Anime Alliance Assemble!

Just a reminder that the Anime Alliance meets on Tues., May 3, and Thurs., May 5, @ 6:30 PM. We’ll be watching and discussing the fantasy series The Slayers: Revolution – hope to see you there!


Teen Talent on Display in May!

Just a reminder that our Third Annual Talent Show is on May 12 at 6:30 PM!  Every year, teens have featured their talents and every year it’s been a FANTASTIC time for all involved. Several teens have even gotten standing ovations!

Can you paint? Draw? Take photographs? Create dioramas? Sing? Dance? Write a story? Tell a story? Play an instrument? Gargle the “Star Spangled Banner” while juggling lemurs? Whatever your talent, you have two weeks to polish it and get it ready!

If you need the use of a computer, electrical outlets, etc., just let me know and we’ll do what we can!

Remember: May 12! See you then!


The Anime Alliance Needs YOU!

As many of  you know, the Anime Alliance gets its anime FREE from Operation Anime. We’d like your input as to which anime YOU’D like to see at the Anime Alliance, which meets the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Here is a list of the selections available from Operation Anime. Please respond to this post and let me know which anime you’d come to see!


(Please note: we are not going to feature anime that are either given a mature (MA) or 18+ age rating. Just sayin’.)


TAG Tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder that the Teen Advisory Group meets tomorrow at 6:30 PM.

Teens–make the DeKalb Public Library work for you! Come and let us know which books, graphic novels and manga, magazines, music, movies, programs, and more that YOU’D like to see at the DeKalb Public Library.

See you there!


Manga Pioneer Tokyopop Shuts Down U.S. Publishing

Some of you may remember that the first teen program at DeKalb Public Library was “Heroes @ Your Library,” a graphic novel discussion group that ran for the equivalent of 4 school years–quite a long time. The second time we offered this program, the predominant interest was manga, and I remember reading quite a lot of manga for these discussions.

Well, I have sad news. One of the most prolific publishers of manga in the U.S., Tokyopop, is closing its doors in the states.While Viz arguably introduced manga to the greater part of the U.S. in the mid-1980s, it was Tokyopop who took that momentum and turned it into a steamroller of popular culture and swept the nation with manga-mania.

But sadly, all good things must come to an end. Thank you, Tokyopop, for over a decade of Japanese comics. We’ll miss you.


HELP WANTED!: KEYS is looking for a few good teens

The DeKalb County KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed) is looking for youth to assist with a local project.

Youth need to register by April 15th.

WHO: DeKalb County youth, ages 12 to 18  (need 10-15 youth)

WHAT: Youth will conduct evaluations to assist KEYS in identifying local “Youth Friendly Businesses.”  We need youth (all asset levels) to tell us what expectations they have as a consumer.  As an evaluator, youth will visit local businesses, record their “customer” experiences, and gather other relevant information that will help determine how our local businesses support the youth of our community.

Training session 1: Monday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Training session 2: Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Conduct 2-3 evaluations: April 21 – May 8 (flexible)
Meet to discuss evaluations: Week of May 9, evening
KEYS Asset Builders Awards*: Friday, May 27, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
(*this date is optional, but we would like to have youth participate in the presentation at awards ceremony)

WHERE: All training sessions and follow up meetings will take place at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.  Evaluations will take place in the DeKalb/Sycamore area.

WHY: We are interested in finding local businesses that meet the criteria of a “youth friendly business.”  A youth-friendly business treats teenage customers with respect, hires youth, encourages their school success and helps prepare them for future careers.

Youth Friendly Businesses intentionally connect with youth and families.   Businesses seek to find ways of connecting in positive ways with youth and families, and giving them employment opportunities and education around job seeking skills. 

Business benefits when young people develop leadership skills and share their enthusiasm and unique perspectives. Businesses need young people for their energy, ideas, skills and ability to learn. Young people are also key customers for many businesses. 

Contact Mary Hess to get involved in this project.
815.756.9577, ext. 38


Hogfather (DVD Review)

Hogfather – a review by OD

It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa-Claus-with-Tusks is nowhere to be found.  Naturally, it’s up to the Grim Reaper to fill his big black boots by providing socioeconomically appropriate gifts for all the cynical little kiddies.  Meanwhile, a wizard, a locksmith, a pair of thieves, and an assassin break into the Tooth Fairy’s castle at the behest of four metaphysical accountants, and it’s up to a lone governess to pick up the old sword and cloak in order to stop their plot, all the while leaving you to struggle to wake up from this LSD-induced fever dream before- No, wait, this the actual plot of the movie.

Yes, world-renowned fantasy author Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather has been adapted into a movie!  As a slavering fan boy, this news made me positively cringe with glee.  One of the best books by my single favourite author is being turned into a movie!

… boiled down into a film that’s half as many minutes long as the book is pages…

Are you insane?  How could this be anything less than a tragic disappointment that will leave me huddled in a corner, sobbing gently into the book, cursing myself for falling for the allure of yet another book-turned-movie?

It was made for Sky One, that’s how!  Perhaps it’s just that I haven’t read the Hogfather book for two years, but, amazingly, the UK television channel seems to have continued its practice of producing faithful representations of its source material, even keeping much of the book’s original scripting.  Sure, there were bits left out, there had to be (of particular disappointment to me was the removal of the Beggars’ Guild subplot), but what remains is so lovingly reproduced that I have difficulty finding fault.  (Okay, there is the matter of Teatime’s voice.  And Nobby Nobbs.  But it’s still really very good.)

I’m told that the plot can be confusing for those who aren’t familiar with the mechanics of Discworld, particularly those concerning belief, but not enough so as to impede its being a thoroughly amusing holiday(-ish) tale of magic, metaphysics, and assassinations.

(Interested in the book? Come to the DeKalb Public Library and check it out!)


Anime Alliance Tomorrow!

Hope to see everyone for Tower of Druaga! 6:30 PM promptly, with snacks!


Anyone Going to C2E2?

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, anyone?

I’ll be there Saturday, March 19. Will you?

Wizard World, eat your heart out.


Video Games & Magazines!

Did you know that our youth services dept. has Wii games for rent? We do.

Did you know that the library subscribes to the following video game magazines:

Game Informer


Nintendo Power

And not only can you read them here, you can check them out too!

So what are you waiting for?