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Graphically Speaking: From Page to Screen, summer movies based on graphic novels

I am in *love* with movies that are based off of comics and graphic novels. Nothing makes me happier than an excellent adaptation of them, and nothing ticks my inner geek off more than a crappy one. And it’s such an excellent way to tie those readers who swear they aren’t readers (or don’t think they are) into reading and browsing your collection!  We have such a wonderful line-up of movies coming through, you should definitely see what you have and tie it into your display! (And, superheros and mystery and secret identities and plots all work for the Collaborative Summer Reading Program themes….)
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Based on the Iron Man Extremis storyline
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Man of Steel isn’t going to be based off of *any* of the previous histories, but uses the same characters we’re all familiar with, according to this article.   Random House and DC is also doing a Superman Day for libraries on June 15.
RED 2 
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The comics may not be suitable for a teen collection, but I know my older teens (older ya) and new adults (college age and up) love the movie based on Ellis and Hamner’s works.
One that *just* released a trailer is Rest In Peace Department, all undead officers working to uphold the law on the other side.   It’s to star Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Bridges, and is set for a July 2013 release.
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 The Wolverine 

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 is based off of Chris Claremont’s acclaimed 1982 Wolverine story arc, set after X-Men: last Stand (2006); there have also been animation versions of what could be some of the storyline airing on television’s G4 channel in the last few years.
Kick Ass 2
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Following the first movie, which drew huge criticism for having a nine-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl, Kick Ass 2 is amping it up and following the comics right along the storylines, if the trailers are any indication.

And that, my friends, takes us until the end of the summer, at least graphically speaking….  BOOK WISE is a WHOLE ‘NOTHER story…
Which ones are you looking forward to?  Share in the comments below!

TPiB: Collaborative Summer Reading Program Movie Ideas

If you’re in one of the states that is participating in the Collaborative Summer Reading Program like I am, you are already thinking of ways to bring creative (and cheap) programming into your rotation.  The manual has some wonderful ideas, and if you’re on pinterest there are TONS of boards.  I’m always scouring for movie ideas: we have the movie license so that’s paid for, the movies can either be rolled into the summer reading budget or into my materials order so I have the movie, and if I add in a craft and a few tables for my gamers, my teens are set!

I’ve pulled together a TON of movies that will work for family, tween (through twelve- my definition), and teen nights using an ‘underground” theme, which fits into both Dig Into Reading and Beneath the Surface!  Think of anymore, share in the comments!

 Family Movie Suggestions (G & PG):
A Bug’s Life
Alice in Wonderland
Beetlejuice (might need a special warning because it was made before there was a PG-13; it does have an Fbomb in there)
The Corpse Bride
Gnomeo and Juliet
How to Train Your Dragon
James and the Giant Peach
Journey 2- Mysterious Island
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
National Treasure
Peter Pan
Raiders of the Lost Ark (might need a special warning on sign if for a family night since it was made before the PG-13 label- some scenes are intense)
Spiderwick Chronicles
Wreck It Ralph
Teen Movies (PG-13 rating):
10,000 BC
Batman/ Dark Knight
Blood and Chocolate
Bourne series
Brothers Grimm
Chronicles of Riddick
Clash of the Titans
Death Becomes Her
Deep Impact
Disaster Movie
Drag Me To Hell
Eight legged Freaks
Fifth Element
Forbidden Kingdom
Ghost Rider
GI Joe
Hunt for Red October
I am Legend
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
James Bond movies
Jurassic Park
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
King Kong
Lara Croft
Lord of the Rings triology
Lovely Bones
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Min in Black series
Mission Impossible series
Mortal Kombat
Mummy series
Mystery Men
Prince of Persia
Red Dawn
Scorpion King
Skeleton Key
Snow White and the Huntsman
Sucker Punch
Terminator Salvation
The Fog
Time Machine
Total Recall
Transformers series
True Grit
Vampire’s Assistant
Van Helsing
War of the Worlds
Wicker Man
Wild Wild West
Note:  All movies listed are covered under Movie Licensing USA.  If you do not have a public performance license, please purchase one before showing movies for programs or use movies that are in the public domain.  Do not get invaded by the authorities.
Special Note:  while the MPAA ratings are guidelines and not law, a majority of libraries are not able to show R rated movies to teens without permissions slips or at all.  All suggestions are at the most PG-13.

