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Check out this video book review of Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool



9/16/2015 by Marla B. Add a Comment Share this:

Keeping it beachy...Don't you think?

Picture it:

Sunny and warm, chillin’ at the beach as you sip on your favorite drink while reading your favorite book and tanning your winter coat away.  But then, you realize that you have come to the end of your book. You don’t want to hit the waves, sleep on the sand just won’t cut it, and you're stuck wishing that you had gotten another book to read or bought that magazine with juicy gossip.


No worries!  Check out this new concept that will keep you reading at your local beach!

These Beach Libraries have become a wave of interactive art installations geared to expose beach goers to a set of new books they may have otherwise never thought to read.  These beach library projects are designed to hold popular books, the classics, thrillers, mysteries, romantic reading, and memoirs for people of all ages.  A beach library at the Hotel Kaliakra on the Black Sea in Bulgaria, was designed by a German architect named Herman Kompernas. He made these white shelves with special material that is resistant to the sun and wind, with vinyl covers that protects the books from the rain.  Other designers have converted cargo trailers into libraries that are mobile, as well as libraries that on sit on a pier versus the beach as a centralized location to pick up a good book.

Beachy idea, don’t you think?

Check out this website to see more awesome beach libraries:

9/10/2015 Add a Comment Share this:

Dragonball Z: Resurrection F Movie Review

Synopsis from IMDB:

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.


Akira Toriyama (Dragonball Z creator), FUNimation, and everyone behind Dragonball Z are having the best possible year ever! Dragonball Z: Battle of The Gods is introducing new super villains in the form of Whis and Beerus, the God of Destruction. A new anime series titled Dragonball Super has premiered in Japan during the summer. And finally, the return of Frieza, in Resurrection ‘F’! Now is a good time to be a DBZ fan. In case you didn’t get a chance to catch Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ during it’s limited release run of August 4-12th in US theaters, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth your time.


Well, let’s break things down:


****Warning Things Are About To Get Spoiled****



The Return of One of The Most Well Known Super Villains of The DBZ Universe

Obviously, one of the selling points of watching DBZ: Resurrection F is to see the return of Frieza. It was a special time to be an American anime fan during the original run of DBZ on Cartoon Network. So much in this storyline makes it one of the most memorable in the show’s history. Highlights include Freiza’s increasingly new and terrifying transformations, Vegeta’s dying plea to his former nemesis, Goku, to lose his compassionate nature and kill Frieza with everything in his power. And finally, Goku witnessing the death of his best friend Krillin at the hands of Frieza prompting Goku to become the legendary warrior, the Super Saiyan, putting an end to this epic villain’s bloody legacy. It’s not surprising that DBZ was supposed to come to an end shortly after the original Frieza arc concluded.


Nostalgic Fan Service


There are some nice callbacks to the original Dragonball/Dragonball Z anime, like seeing the condition Trunks left Freiza’s body (this was the second time he was killed), when he is wished back to life. The film also includes some new characters exclusively created for Resurrection ‘F’ by Toriyama, Sorbet and Tagoma, and another new character, Jaco, The Galactic Patrolman.

(Image Via Wikipedia)

Watching Resurrection ‘F’ was the first time I had heard ever of Jaco, so I “did my Googles”. Jaco, The Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga released by Toriyama in 2013 that served as a prequel to the events of Dragonball and Dragonball Z. You can read more about Jaco here.

(Image of Frieza in his final transformation form of “Golden Frieza” and Goku as “SS God SS”)


New Transformations—If You Like That Sort Of Thing


One of other big draws for Resurrection ‘F’ is the new transformations that Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza undergo. Goku and Vegeta actually get two each; Saiyan Beyond God and (….sigh, why am I typing this) Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. Not much detail about the transformations is given in the film itself, but you can read explanations for both of these transformations online. While I thought the new transformations were cool to look at, they really didn’t amount to much of anything and ***Spoiler Alert*** Goku and Vegeta really didn’t have to transform to get the job done. With Frieza, we get the Golden Frieza form, but like I’ve said, it doesn’t mean much of anything, Frieza still sucks.


