Saturday, March 1, 2014

Readers' Theater Redux

Once again our troupe of readers' theater enthusiasts pulled off a marvelous performance, this time of a decidedly literary nature. The Brute, A Chameleon, and The Marriage Proposal, by Anton Chekhov, were given a new look and sound by Bashar, Molly, Susie, Arsh, Mason, Tamara, and Samantha, ably directed by our talented friend David Purdham. If you missed it (!) and would like to see some scenes, go to our Facebook page for the photo album.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Teen Review: Pondering life

The Why Café, by John P. Strelecky

For once, a book that does not reduce the reader to tears. For once, a book that does not have a complicated love aspect and a sappy, romantic ending! John P. Strelecky enthralls readers with his 122-page realistic novel about a man finding his way. I would rate this a 5/5 and recommend to anyone from middle school and up who wants to create an interesting path to take in their life.

The story follows John, an irritable man who gets frustrated when he gets stuck in traffic as he is leaving for a vacation to "recharge the batteries" and get away from work. Lost, tired, and done with the world, John stumbles across a small café in the middle of nowhere.That was just the beginning of the metaphorical images created by this powerful story. After meeting the waitress, Casey, who instantly disarms John with an easy smile, and Mike, an interesting and intellectual cook, John takes a second look at his life as he ponders the three questions printed on the menu.

Take a moment to think about whether or not you would ever like to ask yourself any of these three questions:

Why are you here?
Do you fear death?
Are you fulfilled?

You might glance at these questions and then never think of them again. Once you do think about them however, your life will be forever altered in the most positive way imaginable. Many new insights can be considered, and you may realize how much more to life there is than you once thought.

Strelecky's story is so mind-blowing, and very motivational as well. I was a little reluctant at first to read this, but once I started it, I was surprised by how much more I wanted after each sentence. I cannot imagine any way that The Why Café could be any better than it is. While being placed in John's shoes, I myself have come to realize what it is I have been missing and how to make sure that does not happen again in the future. The cover, a picture of a coffee mug with a question mark in the foam, seemed plain at first, but once I read the book, I found that the cover was its own symbolic way to intrigue the reader to think about the questions presented on the menu.

Reviewed by Amy Sepulveda

Wednesday, February 26, 2014



Please join us at the Buena Vista Library TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. for a bravura performance of readers' theater by our Burbank teens!
They will be presenting humorous selections from the writings of Anton Chekhov, including The Brute, The Chameleon, and A Marriage Proposal.

Readers' theater, for those who don't know the term, is a "staged reading" of the material, which means that the participants read aloud from their scripts rather than memorizing lines, and there is minimal movement and few props. But don't be fooled--readers' theater is lively and dynamic, and is read with all the expression and passion intended by the author!

This is the fifth readers' theater production put on by our young adult services department and starring "our" teens, and if you haven't seen one yet, you don't know what you have missed--don't miss this one!

This is a teen program, but all are welcome to attend! (And it's FREE, there's plenty of parking, and there will be refreshments at intermission…)