Saturday, July 7, 2012

Let us remind you...


This year's contest is based on the three BOOKMARKS you received in your goodie bag when you registered; each bookmark has a list of books that go with our THEME, "Own the Night." There's Dark Fairies (self-explanatory), Dark Futures (dystopic and post-apocalyptic novels), and Read the Night, which is a fun book list made up of all the young adult novels with "night" in the title. Not only can you READ these books and put them in your READING LOG, but you will also need to become familiar with them by looking at our OPAC (online public access catalog) so you can answer the questions on the Trivia Contest!

FIVE big winners for this contest will be announced on JULY 24 at our Open Mic Night and Poetry Slam, and you MUST be present to win! So download our trivia contest here, and GOOD LUCK!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Coming up in the TSRP


TODAY, Friday the 6th: See the first three episodes of TEEN WOLF, at the Central Library at 3:30 p.m.! Snacks will be served, and you COULD win a prize in our drawing! Come on down!

NEXT THURSDAY, the 12th, our POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP, at the Central Library at 3:30 p.m. Come write with us! You must sign up--call 818 238-5589.

The following WEDNESDAY, the 18th, see CULTURE SHOCK L.A. at the Northwest Library at 6:30 p.m. The history of hip hop, with live demonstrations. All are welcome!

AND...are you keeping your READING LOG? getting your tickets for the weekly drawing?

Are you writing in your DREAM JOURNAL, getting ready for the Dream Interpretation Workshop?

Are you working on the TRIVIA CONTEST?

If you're not registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, what are you waiting for? Look at all that you're missing! Go here to register, and then JOIN US.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Book Festival and Convention

Erica's report:

Going to the ALA Convention in Anaheim was a really cool experience. We rode in style (a PrimeTime shuttle) and were pampered with a luncheon sponsored by YALSA and Penguin Publishing. At the luncheon, we met authors Ally Condie (Matched, Crossed) and Marie Lu (Legend, Prodigy), along with new author Jessica Khoury (Origin). We received advance reader copies (ARCs) of their books, and I got all of them signed! It was so cool, since I have read all of Ally Condie's books and I just finished Origin (it was good!). Cool bit for people who have read the Matched series: Reached (November) will be written from Xander's point of view!!!

We snagged a lot of ARCs, and although Henry got the most, I got 21. They're a mix of young adult fiction and graphic novels, plus a lot of merch. The trick to getting the ARCs was to befriend the people working at the booths, and they would always find something to give you, even if they were out.

When we actually attended the YALSA event, it was full of librarians and book nerds, so it was a pretty cool atmosphere. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green was mentioned numerous times (big shocker). It was awesome how we heard different opinions about the books.

Anyway, it was such a fun weekend. I've read Regine's Book by Regine Stokke, and Origin, which were both ARCs. Maybe I'll write a book review later...?

This was similar to the Festival of Books at USC, which took place in April, but there you did not get books for free. I met Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy) and John Green there!

The ALA Convention was really great and I'm happy and grateful our lovely librarians got to take me!

Teen Review: Eve

Eve by Anna Carey
318 pages
Genre: Dystopian fiction
Is it part of a series?
Yes,  book one of a trilogy
Reading level: 13+
Reviewed by: Patrick Castro
"Where do you go when nowhere is safe?"
Eve was a book that was super good! Eve, Caleb (the swoon-worthy boy I'll talk about later), the romance, and dystopian elements make Eve the perfect read. The book starts out with a letter from Eve's mom talking about a terrible plague that will happen to the world, and foreshadows a little of what's going to happen in the future. [This book takes place in 2032.] I was always up trying to finish the book, and you know I love it when a book does that. *nods* But at times it kinda dragged and Eve was naive at times.

I liked the character Eve a lot. She was quirky, made me laugh, and she was the type of person you would so want to meet! Her innocence made me laugh and cry and she made the book so much fun to read! She lives at the School, where the girls are kept to learn all the things a woman needs to know. They tell her never to go outside the School, because of the men, whom they grew to fear and hate. Eve starts to question why she is here, and in the middle of her biggest night—graduation—a girl named Arden escapes. Eve is in complete shock.
“Sometimes it seems like all the things I need to know, I don’t. And all the things I do know are completely wrong.”
After that, everything falls into place and it actually flows together! She meets Caleb, the guy she wants to love to hate, but with their adventures in the forest they grow a lot. I loved their conversations! They made me laugh! Great job, Ana Carey! I had a good idea of the setting through both of them. And sometimes the people you know you hate turn out to be more, just like for Eve.
“Loving someone meant knowing your life will be worse without them in it.”

