Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe

The Celery Stalks at Midnight

Author: James Howe
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Book), 
Listening Library (Audio)
Year: 1983 (Book), 2004 (Audio)
Genre: Mystery
Age: JUV 8+

This is the third book in the Bunnicula series. The first three books are compiled in one audio collection & separate books as well. They all have the same reader, Victor Garber, who played Mr. Andrews in the movie Titanic. 
We are once again at the home of The Monroe family in Centerville. Chester the cat, Harold the dog, Bunnicula the rabbit, & the newest member of the family Howie the Dachshund. There is also Toby & Pete along with Mr & Mrs. Monroe. 

After their return from Howliday Inn Chester is more convinced than ever that Bunnicula is a real vampire. Not only that but because of his strange diet & the mysterious white vegetables from before, Chester thinks that Bunnicula has made the vegetables into his zombies vampire minions by draining them. Therefore the trio of Chester, Harold, & Howie go out into the neighborhood in search of some minion onions & blood thirsty beets. They run into Max, the bulldog from Howliday Inn along they way & he points them in the right direction. Indeed they do find more drained, white vegetables in gardens around town. In order to kill the followers of Bunnicula they must stake them with toothpicks before it's too late.  

But what would happen if Bunnicula bit a person or someone ate one of the vampire veggies...would they become a vampire too? It's possible that Toby & Pete are vampires already as evidence by their strange behavior & capes they are wearing! Chester & Harold must save them & Mr. & Mrs. Monroe before it's too late...
Likes: As usual this book was hilarious!

I picked up the actual book too & to my surprise there is pictures! Chester staking a carrot with a toothpick is priceless.

Sticking with traditional vampire themes like biting people (or in this case vegetables) to make them vampires but giving it a twist is a great addition to the book. 

Dislikes: My library doesn't have books 4-5-6 on audio so I'm going to have to read the books from now on until book #7, we do have that one. But that means I'll get to see the pictures so I'm not 100% disappointed


Friday, September 22, 2017

Trivia Night (Adult Event September 2017)

Last night we had Trivia Night for adults 18+. As usual we had some snacks & drinks available. Unfortunately only 1 person came so the event was cut short. But I still wanted to post the questions & some pictures for info. 

I got most of the movie questions from an early 2000's movie quiz book I have & the other questions came from my library stats or online. 

The format that I used was similar to Jeopardy with 6 different numerical amounts for questions points & 5 questions in each group. The questions were split between Books & Movies. 

I'm hoping we can try the event again in the future & get some people to show up. 

Book Trivia Questions
What is the greatest selling nonfiction book of all time?
The Bible

What are the 4 houses of Hogwarts?
Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff

In The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss is from what district?

In The Three Musketeers who along with Athos & Porthos was the third Musketeer?

True/False: You can check out an unlimited number of items with your library card?

What was Dr. Seuss’s full name?
Theodor Seuss Giesel

Which American author wrote The Great Gatsby, published in 1922?
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Diana Prince is the public persona of which fictional superhero?
Wonder Woman

What genre of book is a Nebula award given for?

How many patrons visit the library on average every day?

What musical instrument did Sherlock Holmes play?

Which famous, classic novel begins with this line: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times?
A Tale of Two Cities

What was the first sci-fi novel? Dracula, Frankenstein, Stand on Zanzibar, or Don Quixote

True/False: All the libraries in AZ are connected to each other?

True/False: The library offers online databases through Navajo County?
What does the K in J.K. Rowling stand for?

Manga are a type of comic book from what country?

How many items were in the library collection in 2015?

Our library was built in what year?

Who founded the nation’s first lending library?
Ben Franklin

Jules Verne’s submarine, the Nautilus, is captained by which character?
Captain Nemo

In 1901 the best-selling children’s book of all time came out by Beatrix Potter, what is the title?
Pat the Bunny

Which of these novels would be considered dystopian?
David Copperfield, Little Women, Brave New World, or Anna Karenina
Brave New World

How long is the bookshelf space at the Library of Congress?
838 miles

What book is most often stolen from public libraries?
The Guinness Book of World Records
The writer Eric Blair went by what pen name?
George Orwell

In Lord of the Rings how many members are in the fellowship?

What organization sponsors Banned Books Week every year in September?
The American Library Association or ALA

What is the first name of Mr. Dewey or the Dewey Decimal Classification System?

