Saturday, June 30, 2012

Movie Review: Green Lantern

Movie Review: Green Lantern

What's it about? A man is chosen to wield a ring with unimaginable power to defend the universe.

Why I picked it up: It looked interesting and I like movies with action.

What I thought of it: It was awesome and funny. I loved the things he created with the ring.

I would suggest it for: Anyone who likes super heroes and action.

Reviewed by: Israel L., Grade 8

Monday, June 25, 2012

Movie Review: Gnomeo and Juliet

Gnomeo and Juliet

What's it about? A twist of Romeo and Juliet told with gnomes and with a happy ending after Gnomeo saves Juliet and the Reds and Blues get along now.

Why I picked it up: I love animated movies and Romeo and Juliet.

What I thought of it: It was very coordinated with Romeo and Juliet until the end and was a very cute and amazing movie.

I would suggest it for: Everyone, Shakespeare lovers, and/or Disney lovers.

Reviewed by: Kennedy B. 9th grade.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Music Review: Lady Gaga's Born This Way

rtist: Lady Gaga
Album: Born This Way

What kind of music is it: Pop

Sounds like: Madonna

Why I picked it up: Lady Gaga's songs always have a good message.

What I thought of it: I love that it's telling people, no matter what you look like, you are a great, unique person.

What was your favorite song and why: "Born This Way"It has an awesome beat and excellent message.

Reviewed by: Kennedy B., Grade 9

We have more Lady Gaga at the library!

Submit a review here!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
by Stephanie Meyer

Reviewed by: Kennedy B., Grade 9

What it's about: A smart newborn vampire girl is unknowingly being lied to and tricked as part of a vampire army against the Cullens.

Why I picked it up: I love the Twilight series and Stephanie Meyer.

What I thought of it: This book is an amazing addition to the Twilight series! I love how it gives you the view of a newborn and flips the story! (:

I would suggest this for: Twilight fans and all teenagers.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Book Review: Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Reviewed by: Anna T.

What it's about: A beggar girl named Mary takes up the name Jacky and disguises herself as a boy to join the British Army.

Why I picked it up: A good friend liked it.

What I thought of it: It was really interesting, Jacky has sass and I like how it was written.

I would suggest this for: Adventure lovers.

Check out Bloody Jack and the following books from the series at the Lawrence Public Library!

Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Under the Jolly Roger
In the Belly of the Bloodhound
Mississippi Jack
My Bonny Light Horseman
Rapture of the Deep
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee
The Mark of the Golden Dragon

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Book Review: The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Reviewed by: Anna T.

What it's about: A middle aged woman falls in love for the second time...with a monk, while her mother is going crazy.

Why I picked it up: Same author as The Secret Life of Bees.

What I thought of it: it was really well wrtiten but really sad. It made me cry twice.

I would suggest this for: People who like realistic fiction/drama.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Book Review: What My Mother Doesn't Know

What My Mother Doesn't Know
by Sonya Sones

Reviewed by: Taylor S., grade 8.

What it's about: It about a girl named Sophie and how her life is about.

Why I picked it up: It was part of a series.

What I thought of it: I thought it was wonderful. I would read it over and over again.

I would suggest this for: I would suggest it to girls.

If you also loved this book and want more like it, try the following:

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Monday, June 4, 2012

Book Review: Three Days

Three Days by Donna Jo Napoli
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library

What it's about: A girl named Jackie who's Dad suddenly collapses at the wheel one night on their trip to Italy. She is then kidnapped and the only way she can get out is if she can find out why they took her.

Why I picked it up: Because it looked interesting

What I thought of it: I thought that it was a great book if your into sort of scary thrillers.

4 out of 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Mado H., Grade 7

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Music Review: 21

21 by Adele
Check it out here

What kind of music:

Sounds like:
Norah Jones

Why I picked it up:
I had listened to her other music.

What I thought of it:
AMAZING! It flowed really nicely.

What was your favorite song and why:
"Set Fire to the Rain"--Her voice is so smooth and calming.

Reviewed by Riley K., Grade 10
Star Rating:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Music Review: Sarah Groves

Sarah Groves
Tell Me What You Know

Check it out here

What kind of music is it: Christian Rock

Sounds like: unique style

Why I picked it up: I heard one of the songs ont he album on the radio and liked it.

What I thought of it: I liked the songs and the unique song style.