Krillin Is A Cop

(Image Via YouTube Channel Video DBZanto Xenoverse)


Seriously, how can you not love this! Think of all the fanfiction possibilities! Law and Order: Dragonball Z, a buddy cop story with Krillin as the “by-the-books” veteran is teamed up with a young, reckless new rookie on the force by the name of Goku working together to solve a series of crimes. Or the movie Training Day DBZ-style, with Piccolo as Alonzo Harris and Krillin as Jake Hoyt; someone start writing this immediately!





Given the fact that Earth that may be destroyed (again), this time at the hands of Frieza, Goku and Vegeta are pretty unbothered by the whole thing. The new transformations add up to jack. When Goku and Vegeta quickly realize Frieza’s weakness, they just make a game out of the whole battle. In fact, in between fighting they argue about how long Goku is taking to fight Frieza, while Vegeta hasn’t had his turn yet. Even when Frieza does manage to get the upper hand, there is a deus ex machina (more on that in a bit) established at the beginning of the film with a throwaway line that seriously drains away the urgency of the story.




No one, including Frieza, is a match for Beerus and Whis, so they don’t have much of anything to do (which in a way makes sense since the story is not about them). The pair just eats ice cream during the fight between Goku, Vegeta and Frieza and gives commentary like the annoying guy behind you at the movies. 




(Image of Gohan from Resurrection ‘F’ via

Gohan has had one of the most interesting character arcs out of everyone in the whole series. However, since he let his ego get in the way of quickly killing Cell, forcing Goku to sacrifice himself to prevent Cell from blowing up the Earth, the character not been right. In this film, Gohan has to transform into Super Saiyan mode just to defeat one of Frieza’s men that has come to earth. Are you kidding me?! Of course, Gohan is motivated by the fear of Piccolo dying and all the Dragon Balls disappearing with him. Even so, it’s still ridiculous that Gohan when from surpassing his father to this. And can someone please explain his outfit to me? He mentions in the movie that he was in a hurry, but why in Kami’s name was THAT the first outfit he picked up?




Now about that deus ex machina, which is a literary device that is an unexplained event that turns a hopeless situation in the protagonist’s favor. Earlier in the movie, Goku and Vegeta are sparring with Whis on Beerus’s planet and Whis explains that Beerus accidentally blew up both of the planet’s suns. Whis then used a technique called a “temporal do-over” which allowed him to rewind time by three minutes to reverse what had happened. Well, put that little fact in your back pocket and keep it.


Later in the film, Goku has been gravely injured during his fight with Frieza. Vegeta steps in, turning into “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan”.  Just as Vegeta’s about to finally get his own revenge, Frieza hits Earth with a small blast, completely destroying the planet and everyone except Beerus, Bulma and some of the DBZ fighters. And Whis, who created a protective barrier around those nearby him. Unfortunately, Vegeta doesn’t make it. Goku is saddened that he didn’t destroy Frieza sooner. Of course Whis then explains his technique for the “temporal do-over” again and rewinds time so Goku can quickly take out Frieza with a Kamehameha, preventing Earth from being destroyed.


You know, Goku doesn’t always have to come out the top dog. There was no reason whatsoever for Goku to be the one to kill Frieza again. It would have made more sense story-wise and been more fulfilling for Vegeta to be the one that sends Frieza back to the Next Dimension where he belongs. Especially for us fans of the anime who saw Frieza take everything away from Vegeta, including his life.


Overall, Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is a fun, yet very flawed film that doesn’t add anything new to the DBZ universe save for a few transformations. Hardcore fans might like just watching it for these new transformations and to inspire new arguments about which who is stronger and who can beat who in a fight. But anyone expecting anything different will leave disappointed.


