Friday, October 25, 2013

Today's the day!

You must turn in your FAN FICTION STORY today! Email it to by 5:00 p.m.

NEXT Friday, November 1, we will announce the outstanding stories at our Dia de los Muertos Miniature Ofrenda craft, at the Buena Vista branch (3:30-5:30 p.m.). To sign up for THAT, email! (teens ONLY)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Teens' Top Ten books are...

The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced its official 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list, a “teen choice” selection of favorite books—published the previous year—chosen by teens for teens. Voting for the list took place from August 15 through Teen Read Week (October 13–19). There were 28 nominees for the list, chosen by teens in 16 different book groups in school libraries and public libraries around the country.

The winners are (in descending order, #1 to #10):

Code Name Verity,
by Elizabeth Wein

The False Prince,
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

by Veronica Roth

Pushing the Limits,
by Katie McGarry

Poison Princess,
by Kresley Cole

The Raven Boys,
by Maggie Stiefvater

by Gennifer Albin

Every Day,
by David Levithan

Kill Me Softly,
by Sarah Cross

by Erin Jade Lange

Please note that we have all these books available for your reading pleasure, in the teen sections here at Burbank Public Library!

Book Club Report for October

I already reported on the 10-12 Club last week; here is an update for 6+7 and 8+9 Clubs.

On Tuesday night, 14 members of the 6+7 Book Club discussed the merits of The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde. Comparisons were made to the writings of Diana Wynne Jones, to J. K. Rowling, and to Patricia Wrede. There’s no coincidence that these are all British authors! We also discussed whether the fact that the author is a man made a difference in the way the protagonist was written. The consensus was a very high rating of 9.25.

Next month’s book is Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller. The books we considered for December were:
The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
Sorcery and Cecelia, by Patricia Wrede
The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud

And the winner is…The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus #1) by Jonathan Stroud.

On Wednesday night, we had an uncommon 8+9 Book Club meeting (with 12 attending) because…we had no book to discuss! Due to a mix-up, first the books didn’t get ordered and then our supplier didn’t have many copies, so they have been coming in three books at a time (and they're still not all here, but hopefully within the next two or three days!).

So we pushed this month’s book, The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, to next month, and next month’s book, I’ll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, to December, and we just met to socialize and talk about other books we are currently reading. It was fun!