Thursday, January 04, 2018

Collection Highlight: YA Steampunk

What happens when the future’s technology meets the past? Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction that seamlessly blends the past with the future, bringing robots, airships, and all types of gadgets and gizmos to Victorian England. With this genre you can enjoy the aesthetics of the past without the story being limited by the technological realities of the time!

“Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl.[…] When Emmerich Goss–handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild–needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate will await Petra. Working together in secret, they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council…and their automaton is just the beginning”–Page 4 of cover.

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface. In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.
Want more steampunk? Take a look at these additional titles available in the RPL Teen Scene.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Collection Highlight: YA Fantasy Written by Women

Fantasy is a genre of stories in which humans are not limited by the rules of the real world- and are often not even set in the real world!- and is characterized by fantastical elements. These could be superpowers, mythology, magic, or creatures like mermaids or dragons that do not exist in our world. Fantasy has historically been dominated by male authors whose novels are usually set in a pseudo medieval Europe. Times are changing however, and these women authors are bringing a breath of fresh air to an old genre, and offering representation to groups of people traditionally invisible in fantasy literature along the way!
The Young Elites by Marie Lu is the story of Adelina Amouteru, a survivor a plague that swept her country and took her mother’s life. Like all who survived the plague, she is marked and considered a malfetto, an abomination.  Adelina suddenly finds herself sentenced to death after accidently killing her father when the powers she did not know she had, gifted to her by the gods, go haywire. She is saved by a young man known as The Reaper and is introduced to a group called the Young Elites. Their mission is to fight back against Inquisition Axis who are dedicated to killing off people like Adelina and her new friends.
Serpentine by Cindy Pon is a novel steeped in rich Chinese mythology. Skybright was abandoned by her mother as a baby and taken in by a wealthy family to be raised as their youngest daughter’s handmaiden. As Skybright turns sixteen things begin to change within her, and one night she awakes to find a serpent coil where her legs used to be and the spirits of the dead at her doorstep asking for offerings. She tries to keep the life she lives at night a secret from her family, but the two worlds inevitably collide and Skybright finds herself right in the middle of the mess.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Hunters

Today, September 18th, is National Hide a Book Day! There are a few rules below and then the clues are underneath that!
The library has hidden books throughout town at SIXTEEN local businesses and other places where people can hunt for them and be “Book Hunters.” We have posted clues on where to find the book bags below, so put your thinking caps on! Some businesses are opening in the afternoon, so, hopefully that will give more people a chance to hunt.
If you find the book, please come to this post and let us know that you've found it! Post a picture that you’ve found the book so we can mark it off the list and people can stop looking for it. Then, you can take the book and goodies home with you!
Feel free to post your photo on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtags #hideabookday, #RogersPublicLibrary, and #BookHunters. Also, tag the place you found the book bag so everyone knows how awesome those places are about teaming up with the library.
If you find a book bag, we ask that you let others have a chance to find goodies before you seek out more. You can also read the book and set it free again!
The goodies will be in a bag with our logo on it; a picture of our book bag can be found below the text.
The Children's Library is also having their own Hide a Book Day adventures inside the Children's Library. Be sure and see the Children's librarians for clues!
Have fun hunting! And now, for the moment we've all been waiting for.. THE CLUES!
1. Be sure to ask this place for a free edible cookie dough sample, you’ll experience pure bliss and get the goodie bag!
2. This is the cheesiest place around, but it’s still pretty cool to go eat at.
3. **FOUND AT AKiN's Natural Foods** If you’re “achin'” for something natural, this is a place to go for fresh ingredients.
4. This whole place screams “Kawaii” and the staff is always so bubbly!
5. This place “takes pride” in the fact that you want to “sit, stay, and heel” with them.
6. There is a museum in Rogers where you can find out why BB guns couldn’t be made in the early 1940s. Tell the museum gift shop employee why and you’ll get the goodie bag!
7. If you want to visit the library’s best “Friends,” go here and ask the desk about the goodie bag.
8. When you want your morning drink to be a little “bolder,” go here and they’ll fix you up a cup.
9. It may seem strange to go to a farm animal for decorating advice, but walk in and this place will help you on the dot—er, spot.
10. This “noble” place is a great place to be surrounded by thousands of words for hours.
11. If you’re looking for loose leaf to fill your mug, this place fits you to a “T.”
12. If you’re wondering about the history of our town, this is a great place to start. You can also find a goodie bag here.
13. This cozy shop sells everything from old to new, antique to vintage. They probably sell the Barn door too!
14. If you hear the train a’comin’, but your nose is stuck in a book, you’re probably here.
15. You can’t see the mountains from here, but you can enjoy some local brew that’s made from hard work.
16. **HAS BEEN FOUND AT Yum Yo's in Rogers** You can create your own YUMmy frozen concoction to satisfy yo’ sweet tooth here.