Monday, June 28, 2004

rate that book!

The first "Rate that Book" form was turned in today by a girl entering the ninth grade in September. She actually filled out this very short evaluation sheet while sitting at the desk in front of me, it's that easy!

Today a lot of kids and parents came in search of summer reading list books. Some schools are assigning specific books to read but others are letting kids choose from a long list of suggestions. If you have a choice, don't just pick from the list. Everyone is picking from the list. Use your imagination! Think outside the box and try another book by an author you know or ask your friends the names of books they've read and liked.

As a last resort, you can always ask the Teen Librarian! Hope to see you soon.

Friday, June 25, 2004

duct tape wallets

We had over 50 people here to watch the movie "50 First Dates" on Tuesday night. It was very funny ... Adam Sandler & Rob Schneider are really good together!

The next event for Teen Tuesdays @ the Library is Tuesday, June 29 when you have a chance to make your very own duct tape wallet! Those who like offbeat, funky accessories will have a lot of fun. All materials will be provided for you, of course!

Just recently I saw duct tape wallets for sale at a store on Thayer Street for $18!! See you Tuesday!

Monday, June 21, 2004

teen movie night

Well, tomorrow night we'll show "50 First Dates" with Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore. I haven't seen this movie yet so I'm looking forward to watching it with all of you, too!

As always lemonade & popcorn will be available for snacking ... we just have to watch the mess this time! Last time there was a lot of popcorn on the floor which meant a lot of work for the custodian the next day.

Speaking of movies, I finally went to see "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and I really liked it! Last year before the new book came out I listened to all of the previous books on CD so I was ready for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix but I haven't read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for a few years so maybe my memory isn't the best but I thought it was well done! Definitely go see it!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

lots of new books

Spent the morning in the Teen Zone looking over and shelving new books. There are so many great books that come out each year. Definitely one of my favorite parts of being a librarian is when I get to order new books. Earlier this week I went to New England Mobile Bookfair with another librarian and we bought lots of great books, all of which are ready to be checked out.

Next time you're in the library, head up to the Teen Zone and say hi ... I'll show you some of the new paperbooks such as Francesca Lia Block's I Was a Teenage Fairy and You Don't Know Me by David Klass.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

library scavenger hunt

Well, 12 people hunted for information inside the Pawtucket Public Library last night! Nearly everyone found all the answers ... no matter how obscure! Of course I would've liked a bit more hunting of clues rather than asking library staff members for the answer but that's okay. As I said, everyone who started with the hunt, finished it and returned for some prizes.

Now I want to see how many students in grades 6 and up will read and report in the Teen Zone this summer. Those who contribute to at least 50 books being read this summer will enjoy a pizza party at the end of August, so start reading! Nearly everyone has to read for school over the summer so by signing up for the Teen Summer Reading Program, you get a chance to earn some rewards.

But last night was fun ... talking to my scavenger hunt participants, looking at their answers and just sharing a snack together was great! The best thing was when one boy described me as not just a library but a book freak, but he didn't mean that in a bad way ... I definitely take it as a compliment!

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

teen zone photos

Well, as the Beastie Boys would say: Ch-Ch-Check-it out! The Teen Zone has made its debut on the webpage. Your very own Teen Librarian took the photos and now you have an idea what our area looks like, in case you've never been there! How cool is that?

Come up to the Teen Zone, make a Magnetic Poetry poem, look at new books, read a comic or a magazine but just come into the library and see what's there!

Don't forget, your comments and suggestions are always welcome! It's great talking to teens who come up in or around my desk up there. I was talking to a Tolman student on Friday who told me he just read Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I had a few suggestions for other offbeat titles. Can't wait to hear what he liked!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

summer reading

Trust me, even though I am a librarian and like to read, I know that few people want to complete reading assignments over the summer. But since most schools require some reading during vacation, wouldn't it be nice to get an extra reward for the effort?

Well, that's the idea behind the new Teen Summer Reading program. It's part of Teen Tuesdays @ the Library. Starting June 15 at 6 pm, every Tuesday there will be something: movies, crafts, games. And, as always, it's free and fun!

But to get credit for the reading you're doing for school, you need to sign up with me beginning June 15, check back with me when you've finished a book, fill out a short form and pick up a prize or two! Sounds simple, right? Well, it is but it's a new program so it may take time to work out the details.

Keep checking the website for updated info!

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

teen movie night

Well, there were about 30 people who showed up to watch the movie this evening ... unfortunately not everyone stayed for the whole thing but My Baby's Daddy with Anthony Anderson, Eddie Griffin & Method Man, among others, had some funny moments.

The next movie being shown will be 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore. Hope this one is as funny as it looks!

Next Tuesday, June 15th students in middle and high school should come to the library to sign up for a summer reading program. Do you need to read for school during the summer? Well, if you do, sign up with the teen librarian and earn some prizes for your effort! Still not sure? Just come to the library on Tuesday at 6 pm to see what it's all about!

Monday, June 07, 2004

monday in the teen zone

Well, here it is, another Monday afternoon in the library.

Just put up a few new postcards I got at a library conference on Friday. They were given out by a company that makes audio books. I've read all three books: Fat Kid Saves the World by KL Going, A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly and Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez.

My favorite of these three books is definitely Fat Kid Saves the World because it's a good story even if it's a little strange. The fat kid of the title is ready to throw himself in front of a subway when an elusive kid named Kurt convinces him to become the drummer in his band. Never mind that he doesn't really know how to drum, it's enough that Kurt believes in him.

Everyone I know who's read it has really liked it... let me know what you think.