P.S. Poor Yamcha. Not only is he the subject of a nasty meme, but we’re told by Tien at the gathering of Z fighters for battle against Freiza’s men that he told Yamcha and Chizou to not bother coming out to fight with them.

Oh Well. 


So tell me anime fans, what did you think of Resurrection ‘F’?


Written by Amina D., YTC Intern


Teen SRC Final Celebration - Pool Party


Join us Saturday, August 8 at the Allen Bolden Pool for SRC Final Celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Field day games, food, friends and fun.  You won't want to miss the big SPLASH!!

8/4/2015 by LaTonya Lynch Add a Comment Share this:

The JFK Experience

Teen's unmask an American legend and hero on the Sixth Floor Museum Field Trip, where they learn about the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

7/31/2015 by LaTonya Lynch Add a Comment Share this:

In Case You Missed It...The Manga Workshop with Kristen McGuire Wrap-Up

(Drawing done by one of the attendants of the workshop.)

On Saturday, July 11th we welcomed a large crowd of anime lovers, otakus, and artists of all styles for our manga workshop with the very special guest Kristen McGuire!

For those of you who don’t know, Kristen McGuire is an accomplished comic book artist who does manga (the Japanese word for comic book) style illustrations and comics. Some of her titles include: A Day in The Life of A Cat Girl, Enchanted, and her web comic Chibi Zombie Slayer, she also works as a voice actress for FUNimation with some of her most recent voice acting work as the English voice for the character Hinano Kurahashi from the hit comedy/action manga and anime series, Assassination Classroom, and Yuriko from the anime Mikagura School Suite.

We started off the program by having an informal Q&A section where teens could ask Kristen about her career, the early inspiration for her work, how to start getting your artwork out there and noticed by more people, what it's like voice acting, and how she gets in the zone to choose the voice that her character would have in English.


After the Q&A portion of the workshop was over, teens were able to free-draw on their own while Kristen when from table to table asking what areas in particular they needed help with or wanted to work on more. What we were most impressed with while checking out what people had already drawn, was that many that came out for the workshop were already very talented in their own creative drawing styles. (Are some of y’all interested in hosting a drawing workshop yourselves?!)


(Pictured above: Some more drawings created during the manga workshop)


The third part of the workshop had two teen volunteers (one girl and one boy) allow Kristen to use them for a demonstration on how to draw a face manga-style.

Finally, Kristen was sweet enough to bring in some lovely mini posters and bookmarks to give away to a few lucky winners of a drawing at the end of the workshop. There were also a couple of comic books, manga, and anime DVDs generously provided by the library and FUNimation that were up for grabs during the giveaway as well! 

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves a lot and learned some new tips to improve their drawing. Most importantly, everyone should feel a little more confident in showing off their artwork and will continue to draw for many years to come!

Written by: Amina D., YTC Intern

How to Draw Manga:

7/29/2015 Add a Comment Share this:

EJ’s 2015 Movie Bucket List

Before I get into my “must-see films before 2016” list, let me tell you about a recent film-going experience of mine.  I went to the movies this past weekend to knock one of the films off of my bucket list. I’m talking about Minions of course, and while the big kid in me got quite a few laughs from this family-fun flick, there were other Minion viewers who went above and beyond to display their eagerness for the film.  

The photo above was taken onboard a New York train as a father and son dressed up as minions while on their way to see the movie. You can definitely tell that this dad made his kid’s day. You’re the real MVP, Pops!

Now on to my top 2015 movie bucket list!

Self/less (Sci-fi thriller)

Fantastic 4 (2015) (Superhero Flick)

Okay, like a lot of you guys, I’m totally over all of these superhero reboots as well. However, this new FF4 adaption looks very, VERY promising.  FF4 2015 gives us more of a gritty and realistic vibe in comparison to the first installments, as well revamping each member’s background. Speaking of which, one of the things that has me dying to go see this film is learning the new origin behind Johnny Storm and Sue Storm’s relationship.

