A blog to keep up on what's happening for teens at Brooks Memorial Library including: • new books • events • resources available • fun website suggestions • ... and more.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

And best wishes for 2006 to everyone. Stay tuned for some news about events coming up in January and February. We'll also be announcing the winner of the logo contest in January. We had some great entries and the TAB is working hard to make a decision. Thank you to everyone who turned in an entry.

(Did you know that 2006 is the Year of the Dog in many Asian countries?)

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Vacation Week Display

Be sure to stop by the library this week to check out the green display table near the YA Room. You'll find a display of new YA fiction purchased in 2005. Feel free to check out the books and make the display "disappear."

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Coookie Thursday - December 22

We will be having our second Cookie Thursday of the month this week! Please come join us for cookies, books, and fun! Also, don't forget that your entries for the Teen Brooks Logo Contest are due on this day! Click on the link to print out your entry form!!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Getting Organized

Time flies as we work our way to the holidays this week. And 2006 is just around the corner. So... thinking ahead....
Do you need to get organized? What do you need to get organized? How do you want to organize? If you like working on the computer, here are some ways to get organized right here on-line.
Want to organize your books? Try Library Thing. It’s free for the first 200 books, and you’ll be able to see your collection right before your eyes.
Need to organize your bookmarks? Try Del.icio.us. Del.icio.us uses social bookmarking, (see the site for information about that). Using Del.icio.us means that you will have access to your bookmarks from any computer—be it school, home, or work. This is a real plus for those who use different computers in the course of the day and can’t remember what is bookmarked where. Also, you can share your bookmarks with others very easily.
Is it photos that you need to organize? Do you want to share your photos with others? Try Flickr.
What about your life? Can you use your computer to organize your life? Maybe…. Try Airset or Voo2do. They are both free. If anybody has other websites of this nature to suggest please e-mail me, and I will add them to the list.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Websites from Publishers

Check out these websites to find out what new books are in store, and more about your favorite books. All of them offer much more than book reviews and information--check out contests, downloads, author interviews etc.
Harper Teen has the latest information about authors, reviews, newsletters, and... contests! Click on "Coming Soon" to find out about new books.
Teens@Random isn't some random kind of site--it is the official teen site of Random House Publishing. Click on "Loot" to find the contests.
Simon Says Teen is the website for Simon & Schuster. Click on "Fun & Games" for quizzes, polls and other fun downloads. If anyone has found any other sites like these let me know by leaving a comment on this post, or e-mail me.


Kira's Links

A TAB member has suggested a few links.
deviantart.com “…this is a good website for posting your artwork/poetry/photographs/stories/anything and people will comment on it. It's one of my favorite websites and I even have my own account there. The accounts are free (you just need an e-mail) unless you want to subscribe.”
narutochuushin.com “…this is a good website for any Naruto fans...naruto is one of my favorite anime/mangas. they have over 270 chapters of the manga online and available for viewing, and downloading if necessary.”
fanfiction.net “…this is a website where you can post any stories you've made using already existing characters and even live people. Other people will view and comment upon the story...be warned: not all stories are nice.”
Does anybody else want to share some favorite web sites?????

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Random House, the publisher of the popular Sisterhood series, has a website called Sisterhood Central devoted to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Try taking the Sisterhood Soulmate Quiz to find out which girl you're most like. Read all about the author, Anne Brashares. The site also has suggestions for other books that you might enjoy. If we don't have them at Brooks and you think we should, fill out one of the blue "Suggestion for Purchase" slips that you'll find in the YA Room. And don't forget that we'll be showing a movie on December 14th at the library!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Just Unpacked!

Here are some new titles that have arrived at the library and will be available to check out very soon. Remember, you can put a hold on these books even if they are still not available. You might even be the first person to get the book! Check the catalog and be sure to do a title search to find these books. The titles are all in red here, except the last one... but you'll figure that one out!

If you are a fan of Lurlene McDaniel, then you’ll want to take a look at this brand new series called Angels in Pink. It’s about three girls that volunteer in a hospital. We have one called Kathleen’s Story and if it proves popular, we’ll order the other two. This is a hardcover book, so look for it on the YA fiction shelf and not the paperback carousal. If you read and liked Melissa Kantor’s Confessions of a Not It Girl, then you’ll want to read If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? On a more serious note is a book by Sarah Dessen called The Truth About Forever which deals with grief and a death in the family. The library has two other titles by this author so you may already be familiar with her works.

Manga fans will be excited to hear that we’ve got the first volume of the Trigun Series. And if you are a graphic fiction or manga fan, do stay tuned for more to come. Meanwhile, we have also rounded out an Australia-based John Marsden series with the purchases of Night is for Hunting and Burning for Revenge. And finally, all you fans of Alex Sanchez’s trilogy will be excited to read the final installment, called Rainbow Road.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Teen Advisory Board Meeting on Tuesday!

Attention all TAB members, new and old!
Our next Teen Adivsory Board meeting is this Tuesday, December 6th, at 5:30pm in the Teen Space. Please join us for activities and discussion around the upcoming Mangafest and Poetry Slam, the January knitting circle, our book donation idea, and the Teen Space. Refreshments served.
Call Julianne or Sara at 254-5290 for more information.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Cookie Report

Our first Cookie Thursday was a great success. (How could it not be?) If we can get volunteers from the TAB to be in the room for the two hours that we hold Cookie Thursday, then we can do this twice a month. The Brattleboro Food Coop has donated funds for cookies, but we’ll go through those pretty quickly judging by today’s consumption. Anybody like to bake??? If so, e-mail me sara@brooks.lib.vt.us to sign up for a date. A very big thanks to Kira for helping with the first Cookie Thursday.