Archive for August 20, 2009

Could you tell your life story in 6 words?

“Everyone has a story. Can you tell yours in six words?”
That’s the question posed by Smith Magazine on their website:
They can be funny, sad, shocking, wistful…anything, really. You name it.
Some of the examples posted are:
Dating others to get over you. – Eliza_Shevitz
Every story begins with “that boy…” – readwriteknit
Sounds like the way banana tastes – mhenry
Everything needs recharging, phone, iPod, me. – happy_nel
We just ordered the new book, I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure which collects almost six-word memoirs. The editors of the collection found that some of the most poignant entries were coming from teens-and so this newest collection is entirely by and for those smart, sassy, and angst-filled truth tellers.
If you’d like to try your hand at writing your mini-memoir, go to the website and submit!

Twilight book covers in stained glass

This was a random find, but I found something cool on the awesome online marketplace for handmade goods known as Etsy:
Check out these bad boys from Etsy seller GeekyGlass:
The original listing for the Twilight stained glass panel can be linked to here and can be yours for a bargain price of $190.00!
By the way, if you haven’t heard of Etsy, it’s a craft lover’s dream website. The Etsy motto is is to “Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade,” which in these economic times is a good way to find interesting (and sometimes cheaper) handmade goods online. Check it out!



We want you!

We need input for library programs, website content and more!
Help pick books, graphic novels and multimedia for our collection
No registration required,
just drop in!
Refreshments will be served
All teens welcome
Grades 6 and up
Meetings planned for the following dates at 7:00:
Monday, August 31
Thursday, September 24
Thursday, October 22
Monday, November 30

For information about our meetings, stop by TeenSpace or e-mail Sharon Long, Teen Services Librarian, at

I know what you read this summer… and here’s what I read

That was supposed to sound menacing, was it? Anyway, this summer I kept statistics to keep track of the most popular teen fiction books read over the summer. The top books were not too surprising, to me at least, but here they are:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
Breaking Dawn
The Last Olympian
The Outsiders
Lunch Money
Among the Hidden

I did my own summer reading, and here were the books I found the most enjoyable:
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
This was a breezy summer story about belonging to a family, finding oneself, summer love and enduring friendships. The main character, Auden, was initially awkward and not very likable, but grows to become someone you will want to root for as she sorts her issues out. She was invited to spend the summer at her father’s house with his new wife and baby, to serve as a babysitter and helper (at least that was her father’s view) and to relax and get away from her overbearingly intellectual and judgmental mother. Along the way she overcomes her fears about who she is meant to be, learns how to be a true friend and opens herself to life experiences – good, bad and ugly.
Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
Imagine for a second that your parents are a Hugh Hefner wannabe and one of his ex-girlfriends. The House Bunny meets The Girls Next Door. Disturbing thought. But out of this strange union emerges Hannah – a girl trying to lead a normal life, despite the fact that both her parents are famous for their party lifestyles. She has teen angst throughout the story (and constantly worries that she might actually *shudder* BE like her parents) making funny observations about her unique circumstances and being the v oice of reason for her parents. A fun read.
Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
This story is a retelling of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin set in an English milling town at the brink of the industrial revolution. After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte has to take over as the owner of the mill and finds herself meeting unusual and daunting challenges to keep her mill, her family and her very town from destruction. And of course, if you are familiar with the original story, you’ll know that Charlotte makes a pact with a strange little man that involves magical curses. This was the winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award for best fiction written by a first-time author, and the book lives up to the honor.
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
This fantasy was about eighteen-year-old Eff who was born into a very unlucky position within her family as the thirteenth child. All her life, Eff is treated with mistrust and suspicion while her twin brother Lan is the seventh son of a seventh son, bringing luck to those around him. Eff grows into a strong character and accepts her circumstances – once she gets over thinking she is bad luck. The fantastical world has three traditional magic systems (Avrupean, Hijero-Cathayan and Aphrikan) and much of the book delves into the process of learning magic to combat the magical creatures that threaten the settlements on the western frontier of the Great Barrier.
I also read the advance copy of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (the sequel to Hunger Games). Although I can’t say much (until the book is released on September 1st) I will say that I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN, and Katniss is still one of my favorite heroines, and fans of the first book will definitely enjoy the second one in the planned trilogy.
And some books on my “to read” shelf:
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
When a plant blooms out of fifteen-year-old Laurel’s back, it leads her to discover the fact that she is a faerie and that she has a crucial role to play in keeping the world safe from the encroaching enemy trolls.
Enjoy the end of summer and try to stay cool!
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian