The teen librarians have collected a lot of book lists to help you choose what you want to read this summer. Click on these links to get the lists. If you're looking for more recommendations, leave a comment below or IM us by visiting our Contact Us page.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting the winning entries from the 2010 Darien Library Teen Writing Contest. This entry is Shipwrecked on an Island Distant: An Emulation of Edgar Allen Poe by Matthew Golino, who won Second Place for Poetry Grades 10-12 .
The Darien Library Teen Film Contest wrapped up at the end of April, and we are thrilled to congratulate winners Alexis W. and Victoria P. They did a really amazing and funny music video for "Replay" by Iyaz. Congratulations Alexis and Victoria!
In December, the TAB organized So You Think You Can Do Something?... a talent event that showcased some truly awesome talents. We are posting the videos over the next few weeks. This is E.J. Couloucoundis performing two songs.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting the winning entries from the 2010 Darien Library Teen Writing Contest. This entry is The Harur Sun by Shruthi Raghuraman , who earned an Honorable Mention for Fiction Grades 7-9 .
The weather never changed in Harur. The sun ruled every month, refusing to step down
from its throne even after its sovereignty, blocking all chances of rain. Since each year
resembled the one before, time had little significance to the Harurian lifestyle which held a
proclivity to whispered news. Gossip was fed and kept in good shape by the regular milieu at
the street market, often preying on the melancholy Seshadri House in the South End where
even the crickets' euphony couldn't be heard. Every day, my friends and I would scurry past the
daunting house on our way to school. There would be loud, trembling whispers of how
someone saw a pair of eyes or witnessed the window creek open or heard a pianoforte inside
play with a haunting howl.
That day the first graders went to the playground after lunch to extinguish some of the
childhood energy. Lieta Parsleys told a story of a red-eyed ghost that lived in Seshadri House
and how it used deception and chicanery to lure people in. She had us all trembling and Tony
Verma cried the entire time. We soon got bored and went to sit in the shade where someone
witnessed lines of small ants. In Harur, ant lines were common and cherished by the children
for all the entertainment they provided when one stepped on them. There was laughter as the
lines corrupted and collided with each other.
In Katsa’s world, some people are born with a grace: a surpassing talent that sets them apart from normal people. As a young child, Katsa’s grace made itself known when she accidentally killed a grown man. She became a feared and unnatural person: a girl with a killing grace. Now, at the age of sixteen, she can kill a group of adult soldiers without even thinking. Her uncle, the King, uses his graceling niece to instill fear and quell dissent; for him, Katsa has killed and tortured many men who defied the King, but she loathes the cruelty. Disgusted by the way she must use her grace, she secretly begins to rescue and defend innocent people. When she sets out to rescue an elderly man who has been kidnapped by a neighboring King, she meets a graced fighter like herself who both offers a new perspective on her abilities and gives her the first even fight of her life.
Graceling is an excellent story. Katsa has a temper and an unsurpassed skill, but she is also committed to justice and kindness. The way in which Katsa is used by the King is interesting, as is the way she manages to undermine his power. The story has a little bit of everything: romance, fantasy, political intrigue and adventure. Once you're done Graceling, check out the companion book Fire.
Here is part two of our College Admissions 101 series - Advice for the Student Athlete, held at Darien Library on Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm. Our panel of speakers, which combined coaches, parents of student athletes, and the student athletes themselves, offered great tips for navigating the process of choosing the right school and athletic program, getting recruited, and managing both the acacdemic and extra-curricular responsibilities of an athlete. Take a look at the video below, where you'll also find out why our panelists all agree that being a college athlete, whether in a division or through club teams, is an incredibly fulfilling experience!
In December, the TAB organized So You Think You Can Do Something?... a talent event that showcased some truly awesome talents. We are posting the videos over the next few weeks. This is Lindsay, singing and playing guitar.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting the winning entries from the 2010 Darien Library Teen Writing Contest. This entry is Snowy Places by Sophia Fredo, who earned an Honorable Mention for Poetry Grades 7-9 .
By Sophia Fredo
Agust of wind knocks on the door,
Covering the dusty floor
A single hat upon my head
Ready to go out and sled
Streaming down the land
Falling down again & again
Falling back and laughing
Sky and ground matching
Snowflakes dance in the sky
Sometimes catching them in my eye
An igloo being built
No one walking on stilts
Iced ponds covered with dew
Fresh snow tracks anew
Everyone having a good time
Lots of snowy hills to climb
Happy screams rule the air
Not going inside if they dare
Smiles upon everyone's faces
So many snowy places
In December, the TAB organized So You Think You Can Do Something?... a talent event that showcased some truly awesome talents. We are posting the videos over the next few weeks. This is Will R. beatboxing!