A long, long time from now in a theater far, far away... 
So the newest Star Wars movie Episode VII, is slated for release in December 2015. I for one cannot wait that long to get my Star Wars fix. If you feel the same way, here are some ideas.



Drop by any one of the Louisville Free Public libraries and check out a Star Wars book. I personally recommend starting with The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers which takes place directly after the events in Return of the Jedi or The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton. Also, the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn was a favorite of mine as a teen, the first in the series being Heir to the Empire.

If you want something a little more updated, try a Star Wars graphic novel, like Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison by W. Haden Blackman. LFPL carries graphic novels and fiction spanning the entire timeline of the franchise, from the Clone Wars and on past Return of the Jedi to include Leia and Han’s children! Here is a great list of Star Wars books separated by Star Wars history.

You could also check out a nonfiction book like the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by Simon Beecraft and hone up on your Star Wars trivia. Or if you want a hilarious take on Star Wars try Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown.

For a fun craft try these snowflakes. Decorate your room or house for the holidays, Star Wars style.

The official Star Wars website is filled with fantastic games, activities, crafts and info.

You could also check a Star Wars movie at the library, have some friends over and make some death star popcorn balls.

May the Force be with you!

-Heather Lee, Children's Librarian, St Matthews Branch

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Creative Families 
Few artistic creations spring fully formed out of their creator’s heads, like Athena, with no previous influences. Often, a long chain of inspiration and cultural heritage influences the works that we watch, see, or read. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on what influences something you like, and not just because it helps you understand it. Exploring the artistic genealogy of a work that you like is a great way to find new things to be a fan of. Here are just a few artistic family trees – you can make one for your favorite creative work, too - click here!

Once you have, you can even work your way up the tree, and you’ll never run out of entertainment.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians Family


Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians books represent the latest in a long line – stretching back over 2500 years – of adaptations of Greek Mythology. Although Riordan wasn’t around to hear the Greek Myths told, himself, he certainly read adaptations, going back to Greek and Roman sources.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, though. A direct adaptation is a relatively faithful re-telling of another work. A book being remade as a movie is an example of a direct adaptation: the movie might leave some things out, or make some changes, but it will pretty much follow the original plot. An example of a direct adaptation is Grant Morrison’s 18 Days series by Graphic India. (Published on YouTube.) 18 Days is a retelling of the Mahabharata – one of the epic myth cycles of Hinduism, along with the Ramayana. Although both Percy Jackson and 18 Days are based on a source, the Percy Jackson series isn’t a straight re-telling of the Greek myths, but rather uses them as an artistic inspiration. 18 Days, however, follows the same plot as the Mahabharata, even though it chooses to tell the story in a different style (kind of like a sci-fi shadow puppet show).

You can do this with authors, artists, or directors, as well as books or movies! If you went to see a horror movie this Halloween season, it could probably trace its roots back to Charlotte Brontë or Edgar Allan Poe.

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Easy, At-Home DIY Crafts 
Looking for some super easy crafts to do? These are some of my favorite crafts, and – bonus - you should have all, or most, of these items already in your house!



Feeling like making some art for your room? Try these links!


Need something cool to wear? Try these links!


-Lynette, Teen Services, Shawnee Branch

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Teen Tech Tips #35 Tech License Manual: 10 New Tricks 
Welcome back to the blog! As you can see we have been enjoying some awesome featured Halloween reads, but now it's time to get back into some techy fun.




Our very first Teen Tech Tips blog post featured some keyboard short cuts to help you save time and work more efficiently. Click here for a review.

We are happy to share David Pogue's TED Talk from Febraury of this year as an update and addition.

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Book Review of Playground: The Mostly True Story of a Former Bully 


Playground by 50 Cent is all about Butterball, a husky bully who thinks that name is much cooler than what is printed on his birth certificate. His teachers even call him Butterball. He’s the new kid at school and to keep kids from messing with him, he gets to them first. He’s a smart kid; he just does dumb stuff. Butterball's antics have gotten him into some serious trouble: suspension and required regular visits with a therapist. At home, things are just as disastrous.

His parents are not together. His father is not nearly as concerned with his son as he should be, and Butterball has completely lost the trust of his mother. Somehow, Butterball manages to weasel the trust of his mother once more, and she allows him to attend a party. Of course, he messes up. That’s what Butterball does. He wouldn’t be Butterball if he didn’t. A plan did not work out, the joke is on him, and the tables have turned: he is now the victim of bullying, and there’s nothing he can do about it.

-Alexis Austin, Teen Services, Okolona Branch


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