Archive for May 25, 2010

Glee take 2 on June 4th

Where are my Gleeks?
On Friday, June 4th from 4-6:00 PM we are having a Glee party – showing 2 favorite episodes for the hit Fox tv show Glee.
You guys can choose which ones you want to watch.
Please stop by and tell a fellow Gleek to come along! (How awesome are the guest stars this season? Neil Patrick Harris was hysterical last week…)
And a fun Glee-related site:
What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear?

Twilight: the book that won’t die!

If you have 10 minutes to spare (give or take), you can flip through the latest addition to the Twilight saga’s multimedia empire – volume 1 of the new graphic novel adaptation of Twilight.
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Having seen the movie and read the books, this didn’t improve upon what’s been done before, but it did offer a more romantic and fantastical look at the story. The art work was quite nice and I especially liked how the artist Young Kim rendered Edward’s sparkly skin. There is spare use of color, but when color was used, it did serve to highlight the meadow and Edward’s eye color in a way that the black and white pencil drawings could not. The first volume ends after the scene in the meadow, so stay tuned for the next installment in volume 2.
Twi-hards everywhere will pick this one up, just because. It’s a fun diversion, but is it necessary? Meh.

Everything old is new again?

As a teenager, I loved all things vintage and thrifted. My friends and I used to go into the city to check out the vintage clothing stores downtown like (the now sadly out-of business) Canal Jeans and Andy’s Chee-Pees (which…not so cheap.) We would check out the local vinyl record stores, such as Mr. Cheapo, and we’d try to play our parents’ LPs at home when they’d let us.
Turns out, this is still a trend:
“Vinyl album sales were up 33 percent last year, to their highest level since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking them in 1991, thanks in no small part to independent retailers and the campaigning of artists and store owners to remind music fans about the importance of albums and record stores” GLENN GAMBOA. (2010, April 16). Check out vinyl on Record Day. Newsday.
That’s why I was so excited to read two new books that touch upon this wonderful world of retro stuff. Using the backdrop of vintage clothing and record stores, these books have all the makings of a fun summer read – a little romance, wacky characters, and wonderfully descriptive details about the clothing and records featured in the book.
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz.
“Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes–her own and her mother’s–her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.”
Allie is a likeable protagonist with an encyclopedic knowledge of old records. When I read this book, I had to keep running to the computer to learn more about the albums and artists mentioned in the book. Many visits to YouTube and later, I felt that I learned something about music history just by reading the book. The story was fast-paced and even had a mystery woven into it. Highly recommended for music buffs especially.
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Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl.
“After getting a job at a vintage clothing shop and quickly bonding with two older girls, fifteen-year-old Veronica finds herself making bad decisions in order to keep their friendship.”
They had to make Veronica quirky and overweight, didn’t they? Sigh. I guess it added a little more depth to her character, and offered a commentary about how the clothing styles of the past flattered a rounder physique. The clothing is artfully described and there are elements of love and betrayal here, making this an overall enjoyable read.
But now you might want to go shopping! Besides exploring the internet for Ebay and Craigslist finds, let me present you with a list of options to fill your retro cravings.
Here are the local record stores:
Looney Tunes – 31 Brookvale Ave., West Babylon, 631-587-7722
CD Island – 228 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-678-9445
Long Island Vinyl Exchange – 275 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, 631-486-3711
Soundtraks – 356 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-427-1313
Utopia – 3 Newbridge Rd., Hicksville, 516-935-6680; and 2436 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-467-5463
Infinity Records – 510 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-221-0634
Mr. Cheapo CD & Record Exchange – 46 Jericho Tpke., Commack, 631-543-8686; and 134 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-742-7670
Record Stop – 279 Portion Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma, 631-585-3294
And here are some thrift shops on Long Island:
Island Thrift – 700 Suffolk Avenue, Brentwood
Selden Thrift – 614 Middle Country Road, Selden, NY, (631) 736-3979.
Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop – 1395 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, (516) 621-4890
Twin Pines Consumer Association Thrift Shop – 382 Main Street, Port Washington, (516) 883-9777.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop – 1424 New York Avenue, Huntington Station, (631) 385-1226.
Other St. Vincent de Paul thrift shops are located at:
21-60 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY, (516) 746-8250
1705 Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY, (631) 858-0380 and
259 Broadway, Bethpage, NY, (516) 681-2101
Community Thrift Shop – 274 New York Avenue, Huntington,(631) 271-4883.
The Salvation Army Thrift Shops – The Salvation Army has multiple thrift shops in Long Island. They sell clothing, shoes, furniture and household items.
Salvation Army – Nassau County –
462 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, (516) 354-9498
94 Front Street, Hempstead, (516) 481-7600, extension 355
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

The Lovely Bones Movie Review

The debate rages on: which one was better, the book or the movie? Hollywood loves to crank out movies based on best-sellers. As a librarian, it usually causes the following:
1. Everyone who saw the movie or anyone planning to see the movie wants to read the book. This is understandable, but not unique.
2. In addition, some people who have already read the book decide to re-read it before seeing the movie.
3. Everyone comes to the library requesting the book.
4. The book is out. Sorry. I can add you to the waiting list.
5. Everyone is sad.
It’s a fact, we cannot keep up with the mad rush when a very popular book is re-popularized and transformed into a movie. Especially when 9 times out of 10, the book is better. People want to compare it to the movie, see if parts were left out, changed, made better, or worse. But sometimes a movie really delivers.
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I felt that way about the movie version of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy – another great adaptation.)
Without giving away too much, the plot centers around the life and untimely death of 14-year-old Susie Salmon in 1973. When the story begins, she is already dead, so I’m not giving away a major plot point here. The book is suspenseful and sad and yet retains a hopefulness throughout the story. As much as it is a book about Susie’s death and the aftermath, it celebrates life.
In this way, the movie version truly shines. Peter Jackson and his team of CGI wizards really knocked this one out of the park. The saturated colors and dreamscapes are really quite heavenly to behold. The acting was spot-on and the lead characters were well-cast. Every time Stanley Tucci’s character Mr. Harvey was on screen, he sent chills down my spine. And many of you are too young to remember Mr. Mark Wahlberg as the beloved Marky Mark with his Funky Bunch, but he was actually really sympathetic as a young father suffering the loss of a daughter.
Anyway, the movie is rated PG-13 and the book is on the summer reading list and I would love to hear if anyone agrees that the book and the movie were as well matched as I do.
In other news, I finally read The Time Traveler’s Wife – anyone see the movie?
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian