Saturday, July 9, 2016

Book Cafe #3!

If you want to see some photos of the fun at Book Café #3 with author Michelle Gagnon last Wednesday night, go to the photo album on our Facebook page! And if you want to experience that fun in person, be sure to come to our LAST Book Café of the summer, next Wednesday night, when we will welcome guest author Robyn Schneider! Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m., for teens in grades 7-12 only! Come and bring your friends! Book-talking, coffee house treats, and free books!

Friday, July 8, 2016

So many winners!


Mary Y. = AMC gold movie ticket
Alexa T. = $5 Yogurtland gift card
Grigor Y. = $5 In-n-Out Burger gift card

Lorelei B. = AMC gold movie ticket
Georgiana N. = $5 In-n-Out Burger gift card
Luvin L. = $5 In-n-Out Burger gift card

Archini N. = AMC gold movie ticket
Anne T. = $5 Yogurtland gift card
Vache S. = $5 In-n-Out Burger gift card

Pick up your prize from the branch where you won it (at the reference desk). Be sure to bring I.D. so the librarians know it's you! Congratulations, and KEEP READING!


Here are the winners and what they won:

Marion H. = See’s Candies gift certificate
Rhett H. = Two AMC gold movie tickets
Aaron Y. = See’s Candies gift certificate
Christopher A. = $15 iTunes gift card
Cami M. = $15 Barnes & Noble gift card
Isabella S. = $15 Target gift card

Keep reading, keep writing, keep WINNING!

Book review winners: You can pick up your prize this afternoon or tomorrow at the Central Library, or you can email me and I can send your prize to Buena Vista or Northwest Branch if one of those is more convenient for you. Be sure to bring I.D. so we give your prize to YOU!

Teen review: Psychic love

Lily Dale: Awakening
by Wendy Corsi Staub

Paranormal fiction, 240 pages

Reviewed by Ginny Potter

Calla thought her boyfriend dumping her through text was the worst thing that could happen, but boy, was she wrong. Two weeks after the breakup, she found her mother lying on the floor of her house, dead. Calla gets sent to live with her eccentric grandmother in her mother’s hometown of Lily Dale. Shockingly, it turns out to be full of psychics (including her grandmother), and after that discovery, things get strange. Calla gets some weird visions and starts to suspect that she may have her grandmother’s gift.

When I started Lily Dale: Awakening, I honestly had low expectations for it because first, I hate books about psychics--they’re just really awkward. Second, the cover was literally just a close up of a girl’s face. But I ended up really loving the plot, characters, and even the small town of Lily Dale. The mystery scenes in this book were truly written so well and with so much suspense, and it was just so beautiful.

I only dislike two things about the book. One of the things I found frustrating is that it ended on a cliffhanger. It was literally the. worst. cliffhanger. ever! Since I don’t exactly have immediate access to the rest of the books in the series, I’m just trying to figure out what could possibly happen next. The other thing I found frustrating is this character from the book, named Blue. I absolutely despise him. He’s a total player, and any time he flirts with Callie I wish I could walk up to him and yell at him to choose a girl already and not go back and forth with several.

Lily Dale: Awakening is definitely unlike any other book I’ve read, but in a good way. This book would definitely be good for any teen or older reader.

Editor's note: I didn't realize we had never bought the other books in this series. I'm getting them right now!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Tonight is session #3 of Book Café! Our guest will be Michelle Gagnon, author of the Persefone trilogy: Don't Turn Around, Don't Look Now, and Don't Let Go. Here is a peek into the story line of the first book:
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side. Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa's talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life. But what Noa and Peter don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good. Filled with action, suspense, and romance...
Sounds like an author I'd want to meet!

We gather for book-talking, prize drawings, and coffee house treats at 7:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch. Will we see you there?

This program is for teens in grades 7-12 ONLY!

P.S. If you want to see pix from both the previous Book Café sessions, go to our Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Teen review: Suspense and science

The Mind Game
by Hector Macdonald
375 Pages
Not part of a series
Mature reading level (not a YA book--"new adult," maybe?)

Reviewed by V. M., grade 11

This book is about Ben Ashurst, who attends Oxford University with his beautiful new girlfriend, Cara. Ben agrees to be a testing subject for his professor, Dr. Fieldhead’s experiment. This experiment means that Ben and Cara get to go on a free vacation to a beach resort in Kenya. As the new couple takes their trip, many secrets are revealed. The series of unexpected turns keep readers constantly on their toes!

I enjoyed this book because of the way Macdonald engages readers and causes them to feel all the emotions that Ben goes through. The book has a clever and well thought out plot that leads readers to deceiving conclusions.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5, however, because even though it was entertaining to read, the number of plot twists caused this reader to get bored. After being deceived multiple times, I got frustrated and didn’t want to finish the book. The number of plot twists also make the book seem unrealistic.

All in all, I would recommend this book to young readers because it is an exciting book to read. Young readers would find this book to be captivating and witty with all of its excitement and plot twists. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016