Friday, December 30, 2011

What was your favorite book of 2011?

December 30th and everyone's reflecting on the past year... What are we reflecting on here in the Teen Zone?
Favorite books of course!

According to, these won the voting contest for the most popular books from 2011!
Do you see your favorites on there?
Or do you see books you WANT to read on there?
Remember the library closes at 7pm tonight and will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Get in here and check it out before the break!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Book Review: Baby Island

Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Check it out here

What's it about:
Two girls, Molly and Jean, float to an island on a lifeboat after the ship they were on was going to sink. Along with them are four babies.

Why I picked it up: My father recommended it.

What I thought of it: I thought that this book was a little bit silly in the fact that everything seemed to be pretty easy going out on the island. They found all the food they needed, but it's still a good book. There are some funny parts.

I would suggest this book for: Readers 9 to 12 years of age.

Reviewed by Grace R., Grade 8

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: Tale of Two Castles

Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine        Review by Katherine P., Grade 7

What it's about: It's about a girl names Elodie, the Dragon Meenore, and the ogre, Count Jontyum. It is a high quality mystery in another world.
Why I picked it up: I heard about it online and I love the author's other books.
What I thought about it: It was really funny and exciting! I couldn't put it down! The mystery was interesting and hard to figure out. I LOVED it!
I would suggest it for: 10 & up. People who like mystery, humor, and characters that have good qualities.

Want to check it out? Look for it here!

Recap of December Teen Zone Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament

If the last two tournaments are any indication, Rameez is building a reputation as the King of Smash at the Teen Zone. On December 17, Rameez dominated the competition to win the December edition of the Lawrence Public Library's monthly Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament. Rameez proved to be too much for the competition and did not drop a single game. Through the tournament, he used multiple characters including Kirby, Link, and to the surprise of his opponents a newly developed Zero Suit Samus.

The tournament saw the return to form of Josh. In the last couple of tournaments, his Toon Link hasn't fared well with a few early exits immediately following the September tournament where he burst onto the scene with a second place. Using a strong camping and projectile game signature to the Toon Link style of play, he was the only player to seriously challenge Rameez, going to the last blow in the first game of the grand finals against Rameez's Zero Suit Samus. A switch to Kirby helped Rameez slam the door shut to bring home the tournament win, reminding Josh and other challengers that they still have a long way to go before they can take on the champ's primary character.

Daniel, November's second place finisher, came in third. After an early round loss to Josh, he tore his way through the loser's bracket. Despite building momentum in the lower bracket, he eventually fell to Josh again in the loser's bracket final. Despite a third place finish, his Mr. Game and Watch is always a consistent contender through recent results. It would not be a surprise if he bounced back from this placing and came out on top come next tournament.

Overall, 12 players attended the double elimination bracket tournament. Future tournaments will be on the third Saturday of every month at 3pm in the Library's auditorium.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Books!!!

Can't figure out what to read over break?

We get new books in each week and this week, we have received a plethora*!

Come check these and all the rest of our books, movies, CDs, and games out!!!

*SAT word - meaning "overabundance"

Monday, December 26, 2011

Music Review: Rascal Flats, Me and My Gang

Artist: Rascal Flats
Album: Me and My Gang
Check it out from the Lawrence Public Library here!

Genre: Country Sounds like (other artists): Rolling Stones

Why I picked it up: I am in love with Rascal Flats! They rock!

What I thought of it: I loved it! Rascal Flats is a mix of rock, pop, and country.

What was your favorite song and why: Live is a Highway. I've loved the song ever since I heard it.

Reviewed by: Caleb D., Grade 8

Submit your own review for the Teen Zone Blog here!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lauren Oliver "Delirium" Ornament

Hey! Just in time for the holidays and to beat the boredom you might be experiencing since school let out: a Lauren Oliver Delirium ornament you can make with a sneak peek of Oliver's new short story "Hana." Maybe you need to make a last minute gift for your best friend? Here it is!!

