Book Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl:

Beautiful Creatures is the first book in a series of five books. It is a beautiful, Southern gothic story set in South Carolina. Ethan has lived in the small town of Gatlin his whole life.  He views his existence as ordinary and somewhat boring until new girl, Lena, arrives in town. She is beautiful and mysterious. Ethan soon finds himself involved in Lena’s magical world for she is descended from a long line of magical Casters. They both discover how their families are interconnected. In addition, he sees his small town in a whole new light, and the people he thought he knew, he doesn’t really know at all.

Beautiful Creatures is one of my favorite books. I loved the love story between Ethan and Lena, and I loved Ethan’s relationship with the lady who has helped raise him since his mother’s death, Amma. However, one of the best features of the book is the writing style of the authors. Their descriptions are so vivid that it involves all of your senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. You can see the moss hanging from the majestic oak trees, and you, yourself, become a resident of Gatlin. This book is not only for teens, but adults would enjoy it as well. The movie adaptation was released in February 2013, but it doesn’t come close to the magical world of Ethan and Lena.

Teen Advisory Group

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We’re ready to listen to you!

The library’s starting a Teen Advisory Group and if you’re in 6-12th grade, you’re invited! Come speak up and tell us how to make the library better for you while earning volunteer hours, gaining new skills, winning prizes, and making new friends.

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Interested teens should contact Betsy by emailing powellb@ngrl.org, calling (706) 876-1365, or messaging the Dalton-Whitfield Facebook Page for more information.

Georgia Libraries’ Family Passes

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Did you know that Georgia Libraries offer free or discounted passes to families who check out certain materials? They can be used once per family, and the value is unbeatable! Click on an image go to the websites for the companies where you can find hours, locations, and more.

Zoo Atlanta Family Pass

Zoo Atlanta

The Zoo Atlanta Family pass can be checked out once per year per family. The pass provides up to two adult tickets and up to two children’s tickets–for free! All you have to do is check out the Zoo Pass Video and watch it. When you bring it back to the library, the staff will give you a zoo pass.

 

How It Works

  • Check out the video from the library, watch it, then bring it back.
  • The librarians provide you with a zoo pass that you fill in with your family’s name.
  • Sometime in the next seven days, go to the zoo with up to two adults and two kids and get free general admission! Make sure to bring some ID!

Things to Remember

  • Zoo Pass DVDs cannot be held for anyone! We cannot guarantee the videos will be available, and they are checked out frequently.
  • The best way to get the pass is to give your local library a call and ask if it’s available. If it is, then rush over to grab it, because it might not be there for long. If it isn’t, give it a few days and call again.
  • Pass DVDs check out for up to seven days and cannot be renewed. Overdue fees are $0.50 per day. A lost Zoo Pass DVD costs $30.00 to replace.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Zoo Pass

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Pass

The library offers family passes to visit a Georgia Historic Site with a parking pass. It can be checked out once per year per family. It provides four tickets–for free! All you have to do is check out the pass and then go to the park.

How It Works

  • Check out the pass from the library.
  • Do some research on a historic site to visit at Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites
  • In the next seven days, visit the park and use the hang tag to get free parking. Make sure you bring some ID!
  • Return the passes to the library.

Things to Remember

  • State Park Passes cannot be held for anyone! We cannot guarantee the pass will be available.
  • The best way to get the pass is to give your local library a call and ask if it is available.
  • Passes check out for up to seven days and can be renewed once. Overdue fees are $3.00 per day. A lost State Park Pass costs $50.00 to replace.

Go Fish Education Center Passes

The library offers family passes to visit the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia. It can be checked out once per year per family. It provides up to four tickets–for free! All you have to do is check out the pass and visit the center.

 

How It Works

  • Check the pass out from the library.
  • Within the next seven days, visit the Go Fish Education Center on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Make sure you bring some ID!
  • Bring the pass back to the library.

Things to Remember

  • Go Fish Education Center Passes cannot be held for anyone! We cannot guarantee the pass will be available.
  • The best way to get the pass is to give your local library a call and ask if it is available.
  • Passes check out for up to seven days and cannot be renewed. Overdue fees are $3.00 per day. A lost Go Fish Education pass costs $50.00 to replace.
  • Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Pass

    The library offers a Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Pass for the Center in Atlanta. The pass allows a family of up to four to gain free access to the Puppetry Arts Museum and holders can get discounted tickets to the shows and workshops with it. All you have to do is check the pass out, make reservations, and go!

    How it Works

    • Check out the pass from the library.
    • Make reservations to attend the museum at least 48 hours before you go to the center.
    • Go to the museum! Purchase tickets for shows or workshops while there if you want to attend those. Make sure you bring some ID!
    • Return the pass to the library.

    Things to Remember

    • Center for Puppetry Arts Museum Passes cannot be held for anyone! We cannot guarantee the pass will be available.
    • The best way to get the pass is to give your local library a call and ask if it is available.
    • Passes check out for up to seven days and can be renewed once. Overdue fees are $3.00 per day. A lost Center for Puppetry Arts pass costs $50.00 to replace.

Chalk Art

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The Dalton-Whitfield Teens made some awesome chalk graffiti on the library sidewalks as part of the August 2013 Summer Reading Program. This was our finale and we had 8 kids doing art. See the gallery below to see what they did. Click on an image to see the full picture.