Friday, November 30, 2007

Does My Head Look Big in This?

Amal is an Australian-Muslim high school girl who makes a big decision--to wear the hijab, or Muslim head scarf, full-time. She's worried about how her friends will react, what her enemies will say, if her parents will support her decision, and if her crush, Adam, will react differently, but her faith is strong and she wears the scarf anyway. Amal isn't surprised when she runs into trouble, from taunts on the bus to snide comments at school, but she handles it all and manages to stay true to herself.

Simply put--I loved this book. It's a great story about being a teenager and trying to fit in while not compromising your beliefs or feelings. It's a story about tolerance that isn't preachy in the slightest. It taught me a lot about Muslim beliefs and made me wish there were more stories like it. Along with the religious aspects you'll find a well-written book that you can't put down. If you're looking for a story about crushing on boys, hanging out with friends, dealing with parents that don't understand you, and surviving the mess that's called high school, you'll enjoy this book. Pick up Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah asap.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Can you burn your guilt?

Gail Giles brings us a compelling story of a young man who is trying to live his life beyond the terrible guilt he is faced with. Right Behind You, introduces us to Kip, whose name changed after he murdered a boy in Alaska, faced four years in a mental institution. He was only nine years old when he entered the hospital and he was also the youngest because the institution normally only took in children twelve and up.

While in the hospital, Kip spent every day with children who did the most unbelievable things. He gave nicknames to all of the people who were in the institution, which represented his habit of shying away from people.

At age fourteen, Kip finally got to leave the mental hospital and try to lead a normal life. He moved to Indiana, changed his name and history, and for an entire year he kept his old life a secret.

Read Right Behind You to find out what Kip did to end up in a mental institution, what his real name is, how Kip did in Indiana, and if he burnt his guilt.

Friday, November 16, 2007

AVATAR! Deadline

If you're a writer, a poet, a journalist, a critic, a photographer, or an artist (and who isn't at least one of those?), don't miss the deadline for submissions to AVATAR!, our Teen newspaper. We'll be taking submissions through Tuesday, November 20 for publication in the December/January issue. We are looking for articles on books, music, movies, sports, essays, photos, drawings, or writings about whatever YOU think is interesting!

Turn in your submission at the Teen Desk or via email to Not all submissions will be chosen.

View back issues of AVATAR! here!

Monday, November 12, 2007

His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman

This well-known fantasy series by Phillip Pullman starts with the book The Golden Compass. In this book Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon eavesdrops on a secret meeting with her uncle and various scholars from the university that she calls home. Lyra learns about the controversy surrounding dust and the experiments being carried out in the north. Shortly after the secret meeting, children from the area start going missing, including Lyra's friend Roger. Lyra takes it upon herself to find the missing children and uncover the secrets and lies that surround the people known as the Gobblers.

With the help of the Gyptians, an armored bear named Iorek Byrnison, a witch named Serafina Pekkala and a truth-telling device called an atheliometer, Lyra makes her way to the north to take on Mrs. Coulter and the other members of the General Oblation Board.

Keep your eyes open. The Golden Compass is coming to the theaters in early December. Read The Golden Compass and rest of the series before you see the movie!


Parents always tell their teens not to drink and drive, to not put themselves in that situation, and they will get home just fine. What parents don't tell their children is that there is always a slight chance that even if their teen doesn't drink and drive, someone else might.

Anna was never a big partier, but her best friend, Ellen, started to be. Anna and Ellen went to a party and Anna chose to be the designated driver, but she fell into the pressure and had a few drinks. Although Anna was okay to drive herself and her best friend home, there was always that chance that someone else wasn't.

Wrecked brings a new twist to drinking and driving, and the consequences are fatal. Read to see how Anna copes with what happens and how her life changes forever.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Knitting Knots

Come and join Miss Patti for a Knitting knots afternoon. Beginning Wednesday, November 7th, through Wednesday, December 19th, from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The program will be held in the activity room in the Youth Department on the lower level of the library. If you need help with a knitting project, bring your yarn and needles and Miss Patti will help you get your naughty, knotty knitting all straighted out! If you don't know how to knit, bring some needles and yarn, and she will show you how to get started. If you need to purchase a set of needles try to get size #10, 10 inches long. Come and join the fun and help us make this program a success.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

New Books!!

Check out some of our new books!

Click: One Novel, Ten Authors - This is a book that's literally written by ten different people. Popular authors such as Eoin Colfer (author of the Artemis Fowl series), Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked), and Margo Lanagan (author of Black Juice) each take a chapter and tell a story about a brother and sister and their grandpa's legacy.

Some other new books to try out are Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin, Boy Toy by Barry Lyga, and Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.