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Denim Day Patches

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services

On Friday, April 11, Teens from the Central Library Teen Room made patches to prepare for Denim Day. They also listened to members of the Youth Empowerment Project/Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence talk about how Denim Day came about and what we can do to stop sexual violence against people. This year Denim Day will be on Wednesday April 23. During the week of April 23, the Teen Room will have our patches on display for Teens to see. For more information, check out Denim Day 2014.

 

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Inspired Poetry

Posted on April 12th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services

On Thursday, as part of National Poetry Month, the Central Library Teen Room, held its second poetry workshop: Inspired Poetry. Teens chose pictures that gave them inspiration to write free verse poetry. Here are a few examples:

“Time Dragon”

Mechanical Dragon
Keeps watch/on time
Dolling it out
60 seconds
Per minute
60 minutes
Per hour
24 hours
Per Day
The mechanical dragon
Allows no one
To Steal
Even a second.

He spreads
Metallic wings
And screetches,
His tail
Whipping out,
Claws ready
To sink into
The unexpected hand.

Time cannot
Be borrowed
For it cannot
Be given back.

 

 

“A Cat’s Life”
I wakeup
Stretch
I eat
Stretch
I scratch
I wash
I go out
I stretch
I watch
I duck
Those birds can’t see me
I duck
That dog can’t see me
I duck
Wait, that cat better see me
I duck
I watch
I stretch
I go in
I stretch
I eat
I scratch
I wash
I stretch
I sleep
I purr
The end.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – A Review

Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

Listened to by Anna/Central Teen Room

Karou is a young art student in Prague with ties to another world where she grew up as a child. Her father figure is  a demon who collects teeth, though for what reason, she does not know. She is caught in the middle of an otherworldly war, and yet, she’s stuck on the outside having no idea a war is going on. But when black hand prints start appearing on portals all over the world she begins to wonder what’s happening, until her curiosity gets the better of her. It’s then she meets beautiful angel, Akiva, and learns of a very violent past she might, or might not, have been a part of in another life.

Instead of picking up the print book or putting the ebook on my Kindle, I opted for the ten disc audio book. I have to say, listening to the audio book was a real adventure and one I will always remember. The first thing I want to say is that the narrator, Khristine Hvam, is super fantastic. She’s able to do so many different voices and accents for all the characters. I didn’t think that was possible. Just when I thought she’d exhausted her collection, a new character would enter the picture and she’d be off with another voice. Not only that, but I really enjoyed the sound of her voice. It’s got a real storytelling quality to it that’s great to relax and listen to for hours on end. Listening to the audio book also meant I could spend more time knitting, or doing other crafty things while a story was read to me. Yay, for multitasking with crafts and books!

The second thing I really enjoyed were the locations used in the book. Most Young Adult novels are set in some boring small town, or some fantasy setting. But this was set in the city of Prague for the most part, with occasional jaunts to other cities and places around the world. And, oh yeah, there was still that fantastical setting too. There was variety in the places and in the characters that we don’t normally see, which was a breath of fresh air.

The third thing I want to talk about is the plot. It’s interesting. There are angels and demons, but you’re not seeing them the way you typically see them in books. Both sides have good and bad parts to them. Individual characters are both good and bad. They’re realistic while still being fantastical. Because of this, you can’t really know what will happen next with the plot. Nothing is predictable. At the same time, I feel I should warn you that the book does jump around in time. A LOT. Be prepared. Especially while listening to an audio book where you won’t get the cues of an extra space between paragraphs or a symbol telling you something’s changing. This changing around doesn’t get too confusing. At least, it didn’t for me. But don’t let that keep you from reading, or listening to, the book.

Overall, I can’t recommend this audio book enough. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

Intensive Manga Drawing Workshop with Andy Fish

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by Anna in Events, Programs
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This is an intensive FOUR week program in which you will work to complete a six page manga comic book. Each session meets for 45 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of critiques and discussion. The workshop will culminate in a display of the work during the month of May.

The workshops are on Wednesdays at 3pm from April 9th through the 30th. They will be held in the Central Library Teen Room and the display in May will also be held in the same room.

TBOM Spring and Summer 2014

Posted on March 23rd, 2014 by Anna in Books, Events, Programs
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Here’s our new and improved Spring and Summer 2014 schedule! We’ve decided to split books in half to give everyone time enough to read them.

Incarceron

March 27th 3pm Chapters 1-17

April 24th 3pm Chapters 18-end

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born …

Study in Scarlet

May 29th 3pm Chapters 1-7

June 26th 3pm 8-14

This is the genre-defining work with which popular crime fiction was born. A potent mix of serial murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings, and revenge, the novel introduces us to the world-famous characters of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Inspector Lestrade and sees Sherlock and Dr. Watson meet and join forces for the first time as they track a mysterious killer that stalks London’s streets.

Crystal Cave

July 31st 3pm Chapters TBD

August 28th 3pm Chapters TBD

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys — or as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man’s-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.