Monday, August 19, 2019

Paranormal Sightings Fall 2019

Whether you are thrilled to return to the classroom (or not), we have some fun programs and movies planned to amuse and astound you this Fall. Are you ready for Fall? We are! Please join us this October/November for the mysterious and mystifying as we investigate the paranormal through a series of programs and movies. Make a Day of the Dead mask, learn tea leaf reading, discover New England witchcraft tales (other than Salem), find out the real story behind the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or have your mind read. Most programs are scheduled for a Thursday evening but we are also trying out hosting programs on Friday and Saturday evenings. No mystery about it - we really hope you will enjoy our roster of thrills and chills!

New England Witchcraft Tales with Roxie Zwicker
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Join Roxie Zwicker from New England Curiosities - for a most curious evening! Do you know the tales of New England witches outside of Salem, Massachusetts? Roxie will include witchcraft stories from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and Maine for tales that you may not be familiar with - and some that pre-date the Salem witch hysteria.

The presentation will highlight the evolution of customs and superstitions relating to witchcraft throughout New England. Learn about New England place names that relate to old witchcraft tales. You may find yourself checking underneath the front doorstep, in your chimney, or in the backyard for remnants of these stories.

Legends of Sleepy Hollow with Christopher Rondina
Rescheduled to: Friday, October 18, 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
It’s been two-hundred-years since Washington Irving dreamed-up the ‘Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow’, the most iconic ghost in American folklore – but was the famous specter truly just a figment of the author’s imagination, or is there more to the legend?

Join Christopher Rondina, writer and ghost-chaser, for an evening of literary adventure and haunting mystery as we explore the true beginnings of America’s favorite ghost story and unmask the long-lost identity of the phantom horseman himself!

Paint a Day of the Dead Skull Mask with Mandy Roberge
Wednesday, October 30, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Paint and decorate a festive Día de los Muertos style skull mask.
Workshop led by artist Mandy Roberge.

There are two sessions of this workshop as follows:
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM for ages 7 to 10
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM for ages 11 to 18
Space is limited. Register at the Reference desk.

 Brainstorming: An Act of Mentalism with Rory Raven 
 Saturday, November 2, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Brainstorming is an interactive stage mind-reading show. Minds are read, spoons are bent, volunteers test their own "powers", and, if appropriate, the evening concludes with a re-creation of the kind of manifestation you might have witnessed in a séance chamber over a century ago! While the show is "TV clean", it is more suitable for teens and adults than for children..

A life-long interest in all things psychic and paranormal led Rory to pursue a career as a mentalist and mindbender. His goal is to reproduce the kind of effects parapsychologists have been researching for years. What is a mentalist? A mentalist is a theatrical mind-reader; a performer who, using a variety of techniques, is able to produce results that would only seem possible by psychic or paranormal means.

 Learn Tea Leaf Reading with Roxie Zwicker 
 Thursday, November 7, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Reading tea leaves is a fascinating form of divination, which some refer to as a “lost art.” It has been found in cultures all around the world. Roxie has been reading tea leaves for over 25 years. She will customize a blend of organic, herbal tea to suit your needs and situation and the magic of your own tea leaf reading will begin! Roxie will go over the history, lore and methods of tea leaf reading in this presentation.

Scary Movie Schedule:

Thursday, October 10, 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM
Lights Out, Rated PG-13.  
Drama, Horror, Mystery
Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother's experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with a supernatural spirit attached to their mother. Directed by: David F. Sandberg. Stars: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello.

Friday, October 11, 2:00 PM to 3:40 PM
Hocus Pocus, Rated PG.  
Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
Directed by: Kenny Ortega.
Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy.

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Final Girls, Rated PG-13.  
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson.
Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine.

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Happy Death Day, Rated PG-13.  
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.
Directed by: Christopher Landon.
Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine.

