Monday, April 14, 2014

Teen Advisory Group Meeting Notes - March 2014

The Teen Advisory Group had their March meeting this past Saturday.  Here is what we talked about!

The TAG bulletin board in the hallway looks great, so thanks to Melanie and Catherine for putting that together!  The board will stay up for the rest of this week, then I will be redoing it to advertise the Summer  Teen Internships available.

The PALS book sale is coming up next month and you might have noticed that they are now taking donations in the hallway.  This means they will soon need some volunteers to help in the sorting of the books.  This will probably start at the end of this month/beginning of May, I will let you know for sure when I hear.

The library is offering two paid teen internship postions at the library this summer.  Full information can be found in the handouts at the desk or on the blog post I did a couple of days ago.  Applications are at the desk or can be printed out from the website.  I did a webinar about how to get the most out of the teen interns and it was suggested that we have projects for them to work on.  The project idea I have so far is for them to do a library 'commercial' and TAG members suggested some sort of art project to beautify the library.

I would like to get more teens coming to Teen Book Club so any ideas for that?  TAG members suggested pairing a craft with book club.

Upcoming Programs
  • Wed. April 16th - Bottle Cap Necklaces
  • Wed. April 23rd - After School Movie (Teens' Choice)
  • Sat. April 26th - Mini Terrariums
  • Wed. April 30th - After School Movie (TBD)
  • Wed. April 30th - Teen Book Club - Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  • Fri. May 2nd - Bracelets Three Ways
  • Wed. May 7th - After School Movie (TBD)
  • Sat. May 10th - Practice SAT
  • NEXT TAG MEETING - Sat. May 10th 3:00-4:00pm
 We also discussed changing the day that Teen Knitting Club meets to accommodate the schedules of the teens who want to come.  TKC will now be the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5:30-6:30.  Next one will be May 14th.
 Last, we did our suggestions & recommendations portion of our meeting!

  • Coding (Jill)
  • Movie character Halloween party (Catherine)
  • Cheesemaking
  • Board Game Night, esp. Scrabble, Scene It, or Apples to Apples
  • Pie making
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Miss G)
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Melanie)
  • The Last Dragon Slayer by Jasper Fforde (Miss G)
  • How the Irish Became American by Joseph O'Grady (Catherine)
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver (Miss G)
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (MissG)
  • Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Catherine)
  • Clean by Amy Lynn Reed (Hannah)
  • The Unidentified by Rae Mariz (Hannah)
  • Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins (Jill)
  • Full Metal Alchemist (Jill)
  • Fairy Tail (Miss G)
  • Game of Thrones (Catherine)
  • Karin (Miss G)
  • Dharma and Greg (Melanie)
  • Will and Grace (Melanie)
  • Bates Motel (Miss G)
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower (Catherine)
  • Along Came Polly (Catherine)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Melanie)
  • Gone Baby Gone (Catherine)
  • American Hustle (Catherine)
  • Celina (Melanie)
  • Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (Miss G)
  • Mya Kern (Hannah)
  • The Invincibles soundtrack (Catherine)
  • Wicked soundtrack (Jill)
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower soundtrack (Melanie)
  • Neon Trees - Habits (Melanie)
  • Gin Blossoms (Catherine)
  • Augustana (newest album) (Catherine)
  • Loretta Lynn (Catherine)
Video Games
  • The Stanley Parable (Jill)
  • Atelier Escha & Logy (Miss G)
  • Super Smash Bros Melee (Jill)
  • Arkham games (Jill)
  • The Last of Us (Hannah)
  • - relaxing background sounds for concentration (Hannah)
  •  - photo editing (Melanie)
  • - knitting & crocheting patterns (Catherine)
YouTube Channels
  • VSauce - Mind blowing facts & the best of the internet (Jill)
  • Thought Cafe - a motion graphic studio that promotes critical awareness through animated shorts (Melanie)
  • The Game Theorists - Every Saturday, we separate the fact from the fiction in some of your favorite video games. From arrows in knees to zombies in space, from headshots to Halo, we've got you covered. Learn random info while we look in-depth at the designer's decisions for old, new, and forgotten gaming gems. Hey, it's just a bunch of theories. Game Theories! (Jill)
That's all for this month, come to the next TAG meeting on May 10th!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy birthday Anna!

Celebrating Anna Godbersen's birthday today!

Summer Teen Internships Available!

