Saturday, December 26, 2015

Star Wars

If you think you need to watch all six of the previous movies before seeing the new's a thought.


Raj: “You know, I heard this way of watching the movies called the machete order, where you watch Episodes IV and V, then skip Episode I, watch II and III as a flashback, and then finish with VI.”

Howard: “Okay, so you’d lose most of Jar-Jar, all the trade route talk and the boring senate hearings, which are like watching C-SPAN with monsters.”

—The Big Bang Theory, “The Proton Transmogrification’, S7E22, May 1, 2014

As a Star Wars fan(atic), trust want to do this!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Karaoke Pix

The album of pictures from our big Karaoke Night are up on the Burbank Public Library Teen Page on Facebook. Check them out! We had one crazy night!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

From BPL Teen Librarians to you...

Remember that Burbank Public Library CLOSES EARLY (5:00 p.m.) at all branches on Thursday, December 24, and is closed on Friday for the holiday. The Central and Buena Vista branches reopen on Saturday, December 26, for regular hours (10-6 at Central, 10-5 at Buena Vista).

Have a lovely holiday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Teen Review: Mango Street

Reviewed by Criselin, grade 12

The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, is about a young Latin girl, 12 years old, named Esperanza, who is growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Esperanza is writing the story of her experience when she moves to Chicago. Esperanza wishes for a home of her own, and she has big dreams for her future. She gives $5 to a girl to become her friend, she forces an old man to kiss her, she suffers from wearing high heels that don't fit on her feet, she cries for her loved ones who are gone, and she has embarrassing and unforgettable moments, while watching those around her suffer because they have no freedom to do what they want to do with their lives.

This book taught me that you don't need be shy to go school because you have old and ugly clothes, especially if you' re smart. It taught me that you shouldn't waste your life, because you have a chance to improve your future.

This book is a mixed emotion novel: sad and happy. It is inspiring, because it explains that there is a reason why each experience happens in our lives, and each experience will teach us a lesson. It also makes you realize what you need to change to be successful, and if one day you have to leave one place and move to another, each will be part of your life and your heart.

The book cover is so simple--I love the apartment on the cover, but it would be more attractive if the building had a lot of windows with people inside, all the characters standing and looking out. I think that would attract more readers.

I rate this book of 4 out of 5 because it has a lot to teach but is also entertaining.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Teen review: Horror

Reviewed by Mher Arutyunyan, grade 9

Salem’s Lot, written by acclaimed author Stephen King, is a stand-alone horror novel. It follows a writer named Ben Mears who is returning to his childhood town of Jerusalem’s Lot. Ben is writing about the Marsten House, located in Jerusalem’s Lot, where a hitman named Hubie Marsten once lived. Mears had a traumatic experience in the house, and is especially interested when it is purchased by Kurt Barlow, who he suspects may be more than he is letting on. So begins Mears’s story of death, bloodshed, and vampires.

I will forever remember the late nights I spent reading this horror masterpiece. Stephen King is a master of mood and tone. With Salem’s Lot, he creates a palpable sense of dread and I felt uneasy reading even the descriptions of characters and locations, especially the Marsten House. After the first chapter, I began to care about Mears. He proved to be an interesting albeit flawed character and I enjoyed seeing his arc unfold. Mears meets many colorful characters on the way to uncovering the secret of the Marsten House and the true identity of the enigmatic Kurt Barlow. However, the book never feels crowded, and all of the characters are interesting and feel like they have a purpose within the story. 
Salem’s Lot is, like many King novels, not for the faint of heart. Some of the images that King paints can be quite disturbing, and sometimes downright horrifying, including the typical blood and gore. As the true secret of Jerusalem’s Lot is revealed, and many characters meet their unfortunate and violent ends, I sometimes had to put the book down and take a break because of the intensity and anxiety that the book created. For this reason, I would recommend it to mature readers, preferably in grade 10 or higher. It earns a 5/5 from me.

Editor's note: The library offers this as a book and an e-book, and also has a movie (DVD) of this story.