Saturday, April 23, 2011

Local Teens Go to Battle

Battle-Gaming of Massachusetts (BOM) was in the Salem News this past Thursday.  Great article.  Now I will have to assess the Warhammer series books in the Young Adult collection to see if we need some additions.  Any suggestions?

To read the Salem News article about BOM 
                               click here: Local Teens Go To Battle  

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More Color, New Seating in Teen Area

On Sunday, April 10, two Teen Think Tank members Josh and Ella, and their father Jon Hunt, and I painted the long wall that faces the Young Adult L to Z fiction, with Cupid's Dart purple. This is the same shade of purple that was painted 3 years ago by Teen Think Tank members and I on the Young Adult area's window wall. Also, in the teen area, Jon Hunt and his daughter Ella took on the difficult task of painting the slanted triangle ceiling drop downs with Squish Squash yellow. The yellow has warmed up the area while the purple color will give a visual cue that the Young Adult fiction collection continues down that wall. The purple paint will also connect and increase the gallery space available for teen art displays with the addition of the hanging systems on that wall that were purchased last summer.

The teen area now has a new, cozy, comfortable booth with a lamp, and a new colorful area rug.  These additions to the teen area were purchased thanks to a recent donation to the Library that was given in memory of Rosella Coughlin. The booth, in the short time since it arrived, has become a favorite place for teens in the library. There have been orders for fries and a soda, but all that could be served was Dewey 641-642.  Please stop by the teen area to see the new seating and colorful changes.

Monday, April 4, 2011


Check out the recent spate of new Science Fiction books below, that have arrived with a large dollop of romantic angst, and the sting of dystopia.  If this trend continues, we might need a new genre: Romience?.

GIRL PARTS by John Cusick, 2010.  Summary: The lives of David, wealthy and popular but still lonely, and Charlie, a soulful outsider, intersect when Rose, the female Companion bot David's parents buy to treat his dissociative disorder, forms a bond with Charlie.
My rating: 3 and a half stars.

MATCHED by Ally Condie, 2010.  Summary: All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?
My rating: 3 and a half stars.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, 2011.  Summary: Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed, is nearly killed when her cyro chamber is unplugged fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing. All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again--and she doesn't know who she can trust on a ship ruled by a tyrant.  My rating: 4 stars.

DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver, 2011.  Summary:  Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
My rating: 3 and a half stars.

WITHER by Lauren DeStefano, 2011.  Summary: After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
My rating: 3 and a half stars.