Saturday, October 20, 2012


We need two volunteers per day ALL THIS WEEK (Oct. 22-27) to work at the Friends of the Library USED BOOK SALE. Here are the shifts:
  • Monday 5-8
  • Tuesday thru Friday 3:30 (or 4:00)-6:00
  • Saturday 10-12:30 and 12:30-3:00
It's at the CENTRAL LIBRARY in the auditorium.

Only Tuesday and Wednesday are covered so far; if you can help us out by covering a shift or two, you will receive service hours for school (or towards the coveted 100-hour medal!). Email Melissa at ASAP!!!

You should all come to the book sale, too! GREAT DEALS on the books you want! and the funds raised support TEEN PROGRAMMING!

For hours and details, click here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dystopic Stories--the winners!

Also at our Teen Read Week event was the announcement of the top writers of our Dystopic Story Writing Contest. Teens had one month, from September 12 to October 12, to write a three- to five-page short story with a perilous vision for the future, and we had a wide array of visions! From the personal to the political, encompassing natural disasters, virulent illnesses, and evil governments, and including physical, mental and societal controls, nothing was too far out for our teens!

We had a variety of judging criteria:

  • interesting idea or vision
  • creativity and uniqueness
  • successful execution in writing
  • spelling and grammar
All were elements that influenced our final decisions. The top writers gave us such a varied selection of features that it proved impossible to pick them as #1, #2, #3, so we ended up awarding four top writers equally, with $35 gift cards to Barnes and Noble bookstore:

Molly B., Chloe H., Sasha L., and Sirarpi T.

We also included three honorable mentions:

Cassandra J., Denise W., Whitney W.

who each received $15 gift cards to Starbucks.

We figured, writers read; and writers also need access to drinks and snacks while pursuing their art! (By the way, the B&N card can also be used at the in-house coffee shop in the Burbank store.)

Here are Cassandra, Chloe, Denise, Molly, and Sirarpi,
with authors Jennifer Bosworth and Lissa Price.
For all the writers who submitted a story, we gave a free book of their choice from about 50 books we had on hand at the author event; if you were not able to come to the event but would like to choose a book, you can come by to see Anarda or Melissa next week and select something from our "stash."

Congratulations to everyone who wrote something for the Teen Read Week contest. We enjoyed your dystopic visions!

Dystopic Teen Authors at BPL!

LISSA PRICE, author of Starters, and JENNIFER BOSWORTH, author of Struck, visited us at the Buena Vista branch last night (Thursday, October 18) to talk to us about their dystopic/post-apocalyptic books set in Los Angeles. Lissa Price showed a short book trailer for STARTERS, followed by a powerpoint in which she discussed her writing process in fascinating detail.

Jennifer Bosworth then treated us to a nine-minute short film about the making of her book trailer for STRUCK. She and her husband Ryan wrote, directed and produced the book trailer (when she isn't writing teen fiction, she is part of a writer-director team with him), and made a video to show how they did it. (Very impressive--CGI and green screen, yet!)

Then each author did a short reading from her book, followed by a Q&A from the audience, and the evening was complete when the authors autographed books for their fans. It was a great celebration of Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week Proclamation

This Tuesday the City Council presented a proclamation to declare this week Teen Read Week in Burbank (in accordance with the American Library Association). The library was represented by five teens who wrote stories for our Dystopic Story Writing Contest. Mayor Dave Golonski (below, left) presented the proclamation to Anika M., and then we all had a photo op. You can see more photos on our Facebook page. (Look in the albums section.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

And the Teens' Top Ten are...

2012 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Winners (in order #1-#10):

Roth, Veronica -- Divergent

Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (brave): Where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society in which she must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards independence and her own beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these factions begins to fall apart?
(There's a sequel, Insurgent.)

Green, John -- The Fault in Our Stars
Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,” they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.

Lu, Marie -- Legend

June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?
(The sequel, Prodigy, is coming soon to the library.)

Riggs, Ransom -- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children’s home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.

Dessen, Sarah -- What Happened to Goodbye
Ever since Mclean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years – each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to – she just wants to be herself.

Revis, Beth -- Across the Universe
Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.
(There's a sequel, A Million Suns)

Meyer, Marissa -- Cinder
A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella. Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing. Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.

Stiefvater, Maggie -- The Scorpio Races
Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion—but only one can win the Scorpio Races.

Forman, Gayle --Where She Went
This sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia’s ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia’s family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.
(This is the sequel--read If I Stay first!)

Cabot, Meg -- Abandon
Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos - Island of Bones - for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back. Can she escape death once again?
(There's a sequel, Underworld.)

We have all of these books in the Young Adult sections at our libraries, and for several titles we also own the audio book. Check them out, if you haven't read them yet. Thanks for voting!

Writers pay attention!

That's a trick headline, because I wanted all you writers to pay attention to this post, but this post is to direct you to a blog post by Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. She got tired of the ever-repeated question, "How do you get your ideas?" or "Where do you get your inspiration?" and decided to write this, which talks about how the difference between ordinary folk and writers is that writers pay attention. You can read her post here.