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Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31st!

I can't believe it's the end of January already!  Few things:

1. Have you forgotten about Read for a Lifetime???  If you read 4 books by April 1st, you get to come to a Pizza Party!  Message Ms Laura or comment for more details!  Here is a link to the list of books:

Remember, all you have to do is read 4 books...and if you've already read the book for school, well that's a bonus!

2. Have you checked out goodreads yet?  Its can find out what your friends are reading and what they thought about certain books.  To see a sample profile, check out Ms. Laura's HERE!!!
You can even connect your goodreads to your facebook, read reviews of books and much more!

3. Like us on facebook to get updates!!!

4.  Check out the Young Adult Pages on the library's website!

5. Programs for February are as follows:
Teen Valentine’s Day                  Friday, February 4th                      4:00-6:15pm

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to prepare than to make valentine’s! We will be making Valentines and watching “Valentine’s Day” (PG-13) as well as enjoying delicious snacks! Sign up soon, Limit 25

Teen Board                                   Wednesday, February 9th              4-5:30pm
Are you interested in teen programs? Are you in 7th grade or up? Then think about joining Teen Board. This brand new group will help plan, implement and promote teen programs, decide new materials for us to add to the collection, provide input for the Teen Web page, face book page, MySpace page, and blog, and much more! If you are interested, see Ms. Laura for more information and to sign up.

Teen Nutrition                             Friday, February 18th                      4-5:30pm
Do you know how to stay healthy with today’s preservative and hormone injected food? Come and listen to nutritionist Chris Wager talk about all things healthy and how to steer clear of the dangers that lurk in every supermarket aisle. He will also be offering tips on how to keep fit and active! Sign up today. Limit 25

Teen Book Club                          Wednesday, February 23rd               4-5:30pm
The Teen Book Club will be meeting the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Meeting Room from 4:00-5:30pm. This month's book is "The Dear One" by Jacqueline Woodson and is available for pick up at the front desk. Come and discuss the book and eat delicious baked goods!

Teen Dinner and a Movie            Thursday, February 24th                  6-8pm
Love movies? Love food? Then this is the program for you! Bring a dish with you and we will have dinner and a movie! Dinner will be potluck style so everyone must bring a dish with! Sign up at the front desk with what you are going to bring. Pop, Plates and Cutlery will be provided. Limit 25

6. I am reading XVI at the moment, and cant wait to tell you all about it, check back soon!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Nobel Genes

So this was a real fast read with quite a twist!  If you are looking for something quick and good, pick this one up!  Check out the synopsis!

"It's tough to measure up to your parents' expectations. Imagine how much harder it would be if your mother told you that your biological father—whom you'd never met—was a Nobel prize-winning genius? What if, after years of testing and tutoring, you never showed that particular spark of brilliance? What if you found out that you'd been living a lie, and that the truth was darker than you could have imagined?

Does it matter who you come from? Or are we all just made from dust?

In Rune Michaels's most powerful novel yet, she examines the fragile emotions surrounding finding out who we are and what we’re made of." -  

I would give it 3 stars...check out all the books I'm reading on goodreads:

Up next: XVI by Julia Karr

Inkpop Writing Website!

Do you like to write?  Do you like to read what others are writing? Then Check out this new Teen Writing Website!

Inkpop a interactive website where teens can write their down all their book ideas.  One of the main Teen Book Publishers just bought its first manuscript off of here...Look for The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon.  Look for it Fall 2011!!!  Your book could be next!

Click here to check out this site!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teenage Waistland

Book about 3 (actually 5) teens stories about getting into a Lap Band trial.  What they go through in their lives and how their weight effects it.  It also shows the effects of losing that weight and what it does to their personalities.  There are some twists and turns with some of the characters and I feel like the story mainly really just stems between two chracters, East and Char, while everyone else's story tends to just add to this one.  Of course everyone has their own story, the East/Char one just seems to be the biggest. So this book was pretty good.  I guess you wouldnt relaly understand what these teens are going through if you werent heavier but the author does a pretty good job developing her characters. 

Check out the synopsis!

"“You all believe that losing one-hundred-plus pounds will solve everything, but it won’t. Something far heavier is weighing on you, and until you deal with that, nothing in your lives will be right.”

–Betsy Glass, PhD, at first weekly group counseling session for ten severely obese teens admitted into exclusive weight-loss surgery trial

Patient #1: Female, age 16, 5'4", 288 lbs.
Thrust into size-zero suburban hell by remarried liposuctioned mom. Hates new school and skinny boy-toy stepsister. Body size exceeded only by her big mouth.
Patient #2: Male, age 16, 6'2", 335 lbs.
All-star football player, but if he gets “girl surgery,” as his dad calls it, he’ll probably get benched. Has moobies—male boobies. Forget about losing his V-card—he’s never even been kissed.
Patient #3: Female, age 15, 5'6", 278 lbs.
Morbidly obese and morbid, living alone with severely depressed mother who won’t leave her bed. Best and only friend is another patient, whose dark secret threatens everything Patient #3 believes about life.