What was your favorite song and why: When The Saints is the song I heard on the radio that got me to buy the CD.

Reviewed by: KC, Grade 8

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Final Teen Zone Cafe


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Review: Halo Helljumper

Halo: Helljumper by Peter David

Check it out here

What's it about: Two ODSTs get separated from their squad and must save their squadmates and the population of the planet they land on from the covenant.

What I thought of it: This book delivered everything that you could want and more from a graphic novel. very thrilling and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Why I picked it up: I've played some halo and thought it would be interesting.

Rating: 5 Stars: It was awesome! Everyone should read this book!

I would suggest this for: Sci-fi fans

Reviewed by:
Clayton P., Grade 10

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Monday, May 14, 2012

If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman

 “If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay.”
Mia begins a normal day in the Hall household, happy that school's been called off for snow though the weather won't prevent them from going on a family outing--only they never make it to their intended destination. Mia's parents and younger brother are killed in a car accident that leaves her in a coma. The story unfolds as Mia decides whether or not to stay or go.

If I Stay is a YA novel with heart. Some YA fiction can come across as condescending or trite, preachy or unrealistic, but this one is well-written but approachable and a tear-jerker without being sad simply for the sake of it. Though I was initially skeptical about a story narrated by a girl in a coma, I was completely able to suspend belief and be right there with Mia, watching her friends and family grieve. 

Mia life revolves around music; she's a gifted cellist, and the description of her playing, how music feels to her, was riveting and inspiring. Music is what brought Mia and her boyfriend Adam together. He's the leader of a popular indie rock bank, Shooting Star, and they bond over their mutual love for music. Their relationship is realistic, not angsty or overly-dramatic. My favorite scenes of the book are when Mia recounts their first date, a trip to the Yo-Yo Ma concert, and a fireside jam where Mia's rocker parents and friends and Adam convince Mia to bring her cello out and play with them. This story is so moving I was anxious to check out the sequel as soon as I finished it!

"My first impulse is not to grab her or kiss her or yell at her. I simply want to touch her cheek, still flushed from the night's performance. I want to cut through the space that separates us, measured in feet--not miles, not continents, not years--and take a callused finger to her face... But I can't touch her. This is a privilege that's been revoked."
 Where She Went, the sequel to If I Stay, is narrated by Mia's boyfriend Adam, and picks up three years after Mia decided to stay in this world, despite the loss of her family. Not long after her recovery and her first year at Juliard, she ends her relationship with Adam with no explanation, breaking his heart. 

Adam channels his heart ache into dozens of new songs that become the album Collateral Damage, which has catapulted his band Shooting Star to super-stardom, which isn't the fun ride he'd thought it would be. The songs weren't exactly cathartic and he feels cut off from the band. Though he's got a new actress girlfriend, he's still pining for Mia, his first love. 

As if fate has brought them together like their love of music originally did, Adam is in New York City on the eve of his tour, and happens to catch Mia's show. They embark on a tour of the city, getting to know each other again, as Adam recounts his downward spiral in flashbacks. 

It would have been easy for Adam's voice to come off as whiny or emo.  But Gayle Foreman's beautiful writing captures his pain and manages to make it just as moving as Mia's story without trivializing the grief she has obviously dealt with after her traumatic car accident. 

I love Mia for her strength. Her determination to rise to the top of the music world is admirable. Though she acknowledges her past treatment of Adam was unfair, she knows that it was what she had to do to in order to deal with her grief. 

These two books are heartfelt stories of young love, family, friendship, and the grieving process. I'd recommend them to any fan of contemporary young adult romance.

~ Molly, YA Staff 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Movie Review: Maid in Manhattan

Maid in Manhattan--Starring Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci, Bob Hoskins.
Check it out here

What's it about: A maid that works in a hotel is caught trying on expensive clothing of a guest. She pretends to be the rich guest and meets a rich, nice guy. She knows she needs to break it off but doesn't want to. In order to keep seeing him, she keeps pretending to be the guest.

Why I picked it up: I picked it because we already had it.

What I thought of it: I loved this movie. It was just great!!! A modern Cinderella story, about two worlds wildly different and how in the end they get their happily ever after

I would suggest this for: anyone who is bored and a hopeless romantic at heart.

