Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In the Shadow of Blackbirds: A Teen Tuesday Pick!

From Goodreads.com.  In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.  I would recommend it for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 

Incidently, did you know the Greece Library is now on Goodreads?  check out our page here:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Digital Services Demystified!

Learn more about the digital services available with your library card!  Bring your own device, or look at what we own.  Please come with a valid library card and e-mail address.  If you bring your own device, make sure it is charged, registered, and ready to go! There are three sessions, choose the one that best fits your schedule; Saturday, May 11 from 9:30-11:30 am, Monday, May 20 from 2:00-4:00 pm, and Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Access the program calender to register HERE

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Summer Volunteer Positions & the Teen Advisory Board

It's time to get your applications in for a summer volunteer position at the Greece Public Library.  Access the application on our website here, or at the information desk in the library (main desk and children's desk).  Please answer each question completely and return this form to the library no later than May 24, 2013. Volunteer forms will NOT be accepted after this date. There is a mandatory volunteer meeting either 6/11 @ 4pm OR 6/12 @ 4pm. You MUST attend one of these meetings in order to volunteer for the Summer Reading Program- NO exceptions!
If you are interested in volunteering  year round, and want to voice opinions about the library, what materials we purchase, programs, and more, come to the first Teen Advisory Board meeting on May 2 at 6:30 pm.  We will have pizza and soda, and go over our ideas for the next few months.  Teens aged 12 to 18 are welcome to attend.  Please register here.  You can do both the summer volunteer position, and the Teen Board.  We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two for Teens

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From Goodreads.com:  "How far would you go for love, beauty, and jealousy?

When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that--he decides to find out who did it. Jay understands how it feels to be treated like a freak, and he also has a secret: He's a brilliant hacker. But the deeper he digs, the more danger he's in--and the more he falls for Nicole. Too bad everyone is turning into a suspect, including Nicole herself.

Award-winning author Paul Griffin has written a high-stakes, soulful mystery about the meaning--and dangers--of love and beauty."

I am reading this book now, and it sucked me in immediately!  I have really been seeking out more "realistic" novels, instead of the usual Teen Dystopian novels.  There is a lot of food for thought in this novel; the emphasis of our culture on external beauty, teen harrassment, violence in our world, etc.  It would make a great book discussion book!

Eleanor & Park
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From Goodreads.com: ""Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK 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. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under."
Romance novels are extremely popular, and this novel has been getting great reviews.  Here's one from Ian on Goodreads. 
"When Eleanor starts sitting next to Park on the bus to and from school, their journey is at first silent. Over time they begin communicating with each other in small ways, at first about music and comics and then about themselves. As the year progresses the awkward disaster that Park saw on the first day of school turns into a beautiful young woman he loves.

But coming from a home with an abusive and violent step-father, Eleanor's life is a long way from simple, and Park might have to give up the girl he loves if he wants to save her.

One of the best books I read in 2012."

Monday, April 15, 2013

Middle School Monday: Two Book Picks!

From Random House:  Georgia Khatchadorian plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. She's even bet him that she'll quickly become one of the most popular girls in school. But Rafe left a big mark at HVMS, and no one will give Georgia a chance! Even worse, Rafe has sneakily signed up her band to play at the school dance, and she's terrified to embarrass herself in front of the snooty 'Princesses' who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye.

Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe? Find out THE TRUTH about Rafe Khatchadorian's sister in the first Middle School story from the point of view of the hilarious Georgia - a girl who's ready to speak her mind!


From Goodreads.com "From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.

Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone . . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.

As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.

With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beaded Bracelet Fun! Mother/Daughter Craft night is May 6th!

We had a great time at our beaded bracelet program last Saturday.  If you like beading, plan on joining us for a special "Mother Daughter Craft Night" on Monday, May 6th at 6:30 pm.  We'll be making a gorgeous beaded heart keychain!  Register Here.
Here are some photos from our recent beaded bracelet program with Kathy Vivianni:

April is National Poetry Month!

In honor of National Poetry Month, I tried writing a haiku.  What's Haiku says you?  Haiku are short poems that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets in other countries. Read on to learn how to write one yourself.
Japanese haiku traditionally consist of 17 on, or sounds, divided into three phrases: 5 sounds, 7 sounds, and 5 sounds. English poets originally interpreted these sound units as syllables. Since English syllables vary greatly in length, while Japanese on are uniformly short, adapting the 5-7-5 structure to English produces a poem that is longer than a traditional Japanese haiku.[1]
Check out how to write a haiku here!

Icy rain beats down
Mother Goose won't leave her nest
It is her duty.

I'm sure you can compose a haiku that tops mine - try it!  In case you are really inspired by poetry, or would love to read something new, check out our April display of books in verse in the teen section!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teen Advisory Board - Coming to the Greece Public Library on May 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Are you looking for something fun, new, and exciting?  Need volunteer hours, or want leadership experience?  Do you want to be a part of the community and have your voice heard?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, and are between the ages of 13-18, we invite you to join the new Teen Advisory Board of the Greece Public Library! 

We'll meet once a month to discuss what you want to see at the library, and participate in some fun activities and programs, too.  You will be able to volunteer at children's programs and with library special projects. 

Our first meeting and information session will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the meeting room at the Greece Public Library.  Registration is required and can be done by phone at 720-4106, or on the Greece Public Library website calendar.   Come and join us to learn how you can be a part of your community and make your library a better place!  All teens are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Bring a friend!  Pizza and refreshments will be served.