Saturday, June 23, 2012

What are you doing next Friday afternoon?

Our teen summer reading program is themed "Own the Night" this year, and how can you do that without including a few creepy people with fangs? (and their deluded human victims, er, girlfriends...)

Next Friday, June 29, at 3:30, at Buena Vista branch, we will show the first three episodes of The Vampire Diaries. A week later, on July 6 (also at 3:30), it's the first three episodes of Teen Wolf, at Central. So see the series from the beginning for the first time, or reminisce about why you started watching in the first place! Join us in the nice, cool library for snacks and TV, plus a PRIZE DRAWING for all those enrolled in Teen Summer Reading!

Supernatural Fridays at the library--be there!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Our teens are the most fabulous on the PLANET. Y'all did such a stellar job on A Midsummer Night's Dream last night! Everyone was so impressed with you. We had 115 people there to BE impressed, so that was great too! From the singing fairies (and Puck!) to the quarreling lovers to the ham-it-up mechanicals, each of you brought your best. We're very proud!

A Midsummer Night's Dream Readers' Theater at Buena Vista branch.
I (Melissa) also want to say what an amazing and tireless job Anarda did on this production. She worked with David to do the casting, and then she did it over...and over...and over, as people dropped in and dropped out. She coordinated the rehearsal schedule, which was NOT easy with all of your dentist appointments and classes and trips and football practice and lack of transportation and...everything! So...Brava, Anarda!

And, David! What a guy. What a director. What an actor. What an enthusiastic purveyor of all things theatrical! Plus, he brings all his talented friends (and spouse) to help out--what more could you ask for? Big thanks to them as well! Especially Don, for stepping into the role of Bottom with 24 hours' notice.

Here are a few photos; when we get the rest (including John Williams's fabulous portraits), we will put up an album on FACEBOOK.

Good work, everybody!



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Support this teen production!

These Burbank teens have been hard at work rehearsing, and TOMORROW NIGHT you can come to see the results! You are invited to our Readers' Theater Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by David Purdham, and starring BURBANK TEENS! The program begins at 7:00 at the Buena Vista branch, and will feature an intermission with refreshments. So come, bring your family and friends, and celebrate the summer solstice in Shakespearean style! (Don't forget that there are prize drawings at all teen summer reading programs for registered teens...)

(Don't forget that TEENS can come get FAIRY FACES between 3:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon, before the production. Sign up by calling 818 238-5589.)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dream Reading and Teens' Top Ten

In addition to the combo bookmarks/book lists we are giving you in your Summer Reading goodie bags--Dark Fairies, Dark Futures, and Read the Night--there are some other lists from which you could choose to read this summer. If you want to continue the night-time, dreamy theme, click on the TAB about the Dream Journal at the top of this page, and scroll down a ways. We have provided a list of both nonfiction and fiction books about the subject of dreaming--good information, and great stories!

If you want to escape the dark, on the other hand, look at the library for book ballots for this year's "TEENS' TOP TEN" list. Every year, members of teen book clubs from 15 public libraries and schools around the country propose about 25 books "for your consideration." In late August and early September, you can go to the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) website to vote for your top 10 favorites from this list. The results are published during Teen Read Week in October. So every year WE provide you with a ballot to keep track of your TTT reading. Pick one up! Or, you can get the list here. (No handy ballot, though.)

Remember to add any of this reading to your READING LOG, and get tickets for our weekly drawings from June 18 to July 27. Those PRIZES are calling your name...