Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year/Leap Day!

There is an old wives tale that women may propose to men on February 29th. Since Leap Years only occur every 4 years to compensate for our not-quite 365 day orbit, Leap Day is an unusual day and usual customs can be replaced with unusual ones.

Check out the movie, Leap Year, for a funny take on this odd tradition.

And ask yourself, what will you do with your extra day this year?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Music Review: The Essential by Toto

Toto Album: The Essential
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library!

Genre: Rock Sounds Like (other artist): No one - very unique sound.

Why I picked it up: Artist name sounded familiar

What I thought of it: One of the best albums I've found at the library! There were many hits that I recognized, but even the songs that weren't as popular are very catchy.

Favorite song and why: Piosanna - each part of the song is unique and as you keep listening everything just builds on itself. Good guitar solo.

Reviewed by: Emily R., Grade 11

Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Review: Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library

What it's about: A girl who meets a strange guy. He has secrets it seems. And Nora Grey wants to find out and expose Patch. Can she do it?

Why I picked it up: It looked good and I was into angel books, such as, Kissed by an Angel.

What I thought of it: It was great. I liked eerier mystery books. This was very much like a teen mystery. But it had romance/action/comedy/suspense! Great!

Reviewed by: Keeran J.

Crescendo (Hush, Hush book #2)
Silence (Hush, Hush book #3)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Book Trailer: The Way We Fall

A new, totally creepy-sounding book about a community quarantined because of a deadly virus, people forced to fight each other for dwindling resources. Prepare for your future, read this book...

Check it out from the library!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday Teen Screen - Ray

Come join us from 3pm-5pm

Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers.

Featuring : Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington,
and Regina King

All teens between 7th and 12th grade welcome!

Popcorn and Lemonade provided.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Teen Zone Commercial!


What: Photo shoot for Teen Zone commercial

When: February 29, 2012

Time: 3:30-5:00

Where: The Teen Zone

Who: You! (Teens in grades 7-12)
NEED: Signed photo permission form

We want YOU to star in our commercial! Knology will be here to film overhead shots to create a time-lapse of teens
gaming, playing board games, using the computers, reading books and magazines, studying, etc. Want to participate? Get a
photo permission form from the Teen Zone desk, have your parent sign it, and bring it with you on the day of the shoot. See you there!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: Halo: Contact Harvest

Halo: Contact Harvest by Joseph Staten

Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library

What's it about: It's about the first contact between humans and the covenant empire. Staff Sergeant Johnson must train Harvest's colonial militia to rebel against the superior covenant forces.

What I thought of it: I thought it was good. The only thing I didn't like was it didn't have as much action as the other books.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I would suggest this for: My friends who played the Halo franchise

Reviewed by:
Jacob N, Grade 8

Want to submit your own book review? Click here!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

SAT Test results and Strategy Session

Thursday Feb. 23
Learn the secrets to getting a great score on the SAT in this free session taught by Kaplan Test Prep. If you took the free practice test on February 5, you'll get your results at this session.
Open to teens in grades 7-12 and their parents.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Music Review: Blue Sky Noise

Blue Sky Noise by Circa Survive

Check it out here

What kind of music: Indie Rock
Sounds like: Scarlett O'Hara and Tides of Man

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a friend with great music taste.

What I thought of it: This band is amazing at creating music that will be forever remembered.

What was your favorite song and why: "Through the Desert Alone" -- it has powerful lyrics, beautiful tempo changes, and a flawless composition.

Reviewed by: Aly M., Grade 12

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Book Review - Halo: The Ghosts of Onyx

Halo: The Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund

Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library

What's it about: It is about the operation of the Spartan-III. A Spartan-II Kurt-051 is promoted and tasked with training the young Spartan-III's of Gamma Company against an ancient Forerunner Technology.

What I thought of it: I thought the book was good. I like that you were able to find out what the other Spartans were doing during Halo 1 and Halo 2.

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

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I would suggest this for: People who played the Halo video games and like Sci-Fi

Reviewed by:
Jacob N, Grade 8

Want to submit your own book review? Click here!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Teen Screen - Guess Who

Come join us from 3pm to 5pm to watch this hilarious comedy about a father having a difficult time accepting his daughter's interracial relationship.

Featuring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher!!

Lemonade and popcorn provided!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Music Review: Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes Album: Fleet Foxes
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library!

Genre: Indie Folk Sounds Like (other artist): Bon Iver, Iron & Wine.

Why I picked it up: Their critic reputation is good

What I thought of it: I thought the record carried a very breezy sound and if you find musicians ambience creates a visual as much as I do, you will find yourself immersed in thoughts of sunny fall days and the landscapes of beautiful forests.

Favorite song and why: My favorite song was "Tiger Mountain Peasan Song" because it was the most soothing.

Reviewed by: Phoenixx C., Grade 9

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Philip hosts our monthly SSBB tournament!

Saturday, February 18
3 - 4:30pm
(in the Auditorium)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Basics of Brawl - Anatomy of a Move

When looking at moves, you can break it down into a few basic parts:

Start Up - The time it takes before a move "comes out". Some moves are faster than others. Some have invincibility

Hit Box - The time where the move will connect with an opponent. Some moves have multiple hitboxes including sweet spots that give more damage and knockback and sourspots which do less.