The ending had me in shock. I was just like "What??!!!" and I needed Book 2 immediately! It made me tear up a little and it was the bittersweet ending type! *puts hands up in exasperation* There were a couple of unanswered questions I hope will be answered in the sequel, Once [due out July 3]. Eve is a great read if you love your dystopian novels with romance and action. And if you read and liked Wither or Shatter Me, both of which I loved, Eve will be a great read for you!
“Love was death’s only adversary, the only thing powerful enough to combat its clawing, desperate grasp.”

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Write Poetry! (and share it)

DID YOU KNOW that the finale for this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program is an Open Mic Night and Poetry Slam?

Would you like to perform, but feel unprepared—you have a poem, but maybe it needs work, or you haven’t written one but you have a great idea…?

Come to our POETRY WORKSHOP, with famous poet April Halprin Wayland! She will help you write or polish a poem, which you can then slam at the finale! The workshop is on Thursday, July 12 (yes, next week), at 3:30 p.m., at the Central Library.

Even though the flyers don’t say so (an oversight), you DO need to SIGN UP for this workshop. So call 818 238-5589 and leave your NAME (first and last!) and PHONE NUMBER (spell your name if it’s not Smith or Jones), and you will be on the list for the workshop with April.

P.S. Notice that the finale is also an OPEN MIC NIGHT, so if you want to sing, or play, do a monologue or share your standup comedy routine, that’s good too! We will have sign-ups for that event later on…

Teen Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
336 pages
Genre: Realistic fiction
Not part of a series
Reading level: High School
Reviewed by:
G. A. Flores

This book is just …WOW, it’s incredible. I’m going to keep it short because the main point is I loved it, and if you haven’t read it yet do so ASAP. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read, if not the best. The premise is relatively simple: A girl with terminal cancer meets a boy. But it’s so, so much more than that. I’ve read several books about someone dying or someone with cancer, and they were good, but The Fault in Our Stars is in a whole other category. It had humor in it and had a wit to it that many of the others I read didn’t. The characters seemed much more relatable this way, because it showed the characters as more than just cancer patients, it showed them as people who were survivors, people who lived. Never have I read a book that made me feel so much. I laughed and I cried and I loved every second of it. Hazel and Augustus are the kinds of characters that get stuck in your head. You just think about them for days and weeks. I liked how they thought, and what they said, as well as how they viewed different things. Each had opinions that made you think as you read through the story. Nothing I say will come close to doing this book justice. It was the kind of book that I want everyone I know to read. Even though it’s sad and it will break your heart into a million pieces, there’s also so much beauty in the book. I will admit that by the end of this book I was in tears, but I just want to pick it up and re-read it again and again. I recommend this to anyone and everyone--it’s an amazing book and defiantly a must-read!

This book is definitely a 5 without a doubt.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Teen Review: The Help

The Help
By Kathryn Stockett
444 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Is it part of a series? No
Recommended for: high school/adult
Reviewed by: Anonymous, Grade 12

S U M M A R Y :
Set in the early 1960s in segregated Jackson, Mississippi, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, is narrated by three very distinct and impressionable characters: Aibileen, an experienced middle-aged maid who is intelligent and soft-spoken; Skeeter, a young, aspiring writer who struggles to find a balance between the woman she wants to be and the woman that society expects her to be; and Minny, a "sass-mouthing" maid who has been fired numerous times because of her attitude but is nevertheless known for her cooking. The story unfolds as the town's female ringleader, Hilly Holbrook, plans to pass a bill that would require each white family to install a separate toilet for the "colored" help. Skeeter, who desperately needs an interesting topic to write about, sees this discrimination and decides to write from the point of view of the help. Though reluctant at first, the maids slowly begin to open up to her about both the positive and negative experiences they have had with their white bosses. Throughout the experience, the three women learn that great bravery and sacrifice is needed if one decides to speak the truth.

R E V I E W :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I definitely regret seeing the movie first, however, because though the general synopsis was the same, there were (as always) things left out and changed. I felt that the writing was flowery but still straightforward and easy to understand; the dialect wasn't overdone and made the characters more believable. Many themes stood out to me in this novel: the hypocrisy of humanity; courage and bravery in the face of adversity; conformity as opposed to individuality; and the right to believe in one's morals. I really felt the fear that the colored help had when speaking to a white woman about their experiences as maids; having recently studied U.S. history and knowing about the Civil Rights movement of the '60s, it made me sympathize with the characters and praise Stockett even further for her depiction of these maids. This novel is one to which anyone can relate, for is there really anyone on this earth who hasn't felt different at one point in their life?

The cover of this novel is simple yet touching: It depicts three birds perched on a branch; one bird, however, seems to be the "odd one out" and is segregated from the other two birds.

This novel was a 5 for me; the heartfelt plot, personable characters, and excellent writing helped it stand out.

Guest Blog: Erica says...

Erica's response to Henry's post:

"This basically sums up everything, although I got 21 books. I'm reading Origin (by Jessica Khoury) right now in Costa Rica (in the dry forest versus the Amazon rain forest setting in the book) and I really like it!"