If you make one, be sure to take a pic and post it to for your chance to win an advance copy of Pandemonium. "Hana", Lena's best friend in Delirium, will be released in eBook format on the 24th and will only be available in the UK. If any of you out there hear when we can download it in the United States, let us know!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Lights in Lawrence

Have you been around town to see any festive holiday houses? Follow this link to see photos and a map to take your own tour of these luminous light shows. Until you can make it out to see the house on Parkside Cirlce, here's a video of their display from last year.

Parkside Christmas 2010 - Nutrocker from GaryMartin2002 on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bah Humbugs and Study Stress

This time of year is stressful for everyone, but can be even more so for those of you who are wrapping up end of semester projects and studying for finals. Below you'll find some simple stress relief techniques to help you through finals week and beat the stressors of holiday family and fun while you're on winter vacation.

Stay Healthy. Don't abandon your healthy eating and drinking habits while you're studying. Stay hydrated and take time out to eat nourishing snacks and meals. Eating well will help your mind stay focused and body fight off infections. You don't want to spend your time off sick in bed!

Take time out for yourself. It's possible you're doing too much and have a lot going on: school, homework, studying, work, chores, extracurricular clubs, etc. All of that work can pile up and it's important to make time for yourself so you don't overstress and freak out on your family or friends. Even if you don't think you have the time, take at least a 15 minute break from your studying. Lean back and close your eyes and think of a peaceful place, take a walk in the brisk air to look at holiday lights or see the stars, or simply tune-out and listen to some music for a bit. You'll feel re-energized and will most likely be able to focus better once you've had some time to regroup.

Get up and out. Feeling drained, tired, and unmotivated? Can't write another word? Get moving! Exercise helps lift your energy levels and decreases your level of cortisol, the stress hormone. It also increases your endorphins and serotonin levels, which will elevate your mood. Don't think you have the time? Just do it at 5 or 10 minute intervals, during breaks from studying. You're levels of concentration will soar and you'll find your writer's block might have lifted.

If you still are feeling stressed, try some of these:
  • Pet a dog or cat. Many people find interacting with a pet therapeutic.
  • Control your "what-ifs". Worrying will not change the outcome of your situation.
  • Scream into a pillow.
  • Take a hot shower.
  • Plan a reward for finishing your task at hand and keep your eyes on the prize!
Good luck with your test, projects, papers, etc! Keep these stress fighting techniques in mind over the holidays. They might be helpful when dealing with your crazy cousins or overly affection grandparents.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Music Review: Bethany Dillon

Bethany Dillon - Self titled album.  Reviewed by Katherine P., grade 7
Kind of music: Christian Pop
Why I picked it up: My older sister really liked it.
What I thought of it: I really liked this CD. I have 4 favorite songs on this CD: All I Need, Exodus, Lead Me On, and Great big Mystery.
What was your favorite song and why? Exodus(Faithful). It has a very pretty tune and I love the lyrics. I always keep this song on my Ipod.

What to check out other songs by this artist? Click here!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Movie Review: Cars 2

Cars 2

What it's about: The sequel to cars. Mater takes the load instead of Lightening McQueen. Mater and McQueen participate in the World Grand Prix. McQueen is racing, Mater's the pit captain and gets mistaken as an American Spy. he goes on a long adventure to help Finn McMissle, the James bond of Cars.

Why I picked it up: I thought it would be interesting.

What I thought of it: the movie was great. the movie was the best so far in the series!

I would suggest this for: Everyone looking for a great family movie.

Reviewed by: Caleb, D., Grade 8

Can't wait for Cars2 to come out on DVD? Check out Cars, the first in the series!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Monday Movie -- Eight Crazy Nights

This week we're featuring Adam Sandler's animated movie that takes place during Hanukkah as the last film in our holiday series. We'll have popcorn, drinks, and maybe even some chocolate gelt!

