Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Fun reads for the summer

Long time, no post! I was actually out of town for a few sunny California! Now, before you all get too jealous, remember that's where I grew up, so I try to visit as often as I can. This time I was out there to attend a wedding, and to see some family. It's a long journey to and from the west coast, so I took a few books along with me. Here's what I read:

People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau, YA FIC DUP
The sequel to City of Ember picks up right where the first book stopped. Lina and Doon have managed to escape their disintegrating home, and through their efforts over 400 people from Ember have also made it to the surface. Now they have to rely on the people of Sparks, a post-Disaster town, to survive. Can the people of Ember learn to survive up top before it's too late? I read this book just as quickly as I read the first one! Lina has become one of my favorite characters - she's smart and strong, with true compassion running in her veins. If you haven't read the first book yet, I highly recommend it and People of Sparks.

Meridian: Going to Ground by Barbara Kesel, YA Graphic KES
The Meridian series is a great graphic novel story line. After her father's death, 16 year-old Sephie is the new Minister of Meridian, a floating city of the land of Demetria. However, her Uncle Ilhan has plans to take over all of Demetria and wants Sephie out of the way. With only a new, unexplained, power to assist her Sephie must mount forces against Ilhan and save Meridian from destruction. I had fully intended to only read the first issue, Flying Solo, but I was hooked after the first few chapters. The story is exciting and the artwork amazing....I can't wait to reading the third book, Taking the Skies!

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee, J FIC YEE
Millicent Min is an eleven-year-old senior in high school. She's always been way ahead of other kids her age intellectually, but she doesn't have much of a social life. The summer before her senior year her mother decides that it's time for Millicent to meet some people. She is enrolled in volleyball camp and has to tutor her archnemesis, Stanford. Needless to say, the results are quite humorous. If you want a fun break from school summer reading pick up this book - or listen to it on tape!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Free Comic Book Day

It's right around the corner. On Saturday, July 3 many local comic book stores will be giving away free comics! Go to for more information.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Summer Reading is Here!

Summer Reading books are now available in the Teen Corner. We have books for both the middle school and the high school - and the lists are also in the Teen Corner.

Make sure you check out the "Summer Reading FAQs" displayed near the books. The most important thing to know is that the high school summer reading titles are labeled "SR" and are on a first-come, first-served basis. That means you can't request them through IPAC. There are copies of the books at other libraries that you can request, but you may have to wait longer to get the books. If you have any questions about summer reading, just ask!


Thank you to everyone who helped out with the Teen Coffeehouse last Friday! I'm sure everyone who was there would tell you that it was a success. The food was good (especially the cookies and brownies provided by our own YAB members), the coffee was hot and there was a lot to talk about. Hopefully we can have another one in the near future! Let me know what you think.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Coffeehouse Tonight!

Free coffee to all North Reading teens (read: middle and high school).

That's right, the first ever Coffeehouse is finally here!
Tonight, 7-8:30pm in the Library Activity Room.

Coffee, lemonade, brownies, chips, music....and more! Come check it out and bring some friends.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

YA Authors

Want to talk with one of your favorite new YA authors? Or, how about check out an author's website or blog? Then you should check out YA Authors Cafe. On Tuesday nights there are even live chats with authors.

June 15 at 8:30pm, talk with Lara M. Zeises author of Contents Under Pressure - YA FIC ZEI. Just go to YA Authors Cafe via the link above. (By the way, I'm reading Contents Under Pressure right now and it's a great read! If you've ever felt like all your friends are doing things before you and leaving you behind then you need to read this.)

Some other authors on YA Authors Cafe:
Sarah Dessen
Laurie Halse Anderson
Melvin Burgess
Todd Strasser
and more!

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

YAB Meeting today!

What: Youth Advisory Board Meeting
Where: Library Activity Room
When: 4:30-5:30pm
Why: It's the last meeting before the Coffeehouse....bring ideas for setting up the room, organizing set-up/clean-up and any music suggestions you have.
Will there be food?: Of course!

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Celebrity Hangman

You have to check this's Celebrity Hangman! (kind of like the kind you played as a kid, but with a bigger laugh)

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Harry Potter Mania

The countdown begins...only 56 hours until the first showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Do any of you have tickets already?

For those of you curious about book six in the Harry Potter series I recommend you check out J.K. Rowling's new website. This is the first time she's had an official site and I have to say I'm pretty impressed! There are FAQs, dispelled (or confirmed!) rumors, and hints about the next two books - if you can find them. There seem to be at least a few secret sections of the site. If anyone finds out how to get into the door marked "Do Not Disturb", let me know!

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