Archive for October 23, 2012

How Pinteresting!

We now have a Pinterest page for Syosset Library’s TeenSpace!  So far, I’ve been busy filling up the boards with info that I hope teens, parents, patrons of the library, and book lovers will find pinteresting…I mean interesting.

Some boards include: Awesome YA Books, Books I am Psyched to Read, C’Mon Get Appy (about apps), Hunger Games Related, Past YA Programs, YA Book Covers I Love and Zombies! Plus many more to come.

I am open to suggestions for more boards to create and hope you follow me at:

Take care!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

Teen Zombie Night!

Must eat braaaaaaiiiins….

When the zombie apocalypse comes, will YOU be ready? Just kidding (or am I?)

We are hosting our first-ever Teen Zombie Night at the library on Monday, October 29 from 7-8:30 PM.  We have a professional make-up artist, Valerie Scarfone coming in to turn any willing teens into brain-eating zombies.

We’ll also have spooky treats and snacks.

In other zombie-related news, our 20-something bookclub is meeting that same night to discuss the novel World War Z:An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.

An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors–soldiers, politicians, civilians, and others–who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.

And, if any of you watch the Walking Dead, it’s baaaack this weekend!

Have a good weekend!

Sharon Long, Teen Services Librarian

Anti-Bullying Awareness Month

October is a busy month at the library.  We have a slew of college prep programs, volunteer programs and at the end of the month, we have our Teen Zombie Night (more on that in a bit). 

October is also Anti-Bullying Awareness Month.

I have put together a list of books that might serve as a reminder: no amount of bullying is okay.   It is unexceptable to treat anyone in a cruel manner to make yourself feel superior.  You can never know what is going on at home or behind the scenes and how far-reaching the affects of your bullying can be.  If I see bullying behavior in the library, the bully will be asked to leave. The library, and TeenSpace in particular, will remain a safe-haven from bullying and cyber-bullying.

The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 38,364 suicide deaths were reported in the U.S. in 2010. This latest rise places suicide again as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Nationally, the suicide rate increased 3.9 percent over 2009 to equal approximately 12.4 suicides per 100,000 people. The rate of suicide has been increasing since 2000. This is the highest rate of suicide in 15 years. (From the American Foundation for Suicide’s website:

If you or any of your friends have had thoughts of suicide, the most important thing to do is to talk immediately with an adult you trust. If you don’t know an adult who would be helpful, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-TALK hotline and someone is there to help.  Together, we can help end this epidemic, but it begins with respect and kindness for others. 

Anti-Bullying Booklist (also available in print in TeenSpace)


Several high school students relate their feelings about school, themselves, and events as they unfold on the fateful one-year anniversary of the killing of a fellow student.


Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson.

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.

TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson.

After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.

BURGER WUSS by M.T. Anderson.

Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants, Burger Queen and O’Dermott’s.


When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

YOU by Charles Benoit.

Fifteen-year-old Kyle discovers the shattering ramifications of the decisions he makes, and does not make, about school, the girl he likes, and his future.

KISSING THE RAIN by Kevin Brooks.

Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder.

HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Robert Cormier.

A high-school freshman who refuses to participate in the annual fund-raising chocolate sale is forced to defend his convictions.

WHALE TALK by Chris Crutcher.

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school’s less popular students.

JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen.

Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.


Fifteen-year-old Paul enters an exclusive private school and falls under the spell of a charismatic boy who may be using him.

LOOKS by Madeleine George.

Two high school girls, one an anorexic poet and the other an obese loner, form an unlikely friendship.


When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.


Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

THE GIRLS by Amy Goldman Koss.

Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.

POISON IVY by Amy Goldman Koss.

In a government class three popular girls undergo a mock trial for their ruthless bullying of a classmate.

DROWNING ANNA by Sue Mayfield.

A compelling novel that takes a frank look at the dynamics of teen popularity and bullying follows brainy and shy Anna Goldmith, a new student at the small Yorkshire school, whose friendship with the popular Hayley Parkin turns to cruel games and teasing.

SHOOTER by Walter Dean Myers.

Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting.


High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.

BULLYVILLE by Francine Prose.

After the death of his estranged father in the World Trade Center on 9/11, thirteen-year-old Bart, still struggling with his feelings of guilt, sorrow and loss, wins a scholarship to the local preparatory school and there encounters a vicious bully whose cruelty compounds the aftermath of the tragedy.

FREAK SHOW by James St. James

Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen, decides the only to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

THE LIST by Siobhan Vivian.

Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade–this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.

BRUISER by Neal Shusterman.

Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers.

Regina, a high school senior in the popular–and feared–crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.

THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney.

When Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds.

JUMPED by Rita Williams-Garcia.

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique’s plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.

CAMP by Elaine Wolf

In 1963 at a Maine summer camp, fourteen-year-old Amy Becker is forced to face the camp bully, Rory, family secrets revealed by her cousin Robin, and worry about having to leave her mentally challenged brother with their cold, harsh mother.

(Sources of Annotations: NoveList Database and Publishers)

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian