The first book that members of the Middle School Book Club are reading is:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
This book won the 2008 Newbery Medal!
If you would like to join the Club, please email Sarah at email@example.com. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m and we serve pizza.
The Book Club is for rising 7th and 8th graders.
Tempo Change was a very good book even though it took time to read and understand. The main character has very complex thinking. It's about a high school girl name Blair Kelly and though her classmates don't know it, she's related to an indie rock icon. That icon left her mother and her when she was very young. She never played music and used the word artist as a deadly punishment instead of an admirable character. She was a musical critic for the school newspaper. She was a poet in secret and wrote amazing lyrics. She decides to form a band and gets some of the most unlikely people to join her for the ride. They make an amazing team and win their talent show and tie in a bigger contest. Then they reach the Meca of music. Coachella. Blair realizes this may be the chance she is waiting for, the chance to see the father she hasn't laid eyes on in almost 13 years.
Romeo + Juliet. You may have read it for class, but you haven’t seen it like this. Baz Lurhmann’s modernized take on the famous story of star-crossed lovers has Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, gun fights, music by Radiohead and The Cardigans, and Shakespeare’s original text. So cool, come see it. (There will be snacks!)
This movie is rated PG-13, so this event is for Teens 13+ only.
Sunday March 22, in the Teen Room at Darien Library, 2:00pm
Photo courtesy of flickr user Mandyseyfang.
OMG Saturday is the day we’ve been waiting for! The DVD!
We’ll be watching it here in the community room (aka theatre, HUGE screen) at 2:00 on Saturday (21st). There’s going to be snacks, drinks and did I mention the big screen with surround sound?
One thing though: This movie is rated PG-13, so the event is for Teens 13+ only.
To get your Twilight fix before the big day, check this stuff out:
Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion by Mark Cotta Vaz
Twilight by S. Meyer
Lords of Dogtown directed by Catherine Hardwicke (PG-13)
Image courtesy of flickr user i_heart_him
On Wednesday, March 18, at 7 PM
Check out our altered book program, where we’ll be taking discarded books and customizing them using stamps, decoupage, paint, writing, ribbons, and more – the sky’s the limit! The books can become journals, scrapbooks, photo albums, or simply works of art to display. Registration is not required.
Here are some examples of altered books:
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:
Throughout the course of Darien Library's One Book, One Community program, teens will be interviewing members of our community about their memories of and experiences in Darien. These video interviews will be hosted on our website and will become a rich, collective history of Darien. If you would like to participate, either as an interviewer or an interviewee, please contact Sarah Ludwig at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 669-5225.
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.
We're screening The Dark Knight for teens on Saturday, February 21 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room.
This event is for teens 13 and up. Free popcorn and soda will be provided!