Monday, July 28, 2014

Middle School Monday: Skies Like These by Tess Hilmo

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Twelve-year-old Jade’s perfect summers have always been spent reading and watching TV reruns, so she’s not happy when her parents send her off to Wyoming to her aunt’s house. She meets a boy who calls himself Roy Parker—just like the real name of the legendary rebel cowboy Butch Cassidy. Roy’s dad’s hardware store has closed because a chain store has opened up in town, and Roy thinks it is just like the big cattle barons in Butch’s day who put the local ranchers out of business. He wants Jade to be his Sundance Kid and help him pull some stunts worthy of Butch Cassidy. Sabotage the big store? Outsmart the store’s owner by doing reconnaissance on his ranch? Jade wants to be a good friend, but she’s not so sure about Roy’s schemes.

A funny, friendship-filled novel with a cowboy twist!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shark Week! at the Greece Public Library

Can you just hear the music from Jaws looking at this picture?  Does thinking about sharks make your heart race?  Join us for some great SHARK WEEK fun at the Greece Public Library!  We are having programs for all ages to celebrate the Discovery Channel's Shark Week and get you pumped for the real thing.   On Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m., come and design a shark mouth t-shirt and design a necklace with real shark teeth.  Bring your own t-shirt.  You can also pose with our Monster Shark for a great photo op!  Bring your cell phones for this great selfie opportunity, or we can take one with our camera for you.  The movie Sharknado will be shown for inspiration! 

On Thursday, August 7 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. we will be making some shark inspired cuisine with the Tops Cooking School.  Registration is open for both of these programs, so be sure to sign up HERE.   Our weekly puzzle will also have a shark theme, and will be a "Jumble" type of puzzle.  Turn one in by Friday, August 8 by 5:00 p.m. to be included in the drawing for a Wegmans gift card and a free book!

While you are waiting, come on in and check out one of these great shark books!

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When Davey wakes, just as the sun is rising, he can't wait to slip out of the crammed hotel room he's sharing with his family. Leave it to his parents and kid brother to waste an entire day of vacation sleeping in! Davey heads straight for the beach, book and glasses in hand, not bothering to leave a note. As the sparkling ocean entices him, he decides to test the water, never mind that "No Swimming" sign. But as the waves pull him farther from shore, Davey finds himself surrounded by water -- and something else, too. Something circling below the surface, watching, waiting. It's just a matter of time.

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Meet the most incredible creatures in the sea Sharkopedia takes you inside the exciting world of sharks. From Discovery Channel, the people who bring you Shark Week every summer, learn everything there is to know about these awesome predators. The book includes more than 400 photos and all 498 known shark species.Which shark has been clocked swimming 55 miles per hour?What feeding habits give tiger sharks their nickname "garbage guts"?Which shark has 25 rows of super-sharp teeth in its mouth?

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Famous shark hunters and other adventurers speak for the first time about their dangerous encounters with these fearsome predators in this book chronicling shark attacks both on Australia's fatal shores and around the world. It records miraculous escapes as well—some so bizarre they defy belief, and some that display extraordinary courage in the face of extreme peril. The phenomenon of so-called "rogue" sharks that stalk and kill humans in numbers, in the same place, at the same time, is also investigated. With all viewpoints covered from shark hunters to conservationists, these gripping stories will both fascinate and frighten, taking the reader into the realm of creatures that have ruled the oceans with ruthless efficiency for more than 400 million years.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Reading Update: Stats and Prize Winners!

What a summer so far!  77 teens have read a total of 551 hours, and lots of people are winning prizes!  Keep reading and you may be one of them!  Be sure to do one of our weekly prizes for more chances to win.  This Week's puzzle is a crossword all about the book The Giver (coming to theatres next month!) so test your knowledge now!   Be sure to turn it in to the information desk by close of business on Friday, July 25th to be entered in the gift card drawing.  You'll win a free Giver prize pack, too!

Our week 2 winners of $25 iTunes cards were:

Mackenzie J., Kayla M. and Katherine T.

Week 3 winners of $25 Amazon gift cards were:

Lauren M., Isabella W., and Brennan Z.

