Fire, the main character of Fire, grows up in the Dells, a country torn apart by political instability and characterized by the monsters that inhabit it. Monsters can be of any type of species: mice, cats, birds, deer, cows, or even humans. All monsters share the same characteristics: unbelievable beauty and the ability to control the thoughts of others, both of which they use to ensnare their prey. Fire is the only, the last, human monster. Her father was a monster who used his beauty and mental power to control the previous King of the Dells, encouraging him to wallow in base pleasures and maliciousness while the kingdom fell into ruins. Fire is a gentler sort of monster. Taught harsh lessons by her father’s cruel example, she never uses her mental powers, and hides her beauty as much as possible to avoid accidentally ensnaring the people she meets. When the new King requests her help in protecting the kingdom from civil war, Fire fears that she will not be able to stop the kingdom from falling again into the control of another monster: herself.
Fire is a prequel to Graceling, last summer’s hit novel about a girl with the power to kill, but it has very little to do with the other book. Fire and Graceling take place in the same world, but in very different countries. Fire is a more mature book than Graceling. Fire must deal with moral questions that go beyond what Katsa experienced, and her powers have the ability to cause more damage than Katsa’s. She experiences hard losses and finds her way in difficult situations. It is a fantastic read, with realistic relationships and a wonderful setting. It’s another can’t-put-it-down book (true story: when I was reading it I had the audio book in the car, and the book for my lunch break and home.)
A Mad Hatter Matinee! Come watch old-school Alice in Wonderland today at 1 PM in the Teen Lounge.
It's a story everyone knows and an old favorite. Sweet little Alice falls into a hole and ends up in a world populated by weird characters and sinister plots.
Perfect for watching while enjoying the cool teen lounge on a hot summer day!
This movie is rated G, and teens aged 12 and up are welcome!
This is a novel that takes you back to 2003, to the very beginning of the Operation Iraqi Freedom. Birdie is a soldier in the Civil Affairs unit. At the beginning of the book, he is stationed in Kuwait but the threat of war is only a rumor. When war is declared, Birdie leaves for Iraq, assigned to a small Civil Affairs squad meant to undertake smaller missions to ensure Iraqi support for the US. Their jobs include finding lost children, speaking to communities where there have been casualties, giving medical treatment to civilians and forging relationships with potential Iraqi allies and informants.
Sunrise Over Fallujah is a really good read. Birdie is an intelligent person who thinks about war and his reactions to the people he meets and the situations he encounters. The complexity of being in a warzone, especially one where the enemy seems ill-defined, becomes clear, as does the bravery of the men and women serving with Birdie. One of the most interesting things about this book is its treatment of the recent past—for example, when Birdie hopes for a short war and a quick return home, the reader has the clarity of knowing what will happen in the war, but not what will happen to the characters. It is a well written book, and even people who do not normally like war stories will enjoy it.
If you want to volunteer at the library this summer, we have a lot of opportunities for teens! If you'd like to volunteer or if you have questions, email email@example.com.
Events Volunteers - Help us keep our events running smoothly. During the summer, we hold at least two events a week and we need volunteers to do things like:
Media Creation - Talented (or willing to learn) video and recording artists need to create:
Teen Lounge Volunteers - We're looking for regular volunteers to take care of our dear Teen Lounge. Some of the things you'd be doing include:
Writing & Reading Volunteers - Writers, this is your chance to expand your skills. We are looking for volunteers to create content for our website:
Publicity Volunteers - We need volunteers to help with getting the word out! Some of the things you'd be doing include:
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at the library! Have an amazing summer!
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Guiltiest TV pleasure:
Dream vacation spot:
Coolest thing you own:
Favorite thing about Darien Library:
Think up your answers and be ready to face the camera at 2:30 p.m., Saturday June 19th (i.e. today) in the Teen Lounge!
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 Zach Heyde performing two songs, one of which he composed himself. Zach was the winner of the competition.
