Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Halftime Horror was awesome!

Mysterious mayhem ensued after the library closed on Saturday night, when it magically turned into AGATHA CHRISTIE HIGH, the site of the BIG GAME and...foul play!

Fortunately for Principal Rendell, there was an FBI agent in the house, to watch her darling nieces play b-ball. With the help of Agent Robin Wayne and Police Detective Montgomery, the crowd of basketball supporters were deputized to SOLVE THE MURDER of star player Celeste Mortimer! There were weapons, there were clues, there were suspects and people in the know to interview! There were halftime refreshments! There was CAKE. And PRIZES.

And at the end of it all...it was CAROLINE, with a SCARF, for the SCHOLARSHIP!

Many KUDOS to our fabulous Teen Advisory Board for pulling this off. To the WRITERS of scripts, characters, and clues (special thanks to Anika and Julia, who herded things along), our decorations committee, and our Crest workers and librarians! And of course, many TAB members did double duty, memorizing their roles for the evening's activity as...


Coach Selena Tyson (Za)
Michael Garrison (Chris)
Harold Raubenheimer (Aaron)
Caroline Calamari (Abbie)
Danielle Fleming (Raquelle)
Elyse Green (Shushan)


FBI Agent-Host (Zoey)
Detective-Host (Alex)
Kevin Myrick (Ian)
Stephanie "Poison Pen" McKeel (School Reporter) (Bella)
George Santana (Michael’s Henchmen) (George)
Suzy Cullen (The girl whose leg got broken and is now on crutches) (Megan)
Principal Rendell (Melissa)
Basketball players (Jazzmin, Jordyn, Katelyn, and Lorelei, who backed up Kendelle and Raquelle)
The victim, star player Celeste Mortimer! (Kendelle)

With Anarda as "librarian," and Columbo Matlock (Hubert) and Veronique Poirot (Laura) as "school staff."

WHAT A PRODUCTION! To see a bunch of pictures (more to come next week when George and his camera get back from camp!), go to our Facebook photo album!

It was a great way to end GAME ON!, our teen summer reading program. Thanks to everyone who produced, and everyone who played!

A side note: We announced the WINNERS of the Game On! Trivial Challenge on Saturday night. First place went to Angelo Waterhouse, second place to Julia Vinyard, and third place to Rhett Hemingway. Great OPAC work, all of you! The prizes were $35, $30, and $25 Amazon gift cards. Don't you wish YOU had done the Trivia Challenge?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Details about Halftime Horror


Consider whether you'd like to wear a COSTUME: A letterman's jacket, a cheerleader skirt, a band uniform, a prom dress perhaps? Or, just dress to be cool and comfy if you prefer.

ALSO: Are you coming with friends? We will be TEAMING YOU UP to go out and solve the mystery, but you can make up your own team ahead of time, if you like. We won't be strict about numbers, but we want two or more, and not more than five on a team!

Please be PROMPT (the program starts at 5:00). You will enter through the SIDE DOORS to the auditorium, because the library also CLOSES at 5:00!

See you there!

Our final winners!

For our last of three BOOK REVIEW drawings (from people who wrote book reviews and posted them on our online interface), the winners are:

ALEX A. = $15 Barnes & Noble Bookstore gift card

AVERY M. = See’s Candies 1-pound gift card

CAMILLA C. = $15 Target gift card

CHRISSY V. = $15 iTunes gift card

LORELEI B. = Two AMC Gold movie tickets

NATALIE K. = See’s Candies 1-pound gift card

All the prizes are currently at the Reference Desk at the Central Library (Olive & Glenoaks). IF you would like your prize sent to another Branch (Northwest or Buena Vista), please EMAIL melliott@burbankca.gov and I will send or take them there. If you pick up at Central, you can come immediately; but if you want your prize at Buena Vista, you must A. EMAIL and B. wait until tomorrow afternoon. Please bring a picture I.D. so the librarians know it’s you!

Congratulations for winning our book review drawing—keep reading! And consider reviewing books for this blog!

