App of the Week – Jetpack Joyride

The App of the Week is back. And to make up for the Mondays I wasn’t here, I decided to go with a fun one. So this week’s app is courtesy of Matt W.jetWhen I started App of the Week, Matt came to me with a few suggestions. This one looks like a  lot of fun. According to Matt, if you like Temple Run or Minion Rush, you’ll like Jetpack Joyride. In this game, you’re battling evil scientists and need to collect coins and avoid death. So far, I’ve died three horrible deaths and collected no coins, but it takes me a while to figure these things out.

The game is free (although there are in app purchases) and available for both iOS and Android.

If you have a suggestion for App of the Week, share it with me!

Bookish Events – Wimpy Edition

For all you Wimpy Kid fans out there (and I know who you are…even you high school students), Jeff Kinney is coming to the area to promote his latest book. He will be appearing on November 4th, courtesy of Children’s Book World in Haverford (my favorite book store). But because they are expecting a lot of Wimpy fans, 1) you must buy a ticket in advance for the event and 2) the event is going to be held at The Horticultural Center, located at 100 N Horticultural Drive Philadelphia, PA 19131.

Tickets will be available starting at 9.30 tomorrow (Saturday, 10/18) morning. They are $16 each and include a copy of The Long Haul.

All the information is on the bookstore’s website.

Classic New Book Friday – Nobel Prize Edition

So, this book has been in the library since last year, but I never got a chance to talk it up. And then, last Friday, the author became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

malalaSo, the book is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. She is the young woman who was shot by the Taliban for going to school and for speaking about the importance of education for girls. The book gives an easy to understand history of the politics of Pakistan. She also talks a lot about her family history which factors into her story because her father was the one who instilled in her the importance of education. He celebrated her birth the same as he celebrated his son’s. He started schools and invited girls to attend.

Last Friday, the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly to Malala and Kailash Satyarthi for their work in making sure children have access to education and are not exploited. Possibly the best press release ever given regarding a Nobel Prize winner was, “Malala will make her first statement after school.

I also highly recommend watching her interview with Jon Stewart. I’m a huge fan of The Daily Show and I have rarely seen Stewart as in awe of a guest as he is while speaking with her. And she has some really amazing things to say.

Classic Book Friday – Newish Edition

There are so many new books in the library right now! I want to tell you all about the new books, but don’t want to neglect the old ones. So I’m compromising. Today’s book is an older book that’s new to our library.

grimmA Tale Dark and Grimm is the first book in Adam Gidwitz’s trilogy that features classic fairy tales with a twist. In this one, Hansel and Gretel enter into eight other fairy tales with some dark and scary results.

I haven’t had a chance to read these books yet (although I did give my niece the whole series for her birthday) and if no one checks this out, it’s going to be my weekend reading. From what I understand it’s really dark and at times really scary, so it should be a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.

New Book Wednesday – Animated Edition

This was one of the books I enjoyed most this summer

simpsonsThe Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets tells the story of the Math geeks behind The Simpsons. Seriously. An inordinate number of Simpsons writers have advanced degrees in Mathematics from places like Harvard, Princeton, and Berkley. Many were researchers before joining the Simpsons team.

As a result, the entire series is peppered with Math jokes. Some can be obvious, others are subtle and meant as a nod to the Math geeks who watch the show. This books chronicles the Math jokes and looks at how they were developed and how they were received. It’s even theorized that Math geeks write better jokes because they see it as a process (and like to show their work!).

If you’re a Simpsons fan and have any appreciation for Math, I highly recommend this book!

New Book Wednesday – SAT Edition

Today’s announcement is a combined college counseling and library announcement. Junior and sophomores will be getting the student’s guide to the PAST in their study skills classes today…and we’ll be administering the PSATs two weeks from today. Don’t panic. And remember that the “P” in PSAT stands for “practice” (okay, technically, I think it’s “preliminary” but po-tay-to, po-tah-to). Either way…they don’t count for anything other than getting a feel for the test.

satFor those who want to practice and get helpful tips on how to take the SAT, we have a bunch of test prep books in the library. The newest one is one that I discovered over the summer. Tutor Ted’s Guide to the SAT. I chose it in large part because within the first few pages, there’s a joke about Justin Bieber. And really, how bad can a test prep book be if they’re bustin’ on the Bieb? Actually, there’s a lot of humor in the book but there’s also a lot of really good advice. So, if you’re looking for a little SAT prep, check this book out.


App of the Week – LibraryWorld

This week’s App of the Week is a practical one. It’s LibraryWorld.

libraryworldLibraryWorld is Hill Top’s library catalog. It’s already available on the web. You can search to see if we’ve got a book from your phone or tablet. The app has a feature that allows you to put a book on hold – you can use this either to request to be the next person to get a book that’s already checked out, or to have me pull a book for you.

The app is available for iOS as well as Android. When you set it up, it will ask for a library name and password. Our name is “hill top” (two words, no capitals) and you can leave the password blank.

This can come in handy when you’re working on a paper and need some more information. Just do a quick search for the topic you’re researching and if you find something, put it on hold and pick it up the next morning!