Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Teen Summer Programs

2014 Summer Programs 
for Teens at the 
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

Registration is underway for the Library's teen summer programs, and they are filling up fast, don't miss out.  All programs are free; paid for by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library.  Sign up for your spot in a program at the Reference desk, or call: 978-468-5577, to sign up by phone.

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Teen Think Tank is the Library's teen advisory
board, for ages 11-18.  We meet 11 times a year, on the first Thursday of the month (except July), for 90 minutes.
The Teen Think Tank works with the Young Adult Librarian to improve the library's teen collections (books, audiobooks, music, and films), and to create programs and services designed specifically for teens.
Come share your bright ideas! 
Earn community service credit.
Interested in becoming a member of the Teen Think Tank?  
To participate in the TTT stop by the library and talk with Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian, or send an email stating your interest to:

TUESDAYS,  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Play Minecraft at the Library!  During the summer, starting Tuesday, June 24, the Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday evenings, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
For all ages who play well with others. No griefing EVER. Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft membership. The club is run by a member of the Teen Think Tank (the Library's teen advisory board). Beginners and advance players welcome.

On Tuesday, July 29, at 5 PM, the Minecraft Club will meet in the large meeting room on the first floor for a presentation from Bailey Sostek:  Bailey will demonstrate some of the mods that he has made for Minecraft, and then he will demonstrate what that has enabled him to do independently with the different games he has made. He may also do a walkthrough of how to create a simple base modification to Minecraft. He will conclude with showing the links and programs that he used to create the mods and to learn java.

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
(meet in the Gymnasium next door to the Library)
Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, this production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena; the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.  Currently in distribution to more than 100 theaters worldwide,Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful full-dome shows ever produced.
Audience size is limited to dome capacity.  To attend please register at the Reference Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Library, or call the Reference Desk at 978-468-5577. 

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2:30pm - 4:00 and
THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

  Join Toni Carolina for a two part 
photography workshop for teens.

1st part meets on:
Thursday, July 17, 2:30pm to 4:00pm
This session will focus on forced perspective photography; a manipulation of objects to look big or tiny without the use of Photoshop.  For example: making a person look as though they are floating in air.  Let your imagination be your guide with the help of your digital camera to create optical illusions.   Bring a camera and a tripod or a couple of bags of rice or beans to steady the camera shots.

2nd part meets on:
Thursday, July 31, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
This session bring your printed optical illusion images to the Library, where you will mount and hang them in a show in the Young Adult area of the Library.
Open to teens 12-18 years old, or to students entering grades 6-12 in 2014.  Limited to 12 participants.  There is no charge to attend. Register at the Reference desk, or call 978-468-5577.

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 9:30 PM to 12:30 PM 

The Library's teen advisory board will be going to Barnes & Noble to shop for items, that the Library does not already own, to add to our teen collections.  To participate in this trip you must have attended at least one previous Teen Think Tank meeting.
Parent/guardian permission forms are due by June 30. 
THURSDAY, JULY 24, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
a PASTEL WORKSHOP for Teens and Adults 

A hands-on experience of basic pastel painting, as well as advanced techniques, using professional grade materials with award-winning artist, Gregory Maichack.
Extensively researched, Maichack teaches participants by lecture, revealing anecdotes, historical context and demo of techniquesThis workshop is designed for beginners to advanced participants. Maichack, a faculty member of the Springfield Museum Studio School, will explain concepts and then start you off by sharing a fearless approach to drawing. Participants will use photos of famous “Sunflowers” artwork by van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Monet, and also Maichack’s reference photos, to create their unique sunflower pastel painting.
This workshop includes all materials:  Indigo paper, white charcoal pencils, black paper, Rembrandt soft pastels, Nupastels, French and English pastel pencils, assorted colored mid-toned Canson pastel paper and other materials.
Class size limited to 30 participants.   Open to teens ages 12-19, and to adults.
To attend register at the Reference desk on the 2nd floor of the Library, or call 978-468-5577.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


TUESDAY, JULY 29, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
iROBOT visits the Library

Curious about robots? A representative from iRobot will bring their robots to the library.  Enjoy a presentation and hands-on demonstration of robots used both in the home and by soldiers and emergency response teams.

For ages 10 and up. No registration required.