Last week's graffiti puzzle winner was Christina L.  By the way, we had a great time with graffiti artist Mr. P, and he will be coming back to the library to do another spray demo at Arts Fest on Saturday, October 25th.  The picture he created on July 17th will soon be hanging in the Teen Space at the library.  What do you think?

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We've also had 5 teens earn free yogurts from the Soho Yogurt cafĂ©'.  You must read at least 24 hours to earn a certificate - a limit of one per teen.   So far Martha R., Andy L., Cheyenne Z., Erik J. and Christina L. have gotten certificates.  Keep reading!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teen Tuesday: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

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From the acclaimed author of "Amelia Lost" and "The Lincolns" comes more nonfiction at its very best--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.
Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life. History doesn't get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.

My thoughts:  I am reading this book right now, and really enjoying it.  I think everyone has heard the name Rasputin, and knows the legend of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, but this book really brings the facts to life.  I also enjoyed Amelia Lost, recommend both of these books to history lovers! Candace Fleming makes history come alive - these books are definitely not boring!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Middle School Monday: The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

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She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.

Guest reviewer Children's Librarian Cathy Henderson says "Lots of action, and I HAD to keep reading to find out how it ended".  Recommended for readers who enjoy fantasy and adventure!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker

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Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family's bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennesee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.

Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She's even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird's star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?

From Reviewer Arlene: 
Wildflower did an exceptional job of pulling in worthy themes into the novel to add depth and realism to the story. I appreciated learning about the physical, emotional and family strain fame brings to such a young star. Exhaustion from tabloid lies, long hours of songwriting, the stress of social media attention, and falling short of your family and friends’ expectations can be tough for anyone, especially someone as young as Bird. Wow! What a huge burden to place on such young shoulders.

I appreciated how throughout the entire novel Bird just wanted to do what was right for everyone involved in her life. She consistently showed that she wanted to help everyone she cared about and not let them down. As quickly as she realized fame, I liked the fact that Bird remained somewhat grounded. She was an easy character to care for, and she won my heart immediately. I loved the family dynamics that played out in the novel as well as the meaningful friendships that were fostered. Truly a story full of honest emotion and depth.

My thoughts:  I LOVE country music, and knew I wanted to read this book as soon I placed an order for it!  I'm not finished it yet, but it is definitely living up to the gorgeous cover in my mind.  Bird is a believable character, and I can't wait to find out how her story ends.  This book also is a appeals to people who think faith and family are really important - a good, clean summertime read! Suitable for middle and high school.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Reading Update! Puzzles, prize winners, and more

Teen Summer Reading has begun.  Are you one of the 60 teens that has already signed up?  If not, don't despair - it's not too late.  Just go to the Greece Public Library website, click on the Summer Reading icon and sign up!  If you have any questions, you can sign up in person here at the library.  Our next drawing for three $25 iTunes gift cards will take place on Monday, July 14th. 
Our week one winners for the three $25 Regal Movie gift cards were:  Chima D., Andy L., and Cheyenne Z.!  Congrats to them!  As of this morning, you all have read a total of 246 hours.  Keep up the good work!
We also have local artist Mr. P here on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 pm.  Sign up HERE to see how he creates his work! Here are a few examples of his work!

In honor of his visit, our next Puzzle will be "Where's the Art?"  a matching puzzle of Rochester street art and where it is located.  You don't have to have all the answers correct to turn in your puzzle for a gift card drawing.  Just give it your best shot, and turn in your completed puzzle to the information desk at the library.  The puzzles are for Rochester teens aged 12-18.   The deadline for the first puzzle "Rochester Summer Time Top Ten Trivia" is 5 pm on Friday, July 11.  One lucky winner will get a $10 Wegmans giftcard, and a choice of a free book from my cart.  I went to the Public Library Association conference this year and got some great advance copies of books you will want to read!  Winners will be notified on Monday morning, July 14th.  Here are the links to the puzzles if you need to print one:
Week 1 Puzzle:  Rochester Trivia
Week 2 Puzzle:  Where's That Art?

In case you missed it, we had a great time last Tuesday, July 8th learning how to make sushi with the Tops Cooking School.  We have Tops coming back again in August for Shark Week Cuisine on Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m., and a "Death by Chocolate" class on Thursday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m.