Archive for April 27, 2012

Veterans History Project teens and families – listen up, spread the word

We had the teen volunteer orientation for the Syosset Library’s participation in the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress this week. 

If you haven’t heard of this facinating endeavor, check out the link here:

http://www.loc.gov/vets/

We need mature and responsible teens in grades 10-12 to participate as interviewers for this project, and if you are interested but weren’t able to attend the orientation, there is still time to get the materials and help out with the Veterans History Project Kick Off reception we are having at the library on Saturday, May 19 from 11-1 PM.  In fact, feel free to stop by on May 19 to pick up the materials and learn about the project then if you can’t make it before.

We are hoping to get a number of interested veterans – from any of the U.S. wars or conflicts – to share their stories with us.

We need help form the community to do so.  If you have family, grandparents, neighbors, older siblings, etc., please mention the Veterans History Project to them and invite them to the library on May 19.  May 19 is Armed Forces Day, and we couldn’t think of a better way to help honor and celebrate our veterans than by letting them share their stories so that all can remember.

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

New books in April

Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

The difference between you and me by Madeleine George.

School outsider Jesse, a lesbian, is having secret trysts with Emily, the popular student council vice president, but when they find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue and Jesse becomes more involved with a student activist, they are forced to make a difficult decision.

Somebody please tell me who I am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

Double by Jenny Valentine.

When sixteen-year-old Chap is mistaken for a missing boy, he leaves the home where he has been living temporarily and takes on this new identity, not knowing that it is as dangerous and uncertain as the life he has left behind.

What boys really want? by Pete Hautman.

The crumbling friendship between writer Lita and entrepreneurial Adam is compromised by unexpected jealousies over each other’s romantic entanglements, stolen blog posts and a premature offer to sell a new self-help book.

Me and Earl and the dying girl: a novel by Jesse Andrews.

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.