Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Reading

Today starts week one of our Summer Reading Club. In order to join, you need to come to the library with your library card and we'll give you a packet. After that, you check in with us once a week with what you've read and get a prize just for reading.

Are you stumped on what to read? Here are a few sites with great book titles to help you out:

Teen Reads created the Ultimate Reading List for all teens. They update the list constantly as new books come in. There are plenty of books here to find!

New York Libraries has created a list of great teen reads and has book trailers on the site as well.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has a list of summertime classic favorites that they feel have stood the test of time.

There are plenty of other sites out there for book recommendations or you can stop in and ask for some!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Funny Ha Ha: The High School Humor Challenge

Calling all budding humorists: we want you to make us laugh! Studio 360 and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are looking for humor writing by students who are about to start high school, in high school, or spring graduates. Your writing can take any form — text, video, or audio. The writer and actor BJ Novak  will pick a winner on the show.
Here's your assignment  your piece must begin and end with these sentences:
FIRST LINE: The sun rose and everything fell.
LAST LINE: Alex stared at the door handle and slowly turned the knob.
What happens in between those two lines is up to you!
Go to the Humor Challenge site for more information.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Games with Impact

I recently discovered a few websites that help you learn about history or social issues.

Games for Change
Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.
We aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects.

This game has you navigating the life of a person on a fixed income, helping you learn about poverty and economics.

Mission US
This game is free, but requires you to register to play. In the games, you life the life of a person in U.S. history, helping you learn about events in our country's past.

Friday, May 29, 2015

June is National GLBTQ Month

June is National GLBTQ Month. To celebrate the month, read one of the books listed below that's on our YA collection.

Andrews, Arin.  Some Assembly Required. YA B Andrews A

Barakiva, Michael.  One Man Guy.  YA FIC Barakiva

Bick, Ilsa J.  Sin-Eater’s Confession.  YA FIC Bick

Burd, Nick.    The Vast Fields of Ordinary. YA FIC Burd

Clark, Kristin Elizabeth.   Freakboy. YA FIC Clark

Cook, Trish.   Notes from the Blender.  YA FIC Cook

Farizan, Sara. If You Could Be Mine. YA FIC Farizan

George, Madeleine.   The Difference Between You and Me.  YA FIC George

Green, John & Levithan, David.   Willy Grayson, Will Grayson.   YA FIC Green

Hilder, Tanuja Desai.   Bombay Blues.  YA FIC Hilder

Hill, Katie Rain.  Rethinking Normal.   YA B Hill H

Katcher, Brian.   Almost Perfect.  YA FIC Katcher

Knowles. Jo.   See You at Harry’s.  YA FIC Knowles; 6-8

Kuklin, Susan.  Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out.  YA 306.768 K

Levithan, David.   Two Boys Kissing.   YA FIC Levithan

Moskowitz, Hannah.  Not Otherwise Specified.  YA FIC Moskowitz

Peters, Julie Ann.  She Loves You, She Loves You Not.   YA FIC Peters

Polonsky, Ami.  Gracefully Grayson.  YA FIC Polonsky; 6-8

Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  YA FIC Saenz

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys.  YA FIC Sanchez

Smith, Rachel Lee.  Speaking Out: Queer Youth in Focus.  YA 306.76 S

Telgemeier, Raina.   Drama.  YA Graphic FIC Telgemeier

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 4th Be With You!

While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. as well as the official Star Wars social media channels (hashtag #StarWarsDay) help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to mark the day.

May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977). The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.

With the exciting launch of a new trilogy of movies beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming in the near future, this day to celebrate the saga and its amazing fans is certain to become even bigger each year.

For more information and to find May 4th events, check out the official Star Wars site.