TPiB: Story Terrariums (guest post by Erinn Batykefer at The Library as Incubator Project)

Every Friday in March we are teaming up with The Library as Incubator Project to bring you a new craft idea that you can do with your tweens and teens.  Today, Erinn Batykefer is walking you through making Story Terrariums.  Next week: Instagram crafts.

“Beneath the Surface” is such an evocative theme. Some of the most captivating YA literature I’ve read in the past few years delves into the idea of everyday reality concealing a mysterious other world–a world that is just barely hidden beneath the surface.

Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone has become one of my favorite books (as has the brutal and nuanced follow-up, Days of Blood and Starlight) precisely for this reason. Now, when I see art students with wildly colored hair carrying sketchbooks around at coffee shops or at the library, I wonder if perhaps they wished their hair green or pink, and what strange other worlds their sketchbooks might illustrate. It makes my world more exciting to wonder if there really is an Eretz, and whether Karou might be opening a magical door and stepping out into our world, onto my street, right this moment.

I’m also smitten with the imagery of the book and thought it would work well as a story terrarium. Terrariums in general make a fantastic “Beneath the Surface” craft– if your teens have green thumbs and you partner with a local greenhouse, you might even make some pretty awesome living terrariums— but creating a Story Terrarium reinforces the point of the Summer Reading Program, which is literacy. It allows teens to engage with a story they love while creating a kind of 3D collage, one that allows them to “bury” certain images under rocks, sand, shredded paper, or other terrarium filler, so you can literally “read” the story in the terrarium.

Here’s my Daughter of Smoke and Bone Story Terrarium, in pictures:

My crafternoon started at the local thrift store, where I found a great terrarium jar for 60 cents (BYO jar is definitely the way to go here). I brought it home and washed it up, and then assembled my materials. As you can see, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was an obvious choice for my Story Terrarium. Who else do you know who collects feathers and bones, or who actually kept the mold the orthodontist made of her teeth in 7th grade? Me. That’s who.

I began by building the “beneath the surface” aspect of my story. Objects from my stash that represent the mysteries of Daughter of Smoke and Bone— what Brimstone does with all those teeth, why he wears a wishbone necklace, the true meaning of Karou’s name in the chimaera language– are all buried under these cool, dark rocks I had laying around from another project (just as they are buried and then slowly revealed in the story).

Once I had my subterranean layer down, I moved on to other aspects of the novel. I covered the hideous design on the wooden lid of my thrift store jar with a circle of interesting travel-themed scrapbook paper to represent Karou’s constant travel. I also used a see-through sheet of vellum to draw a hand with a hamsa tattoo in bright blue ink (to represent Karou’s hair). On the other side, I glued a blue dove and two feathers from my feather jar (YES, I have one of those); the dove represents the dream of peace that Madrigal and Akiva shared, and the white and dark blue feathers represent each of them and their wings.

After preparing all the pieces, I assembled them and sealed them in the jar. Looks pretty cool right? This took about 45 minutes to assemble (and I was being super-careful and photographing as I went). There are lots of ways to customize / hack this idea for your library, depending on your audience and other programs you might have in place. It could be a really fun way to engage with a teen book club, for instance, and you can recommend teens BYO jars and other materials to cut down costs.

Want More?

This month, we’re delighted to partner with our friend Karen Jensen of Teen Librarian’s Toolbox to share Teen Summer Reading Program craft ideas for National Craft Month. Kick-start your “Beneath the Surface” craft plans with us all month long:

Are you planning any awesome “Beneath the Surface” crafts for your Teen Summer Reading Program? Share with us in the comments and on social media!