Saturday, May 19, 2012

Music Review: 21

21 by Adele
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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

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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

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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.
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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
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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

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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

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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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