Archive for October 30, 2008

Our Second Teen Open Mic Night!

So you think you can dance? Could you be the next American Idol? We are now registering Teen performers for our Open Mic Night, which will be held on Friday night, December 5, at 7 PM in the Syosset Public Library Theater.
acoustic guitar • dance • poetry • piano • singing •
whatever your talent, we need you!

Performer registration (solos or groups) begins Monday, November 3, 2008.
Register in person at TeenSpace or the Reference Desk, by phone (921-7161 ext 242), or e-mail at

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, November 17.
Our first Open Mic Night in April was a huge success – and we are very excited to showcase our talented Syosset teens once again! I hope to see you all performing (or in the audience) at Open Mic Night.
Sharon Long,
Teen Services Librarian

New books 10/17/08

My mother is a french fry and further proof of my fuzzed-up life by Colleen Sydor.
As fifteen-year-old Eli begins to feel that she’s losing hold of everything, her pent-up anxiety and anger begin to unfurl, revealing a heartbreaking vulnerability beneath her tough exterior.
Skinned by Robin Wasserman.
Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular — until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Lia will never feel pain again, she will never age, and she can’t ever truly die. But she is also rejected by her friends, betrayed by her boyfriend, and alienated from her old life. Forced to the fringes of society, Lia joins others like her. But they are looked at as freaks. They are hated…and feared. They are everything but human, and according to most people, this is the ultimate crime — for which they must pay the ultimate price.
I wanna be your shoebox by Cristina García.
Thirteen-year-old, clarinet-playing, Southern California surfer, Yumi Ruiz-Hirsch, comes from a complex family–her father is Jewish-Japanese, her mother is Cuban, and her parents are divorced–and when her grandfather Saul is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Yumi asks him to tell her his life story, which helps her to understand her own history and identity.
Things that are by Andrew Clements.
Still adjusting to being blind, Alicia must outwit an invisible man who is putting her family and her boyfriend, who was once invisible himself, in danger.
Out of the pocket by Bill Konigsberg.
As Bobby Framingham, quarterback of his high school football team, finally acknowledges to himself that he is gay, events start to spin out of control when his sexual orientation is revealed in the student newspaper and then in the local press, and he learns that his father has cancer.
(Source of Annotations: NoveList Database and Publishers)

Books With Bite

It’s Teen Read Week! This year’s theme is Books With Bite. Stop by TeenSpace and check out some of the vampire themed books and graphic novels out on display to help celebrate Teen Read Week. If you read nominated books throughout the year, you’ll be ready to vote for your favorites during Teen Read Week, October 12 – 18, 2008. Readers aged twelve to eighteen can vote right here, online, anytime that week.
Voting takes place through midnight on Saturday.
Click below to vote now for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten and have a great week!

Gossip Girl book discussion

Join us for a discussion of the book
Gossip Girl
by Cecily von Ziegesar
A world of jealousy and betrayal at an exclusive private school in Manhattan. Now a hit television show.
Monday, November 10, 2008 * 7 – 8:30 PM * Free * Refreshments.
Registration begins Monday, October 6 for SSD residents;
all others October 13.
TEENS can register in person at the Reference Desk or TeenSpace or by e-mail [] or phone [921-7161 ext. 242]
Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month before the program.