Wednesday, June 28, 2017


We are ready to decorate, ornament, personalize, stylize, illustrate our Little Free Libraries! Do you believe it? We primed, we painted, we ASSEMBLED, and (with some secret touch-up painting of the caulking by your teen librarians) we're ready to make them purty!

Thursday night at 6:00 at the Central Library, we will get down to it. We will divide up into groups to work on each of the three, and we will pull together all our ideas and start the process of transforming them into personal expressions of our desire to put books out into Burbank hands!

Bring your thinking cap, your artistic talent, your creative spirit, your willingness to work together. We will get a good start on Thursday, and then finish everything up on Friday, July 7. See you soon!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tuesday night

Tuesday night (that's tomorrow!) is the third of our four Book Café sessions for teen summer reading. We will be book-talking the whole evening this time, so be sure to bring whatever you are reading so you can tell us all about it! We'll also have a table game for you.

As usual, we will have drawings for at least five people to win a book of their choice from our fabulous stash. And everyone who attends three of the four Book Café sessions this summer gets to pick a book at the end! Also, if you haven't been yet this summer, there are still special gifts waiting for you (while supplies last). So...join us Tuesday night for cappuccino, cookies, and book-related mayhem!

Buena Vista Branch, at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium.

Teen review: Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
by Oliver Bowden (aka Anton Gill)
473 pages
Historical fiction
Part of a series (book 6)
Best for grades 10-12

Reviewed by Ravindu Gunasinghe, Grade 11

Get ready for an epic journey, because this book is about take you all the way back to a time when pirates ruled the world. As the sixth book of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, this book takes you through an emotional, epic journey of a young pirate, Edward Kenway. The story kicks off with young Edward leaving his wife and daughter behind to become a pirate so he can give them a better future. As the story goes on, Edward gets involved in a fight with Templars, which puts him in a situation of life and death.

Oliver Bowden leads the reader through a number of plot twists as Edward makes progress in the story. Meanwhile, Edward teams up a group of pirates with whom he works to overpower the Templars. After a couple of chapters, the author reveals the unpredictable fates of some of the characters, which may come as a shocking to some readers. The fates of some of the most loveable characters can take you through an emotional ride. Would Edward be able to conquer the Templars? What would happen to his family? The book will answer all the questions. The story will portray how the world can overcome a man. The book will take you through an intense ride.

Black Flag was written as an adaptation of the Ubisoft’s video game Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. The book is credited for its authentic plot and storyline. The narrative style of the book makes the story intense and interesting at the same time. The book caused some controversy due to its explicit content, so it is recommended for teens above sixteen years. The book will inspire the reader to stand against injustice and to fight for what’s right. Even though the book is connected to its prequels and sequels, it can be read as a stand-alone, which means you don’t have to read any other books of the franchise to understand the story,

Overall I would give a rating of 4/5 due to its explicit content limiting it to a certain age group. But it is a pretty enjoyable book and you will find a lot of relatable characters which will make it almost impossible not to fall in love with this piece of art.

Editor's note: Burbank Public Library doesn't own this title.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Teen review: Sherlock

The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle
177 pages
Detective Fiction
Part of a series (Book #5)
Best for grades 7-12

Reviewed by Ravindu Gunasinghe, Grade 11

When it comes to detective novels, the first person who comes to everyone’s mind is Sherlock Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes franchise has been around for such a long time and sells thousands of books to this day.

In this book, Sherlock Holmes, a detective genius, was paid to solve the mystery behind the surreptitious death of Charles Baskerville, a friend of Dr. James Mortimer. The story is narrated from the viewpoint of Dr. Watson, who is Holmes’s assistant. As soon as they step inside the Baskerville mansion, the mystery starts to reveal itself, exposing the true nature of some of the characters in the story. After finding the footprints of a giant hound, everyone starts believing that the legend of the Baskerville hound has come to life. The Baskerville family has supposedly been under a curse since the English Civil War, when their ancestor Hugo Baskerville offered his soul to the devil for help in abducting a woman and was reportedly killed by a giant ghost hound. Sir Charles believed in the curse and was apparently fleeing from something in fright when he died. While everyone is blinded by the mythical legend, Sherlock makes his way through a lot of challenging and dangerous situations to reveal the true identity of the criminal who is behind the murders. The end of the story was definitely unpredictable and thrilling. The way that Sherlock reveals the mystery is extremely logical and realistic, and the narrative style makes the story even more interesting to read.

This is a classic book that’s praised by many readers around the world. The story contains a great plot and a great story line. The book is thrillingly realistic and most definitely will send the shivers down your spine. The only negative factor about the book is that the narrator has used a heavy style of vocabulary that might be hard to understand for some readers. But besides that, it is a great book by one of the greatest authors, and I would give it a rating of 4.5/5.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Week 3 Reading Log Winners


Buena Vista
Cami M. = $5 Starbucks gift card
Mohammad D. = $7 Coldstone Creamery gift card
Lorelei B. = $10.50 AMC movie ticket

Christopher A. = $5 Starbucks gift card
Symera J. = $7 Coldstone Creamery gift card
Nick W. = $10.50 AMC movie ticket

Eileen K. = $5 Starbucks gift card
Eddy H. = $7 Coldstone Creamery gift card
Anoush S. = $10.50 AMC movie ticket

CONGRATULATIONS! Read, write, WIN at Burbank Public Library!

Friday, June 23, 2017

The LFLs are...

The LFLs are now LFLs: Last night we assembled! I was so caught up in the various dramas (the bottoms didn't fit, mostly due to our enthusiastic three coats of paint, for one) that I forgot to take photos for the entire evening, so I grabbed this one after more than half of our team had gone home. My apologies to those who aren't in it! We will make up for it at the next sessions.

Here is almost half of last night's assembly crew for the Little Free Libraries, showing off one completed one (missing its door, which needs some touch-up before it is reinstalled).

Everybody got to try out the wood glue, the power tools, and the hammer, under the supervision of Mr. John Benne, shop teacher at Burroughs High School (center, back), who brought along all the toys and taught us to use them. Thank you, Mr. Benne! We also appreciated the able assistance from Ken Eggen, library page and (who knew?) talented woodworker (in the back at the right).

Good job, everybody! Also some real progress on finalizing the decor in between tasks.

See you all next week!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teen review: Apocalypse?

Race the Night
by Kirsten Hubbard

Reviewed by S.J., 6th grade

If you enjoy books about passion, friendship, adventure and trust, Race the Night is the book for you! It has 275 pages and is geared toward 5th graders and up. This book fits the genre of Realistic Fiction, for everything listed in this story COULD happen in real life.

This book is about five kids named Avis, Finch, Jay, Linnet, and Eider, who live on a desert ranch in the middle of nowhere. Here they are taught that the world has ended, and they are the only kind-hearted survivors left. But Eider believes that there must be something else out in the world, because the Earth is WAY bigger than the patch of land the Desert Ranch occupies. Her head is always up in the clouds, whereas the other children’s minds are focused “inward” rather than “outward”. But this all changes when Teacher decides to create a new lesson where the children must learn how to read each other’s minds and see in the dark! The effect is to tear bonds, strengthen them, and also reveal the truth about Before and Now.

I really enjoyed this book because of all the characters' relationships and hopes! Finch and his thirst for knowledge, Avis and her love of beauty, Linnet and her passion for drawing, Jay and his skills, and Eider with her curiosity and determined attitude! They all work together on their fears and quirks. It is raw friendship and teamwork that helps them get through life without knowing much. My favorite character/s would have to be Eider and Teacher, because of their personalities. Eider is always up for an adventure and wants to know what happened to the world around them. The boundaries set on her don't keep her from fulfilling her dream and finding what she lost! Teacher is sly and tricky, making her an interesting “villain." Trusted with power, she does the wrong things, and I really enjoyed the roller coaster of events she caused. She doesn’t let people get away with what they do, and takes drastic measures to show them that! I was a bit disappointed that sometimes the author would introduce a new character or idea and then just leave it lie. For example, Charles the Hiker! You see him once, but he is never talked about again.

On the cover of my book, there is a broken wooden wall and papers flying in the air. Simple, but meaningful. The papers are all the ones Eider collected about Before the world “ended,” and the wall is the one surrounding the Desert Ranch, letting no other humans in, or any of the children escape! What I enjoy about the cover is, it shows the things that sum up the book--determination and hope. I rate this book 5 stars because it was full of unexpected twists and was really sweet!

Editor's note: Readers in this same age group (grades 5 and up) might also enjoy Hubbard's book Watch the Sky, while those in grade nine and up can read about the joys of finding yourself on a trip to Central America in Wanderlove.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Little Free Libraries: Assembly!

This Thursday night we put together all our painted pieces with wood glue, screws, and plenty of good intentions! Then we will caulk all the seams and touch up the paint. We will be led by two adults with woodworking experience, but there will be things for everyone to do (and snacks to eat in between). This session begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library--by 9:00, we will have three Little Free Libraries, ready to be decorated next week! This activity is for teens in grades 7-12 only. We hope to see you at Central on Thursday! (Don't forget to wear clothes you don't care about getting messy--I repeat, wood glue, caulk, paint!)