For the last of our six READING LOG drawings (tickets in the jar for every item read), the winners are:


VACHE S. = $5 In-N-Out Burger gift card 
ARCHINI N. = $10 Target gift card 
GEORGIANA N. = AMC Gold movie ticket


VICTORIA K. =  $5 In-N-Out Burger gift card  
KATIE F. = $10 Target gift card  
JEWELL D. =  AMC Gold movie ticket


RHETT H. = $5 In-N-Out Burger gift card
EMERSON L. = $10 Target gift card
ANGELO W. = AMC Gold movie ticket

You can pick up your prize at the branch where you won it, from the Reference Desk. Please bring picture I.D.

Thanks, everyone, for participating in Teen Summer Reading!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Don't miss our Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit Tournament tonight, at 7:00 p.m. at Buena Vista Branch. We have 15 teams of three teens per team signed up,
so it should be a hotly contested battle for the crown of most Potter-savvy! We'll have snacks, prize drawings, and a lot of mayhem,
so don't miss it!

For those not enamoured of all things Potter, we have other board games you can play (quietly) in the background! So come to play, come to cheer for your team, or come to hang out.

See you tonight?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Reading Log Winners!


Mary M. = $5 Yogurtland gift card
Roman M. = $5 Rocket Fizz gift card
Brenden B. = AMC Gold movie ticket

Christopher A. = $5 Yogurtland gift card
Katelyn B. = $5 Rocket Fizz gift card
Katrina D. = AMC Gold movie ticket

Sam K. = $5 Yogurtland gift card 
Abbie F. = $5 Rocket Fizz gift card
Vanessa M. = AMC Gold movie ticket

Pick up your prize at the reference desk where you won it! Bring picture I.D. so we don't give your prize away to someone else! Congratulations, and keep reading!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Next Tuesday: Sign up!

On Tuesday night, July 19th, we're holding a Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit Tournament! You can create a three-person team and sign up to compete! We don't know anybody (well, except Brenden, who will be our master of ceremonies) who can singlehandedly answer all the hard trivia from all those HP books and movies, but with a team of three, you have a chance to pool your knowledge and come out winners!

Send an email with your three people (including contact information for at least one of you--email and phone) to burbank.teens@gmail.com. We'll let you know we received your registration and have put you on the tournament list.

(If you don't have people in mind for a team, you can sign up as a "singleton" and we will match you with others, so let us know you're coming either way!)

It's going to be epic. Or at least entertaining! Sign up today!

Teen review: Nostalgia read

The Fudge Series
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great,
Superfudge, Fudge-A-Mania, Double Fudge
by Judy Blume
Children’s fiction, appropriate for all ages

Reviewed by M.S. (grade 11)

Peter Hatcher has to deal with his annoying younger brother, “Fudge,” who somehow always finds ways to get into trouble, make a mess of things, and ruin
Peter’s life.

This series was the first full book series that I ever read, and it got me to enjoy books and reading. This series made me laugh and become excited to dive into the world that lived in the next book. When rereading the series, it makes me feel like a kid again, and that I’m once again going on some crazy adventures with the characters. I highly recommend these books to everyone and would rate the series a 5.

Editor's note: Doesn't everyone have "nostalgia" books that they return to, again and again? Mine are The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and the Anne of Green Gables series. Oh, and a weird run-away-and-join-the-circus book, called A Stranger at Wildings, by Madeleine Brent. What are the books that YOU are sentimental about revisiting? Feel free to post a comment listing them!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Trivia Challenge!

Hey, you teen summer readers! What's happening with your
Game On Trivia Challenge?

We have only received half a dozen, and they are DUE THIS FRIDAY, July 15!

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, the Trivia Challenge was in your swag bag. If you missed it somehow, come to the library and we'll give you one! It's a series of questions about novels with sports themes, plus some straightforward sports trivia questions. It's a great opportunity for you to use our OPAC (online public access CATALOG, i.e., the library catalog) to find your answers! (You can Google the regular sports trivia.)

We made a special page with hints and tips to help you complete the challenge, and there are great PRIZES for the top performers, which will be given out at our finale, Halftime Horror, on Saturday, July 23!

We hope to receive a bunch of trivia challenges from you in the next three days!