Monthly Archives: October 2012

Harry Potter Club

At our Harry Potter Club this month we made these really cool Lumos/Nox lightswitch plates that I found via Pinterest. A very talented person made the original picture on her computer and printed it out to put on a lightswitch plate. I took the picture of her finished product and printed it out (making it the correct size for my plate) and glued it on. 🙂

I purchased the plates at Walmart – they are pretty cheap. I bought a few regular ones, oversized and ones with the large opening in case any of the kids had those in their rooms. They all had the normal ones at home so we used all regular oversized. 🙂

I printed them out for the kids and had them cut them out. (I cut out the middle for the switch with the exacto knife.) Then they used elmers glue to glue the picture onto the plate. Once that was done, we used modge podge (which is the greatest thing ever) and a sponge brush to cover the entire plate, including all the edges to seal the paper on. When they dried, which was pretty quick, they are hard – shelac-like.

They had the option of painting their own picture on the plate, but they all wanted the pre-made one. Fine by me!! Less mess to clean up.

While we waited for them to dry, we did some Harry Potter Trivia (from the first & second books.)

Lumos/Nox lightswitch plate

 

1 Comment

Filed under Children's, Crafts, Harry Potter Club, Library, Middle Grade Books

YA Fiction Review

The Dark UnwindingThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn’t have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this story. I thought the characters were very well done. The main character was interesting because she wasn’t your typical saintly, innocent heroine. She had a job to do and her own interests to look after, especially in a time when females typically had no income without a husband or someone to take care of them.

It was a well-told tale, full of intruging imagery and mysteries that kept me wondering. I did crave a bit more darkness and maybe some more romance. But it is still a creepy and chilling tale, without even being supernatural, which is usually the case for these types of Victorian/Gothic/Clock-work-ish novels. Because of this, I would recommend it for younger teens +.

View all my reviews

Leave a comment

Filed under Authors, Book Design, Book Reviews, Teen, Tweens, YA Books

Lego Club – Food Challenge!

This is from a few months ago. I was so impressed with what some of these kids came up with!

Whenever we have Lego Club, I put a LEGO CHALLENGE on the dry-erase board. Some kids choose to try the challenge, but most kids just make whatever they want. It’s totally up to them. Usually my challenges are completely last-minute. This one just happened to turn out awesome!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Children's, Lego Club, Library

New Addition to the Family……

Meet Marla

because our bernese mountain dog wasn’t quite big enough….

Leave a comment

Filed under My Boring/Crazy Life

Banned Books Week

Here’s this year’s Teen Banned Books display. I used the same board from last year but updated the display books with quotes on the covers to show why they were banned or challenged. Also, I took some old books from the book sale room (ones that were headed for the dumpster anyways) and re-purposed them for the teen area. I will probably use them every year now, because the effect was pretty cool! (Also – the books spell out BANNED BOOK WEEK instead of BANNED BOOKS WEEK. – BOOKS was an odd number so I skipped the S. I think it’s still OK.)

And let me just say that the reasons for these bans or challenges are very silly, obviously. Especially the one for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. The quote says it “glorifies premarital sex.” Um…..obviously someone didn’t read the book because it pretty much does THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE!  Grr.

Leave a comment

Filed under Authors, LGBTQ, Library, Teen, YA Books