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Listen to this–Emily's playlist for the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl As part of the summer reading program this year, we asked teens to create playlists for books they read.  A book playlist is just a list of songs that either the main character would listen to, or that just fit with the different aspects of the book.  This is the first time we’re posting one of the playlists, and it’s Emily’s playlist for the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  Click here to find Stargirl in the Library to see why Emily chose these songs for her playlist.  To listen to Emily’s playlist, just click on the pop-out player below:

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 27, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Music

The Gray Wolf Throne

If you’re a fan of Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series, be sure to checkout The Gray Wolf Throne, the lastest installment of the series.  If you can’t get your hands on a copy, click here to read the first chapter.  Also checkout the music video that was made for the novel below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 14, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Music

It Gets Better Project

It September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry made a YouTube video for LGBT teens and youth as a reaction to the number of young people who took their lives the past year because of being bullied.

Following this posting, they began the It Gets Better Project, which accepts YouTube videos with inspiring messages for those who need it.   Click here to check out the site.  Celebrities and everyday people have posted more than 10,000 videos.  In March 2011 they were also able to publish a book that contains inspiring essays and other materials, and all the proceeds from the book are being donated to LGBT youth charities.  It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living can be found on our shelves in the Library.

Recently, the band Rise Against has collaborated with the It Gets Better Project to use clips from the video submissions in their newest music video for their song Make It Stop (September’s Children), and the video was released this week. The song draws its inspiration from the rash of suicides of bullied teens.  Make It Stop (September’s Children) is on their latest album Endgame, which you can find in the Library’s collection.  Also, an interesting note, the band filmed the music video at lead singer Tim McIlrath’s former high school, Rolling Meadows High School.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 22, 2011 Categories: Music, Nonfiction

Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway

Audrey Wait! book cover Audrey is a loud music lover, big word user, fashion forward, your average high school student… and followed by paparazzi, called by gossip columnists, wanted for a reality TV show, stalked by reporters, asked for autographs, analyzed on messages boards, and a trend setter. Okay maybe not your average high student anymore. 

In Audrey Wait!, Audrey tells her side of the story, a story that began when she broke up with her boyfriend Evan because it just wasn’t working.  Evan just so happened to be part of a band and Audrey breaking up with inspired him to write a song “Audrey Wait!”  He debuted the song at a local concert, that was attended by a big record label exec, zoom a couple of months forward and cue to Audrey working at Scooper Dooper the local ice cream shop.  Then on the radio she hears “Audrey Wait!” and suddenly nothing is private.  There are always cameras, people observing, people misquoting, other musicians looking for inspiration, or people just making stuff about her.  Luckily, she has her always supportive and spunky best friend Victoria, like the queen, to help her navigate. But as the fame seeps more and more into her life, the affect it’s having on her life, her friendship with Victoria, and a budding romance become more and more apparent and Audrey doesn’t want to wait, she just wants it all to STOP. 

Reviewed by Renee-Teen Outreach Librarian

By MPPL on June 14, 2011 Categories: Fiction, High School, Music, Realistic Fiction

Lemonade Mouth

Lemonade Mouth

Did you catch the premiere of Lemonade Mouth on the Disney Channel last night?  If you’re a fan, did you know that Lemonade Mouth was originally a book written by Mark Peter Hughes?  Click here to find it in the Library, and check it out to see how it compares to the movie. 

Lemonade Mouth Book If you missed the premiere, Lemonade Mouth is about five random freshmen who meet in detention and end up forming a band.  In the book, the band’s story is told through alternating chapters by each band member.  As they start to make music together and get attention that goes beyond their high school, the band mates also have to deal with some typical and not so typical life drama.

You still have a chance to watch Lemonade Mouth on the Disney Channel.  Click here to find out when it is airing next.

Also, you can check out the DVD of the movie at the Library when it is release on 5/24/11.  Click here to find it in our catalog.

In the meantime, check out this video of one of the songs from the movie:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 16, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Music, Realistic Fiction

Music Recommendations for Teens by Teens

Looking for some music recommendations?  Check out what some of our teen patrons are listening to below:

"The music I have discovered is country.  My friend was telling me about Taylor Swift, and I looked her up.  Now I know and lover her songs…"
Find Taylor Swift's latest CD, Speak Now, at the Library by clicking here.

"I have discovered Now That's What I Call Music.  I like it because it has a mix of all different songs."
Find Now That's What I Call Music 37, the most recent CD in the series, at the Library by clicking here.

"I have discovered music by Usher.  I love his song 'OMG'.  That is one of my favorite songs now."
Find Usher's CD R v R with the song "OMG", at the Library by clicking here.

"'Rock That Body'.  It is by the Black Eyed Peas.  I really like it."
Find The Black Eyed Peas' CD The E.N.D. with "Rock That Body", at the Library by clicking here.

"I enjoy listening to Daughtry.  He has many good songs…My favorite songs off his 2 albums would be 'Home' and 'Feels Like Tonight'.  He has a fantastic voice."
Find Daughtry's CD Daughtry with the songs "Home" and "Feels Like Tonight", at the Library by clicking here.

"One day I was on iTunes.  I was typing random things.  Then I found a band called OK Go.  I listened to a few of their songs, and now they're my favorite band."

Find OK Go's latest CD Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, at the Library by clicking here.

What are you listening to that you would recommend? 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 29, 2011 Categories: Music

The E.N.D. reviewed by Urszula

Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.I really like the new Black Eyed Peas album The E.N.D. My favorite songs are I Gotta Feeling and Boom Boom Pow. The music is very rhythmic and easy to dance to. I highly recommend this album.

review submitted by Urszula

By on September 23, 2009 Categories: Music