Friday, September 16, 2016

September Book Clubs

On Tuesday night, we had our first meeting of the year of the 6+7 Book Club. This club started out small but has grown to 15 members (of whom 13 were present), and we're happy to say they are all engaged, conversational readers--looks like it's going to be a fun year!

There was much talk and debate about this month's book--Loot, by Jude Watson. Although some disliked the introduction of the magical element into the story, all of us agreed that the characters were both likable and memorable, and as soon as we order the sequel for the library (a terrible oversight, sorry!), I imagine we'll have holds placed and people lined up to read it. The book received a rating of 8.5 out of 10.

Next month's book is Seven Wonders Book 1, The Colossus Rises, by Peter Lerangis. Eight books were nominated for November's book, and the voting was close, but the final choice (despite Rhett's cautioning us about reading the prequel first) is The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, the prequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Other books we considered (in descending order of preference by the club) and will keep in mind for next time:

Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy
Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer
Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events),
          by Lemony Snicket

Next month's meeting is on October 11.

On Thursday night, the 8+9 Book Club met on an off night, to avoid Back to School Night at the high schools. Seventeen of our whopping roster of 25 readers were present. We had a raucous and impassioned discussion of Far, Far Away, by Tom McNeal, the saga of Jeremy Johnson Johnson and his personal ghost, Jacob Grimm. Yes, that Jacob Grimm. All but a couple of people really enjoyed the fairy tale-bending nature of the book, liked the characters and the writing style, and were beguiled by the build-up of suspense. The book received a rating of 8.5.

Next month's book is Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, and for November we will read The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons.

Other books we considered (in descending order) were:

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
Jackaby, by William Ritter
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
Kingdom Keepers, by Ridley Pearson
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
Throne of Glass, by Sarah Maas
The Accident Season, by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Rook, by Sharon Cameron
Court of Fives, by Kate Elliott
The Wrong Side of Right, by Jenn Marie Thorne

For those who missed the meeting, there are several copies of Before I Fall waiting for you at the Circulation Desks at both Central and Buena Vista.

Next month's meeting is on October 12.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Miss the SAT?

For those of you who missed or were unable to get into our SAT Practice Test sponsored by Kaplan last Saturday, we have good news: One of our library databases now gives you a free practice option for the SATs that you can do on your own!

The Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) education and career database includes the full-length, timed practice exams and pre-diagnostic tests for the redesigned SAT Test.

The database also offers an SAT Online Course that "prepares students for test day with expert guidance that builds both skills and confidence in the areas where most high schoolers need help."

TERC focuses on these new aspects of the updated SAT exam:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary for career /college readiness and success 
  • Real-life vocabulary and the understanding of how words can shape meaning, tone, and impact 
  • Critical thinking and foundational math skills 
All you need to access the course and the tests is a library card! It's not quite the same as the in-person experience, but it's definitely worth doing. Go here to the Research page on our websitescroll down to TERC (near the bottom of the list), click on it, put in your library card number (the one that begins with "22142" on the back of the card), and you will be able to see and access all that TERC has to offer.

And while at the moment we're directing you there for SAT practice, you should also take note of all the other high school, college, and career prep tools available to you! This is a great database.

FREE with your library card!