What’s changed: Well, they’re still siblings, but for this new adaption, Marvel decided to switch things up and cast Chronicle/ Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan to play the fan-favorite Johnny Storm, aka the “Human Torch.” So for the first time ever, Sue Storm’s little bro is actually now a... brother! A fist bump goes out to Marvel for continuing to diversify their universe and choosing talent over “tradition.” And the surprises don’t stop there, as we also get to see a glimpse of the new Doom. I honestly can’t wait.   

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Pt. 2: (Adventure)

Don’t get me wrong, Katniss leading a full-scale rebellion against the corrupt Capitol in this final face-off is all epic and what not. But personally, I’m a little bit more curious to see if Gale is now officially out of the “friend zone” after Peeta’s last stunt in Part One’s conclusion. That’s right, #Team Gale over here. Regardless of whatever your motivation is to get off the couch and to see this film, I’m hoping that this final installment of the Hunger Games series will be everything fans could hope for.

Boruto: Naruto the Movie (Anime pick)

While the anime is still currently running, the manga storyline officially came to an end last fall after a good 15 year run.  Taking place several years after the original storyline ended, Boruto: Naruto the Movie features both Naruto and Sasuke as mature adults, with both characters regarded as certified bosses of the shinobi world.  Even though their infamous ninja bromance is no longer going to be the spotlight of this upcoming story, the two characters serve a much more meaningful purpose as they prepare to pass on the torches to their children. Welcome to the new era of Naruto.

Dragon Ball Z- Resurrection of ‘F’ (Another anime pick)

Well guys, apparently Frieza’s back… again. (I know.) After being defeated by Goku on Namek, and thought to have been swallowed up in the planet explosion that he directly caused; and then having visited earth as a cyborg with plans of revenge (take a breath!), only to have ended up getting filet mignon’d by Trunk’s sword, perhaps third time is the charm? It’s been almost 20 years since the original Dragonball Z anime ended, but Frieza somehow manages to come back again to settle the score with the saiyans. This time, it appears he’s gotten a few upgrades. If you’re a hardcore DBZ fan then this should definitely be on your list.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (Action)

Being a longtime M.I. fan, Rogue Nation should automatically be on every adrenaline junkie’s watch list.


Don't get left out of the coversation

Are you a little behind on some of the popular film/ anime series mentioned above? We can help with that. Just go to your local library branch and get caught up on all of the backstories behind the most talked about series that you've been missing out on. (Don't worry, your secret's safe with us.)

Lastly, be sure to share some of your most anticipated new movies with us in the comments!



7/22/2015 by EJ A. Add a Comment Share this:

SYNC: Young Adult Lit for Your Earbuds

Summer Reading Club is in full swing! Remember, all you have to do is read 5 hours to be eligible for prizes and you still have two weeks to do it.

This summer, SYNC, presented by AudioFile, is providing two, free audiobook downloads to everyone all summer long. Every week this summer, SYNC will release one current Young Adult book and pair it with a classic. The classics can often be found on the required reading list for secondary schools.

Simply sign-up to get notifications by visiting or text syncYA to 25827.

Important Details:

  • Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Downloads will operate through the OverDrive app.
  • Most listening devices are supported.
  • Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.

With SYNC's audiobooks, you will be finished with your 5 hours no time!

Some of this summer's titles include:

The complete list of titles with their release dates can be found here.

Q&A With Kristen McGuire; Manga Artist and Anime Voice Actor

For a second year, the Arlington Public Library is happy to host a workshop with mangaka (comic book artist) Kristen McGuire. This year’s workshop will be on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Kristen will teach you everything you need to know on how to start creating manga characters. Or if you’re a seasoned artist, (think Bakuman-levels here), she’ll give tips on how to hone your skills and answer questions on publishing and getting your work noticed. Plus, she’ll give a little insight into what it’s like to be a voice actor for FUNimation!

In the meantime, enjoy reading this Q&A from Kristen about all the fun she had at this year’s A-Kon, which anime inspired her growing up and all the people in her life that continue to encourage her throughout her artistic career.