From the crazy mind of Adam Sandler comes this animated holiday feature. Davey Stone is an aging party animal who finds himself in trouble with the law after a series of near-misses. Struck with the holiday spirit a judge gives Davey a sentence of community service – specifically to referee a youth basketball league. He thinks he has a sweet deal until he butts heads with the eccentric head referee who’s positive influence is offset by Davey’s trouble-making ways.

What: Eight Crazy Nights
Where: The Teen Zone
When: December 19th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Can your skills take the prize?

Battle to find out at our SSBB tournament

Saturday, December 17
3 - 4:30pm
(in the Auditorium)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Morris Award Nominations

The Morris Award honors a debut book by a first-time author writing for teens. These are this year's nominees. The winner will be announced in January. Which do you think should win?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Book Review: From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library here!

Reviewed by: Caleb D., Grade 8

What it's about: James Bond!

Why I picked up: I love James Bond.

What I thought of it: It's very riveting.

I would suggest this for: If you like action and adventure, this book is for you.

Love Bond? Check out our other James Bond books here!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Monday Movie -- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Popcorn, drinks, and a classic Christmas comedy is what we're serving this week for Movie Monday. Join us!

Yule crack up as Chevy Chase returns in this blockbuster comedy as Clark Griswold, America's best-intentioned walking disaster area, who is determined to create a fun-filled, old-fashioned Christmas. Deck the halls with laughter at the escapades of the Griswold family.

What: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Where: The Teen Zone
When: December 12th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Book Review: Look Now

Look Now by Joe Fullman
Available from the Lawrence Public Library

Reviewed by: KC, Grade 8

What this book is about: Look Now is about the world. It is a bunch of world statistics and facts about different things.

Why I picked it up: I picked it because it looked interesting.

What I thought of it: The book had a lot of funny facts about random things.

I would suggest this for: Anyone who can remember anything but what they need to.

Submit your own review here!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Movie Review: Back to the Future

Back to the Future
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
Check it out here!
What's it about: A highschool boy befriends a professor who studies time traveling. As Marty and Professor travel to the past they discover how Marty's parents met.

What I thought about it: This movie is action packed yet funny, though the movie was created 25+ years ago it is still relatable to current times.

Why I picked it up: It is referenced a lot and I thought that it would be a good movie since it is referenced a lot.

Star rating:

I would suggest this for: Everyone.

Reviewed by: Nana B., Grade 10

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Music Review: Ocean Eyes

Ocean Eyes by Owl City
Check it out here!

What kind of music: Electronic

Sounds like: No one!

Why I picked it up: It's famous

What I thought of it: It's funny and thoughtful at the same time

What was your favorite song and why: "Tidal Wave"--it sounds cool

                                                             Reviewed by Erin S., Grade 7

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Monday Movie -- Gremlins

We're starting off the holiday season with the non-traditional Christmas movie, Gremlins. Join us in the Teen Zone for popcorn and drinks.

An unusual Christmas present called a "mogwai" is given to Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) by his dad with three basic rules for caring for the pet: never get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight. When Billy inadvertently breaks one of the rules, the consequences multiply at an alarming rate that builds to an explosively suspenseful climax.

What: Gremlins
Where: The Teen Zone
When: December 5th, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review: Dealing with Dragons

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Check it out here!

What's it about: A princess, tired of the 'dos' and 'don'ts' of royal life, runs off and becomes the helper of the dragon Kazul. But she unwillingly discovers a sinister plot that could mean the end of all dragons.

Why I picked it up: The cover looked interesting.

What I thought of it: It's an interesting book!

I would suggest this for: Anyone!

Reviewed by Erin S., Grade 7

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Basics of Brawl - Working out of shield

At high levels of play shielding is a very powerful tactic. In general, playing from a strong defensive position is generally tactically advantageous in comparison to being forced to fight on the offensive. Since shielding is such a vital part of defensive play, I'm going to quickly go over how to operate gameplay from shield.