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

This presentation is a combination of lecture/discussion and physical demonstration given by Jeff Goodhind and Jeff Lord. Seeking a correlation between the book and the sword, they include material from the earliest known combat manual (MS I.33 from the early 14th century) to Alfred Hutton's Cold Steel (a manual from 1890) covering over half a millennia of the history of the sword in Western Europe and its use.  This program will include:
  • A chronological presentation of several different eras of sword use, including a physical demonstration of the use of several different types of swords (It is all choreographed and practiced in advance and they only use blunt steel swords.).
  • A question and answer "mythbusters" segment where they discuss the common misconceptions about swords.
  • Some images from historical works (PowerPoint).
  • An introduction to historical interpretation which includes some audience participation (Usually they provide two audience members with foam swords and have them work through a historical combat sequence.)
This program is for all ages. There is no registration required.
    SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 10:15 AM to 2:00 PM

    Take a practice SAT/ACT (half SAT, half ACT) test, complete with results, provided free of charge by
    Kaplan Test Prep.  A proctored SAT/ACT practice test shows students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance from Kaplan, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.
    Bring #2 pencil and a calculator to use during the test. The College Board sets the policy for calculators, here is the link to the policy:
    Limited to 24 participants.  Register at Kaplan Test Prep
    or go to the Reference desk on the 2nd floor of the Library.

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Engage in the mystery and the science of a Crime Scene Investigation Forensics Lab. From traditional fingerprinting techniques to DNA sampling and analysis, students will have the opportunity to explore methods used by scientists and detectives to properly identify suspects wrapped up in criminal investigations.

    A small amount of cell biology will be discussed as students extract DNA from fruit cells or their own cheek cells. Historic and modern techniques of fingerprinting will be used as students make their own fingerprint charts and dust for latent prints using magnetic and UV powder.  A microscope and two stereoscopes will be available for further investigation. Students can: identify significant markers on latent prints, study their own fingers and magnify sampled DNA. To end the investigation two - three real crimes that used covered practices will be discussed.
    Open to teens 12-18 years old or to students entering grades 6-12 in 2012. 
    Class size is limited to 14.  Register at the Reference desk on the 2nd floor, or call 978-468-5577.

    Monday, June 9, 2014

    Summer Reading Lists 2014

    Copies of Miles River Middle School, and Hamilton-Wenham High School, summer reading books are available through the library's catalog. Click on the title below to place a hold. There are also book bags set up for each grade for easy selection and request of more than one title.
    Find the item you want, then click: Place Hold . You will be prompted for your library card barcode number, and your PIN (the last 4 digits of your telephone number unless you have changed it). If all H-W copies are out, and the book is available at one of our consortium libraries, it will take about 3 days for it to travel here to the H-W Library.  You will be notified by phone call, email, or text when your book arrives.  To change your notification method sign in to your library account.  After notification you have 7 days to check out the book at the circulation desk before it is sent back to the owning Library.

    Frequently Asked Questions:
         I can keep my books all summer, right?
         You may keep them out for 3 weeks.
         Hamilton-Wenham copies of summer reading books are not renewable.
         The golden rule applies here (Do unto others as you would have....).
         Where are the books?
         During the summer the books are on the 2nd floor on the counters
         under the Young Adult sign. 
         Are these books available in audio or eBook format?
         Many of the summer reading titles are available as audio books or eBooks. 
         The books may be on CDs or Playaways for physical check out,
         and/or they may be available digitally in OverDrive to download
         Not all titles have been made into audio books or eBooks.
    If you have other questions - just ask!  We will do our best to answer your question, so don’t be shy.
      M i l e s  R i v e r  M i d d l e  S c h o o l   
    2 0 1 4   S u m m e r   R e a d i n g   L i s t
    Entering Grade 6 
    All incoming students must read:
    and at least two of the following titles:
    You may choose only one of the short story collections as one of your two fiction books:

      In addition to the above required fiction, you must read at least 
      one non-fiction book about a subject that interests you.  
      You may choose your nonfiction book, here are some suggestion found on this blog's non-fiction page, and here are some non-fiction suggestions from your 6th grade teachers:

      Entering Grade 7

      All incoming students must read: 
      then read one or more of the following books:

          Entering Grade 8

          All incoming students must read:
          plus two more books from either the nonfiction or fiction lists below:

          Nonfiction Titles: 
          Fiction Titles:

          H a m i l t o n - W e n h a m  H i g h  S c h o o l
              2 0 1 4   S u m m e r   R e a d i n g   L i s t    
          Entering 9TH GRADE :                                              

          9 Honors: THREE books required.
          Must read:
          9 College Prep: TWO books required.
          Must read:
          *The choice book is totally open-ended, as long as it is a book that the student has not read before and is not part of another department's summer reading requirement.  Feel free to choose either fiction or non-fiction.  Consult a librarian, lists of award-winning books, family members, friends, and teachers.

              Entering 10th Grade :                                               

              10 Honors: THREE books required.
              Must read:
              10 College Prep: TWO books required.
              Must read: 
              • Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers 
              • and one more book of your choosing*
              *The choice book is totally open-ended, as long as it is a book that the student has not read before and is not part of another department's summer reading requirement.  Feel free to choose either fiction or non-fiction.  Consult a librarian, lists of award-winning books, family members, friends, and teachers.