Reviewed by: Lauren B., Grade 7

Star Rating:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Final Saturday Teen Screen: School of Rock

We enjoyed Jack Black so much last week, we decided to make our final Saturday Teen Screen another movie starring him, School of Rock! Please join us for our final Teen Screen before we kick off for summer! Popcorn and lemonade provided and the fun starts at 3pm!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teen Zone Cafe

Every Friday the Teen Zone turns into a coffeehouse! Come hang out and enjoy a coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or spiced cider. We have games, art and craft supplies, magazines, and plenty of good conversation too.

Starts at 4pm!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Book Review: The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Check it out here!

What's it about: The Hero, who is lost. With his friends' help he finds his way back.

Why I picked it up: I had read his (Rick Riordan's) previous books.

What I thought of it: It tied into the Percy Jackson series quite nicely.

I would suggest this for: Anyone who like adventure books with a little romance.

Reviewed by Riley K., Grade 10

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Monday, May 7, 2012


Each year, the Horror Writers Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards™ for Superior Achievement in the field of horror writing, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work Dracula.

The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder - Winner
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry- Winner

Rotters by Daniel Kraus
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel 
Ghosts of Coronado Bay, A Maya Blair Mystery by J. G. Faherty

If you like horror, click on the links to see if we have the books in or you can put them on hold!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Book Review: The Chocolate Touch

The Chocolate Touch
by Patrick Skene Catling

Check it out here.

What it's about:
This boy named John Mida and he'll eat every piece of chocolate he sees and he eats too much and whatever he touches turns into chocolate.

Why I picked it up: My teacher gave it to me for Valentine's Day.

What I thought of it: It's a great book.

I would suggest this for: Everybody

Reviewed by: Raegen H.. Grade 7

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Last Volunteens Meeting 5/6/12

Teen Volunteers Needed!
Starting to think about something to do this summer? Youths ages 13-18 can join the most awesome volunteer force in the city, have a great time, and help out the Library! Work starts on May 29, 2012

You must attend ONE of the volunteen meetings in the auditorium to start the application process:

Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 2, 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 1:30 pm

Applications are due on May 16, 2012.

For more information, call the Teen Zone at 843-3833 x121

Friday, May 4, 2012

Saturday Teen Screen - NACHO LIBRE

Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16. Cinco de Mayo is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. What better way to celebrate than to watch Nacho Libre?

Movie starts at 3pm and there will be popcorn and lemonade! Please come join us!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Teen Zone Cafe

Every Friday the Teen Zone turns into a coffeehouse!
Come hang out and enjoy a coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or spiced cider. We have games, art and craft supplies, magazines, and plenty of good conversation too.

Starts at 4pm!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Movie Review: 500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer
Dir. Marc Webb
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel

Check it out here

What's it about: This movie was about a guy who works at a greeting card company and is looking for the woman of his dreams. He then meets Summer and everything changes.

Why I picked it up: I enjoy watching Zooey Deschanel.

What I thought of it: The cinematography of this film was fantastic. I loved the order of scenes/events, the unordinary storyline, and the actors.

I would suggest this for: Anyone who is looking for a movie that redefines a stereotypical love story.

Reviewed by
: Aly M., Grade 12

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Music Review: Introducing Ayiesha Woods

Introducing Ayiesha Woods by Ayiesha Woods
What kind of music: Christian
Sounds like: (other artists): Mandisa
Why I picked it up: Because my mom really likes this artist and her music.
What I thought of it: It was absolutely incredible, well crafted, uplifting, enjoyable music. I loved every song on the disc!

What was your favorite song and why: "What Matters Most." I liked this song because of the introduction of piano and how it sounds like rain.

Reviewed by: Kate D., Grade 8

LPL does not own this title, but we have Love Like This by Ayiesha Woods to check out.
Submit your own review here!

Short Story Collections

Spring is a busy time of year. If you're looking for a quick read, why not check out a short story collection? Short stories can be a fun way to discover new authors. Some collections are edited by or feature prominent or up-and-coming authors, so you can get a feel for whether or not you like his or her style without committing to a novel. They often are created around a theme or topic, so you can explore new genres or indulge in lots of stories in your favorite genre.

145th Street by Walter Dean Myers is a collection of stories that portray lives on a block in Harlem. 

Teeth: Vampire Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling features stories by authors like Neil Gaiman and Cassandra Clare.

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant is a mix of history, sci-fi, and fantasy full of automatons, clockwork, and other crazy inventions.

These are just a few of the short story collections available in the Teen Zone. Check them all out here!