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Just in is When I Was the Greatest, by Jason Reynolds. It’s about three teens in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy– one who enjoys boxing, one who enjoys comic books, and one whose therapeutic knitting is for his Tourette’s syndrome–who must face the consequences of attending a dangerous party. Here’s the description, courtesy of Goodreads:

Author Jason Reynolds

Author Jason Reynolds

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on yourhead—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up thepieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it. Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should’ve been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.
Find it in the YS New Book shelf upstairs with the call number of Jh REY. You can always ask a librarian for help finding items.

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It’s almost time for BBC’s Sherlock to premiere in the U.S. on PBS (January 19th at 9pm, then January 26th and February 2nd). I decided to gather some of the many Sherlock Holmes movies, TV series, and books and audiobooks we have at Lisle. As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is so popular and has existed since movies began (Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in 1887), we have a lot of the famous detective in our library. Just search for Sherlock Holmes in the catalogue; you can specify whether you want books or DVDs or musical CDs (such as the BBC Sherlock soundtracks).Benedict Cumberbatch

Television and Movies:

-We have the first two seasons of Sherlock on DVD (DVD SHE)

Elementary: The complete first season. This American show features a British Sherlock Holmes assisting the NYPD with Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu).

MORE: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (DVD ADV), a 1984 Sherlock Holmes series; Young Sherlock Holmes (DVD YOU), where Watson and Sherlock meet as young men; and Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (DVD SHE), the recent, action-packed movies with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.


The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Jh DOY). Twenty-three Sherlock stories by Doyle.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (M DOY BK GRP-on the book group shelf at the Reference Desk; also on audiobook under M DOY)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (M DOY)

Death Cloud, by Andrew Lane (Jh LAN): Told in the tone of Doyle’s books, teenage Sherlock must investigate a mysterious, deathly cloud.

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye: an Enola Holmes Mystery, by Nancy Springer (Jh SPR): Sherlock Holmes’ sister searches for a missing duchess.

The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz (M HOR): The author of the “Alex Rider” series gives us a mystery from Watson’s point of view.

The Sign of the Four: A Sherlock Holmes graphic novel (GN EDG): adapted from the original novel by Doyle.

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, by Maria Konnikova (153.4 KON) in nonfiction. We can learn from Sherlock Holmes how to improve our mental capabilities.

Keeping with the photography theme of the month, I’ve included a photo of Benedict Cumberbatch (one of the stars of BBC’s Sherlock) from this post from our Front Street Teens blog.

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If you’re in the mood for movies with some interesting creatures this month, let me briefly remind or inform you about Studio Ghibli. This Japanese studio, co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki and others in 1985, includes clever, funny, and visually interesting animated films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rspiritedawayosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, and several more. You’ll find walking houses, half-human half-pig people, nature spirits, cat buses, dragons, witches and wizards, sea goddesses, monsters, and Borrowers. (All of these movies listed above are at Lisle Library. If you can’t find a Studio Ghibli or Miyazaki film at Lisle, you can ask at the Reference Desk downstairs to see if it can be sent here from another library through inter-library loan.) One of Studio Ghibli’s newest releases at Lisle is From Up on Poppy Hill, currently on the two-day loan shelf. I used to think these films were just for little kids, but I was hugely mistaken; they are really great to enjoy with family or friends, especially this month when you might have some time off.

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If you visit the lower level, you might have noticed that in the study room window next to the graphic novels, there’s a monthly display (in the window), and most of the time, a running theme for posts on the blog.   Last month, the Daily Dewey sent curious readers around our nonfiction section.     And I’ll bet that this month, you were expecting some kind of wintry theme, like books with cold-weather settings ….. or holidays books.

Nope.   I think we all get enough of that as it is.  

So, this month’s feature is Fantastical Creatures.   I’ll be posting regularly on the blog to feature different features and different books.  So, we’ll be exploring such things as dragons, mermaids, kelpies, and an assortment of other wonderful beasts.


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Here are two intriguing books presently on our new nonfiction shelf (downstairs by the circulation desk):historydecoded

1) History Decoded: Solving the Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, by Brad Meltzer and Keith Ferrell (001.9 MEL New Nonfiction): Written by thriller author and host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, Meltzer, along with Ferrell, briefly discuss evidence for history’s mysteries and conspiracies, such as the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy, Area 51, missing Confederacy gold, and Hitler’s search for the Spear of Destiny. Adding to the fun are the documents tucked in fake leather satchels at the beginning of each chapter, documents with real evidence for each case.

2) How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction, by Liisa Ladouceur (398.45 LAD New Nonfiction): Ladouceur explores how vampires have been killed in folk tales, novels such as Dracula, Anne Rice books, and Twilight, TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood, and old horror films. Ladouceur also delves into superstition, why vampires were created, and how to protect oneself against them. A short, fun read for your Fangsgiving break.

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Our November display theme down by the Teen section is The Daily Dewey.   Melvill Dewey will be making appearance in our nonfiction section of the library throughout the month of November.   Look to the number of that day, and then see if you can spot him!

Daily Dewey

Do you win a special prize?  No!  But, you reap the reward of discovering some cool books, which you might never have seen before.    And hey, it means you were smart enough to find Melvill hiding in the stacks!

So who the heck was Melvill Dewey?   Well …. does the Dewey Decimal System ring a bell?   If you’ve ever looked for a book here in the library and noticed it had a number on the spine (like 917.93 AND) then you’ve been using his system.   Melvill Dewey was born in 1851 and was an educator and librarian and his Dewey system basically assigns numerical categories to subjects.  (Like, 500s are where you find science books.)  You can read all about him on Wikipedia, but it’s enough just to know that he was a pretty smart guy who came up with an system of organizing things that we still use today.

So, throughout the month of November, you can find the Daily Dewey number down in the window by the graphic novels (lower level, corner) and then see if you can locate him in the stacks.  And you just might find some cool book you never knew you were looking for in the process.


And a thank you goes out from me to Miss Ingrid, the Magpie Librarian, for her original display idea.  Without her, I wouldn’t have had so much fun with Mr. Dewey this month.

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Back in June, Front Street Teens shined a spotlight on our library’s super collection of superhero graphic novels. If that interested you, you might enjoy Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture, by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor:

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and more: the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name that tells the story of superheroesthe superhero in American popular culture.

Together again for the first time, here come the greatest comic book superheroes ever assembled between two covers: down from the heavens—Superman and the Mighty Thor—or swinging over rooftops—the Batman and Spider-Man; star-spangled, like Captain America and Wonder Woman, or clad in darkness, like the Shadow and Spawn; facing down super-villains on their own, like the Flash and the Punisher or gathered together in a team of champions, like the Avengers and the X-Men!

Based on the three-part PBS documentary series Superheroes, this companion volume chronicles the never-ending battle of the comic book industry, its greatest creators, and its greatest creations. Covering the effect of superheroes on American culture—in print, on film and television, and in digital media—and the effect of American culture on its superheroes, Superheroes: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture appeals to readers of all ages, from the casual observer of the phenomenon to the most exacting fan of the genre. (Summary courtesy of Goodreads.)

One great thing about this book is the colorful images featured on every page along with the text, from the more light-hearted strips to images from the gritty The Dark Knight. Learn more about comic book, graphic novel, and superhero history by finding this book on the new non-fiction shelf downstairs (call number=741.5 MAS).

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