Put the Top 10 most read books in the world in order?
The Holy Bible, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, The Da Vinci Code, The Twlight Saga, Gone with the Wind, Think & Grow Rich, & The Diary of Anne Frank

Movie Trivia Questions
R2D2 & C3PO are robots from which series of movies?
Star Wars

What is Batman’s real name?
Bruce Wayne

Can you name all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, & Donatello

When the prized mascot of the Miami Dolphins is kidnapped, who comes to the rescue?
Ace Ventura

Return of the Jedi is which number episode in the Star Wars series?

What kind of creature was Keiko in the movie Free Willy?
An orca (Or killer whale)

BruceBanner changes into which comic book superhero?
The Incredible Hulk

Which blockbuster movie was the first to be based on a ride at Walt Disney World?
Pirates of the Caribbean

For which movie did Tom hanks win an Oscar playing opposite a mute character called Wilson?
Cast Away

The movie Jurassic Park was based on the novel of the same name by which author?
Michael Crichton

Name the 7 dwarfs from Snow White
Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, & Grumpy

Based on the famous book by Roald Dahl this character had his own movie in 2016, what is his name?
The Big Friendly Giant or BFG

Who played the part of Harrison Ford’s father in the movie Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade?
Sean Connery

Which Mel Brooks spoof Western movie features a black sheriff & Yiddish speaking Indians?
Blazing Saddles

Who portrayed Doc Holiday in the 1993 movie Tombstone?
Val Kilmer
In which movie does Steve Martin appear as Neil Page, a man who is desperately trying to get home on Thanksgiving?
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

Which movie character promises to stay until the wind changes?
Mary Poppins

Who plays Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies?
Gary Oldman

What novel by Mary Shelley has been turned into at least 20 different horror movies?

Which land of myth and legend is the home of the alien race in the movie Cocoon?
How many searchlights rake the sky in the Twentieth Century Fox logo?

Name the producer/director of movies such as The Dark Crystal who died in 1990 just as he was going to sell his company to Disney
Jim Henson

What speed does Marty McFly have to attain in his car in order to go Back to the Future?
88 MPH

Which Scorsese-directed 1980 movie was based on the novel Wise Guy by Nicholas Pileggi?

What is the name of the theme park that Chevy Chase is taking his family to in the 1983 movie, national Lampoon’s Vacation?
Walley World

Can you name all 12 Disney Princesses?
Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Tiana, Merida, & Moana

Which actor provided the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars movies?
James Earl Jones

What is the repeated phrase said by the students in the Robin Williams movie Dead Poet’s Society?
O Captain My Captain

On which rock & roll music star did Johnny Depp base his Captain Jack Sparrow character on from Pirates of the Caribbean?
Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly is a perfect example of which movie sub-genre?
Spaghetti Western

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Howliday Inn by James Howe

Howliday Inn

Author: James Howe
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Book), Listening Library (Audio)
Year: 1982 (Book), 2004 (Audio)
Genre: Mystery
Age: JUV 8+

This is the second book in the Bunnicula series. It has the same reader for the audio version as the first one, Victor Garber, you might recognize him from the movie Titanic, he played the famous architect Mr. Andrews.
The Monroe's are going on vacation! That means Bunnicula gets to stay with the neighbor & Chester & Harold have to be boarded at the lovely Chateau Bow Wow. On their first night there Chester gives the establishment the worthy nickname of Howliday Inn after hearing the howl of a werewolf in the middle of the night.

They soon get to meet who they think is the werewolf along with the other interesting guests of Howliday Inn. They include one other cat named Lyle, a poodle named Louise, a dog with a southern accent named Max, a crazy dog named Taxi, & a pair of Dachshunds named Howard & Heather. All the animals are being watched by two caretakers named Harrison & Jill.

Things are going ok until one stormy night Louise & Max go missing. They are followed shortly after by poor Chester the following night. That means it's up to Harold to find out what's going on under the surface of Chateau Bow Wow. But can he user his best detective skills & Chester's clues to find the perpetrator before it's too late?

Likes: This book wasn't quite as funny as the first one but it was still good.

It was fun to see more of Harold & Chester along with some other new friends instead of just Bunnicula.

I didn't know who the bad guy was until the very end. It was a refreshing change, usually especially with kids books I know right away & the story isn't as entertaining.

The audio reader was the same as the first & he is pretty good with voices.

Dislikes: -


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Library Update September 2017

There was a lot of things that happened at the library in late August & so far this month so I decided to do one post to catch all of them up!

Family Game Night
This was an event that I had planned based on some people asking if we would hold one. It was originally an adult only event but we opened it up to families hoping to have a bigger turn out. Unfortunately we only had 6 people come but we are hoping to try again in the future & get more people interested.

