Monday, April 27, 2015

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day 2015!  Saturday May 2nd!
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at your local comic shop Saturday May 2nd by getting FREE comics! With 50 titles available to choose from, there’s a story for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Infamous: Second Son (PS4)

Delsin Rowe is a self-proclaimed underachiever. Living as a graffiti artist in an Akomish village outside Seattle, he just runs around getting into trouble. That is, until a military vehicle carrying three Conduits- people who can manipulate certain forms of matter- crashes in his village, and he gains extraordinary powers. Now, he must choose between ruthlessly destroying his enemies or showing mercy and control of his powers to save his village. Infamous: Second Son is a fast-paced PS4 exclusive with witty dialogue and beautiful graphics. Despite some plot issues, like characters only appearing for a couple missions, this is a game well worth picking up for both casual and hardcore gamers, especially now that the price has gone way down.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, April 28th from 4-5:30 pm!

Join TAB and get volunteer credit for promoting library services to teens at the Westminster Public Libraries:
  • Advise, plan, and participate in teen programs.
  • Post reviews and teen news on the Teen Underground blog/website.
  • Promote teen reading and news by creating bulletin boards and displays in the Teen Underground areas.
  • Recommend materials for the young adult collection.
Attend one of our TAB meetings at College Hill Library to get started! 

Ages 12-17
No registration
Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

From the Screen to the Page: How the YouTube Sensation Became a YA Book, a guest post by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel (#YouTubeWeek)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a gasp out loud ghost story that began as a YouTube series. I was not familiar with the web series until I read the book, but I really liked the book so I went and checked the YouTube channel. The book kept me on the edge of my seat and is another new addition to ongoing list of great reads for Buffy fans. It’s not a typical ghost story and I’m looking forward to reading more. Today for #YouTube week we have co-authors Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel discussing how they turned this hit YouTube series into a haunting read for YA lit lovers. I enjoyed this book and recommend it, I think teen readers will enjoy it as well.
PaigeThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl started as a YouTube web series in 2010, when I was sixteen-years-old, and it took off in ways I never could have imagined!  When we first started working out the concept, we didn’t have a name or anything much beyond the idea that it would be “Gilmore Girls meetsParanormal Activity.”  But right from the start, it just felt special.  I loved creating this character.  And not just because I got to play her!  I just knew that the world could really use a bit more Sunshine.  Her bravery, positivity, and quirkiness were things I wanted to share with the world.
But after of few years of telling Sunshine’s story on YouTube, we started thinking about ways to tell a bigger, more behind-the-scenes sort of story than we had so far.  In the web series, you don’t know a whole lot about Sunshine’s life before she moves into a haunted house, and you don’t know why her house in haunted, or why her mom doesn’t believe her.  So when we had the opportunity to put her story into a book, I was thrilled!
Alyssa: I am so excited to be a part of telling Sunshine’s story.  To me, one of the coolest things about The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is that it was a collaboration from the very start.  To begin with, the web series was a collaboration between Paige, her mother Mercedes Rose, and producer Nick Hagen and all the amazing actors they worked with; they created this rich world with compelling characters and I joined Team Sunshine to help figure out how to bring all of that good stuff to the page.  It’s the most collaborative project I’ve ever worked on, and it is so exciting to be part of something that has a life both outside and inside of the pages of a book.
Paige: It’s so much fun because existing Sunshiners will get to learn so much more about Sunshine’s world and at the same time, readers who never watched the web series before will be able to go online and see how it all started!
Alyssa: I think the most important part of bringing the story from YouTube to the page was staying really true to the characters and the world of the web series.  Paige and everyone who worked on the web series had already done so much of the heavy lifting involved in creating these voices and personalities – I just had to try to remain true to everything they created!  The book takes place in the same setting and is based on a lot of the same ideas as the web series, but we also worked on a plot that would take Sunshine on some new adventures.  In fact, we decided that the book is a bit more “Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets Veronica Mars” than “Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity,” so that’s one way that it’s a little bit different from the web series!  But I hope that viewers of the show will feel like the characters in the books behave just like the characters from the show would in these situations.
Paige:  It was super cool to see the character that I created take on a life outside of the videos!  We wanted the Sunshine on the page to look and sound like the Sunshine in the videos – she even has all of my mannerisms, like raising one eyebrow when she’s feeling particularly skeptical, and saying blah when she just can’t think of anything else to say.
Alyssa:  And, it’s amazing because the story doesn’t have to end when you finish the book – you can stay in Sunshine’s world by watching the videos and vice versa.
Paige: And just like the videos keep going – season after season after season! – Sunshine’s adventures will continue on the page, with two more books coming in the next couple years.
Alyssa: Plotting what’s next for Sunshine was exciting.  We’re taking her out of the setting that viewers of the videos – and now, readers of the first book – are familiar with.  Sunshine will be leaving Washington behind to continue her work as a luiseach, and we’re also introducing some new characters.  (But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of action with Nolan and Kat!)  Yet even as we bring Sunshine to new places and have her interacting with new people, we’re always working to stay true to the voice and character that Paige created.  Of course, Sunshine is growing and changing with all of these adventures, but she’s always going to be quirky and funny and full of light (if occasionally a little bit sarcastic…).  And even as the setting changes, the creepy atmosphere of the videos and the first book will be following Sunshine wherever she goes.
Paige: I’m so excited about what’s coming for Sunshine.  The world of the books just keeps getting bigger, and the stakes get higher and higher with each of her adventures.  She’s gone from a girl living in a haunted house with a skeptical mom to a sort of ghost-hunting superhero, and I am loving every second of it!
Author Bios:
Paige McKenzie, the irresistible face of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, is thrilled to bring her unique voice to life in a book series.  At the age of sixteen, McKenzie teamed up with producer Nick Hagen and her mother, actress Mercedes Rose, to create The Haunting of Sunshine Girl on YouTube.  Soon the spine-chilling series – and its unforgettable title character – boasted a viewership in the tens of millions.  McKenzie was recently named one of Seventeen magazine’s “Pretty Amazing” finalists.  She lives in Portland, Oregon.  Follow her on Twitter @hauntedsunshine or visit her online at
Alyssa Sheinmel is the author of the young adult novels Second Star, The Beautiful Between, The Lucky Kind, and The Stone Girl, as well as the forthcoming novel, Faceless.  The New York Post described The Beautiful Between as “endearing, realistic, and heart-wrenching”; andNew York Times bestselling author Anna Godbersen called Second Star “gorgeous: at once sun-soaked and haunted, elegant and strange…perfect.”  Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College.  She now lives and writes in New York City.  Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaSheinmel and visit her online at
Publisher’s Book Description:
Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…
Visit The Haunting of Sunshine Girl online:
Read The Haunting of Sunshine Girl @ Westminster Public Library

