Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hate To Read?

Lets face it, not many young adults like to read, but nearly all of them like to listen to music.

Have you ever considered listening to a book on CD? I know that you secretly wish you liked to read so you could find out what the movies left out of the Harry Potter books. Or what about reading the Spiderwick Chronicles to find out what they left out in the movie?

Well for all you envious, non-readers, or if you'd simply like a change of pace, the library offers books on CD. Now I know what you are thinking, "What if someone doesn't have a CD player?", well, the library also offers portable CD players that can be checked out and it comes with a fully charged pair of batteries.

So what are you waiting for? Listen to a book on CD and enter a world you were scared to enter before.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Some new titles at your library!

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
A desperate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at the school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.

Derby Girl by Shauna Cross
When 16-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
In the dangerous dark of winter in an Eastern European village during the early seventeenth century, Peter learns from a gypsy girl that the Shadow Queen is behind the recent murders and reanimations, and his father's secret past may hold the key to stopping her.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Time to Vote for the Lincoln Award!

You're probably busy with Read for a Lifetime (which you should be, because it's such a great program to finish, so be sure you get your books read for that first!), but why not check and see if you're eligible to cast a vote for the Abraham Lincoln Award as well? Freshman through Seniors who've read four books from this list of nominees can place a vote for their favorite to win. The Lincoln is an Illinois Student Choice award similar to the Rebecca Caudill Award.

You have until the end of the month to vote, so if you've read at least four and are interested stop by the Teen Desk and we'll collect your vote!

I've read four from that list--Twilight, House of the Scorpion, Heir Apparent, and Pirates! Leave a comment and let us know how many you've read!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Monster

Crank.
Ice.
Crystal.
Tweek.
MONSTER.
Glass
by Ellen Hopkins is the sequel to Crank, a book about Kristina Georgia Snow. A book about a smart, young, high school student who went to visit her dead beat dad, to give him a chance, to get to know him. That is when Kristina transformed into Bree, a crystal meth addict who didn't care about anything other than getting high, partying, and finding "love".

In Glass, Kristina thinks she can finally control the monster, the glass, the ice because she has a baby to take care of. Kristina thinks Bree will be a person of the past and her life will become normal again. FAT CHANCE. Kristina now needs the monster more than ever before. She realizes that she begins to get high all the time, not just in social situations.

Read more to see how far she will go for the monster, how much she will let Bree ruin, and how she will spend the rest of her life.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

My Bloody Valentine

Next week Thursday is Valentine's Day. Come by and celebrate with us at our vampire-themed party! There will be snacks, games, and a movie! Feel free to dress up like your favorite vampire or maybe all in black. Stop in to fill out a raffle slip for a disturbing door prize.

Come on by. The party is from 5-7:30 on February 14 for grades 6-12.

An evening of vampiric festivities await you!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Writers, poets, playwrights, artists, journalists...

AVATAR! needs you!

Our newspaper written by and for teens is suffering from a lack of articles. We need more writings to publish our next issue!

What we accept:
Fiction stories
Poems or plays
Movie, music, or book reviews
Essays
Sports articles
Artwork, including photography
Just about anything else you can think of!

Did you write or draw something in school you're especially proud of? Publish it in AVATAR! Send your submissions to us via email at teen@lansing.lib.il.us or drop them off in person at the Teen Desk.

[If you submitted something for our February-March issue, we're saving it for the April-May issue. So you'll see your work in print then.]