Archive for February 29, 2016

Minecraft Program Cubies

Take a look at our Minecraft Cubies that our teen librarians made in preparation for our Tween Minecraft Party just using paper, glue, and scissors.


If you are registered for the Tween Minecraft Program tonight you will be able to take home your very own Steve or Creeper Cubie.

You can make your own minecraft cubies at home by clicking on the following links:

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Maker Buddies Program

We had a great Maker Buddies program with helpful teen volunteers. The teen volunteers teemed up with kids in grades 3-5 to assemble sailboats. These sailboats were created using plastic 3D printed pieces printed out using a 3D printer. Once the sailboats were assembled, the kids tested the sailboats to see if they floated.

The children learned about the center-of-gravity-angle of incidence and resulting forces on the sail, how to steer a sailboat to go opposite the way the wind is blowing, and the iterative design process for improving performance.

The most exciting part of the program was near the end. The kids made adjustments and modifications to the original designs. They added sails, combining multiple kits, changing the lengths of the straws and adding platforms.



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Credit for the design of Straw-Cat Sailboat, the 3D printed kit used for the program, goes to Thingiverse user: MacGyvrBot.


Quick Picks Reviews #2

We are posting our next set of quick pick reviews by teen reviewers. Remember you can choose from the list of quick picks and right your own review for community service credit. You receive 2 hours of community service credit for each review that you write. Please send reviews to Mrs. Long at


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Teen reviewer: Alex

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

The book A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall was an okay book.  I don’t think I would recommend this to friends, though.

I felt that all the characters were the same – this story lacked diversity.  Each character felt the same way about everything.  I would’ve liked to see a difference of opinion somewhere.  I liked the different points of view, though.  The only problem I had with that was the story doesn’t show the main character’s views, which I would’ve liked to see.

The story didn’t really interest me, but that’s just me.  The next person may love this story!

Teen reviewer: Rachel

We Should Hang Out Sometime: embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist.

I liked the book We Should Hang Out Sometime, because it showed how the author, Josh, was living his life and what his life was like, even though he was handicapped.

Quick Pick Reviews #1

This week starts the first time we are posting “Quick Pick” reviews by teen reviewers. Check out the reviews. You may discover a great new book to read!

Remember to submit any young adult book reviews from the quick picks list below to Mrs. Long at or fill out the Quick Picks form in teenspace.

Remember we will give you 2 hours of community service credit for each book review.

Happy Reading!

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Teen reviewer: Vimala


Review of Geek Girl

Geek Girl is a good book to read when you have a lot of time, because it is difficult to put down. The blurb on the cover really drew me in. It has two completely different ideas: one girl being a geek and a supermodel. It’s easy to read; the print is a good size and the vocabulary isn’t too sophisticated. Even though there is no artwork, the descriptions are good and let you create a picture in your mind. The characters are very complex and realistic, so they are pretty relatable. The book moves at a reasonable pace, not too slow but not too fast. The dialogue is realistic, and there are a few interesting obscure facts in the conversations. There is a lot of humor, but only in appropriate places. All in all, it’s a good read.


Teen reviewer: Gary

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

I decided to read the novel, Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee and overall, it was a pretty good book and I enjoyed reading it.  It was action-packed and was constantly suspenseful.  The cover of the book is appealing and it gives the book that sci-fi feel.  One of the reasons I chose this book was because the cover looked interesting.  It’s a simple, yet intriguing cover.  The font of the book was perfect for me, not too small and not too large.  I prefer larger font versus smaller font and that is exactly what this book has.  This book also has simple sentences with no crazy vocabulary that would require using a dictionary to find the definition of.  This book does a great job in hooking its reader.  For example, the first sentence of the book reads, “Carr Luka woke from a nap three hours before his fight”.  The reader already knows that a fight is going to happen soon so that causes the reader to want to read more.  This novel does a great job in developing its characters and allows you to connect with them and grow a liking towards some and a disliking towards others.  Since this book connects readers to its characters, it does a good job in touching the emotions in the reader when a certain character does something either good or bad.  This book keeps readers interested by being action-packed throughout the entire novel.  The novel follows the point of view of one main character and is told in first person, which is what I prefer rather than the dual perspective that some novels offer.  Occasionally, a situation in the book will make me laugh a little but it’s definitely not a comedy.  The order in which this book is told is the same throughout, and never jumps back and forth.  This book was without a doubt a great read and I would suggest it to any young and aspiring reader.

Dewey Decimal Yourself

You as the Dewey Decimal System
This website will convert your name to a class listed in the Dewey Decimal System. That’s right… somewhere between 000 (Generalities) and 999 (Extraterrestrial worlds) you have a place, and through the magic of internet we can find it through random arbitrary letter decoding. Plus this gives me a chance to mention how wonderful libraries are… don’t forget to go read something, yes?
Go here to try it out:
Dewey Decimal Quiz
Here were my results:

Sharon’s Dewey Decimal Section:
007 [Unassigned] Class:
000 Computer Science, Information & General WorksContains:
Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.What it says about you:
You are very informative and up to date. You’re working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

Just a fun thing to check out!
Sharon Long
Head of Teen Services

Black History Month YA Books

February is Black History Month!  Come into the Library and see our display on Black History on the Main Floor!  There are many YA books on the display!  I just returned from a Civil Rights Journey where we started in Montgomery, Alabama and visited the Rosa Parks Museum, where there was a re-enactment of her sitting on the bus and refusing to move to the back!  We headed to Selma where we heard the story of a woman who marched from Selma to Montgomery as a child!  In Birmingham, we met with Bishop Woods, who worked with Martin Luther King to get voting rights for Black people!  It was a really interesting weekend, and exciting to stand where history took place!  Here are a few of the books on display!


March Book One

A first-hand account of the author’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights   spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.

Because they marched

An account of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, an event that sparked the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.




Quick Picks-Book Reviews Written by Teens Like You!

Quick Picks is an exciting way to read and earn community service hours in the process. The list features both fiction and nonfiction teen titles. Choose from any of the books below. For every book you read and write a review for, we will give you 2 hours of community service credit! Each week, we will be posting 2 new teen book reviews.

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