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Here are some songs by a few Korean bands. Korean pop is called K-pop! (Also Japanese pop is called J-pop!) It is marked by catchy songs, incredible dancing, and hyper-fashion.

Do you like it? Should the library buy some of their CDs for the teen section? Thanks for your comments below (or on our Facebook page)!

This first group is Super Junior, and the song is called Sexy, Free, and Single. It was only released a week or so ago, so is very new and fresh. Super Junior has about nine or ten members! (I can’t count higher than six.) If you like it you will probably love their older song, Mr. Simple.

Aaand the next track is by SHINee. It is called Lucifer and you know what, it has the best dancing ever. Prove me wrong! It’s a couple of years old, though, but they’ve a newer song, Sherlock, which is also comes highly recommended (by me and some other people).

Another new song is No Mercy, by B.A.P. Click to watch! They are also a (large) boyband with great hair. I don’t know if I like this song as much as the others. Thoughts?

Finally! Here’s AAA’s No Cry No More. It is J-pop, okay.

So don’t forget to comment here or on our Facebook if you have any suggestions.

Banned Books Week

It is Banned Books Week! At least it is in America, where books are banned more zealously than here, in NZ, where no one seems to mind. We have a lot of the books that are most often challenged (in the US, of course!) in our fantastic Young Adult collection, where they remain happily unchallenged. Here is a list! (You can read more about each book by clicking on the link, and reading why they were challenged/banned here (pdf) and more recently, here (PDF also). Here’s a handy map, also.)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Twisted and Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Snakehead, by Anthony Horowitz
Baby Be-Bop, by Francesca Lia Block
House of Night series, by P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Deadline, by Chris Crutcher
Geography Club, by Brent Hartinger
Vegan, Virgin, Valentine, by Carolyn Mackler
The Bermudez Triangle, by Maureen Johnson
Lesson from a Dead Girl, by Johanna Knowles
Vampire Academy series, by Richelle Mead
Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer
Forever in Blue : The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood, by Ann Brashares
ttyl, by Lauren Myracle
Living Dead Girl, by Elizabeth Scott 
Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
Only in your Dreams : A Gossip Girl Novel, by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Here are some picture of the covers, for added colour.

Double O seven

The YA DVD collection will soon be somewhat expanded by the addition of almost all (maybe all; I’m too lazy to confirm) the James Bond films. They’re not quite in yet but you can reserve them – YA DVDs are 50c on a YA card, and reserves for ya’ll are free.

Here they are in our catalogue. If you’ve never seen any of the classic Bond films you really should, as they’re great fun.