Capricorn Anderson has never seen television, never handled money, never worn synthetic fibers or eaten pizza. Raised by his hippy grandmother Rain, on a rural commune that has slowly dwindled to a population of two, Cap can drive, do Tai Chi, and grow fruits and vegetables. When his grandmother falls and breaks her hip, homeschooled Cap is totally unprepared for life at Claverage (dubbed C-Average) Middle School.
Clearly a freak, Cap quickly becomes the butt of practical jokes, especially the longstanding tradition of electing the biggest nerd as eighth grade president. Cap, with his total inability to understand the modern world, makes an especially ripe target, since he believes everything his classmates tell him—whether it’s that bullfighting is a school sport, or that he must learn the names of everyone in school. Cap’s adventure to fit in at his new school is hilarious, as are the reactions of his classmates and teachers as they try to figure out how to deal with his unique perspective on life and the eighth grade.
Schooled is a quick read, and highly recommended for a laugh.
Come to the teen room this Thursday at 7 p.m. for this month's TAB meeting. On the agenda:
This was one of those books you simply could not put down. It’s a story of a small town American-Norwegian teenager who doesn’t know what she’s good at. Her two best friends cast a big shadow for her to stand in. While working an early morning shift in her grandmother’s coffee shop she encounters someone sleeping in the alley behind her shop. She gives the stranger pastries and a coffee. He keeps coming back and claims he must reward her. You will fall in love with the down to earth thoughts of the main character, Katrina. It’s a book that leaves you fulfilled but curious, the perfect mix.
On Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m., Rachel Cohn will be visiting Darien Library. Rachel is the author of You Know Where to Find Me, Pop Princess, Shrimp, and co-author of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
You Know Where to Find Me is an Oprah’s Book Club pick for teens and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which she co-authored with David Levithan, was made into a feature film starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.
A book signing will follow the presentation, which will be held in the Community Room.
The first 30 teens to arrive will get a free copy of You Know Where to Find Me, which comes out in paperback on February 24.
The first meeting of Darien Library's TAB (Teen Advisory Board) is Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm in the teen room. If you would like to join TAB, email me! We already have lots of people signed up, and it's going to be a lot of fun. One of the major privileges of TAB is deciding what will be written on the teen room walls! You will also be planning events and helping me decide what books to buy.
What does the TAB do?
When and where does the TAB met?
Who can join?
If you would like to join the Teen Advisory Board, either leave a comment on this post or email me (the teen librarian) at email@example.com.
Zac Calahan, Katie Orem (in red), and Paige Gasparino (in green) prepared for their physics test tomorrow, Beautiful Mind-style.
The first-ever meeting of the Darien Library Teen Book Club will take place on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 pm. We will be talking about what book we'd like to discuss, how often we want to meet, and what kind of book club we want to have! Join us in the teen room--see you there!
A little icy rain on Sunday morning made us remember to be wary on the roads but the colder temps also reminded us that we've got 99 hats and scarves on their way to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Our shout-out for helping hands for our 3rd annual knit-a-thon, brought the community together -- teens, adults, and children -- and their needles together, resulting in 52 hats and 47 scarves, which will be delivered to the shelters run by the Crisis Center. We put our hands together for you! Thank you so much! We look forward to offerering more opportunites to serve the community. Read about the enthusiasm that's already building for our new teen space!
One of my favorite things from my time at the Young Adult Literature Symposium was getting to see Gene Yang draw for us! He drew a picture of the Monkey King, a character you'll be very familiar with if you've read American Born Chinese. Here's a picture!
And here's a picture of Gene Yang and Terry Trueman talking about their books.Terry Trueman is hilarious and really open about his life. If you haven't read Stuck in Neutral, I highly recommend it.
I also learned a lot about hosting events for those of who are fans--of books, movies, TV shows, comics, and more! Are you a huge fan of Twilight? Harry Potter? Batman? The Sims? Tell me what you love--I want to give you the chance to have an event here at the library. Email me or comment here!
Check out this great article by DHS student Samantha Wood!
And what she writes is true: "If you are interested in joining or learning more about the teen committee, or have any questions about the new teen section, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org." I'd love to hear from you!
I visited the new library today and the teen room is going to be aMAYzing. I can't wait wait wait to get there.