Q: So you just wrapped up going to A-Kon 26! Tell us a little bit about the panels you were on and what fans got to see and experience from you.

A: A-Kon 26 was a blast! There are so many people there, it’s crazy fun! In a turn of events, I did mostly voice acting panels this year. I got to do a really fun panel, with Amber Nash (from Archer), Caitlin Glass, and up and coming VA Linden Carello … .  [On Saturday June 4] I participated in the Lip Sync Battle. I’ve never danced or performed live like that before, so I was pretty nervous, but I was excited that I won the first round. I lost in the second, but we were all having so much fun that it didn’t really feel like losing… . [Sunday June 5] I did a manga panel.

Q: From looking at your cast announcements, 2015 has shaped up to be busy year for you. Before you did more background vocals, but now you’re doing series regular characters, such as: Hinano Kurahashi from Assassination Classroom, Vera from Maria the Virgin Witch, and Yuriko from Mikagura School Suite; what has this experience been like? Do you do any research after you’ve accepted a voice-acting role to get an idea of the character’s voice/mannerisms?

A: Yes, I'm still in a lot of shock about how this year has turned out! It's hard to do research because all of these titles are what we call "Broadcast dubs" meaning that we're only a few episodes behind what is being aired in Japan. If anything, I am learning about these characters slowly one week at a time. I will watch ahead if I have the time because it makes it a little easier to understand when I'm in the booth and they are explaining a scene to me. 

The experience has been really amazing. Last year I was lucky to be going into FUNimation every couple of months, and now I'm up there on a weekly basis. Mostly I'm just trying not to take it for granted and savor these moments. In the meantime I continue to take weekly voice over lessons and improve my acting as much as I can. 

Q: We’re discussed this before, but for any new fans out there; tell us your mangaka/voice acting origin story? When did you go from “This is a medium of storytelling and illustration that I enjoy, to I want to do this as a career”?

A:  I've always wanted to be an artist, and I've always wanted to do it as a profession. I loved drawing comics and I always hoped it would be a full time job one day. It still isn't a full time job, but every year it creeps closer to being that way. I cut my day job down to 20 hours a week about a year and a half ago because I couldn't handle all the hours from drawing comics and voice acting on top of a full time job. This year I started working as a coloring assistant on the popular Dark Horse comic, "Elf Quest". I've learned so much, and it's not a job I could have taken on if I were still working full time hours. 

Voice acting is a different story. I never imagined I would one day consider this my career. My dreams were always about drawing comics, and I never thought I had a shot as a voice actor. I loved acting in high school and did quite a few shows, and I always wanted to pursue but wasn't sure how. When I started guesting at conventions as a comic artist I met all types of actors, and one of them told me I should try out when FUNimation had their open auditions. I thought I had nothing to lose, the least I could do is try. The worst they could tell me was no. I submitted my inquiry e-mail and five months later they asked me to come in for open auditions. I did some voice acting research and practiced reading out loud in different voices. I got called back about two weeks after open auditions to work on the anime, Haganai. I suppose the rest is history! 

Q: The Summer Reading Club Theme this year is very rooted in American superheroes and comic books. What was it about Japanese comic books and animation that drew you in more so that American comics? Or do you love them both equally?

A:  Honestly American comics never really interested me, unless you count comics like Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes. I liked the idea of American comics, but superheroes just didn't interest me. (Though I love the Marvel movies!) When I was a young teen my brother showed me the anime RG Veda. I was instantly obsessed. I loved how expressive anime was and loved the style. When I watched Sailor Moon for the first time, I loved the idea of how characters could fight evil with the power of friendship and love. Japanese Manga doesn't have very many limitations, and that appealed to me. A manga can be about anything, from a swim club to online games that trap the user inside, and I think that's what got me hooked.

Q: Another questions related to that is who are your favorite anime/manga heroes or superheroes? Why did you become affectionate towards them?

