Come join us on Tuesday, January 26th at 4pm for another round of EPIC Chess Battles! We'll show you how to read basic chess notation, and a few moves you must NEVER DO!
As always, we're located in Power Library Study Room 2 on the Lower level.
Sets will be provided!
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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Ash by Malinda Lo
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz
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Saturday, January 23rd
Celebrate the end of exams (or just take a break) with cookies and icing.
We'll bring cookies and toppings, you provide the sweet tooth and the creativity.
The Vast Fields of Ordinary is a “can’t put it down” book. It tells the story of Dade Hamilton’s last summer before starting college: a time in his life when change is inevitable in every part of his life and everything seems unreal. Dade has been having a rough time. His not-exactly-boyfriend is an abusive football player who won’t acknowledge him in public. His parents are on the brink of divorce, but have decided to pretend everything is fine until Dade leaves for college. Dade himself hasn’t come out (unless you count telling his ceiling fan) but all his “friends” assume that he is gay and ostracize him anyway.
Things start to look up when Lucy gets exiled to her Aunt’s for the summer. She moves in next door and becomes Dade’s first real friend. Then, as he’s leaving a party, he meets a guy who captures his imagination. Choosing to try to learn more about this stranger sets Dade on a path that will change his life.
The Vast Fields of Ordinary is a romance and a book about growing up and leaving home. The characters are wonderful because they are flawed, but still likable, and their voices are authentic. Though some of the subjects dealt with are different, readers who like Sarah Dessen will like this as well.
Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE won the Printz this year. The Printz recognizes excellence in young adult literature.
And check out these lists, which were released by the American Library Association today:
Little Audrey is the true story of what happened to Ruth White’s family in 1948, told in the voice of her older sister Audrey. The family, Audrey, her three little sisters and her mother and father, are living in a mining camp in southwestern Virginia. Her father works hard in the coal mine for very little pay, most of which he uses to buy alcohol. As a result, the girls and their mother are often left without enough to eat. Coupled with her mother’s depression, being bullied by neighborhood kids and chasing after her whiney, wild sisters, Audrey’s life is difficult to say the least.
Little Audrey is a quick read, and is well written. It offers a look into the life of a disadvantaged family at a turning point in their lives. The resolution of the story is surprising, and readers will be left with a lot to think about.
"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
- Albert Einstein
Teens, bring your battle hats because this is war! Come hang out, learn how to play, and join in on another round of EPIC chess battles this Tuesday, January 12th at 4pm in the Power Library Study Rooms on the Lower Level.
Chess sets will be provided!
Seeking more victory? Be sure to join us again on January 26th, same time, same place.
(Verb)______________________ to the Teen Lounge
January 9th 2:30 PM
for some (adjective)_________________ and (adjective)_____________________ Mad Libs.
It will be (adjective)________________________!
You can create your own or play ours.
Rei and Kira are from different worlds. Rei is a complete player- he hustles on the basketball court for money, races his motorcycle, and has a reputation with girls. Kira is a quiet art student- shy to the point of almost being mute, she is disliked by her classmates and spends all her time drawing and painting. When Rei and Kira unexpectedly cross paths, Rei is taken by Kira’s talent. When she asks him to model for her paintings, he agrees and as they begin to spend time together their connection deepens.
Mars is a graphic novel romance. Rei and Kira love each other, but are both damaged people whose lives get in the way of their happiness. It is a fun, quick read, that is part of a series.
The Hanging Woods is a dark story of deep family and personal dysfunction. Set in rural Alabama in 1975, the three main characters at first seem to live idyllic lives from a more simple time and place: whittling toothpicks from fence posts, building tree forts and eating boiled peanuts for a quarter a bag. Then Walter reads his mother’s diary and everything changes. He learns a terrible secret that plays a pivotal role in the events of that summer, ripping open a web of lies and leading to the destruction of three families. Part of what makes this book interesting are the details: the fact that Walter's mother will not acknowlege one of his friends due to a mysterious feud; a plan to gain fame by setting a record for the longest-lived fowl without a head; the trips to spy on the town's feared "Troll".
As the story unfolds, each character becomes more complex and the veneer of perfection disappears. The three boys, while best friends, are tied together as much by bullying and kept secrets as by friendship. Each is emotionally troubled, due to neglect, abuse and mental illness, and each deals with their problems in unhealthy ways. The outcome of their friendship is disaster and death. This is a good read—a tense thriller that moves toward a disturbing end.