Told in the voices of patients Marcie Mandlebaum, Bobby Konopka, and Annie “East” Itou, Teenage Waistland is a story of betrayal, intervention, a life-altering operation, and how a long-buried truth can prove far more devastating than the layers of fat that protect it." -

Up Next: Nobel Genes

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Well I have just been a reading machine this year so far!  I finally finally finally was able to read this book over last weekend and enjoyed it very much!  In fact, it is checked out right now because the day I returned it, someone asked me if it was good and I told them yes so they checked it out!  I love when I can recommend the books I've read to Teens and they end up enjoying them!  Which is the reason for this blog!  I know sometimes Teens get busy and dont have time to come in and talk to me.  Hopefully though they can use this blog as a tool and see what I have been reading and recommending!!!  So here it is....another fairy tale book to add to my growing obsession of fairy tale books!

Check out the synopsis:

"A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future."

...also note: Cyn Balog is the author of Sleepless (which I reviewed over the Summer) and she will have a new book coming out this year entitled Starstruck (July 12, 2011)!!!

Coming up next:  Teenage Waistland which I will finish by this weekend!!!  Stay posted!

Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances

So I read this book a couple of weeks ago and haven't wrote about it yet!  Let it Snow is a book of 3 short stories about one big blizzard and one little town.  Each story is written by a different author and they kind of overlap so you know that the characters know one another but each story is about completely different things yet the same thing all at once: LOVE! 

It was a really cute book and was really fun to read when it was snowing and Christmastime.  All three authors are good at writing the different characters.  And I was pleased to find one of my personal favorite authors, Lauren Myracle, wrote the last story.  I also learned about two other authors that I had always meant to read something by but never got around to it! John Green, author of will grayson, will grayson & looking for alaska, and Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, wrote really great stories as well.  If you like comedy and romance, you should definitely check out this book!

Here is the synopsis:

"From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–What do a Christmas Eve snowstorm, 14 perky cheerleaders, a Waffle House, and a guy covered in tin foil have in common? Answer: these romantic holiday stories. Through an interconnected cast of characters set in one small Southern town, each author reveals a serendipitous night in the life of a particular teen. In Johnson's Jubilee Express, level-headed Jubilee experiences a traumatic day during which her parents get arrested, her train gets stuck in the snow, and she breaks up with her boyfriend, but in the end finds a new love. Green deftly portrays the teen male perspective with humor and wit in his Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, which starts with an urgent quest for cheerleaders and ends with an eye-opening experience of finding true love right before one's eyes. In Myracle's Patron Saint of Pigs, while agonizing over the pain of a recent breakup, Addie learns about herself and gains respect for relationships at the same time. Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.–Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. "

Richton Park Parks and Recreation Programs February!

Attention Richton Park Residents...did you know that the Richton Park Parks and Recreation Department have programs for Teens!?!?!?  Check out the Programs for February!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Prom & Prejudice w/ Guest Blogger Ms. Ashley

So who here is a Pride & Prejudice fan? The moment I saw the title “Prom & Prejudice” I knew, this was going to be great.


After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.


So, we’re all familiar with the line “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” from the original Pride and Prejudice. The opening line of this novel follows in the same vein, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.”, and it sets the stage beautifully. Right off the bat, you can tell it’s not your cut and dry Pride and Prejudice remake. All of the classic characters have been given new life. I took great delight in the irony of Elizabeth Bennet, who in Jane Austen’s work rarely practiced the piano, was a scholarship student at Longbourn Academy with a great talent on the piano. Every time they mentioned her practicing like crazy I had a mental giggle. Mr. Colins is still as cut and dry as ever and with a “soft spot” for Lizzie (take note that instead of searching for a wife, he was searching for a Prom Date. Prom is serious stuff at Longbourn Academy). There’s a whole bunch of other characters that appear as well, I’d tell you more about their roles, but I don’t want to give away the story. If you’re a huge Kitty and Mary fan, then you’ll be a bit disappointed – They show up in the book, but it’s almost like an afterthought. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. You knew the basic plot if you’ve read Pride & Prejudice, but the way it comes together isn’t that predictable! So go forth and READ IT!

Check to see if it’s on shelf or to order it: CLICK HERE!

Read more about it on GoodReads: CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Youth Media Awards

Congratulations to all the books out there that won awards this year!  The Winners were announced on Monday, January 10th, 2011 Live at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.  You can watch the Live Blog announcement here.

To view the Completed List, Click here!!!

The Books below are the ones we have available at the library right now.  Be sure to come in and check them out!!!

Alex Awards (Adult books with Young Adult Appeal)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake                     F- BENDER
Room: a Novel                                                         F-DONOGH
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel             MYS-GRANT

William C Morris Award
Hush                                              YA CHA
Guardian of the Dead                     YA HEA
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer      YA MCB

YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Award
They Called Themselves the KKK:
The Birth of an American Terrorist Group                           YA 322.4 BAR        

Spies of Mississippi:  The True Story of the Spy Network
that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement                 J 973.04 BOW

Michael L. Printz Award
Ship Breaker                          YA BAC
Stolen                                    YA CHR
Please Ignore Vera Dietz        YA KIN
Revolver                                YA SED
Nothing                                  YA TEL

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Teen Learn to Sew

Reminder for Friday's Program!!!

Be back soon to tell you about new books!

Richton Park Parks and Recreation Program!

For all you Richton Park Resident Teens:

The Richton Park Parks and Recreation is having a Teen Program that runs from January 18th-February 22nd. 

Deadline for Registration is Tuesday, January 11th! 

Click on the link to check out the Parks and Recreation Site!!!

Guitar Fundamentals (Parks and Rec Calendar)

Here's a Link to Richton Park Parks and Recreation Facebook Page!!!