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Archive for April, 2013

Book Trailer of the Week–When We Wake by Karen Healey

This week’s book trailer of the week is for When We Wake by Karen Healey.  Tegan has woken up from a cryogenic freeze 100 years after she was shot by a sniper at a protest.  In this future dystopian world, Tegan has to figure out why she has awoken and to navigate the new ways of life in this world.  As this fast-paced mystery unfolds, the truth comes out as to why the government woke Tegan up and what they have planned for her.  Click here to find When We Wake in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 26, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction

This Saturday: The Goonies!!! Totally Awesome 80’s Teen Movie

Join us this Saturday for a Totally Awesome 80’s Teen Movie at the Library! Bring your friends and enjoy The Goonies on the big screen!  Teens who dress up in their favorite 80s wear will be entered into a drawing to win some fabulous prizes including their very own DVD copy of The Goonies, pairs of AMC movie passes, and other fun prizes. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Check out the trailer for the movie:

The Goonies (1985; PG; 114 minutes; Adventure/Comedy/Family)
Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman.
Directed by Richard Donner.
A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.

Click here to register in advance for this program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 25, 2013 Categories: Events, Movies

Join us for our First Magic: The Gathering Club for Teens!

Magic the gatheringHas Magic: The Gathering cast a spell on you? Join other planeswalkers for this role-playing card game at the Library on the last Friday of each month.  On Friday, April 26 we will be hosting our first meeting of Magic: The Gathering Club for teens.  It is from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room B.  Bring your friends, or just stop by and and see what the game is all about. Snacks and refreshments will be supplied, but teens must provide their own deck to play.

Click here to register in advance for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 24, 2013 Categories: Events

Inifinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

Infinite Kung FuInfinite Kung Fu

by Kagan McLeod

If you are a fan of martial arts or kung fu movies, then you should read Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod.  Infinite Kung Fu is a collection of McLeod’s self published comics.  What McLeod has put together is a story that centers on main character, Lei Kung, who is the chosen one to defeat the evil emperor.  Lei Kung’s journey to attaining the skills to defeat the emperor is set against the backdrop of a world where technology is gone, people have returned back to the old ways, and zombies ravage the land.  Along the way he finds help and guidance from many, but the one who helps him the most is the Moog Joogular.  He is a smooth talking, butt kicking, super cool dude, and a great throw back character that is reminiscent of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and other African American martial artists that became popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  The Moog Joogular character is one of the biggest reasons you should read this book.  He is awesome!

In addition to some great characters, McLeod also really hit on some good points of martial arts and what practicing should mean to someone, through the character of Lei Kung. My favorite scene is when he is talking with Li Zhao over a meal. Lei Kung says, “With a basic knowledge and respect for all styles, one can always hope to counter any technique!” and “A kung fu instructor’s greatest accomplishment is to have his student surpass him. It’s a pity for some students their teachers keep their best techniques to themselves.”  Check out what that scene looks like (obviously Li Zhao does not like what Lei Kung has to say):

Infinite Kung Fu layout

I think this is a great message to send to those who love martial arts: patience and dedication pay off and martial art forms should be shared and not hidden away as some unattainable knowledge.  Infinite Kung Fu is an excellent read for any age.  Click here to find it in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 23, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads

Book Trailer of the Week– When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes

This week’s book trailer of the week is for When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes.  This novel follows Francisco and the opportunity he has been given with a scholarship to attend a prestigious boarding school for his senior year.  This opportunity can change his life, but Francisco is not sure if he wants to have his life changed.  His relationship with Reignbow suffers and his best friend ends up getting into more trouble without Francisco there to help him out.  What is more important to Francisco: his friends or getting out of Harlem?  Click here to find When We Wuz Famous in the Library, and read it to find out!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 19, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Check out the first Catching Fire trailer!

The first Catching Fire trailer premiered at the MTV Movie Awards.  Check it out!!!

I can’t believe we have to wait until November 22!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 15, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Movies

Book Trailer of the Week–Light by Michael Grant

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Light by Michael GrantLight is the final book in Grant’s Gone series.  At the series opener all the adults within a 20 mile radius of Perdido Beach, CA, disappeared.  The remaining kids and teens under the age of fourteen began developing strange abilities and mutations.  As the Gone series progressed, the young survivors are trapped within this 20 mile radius and and are in a fight to survive, more often it is a fight to the death.  In Light, the veil that previously hid the what was happening to these kids inside the “dome” has lifted.  Now all of the world can see the carnage, and the gruesome and creepy ways these kids have changed.  Click here to find Light in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 13, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural/Paranormal

The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

OK, I admit it: I picked this book up purely because of its cover.  The girl is so creepy and there is something not quite right about her–I think it is the eyes… Anyways, I am glad that I judged a book by its cover, because The Blessed turned out to be a really good read!

This novel starts out as we are introduced to three different teenage girls.  Each of these girls finds themselves in the same emergency room on the same night.  Agnes is the kind of girl who tries to do everything right, but ends up feeling miserable.  She tries to kill herself after her most recent breakup with a boy who she was head over heels in love with.  Cecilia is a very talented musician, but she is heading down the wrong path.  After a gig, she parties a little too hard and is rushed to the ER when she almost drowns in a puddle.  Then there’s Lucy.  She is a famous socialite who has everything anyone could want.  Unfortunately, that comes with a price, as she is surrounded by people who are a bad influence.  She is brought into the ER because of an accidental overdose.  After each of these girls are treated and released from the ER, they are visited by an enigmatic stranger.  The young man says his name is Sebastian and he gives each girl a bracelet.  What follows is a strange story that connects the three girls’ fates together as they mirror the saints they are named for.  Sebastian holds the key, however, to the truth about why these girls’ lives mirror the saints’ lives.

The Blessed is good pick for anyone who likes realistic fiction, with a mysterious air about it.  While reading this novel I was never really sure if there was something supernatural going on or not.  Plus, all three of the main characters (Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy) were very interesting and you really wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening to them.  The Blessed is also pretty suspenseful.  I would definitely call it a page turner and it will leave you guessing all the way to the last page.  Click here to find The Blessed in the Library!


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 11, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  Aliens have invaded earth and billions of people are dead as a result.  Cassie has survived, armed and dangerous, and so has Ben, as a miliatary recruit trained to kill the alien invaders.  Their stories converge as the both try to survive the 5th wave of attacks.  Click here to find The 5th Wave in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 5, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Science 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, April 5, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly 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

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 4, 2013 Categories: Events