Thanks to the Teen Advisory Board and the Anime Club for convincing me that we needed to have Japan Night! Special thanks to Tim for sharing his expertise in all things Japanese and for bringing food from Pei Wei, to Adam for bringing his Wii (and to his parents for letting him), to Caitlin for bringing food and a for bringing great compilation DVD, to Marissa for bringing food, and to Daniel for showing people his crazy origami skills.
Lots of great food!Mmmm! A group photo.
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments, Book One)
- Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
- That Summer by Sarah Dessen
- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
- A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
- Things Change by Patrick Jones
- A Break with Charity by Ann Rinaldi
- Nine Days a Queen by Ann Rinaldi
- The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
- Blue Is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
- Red Is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz
- Silver Is for Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz
- White is for Magic by Laurie Faria Stolarz
- Guinness World Records 2008
- Beauty product recipies from the last time we did this are listed in this blog post.
- Check out some books from the library--look for Beauty Trix for Cool Chix; Makeup: Things to Make and Do; The Girls' Spa Book; Insparation; or The Girls' World Book of Bath & Beauty.
- Visit some websites with a vast array of home beauty product recipies, including Kitchen, Crafts 'N' More, Natural Beauty, and Make Your Cosmetics.
Easy Body Sugar Scrub
Recipe from http://www.makeyourcosmetics.com/
- 1 cup sugar (brown or white)
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 drops vanilla or almond extract
- Combine sugar and oil in a bowl and mix until a pasty consistency forms.
- Add two drops of extract and stir to combine.
- Spoon into an airtight container and put on the lid.
- To use, massage gently over damp skin. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. This is great for exfoliating feet, hands, and other rough patches of skin in the winter. Don’t use it on broken, irritated, or scarred skin, though.
Candy Cane Bath Salts
Recipe from http://www.makeyourcosmetics.com/
Ingredients (double amounts for a bigger container):
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 4 tablespoons sea salt
- 4 drops mint extract
- 2 drops red food coloring
- Place ½ cup of Epsom salts and two tablespoons sea salt in a Ziploc sandwich bag. Add two drops of mint extract, seal, and mix in the scent.
- Place the other ½ cup of Epsom salts and two tablespoons sea salt in another Ziploc sandwich bag. Add two drops of red food coloring, seal, and mix until the color is evenly distributed. Open the bag and add two drops of peppermint extract, seal, and mix in the scent.
- Carefully snip the right corner off the bottom of both bags. Alternately pour the white and red salts into a container, layering them to create a striped effect.
- Fill the container all the way to the top to prevent shifting of the contents.
- Put a lid on the container and throw away any leftover salts.
- Add a few tablespoons to your tub for a fragrant and relaxing winter bath.
- Jason & Kyra by Dana Davidson
- Played by Dana Davidson
- Can't Stop the Shine by Joyce E. Davis (Kimani TRU)
- Drama High by L. Divine
- Drama High: Jayd's Legacy by L. Divine
- Drama High: Second Chance by L. Divine
- Bang! by Sharon Flake
- Keesha's House by Helen Frost
- Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
- Blood Is Thicker by Paul Langan (Bluford High)
- Brothers in Arms by Paul Langan (Bluford High)
- The Bully by Paul Langan (Bluford High)
- Payback by Paul Langan (Bluford High)
- Indigo Summer by Monica Mckayhan (Kimani TRU)
- Trouble Follows by Monica Mckayhan (Kimani TRU)
- Prime Choice by Stephanie Perry Moore (Perry Skky, Jr.)
- Problem Solved by Stephanie Perry Moore (Perry Skky, Jr.)
- Sweetest Gift by Stephanie Perry Moore (Payton Skky)
- Street Love by Walter Dean Myers
- Imani All Mine by Connie Porter
- Lost and Found by Anne E. Schraff (Bluford High)
- A Matter of Trust by Anne E. Schraff (Bluford High)
- Secrets in the Shadows by Anne E. Schraff (Bluford High)
- Someone to Love Me by Anne E. Schraff (Bluford High)
- Until We Meet Again by Anne E. Schraff (Bluford High)
- Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson
- If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
Here is my review:
Marie Lamba was one of the best young adult authors we have ever hosted at our library. Even though the weather was not cooperative, 23 readers in grades 4 to 12 attended the program, as well as some parents. Talking about both her journey to publication and the plot of What I Meant…, Marie created a meaningful hour-long presentation around the themes of inner strength and determination. She also encouraged listeners to find their own inner resources to deal with their dreams and challenges. Highlights of the presentation included readings from What I Meant…, great advice about writing, and a large pile of actual rejection letters. The students were very impressed with the quality of Marie’s answers to the questions during the Q&A session, and 16 people enthusiastically purchased books to be signed at the end. I would highly recommend inviting Marie to your school, library, or bookstore!
Here are the quotes:
“I liked how she described the publishing process and her difficulties with it.” --Amy, age 16
“She was very honest and in-depth about rejections.” --Caitlin, age 17
“Marie was a great guest speaker and I am really looking forward to reading about the lifeguard in her new book.” --Arwa, age 16
“I liked the fact that she was finally able to put her book In and Out of Time aside to work on a new project. It taught me that I could stretch further as a writer.” --Stephanie, age 15
“After hearing about What I Meant…, I wanted to stab that aunt in the eye with a blunt object.” --Katie, age 16
Here is Marie's response:
Thanks so much for doing this! It really is so helpful. I'll be sure to include your comments in the press I hand out at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philly. I'll be at the SCBWI booth on Friday, the opening night. Maybe I'll see you there!
BTW, LOVED the eye-poking comment. You have such a great group of teens there. I bet you have a blast with them. And please let Arwa know that the book about the steamy bad-boy lifeguard just got mailed to my agent yesterday. Fingers crossed that it'll be accepted by a publisher soon!
Thanks to Alexa, Koumudi, Kaitlin, and Amy for showing up when they said they would to wrap gifts! We did some good shopping for the teen section, too, including a bunch of new fantasy books, a few historical fiction titles, and a copy of the 2008 Guiness Book of World Records. Look for those on the shelf soon.
- Firegirl by Tony Abbot (replacement copy)
- The Poison Apples by Lily Archer
- The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
- How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
- Quaking by Kathryn Erskine
- Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
- The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
- Glass by Ellen Hopkins (sequel to Crank)
- Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
- Strays by Ron Koertge
- Miracle Wimp by Erik P. Kraft
- Dangerously Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker
- Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits
Woohoo, signed books!
Later, we tried to play an 80s-themed Don't Forget the Lyrics game, but I was surprised how few famous songs people actually knew! I thought I was picking mostly easy ones. Our snacks for the evening included Sour Patch Kids, Reese's Pieces, Cool Ranch Doritos, and chicken nuggets. I couldn't believe how desperate everyone was to eat the nuggets...I should have started cooking earlier!
Everyone enjoyed media clips about 80s fads, fashion, and technology, and we had a great time comparing the videos of Michael Jackson's Bad and Weird Al's Fat. Incidentally, yesterday, November 30, was the exact 25th anniversary of the Thriller album. We have such great timing, and I didn't even know it!
Here's some pix:
The Pound Puppies photo corner was a popular spot!
Even the guys were willing to pose by the Pound Puppies.