Two paid internships for young adults are available for this summer.
The interns will be assisting with the Summer Reading Program and providing a leadership role for our teen volunteers this summer.  See full job description below~

Durham Public Library Summer Intern Position
1. Between the ages of 15 and 18 and entering grades 10-12 in September 2014
2. Must be available May 24th 2:00-4:00pm for Intern Workshop 1, June 7th 1:00-3:00pm for Intern Workshop 2, June 21st 2:00-3:00pm for Volunteer Orientation 1, June 26th 3:00-4:00pm for Volunteer Orientation 2, be available to work 5-6 hours per week between June 30th and August 9th, and available August 14th 1:45-3:15 for the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.
1. Leading the teen volunteers at the Summer Reading Desk by helping with their orientation, making sure they understand their duties, and coordinating the Summer Reading Desk schedule.
2. Working at the Summer Reading Desk themselves to help register patrons, record books read, use the online tracker, give out prizes/raffle tickets, keeping statistics, and answer questions.
3. Assisting staff with library programs related to the Summer Reading Program.
4. Collaborating with their fellow intern and the Young Adult Librarian to spearhead a special project to benefit the library.
To Apply:
1. Fill out the Town of Durham job application.
2. Fill out the Durham Library Teen Internship form.
3. Write a cover letter introducing yourself and in 250-500 words explain why you are pursuing this internship and how you will demonstrate leadership for your peers.
Staple together all three pieces of paper or place in a folder and drop off at the Durham Public Library for Karyn Gardiner, Young Adult Librarian by Saturday, May 3rd at 5:00pm.
internship poster
Town of Durham Job Application
Durham Library Teen Internship Form
(If you have trouble opening these files or printing them, copies of the application forms are available at the library)
If you meet the requirements for the internship the Library will contact you for an interview.
CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded 20 libraries the 2014 Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant.
The grant is possible through the generous sponsorship from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Each grant is worth $1,000.
The grant will allow libraries to hire teen interns who will assist in the implementation of their summer reading programs. It is also a great opportunity that allows teens to gain real world work experience, as well as develop professional skills and a work ethic.
The grant recipients are as follows:
  • Amanda Barnhart, Trails West Branch Library; Kansas City, Mo.
  • Amanda Jackson, Gadsden (Ala.) Public Library
  • Angela Bates, Thornton Library; Oxford, N.C.
  • Becky Arenivar, Prescott (Wis.) Public Library
  • Cole Zrostlik, Saint Croix Falls (Wis.) Public Library
  • Jennifer Warren, Longview (Texas) Public Library
  • Jennifer McQuown, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach; West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Karyn Gardiner,  Durham (Conn.) Public Library
  • Lisa Wegner, Trimble County Public Library; Bedford, Ky.
  • Lori Easterwood, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library
  • Marianne Follis, Irving (Texas) Public Library
  • Melissa Aragon, Petit Branch of Onondaga County Public Library; Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Melissa Naseman, Shelby County Libraries; Sidney, Ohio.
  • Patricia VanArsdale, Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library; Zionsville, Ind.
  • Rosalee Pituch, Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library; Brookville, Pa.
  • Samantha Helmick, Burlington (Iowa) Public Library
  • Samantha Marker, Mount Laurel (N.J.) Library
  • Sarah Potwin, LaGrange Association Library; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Silence Bourn, Seminole County Public Library Northwest Branch; Lake Mary, Fla.
  • Summer Kosuge, Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library
To learn more about the grant and summer reading, please visit the Summer Reading & Learning website, an online space where educators, library workers and out-of-school-time providers can find and share helpful summer reading and learning resources.
For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit
For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy birthday MPH!

It's Margaret Peterson Haddix's birthday!

Here are the books we have by MPH in our teen section~

In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.
Fourteen-year-old Cecilia has always known she is the true princess of Suala, but when she and her best friend, Harper, decide to speed up her ascendancy to the throne, they find danger and many imposters who challenge her claim.
Sixteen-year-old Lindsay, a former child star whose career ended when she developed the ability to hear what anyone, anywhere says about her and apparently suffered a nervous breakdown, comes to see this as an asset when, after her father's death, she learns that she is not alone.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Marcus!

Happy bday to Marcus Sedgwick!

Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar's stolen gold.
Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined--this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice. An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel;all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood?

