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.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Survivor Change

Though the voting has yet to begin, I'm making one change in the "participants." We're going to remove John Green's "Looking for Alaska" since we can't get multiple copies of it on time. This is a really interesting book and we'll hope to get it on the island next summer.

Meanwhile, we're adding Return to Gill Park, by Amy Gordon. This book was highly recommended by a TAB member. Here's a short summary: "When thirteen-year-old Willy Wilson returns to Gloria to enroll in Gill Park Gallery School, he finds himself in the middle of a politically backed struggle to save the park and to solve a treasure hunt."

Multiple copies of all Survivor Books should be available by the end of this week. You'll find them on a display in front of the Teen Room.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Let the Summer Begin!!

Announcing Survivor Book Club!!

Vote young adult books off the island until there is just one left. Eight books start and only one will survive.
Click here to vote
And... (drum roll....) the eight books are:

1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
2. The Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer
3. Flush, by Carl Hiaasen
4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
5. Inexcusable, by Chris Lynch
6, Return to Gill Park by Amy Gordon
7. A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray
8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

Multiple copies are on their way to the library!

Also, you can now find information about other teen summer events in the Teen Room.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Summer Reading - "Realms of Reading"

Information and a full schedule of events will be available later this week. There are lots of prizes and fun to be had this summer! And keep an eye out for the library's version of the Survivor Game.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Congratulations to the new graduates!

And did you know that you can find old BUHS yearbooks in the Local History Room?
If you would like to look at a yearbook check with Jeanne at the reference desk. If your parents graduated from BUHS maybe you can even find their photos in the yearbook! The yearbooks go back many years.

Stay tuned for more about the summer reading program next week!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Who is this guy?

Have you ever seen him in the library? I hope so!! This is Jerry Carbone, the director of Brooks Memorial Library. You won't usually catch him looking like this, but he is always there pitching in at the book sale. Normally you can find him on the mezzanine in his office, or sometimes behind the Reference Desk. Say hi if you see him, and let him know any good ideas you have for YA programming or books.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Calling all music fans!

The Random House teen website has a fun contest for all of you iPod users. Make your own playlist and submit it for a chance to win a $25 ITunes certificate. Five winners are chosen each week, so you might have a good chance to win. While you are there, click on Downloads and you will be able to listen to excerpts from new books and look at playlists that other teens have created. Gotta love technology!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Coming Soon

Here are some books that will be arriving soon. You can place holds on them already!

Usual Rules, by Joyce Maynard. A book about a thirteen-year old living in Brooklyn and how her world is transformed by events happening on September 11, 2001.
Shooter, by Walter Dean Myers. This popular writer addresses school violence at Madison High School after a shooting incident.
Charmed Thirds: a novel, by Megan McCafferty. The story of Jessica Darling continues in the third book of this series, just in time for summer vacation.
Kynship: The Way of Thorn and Thunder, by Daniel Justice. If you read this first book of a new fantasy series, e-mail me and let me know what it is about!