Archive for September 26, 2009

Spooktacular fall decorations

Come visit TeenSpace to check out the fall decor and our new scratch and sniff bookmarks – candy corn and bubble gum – yum! They really smell like candy.
At our Teen Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, we created some fun fall creatures:
Thanks to everyone who helped!
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

I hope you’re hungry

I want to discuss the trend of food blogs and mention some of the newest teen books about cooking (some even have recipes included). Learning how to cook has never been so trendy. There are so many sources of inspiration: the shows and celebrity chef’s featured on Food Network, Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, a new movie, Julie & Julia about legendary chef Julia Child, and tons (TONS! Literally tons!) of “foodie” blogs on the web. Some of the blogs are written by amazing teenage chefs who are cooking and baking their way up the culinary ladder. Here are a few that were especially delicious and impressive:
Elissa, a 17 year old baker in Seattle.
Jeremy Salamon, an everyday 15 year old kid with an extraordinary passion for cooking.
Cherry, an 18 year old vegan who loves cooking, eating healthy, volunteering, and using the internet.
Peggy, 16, vegan, and loving every bit of it….
Nick, just a (now 16) year old high school student in the Philadelphia suburbs with a love for food.
At the library we have tons of cookbooks (on the main floor of the library) and a number of young adult novels with cooking and food themes. Here are a few of our recent titles:
Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser.
Shy sixteen-year-old Elaine has long dreamed of being the next Julia Child, to the dismay of her feminist mother, but when her first friend, the outrageous Lucida Sans, convinces Elaine to enter a cooking contest, anything could happen.
The Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara Zeises.
Seventeen-year-old Stella struggles with the separation of her renowned chef parents, writing a food column for the local paper even though she is a junk food addict, and having a boyfriend but being attracted to another.
Crush du jour by Micol Ostow
When Laine decides to teach a cooking class at her local community center, she meets Seth, her sexy co-teacher, and when he offers her a job at his family restaurant, Laine cannot resist, but soon discovers that Callie, another waitress, is planning to steal Seth for herself.
My Saucy Stuffed Ravioli: The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts by Cherry Whytock.
While preparing for and going on vacation to Italy with her friends and family, food-loving English teenager Angelica deals with her unrequited love for Sydney, her fear of being seen in public in a bikini, and her worries that her mother might be having an affair. Includes recipes.
Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw.
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.
Hot Lunch by Alex Bradley.
When Molly and Cassie are assigned to work in the kitchen as a punishment for their food fight, they realize that the only way they are going to be released from the duty is to cooperate and learn to cook. Includes some recipes.
With so much inspiration, there’s no excuse not to whip up something delish! Check the upcoming Winter newsletter at the Syosset Library for a teen cupcake decorating workshop at the library as well. Go forth and cook!
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Zenith Book Review

Zenith by Julie Bertagna
Book review by: Sharon Lam
I’d like to recommend a book called Zenith to everyone,especially those who like books about adventures, friendship, and/or survival. Zenith is probably the best book I’ve read over the summer. It’s not only about strong bonds between people, but it’s also about survival when one knows one has a small chance to succeed.
This book alternates between three main characters: Mara, Tuck, and Fox. In addition, this book takes place in the future where all the ice caps have melted and lands have gone underwater. Mara, in the beginning, is on a boat full of refugees. These refugees believe Mara can help them find land. Mara is tracking down Greenland because she believes that Greenland has not drowned yet. Along the way, Mara meets Tuck. Tuck is a gypsy who has lived all his life in Pomperoy, a city made of boats chained together on the sea. When Mara and Tuck meet and land in Greenland along with Mara’s friends who survived, they face hardships such as finding food, and finding warmth in the middle of winter.
Meanwhile, Fox is Mara’s lover who is in a place called New World. New World is a city, built in the sky, which has a dictator. Fox refused to go north with Mara because he wanted to change New World into a better place. Hence, Mara and Fox can only communicate with a future technology, the cyberwizz.
I love this book because I feel it shows a perspective about life we don’t always look at. These teenagers have to face with life and death situations every day. In these situations, they handle them with calmness and most of all, courage. Readers would find this book fascinating and would starve for more!
Sharon Lam