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Outcasts- John Flanagan

With his Ranger's Apprentice series, John Flanagan constructed his rich medieval world with the Rangers of Redmont. Now, travel to Skandia, with fierce, viking like customs and a thirst for battle. Join Hal, a half Araulen half Skandian boy and his friends as they struggle to fit in and prove themselves in a demanding culture. Personally, this is one of my favorite books. Even if you haven't read the Ranger's Apprentice series, this book is a great read for teens and adults alike. You'll find yourself connecting and rooting for the main characters, often more so than in other books. Definitely check this book out, and immerse yourself in the world of Skandia!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Short History of Nearly Everything- Bill Bryson

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Thirsty for knowledge, this book's title is pretty self explanatory. Bill Bryson shows off his phenomenal writing in a pure non-fiction book that will make you feel like a genius when you tell your friends what you know. Not only does this book have subtle humor, but Bryson can make large sciency equation and theories, easy to comprehend and easy to understand. I have learned what lightning and wind is (down to the sub atomic level with electrons and protons) and how small a proton is. This book explains theories from the beginning of the universe, to Charles Darwin, to the destruction of the ozone layer. Basically everything that will make you smart in one book. This book also has stuff for scientists as well, because scientists pick up all of the jokes. I recommend this book for people older than 15, but I read it at 12 and it was still cool and funny. Go get this book and learn stuff!

Beneath- Roland Smith

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"Down, Tight, Squeeze, These aren't words a claustrophobic wants to hear". In Beneath, Pat must go looking for his older brother Coop, who is 18 and has run away from home. Pat is only 13, but is easily capable of flying to New York and venturing underground to find his brother. There is much more than this basic outline, but I'd hate to spoil the book. I would recommend this book for any age that can comprehend how good this book is (12 and up). Roland Smith's flawless writing keeps you on the edge of your couch, wondering whats lurking below. This is a mystery and adventure novel. It's your loss if you miss out on reading this fantastic book.

Book review: Christopher pike remember me

Book review, remember me 
author  Christopher pike

Meet Shari Cooper she thought she had her whole life ahead of her. until every one starts acting like she isn't There after a party she goes to. When she thinks that something has changed, she would be right, someone or something killed her at the party. The police are saying that she jumped of the balcony., but she knows it was one of her friends, or the terrible  shadow that keeps following her.
Her mission is to clear her name and go in the the light.

review by Gavin Unrue

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Now you can connect with the library on GoodReads!

Add us as a GoodReads friend so you can see what we’re sharing about the books we’re reading, as well as interact with other active readers; track the books you’re reading, have read and want to read; and see what your friends (like us) are reading. Your next favorite book is waiting…

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, April 11th!

