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The Recruit – A Review

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
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The Recruit

 

Title/Author: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

Read by: Anna, Teen Librarian at Teen Central

Summary: A young boy finds a way out of his rough life after his mother dies, when he is given the opportunity to train as a spy for the British government.

Series/Standalone: Book one out of twelve.

Genre/sub-genre: Mystery/Thriller/Espionage

Diversity: Some of the more minor characters came from different backgrounds.

Relatable characters: Yes, though some of the characters seemed a lot older than their stated ages.

Would I re-read?: Perhaps, though I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Personal thoughts: This was a very fast read for me, as I couldn’t put it down. It was also something that I wish had been around when I was a teen because I know I would have loved it back then too. The characters were great, and James’ first mission was interesting because it did leave him with a lot of questions about the validity of what the government was doing versus what common civilians were trying to do, and what large companies sometimes get up to. If you enjoy reading about spies, I encourage you to pick up this book, you’ll be glad you did!

Teen Tech Week!!

Posted on March 14th, 2015 by crosales@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

 Teen Tech Week kicked off on Monday, March 9th with a fantastic Hour of Code program presented by Best Buy! With the help of some amazing Geek Squad members the teens learned how to create and code some of their favorite computer games!!

 

 

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Teen Central, the Lab

Posted on March 11th, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

3Dlab

 

The new Teen Central opened in February 2015.  The Lab is a creative space for teens that houses 5 PCs and 5 Macs for teens use with 10 different creative software.  Teens may access FL Studio to create beats and mixes, or create a comic with themselves in it in Comic Life 3, or maybe you are interested in creating 3D objects in Autodesk 123D Design and then printing them out on the 3d printer.  Teens may do all of those things and more!  The Lab is open for creative use during the hours Teen Central is open and is offering programs in the different software, please check the calendar for dates and times.

Teen Central, the Media Lounge

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

The new and exciting Teen Central is open for teens to discover, create and collaborate.  The Media Lounge is a place where teens can access video gaming platforms like Play Station 4, Xbox 1 (soon Wii U) and online games through the internet and compete in gaming with your friends.  At this time you have access to over 30 video games and it’s a list that is continuing to grow based on your game suggestions.  The Media Lounge offers free time for video gaming during the open hours in Teen Central as well as special programs.  Check the calendar of events for special programs in the Media Lounge.

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Teen Fitness Challenge

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by rschmelzer@private.bpl.org in Technology, Teen Services

Fitness

Snow piles over the city don’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. If you’re stuck inside and feeling a little of the old cabin fever, there are ways you can keep active and feeling great while stuck indoors.

Check out this interactive http://fit.webmd.com/teen/move/game/fitness-challenge-game from WebMd.  Easy challenges in rapid succession (jumping up and down on one foot 10 times, 5 sit-ups, etc.) you keep track of with an interactive stopwatch.  This tool is great if you want to challenge a group of friends.  Teens at the Grove Hall library participated in a challenge using this stopwatch, with quite hilarious results.