Monday, March 31, 2014

New books to read during those April showers! (Part 6)

Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta
Explains how the primal human emotion of fear can sometimes manifest in the form of extremes, describing common phobias ranging from arachnophobia to zoophobia to reveal their histories, treatments, and famous sufferers.

Roomies by Sara Zarr
While living very different lives on opposite coasts, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth and eighteen-year-old Lauren become acquainted by email the summer before they begin rooming together as freshmen at UC-Berkeley.

September Girls by Bennett Madison
Vacationing in a sleepy beach town for the summer, Sam is pursued by hordes of blonde girls before falling in love with the unusual DeeDee, who compels him to uncover secrets about the community's ocean-dwelling inhabitants.

Digital Art by David Cousens
Shows readers how to create all types of digital art using different software platforms and includes artworks of varying styles and all levels of complexity.

New books to read during those April showers! (Part 5)

Paper Artist by Gail Green
Paper is not just for drawing! Budding artists use paper to create everything from lanterns to  picture frames. Simple, step by step instructions and big, full color photographs help readers maximize their potential.

Wonder Woman, vol 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello
When Wonder Woman learns the secret her mother Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept regarding her father, her life shatters.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn't know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won't keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world ... but that's not all he wants with her.

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
What happens when a group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots . . . and end up being able to read each others' minds.

Find Me by Romily Bernard
When teen hacker and foster child Wick Tate finds a dead classmate's diary on her front step, with a note reading "Find me," she sets off on a perverse game of hide-and-seek to catch the killer.

New books to read during those April showers! (Part 4)

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick
A seventeen-year-old girl jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed--but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe.

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl
Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they're not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor's death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle— before someone else gets killed.

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Sisters Anie and Fia have had their abilites manipulated by the Keane Foundation for too long--and now they're ready to fight back against the twisted organization that has been using them as pawns.

The Finisher by David Baldacci
Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn't unusual, nobody has ever left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms vanishes into the unknown. Vega knows Quentin didn't just leave, but that he was chased. And he's left behind a very dangerous trail of clues that only she can decode. The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood. It is a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep their secrets. Vega is determined to uncover the truth. But the closer she gets, the more she risks her life.

New books to read during those April showers! (Part 3)

DIY Dye: Bright and Funky Temporary Hair Coloring You Do at Home by Loren Lankford
Want an accent streak of fire-engine red? How about forest-green tips? Or maybe you’re daring enough to transform your locks into a rainbow of bright colors? It’s all up to you!
With DIY Dye and some imagination, you can easily personalize your hair with any color and style imaginable. This comprehensive guide offers step-by-step instructions on every aspect of at-home hair coloring including:
• Picking the right dye
• Concocting original hues
• Adding highlights
• Getting an ombre in any color
Whether you’re looking to add color for a day, week, month or longer, DIY Dye shows you how to fashion the look you want using affordable options like coloring kits, chalks, henna, food coloring and even Kool-Aid packets.

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
As sixteen-year-old Kippy of Friendship, Wisconsin, reads her best friend Ruth's diary, she is shocked at what she learns and spurred to solve Ruth's murder, certain that the boy who was arrested is innocent.

Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
Khalid, a Muslim boy from England, is kidnapped during a family trip and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he is held for two years suffering interrogations, water-boarding, and isolation for reasons unknown to him.

Zero Fade by Chris Terry
Thirteen-year-old Kevin Phifer has a lot to worry about. His uncle Paul is coming out, Tyrell the bully throws lit Black 'n' Milds at him, Demetric at school has the best last-year-fly-gear and Aisha's attention, girls prefer his nerdy friend David, his sister Laura is suddenly ignoring him, Mama is dating, and to top it off ... he's grounded.

Zom-B Baby by Darren Shan
Grateful for the company of The Angels, B nevertheless questions their mission to eradicate the living dead from the face of the earth, and encounters a horror beyond imagining.

New books to read during those April showers! (Part 2)

Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
In an alternate United Kingdom, King Snodd aims to control the world by controlling magic, and only sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of an employment agency for sorcerers, stands between Snodd and his plans.

Maximum Ride vol 5 by James Patterson
Escaping ITEX in Florida, the Flock head west, with Max more burdened than ever by the knowledge that she's meant to save the world. But while their leader is keen to stay on the path leading to her destiny, Fang and the others are more interested in settling down and letting the chips fall where they may. With the Erasers eerily absent from their lives of late, has the Flock finally earned a bit of peace...or is this all just the calm before the storm?