Thursday, October 31, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Craft, Rated R.  
Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.
Directed by: Andrew Fleming.
Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Summer of 2019

Registration for teen summer programs begins in June. Go to the Reference desk to register, or call: 978-468-5577. All programs are free of charge. The 2019 national summer reading theme is "A Universe of Stories". It was chosen by the committee comprising the Collaborative Summer Library Program, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. 
All of the teen programs are funded by the fantastic Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library. The Whimsical Weavings workshop is also funded in part by a grant from the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

Henna Tattoos with Wicked Good Henna
Monday, June 24, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mandy Roberge from Wicked Good Henna will be here for two hours doing henna tattoos. Come chill to some beats, color a mandala, meet friends, & leave with a wicked good henna tattoo. For teens entering grades 6 to 12 in Fall 2019. Sign-up on the day; tattoos will be done on first come, first served basis.

Youth Book Sale and a Movie
Wednesday, June 26, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Stock up for the summer at this youth book sale, 
organized by the Friends of the H-W Library. 
Shop for books & stay for a movie:
2:00 to 3:40 PM, Wall-E (rated G)

Green Art: Whimsical Weavings Workshop
Saturday, June 29, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Make a colorful weaving using found materials. Learn how to construct a simple loom and re-purpose favorite garments, natural fibers, and other items as playful textile artworks. You are encouraged to bring favorite old garments, ribbons and other textiles that you want to use for this project. This weaving workshop is for ages 8 to adult. Participants under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Registration required.


👽Contest: Spot Hank the alien in his UFO
Hank will hover around our library this summer. If you see him, fill out a raffle ticket in the teen area to win his twin. Contest ends August 16.

👽Star Party: A Lunar Journey - Back to the Future
Monday, July 8, 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a few celestial themed crafts. At 8:00 p.m. there will be a slide presentation with North Shore Astronomy Club's Star Party Leader, Brewster LaMacchia. His topic is: A Lunar Journey: Back to the Future.
In the 50 years since humans first walked across the lunar surface we've developed a much better understanding of when and how the moon formed, and what it's been up to for the last 4+ billion years since it formed. A number of recent lunar missions have shown the potential for finding water on the moon, which is critical for establishing the infrastructure for continued exploration as well as commercialization. We'll look at these developments and what the future may hold for Earth's closest cosmic companion. 
At ~8:45 p.m. we will move outside for observation through NSAAC telescopes. This event is best for ages 10 and upNo registration required. Rain date is Tuesday, July 9, same time.

Play Miniature Golf at the Library!
Saturday, July 13, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Play 10 holes of mini-golf on hills, jumps, bumps, twists, and loops on the first floor of the library. 
For all ages. No registration required.

How to Boil Water  
Monday, July 15, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Learn to boil water with Liz Barbour of Creative Feast. Chef Liz will take the class step-by-step through 1 pasta dish and 1 rice dish that everyone can make at home with confidence and success. This cooking demonstration and discussion is open to teens entering grades 6 to 12 in Fall 2019. Space is limited. Registration required.

 Feasting with Your Instant Pot 
Monday, July 15, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Join chef Liz Barbour for a cooking class that will help take the mystery out of this amazing, time saving kitchen tool. Liz will demonstrate 2 recipes that you can recreate at home. Following her demonstration Liz will offer tasty samples for everyone to enjoy. Open to teens aged 13 years and up and to adults.  Registration required.

👽Vintage Outer Space Movie Schedule:
Come have a Moon Pie while you watch a space movie circa 50s-60s in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Bring your own cushion(s) or beach chair if you want to sit on the floor in front.
When Worlds Collide (1951)                 
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM        
   Monday, July 22, 6:30 PM to 8:10 PM
Thursday, July 25, 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
                  Countdown (1967)
                Monday, July 29, 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM


👽Zodiac Mosaics Workshop
Monday, August 5, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Use a variety of mosaic items, from glass tiles to beads and baubles, to create a project -- either functional or simply a piece of art -- unique to your creative side and to your astrological sign. 
Open to teens entering grades 6 to 12 in Fall 2019, and to adults. Registration required.

