Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Update: LIttle Free Libraries

Last week, we finished up painting the decor on our three LFLs. Mr. Benne, woodshop teacher (and good guy!) from Burroughs High is kindly constructing the posts on which they will be mounted, and sometime after August 2nd, we will speak with the Public Works Department to schedule installations. We will email everyone when we have dates/times, and make an event of it!

But first...on Thursday, August 3rd, we'd like you teens who designed these so thoughtfully for their various locations to come to the Central Library from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. to choose the books to go in them. We have discussed the various needs of the demographics represented at each site, and now we need to discover just the right selections that will appeal to our new "patrons."
So put it on your calendars and come browse donations
with us!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The finale is over!

And what a time we had! It was a puzzle of an evening for our 81 participants (54 attendees, 13 cast members, two writers, eight volunteers, three staff), trying to figure out whodunnit and why! We gasped, we pondered, we ate sandwiches and cake, some of us won prizes, and we all had a crazy good time. Congratulations to our teen advisory board for pulling off another amazing event, big thanks to our volunteers for making the catering and information distribution run smoothly, bravo to our cosplayers, led by Katelyn and Lorelei, for adding to the evening, and a shout out to the teams who actually guessed who the murderer was! If you want to see photos of all the fun, go to our Teen Facebook Page, to look at the picture album!

Here's our wonderful TAB team:

Chris, Bella, (ME), Kendelle, Simone, Geneva (or vice versa),
Shushan, Angelo, Grace, Louis, Zoe, Anika, Julia, in the back,
and Aaron, Alex, Zoey, and Anarda in the front! Bravo!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Finale is almost here!

REMEMBER: This Saturday, July 22nd, don't miss the Teen Summer Reading finale, "BODY IN THE BOOK SHOP." It's an after-hours, lock-in murder mystery game, written and acted by our Teen Advisory Board. There will be clues and suspects, there will be food and prizes! It's at the Buena Vista Branch, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The library closes at 5:00, so come to the side doors of the auditorium to check in. Dinner and dessert will be provided. Parents, please plan to pick up between 8:45-9:00 p.m. This event is for teens in grades 7-12 only! See you there?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Finishing up the Little Free Libraries!

Well, we should have suspected, when we were making the summer schedule, that you creative teens wouldn't settle for simple, but would instead be wonderfully detailed and complex in your designs for your three Little Free Libraries! So naturally we ran out of time during the previously scheduled sessions and therefore must schedule some more!

We will meet twice more, and if you are a member of the LFL teams, please try to attend and help out at at least one of these sessions:

Thursday, July 20th, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.(yes, it's the dinner hour, and yes, we will buy pizza)

Friday, July 21st, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. (we will have snacks)

Please note that we are moving the whole circus over to Buena Vista, since the Central Library auditorium was not available, so come to Buena Vista for one or both of these sessions!

See you there?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Third and last book review drawing

The WINNERS of the third and last book review drawing are:

Isabella S. = $15 California Pizza Kitchen gift card

Maddy B. = See’s Candy gift certificate

Mohammad D. = $15 Barnes & Noble gift card

Sid K. = $15 California Pizza Kitchen gift card

Leilani S. = $15 Target gift card

Silva T. = $15 Target gift card

Congratulations to all our winners! Your prizes are currently at the reference desk at the Central Library. Remember to bring an I.D. to identify yourself to the librarians there. If you need your prize to be sent to another location, email burbank.teens@gmail.com, and we will put them in interoffice mail (so you could pick them up Tuesday at Northwest or Buena Vista).

Keep reading, writing, and winning—not at the library (this is our last drawing), but in LIFE!

Week #6 Reading Log Winners!

This was the last week for winning with your reading log, and here are the lucky ones at the three branches:


Eddy H. = $5 In-n-Out gift card
Yogini V. = $5 Ben & Jerry's gift card
Sungjoo Y. = AMC movie ticket

Sarkis T. = $5 In-n-Out gift card
Symera J. = $5 Yogurtland gift card
Angelo W. = $10 Target gift card

Chris A. = $5 In-n-Out gift card
Caleigh P. = $10 Barnes & Noble gift card
Aidan A. = $10 Target gift card

Thanks, everybody, for reading your way through the summer with us. And remember (here comes the schmaltz-y librarian part), the more you read, the bigger a winner you will always be! (Oh, that was so so 1950s of me...)

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Friday at 2:30, in the Central Library auditorium, we will be led by Peter Abrahamson and Brandon Griffiths, two LEGO enthusiasts and experts, in an effort to "build a better world"--with LEGOs! Our plan is to build a LEGO city in the three-hour time-span, and there is an empty display case in the Central Library lobby waiting to house our creations when we are finished.

So whether you are a confirmed LEGO nut or have never touched a single building block, come to our program this Friday and help us create a city to wow people!

This program is for teens in grades 7-12 only! Sorry, small siblings, the older kids get to play this time. And there will be snacks.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

One of my favorite teen reviews of the summer

A review of Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, neatly skewered by critical reader Katrina Darwich!

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte, is a classic tale of insane passion--a love that can drive just about anyone to the point of madness and beyond. Taking place in a simpler time in Britain, a man [named Mr. Lockwood] takes shelter as a tenant in a dreary mansion known as Wuthering Heights, property of Mr. Heathcliff. But only as he remains in the town for a while longer does he learn the embittered and passionate history of the house and those who have lived there. From fiery Catherine Earnshaw, who had loved and then betrayed, and Hindley Earnshaw who had abused both person and drink in his lifetime, to Isabella Linton whose heart had lead her to a life of imprisonment, all their stories are told through the eyes of Nelly Dean, a servant who had observed the rise and fall of all at the dreaded Wuthering Heights.

Though I enjoyed the book moderately and was more or less satisfied with its ending, Heathcliff's deep and powerful passion was more of an obsession. And to be honest, I pitied the man, mostly because the object of his endless obsession was simply not worth it. She was rude, undisciplined, haughty, spoiled, and practically disgusted at the thought of being poor. Heathcliff could have done so much better, in my opinion, so it was somewhat annoying to continue reading the same lines of bitter love over and over. The rest of the characters were flawed, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. Emily Bronte writes beautifully, and though the writing is a little more difficult to understand, I still found it rustic and pleasant writing. For those who like to read of family feuds, hated rivals and maddening passion, I recommend this book to you.

Editor's note: Goodreads says about this book: "Set amid the wild and stormy Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights, an unpolished and devastating epic of childhood playmates who grow into soul mates, is widely regarded as the most original tale of thwarted desire and heartbreak in the English language. Heathcliff and Cathy believe they're destined to love each other forever, but when cruelty and snobbery separate them, their untamed emotions literally consume them."

Speaking of obsession, I had an ongoing one with both this book and Jane Eyre (by Emily's sister, Charlotte Bronte) from when I was 13 to when I was about 16; obviously Katrina is either a less romantic or a more discriminating reader than I was! By the way, the "simpler time" was 1847.

The only review I am tempted to rate above Katrina's is this under-10-word summation by a guy on Goodreads: "Vile people are mean to one another. The End."