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Book Reviews: Flight of the Sparrows and His Eyes

Posted on November 1st, 2011 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff

Flight of the Sparrows by Laura Baumbach

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This was an awesome book about a British teenage boy who’s on his own, looking for his father, by becoming a computer hacker. But when he and his friends steal important government files, they get more than they bargained for. Special Ops from the American Army show up to arrest them along with the British MI5 who want more than to simply arrest them. This is the heart wrenching and action packed story of how one teen finally meets his real father and claims a new family among military veterans, even as MI5 are still tracking him down, wanting him dead for the information he knows. Definitely a don’t miss novel! I loved it. Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down to save my life. I highly recommend it.

His Eyes by Renee Carter

Ready by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This was a short, sweet, romance novel. Again, another book I couldn’t put down. Amy is a down to earth girl, about to graduate high school, and needing money to be able to attend her dream college. How she gets that money, is the interesting part. She’s hired to babysit a blind teenager from a very preppy school filled with rich kids. Only this kid, Tristan, newly blind from a show jumping accident, doesn’t want anything to do with anyone. Will he come around before it’s too late? Or will his ex-girlfriend, who doesn’t know he’s blind, and who’s intent on using him to get her on the cover of People Magazine, grab him up before Amy can get through to him? If you love romance novels, check this one out. A fast paced book, you won’t be able to put down.

Odd Jobs

Posted on August 1st, 2011 by Anna in Books, Resources

So you’re looking into colleges, trying to decide where you want to go. But do you know what you want to do with your life? Do you have a career in mind? Or are you going into college “undecided”?

Whether you know exactly what you want to do, or you haven’t the faintest idea, check out the book display in the Copley Teen Room to help give you some ideas, or just have fun reading about the other things you could choose to do.  Or not do.

Have you ever wanted to be a spy when you grew up? We’ve got the handbook! Wondered what it’s like for Duane “Dog” Chapman to be the bounty hunter he is? His memoir is on our shelf. We have books on all kinds of jobs from being a chef to careers with dogs to the person in charge of keeping the Stanley Cup, and the funeral parlor cosmetologist.  Hey, someone’s got to make you look pretty when the time comes. Right?

Ever wonder who makes all the sound effects for movies? That would be the foley artist.

What about becoming an oyster shucker? “How many oysters can an oyster shucker shuck if an oyster shucker shucks oysters all day?” – Odd Jobs

Or an odor judge? Training for this job takes a year, and from then on you need to be tested monthly, to make sure you’re still good for the job.

Check out our display and see all the odd, and interesting jobs you could do when you graduate! I garuntee there’s something for everyone!

Teen Dating Violence: What is Love?

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by Anna in Resources

There are a lot of things love is. And there are a lot of things love isn’t. But when you first meet someone who turns you all mushy inside, how do you know if it’s love or not? Here is a comparative list of what love is and what it  isn’t, courtesy of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence (

Love is…

  • Responsibility
  • Hard Work
  • Pleasure
  • Commitment
  • Caring
  • Honesty
  • Sex
  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Sharing
  • Compromising
  • Closeness
  • Recognizing Differences
  • Vulnerability
  • Openness
  • Respect
  • Friendship
  • Strong Feelings

Love isn’t…

  • Jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Pain
  • Violence
  • Sex
  • Obsession
  • Being Selfish
  • Cruelty
  • Getting Pregnant
  • Making Someone Pregnant
  • Dependency
  • Giving Up Yourself
  • Intimidation
  • Scoring
  • Fear
  • Proving Yourself
  • Manipulation
  • Expecting All Your Needs To Be Met

Love can be so many things, but if the words in the second list match your relationship more than those in the first, no matter what your gender, it’s time to get out! Tell someone you can trust, a friend or family member that something wrong is going on, and make sure you have a safe place to go. Should you need to, call the police. They exist to help you, no matter what your situation, no matter who you are. That’s their job.

Want more info on Teen Dating Violence? Check out Melrose Alliance Against Violence at or check back here for more posts in the coming weeks.