Parkour Workshop  with Gymja Warrior
Thursday, August 8, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
This 2 hour workshop will cover the basics of vaults, proper landings, and various jumping techniques taught by certified parkour professionals. Open to teens entering grades 6 - 12 in Fall 2019. Registration required. To participate a release & waiver of liability must be signed by parent/guardian. Release forms available at the Reference desk.

👽Marble Planet Pendants Workshop
Monday, August 12, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Create a planet pendant using wires and pliers, and then create a unique strand on which to hang it, using  leather cording, beads and wire, or macramé techniques. Open to teens entering grades 6 to 12 in Fall 2019, and to adults. Registration required.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe  and Super Smash Ultimate Tournament with One Up Games
Thursday, August 15, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
A tournament for Super Smash Bros. & Mario Kart 8. Compete in both! Friendlies begin at 2:30pm; official tournament brackets start at 3:00pm. There will be pro and GameCube controllers available, as well as Nintendo GameCube adapters. Players are welcome to bring their own controller. 
Open to teens entering grades 6 to 12 in Fall 2019. 
Max. # of players is 25. Sign up to play on the day.  Prizes!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Tune Up! the Poetry and Flash Fiction Contest is Humming

Last November the Teen Think Tank voted on the many themes suggested during our 2018 poetry contest reception. Music got the most votes! We hope to see many melodiously inclined poems and flash stories. The Teen Think Tank plans to have some fun with the theme at this year's reception happening on Thursday, April 4th. Our featured reception speaker is Daniel Sklar. Mr. Sklar teaches creative writing at Endicott College, and has been a contest judge since the first year of Hamilton-Wenham Library's Teen Poetry Contest. His latest book, Flying Cats, was published by Ibbetson Street Press. Stay tuned!
2019 9th annual themed 
Teen Poetry & Flash Fiction Contest  
at the Hamilton-Wenham Library

Open to teens in grades 6 to 12, who are
residents of Essex County in Massachusetts.
Poem or story entry must be original work.
Flash fiction story must be 300 words or less.
Maximum of 3 entries per author may be entered.
2019 THEME is:  Music 
Poems and stories must incorporate a music theme or have an associative metaphor such as: harmony, rhythm, melody, tune, chorus, etc. 
Judges will deduct points from entries that do not incorporate the theme.
Each poem or story must have a title.
Entries due by midnight, March 21, 2019.
An online form must be filled out for EACH entry (see link to entry form below).

Contest winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the
Contest Reception on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
You must be present at the Reception to win.

$ Cash prizes to be awarded $

All first and second place winners are required to read or recite their entry aloud at the Reception. Your entry will be disqualified if you are not present at the reception. Please do not submit a poem or story if you cannot attend the reception. Winning poems and stories may be published on the Library's Informed Teens blog and/or in local newspaper(s).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

What's Your Philosophy?: Activate Your Politic

No civics class in your schedule? Wondering about current issues, politics, and/or how things are run? Unsure where you stand? Feeling side lined? Get informed! Below is a roundup of issue oriented books recently added to the teen collection. This list is organized alphabetically by title. Descriptions, sometimes paraphrased, are from the Library's online catalog. An "activate your politic" list is by nature (one trusts) nonfiction. Following the nonfiction there are some recently published biographies and memoirs and a short list of recently published relevant fiction. Titles are linked to their record in the catalog.
To get started, added here for encouragement and inspiration,
a poem from Jason Reynolds:

For Every One, by Jason Reynolds, 2018. New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds's inspirational poem addressed to the dreamers of the world was originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers.

Blacklisted!: Hollywood, The Cold War, and the First Amendment, by Larry Brimner, 2018. Recounts the 1947 government investigation into the motion picture industry by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Can Your Conversation Change The World?, by Erinne Paisley, 2018. From the Pop Activism series for teens this book looks at the importance of talking about feminism and continuing to fight for equal rights.

Economic Inequality: The American Dream Under Siege, by Coral Frazer, 2018. Millions of Americans don't earn enough money to pay for decent housing, food, health care, and education. Meanwhile the rich keep getting richer. Learn how governments, businesses, and citizens are fighting to close the economic gap.