Take on the role of a heroic character of fantasy in a world of monsters, magic and destiny!  We have a variety of characters to choose from...look forward to seeing you!

Ages 12-17
No registration
2nd Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm at College Hill

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Watch our video about becoming a 2015 Summer Reading Program Teen Volunteer

The Westminster Public Library needs teen volunteers to help with the 2015 summer reading program. Interested teens can watch this video to learn about the volunteer duties and how to become a summer reading program volunteer this summer. For all the details, click on the Volunteer tab.

Special thanks to our Teen Advisory Board for helping to create the video.

National Poetry Month

Inklings members would like to share their Poem Recipes created at our April meeting.... enjoy!

Poem Recipe Thing
The wind roars like a lion
Her sharp claws pull at my hair
The taste of a burnt out campfire fills my mouth
forgotten marshmallows dropped in the flames
Watching them burst into flames
letting them drop to become one with the logs of the fire
A bolt of lightning flashes in the corner of my eye
Strange, June rarely sees rain
Skydiving in a thunderstorm
that would be a sight, wouldn’t it?
You could soar like the gods
then end up in hell
The smell has changed
the smell of the air turns to pine trees
Christmas wraps itself around me
The memory of my first plastic phone
fills my mind
and my eyes
and my ears
and my nose
the rain rips right through the roaring wind
The wind changes from a calming blue to a burning red
the trees howl
the grass moans
it stops
The lion walks away
the storm has passed

The sky is like an ocean
blue as blue can be.
I imagine the clouds like whipped cream,
I remembered the blue as I swung on the swings
feeling like I could fly.
Imagination Remembrance Feeling
The clouds turned amber in the sunlight.
I can fly, really I can,
  I've done it before
  but no, no I didn't, for it was a dream.
If I could fly
  up into the sky
  it would be Christmas.
I saw my wooden bird
  slipping there on the ground
  if only I could fly like the birds in the sky.
Sunlight Starlight Skylight
I stared into that sky.
  oh in that blue, I can taste the sunlight.
Yes, the sky is like an ocean,
  an ocean where I can fly.

Acting is like a roller coaster.
There are ups and downs.
You can see the crushed popcorn in the theater.
Like when you play on the playground and fall off the monkey bars.
The red curtains sway in the wind.
Katie stopped the swaying.
I could never jump into the orchestra pit from the stage.
It's always positive, but sometimes has a downside.
Long changes are a Christmas of sorts
Eeyore lingers in the wings sometimes.
The very sound of singing singes someone's sight.
The purple lights smell like freshly cooked popcorn.
That popcorn falls to the ground and is trampled by the feet
of flabbergasted spectators.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The library needs used toys!

The Westminster Public Library needs toys for our teen Toy Hack program in June. Our plan is to have the teens demolish the toys and piece them back together into their own awe-inspiring creations! 

We need fairly clean small to medium sized toys. If you have used toys (even broken ones) that you’d like to donate for this adventure, please drop them off inside the College Hill Library during business hours before June 1st. 

Questions? Please contact Lisa Hughes at 303-658-2622 or Thanks!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Death Cure; A Part of the Maze Runner series

By James Dashner

The third book in James Dashner's Maze Runner series, is my favorite. It was the most well written book in the series. Dashner uses foreshadowing, and suspense very well in this book, and it's very unpredictable. While reading this book, I caught myself trying to figure out what would happen in the end, and yet, every time I did catch myself, my prediction was wrong. James Dashner brings back events that seemed to have little meaning in the first two books, and they now have tremendous meaning. 
The book starts off with Thomas in the WICKED headquarters, and they are trying to run expirements on him. As many followers of the series know, Thomas hates WICKED. They are trying to use him, to find a cure for the Flare. Thomas has many doubts. Then, Thomas and his friends escape the headquarters, and go on a Berg, to fly to Denver. Why Denver? Because Denver's the best. I would say just kidding, but in my eyes, I think that Denver is. Anyways, Thomas' friends know someone in Denver who can remove the chips stored in Thomas' and his friend's brains. They run into the Right Arm, a secret orgnization, that also dislikes WICKED. Thomas has multiple encounters, in which he almost is sold back to WICKED, tries to save Newt, and exposes his immuity to the flare, before teaming up with  Right Arm. Will Right Arm take down WICKED, or does WICKED's smarts, soldiers, and wealth overpower Right Arm? Read The Death Cure and find out. 

Inklings Teen Writers' Club Meeting

Teens meet on Tuesday, April 7th to share their writing, receive feedback and practice writing prompts.

Ages 12-17, No registration
1st Tuesday each month 

4:30-6pm at College Hill