Monday, August 19, 2013

Who Done It?!?! Fox Branch Mystery Night

Are you a fan of mysteries?  Then we need your help!  A mole has been leaking information about our rebellion for months, but now they've gone too far.  A murder has been committed at the Fox Library and we our investigation is going into overdrive.  The hunt will begin at The Dystopian Mystery @ Fox on Thursday, August 22nd at 6:30 PM.  Teens who have registered will receive pizza and refreshments to help fuel your clue seeking skills until 8:00 PM.  All agents must show up to the Fox Library by 6:45 PM to participate.  Please register here, our team is filling up quickly!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Intro to The Vortex Game

I recently finished "The Waiting Sky" by Lara Zielin about a teenager who is spending the summer chasing tornadoes while she figures out what to do about her alcoholic mother.  The team chasing twisters plays the Vortex Game where you "picture a twister out on the plains.  And say you know it's going to suck up tow things.  Your cat or your homework, maybe.  Only one is going to survive the encounter.  Which do you pick?" (page 57 of The Waiting Sky)

I thought this was awesome and decided to make it a feature on our Facebook page and Twitter account.  Look for the monthly "Vortex Game" posts and vote what you think would survive.

Vote now on our first installment of the Vortex game on Facebook or Twitter- "The Hunger Games" vs. "Divergent".

Want to read the book that inspired me?  Click here for the books availability.  The book is available as I'm writing this, but who knows how long until someone checks it out!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stretching Your Body and Brain Events August 14th

If you've been reading this summer then you should come to our Teens Only Book Group Wednesday, August 14th from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the Robbins Library Teen Area. Whether you've loved or hated the books you've been reading, this is your venue to share all your opinions about your latest reads. While we will be discussing "Ashfall" by Mike Mullin, we do talk about other books at the meeting. This group is great for anyone who can't figure out what to read next. Maybe you've read this months pick, but really didn't like it, you are more than welcome to share these feelings. The goal of the group is to try new books and enjoy the discussion. There is no need to register for this event, just drop in and join the discussion. Copies of "Ashfall" are in the Teen Area now.


Looking for a physical activity? Then join us for a free Yoga and Mediation workshop that evening from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Robbins Library Community Room. Laugh, move, and breathe your way to a happier, healthier you. Strengthen your body and calm your mind as you blend traditional yoga poses with fun yoga inspired activities. Both energetic and relaxing, we welcome teens of all skill level to this class. What do you have to lose? It's free! Please register here.



Monday, August 5, 2013

Bear Wrangling and more this week at the library!


Yes! You heard me!  Bear wrangling, but that is an exaggeration... While you wont be taking down any bears, you will learn how to survive in the wilderness in our "Wild Menotomy: Survival Skills" workshop.  This workshop is today from 4:00 - 5:30 PM at the Robbins Library.  You can register online or stop in.  Just be aware that you might get your hands dirty!


Maybe getting your hands dirty is not your thing, maybe you are more of an eating pizza and chatting kind of teen. If that sounds more like your style then join us for the Teen Advisory Group. We need teens to share their ideas on how to make the library a better place. If you register online then you'll be guaranteed pizza. Just meet in the Teen Area of the Robbins library at 4:00 PM Wednesday, August 7th.  Please register here for pizza. By the way, you get Community Service Hours for attending!


You are more than welcome to come to both programs, they are free and open to all teens!



Friday, August 2, 2013

My Suggested Summer Reading

Have you finished your required Summer Reading and are looking for your next great read? Here is a list of some of my favorite books for you to choose from. Some of them may have wait lists on them, but they are worth it! Feel free to leave comments with some of the great books you read so far this year.


New or Newish:


The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

The Diviners- Libba Bray
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try

Every day- David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.

The Fire Horse Girl- Kay Honeyman
When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.

Out of the Easy- Ruta Sepetys
Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.

The Painted Girls- Cathy Marie Buchnan
In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.

The Tragedy Paper- Elizabeth LaBan
While preparing for the most dreaded assignment at the prestigious Irving School, the Tragedy Paper, Duncan gets wrapped up in the tragic tale of Tim Macbeth, a former student who had a clandestine relationship with the wrong girl, and his own ill-fated romance with Daisy.


Oldies but Goodies:


Almost Perfect- Brian Katcher
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

Bruiser- Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

The Half-life of Planets- Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
An unlikely romance develops between a science-minded girl who is determined to reclaim her reputation and a boy with Asperger's Syndrome.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

Unwind- Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Flipped- Wendelin Van Drannen
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.


By Author:

Laurie Halse Anderson
Meg Cabot
Sarah Dessen
John Green
L.J. Smith
Jordan Sonnenblick

Book descriptions from the Minuteman Catalog.  Click on a title to check availability of a book.