Feminism from A to Z
, by Gayle Pitman, 2017. An alphabetical primer on feminism examines 26 topics of feminist theory, from family life to violence and literacy. Includes call-to-action exercises for each topic.

Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, by the founders of March For Our Lives, 2018. From The March for Our Lives founders, Glimmer of Hope tells the story of how a group of teenagers raced to channel their rage and sorrow into action, and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements in global history.

Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events, by Carla Mooney, 2018. Is your salad drizzled with olive oil imported from Italy? What country made the car that your parents drive? Globalization delves into the nature and history of interconnected relationships between governments, businesses, media, and industries all around the world and asks questions about the future.

Gun Violence and Mass Shootings, by Bradley Steffens, 2018. This book examines the prevalence of all types of gun violence in America and the factors-historical, cultural, and constitutional-that make this country an outlier among industrialized nations. It also explores possible solutions to reducing gun deaths and the controversies surrounding those proposals.

The Handy American Government Answer Book: How Washington, Politics, and Elections Work, by Gina Misiroglu, 2018. A comprehensive look at the history, systems, people, and policies that comprise American democracy through answers to nearly 800 questions, including Why is America's democratic system considered so precious? What does 'checks and balances' mean? Where do the party symbols of the donkey and the elephant come from? What is electoral realignment? What does it mean to lobby? Who pays for the campaigns of candidates?

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation, edited by Maureen Johnson, 2018. In How I Resist, the voices represented are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. Not just for a young adult audience, this collection will appeal to readers of all ages who are feeling adrift and looking for guidance.

The Little Book of Philosophy, by the Dorling Kindersly Publishing Staff, 2018. A compact guide that explores the history and concepts of philosophy, and demystifies its often-daunting subject matter. Explore feminism, rationalism, idealism, existentialism, and other influential movements in the world of philosophy from Ancient Greece to the modern day.

Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History, by Blair Imani, 2018. An illustrated primer on the progressive social change movements of the last 60 years as told through the stories of 60 diverse female and non-binary leaders in those movements, from the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall riots through today.

Our stories, our voices : 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America, edited by Amy Reed, 2018. A collection of 21 essays from award-winning and bestselling YA writers that touch on a range of topics related to growing up female in today's America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity.

Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World, by Eric Dawson, 2018. When he was 18, Eric co-founded the non-profit Peace First based on the idea that young people can change the world for the better--not someday, but right now. Twenty-five years later, Peace First has reached millions worldwide, teaching young people how to become peacemakers and create real change. Each chapter highlights an aspect of peacemaking, with explanations of how each peacemaker achieved their goals.

Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything, by Alexandra Styron, 2018. Contents: The why -- The who -- The what. Climate change ; Immigration ; LGBTQIA rights ; Racial justice ; Religious understanding ; Women's rights ; Intersectionality ; Disability issues -- The how.

Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief, by Steve Crawshaw, 2017. Street Spirit is a celebration of some of the most remarkable protests from around the world that have used humour, courage and creativity to bring about change.

Threads: From the Refugee Crisis, by Kate Evans, 2017. In the French town of Calais, famous for its historic lace industry, a city within a city arose. This new town, known as the Jungle, was home to thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping, somehow, to get to the UK. Into this squalid shantytown of shipping containers and tents, full of rats and trash and devoid of toilets and safety, the artist Kate Evans brought a sketchbook and an open mind. (graphic format)

The Untold History of the United States, Volume 1, 1898-1945: Young Readers' Edition, (Note: Volume 2 publication date is January 15, 2019.) A young readers' companion to the ten-part documentary series outlines provocative arguments against official American historical records to reveal the origins of conservatism and the obstacles to progressive change.

Verax: The True Story of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance, by Pratap Chatterjee, 2017. A history of the use of electronic surveillance and drone strikes by the United States, as well as the journalists and whistle blowers who helped to expose the truth about these activities. (graphic format)

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot, by Winifred Conkling, 2018. Relates the story of the 19th Amendment and the nearly eighty-year fight for voting rights for women, covering not only the suffragists' achievements and politics, but also the private journeys that led them to become women's champions.