Hit Lag - Freeze frames when a moves connects with an opponent. This is where you can "Smash Directional Influence" to move your character a distance each frame of lag

Cool Down - The time it takes before a character can move again. Some mores are faster in cooldown than others.

Make sure to come to the Teen Zone on Wednesdays at 3-4pm to learn Brawl tips and tricks

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is a Battlefield!

Do you think love is a battlefield? Does love stink or does love rock? Which side would you choose? Come to the Teen Zone to vote.

The winning side will be announced at Chocolate Fest on February 25th, 2:00-3:30pm in the auditorium. Whatever side you choose, we hope you have a fantastic Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wii Olympics - Tuesday nights

Philip hosts the weekly battle!

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm
in the Teen Zone

Wii Sports Resort
Mario Kart
Wii Party
& more

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Review: The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Check it out here

What's it about: This is a non-fiction book about the 50s and 60s time era. Written by Betty Friedan who is fighting for equal rights between man and women.

Why I picked it up: I studied feminine rights in my AP U.S. history class and wanted to know more; plus it's a classic.

What I thought of it
: I loved the tone embodied throughout the book even though I didn't agree with all that was said. The rhetoric of Friedan's writing is beautiful.

I would suggest this for: Anyone looking to read a good argument.

Reviewed by: Aly M., Grade 12

Submit your own book review here!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Hi, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Karen Allen, the new Teen Services Librarian. Some of you may recognize me as I've been around The Teen Zone for several months. I'm so excited to be in this new position! I have many ideas for fun things to do and I'm eager to talk about books, movies, music, and games with you. I hope I can continue to provide the great services and programs for all of the teens in Lawrence as well as Rebecca has for the last couple of years. And, if you're wondering, Rebecca is still around. You can catch up with her at the Reference desk on your way to the Teen Zone.

So, the next time you're in the library, after you've said hello to Rebecca, please stop by and introduce yourself. I want to get to know everyone!

p.s. If you can tell me which foreign country this picture was taken in, I'll give you a prize!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Saturday Teen Screen: Driving Miss Daisy

Set in Atlanta in the 1950's, a textile factory owner insists on hiring an ever-patient chauffeur for his aging head-strong mother. The Jewish woman and her African American driver eventually build a relationship over many years. It's an oldie, but a goody!

Come share Driving Miss Daisy, popcorn, and lemonade in the Teen Zone! Starts at 3pm!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Teen Tutoring in the Teen Zone

No More Excuses!

Struggling with your homework? Test coming up?

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

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Music Review: The Ready Set

Artist: Ready Set
Album: I'm Alive, I'm Dreaming
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library!

Reviewed by: Leah M., Grade 7

What kind of music: Pop Sounds like (other artists): Never Shout Never

Why I picked it up: I chose it because it was like Never Shout Never.

What I thought of it: It was really good and upbeat.

What was your favorite song and why:
Love Like woe because I love the video and it's a happy song.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Review: Once in a Full Moon

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library!

Reviewed by: Julie C., Grade 11

What it's about: A high school girl who is dating the captain of the football and basketball team. She meets a new kid who she is attracted to, and he saves her, but gets bit by a wolf and turns into a werewolf. (spoiler alert) Long story short, they live happily ever after.

Why I picked it up: The title and cover sounded and looked interesting.

What I thought of it: I really liked this book. For once the supernatural being wasn't a vampire and not a werewolf that can change when it wants to. it is more ture to mythology.

I would suggest this for: Anyone who likes supernatural buts but is tired of vamps.

Not tired of vamps but think this sounds great? Try out Ellen Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series at the library!

Submit your own book review here!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review - Mushishi

Mushishi Volume 1 by Yuki Urushibara
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library

Reviewed by: Phoenixx C, Grade 9

What it's about: Mushishi is a collection of several short stories about a "spirit cleanser" of sorts who goes along treating those who have been infected/bothered by unknowing spirits know as mushi.

Why I picked it up: I love manga and the blurb on the back was vague enough that I thought it was about a demon slayer. I was pleasantly surprised.

What I thought of it:
I loved it. The old time Japanese ideas and respect for spiritual beings was really interesting. Each story contained a moral that seemed genuine.

I would suggest this for: Those who are fond of manga.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Submit your own review for the Teen Zone blog!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Month Teen Screen on Saturdays


Join us in the Teen Zone for popcorn, lemonade, and a movie every Saturday.
Celebrating Black History Month, we're watching;

Feb. 4 Dreamgirls PG-13
Feb. 11 Driving Miss Daisy PG
Feb. 18 Guess Who PG-13
Feb. 25 Ray PG-13

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Aspiring Writers Come Meet a YA Novelist!

Teens and adults come talk to writers about writing!

Local author, Laura Moriarty, will talk with debut novelist Mary O'Connell about her critically acclaimed teen novel,
The Sharp Time. Come hear O'Connell speak about the process of becoming a debut novelist and her experience in the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and get a signed copy for sale by the Raven Book Store.

Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge. Publisher's Weekly calls The Sharp Time an "evocative first novel," and Kirkus Reviews writes that "palpable grief plus irreverent humor equal one extraordinary debut novel."