Maximum Ride vol 6 by James Patterson
The time has come for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution," a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them-but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Narrator Em and her boyfriend, Finn, escape from their totalitarian future, time traveling back four years to commit a heart-wrenching assassination of a loved one in order to prevent time travel from being invented and the future from turning so wrong. The future's hinted-at horrors are threatening but expertly backgrounded, avoiding dystopia-fatigue. The clever, accessible time-space treatment isn't weighed down by jargon. Em and Finn's proactive mission means the characters are the hunters instead of the frequently seen on-the-run teen protagonists. The other side of the storyline, taking place in the past that Em and Finn travel to and starring their past selves, is narrated by Marina (Em, in this timeline) and involves her brilliant yet interpersonally challenged best friend (and crush) James and his friend Finn, who annoys Marina, as they deal with a tragedy in James's family. 

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Simmering within Ealing, Iowa, is a deadly genetically engineered plague capable of unleashing unstoppable soldiers—six-foot-tall praying mantises with insatiable appetites for food and sex. No one knows it, of course, until Austin and his best friend Robby accidentally release it on the world. An ever-growing plague of giant, flesh-hungry insects is bad enough, but Austin is also up to his eyeballs in sexual confusion—is he in love with Robby or his girlfriend, Shann? Both of them make him horny, but most things do. In an admittedly futile attempt to capture the truth of his history, painfully honest Austin narrates the events of the apocalypse intermingled with a detailed account of the “connections that spiderweb through time and place,” leading from his great-great-great-grandfather Andrzej in Poland to Shann’s lucky discovery of an apocalypse-proof bunker in her new backyard. 

New books to read during those April showers! (Part 1)

FML by Shaun David Hutchinson
At a party near the end of senior year, seventeen-year-old Simon Cross imagines his life with and without Cassie, the girl he has yearned for since they were freshman, and begins to discover the unpredictable wonders of life his best friends, Ben and Coop, have urged him to explore.

No Place by Todd Strasser
When Dan and his parents can no longer pay their mortgage, they end up homeless and living in a local tent city. It's a bad situation, and it only gets worse when the leader of the tent city is brutally beaten. Who is trying to shut down the tent city, and why?

Zombillenium by Arthur De Pins
Francis von Bloodt, a vampire and good family man, operates the one-of-a-kind theme park Zombiellennium. But this unique amusement park doesn't just hire anyone: mere mortals need not apply - only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies and other citizens from the undead community are employed. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around...

Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer
Bosque Mar haunts Adne and Logan's dreams, trying to turn Adne to the dark side as he attempts to escape the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle of the War of All Against All.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It's your BDay, Kevin!

Happy birthday to Kevin Brooks~

When Johnny Delgado decided to become a private detective, it seemed like such a good idea at the time--gorgeous girls in need of help, wads of cash--but soon finds himself out of his depth and in big trouble.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was an ordinary Londoner until an attack that caused fragments of an iPhone to be embedded in his brain, giving him incredible knowledge and power, but using that power against the gang that attacked him and a friend could have deadly consequences.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

2 Short Book Lists with 2 Hints as to Why I am Away

List one:  Wedding

On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne's heirs, and a courtier's wolfish hunger for the king's favors sets a devious plot in motion. In the palace at Skyggehave, things are seldom as they seem -- and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined.
Stuck at the airport during her father's second wedding to a stepmother she has yet to meet, 17-year-old Hadley encounters a seemingly perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area and shares a whirlwind 24-hour romance that challenges her beliefs about family and second chances.
After jilting two previous fiances, Cricket's mother is finally marrying the right man, but as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities, complications arise for Cricket involving her own love life, her beloved dog Jupiter, and her mother's reluctance to marry.
Fourteen-year-old Gemma Stone struggles to understand her shifting emotions as her older sister plans her wedding, she overcomes her nerves and tries out for the school play, and she gets to know one of the most notorious boys in her class.
During the summer of her divorced father's remarriage and her sister's wedding, fifteen-year-old Haven comes into her own by letting go of the myths of the past.
List two: Florida

A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.
Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades seventeen-year-old Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a 300-year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away.
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
After sixteen-year-old Raina learns that she is a perfect match for donating bone marrow to a leukemia patient in Virginia, while she lives in Florida, she discovers that the young woman is the sister she never knew she had.
Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.