 We offered drinks & cookies as well as a big assortment of games.

September Adult DIY
This month as per the request of my senior center ladies we made book baskets. They seemed to enjoy it & I had the best turn out so far with 5 people at the senior center class & still only 1 at the library.
Click here to see the instructions that I used.

I was our Book Face Friday picture this week

 This is our new book display that Emma did

The teens had a NASA @ My Library green screen event & all of us staff had fun playing with it too

 September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! Our library has a goal of 150 new library cards & we decided to create a tracker. We are also doing a raffle for anyone that gets a new card & a scavenger hunt.
Click here to learn more about NLCSM.

Adult Trivia Night is my monthly adult event for September & I picked these up to serve as the prizes for the winners. I'll be doing a combo of book & movie trivia

 Yesterday across the street from the library someone jumped the curb & drove through the grass at City Hall then ran into someone's living room with their car! It as an exciting day  

Picture Books I've Read Recently (9/9/2017)

This week I found a few more cute picture books that I decided to read & compile for all of you!
I found a Dr. Seuss book that I had never heard of (which is crazy!), & a few that I have seen several times being checked out by patrons.

Scrambled Eggs Super by Dr. Seuss

I can't believe I've never heard of or seen this Dr. Seuss book before! It's about a boy named Peter T. Hooper who is trying to make the world's best scrambled eggs. That means he needs the eggs from all kinds of fun birds. In true Dr. Seuss style there is crazy pictures, rhyming names, & fun colors contrasted on black & white backgrounds.

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

This book would be great for toddlers or preschoolers, maybe even kinders if they want to show off what they know. The monsters in this book love all kinds of colors. Then they discover that they can mix colors to get new colors. Eventually they get all the colors of the rainbow together. 


A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

This book would be great for older kids, 3rd grade +. Mr. Magee & his dog Dee decide to leave the city & go on a camping trip. But things don't go as planned when a bear comes into camp & it's all down hill from there. This book features rhyming words & fun colorful illustrations.

This author has more books featuring Mr. Magee if you're interested

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

This book is one in a collection of similar stories, one of which I have read. It's a great book for toddlers & preschoolers to get them up & moving. You could easily come up with some actions to perform along with the story. This author is also famous for her books Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. 

These are the other books in this set

Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendell Minor

I saw this book in the picture book bin as I was closing last night & it was adorable! It's a little bit harder on the vocabulary & there are quite a few words per page. I would read this book to an older kid 3rd grade +. The story starts with a picture of day & night together asking the reader if they recognize any of the wildlife they see. Then they break down the daytime & nighttime creatures from the picture, sometimes with a whole page of just one (like the owl). Overall the story is simple & the pictures are beautiful. There is also a glossary of animals in the back of the book. 

Stay tuned for more reviews coming soon!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe


Author: Deborah & James Howe
Publisher: Atheneum Books (book) Random House (audio)
Year: 1978 (book) 2000 (audio)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Age: JUV 8+

This is the story of the Monroe family & their new pet, a vampire bunny rabbit.

The story is told from the dog's point of view, his name is Harold. They also have a cat named Chester, & 2 boys named Toby & Pete. The boys find Bunnicula at the movies when their family goes to watch Dracula one stormy night. They think the name is appropriate despite their mother wanting to name him Fluffy.

It isn't long before Chester starts to notice Bunnicula's weird behavior. Chester being the smart cat that he is, has read a book called The Mark of the Vampire & is convinced that because Bunnicula sneaks out of his cage every night, drains all the juice from vegetables, sleeps during the day, & doesn't like garlic that he is for sure a vampire.

Harold helps Chester in his attempts to convince the family of what Bunnicula really is, but eventually he feels bad for the poor little bunny. In the end it's a happy ending for everyone!
Likes: This book was hilarious! I listened to it on audio & it was short, only 2 disc & about an hour & a half which was perfect for my quick little trip. The dialogue between Harold & Chester was great & Chester being able to read was funny.

The family is oblivious to Bunnicula being a strange rabbit despite Chester doing some very weird & funny things to try & convince them.

I didn't know when I listened to it that it was a series but now I can't wait to read the others! It's a bonus that they are so short, I think they will go quickly.

Dislikes: -


Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017 TBR

This month I plan on reading 7 books but 3 of them are JUV books so they will go fast...I hope!

Nil by Lynne Matson 

Nil Unlocked by Lynne Matson

Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson
 (I have to wait for us to order this one or get it in on ILL)

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

The Menagerie by Tui T. Sutherland

Stay tuned for reviews to follow!