Teen News, Reviews & Info

  • Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:01pm

    Join us for a pizza party and the movie Vampire Academy at our finale of this year's summer reading program. Our film features Rose Hathaway, who is a Dhampir, half human - half vampire, and guardian of the Moroi, a tribe of peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from their arch-enemy, the bloodthirsty, immortal Strigoi. 



    Tuesday, July 29, @ 3:00 pm in the large auditorium 


    Reservations requested are for pizza headcount.

    Please contact:

    Leslie West, 205-332-6620 or, lwest@bham.lib.al.us

  • Mon, 07/14/2014 - 8:38pm

    The Big Book of Magic Fun by Ian Keable

    Both beginners and experienced amateur magicians will discover methods, myths, facts, and fiction about magic—and then they'll read about the long and fascinating history of magic on stage. Filled with color illustrations and how-to instructions, The Big Book of Magic Fun teaches card tricks, rope tricks, mind-reading methods, illusionism, coin tricks, and more!


    Gimmicks and Card Tricks:  Illusions for the Intermediate Magician by Paul Zennon

    Designed for the advancing beginner magician, this engaging book introduces readers to tricks that use more sophisticated materials than simple cards and coins. This is an introduction to top-secret magician's gadgets that will leave spectators amazed. Practice with these materials will build the users' confidence in the limitless art of illusion.


    Magical Mathematics by Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham

    Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge.


    The Science of Harry Potter by Roger Highfield

    Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic "gravity-shielding effects" unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick's ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops? Roger Highfield, author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas, explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strikes us as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind.

  • Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:42pm

    Do you believe in magic?  Here are some interesting facts from The Magic Academy.com about this fun and mysterious hobby.

    The word magic is derived from the Persian word "magus" which designated a priestly class. The Levitation Illusion was first performed in Greek dramas as early as 431 B.C.

    David Copperfield is the first living magician to have a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. The only other magician so honoured is Harry Houdini, who received a star after his death

    The most dangerous trick in magic is the Bullet Catch. This effect, in which a marked bullet is fired at the performer who catches it between his teeth, has killed twelve magicians and wounded many more.

    If you are interested in the science behind magic, come to the Homewood Library on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and see Tommy Johns presentation "It's Not Magic, It's Science". Learn about magic and the science behind it. You might even learn a couple of new tricks to try on your family and friends!

    This program will be in the Large Auditorium and starts at 4:00 pm!