Friday, July 18, 2014

Reading log winners!


THIS WEEK'S READING LOG PRIZE WINNERS ARE...

AT CENTRAL LIBRARY
Eileen K. wins a $5 Starbucks gift card
Georgiana N. wins a $5 Target gift card
Oscar M. wins a $5 In-N-Out gift card

AT BUENA VISTA BRANCH
Tigran S. wins a $5 Starbucks gift card
Mariah S. wins a $5 Target gift card
Millie R. wins a $5 In-N-Out gift card

AT NORTHWEST BRANCH
Abbie F. wins a $5 Starbucks gift card
Alexa T. wins a $5 Target gift card
Shane M. wins a $5 In-N-Out gift card

Congratulations!

KEEP READING * KEEP WRITING * KEEP WINNING!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Your trivia challenge is due!

Remember WAY back in June, when you registered for Teen Summer Reading, and you received your swag bag, and you found in it a SET FORTH! TRIVIA CHALLENGE???

Remember that?


Well, that thing has a due date, and that date is TOMORROW! Friday, July 18, no later than 5:30 p.m.! Yes, that's right, time slipped away from you (just like it does with homework assignments, right?) and now it has run out! The difference, however, between this and a homework assignment, is that you get a PRIZE if you do a good job on it, and we don't mean an A+ written in red pencil, we mean an actual PRIZE.

So turn in your trivia challenge, and find out NEXT FRIDAY at our Summer Reading FINALE (July 25) whether YOU are one of the top trivia masters!

Speaking of our finale...

T-SHIRT CRAFT!
Put STEAMPUNK or SCI FI images on your T-shirt, using bleach or paint!
Eat ICE CREAM.
Win PRIZES.
(There is a REGULAR drawing at this program; there are prizes for the BOOK REVIEWERS; there are TRIVIA prizes...where, oh where does it end?)

Well, um, it ends FRIDAY. So COME!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What we're reading: Realistic fiction

I have been looking forward to Deb Caletti's new book, The Last Forever, for a while now. I have thoroughly enjoyed some of her others (see reviews here for Stay and The Story of Us), and I say this to let you know that her books are worth pursuing.

A brief summary: Tessa's mother dies, and she and her father are not coping well. Her dad decides it's a good time to take a road trip, and they end up at her grandmother's house on an island off the coast of Oregon. Since her mother didn't get on with her dad's mother, to Tessa she is a virtual stranger; imagine her dismay when she has to spend a lot more time with her than she had planned. At the local library she meets Henry Lark, with whom she makes an instant connection; but there's a bit of a mystery to Henry that she can't quite fathom. Still, he refocuses her in a positive direction, and then everything goes swimmingly until...it doesn't. It's a surprise ending that redeems itself but not in the way you think it will.
Caletti's prose is as lovely as usual--in fact, I noted several phrases in passing and thought to myself, "Those should be in the quote bank on Goodreads, they're so beautifully put." I liked the characters and the story arc and the back story. I really liked the encyclopedia entries with which she leads off each chapter, and the eventual connection they have with the story.

All that said...I had kind of a hard time connecting with this book. I think it was the telescoping that put me off. Every time she gave a hint of what was to come and then said "but we're not there in the story yet," I winced. It took me right out of the narrative and back to the point of observer, and it bothered me. Others apparently agreed with me; the reviews on Goodreads are all over the place, from a high five to a low two, unusual for this author.

In retrospect I will probably overlook what little I didn't like and realize that this was an interesting, unusual, well-wrought tale and deserving of a high rating. Let's face it, even so-so Caletti would be better than many people writing at their peak! I don't know, maybe I was just in a mood when I read it. You read it too, and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Hitchhiker's Guide as Readers' Theater!

Please join us TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. at the CENTRAL LIBRARY
as we present...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A READERS' THEATER PERFORMANCE starring BURBANK TEENS!

The super-short summary of this story is that weird stuff happens to Arthur Dent, regular Earth-person. The long version? You'll have to come and experience it for yourself!

We will have a PRIZE DRAWING for those teens in attendance who are signed up for SET FORTH!, the teen summer reading program. Not signed up? You can fix that! Up at the top of this page on the right, there's a sign-up link to click. It's easy, and there's no obligation.

There will be an intermission with refreshments. All are welcome to attend this program! So come, and bring your brothers and sisters and parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins, your friends, your neighbors, the people you met while HITCHHIKING...

(And if you can't make this performance, don't be blue... there's an ENCORE! Next Wednesday, July 23rd, at the Buena Vista branch!)