                Entering 11TH GRADE :                                            

                11 Honors: THREE books required. 
                Must read: 
                11 College Prep: TWO books required.
                Must read:
                • 1984, by George Orwell
                • and one more book of your choosing*
                *The choice book is totally open-ended, as long as it is a book that the student has not read before and is not part of another department's summer reading requirement.  Feel free to choose either fiction or non-fiction.  Consult a librarian, lists of award-winning books, family members, friends, and teachers.

                    Entering 12th Grade :                                               

                    12 Advanced Placement: FOUR books required. 
                    Must read:
                    12 Honors: THREE books required. 
                    Must read: 
                    12 College Prep: TWO books required. 
                    Must read: 
                    • The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
                    • and one more book of your choosing*
                    *The choice book is totally open-ended, as long as it is a book that the student has not read before and is not part of another department's summer reading requirement.  Feel free to choose either fiction or non-fiction.  Consult a librarian, lists of award-winning books, family members, friends, and teachers.

                    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

                    Top XIII First Quarter Reads

                    Out of the 41 books I feasted on during the first 3 wintery months of 2014, here are my top of the heap favorites.  If you want a book to take you through spring vacation week, these are just a few choice reads I would hand you. Stop by the library and visit with me if you would like other recommendations. (Descriptions following the book titles are from the Library's online catalog.)  

                    FANTASY    Our Children's Librarian suggested Revenge of the Witch, to me. I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the rest of the Last Apprentice 13 book series for the teen collection. Delaney's books fit in the fantasy genre but could also be placed in the horror genre due to scary events and dire creatures that appear during the many struggles between good and evil. The most recent book, Fury of the Seventh Son, was just published this month.  Seventh Son, a movie based on the Last Apprentice series, is planned for release February 2015.
                    Half Bad is urban fantasy, set in England in the present day, and is the first book in a planned trilogy. Besides telling a story about people with magical powers this story is about prejudice.  It is also, at heart, about a boy seeking his father and his place in the world.
                    It was exciting to finally hold the much anticipated prequel to Throne of Glass in my hands. It did not disappoint.  If you read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, you have to read Assassin's Blade.

                    Revenge of the Witch, by Joseph Delaney, 2005.  Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."  Book 1 in Last Apprentice series.

                    Half Bad, by Sally Green, 2014.  In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his 17th birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.  First book in planned trilogy.

                    Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass novellas, by Sarah Maas, 2014.  In these five prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, feared assassin Celaena embarks on daring missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny.

                    HISTORICAL FICTION   These two books are very different in tone.  Northern Light is the darker of the two with a murder mystery at its core.  A Mad, Wicked Folly, you can just tell from the title, is a lighter, frothier historical tale. Both books concern themselves with balancing independent work aspirations with romance and their heroines expected role in society.

                    Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly, 2003.  In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest.  Based on a true story.
                    A Mad, Wicked Folly, by Sharon Biggs Waller, 2014.  In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, 17-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

                    REALISTIC FICTION   Panic is a modern day Hunger Games sort of story about facing fears and taking risks. You may ask yourself as I did, "Where are the people who might be concerned about safety, i.e. parents, teachers, police, etc.?!".  Sex & Violence is a psychologically gripping story that although it has a brutal beginning is sure to keep you turning the page.  Winger, set in a boarding school, is by turns funny and serious.  Violence in various forms is a theme in all three of these stories.

                    Sex & Violence, by Carrie Mesrobian, 2013.  Sex has always come without consequences for 17-year-old Evan. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. After an assault that leaves Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota—which, ironically, turns out to be the one place where Evan can't escape other people. Including himself.

                    Panic, by Lauren Oliver, 2014.  A high-stakes competition marks a summer in a small isolated community and compels graduating seniors Heather and Dodge to tap inner strengths while hiding dangerous secrets and forging unexpected alliances.

                    Winger, by Andrew Smith, 2013.  Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, 14-year-old Ryan grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

                    SCIENCE FICTION   Aliens, cyborgs, and video game characters people these futuristic stories in strong feminine roles.

                    Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci, 2014. Beaten and left for dead, 14-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

                    Earth Girl, by Janet Edwards, 2013.  Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities.  First book in a planned trilogy.

                    Game Slaves, by Gard Skinner, 2014.  A highly intelligent group of video game enemy non-player characters (NPC) begins to doubt they are merely codes in a machine. Their search for answers leads them to a gruesome discovery.
                    Cress, by Marissa Meyer, 2014.  Working to overthrow Queen Levana, a fugitive Cinder and her companions search for Rapunzel-like hacker Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood and who has received orders from Levana to foil Cinder's efforts. This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicle series.

                    NON-FICTION   If you have ever thought you might like to pursue a career in graphic design, or that you would like to improve your skill with creating signs or posters, then this book is the place to start. There are 10 design project exercises included at the end of this informative book, such as creating your personal logo, redesigning a familiar object, and making your own font specimen sheet.

                    Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, by Chip Kidd, 2013.  Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is an introduction to the ways in which designers communicate their ideas to the world, whether through images, color, text, or placement.