Welcome back there’s still time to sign up for our college prep programs

I know. It’s THAT time of the year. Back to school, time to get back to the books. With cooler weather just around the corner, I wanted to remind everyone that there’s still time to sign up for some of our free college prep programs at the library for parents and teens.
Get ready for college with the following key programs:

Special lecture with Dave Marcus, author of Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges—and Find Themselves. Tuesday, September 22. 7:00 PM

“The college application process is a time of major anxiety for high school seniors and their parents. Fortunately for all concerned (including administrators, teachers, and private coaches), Marcus, the Pulitzer Prize–winning education writer for U.S. News and World Report, has documented the year he spent at suburban Long Island’s Oyster Bay High School closely observing the rather unorthodox college counselor Gwyeth Smith and seven college-bound seniors. In this insider’s look at the college application process, Marcus reveals the personal realities the kids and their parents face, the way college decisions are made and how and why Smith manages to ease the powder keg of worry and emotions with good advice, eventually helping make the right match for each student.” – Publishers Weekly

SAT Test Taking Tips with Joan U. Levy. Monday, September 21. 7 – 8:30 PM
Learn SAT test taking strategies to help raise your score.

College Financing with Barry Fox. Monday, November 2. 7 – 8:30 PM
For parents: learn the ins and outs of paying for your children’s college education.

You can register at TeenSpace or the Reference desk or by calling (516) 921-7161 x 242.
Enjoy the fall,
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Geek Charming Book Review

Geek Charming
by Robin Palmer
Book review by: Teri Lam
Geek Charming is one of my favorite books I have read this summer. In this book it talks about changes over time in both of the main characters; one popular girl named Dylan and a film geek boy named Josh.
At the beginning of the story, they met when Dylan accidentally tossed her bag into the fountain and she needed a boy to get it for her. Josh came by and said he will pick it up for her if she would promise that he could film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Dylan had a popular boyfriend named Asher and very popular friends. Since the beginning of the first day when she and Josh started the documentary, Dylan and Asher’s relationship had gotten worse. Dylan’s friends had also told her that she did not hang out with them much and said that Josh was her closest friend. Dylan had always responded that they were doing business.
As chapters went by on this book, it shows the relationship between Dylan and Josh and how they became closer “friends.” Dylan learned more to be not self-centered and mean to other people. Josh learned not to be nervous when talking to other girls and not to use his inhaler as much. After the day Josh told Dylan that he had a crush on a girl named Amy, Dylan made a makeover on Josh. The next day, Josh got a lot of attention and girls said he was not such a geek anymore. Near the end of the book, Dylan realized that Josh was not that “geeky” and learned more to understand him better. They admitted that they were each other’s best friend at the end of the book, which I liked best in the story.
I would recommend this most to my friends and teens out there. This book switches chapters between the two main characters to talk about their opinions and thoughts about each other. To me, the disappointing part was when Dylan and Josh did not go to the Fall Fling dance together. They each got another date to go with. I was happy that they both changed, especially Dylan. Like the title of the book, Geek Charming, it shows the geek, Josh, and the Charming, Dylan, together as best friends.

Head Case book review

I’ll be featuring a number of guest book reviews written by our teens on the blog. If you are a teen interested in reading a new young adult book and writing a brief book review (for community service credit, if needed), please email me at:
Sharon Long
Head Case by Sarah Aronson
The novel Head Case, by Sarah Aronson, is an extremely enlightening book. It makes people think how a disabled person feels. They are often trapped inside their own bodies, suffocating in their own skin. In Frank Marder’s case, he broke his neck and killed his girlfriend and an old man when he decided to drive while intoxicated. Though it was a terrible mistake, people believed that he should be put in jail for his crime against humanity. What they didn’t understand was that Frank was already in jail. He was kept prisoner by his body.
This book makes people think about how those that are paralyzed and how they must be feeling. Sarah Aronson accurately displayed a quadriplegic’s emotional hardships through a very complex character. Only one person ever fought on his side on the website, whose name was not known at first, but is later revealed. The psychological aspect of this book is very intricate and shows how the conscience is the greatest enigma of all.
Overall, this book is a great quick-read, and also a learning experience. I would recommend Head Case to older teenagers because there are some curses and the content is meant for a more mature audience.
Review by Ashwin Kelkar