When shielding, your options are limited. You can either roll, spot dodge, jump, grab, drop your shield, or continue shielding. Effectively, dropping your shield and attacking is also an option. However, there is a delay that occurs when dropping your shield. The following options circumvent the seven frame delay of shield drop animation:

Rolling is done by holding shield and tapping a horizontal direction on the control stick. It makes you temporarily intangible and moves your position. However, most rolls are slow and often can be punished on reaction.

Spot dodge is done by holding shield and tapping down on the control stick. It makes you temporarily intangible, but for a shorter time than roll without distance moved. It does have shorter cool down than rolls though.

Grab is done by holding shield and pressing the attack button. This is useful if a character hits your shield and goes through cool down directly in front of you.

Jump out of shield is versatile because it leads to multiple options. Immediately after jumping, once can cancel the jump's startup animation into an upsmash or an up special. Otherwise one can perform an aerial immediately after jumping.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tutoring in the Teen Zone

Desperate to pass that class? Time running out?

Our teen tutors can help.
In the
Teen Zone, every Sunday, 3 - 5 pm.

Get help with math, science, English, history, writing, and more. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Teen Zone Super Smash Bros Brawl November Tournament Recap

Rameez takes the championship

The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone hosted its monthly Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament on November 19, 2011. A total of 16 teens gathered at the library auditorium where they battled it out to be this month's champion.

After going through a double elimination tournament bracket, October defending champion Rameez faced off against September's tournament's champion Daniel in both the winner and grand finals games. Daniel looked like he might pull off the upset tearing through the rest of the bracket with relative ease and building momentum as the day went on, but Rameez's skills proved to be too much as he handed Daniel both of his losses, taking the top spot and winning the championship for the second month straight. Daniel took the second spot and looks to bounce back and reclaim the title he once held two months ago.

The day also saw the arrival of Griffin as a force to be reckoned with in bracket. Formerly a Ganondorf player, Griffin's recent switch to Olimar as a main character along with practice and one of the stronger tactical zoning games helped him take third place. leaves him as a strong up and comer and a possible challenger for the title.

Overall, it was a fun afternoon of Brawl. If interested in participating, the next tournament will be on December 17 at 3pm in the auditorium.

The Bracket:


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Monday Movie -- National Treasure

National Treasure is the last film in our month long film series on treasure. No turkey leftovers here. We'll have popcorn and lemonade to satisfy your snack attack.

Since his childhood, Benjamin Franklin Gates has known that he is a descendant of a long line of people whose job it has been to guard a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers. They hid clues to its whereabouts in the country's currency and on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Now, Ben has learned of a plot to steal the Declaration, and has only one option: he has to steal it himself . Even if he pulls off this monumental task, keeping the treasure safe is still going to be incredibly hard, especially since the FBI knows of his plans.

What: National Treasure
Where: The Teen Zone

When: November 28, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, November 25, 2011

Book Review: The Patchwork Girl of Oz

The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Check it out here!

What's it about: The Patchwork Girl brought to life by the power of life, Ojo, a munchkin boy, and Bungle the Glass Cat all set off on an adventure to find all the objects needed to turn Ojo's uncle back from marble to a live human.

Why I picked it up: I want to finish all the Oz books.

What I thought of it: All of the characters are original and they keep on meeting new things. I wish that Glinda would've told them that she could change Ojo's uncle back earlier.

I would suggest this for: Readers aged 10 to 14.

Reviewed by Grace B., Grade 8

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from the Teen Zone staff

Happy Thanksgiving

from the Teen Zone Staff!

(The library is closed today, but come visit us Friday
when you're dying to escape your family.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Playlist: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Title: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Available at the Lawrence Public Library
Playlist created by: Brianna S., Grade 12
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The song "Industry" by Jon McLaughlin was also included in the playlist submission, but was not available on If you find it available, please link to it in a comment!

Playlist created by: Taylor S., Grade 8

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