Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fun making locker magnets!








We had fun making locker magnets with Kim Romig at the Greece Public Library today!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Making Edible Flower Arrangements!

We had a great time making edible fruit arrangements with the Tops Cooking School at the Greece Public Library today!















Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fall Cooking Programs with Tops at the Library!


Cake Pops and More for Teens!

This Fall the Tops Cooking School will be here at the library to present more popular cooking programs for teens.  On Saturday, September 29, at 1:00 pm we will learn how to make BBQ meatballs, pizza bites, red velvet cake pops, and tye die cake pops.  Registration is limited and begins on Friday, September 7. 



Frightfully Fun Fondue for Teens

On Thursday, October 25th at 6:30 pm, join us as we learn to make a cheese fondue and a chocolate fondue, and use different dippers for each!  All supplies provided.  Registration is limited and begins on Thursday, October 4. 

These programs are recommended for ages 12-18.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis is the story of Ben Bright, a high school senior that seems to have it all; looks, a great girlfriend, a loving family, and lots of optimism for his future.  Ben's family and friends are devastated when he announces that he has enlisted, but eventually rally support for his decision.   Ben had high ideals of wanting to serve his country, but seemed extremely naive about the possibility that he would actually fight in Iraq.  Almost immediately, Ben is sent to Iraq, and on one of his first missions, his Humvee is blown up and he is seriously injured.  The majority of the book deals with how Ben's friends and family cope with his brain injury, and the strain it places on all of them.  A quick read, some flaws, may appeal to boys or reluctant readers.  My rating:  3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, August 20, 2012

New Book: Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato is a novel that hooked me in the beginning, and left me more than a little surprised at the end!  Tripp Broody has been forbidden to play his guitar by his mother, who is concerned that Tripp is not spending enough time on school work, or making friends.  Lyla Marks appears to be the complete opposite of Tripp.  She is a top student, an award winning cello players, and quite popular.  Beneath the surface, Tripp and Lyla share many of the same dreams and interests.  Over the course of the school year, the two start to develop a friendship via notes left in the practice room the two "share" to play their instruments; Lyla on even days, and Tripp on odd days.  I love the way the friendship develops, and how Lyla starts to make her own decisions about her life.  Both she and Tripp have parents that mean well, but are pushing their own expectations on their children.  The only think about this book I wasn't too crazy about was the ending.....and I can't really tell you about it, because I want you to read this book for yourself, and decide what you think! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's Time to Vote!

It’s time for the Teens’ Top Ten again! Voting is open from August 15th through September 15th!
The Teens’ Top Ten is all about teen choice! Teen readers can vote for their favorite books from this year’s list of nominated titles. The resulting Teens’ Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week. The nominated books are posted on YALSA’s website. There is an annotated nominations list as well as tips for promoting the Teens’ Top Ten to teen readers. Don’t forget to use #TTT12 on Twitter to help us get the word out!
The Teens’ Top Ten is part of an ongoing project that connects teen book groups with publishers of young adult books. The publishers provide advance reader copies to selected teen book groups and the teens evaluate the books and provide feedback to the publishers. These same teen book groups create the voting list for the Teens’ Top Ten by nominating their favorite titles published in the previous year.
More information, including a list of the rockstar Teens’ Top Ten book groups, may be found on YALSA’s website.

Without further ado, here are the nominated titles for YALSA’s 2012 Teens’ Top Ten list!




