Friday, October 10, 2014

Coming soon...literary events!

On Saturday, October 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista branch...


Join us for a Local Authors' Showcase in the meeting room of the Buena Vista Branch Library. There will be more than 50 authors of books on a variety of topics. Discover new books! Connect with new authors! What do you like to read? Mysteries or science fiction? Fantasy or romance? Fiction or nonfiction? Children's books or Young Adult? Stop by and help us celebrate the written word!

And the following week...

Literature hits the streets of the North Hollywood Arts District at the second annual
Lit Crawl LA: NoHo. On Wednesday, October 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., thousands of Angelenos from all corners of the city (and some Burbankians from right next door!) are expected to come out for a night of literary mayhem.

It’s a choose-your-own-literary-adventure experience, with more than 25 restaurants, theaters, galleries, and other venues within a walkable area showcasing the best of L.A.’s thriving contemporary literature scene at more than 30 literary events.

The participating groups will share fiction, poetry, plays, and everything in between. They include The Rumpus, 826LA, Los Angeles Review of Books, Avenue 50’s Poesía Para La Gente, Homeboy Industries, PEN Center USA, The World Stage, Tongue & Groove, The New Short Fiction Series, Hot Dish, Beyond Baroque, Cal State Northridge Alumni Writers, and more!

Lit Crawl L.A.: NoHo is FREE, and happens in three 45-minute rounds. Guests can hang out at one venue to see one presentation during each round, or “crawl” from venue to venue.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Times: Round 1, 7:00 pm; Round 2, 8:00 pm; Round 3, 9:00 pm. Closing Party at 10:00
Location: NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, CA
Cost: FREE
Public Transportation: Go Metro to Lit Crawl L.A. via the Metro Red Line, the Metro Orange Line, and Metro Bus.

Burbank Public Library is pleased to be one of this year's sponsors, and you will see Carey, Arsine, and Melissa E. at one of the venues (which one is still to come). We are getting a list of specifically teen-friendly venues and will post them here as we get closer.

For more information, including a list of venues, visit their website at !

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10-12 Book Club Report

Our consensus in the 10-12 Book Club was that although the idea for The Butterfly Clues, by Kate Ellison, was interesting, as was its protagonist (Penelope, nicknamed Lo), hanging out inside the thoughts of a girl with extreme OCD and paranoid tendencies was hard going (and kind of irritating--tap tap tap BANANA!). We also felt that the plot reveals were so telescoped that they were no longer even remotely a surprise by the time they happened. As Mason put it, "There were eight or nine characters at the beginning of the book, and by the end there were half that many, because they all turned into each other! And I saw every one coming."

We are all excited to read More Than This, by Patrick Ness, this coming month (when John Green says "Just read it!" we will comply!), and for November the club followed the lead of the 8+9ers and selected I Am the Weapon, by Allen Zadoff.

Other books we considered:
The Story of Us, by Deb Caletti
Meet Me at the River, by Nina de Gramont
Reality Boy, by A. S. King
Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Book Clubs!

It's time for our next meetings--do you believe it?

10-12 Book Club meets THIS TUESDAY, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. at Buena Vista in the story time room. We will be discussing The Butterfly Clues, by Kate Ellison, and will be receiving More Than This, by Patrick Ness.

6+7 Book Club meets NEXT Tuesday, October 14, this time at the CENTRAL Library in the auditorium, and we will discuss Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, and will receive Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld.

8+9 Book Club meets next WEDNESDAY, October 15. Our book is I Am the Weapon, by Allen Zadoff, and next we will read The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

So--come prepared to discuss your book! Remember to let us know beforehand if you are not coming! See you then!