Archive for April 21, 2008

Teen Open Mic Night

Teen%20Open%20Mic%20Night%20April%202008%20Photos%20133.jpgThose of you who attended our first Teen Open Mic Night last Friday, April 11, will vouch for what I’m saying: It was great. Held in the library’s theater, we had lots of poetry and singing, guitars and dancing. Syosset teens are really talented. We can’t put all the photos on the blog, so here are a few:
The first individual photo is Ted Tiller of the library’s Teen Advisory Board, who worked hard getting both performers and audience members. Thanks for all your effort. Next is Stephanie Cohen, Allison Kodren, Ashley and Emily Moyett, Trisha Sanghavi and finally, Julie Nho, Cinduy Niu and Dorothy Chung. All the performers were great. We will definitely be having more Open Mic Nights. I hope you all participate by performing or cheering on your friends.
Ed Goldberg, Teen Services Librarian


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

DiaryOfAWimpyKidRodrickRules.jpgDiaryOfAWimpyKid.jpgBack in July 2007, I told you about Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the embarrassing tales of middle-schooler Greg Heffley. Well, he’s back in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. As you may recall, Rodrick is his older brother who always, always gets the better of Greg. But, let’s be real, Greg brings a lot of grief on himself. For instance, when Greg dog sits his neighbor’s dog while they are on vacation–the dog would never do his stuff while he was being walked, but then proceeds to poop in the house after the walk. After a few days of cleaning up the mess, Greg decides to let it pile up and clean it the day the neighbors are due home. But…they come home a day early. You get the picture, and it’s not pretty.
The story is told in both narrative and drawings, which add a whole other level of humor. So, if you want a good laugh, I highly recommend the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Stay tuned, because there are more adventures on the way.
Learn all about Greg at his website:
Ed Goldberg,
Teen Services Librarian

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

DisreputableHistoryOfFrankieLandauBanksFrankie Landau-Banks is not satisfied being the cute high school sophomore who needs protecting by her boyfriend. She’s not satisfied that she’s not taken seriously by her family or friends. She’s not satisfied that she’s excluded from Alabaster Prep School’s all male Loyal Order of the Bassets, even though her father was a member. Even her boyfriend, Matthew, is a member, but he won’t admit or discuss it because it’s that secret. He’s even co-king, along with Alpha.
Frankie never gets alone time with Matthew because he’s always either with all his Bassett friends or on call—every time Alpha calls, Matthew runs off with some feeble excuse, leaving her high and dry. Matthew’s correcting her grammar rather than listening to what she has to say, is the last straw. It’s time for revenge—or to prove a point.
This is Lockhart’s best book. It is extremely well written. There’s action, romance, humor. It tells a great story, but it also has a moral. Should a young girl be satisfied with the status quo, just because she’s a girl? Can she be taken seriously as a thinker, do-er, planner? Can she change the world? Should she want to change the world? Frankie is a character you’ll want to know, maybe even want to be. You’ll love and also hate Matthew and the other Bassets. Trust me. You won’t want to put this book down. This is a must read.
And while you’re at it, enjoy Lockhart’s other great books: Fly on the Wall, The Boyfriend List, Dramarama and The Boy Book.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian