Monday, January 05, 2009

Event wrap up!

Rock on!
Robin came out on top during our Rockband Tournament with nearly perfect scores on vocals! Robin and the next three finishers all went home with guitars for Xbox 360 or PS3! Emily also won the door prize of a gift certificate for pizza and a movie. Thanks to everyone who came out to play and a big thanks to The Video Game Store on Main St., Gamestop, and Januzzi's for donating prizes!

A journalist and photographer from the Times Leader came to our candymaking workshop back in December and ran an article on the front page of the Taste section. Check out the article and photos!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

You asked for it!

The third computer in the teen area is no longer just for searching the catalog. Now you can sign up to use the computer on the lower desk in the back of the department. A librarian will still need to log you in but this should shorten wait times for checking e-mail, writing papers, and catching up with your friends on MySpace. Any other suggestions for things to change? Send me an e-mail at and let me know!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More new books for December

Stop by the library and check out our new book display in the teen department!

Hijuelos, Oscar. Dark Dude.

In Wisconsin, Rico could blend in. His light hair and lighter skin wouldn't make him the "dark dude" or the punching bag for the whole neighborhood. The Midwest is the land of milk and honey, but for Rico Fuentes, it's really a last resort. Trading Harlem for Wisconsin, though, means giving up on a big part of his identity. And when Rico no longer has to prove that he's Latino, he almost stops being one. Except he can never have an ordinary white kid's life, because there are some things that can't be left behind, that can't be cut loose or forgotten. These are the things that will be with you forever.... These are the things that will follow you a thousand miles away.

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games.
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Ten Things I Hate about Me.

"At school I'm Aussie-blonde Jamie -- one of the crowd. At home I'm Muslim Jamilah -- driven mad by my Stone Age dad. I should win an Oscar for my acting skills. But I can't keep it up for much longer..."

Jamie just wants to fit in. She doesn't want to be seen as a stereotypical Muslim girl, so she does everything possible to hide that part of herself. Even if it means pushing her friends away because she's afraid to let them know her dad forbids her from hanging out with boys or that she secretly loves to play the darabuka (Arabic drums). But when the cutest boy in school asks her out and her friends start to wonder about Jamie's life outside of school, her secrets threaten to explode. Can Jamie figure out how to be both Jamie and Jamilah before she loses everything?

Koja, Kathe. Headlong.

The Vaughn School. Home of domed ceilings, gleaming checkerboard floors, and the Vaughn Virgins: the upper stratum of girls who have perfect grades, perfect lives, and perfect friends. Lily Noble is a lifer – she knows all the rules. Then sophomore year, Hazel Tobias arrives as a scholarship student, with her model’s looks and unconventional family, and shows Lily everything she’s been missing. Can you ever fit in someplace you don’t want to be? As Lily befriends Hazel, both girls discover what it means to dive deep beneath the surface – of friendship, of commitment – and to live life with all their hearts, with all they are, headlong.

Stoffels, Karlign. Heartsinger.

Smee was born with a great gift: the ability to sing other people's stories and heal their pain. But Smee also carries his own pain -- his failure to reach his deaf mother and heal her grief at his father's death. As he travels the country, he eases many people's sorrows, but he cannot connect with anyone himself. Mitou also has a gift: spreading joy through a few notes from her accordion. When she hears about Smee--who was born on the same day she was--she knows that surely they belong together, each of them helping others through their music. They finally meet on the way to the king's castle to sing for the beautiful Princess Esperanza. But will Mitou's hopes be fulfilled--or is the pain of the past too great?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

New books for December

New books are here! Stop by the Y.A. department and check them out.

Collins, Yvonne and Rideout, Sandy. Girl v. Boy.

Sixteen-year-old Luisa Perez is not looking to win any awards for school spirit. In fact, she and her friends make it a point to avoid all activities considered "extra-curricular." So when her English teacher volunteers her to be an anonymous columnist for the school paper, Luisa's first impulse is to run. But, unlike her high-school dropout sister, Luisa does want to go to college--it may be her only ticket out of a life spent working at the cowboy-themed diner where she waitresses part time--and it would be nice to something on her applications.

Her first assignment is to cover her high school's latest fundraiser, which pits the girls against the boys. Luisa will cover the events from the female POV, while another anonymous writer provides the male perspective--or, at least, that's how it begins. The two columnists soon find themselves engaged in an epic battle of the sexes--a battle that Luisa is determined to win. Just who does this guy think he is, encouraging his peers to act like Neanderthals with their girlfriends? And why can't Luisa shake the very sinking feeling that her new unidentified nemesis might also be her new boyfriend?

Journalism and battle of the sexes not your thing? Check out one of these other new books instead ...

Sheinmel, Courtney. My So-Called Family.

Leah, who was conceived
through a donor bank, decides that even though she loves her mother, stepfather, and stepbrother, she wants to find out if she has any other siblings, and sets out to investigate without telling anyone what she is doing.

Ryan, Amy Kathleen. Vibes.

Kristi, a sophomore in an alternative high school, is aware that nearly everyone dislikes her--even those obsessed by her large breasts--but begins to doubt her psychic insights after learning long-held family secrets and some classmates' true feelings.

Falling Hard.

The poets are straight, gay, lesbian, bi, or transgender. They live next door or across an ocean; they are innocent or experienced; their lyric explorations range from new love to stale love, obsession to ennui, ecstasy to heartbreak, and every nuance in between. Whether the romantic escapades described are touching, comical, or tragic, whether the feelings expressed are tender and sweet or brutal and biting, readers will find the love these young poets openly share to be exquisitely, excruciatingly, endlessly fascinating. Here is a collection to turn to again and again, because life and love keep on changing.

Stiefvater, Maggie. Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception.

On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerieworld.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Favorite Stephenie Meyer book

OK, everyone, I know I've been remiss in posting. But I'm on page 500 and something of "Breaking Dawn" and everything is crazy. Bella! Edward! Werewolves! Volturi! Imprinting! I have to admit, I almost didn't finish the saga. And I'm having a much harder time getting engrossed in this book. So tell me in the comments - - which book was your favorite?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanks to everyone who showed up for our bookend painting project. It was a lot of fun and they turned out awesome!

Next month we'll do origami (December 6) and candymaking (December 20)! Send me an e-mail if you want to sign up:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Painting and vampires

Hi everybody! I'm sure next week will be busyy as everyone gets ready for Thanksgiving so I just wanted to mention two programs coming up soon.

On Tuesday, we're going to be doing an art project where we paint the bookends in the library. Drop by and create your masterpiece and we'll use it to decorate (and well, to hold up books) in the YA department.

Paint Your Library
Tuesday, November 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

And then next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we'll also be planning a trip to see Twilight at the theater. Because this is an off-site event, you'll need to have a signed permission slip. Send me an e-mail [sjohnson (at)] and I can e-mail you a permission slip to print and have your parent sign. We have discounted tickets of just $5 per person (bring money with you that day) and we only have three spots left so e-mail me or call me (570-823-0156 ext. 217) to register and reserve your spot!

Twilight the Movie
Friday, November 28, 1:15-4:30 p.m.