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Archive for October, 2012

Join Us for Creepy Crafts and Candy on Sunday 10/28

On Sunday October 28, from 2 – 4 p.m., bring your old (clean!) socks and give them new life as a scary creature just in time for Halloween. You’ll also learn how to decorate your candy treats to show off your creativity. There will be plenty of candy for your crafts – and more to eat as well!  For teens in grades 6 – 12. 

Click here to register for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 27, 2012 Categories: Crafts, Events

ACT Practice Test and Test Strategies 101 Workshop: a Two-Part Program at the Library

Part I: ACT Practice Test

Saturday, October 27, 12:30 – 4 p.m.

For the first part of this ACT prep program, students will take a practice ACT test, proctored by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, and experience what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.  Be sure to bring a calculator, two #2 pencils, and wear comfortable clothes. Cell phones will not be allowed.

Part II: Test Strategies 101 Workshop

Saturday, November 3, 11 – 12 p.m.

In the second workshop, presented on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to noon, both parents and students are invited to learn how to score higher on the ACT test. The format and content of the test are explored, including ways to take advantage of the test format to maximize efficiency on the exam. This is an ideal follow-up to the practice test.

Patrons can register one time for both programs. Seating is limited.  Please click here to register one time for this two-part program.

For teens in grades 6 – 12.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 26, 2012 Categories: Events

Book Trailer of the Week– Dodger by Terry Pratchett

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Dodger by Terry Pratchett.  From popular author Terry Pratchett, comes a Dickensian novel where Charles Dickens is a prominent character.  When a young thief named Dodger comes to the aid of a woman in distress, his life will change forever as he comes of age and enters a world of affluence and the mystery of who wanted this woman dead unravels.   Click here to find Dodger in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Join us at the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club Tomorrow!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, October 26, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the first ever Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 25, 2012 Categories: Crafts, Events

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

The Butterfly Clues

by Kate Ellison

Since Lo’s brother disappeared, she cannot stop the counting.  Multiples of 3 are the safe numbers that mean everything is going to be OK.  Lo has also taken to wandering the streets of Neverland, the gritty area of Cleveland that is just a bus ride away from her family’s home in the posh suburb of Lakewood.  While wandering she also takes things.  Things that will make everything OK.  While stealing an angel statue from the front step of a worn down house, Lo hears a gunshot.  When Lo later learns that the gunshot was one that killed a young stripper named Sapphire, Lo must find out why the girl was murdered.  Lo delves deep into Neverland to unravel the mystery, with only her counting to protect her.  It is there that she meets Flint, a runaway, who sees something in Lo that no one else does.  Together they try to discover who murdered Sapphire.  However, in Neverland you cannot trust anyone.  

The Butterfly Clues is an intricately woven mystery that will keep you guessing all the way up to the last chapter.  Lo is a hard character to read.  She lives in fear everyday and her compulsive behaviors prevent her from being a normal girl.  However, as you get to know Lo better you see how strong she really is.  The relationship that develops between Lo and Flint is pretty interesting too, since you never really know what Flint’s role was in Saphhire’s life.  There’s more than one mystery to this story, so definitely pick this up if you like to read an excellent mystery novel.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 23, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

If you loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer as much as I did, then you probably know that the sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, hits bookshelves on Tuesday.  If you haven’t read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, then click here to read my review and check it outThe Evolution of Mara Dyer continues to unravel the story behind what happened the night that three of Mara’s friends died in an accident and why she was able to escape with her life.  Click here to find The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 19, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Join us for the Teen Book Discussion of The Rules of Survival on Monday, October 15

Do you dare to read just for the fun of it? Teen Read Week is a time to find out how the Library can help you take advantage of reading in all its forms — books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks, and more. 

Start the celebration of Teen Read Week by discussing The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin and discover what else lurks at the Library! In The Rules of Survival, seventeen-year-old Matthew and his two younger sisters live a life of unpredictable abuse at the hands of their mentally unstable mother. Written as a letter to his sister Emmy, this novel tells the gut-wrenching, yet hopeful, story of an older brother struggling to protect those he loves.  Teens in grades 6 – 12 can come to the Library on Monday, October 15 to discuss what they think about The Rules of Survival.  The discussion starts at 4 p.m. and snacks and refreshments will be served!



The discussion is also a part of Book Crossing, the Library’s transcontinental book discussion in partnership with our Sister City Library in Sèvres, France.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 14, 2012 Categories: Events, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Join us for Chess for All Ages on Sunday, October 14

Come to the Library for a special afternoon of open play chess. You supply the moves; we’ll supply the chessboards. While a basic knowledge of the game is required, all ages and skill levels are invited. You might just learn a new move or two. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.  Click here to register for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 13, 2012 Categories: Events

Book Trailer of the Week– The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost.  Will has always been told by his parents to keep a low profile because of his unique abilities.  When his parents are no longer his parents, having been lost to mind control by strange forces, Will reveals his abilities and joins The Center for Integrated Learning.  The Center is a prep school for the gifted, and the only place that Will feels safe.  Soon, however, Will is targeted by an evil secret society and has to discover the extent of his abilities in order to survive.  Click here to find The Paladin Prophecy in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 12, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Science Fiction

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

The Plain Janes

by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

Jane was in the heart of Metro City when there was a terrorist attack.  Lucky to survive, Jane’s parents move to the suburbs for a more “safe” place to live.  In a new town and a new high school, Jane is not only alone, she is also bored by suburban life.  So, on her first day of school, Jane is surprised to find three other Janes who are all friends and eat lunch together.  Jane asks to join them and instantly finds friendship.  Each of the Janes has their own unique personalities and together they all just fit.  To fight the boredom of suburban life Jane rallies the other Janes to form P.L.A.I.N., or People Loving Art in Neighborhoods.  They create art installations all over their suburban town to challenge people’s everyday notions of what art can be.  Some residents like the art, however, there are those who are outraged and frightened of it and start calling the installations “art attacks”.   What does this mean for the Janes?  Do they continue their installations, risking arrest?  Or worse?

The Plain Janes is a great graphic novel for anyone who is interested in art and how it can challenge our everyday beliefs or thoughts.  It is also a good read for anyone who has felt like an outcast.  It really shows how you can take the things that make you unique, and instead of being negative about them, you embrace them and try and challenge people with your ideas.

Also, the art in The Plain Janes really matches the plot of the story.  The black and white drawings add to the drama of the of the terrorist attack, Jane’s first day of school, and the sneaking around when creating the art installations.  However, I do wish the art installations could have been in color!  The characters are portrayed very realistically, which helps to add the idea that this could be a true story. Check out a sample of the art below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 11, 2012 Categories: Art, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics