can borrow? The Chester County Library has magazines in three different areas: the children’s department, the Young adult department, and the adult department. Library users can also place holds on magazines from other libraries.

Here are some magazines that might be of interest to readers of this blog:

Entertainment Magazines
America’s longest running humor magazine
Seventeen: Fashion, entertainment, quizzes for young woman
GL (Girl’s Life): Fashion, entertainment, celebrity interviews, quizzes, advice columns and fun. For girls 10-15.
Entertainment Weekly: News and information about TV and movies, also music and book reviews
Spin: Music news, reviews, artist news, music festivals, and music fashion

Science Magazines
Popular Science
Odyssey: Adventures in science (for grades 5-10)

Special Interest Magazines
Boys Life: Monthly magazine of boyscouts of america; targeted readership 11-18
Beckett Monthly: News and information about sports cards and memorabilia
Transworld Skateboarding: “For over 25 years . . . has showcased the best photography, creative direction, and storytelling in skateboarding” (according it is website)
Road and Track: Find of the latest automotive buzz
WWE Magazine: Official professional wrestling magazine of World Wrestling Entertainment (under Smackdown magazine in library catalog)
Sports Illustrated

Friday, March 12, 2010

Book Review Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld; Illustrated by Keith Thompson

Secure your safety harness to the rigging and get ready for a raucous revisionist ride.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld starts off with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Chotek; their only child Alek is quickly moved into hiding. Meanwhile across the continent to the west, Dervyn Sharp enlists in the military as a midshipman under the guise of Dylan Sharp. The storyline alternates between the adventure of Dylan aboard the Darwinist ship, the Leviathan, and the race to freedom using Clanker technology for Alek.

Both Darwinists and Clankers collide in neutral Switzerland along a windswept glacier. Will Alek evade pursuit? Will Dylan’s true nature be discovered? A blending of historical fact with imaginative scientific leaps and technological marvels make Leviathan a thrilling steam punk ride.
Submitted by Karen at CCL

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Are you experiencing Olympic Withdraw?

Are you suffering from symptoms of winter Olympic viewing withdraw? I will be the first to admit that I am. I ended up finding something to watch on TV last night, but I really did miss all those nights of watching bobsledding, luge, hockey, snowboarding, skiing, and skating.

I started thinking about my favorite winter Olympic sport themed movies. Here they are in no particular order:

Cool Runnings (1993)- starring John Candy and Doug E. Doug
Bobsledders from a tropical country, who ever heard of such a thing? It’s too bad the Jamaican bobsledding team did not come to the Vancouver Olympics. This movie is loosely based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team who competed at the 1988 Calgary, Alberta Olympics.

The Cutting Edge (1992)- starring Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney
Former hockey player Doug Dorsey, played by Sweeney, loses some of his vision when a puck hits him during an Olympic hockey game. Kate, played by Kelly, is a talented but difficult pairs figure skater who has trouble keeping skating partners. What happens when they team up? Can they keep their Olympic hopes alive? This movie is not a true story.

Miracle (2004)- starring Kurt Russell
1980 was a different time. For starters, the cold war made for icy relations between Russia and the United States. Also the United States hockey team was made up of all amateur players. They were college students who were playing against the professional teams of Europe for Olympics gold. They were long shots to win. Miracle is a true story about this hockey team who against all odds won the gold medal in hockey, and made Americans believe in miracles.

Guess what? You can borrow all these movies from the library! Later this week I will write another post that will include some books and websites where you can get your Olympics reading fix.

Katie G