Saturday, June 25, 2016




At Central:
Brenden B. = $5 Yogurtland card
Georgianna N. = $5 Starbucks card
Mary M. = $10 Target card

At Northwest:
Grigor Y. = $5 Yogurtland card
Alexa T. = $5 Starbucks card
Mary Y. = $10 Target card

At Buena Vista:
Luvin L. = $5 Yogurtland card
Marion H. = $5 Starbucks card
Cami M. = $10 Target card

BOOK REVIEW (Drawing #1 of 3):

Elizabeth Dagostino = gift certificate for See’s Candies
Kayla Javed = two AMC movie tickets
Katrina Darwich = $15 Target gift card
Natasha Watson = $15 Barnes & Noble gift card
Joseph Bez = $15 iTunes gift card
Evelyn Reyna = $15 Target gift card

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you! Keep reading, keep writing, keep WINNING! And check the hints and tips for writing a good book review (rather than a book report or a summary) here! 

Guest blog: new LGBT fiction

If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
280 pages
Realistic LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) fiction
Recommended for 14 and up

High school senior Amanda Hardy just transferred to a new high school for her senior year. She plans to go to her classes, maybe make some friends, but not draw attention to herself. She just wants to get through the school year. But then she meets a great guy at school named Grant. He is handsome, sweet and has a great sense of humor, and he is also crazy about Amanda. She wants to get close to him, but is afraid that if she does, both of them will get hurt by her secret. What is she hiding? The truth is that, at her last school, she was Andrew.

This is one of the best books about a transgender teen that I have read in a long time. Not only is it a beautiful, touching story, but it allows readers to see another side of the transgender experience: what happens after a person transitions. I really liked this book because it normalizes Amanda's experience and shows us all her fears and hopes and how she is not so different from other girls. I think it also helps the reader understand more about what it means to be transgender. This is really needed, since there are so many misunderstandings in our society about what that term means. This book is partially inspired by the author's experience as a transwoman which I think adds to the authenticity of Amanda's character, voice and story.

I have mixed feelings about the cover of this book. I like how it looks mysterious and makes the reader want to know about the contents of the book. On the other hand, when I first saw the cover, I thought it was a book for adults, not for teens. I don’t think the cover will necessarily drive teens away, but I’m not sure it will draw them in either.

My rating is 4 stars out of 5, and I'd like to add that people who enjoyed the book Luna, by Julie Anne Peters, would probably like this one as well.

Reviewed by Elizabeth B., reference librarian
(soon to be a teen librarian in Solano County--we're sorry to see her go!)

Friday, June 24, 2016

BMX photos!

If you want to see a few photos of the BMX show at the Northwest Branch on Wednesday night, take a look at the album on our Facebook page! We didn't have too many teens turn up, so the ones who did were very happy to take home all the prizes! $20 to Barnes & Noble, $20 to Big Five Sporting Goods, and two admissions plus skate rentals to Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale! A big thanks to Moonlight Rollerway for donating the tickets to teen summer reading! Teens, we have prize drawings at all of our could be a winner if you come!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Local business celebrates Harry Potter!

You can "relive the Magic of Harry Potter" this month on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. at BARNES & NOBLE, BURBANK.

Enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints Sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. Customers can continue to enter for a chance to win (one entry per store, per day) up until the July 30 Countdown to Midnight Party, when two customers at Barnes & Noble Burbank will be chosen at random. (No purchase is required.)

At the June 24 event, Barnes & Noble Burbank will set up a coloring station where participants will have the opportunity to color various Harry Potter-themed materials including the 4 House Crests (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin) and a special Owl Post Postcard exclusive to Barnes & Noble that they can send to friends to invite them to the Countdown to Midnight Party. In addition to trivia and activities for Harry Potter fans to enjoy, many giveaways will also be available at the event while supplies last, including Harry Potter vintage posters, bookmarks and more. Plus, the Barnes & Noble Café will be offering special Harry Potter-themed treats!

Countdown to Midnight Party–Saturday, July 30, at 8:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Burbank will host a special Countdown to Midnight Party leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. The party will feature a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter as well as several amazing giveaways. On Sunday, July 31, customers can return to Barnes & Noble Burbank to discuss the new book and participate in special Harry Potter-themed events and activities, as a follow-up to the Countdown to Midnight Party the night before.

Burbank Public Library is having its own Potter activity in July--a Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit Tournament on Tuesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m., at the Buena Vista Branch. You can test your knowledge of the books and movies by putting together a team of three to compete for Potter-related prizes! Name and sign up your team by emailing today!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Makerspace Options!

Wondering what MAKERSPACE is all about? We provide crafty opportunities for you, and you get to choose what to make! Here are three of the MANY things you could make at our Makerspace Event this Friday at 3:00 at the Central Library.



Yes, we still have lots of Altoids boxes! Make an emergency kit!
Sewing, earbuds, snacks, bandaids and can thematically
ModPodge the outside to decorate it!


You could decorate a SWITCH PLATE for your room...using SHARPIES!


You could make a refrigerator MAGNET out of a flat "marble," some ModPodge,
and a cool picture! (Bring a picture with you if you have something specific in mind.)

We have a few more ideas up our sleeves as well...or you could just grab random items and make it up yourself! That's why we call it Makerspace--are you game?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Game On! events this week

Join us this week on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Branch Library for an awesome BMX STUNT SHOW starring StuntMasters! The crew is taking over the entire back parking lot behind the library, while the audience will hang out on the lawn to see daring feats! This is a teen summer reading program, but all are welcome to attend. There will be a prize drawing for those teens in grades 7-12 who are registered for teen summer reading, so be sure you are signed up! You can also bring your reading logs if you need signatures and tickets for this week's Friday drawing.

Then on Friday, at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Library, we'll be choosing a crafty challenge to make new things from random stuff for our MAKERSPACE: ARE YOU GAME? program. We provide all materials, just show up ready to play. This program is for teens in grades 7-12 only.

And READ, WRITE, and WIN continues, with weekly Friday drawings for reading log prizes and our first drawing this Friday for book review prizes too!

Will we see you at the library this week?