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson, 2018. Young Adult adaptation of Anderson's book White Rage. When America achieves milestones of progress toward full and equal black participation in democracy, the systemic response is a consistent racist backlash that rolls back those wins. We Are Not Yet Equal examines five of these moments.

We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists, edited by Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner, 2018. This collection of essays looks at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the fight for gun control-- as told by the student reporters for the school's newspaper and TV station.


Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card, by Sara Saedi, 2018. In San Jose, California, in the 1990s, teenaged Sara keeps a diary of life as an Iranian American and her discovery that she and her family entered as undocumented immigrants.

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, by Sonia Sotomayor, 2018.  An adaptation of her memoir, My Beloved World, in which Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States, details her achievements, which serve as testament that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.

The Dead Eye and the The Deep Blue Sea: A Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery, by Vannak Anan Prum, 2018. In a testament to the lives of Cambodian fishermen trapped on boats in the Indian Ocean, the author, a survivor of human trafficking, shares his ordeal through raw, vivid, detailed illustrations, which serve as some of the first records of what happens to the men and boys who end up working on fishing boats in Asia. (graphic format)

Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival, by Polo Tate, 2018. A Young Adult memoir of a former United States Air Force Academy student chronicles the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her superiors and the harassment she received from peers who did not believe her story.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter For Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, The White House, and the World, by Ilene Cooper, 2018. Shows how this former First Lady evolved to be a protector and advocate for those without a voice, including aiding in the fight for Civil Rights and other important causes. There is a timeline, biography, index, and many historic photographs.

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope, by Chessy Prout, 2018. The memoir of a young survivor of a sexual assault when she was a freshman in a prestigious boarding school shares her story of survival, advocacy, and hope.

John McCain: An American Hero, by John Perritano, 2018. This biography covers McCain's life, from growing up as the son of a four-star admiral to his own time at the Naval Academy, his service as a pilot, and his experience as a prisoner of war. It explores McCain's 30 years as a senator, as well as his two bids for the presidency.

Rendez-Vous in Phoenix, by Tony Sandoval, 2016. Sandoval was born and raised in northwestern Mexico, where the temptation to cross the border in the US ultimately becomes a matter of the heart. Drawn by the need to reunite with his American girlfriend and faced with an insurmountable visa process standing in the way of their relationship, he makes the ultimate romantic gesture: smuggling himself across the border, despite the dangers he'll face. (graphic format)


Alpha: Abidjan to Paris, by Bessora, 2018. Determined to reunite with his family, Alpha sets off from his home in Cote d'Ivoire. Alpha's wife and son left for France months ago, and he has heard nothing from them since. Without a visa he is adrift for over a year, encountering human traffickers in the desert, refugee camps in Mali and Algeria, overcrowded boats carrying migrants between the Canary Islands and Europe's southern coast, and a cast of  companions lost and found along the way. (graphic format)

Dream Country, by Shannon Gibney, 2018. Spanning two centuries and two continents, Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people caught in a spiral of death and exile between Liberia and the United States.

Here to Stay, by Sara Farizan, 2018. When a cyberbully sends the entire high school a picture of basketball hero Bijan Majidi, photo-shopped to look like a terrorist, the school administration promises to find and punish the culprit, but Bijan just wants to pretend the incident never happened and move on.

Illegal, by Eoin Colfer, 2018. Resolved to join the siblings who left months earlier, 12-year-old Ebo ventures through the Sahara and the dangerous streets of Tripoli before embarking on a hazardous voyage from Ghana to a safe haven in Europe. (graphic format)

Your Own Worst Enemy, by Gordon Jack, 2018. For fans of Andrew Smith and Frank Portman and the movies Election and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off comes a hilarious and satirical novel about the highs and (very low) lows of the electoral process, proving that the popular vote is the one that matters most.