A: A: When I was younger I really loved the character Sakura from "Cardcaptor Sakura." She was always friendly and helpful. Even though she was only ten she had a lot of responsibilities. I also loved Miaka from Fushigi Yugi because I thought we had very similar personalities. 

Right now some of my favorite heroes are Kirito and Asuna from Sword Art Online, and of course I love Hinano Kurahashi from Assassination Classroom, but I'm a bit biased on that one, haha. 

Q: Who are your real-life heroes that inspired you to pursue this as a career or that inspired you growing up?

A:  There are a few artists who really took me under their wing when I was young. I was able to go into the studio of Jo Chen as a teenager, and it was so cool to be able to talk to her one on one and see what a real artist's work space looked like. I also went to a panel in 2007 hosted by Brian Denham who worked for Marvel at the time drawing Iron Man. Even though my style was very different, he looked through my entire portfolio which also consisted of the first chapter of Enchanted at the time. He looked at me and said, "You should be publishing this. Why aren't you?" And that was the push I needed to publish the first chapter and start selling it at cons. I also met Robotech artist Bruce Lewis. I gave him a copy of my comic and he really liked it. He got me to start doing panels with him and even vouched for me when it came time for my first guest appearance at AnimeFest in 2012. He also throws published work my way from time to time, and I'm very grateful to have met him. I also enjoy working with Sonny Strait, who many people know as the voice of Krillin from Dragonball Z. Sonny is a very talented artist and he is the one who approached me about being an assistant colorist for him on the Elf Quest comics. We give each other a pretty hard time, but I have learned a lot from him in terms of voice acting and drawing. I'm very blessed that I met so many people who felt the need to encourage me and help me succeed, and I hope that I can pass that on one day to future generations of artists. 

**The workshop is on Saturday, July 11th, and you can register for it here!**

Written by: Amina D., YTC Intern

6/30/2015 Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Movies/TV

So Who’s Going to be the New Spidey? Your Guess is As Good As Mine...

Photo taken by Gage Skidmore  Found on Flickr.

If you didn’t already know, it’s been decided by the powers that be that Spider-man is finally coming home to the mainstream Marvel movie universe (where we all knew he belonged). The character will now be standing alongside the rest of the Avengers and all of Samuel L. Jackson’s awesomeness as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s former director, Nick Fury. 

With that said, Spidey is also set to star in his next big solo film sometime in summer 2017. Even better, the plan is that we’ll get to see our favorite neighborhood web slinger way earlier in the upcoming Captain America film, Civil War, which is a monumental event that will impact all Marvel movies to come!

So, things are all good right? Well, they would be if wasn't for the fact that the two production studios are crrently in the middle of a stand-off  …

What’s the hold up?

Aside from the new Captain America movie, it seems the production teams behind the new Spider-man film franchise are involved in a bit of a civil war of their own…

Now that Andrew Garfield is officially out of the picture as the “Amazing” Spider-man, the hunt for the next Peter Parker is on. So far, neither Sony nor Marvel can quite get on the same page as to who’s the next perfect young actor to put on the red and blue tights this next go round.  

Good news: It’s now only down to TWO… allegedly

Countless hopefuls have auditioned for the role, even some well-known names, but rumor has it that it’s now down to only two actors! Again, what’s the hold up? Sources claim that Sony already has their pick in mind for who they want to be Spider-man. Meanwhile, Marvel is determined to have the other young actor in the running.  So that's happening…

So who’s still in the running to be our next possible Peter Parker?

Standing in Sony’s corner… we have 18 year old The Impossible’s  actor Tom Holland.

And from Marvel’s corner, we have Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Plummer, also 18.

For the longest time, it was rumored that Asa Butterfield was set to take on the role of Spider-man. However, during these past few weeks, it’s been rumored that Asa is no longer in the running to be the next web slinger. Again, all of this is still up in the air.

So who do you guys want to be the next Spider-man?

6/24/2015 by EJ A. Add a Comment Share this: