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Sara Shepard @ Barnes & Noble

Sara Shepard, author of the popular Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series, will be signing books and going a reading at the South Hills Village Barnes & Noble on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.  Maybe you have seen the TV show on ABC Family.  If so, check out the book!

Read a story in the Post-Gazette about Sara Shepard here.



An Open Letter to Students Returning to School, from John Green

John Green has written many YA novels, such as The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, Will Grayson Will Grayson, and An Abundance of Katherines. Look for them in the library!

Bon voyage, HHS band!

Hey, band members!  Looking forward to that long bus ride to Florida?  Didn’t think so!  Make the 20+ hours go a little faster by taking a book or two!  (Or, if you get carsick, take one of our audiobooks or Playaways!)  We have plenty of books to get you excited for your trip, such as a Disney World guidebook, collections of Walt Disney’s artwork, and a Florida factbook.  Or read a biography of the late Walt Disney.  Find those books on the shelf across from the circulation desk.  Or, as usual, grab any novels or graphic novels by your favorite authors — just look in the OPAC.  Have a great trip!






Hunger Games contest

Today’s the last day to enter the Hunger Games trivia contest!  Stop in the library and answer the questions to earn chances to win prizes such as movie passes, gift cards and snacks.  May the odds be ever in your favor!

READ poster contest!

Happy Read Across America Week!  Celebrate by having your photo taken in the library with a book.  Next week, we will vote on our favorite poster, and the winner will be enlarged, framed and hung on the library wall.  Good luck!

Super searches

Were you watching the Super Bowl last night while using your computer or mobile device?  For most of the game, I sat with my Macbook on my lap so I could see what my friends were saying about the game, commercials and halftime show on Twitter.  Watching a football game on TV at home can be a social experience, even if your friends are scattered all over the world like mine are. 

Google reported that U.S. viewers went online during the game more than ever before.  International viewers went online as well, searching for live streaming of the event.  Google tracked the most popular searches leading up to and during the game.  If you’re ever curious what’s trending right now, check out Google Trends.  Happy searching!

Doodle 4 Google

This year’s Doodle 4 Google contest theme is: “If I could travel back in time, I’d visit…”  The best spins on Google’s iconic logo get great prizes, including scholarships.  So grab your art supplies and start doodling — entries are due by March 23!

Top searches of 2011

Happy New Year!  Ever wonder what everyone else is searching for on the Web?  Yahoo posted a list of the top ten searches on its search engine in 2011.  Any guesses at No. 1?  No, it’s not a celebrity — it’s “iPhone”!  See the rest of the list here.

Send a call from Santa

Gmail allows you to send a call from Santa to anyone in the U.S.!  The site uses Google Voice and is free to U.S. numbers (unless your phone company charges for minutes).  You can choose from a variety of menu options to customize the message.  Won’t your sibling or friend be surprised when Santa calls him or her “home skillet” when promising to bring a surprise?  Happy holidays!

History of the Christmas Tree

Ever wonder where the Christmas tree came from?  This infographic from an artificial tree retailer explains (click on it to enlarge):

History of the Christmas Trees

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