Summer Is HERE!!

Summer is here!  School is almost out and we are all pumped for a great summer vacation.  Long fun days filled with trips to the pool, hanging out with friends and….summer reading assignments?  Wait, what?  Back up…..

We know you all have a required summer reading assignment.  That may not seem like a ton of fun but here at the library we are here to help you complete your assignment AND have a blast doing it!

This summer, sign up for summer reading at the library!  The more you read, the more chances you have to win tons of awesome prizes!  We’ll be hosting so many fun programs at the library this summer you won’t even know what to choose.

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Along with our usual Crafternoons every Thursday (now at a NEW time!!), we’ll be playing Minecraft every Wednesday, finding our inner zen with Teen Yoga every Friday, and tons of other awesome special programs throughout the summer!

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Check out the Events Calendar on the library website for more details about the programs AND to REGISTER for them!

You MUST register for summer programs you wish to attend.  Don’t worry though, its not a commitment to come, we’ll call you before each program to make sure you can make it.

Make sure you also sign up for Summer Reading!  Anything you read during the summer counts towards your summer reading requirement AND our summer reading prizes!  Each week you could win gift certificates to awesome places like Pizza City, Bromilows, and even free skate passes to Floyd Hall!  We also have awesome grand prizes for anyone who makes it to the end of the summer.  Reading can get you prizes but so can attending programs, volunteering at the library, and other easy things like checking out a music CD or reading a magazine!

Register online today!  www.abwplibrary.org

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

 

 

 

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This month we will be reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore

 

Our NEXT meeting is JUNE 25th at 4pm!

“Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.”

This action pack-ed adventure has a little bit of everything for everyone.  Romance, action, mystery, magic, everything you could want out of a fantasy book.

Check out the book trailer!

And remember everyone, summer may have just begun but you can  never start your reading assignment too early.  Join our book club! Anything you read with us counts for your summer reading requirement!  You’ll hear great discussions about the books and get some awesome ideas for your reports.

Email Jessica to sign up today!  schneider@palsplus.org

TEEN TECH WEEK

Everyone ready for Teen Tech Week at the Library??

Geek out at your library, March 10 through 16!

Libraries are chock-full of tech toys like CDs, DVDs and video games, and they’re a great place to get connected to online homework help, research resources, gaming, music, the Web and more.

Check out the great programs just for teens this week and come CHECK IN @ YOUR LIBRARY!

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The NEXT Teen Book Club meeting is MARCH 26TH AT 4PM!!

Our next Teen Book Club Selection is

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer!

If you haven’t read this series yet you are in for a treat.  With eight books in the series, there is plenty of adventure, magic, and super-spy action to keep you entertained!

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“Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.”

Can’t get enough of Artemis Fowl?  Check out this website for videos, games, and more!  http://www.artemisfowl.com/ 

Come in to the library to pick up your copy today!

Join us March 26th at 4pm for our discussion!

PROGRESS: Wildwood Update

Hey everyone!  If you missed this month’s meetings, don’t worry, we didn’t get too far either!

OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON JANUARY 22nd AT 4PM! 

Please read as much as you can, try to read up to part 3, but if you can finish it that would be great too!

Today we talked about our impressions of Prue and her parents and wondered what we would do if we were ever in the same situation.  Some of us thought that Prue’s parents were pretty irresponsible for letting a 12 year old watch a 1 year old baby.  Some of us thought it was strange that Prue went home after her brother was kidnapped and didn’t say anything to her parents.

What would you do if you were Prue?  Do you think your parents would believe you if you told them your little brother was kidnapped by crows?

We also talked about the interesting word choices the author makes in his writing.  There are a lot of words used that we had never heard of and had to look up!  We decided we like the book because of this because it is helping us improve our vocabulary.

Matthew made a great point saying that reading non-fiction or realistic-fiction can help you learn about history or science but reading fiction really helps your vocabulary.

Some words or phrases we discussed were:

  • “a murder of crows” — meaning a grouping of crows
  • camaraderie — meaning a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
  • conjured — meaning to call (an image) to mind
  • aeries — meaning a large nest of a bird of prey, esp. an eagle, typically built high in a tree or on a cliff.
  • concentric — meaning of or denoting circles, arcs, or other shapes that share the same center, the larger often completely surrounding the smaller.
  • coalesced — meaning to come together and form one mass or whole

If you see any words you don’t know the meaning of or a new words you really liked the sound of, write them down and bring your list to our next meeting!

Wildwood by Colin Meloy, Illustraited by Carson Ellis

For our next selection, the group chose Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis

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We will be reading PART ONE for our next meeting on December 18th at 4pm!

“Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.”

Check out the trailer here!

We love this husband and wife duo.

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Colin Meloy is the lead singer-songwriter for the band The Decemberists.  You can see his wonderful lyrical talents reflected in his writing.

Carson Ellis is the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is DeadDillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

RESULTS: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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We liked this book a lot! Some of us had a hard time getting through the whole thing but for those of us that did, it was very enjoyable.  As a group we talked about time travel and the strange magical creatures called ymbrines that are featured in the story.  We especially loved the photographs.

 

We after our discussion we used the ipad to take our own peculiar photographs:

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Our group was split over this book but overall we all liked it very much.

We give this book 5 stars ***** which means we loved it and think everyone should read it!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The new selection for our next meeting is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”

Check out this awesome trailer to get yourself into the spooky spirit

Copies are available behind the circulation desk, come and get yours today!

Our next meeting will be: NOVEMBER 27th at 4pm!

TEEN READ WEEK @ THE LIBRARY!!

QUICK!! Call to register for these awesome programs at the library during Teen Read Week!

Teen Movie Afternoons: Showing “Clue” The ultimate mystery movie based on the best board game ever.  Come watch the movie and plan your strategy for Live Clue on Friday!  Snacks will be available for anyone watching!  October 16th @ 4pm
Crafternoons:  Come craft with us and help decorate the teen section! For our first crafternoon we’ll be re-purposing a table that we will use for future crafternoons!  Come explore the awesome world of Mod Podge and help to create a cool new table all for you.  Every Thursday we will be creating new and fun things during crafternoons so don’t forget to sign up! October 18th @ 4pm
LIVE Clue at the Library:  For our ultimate Teen Read Week event we will be playing a live version of Clue in the library! Help solve the mystery by exploring different parts of the library after hours!  There will be pizza!  October 19th from 7-9pm

Spirit Saturday:  Your librarians will be dressed as their favorite characters for the day in the spirit of Teen Read Week! Come to the library dressed as your favorite character, get a snack, check out a new book, and get your picture taken for our Facebook page! October 20th

Call to register for the Crafternoon and Live Clue today! (973) 345-8120, schneider@palsplus.org