Archive for March 31, 2007

Database of the Month — CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher is your source for information on the American Government, the Electoral Process and current events issues. It can be accessed from the Homework Help section of the TeenSpace website. It is located both in the Current Events and Government categories and it has three components:
CQ Researcher Online: contains in-depth, unbiased coverage of current issues including health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist.
CQ Encyclopedia of American Government: contains sections on the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court , the Constitution and Elections. An up to date resource on the American Government, it includes documents and explanations of each branch of government, the Constitution and the electoral process.
CQ Supreme Court Collection: contains sections on Supreme Court cases, Justices and Cases-in-Context. It blends historical analysis with timely updates and expert commentary of Supreme Court decisions, biographies of justices, Supreme Court history, and the U.S. Constitution.

Teen Book Review – First Part Last

First Part Last by Angela Johnson
The book is not very long but very descriptive. It described the situation of seventeen-year old Bobby whose girlfriend, Nia, just told him that she is pregnant. It describes struggles and strives made by Bobby to take care of his daughter, Feather, after something tragic happens to Nia. A MUST read!! Review by Juliet

Secrets of My Hollywood Life–Book Discussion

On Monday, April 16 at 7 PM, author Jen Calonita will lead a discussion of her book, Secrets of My Hollywood Life. Jen is a former Senior Entertainment Editor at Teen People and is in the know about things Hollywood. The discussion will be held in the meeting rooms in the lower level of the library. Registration starts on Monday, March 26 for Syosset School District residents and a week later for non-residents. You can register via e-mail at, via phone at 921-7161 ext.242 or in person at TeenSpace. Copies of the book are available in TeenSpace.
I look forward to seeing you at the book discussion.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Espionage, Mystery and Sports

Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion and Betrayal by Mal Peet
Tamar is: (i) the name of a 14-year-old British girl, (ii) the name of a river in England and (iii) the code name of a Dutch Special Operations Agent during World War II. Tamar, the special agent, is Tamar, the girl’s, grandfather. A lover of puzzles, when he commits suicide, he leaves a puzzle for his granddaughter. Intertwining 1945 and 1995, the story alternates between Tamar’s action during the war and his granddaughter’s attempt to unravel the puzzle. What happened during the war? Who spied on who? Who was in love with who? And, who got betrayed? Tamar, the book, is an absorbing read, full of ‘espionage, passion and betrayal’. This is definitely in my Top 5 of the year, so far.
Ice Time: The Story of Hockey by Michael McKinley
From the nostalgic cover photos to the colorful action shots inside, this ice hockey history is a winner. Initially limited to cold climates, the game moved indoors in 1875. With Canadian Governor-General Lord Stanley’s donation of the Dominion Challenge Trophy in 1892, cross-Canada rivalries exploded. Early challenges for Stanley’s Cup required skill and character. The Dawson City Nuggets walked, cycled, and journeyed by train to Ottawa. The outcome, 23-2 for Ottawa, still stands in the Stanley Cup records, and likely Albert Forrest’s 300-mile walk back to Dawson City does as well. Tales of early hockey legends, such as “Cyclone” Taylor and his “backwards goal,” and superb photos, some vintage, add appeal. The author highlights hockey superstars as well as the first black NHL player and the first woman to play in the NHL. Also included is coverage of international competition including the U. S. “Miracle on Ice” gold medal in 1980 and Canada’s gold medal in 2002 at Salt Lake City. A must for hockey fans.
Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker
Eighth grader, Bobby, sees a man slap his teacher, Ms. Delaney, outside school. Yelling out the classroom window, he scares the man away. When confronted, Ms. Delaney tells Bobby nothing is wrong. But, something is definitely wrong. Meanwhile, Bobby and his Edenville Owls basketball team are trying to gain a slot in the state championship. A ragtag team with no coach, they look to Bobby to prepare them. Lastly, Bobby is jealous when Joanie, a lifelong friend, dates his best friend and teammate. Joanie and Bobby are determined to protect Ms. Delaney. Will they discover who the mystery man is and save Ms. Delaney? Do the Edenville Owls get to the champsionship? Set in 1945, readers will learn out about life after World War II as well as enjoy a good story in this fast reading mystery by a mystery master–writer of the adult Spenser series.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

The Teen 3 Apples Book Award – 2008

The Teen 3 Apples Book Award — a New York State Teen’s Choice Award — is for teens aged 13 and older who are in grades 7-12.
Nominations for the new 2008 Teen’s Choice Book Award are now being accepted. They are due by March 29. So, either stop in at TeenSpace and fill out a nomination form or e-mail your nomination to me at Include: your name and age, and the title and author of the book you want to nominate.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Essay Contest

The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Nassau County Library Association is sponsoring it’s Third Annual Essay Contest.
People use libraries for many reasons. Among them has always included the accessibility to books. Given how much books are treasured, insuring this accessibility in libraries is of great importance. Therefore the Contest this year gives you the opportunity to answer the following question:
Write or type your personal views on one or two pages. Send your essay along with the completed bottom part of this flyer to:
Intellectual Freedom Committee, NCLA
Bob Ludemann
Merrick Library
2279 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, New York 11566
All age group winners will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card and be invited to a reception at the Carle Place store on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. All participants must submit their essays by April 9, 2007. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Ludemann at 377- 6112, ext. 103 or e-mail:
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Attach this form with your Essay Contest entry. Please type or print.
Name: First _______________________ Last ____________________________
Telephone Number: _____________________
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Home Library (You must be a current card holder at a Nassau County Library):
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Blues and Jazz

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Black Cat Bone: The Life of Blues Legend Robert Johnson by J. Patrick Lewis; illustrated by Gary Kelley
In a life spanning 27 years, Robert Johnson recorded only 29 songs. According to legend, Johnson, considered by many to be the Godfather of the Blues, sold his soul to the devil on a Mississippi crossroad in order to obtain musical immortality. Through syncopated poetry and illustrations in shades of blues and browns that capture the essence of the blues, learn about the composer of such standards as Come On In My Kitchen, Crossroad Blues, and Kindhearted Woman Blues and a man who influenced Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, the Grateful Dead, Eric Clpaton and more. A must for music lovers.
Jazz A B Z: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits by Wynton Marsalis; illustrated by Paul Rogers
The vibrance and color of jazz is conveyed to the reader by the vibrance and colors of the illustrations in this introduction to jazz greats. In a combination of prose and poetry, all the greats are mentioned: Armstrong, Basie, Coltrane, Fitzgerald, Gillespie, Monk. Reminiscent of an old 33 1/3 L.P., Jazz A B Z is a crowd pleaser. Brief bios, notes on the poetic forms used in the book and 26 jazz records you will enjoy round out this eye-catching, fun-to-read, introduction to jazz. A jazz newbie or a jazz lover, you will love this book, as did I.

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