  • (Orca Book Publishing, 2011; 9781554698240)
    Max, his sister Ally, and their mother return home to Middleton to find Ally’s classmates acting strange. It is the future, and the government has created a “vaccine” to make kids easier to teach–they are less rowdy, less likely to question, and willing to obey any direction. Max’s family has a choice: to be “vaccinated,” to flee their home, or stay and fight.
  • Ashes by Ilsa Bick (Egmont USA, 2011; 9781606841754)
    Alex, Tom, and Ellie join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky. The pulse kills most of the world’s population and destroys all computer devices, but it also turns some who remain into zombies or gives them superhuman senses.
  • Abandon by Meg Cabot (Point, 2012; 9780545040648)
    Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos–Island of Bones–for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back. Can she escape death once again?
  • Tempest by Julie Cross (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012; 9780312568894)
    Jackson is a typical college kid until the day his girlfriend, Holly, is shot. Jackson decides he must use his one incredible gift, the ability to time travel. He goes back in time two years, trying to discover a way to alter the future so that Holly lives. The future is full of uncertainty and the past is full of betrayal–is there anyone Jackson can trust?
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile, 2011; 9780670012947)
    Ever since McLean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years–each time taking on a new persona. McLean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to–she just wants to be herself.
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011; 9781442409057)
    In the future, experimental genetics ensures that males only live to 25 and females to 20. When 16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and sold into marriage, she is determined not to let her walls down for anyone so she can escape and go home to her brother. But when she meets her sister wives and Gabriel, a handsome servant, she finds it harder than ever as she tries to plan her escape under the watchful eye of her sinister father-in-law.
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2011; 9780525422945)
    This sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia’s ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia’s family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (Walker Children’s, 2012; 9780802723468)
    Will Scarlett is one of the Merry Men, Robin Hood’s legendary band of thieves, but what few people know is that Will Scarlett is actually … a girl! Disguised as a boy to escape from her past, Scarlett robs from the rich and gives to the poor. When an old enemy of Scarlett’s appears, she must choose: Keep her identity hidden? Or keep the people of Nottingham safe?
  • Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman (Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile, 2011; 9780670063116)
    As the battle for ultimate control of her home draws near, Eona finds herself waging an internal battle that might cause more damage than the war threatening to break out across the kingdom.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile, 2012; 9780525478812)
    Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,” they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.
  • Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge (Abrams/Amulet Books, 2011; 9780810997219)
    When Paige Turner and her family move to Brooklyn from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, which exposes her true personality and helps her find herself.
  • Legend by Marie Lu (Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile, 2011; 978-0399256752)
    June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Egmont USA, 2011; 9781606841440)
    Emerson Cole sees dead people–ghosts from the past blending in with her surroundings. When a new consultant from a secretive organization shows up at her door to try to cure her, everything changes. But diving into the world of the mysterious Hourglass Society proves to be dangerous as the past merges with the present.
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, 2012; 978031261894
    A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella. Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing. Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.
  • Shine by Lauren Myracle (Abrams/Amulet Books, 2011; 9780810984172)
    When her best friend falls victim to a horrible hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her backwoods town in North Carolina.
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay (Candlewick, 2011; 9781406311525)
    Conor suddenly wakes up just past midnight to find a monster outside his window. This monster wants something from Conor that he is reluctant to give: the truth.
  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers, 2011; 9781442403154)
    In this prequel to Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is on a dark quest to save his twin’s life. With help from his best friend Henry and his lovely cousin Elizabeth, the three go on a quest to concoct the mythical Elixir of Life. How far is he willing to go to save his twin?
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Penguin Group/Razorbill, 2011; 9781595143976)
    Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side, they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books, 2011; 9781594744761)
    When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children’s home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2011; 9780062024022)
    Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (bravery): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society where she must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards independence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these factions begins to fall apart?
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Group/Philomel Books, 2011; 9780399254123)
    In 1941, Lina, her mother, and her younger brother are taken from their home in Lithuania and sent to Siberia. The only thing that keeps her going is her secretly-created art and the hope that one day she’ll be be reunited with her father.
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press, 2011; 9780545224901)
    Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion–but only one can win The Scorpio Races.
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, 2011; 9780316036061)
    A year after Jill’s father dies, her mother decides to adopt a baby. Mandy’s been living in different places, but now that she’s pregnant, she wants to make sure her baby has the love and support she never did. A story of two girls dealing with grief, new life, and everything in between when their paths cross.
  • All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011; 9780374302108)
    In 2083, water is rationed, paper is rare, and coffee and chocolate are illegal. Anya Balanchine balances a mobster family, ailing grandmother, and forbidden love–until it all comes crashing down.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The final winner:  Alexandrea C. and her review of Seabiscuit :  An American Legend!

"Seabiscuit, a horse who inspired a nation. Tells the story of a horse who overcame many obstacles and comes out on top."

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cool Smoothies!





Tops Cooking School came in today and taught us how to make a fruit smoothie, a mock "Frappachino", and S'mores in the toaster oven.  Tops will be coming back on August 29th at 1 pm to teach us how to make edible arrangements, so make sure you register.  In the fall we will have a cake pops class, and frightfully fun fondue, so stay tuned for more information!