Monday, September 27, 2004

Banned Books Week

The freedom to read, regardless of what a book is about, is a right that sometimes comes under attack. And, it's a right that we don't always think about...after all, so often we have to read a particular book. Have you ever thought what it might be like if you were not allowed to read something? Well, this is the perfect time to think about the freedom to read. It's Banned Books Week! The American Library Association has created a list of the top 100 books that have been challenged, or banned, in the last decade. Many of these books are on display in the Teen Corner. Here are some of the titles:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Blubber by Judy Blume

Excercise your freedom to read....pick up one of the books from the display today!

Thursday, September 23, 2004

New Books!

Here are some new books gracing the shelves of the Teen Corner:
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, YA FIC DES (pb)
Bringing Up the Bones by Lara Zeises, YA PB Z
Ripped at the Seams by Nancy Krulik, YA PB K
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black, YA PB B
Life of Pi: A Novel by Yann Martel, YA PB M
Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker, YA FIC BAR
Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve (sequel to Mortal Engines), YA FIC REE
Sonny's House of Spies by George Ella Lyon, YA FIC LYO
Jason and Kyra by Dana Davidson, YA FIC DAV
Devil on My Heels by Joyce McDonald, YA FIC MCD
The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud (sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand), YA FIC STR

If the book you want is currently checked out, you can request it from home! Just click on the link to the book, click on the button that says "Request Item" and fill out your library card number and your PIN (should be the last four digits of your phone number, unless you changed it). And, voila! The book will be sent to the library for you.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

2004 Teens' Top Ten Books

Here is your chance to voice your opinion about books! The American Library Association has a "best of" book list called Teen's Top Ten - they're books chosen for teens by teens. And you can be a part of the process! Check out the list of nominated books and read some (or all!) of them. Then, during Teen Read Week (October 17-23) you can vote for your favorite. I'll have a link here to the voting during that week.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Book Review

The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud is the second book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy, following The Amulet of Samarakand. Book Two picks up two years after Amulet and Nathaniel is now working in the Empire's Department of Internal Affairs. A series of attacks around London, presumably by a group known as the Resistance, have the entire government on edge. It's Nathaniel's new job to search out the members of the Resistance and stop the attacks, but Nathaniel senses that something more sinister is responsible for the mayhem. His investigation brings back Bartimaeus and takes them both on a dangerous journey to Prague, in search of the truth.

If you liked Book One, then you'll devour The Golem's Eye. Bartimaeus, and his wonderfully sarcastic humor, is back in full form. And readers get to know Kitty, a member of the Resistance who was introduced in the first book. It took me some time to get through this one (it's a mighty 562 pages!), but I loved every minute of it. I'm curious to know what will happen in the third, and final, book in the series!

Every Tree Tells a Story

Thanks to everyone who came to the YAB meeting this afternoon! A great time was had by all, and the pizza was delicious (thanks to Papa Gino's).

As promised, here is some information about the stuff we talked about at the meeting:
- The Friends of the Library have invited YAB to decorate a tree for their holiday "Every Tree Tells a Story" event. We get to decorate a tree to represent a book of our choice and it will be displayed in the library between December 6 and 11. But, that means we need to choose a book! Some suggestions were Harry Potter and So You Want to Be a Wizard? by Diane Duane. Click on the "Comment" link at the bottom of this entry to make a suggestion and we'll finalize our decision at the next YAB meeting.

- Let's celebrate birthdays (or at least acknowledge them). Send me an email at cshowman@mvlc.org with your birthdate and I'll add you to the list.

- Have a suggestion for a teen event? Or a CD recommendation? Either comment here or send me an email.

- Next YAB meeting is Tuesday, October 5 at 4:30pm in the Activity Room.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Free Pizza!

Tomorrow is the first Youth Advisory Board (YAB) meeting of the year. And, I'm excited to say that Papa Gino's has agreed to donate pizza for the meeting! That means everyone who comes to the meeting gets free pizza! It's never too late to join YAB. Stop by the Activity Room tomorrow (Tuesday, September 21) at 4pm to learn more about YAB...and to eat free food.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

How Far is Too Far?

Tonight there will be a live chat at the YA Authors Cafe about pushing the limits in YA literature. What is "too far" when it comes to violence, sex and graphic language? What do you think? Share your opinions with YA authors and readers at the chat, 8:30pm-9:30pm tonight.

Friday, September 10, 2004

It Walks on Water

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon have developed a robot that can walk on water. The tiny robot looks like a spider and moves like a water skimmer (you know, those bugs that can flit atop the surface of water). It weighs less than a dime and only costs $10 in materials. Talk about the wonders of science!

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Looking for some new music?

I recently heard the first single of Anna Nalick, "Breathe (2AM)", and I thought I'd share my enthusiasm with all of you. Anna is an awesome (and young!) singer/songwriter from my home state of California. Her new album won't be out until October, but you can bet that I'll be one of the first to buy it. If you're looking for some new music, definitely listen to the song!

Friday Night Lights

Interesting news for North Reading High School students...Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger, one of the books on the summer reading list, is coming out as a movie on October 8. Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw (of country music fame) both star in the movie. Check out the official website for the movie.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Upcoming Library Hours

Just a reminder that the library will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labor Day. We'll close at our regular time on Friday (5pm) and reopen on Tuesday at 10am. I hope you all have a great summer holiday - go do something fun!

And good news, our regular Saturday hours will start up again on September 10. We'll be open 10-5 every Saturday through the school year.

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