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A Big Little Life – A Book Review

Posted on July 16th, 2012 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This is the story of Trixie Koontz, the beautiful, smart, funny, and generally awesome dog belonging to well known author, Dean Koontz. All these years, I’ve heard about Trixie, but I didn’t realize just how special she was until I read this book. That dog was great at calming other dogs down in the middle of a vet hospital visit. She refused to throw up on a hard-to-clean carpet. She was a perceptive dog  who knew when on the tennis ball hunt that one had been left behind.

This was an amazing story of an amazing dog. I laughed out loud until I cried. And then I cried so hard I sobbed. A truly wonderful book that any dog lover should read. Even if you’re not a Dean Koontz fan, you’ll love this book, and you’ll hopefully come to realize (if you haven’t already) just how special dogs really are. Especially dogs like Trixie Koontz.

A final note, for those who are keeping track, this is the third book out of eight in my personal summer reading list. Wondering myself if I can make it to the eighth book by the end of August… crossing my fingers!

 

Childhood’s End – A Review

Posted on June 12th, 2012 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

You may recall that I chose to read this book for my summer reading list. This is the story of what would happen if an alien race took over Earth and it’s humans, if that race gave us peace and prosperity, but took away our children without asking. In this novel, the idea is the protagonist and antagonist, not any one character, not even something like disease is the antagonist.

I have to say I was expecting a little more action. But instead, the people accepted their fate. At first, nothing happens, people have parties, they chat about boring things, and get too used to lots of technology. One man dares to be different,  he dares to escape into the stars to find the home of the alien race that controls them. But when he returns to Earth 80 years later, he finds that he’s the last man on Earth. The ending is hard to take. I kept wondering what I would do if I were in his situation, and all I could come up with is that I would go crazy insane without other people.

This was not a book I enjoyed at all. It was a hard read and I had to force myself to get through it, even as skinny as it was. Even so, this book is a classic of science fiction literature, and many people the world over love it. I guess it really depends on what you prefer to read. Just don’t expect action heros to save the day in the end.

 

Summer Reading Winners

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by bplteenblog in Events, Programs

 

Ian Williams, 13, of Dudley, won an Ipad

Selina Li, 13 books, of Copley, won an Ipad
Khadidja Ramandi, 6 books, of East Boston, won an HP Touch Pad

Not pictured- Cindy Zhang, 33 books, of Parker Hill, won a Nook.

Congratulations, readers!

 

2011 Teen Summer Reading Video Contest

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by Anna in Books, Contests, Movies

The 2011 Teen Video Challenge!

The Boston Public Library is participating in the teen statewide theme for 2011, You Are Here. What does that mean?

It means Boston area teens have the opportunity to create a PSA promoting the Teen Summer Library Program theme, You Are Here. Each participating state will have one winning video; the winners will receive $250.00 AND the winner’s library will receive $100.00!

Be sure to visit this website to learn more, read the How to Enter section:

http://cslpreads.org/challenge-overview.html

Teens, create your video following the How to Enter guidelines and post it on YouTube.  The contest is open to any legal U.S. resident living in MA aged 13-18.

All forms, including entry and model releases are available at the above link. Additionally, you can find audio downloads and art to use in your videos on the collaborative website. Entry forms are due by March 1, 2010 (EEP! That’s next week!)  and winners will be announced in April, 2011! There will be one winner per state.

The winning video will be used for promoting the 2011 Library Summer Program!

Summer Reading 2011 Video Challenge

Posted on December 10th, 2010 by Anna in Books, Contests

I realize it might feel like summer only just ended. After all, we had some pretty good weather rather recently, and Christmas hasn’t even arrived yet, although we’re getting close. Never-the-less, it’s time to start thinking about NEXT summer’s reading program.

As a Boston teen, you have the opportunity to participate in a Teen Video Challenge! Next year’s theme will be “You Are Here”, and the challenge will be to create a PSA promoting that theme.

Each participating state, will have one wining video and the winner will receive $250.00!

Be sure to visit this website to learn more, read the How to Enter section, and download a brochure to promote the contest:

http://cslpreads.org/challenge-overview.html

Teens will be asked to create their video following the How to Enter guidelines and post their video on YouTube.  The contest is open to any legal U.S. resident living in MA aged 13-18.

All forms, including entry and model releases are available at the above link. Additionally, teens can find audio downloads and art to use in their videos on the collaborative website. Entry forms are due by March 1, 2010 and winners will be announced in April, 2011! 

The winning video will be used for promoting the 2011 Library Summer Program!