The FIFA World Cup 2010 tournament is underway as 32 countries compete for the prestigious title. The championship for this sporting spectacle has been awarded every four years since its inception in 1930. The venue for this year's cup is South Africa, already known for the sound of their Vuvuzela's.
The Darien Library will be showing a number of games in our Community Room, which is adjacent to the cafe, for you to enjoy in crisp quality on the big screen!
Here is the upcoming schedule*.
Thursday, June 17
Greece vs Nigeria 10AM
France vs Mexico 2:30PM
Friday, June 18
United States vs Slovenia 10AM
England vs Algeria 2:30PM
Monday, June 21
Chile vs Switzerland 10AM
Spain vs Honduras 2:30 PM
Tuesday, June 22
France vs South Africa 10AM
Argentina vs Greece 2:30PM
Wednesday, June 23
United States vs Algeria 10AM (Conference Room 3rd Floor)
Thursday, June 24
Italy vs Slovakia 10AM
Cameroon vs Netherlands 2:30PM (Conference Room 3rd Floor)
Friday, June 25
Portugal vs Brazil 10AM
Spain vs Chile 2:30PM
Saturday, June 26
Uruguay vs South Korea 10AM
United States vs Ghana 2:30PM
Sunday, June 27
Argentina vs Mexico 2:30PM
Monday, June 28
Slovakia vs Netherlands 10AM
Tuesday, June 29
Japan vs Paraguay 10AM
Spain vs Portugal 2:30PM
Friday, July 2
Brazil vs Netherlands 10AM
Uruguay vs Ghana 2:30PM
Saturday, July 3
Argentina vs Germany 10AM
*Keep tuned for more scheduled matches.
What do you think of the tournament so far and who is your favorite team to win? Let us know in the comments below.
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.
Middlesex Middle School Recommended Reads 2010 (the books we talked about)
Shy Quentin Jacobsen has lived next door to the sassy and adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman in their Orlando subdivision since they were two years old. As childhood friends who've since drifted apart, Quentin spends much of his high school years pining for her from afar. That is until one night when the impetuous Margo enters his bedroom window and takes him on a midnight prank-filled joyride. She then mysteriously disappears the morning after leaving only a series of cryptic clues in her wake. Quentin takes it upon himself to find her and what follows is a literary and geography-riddled road trip of a lifetime.
Anyone who's remotely familiar with John Green's writing (Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines) knows he crafts wonderfully well-rounded characters, with vivid personalities and witty dialogue. Paper Towns is no exception. Self-aware teens everywhere will be able to relate to Quentin's nerdy, overly analytical tendencies and empathize with his desire to find adventure outside his boring suburban life. With an incredibly original and totally unpredictable plot, readers will be taken on a trip to places that exist well-beyond the printed page.
What advice would you give your younger self? That’s exactly the question Devi is pondering when she accidentally drops her phone in the fountain at the mall. It has been a hard few weeks. Her boyfriend of three years has just dumped her, and since she’s been so wrapped up in him, she doesn’t have friends to rely on now that he’s gone. Prom and graduation are coming up, and Devi’s poor grades have landed her an acceptance letter to a bottom-tier school. And now, when she tries to dial her recently-soaked phone, she keeps getting some younger girl who claims to be called Devi as well. After talking, the girls realize that they are the same person, only separated by three years: they remember all the same childhood memories, and have all the same habits and secrets, but Freshman Devi hasn’t yet made the mistakes Senior Devi made. More importantly, when Freshman Devi makes a different decision, it immediately changes Senior Devi’s life.
Imagine if you could have a do-over. Obviously Senior Devi leaps at the chance. But what can one girl change, and what are the consequences of seemingly small decisions? Could they stop wars? Prevent Kyle Borster from getting behind the wheel drunk the day of the accident? Keep Karin from developing an eating disorder or their dad from losing his job? Get into a better college? Make sure their boyfriend never has the chance to dump them?
Gimme a Call is a really fun book, and a great read. It’s light- perfect for summer and the beach- but there are lots of bigger questions and moral issues raised that makes it a good choice for an end-of-year book report or summer reading pick.