Monday, June 27, 2005

YAB Meeting Tomorrow!

Our next YAB meeting is tomorrow, June 28! The meeting is still on the usual Tuesday, but remember that the time has's 5:30-6:30pm. Many of you have summer job commitments and I wanted to make sure as many of you could get to the meeting as possible.

Don't forget to bring your list of favorite books of the year. We're going to compile a list of Teen Recommended books for the summer. I'll print up the list and have it in the Teen Corner for people looking for something good to read.

And, as usual, there will be snacks and ARCs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Summer Reading Books

There are only a few days of school left, so it's just about time to start thinking about summer reading. The Teen Corner is chock full of summer reading books now! We have books for North Reading Middle School and High School, and the lists for a few of the local private schools (if you go to a private school, I'd love to get a copy of your list). All the summer reading books are shelved where the "New" books generally go (above the EBS books and graphic novels). If you have trouble finding a title you want, please ask a librarian!

So as not to feel left out of the summer reading phenomenon, I'll be reading as many of the summer books as I possibly can. I've already read a number of the books on the middle school and high school lists, so I'm starting with some of the non-fiction that I missed out on. I recently finished Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich (I know more about blackjack than I ever thought I could!). And I've just started Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, which is the true story of a young man who gave up everything he owned and wandered into the wilderness of Alaska...and never came out.


On my lunch break today I read the new manga by Kiyohiko Azuma (author/creator of Azumanga Daioh), Yotsuba&!, vol. 1. And I have to say, Yotsuba's antics had me laughing out loud. You see, Yotsuba is the new, green-haired kid in town and she's just a little strange. She's never seen a swing before, she has an unnatural fear of air conditioners and she's likely to climb up a pole and pretend she's a cicada. And, of course, she's wreaking havoc on the neighborhood.

So far we're the only library in the consortium that has it, so put in your request now. Or, wait until the Teen Stuff Auction on August 18 and bid on the copy we have to give away!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Teen Stuff @ Flint Memorial Library

Do you miss all the prizes and events that summer brought when you were a kid? Well, then you're in luck! Because this year we're having a Teen Summer Reading Program, called Teen Stuff @ Flint Memorial Library!

Beginning Monday, June 27 get your reading log and "Going Places" card in the library. Keep track of the hours that you read over the summer and your visits to the library, and you could get FREE stuff. Your hours and visits will translate into "Flint Bucks" for our Teen Auction on Thursday, August 18, 7pm. You can use your "money" to bid on prizes such as bookstore gift certificates, books, food and other cool items.

There will also be fun events throughout the summer including....a Dance Dance Revolution tournament, a "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" craft, and a teen Game & Coffee Night.

One (1) hour of reading = $100
A visit to the library (get your card punched) = $200
Read a BBYA (Best Books for YAs) book or Teens' Top Ten (TTT) book,
and write a review = $300

The Fine Print:
You can read anything you want and have it count toward your reading log. But, you need to list what you've been reading on the back of your log (this is to keep you honest - no coloring in boxes just for fun!).

Only one card punch per day - even if you visit the library ten times in a day (which would be hard to do, but possible). Just trying to be fair to everyone.

BBYA and TTT book reviews need to be at least a paragraph long. And, no, you don't have to like the book in order to write a review. You may email the review to Christi, handwrite it and turn it into the Circulation Desk, or post a comment to the Teen Blog. The final reviews may be posted on this blog.

Call for Volunteers!

Summer is almost here (yay!) and we're rushing around to get everything ready for the Summer Reading Program. If you're in grades 6-12 and are looking for something to do this summer (or even now!), I'm looking for some good volunteers. I especially need people to help us prepare for the beginning of the summer, get craft items together and to help run events for the younger kids (like our kick-off event on Monday, June 27).

Call me at 978-664-4942, or email me at if you're interested. Volunteering at the library is a lot of fun, especially in the summer. Plus, you're likely to get some cool, free stuff - and you earn community service hours if you need them!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Join other Sisterhood fans to watch the movie! We will be heading to the Showcase Cinemas in Lawrence (the 7-14 side) to see the movie as a group. Any and everyone is invited to join us, so tell your friends! Our trip is Saturday, June 11 and we'll be seeing the 10:10am showing of the movie.

You'll need to bring money (tickets are $5) and find a ride to the theatre. I will get there a little before 10am to meet up with everyone. I hope to see you all Saturday!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Anime Boston Review

Check out James M.'s awesome review of last month's Anime Boston. He went everywhere, saw a ton and wrote about it so we could share the experience. (thanks, James!) My favorite part? Definitely the section on Human Cosplay Chess. I've always thought live chess would be more interesting than the board game!

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