Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Holidays?

Are you home for the Christmas break?
Do you need something to do in the next few days?
Visit your Library!
Let the Library staff help you
find a good book to read, or
a video game to master
before going back to school, or
a DVD you've been wanting to see, or
try one of the new MP3 self contained audio books,
they're called Play-Aways and
can fit in your pocket and
you will have fun listening to a book
as you enjoy your days off!
Visit your Library!
Have you read the Twilight series?
Don't you want to catch up on the story
before the next movie comes out?
Visit your Library!
Do you miss seeing the Library staff, or
reading a magazine while sitting with your friends, or
catching up with your FaceBook Friends?
Visit your Library!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
from your friends at the Libraries!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Make and Take Cards

There's still time to make holiday cards.

Visit the Pearl Public Library's young adult area and help yourself to glitter, markers, stickers, glue and pens to make a card for someone special. OR you could get a jumpstart on Valentine's Day like some of the other teens I saw the other night. :) December 18 is the last day to make them.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Have you ever....

run for class president or any student body office? What type of campaign did you use? Was it a clean or underhandedly evil campaign? In Josh Lieb's I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President , Oliver Watson decides to run for 7th grade class president. Most people in his class perceive Oliver as a lazy and dumb person, which is not the case. Actually, Oliver actually is a wealthy, driven, and intelligent person; he owns an empire!!! Of course, no one, especially his parents, know how Oliver operates. This books takes us on Oliver's campaign journey---from eliminating his popular opponents to tricking "the most pathetic boy in school" to running against him. If you're ever considering politics, this book just might be for you. Does Oliver win or does he lose? You'll need to check this book out for its somewhat surprise ending.

Do You Know Who's Watching YOU?

If you are a computer geek, an avid role-playing game freak or wonder how your life might change if a terrorist attack occurred in your city, then Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is just the book for you.
Meet Marcus, aka 'w1n5t0n.' He is 'in the know' when it comes to technology, and he uses it to his advantage in school. Marcus and his friends bypass the school's security systems to 'skip out' and run down a clue in Harajuku Fun Madness, an ARG (Alternate Reality Game). While they are moving about in downtown San Francisco, terrorists blow up the Bay Bridge. In the ensuing chaos, Marcus and his friends are detained by Homeland Security, taken to a secret location and interrogated for several days.
When Marcus is released, he discovers his life and the lives of everyone in San Francisco have changed dramatically. They are living in a police state where everyone is treated as a potential terrorist. Marcus, teenage hacker extraordinaire, decides to fight back. And fight back he does, with interesting results.
The book contains some language, and there is a bit of sexual content. Overall, it is a riveting story of how something intended to help and protect us can evolve into the enemy if left unchecked. The technology is mind-blowing and it was tempting to believe the technology described was fictional; however, a bibliography at the end of the book made me realize that yesterday's science fiction is today's reality.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A TURKEY for Thanksgiving

I absolutely LOVE to read...anything and everything. I like mystery, adventure, science fiction, romance, fantasy...

Very, very seldom do I read a book that I can find nothing good to say about it. Usually I'm happy I spent the time to read it. On occasion, however, I run across a book that screams WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO READ THIS???

Such is the case with Busted by Phil Bildner. It was not entertaining; it was not exciting; I learned no valuable moral lesson. So I present to you for Thanksgiving a TURKEY of a book. Everyone is capable of being 'busted' in high school. From the honor student to the star athlete. Busted contains four stories that occur during one year at Coldwater Creek High School. All four stories relate a tale of being caught doing wrong.

CHALLENGE: I challenge you to read the book and then post what I missed. I must have missed something...there are so many books submitted for publication, I'm sure there must be some reason this one was chosen from the many for publication.

So, are you up to the challenge?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Th1rteen R3asons Why

Imagine losing a friend to suicide...wouldn't you wonder why? Now imagine that friend records the events that led to their decision to take their own life and sends it to out to everyone who played a part...would you REALLY want to know why? Th1rteen R3asons Why is about exactly that.

'Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker-his classmate and crush-who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.'

An engrossing'll really make you think about how sometimes small and seemingly meaningless things can add up. Maybe you'll see someone you know in Hannah. A teenage friend recommended the book -- Thanks! It was time well spent.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Just for TeeNs in the coming weeks!

Nov. 3 & 17, 6:00 p.m., Flowood Library - The Teen Anime Club meets! For ages 13 & up; meet to socialize, draw, read Manga and watch Anime films!

Nov. 5, 6:00 p.m., Richland Library - Fun and games @ your library...SCRABBLE NIGHT!

Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., Morton Library - Guitar Hero Game Night! Enjoy performing your favorite song on Wii Guitar Hero.

Nov. 16, 5:30 pm., Florence Library - Twilight Party! Dress as your favorite Twilight Saga character and join us @ your library for food, fun, and games!

Nov. 24, 4:00 p.m., Magee Library - FUN & Games @ your library!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Teens Top 10 Titles for 2009!

Voted on by teens around the web and posted by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association , these titles were named the TOP TEN for 2009...and you can find them @ your library!
  • Paper Towns, by John Green
  • Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  • City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare
  • Identical, by Ellen Hopkins
  • The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
  • Wake, by Lisa McMann
  • Untamed, by P. C. & Kristin Cast
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, by E. Lockhart
  • Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Ask at any CMRLS Library for these titles soon, you may have to be put on a request list!

After you read one or any, write a review (sign it or not) and we will publish it here! You may use a form to send the review, here; or email it to

Friday, October 9, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Teen READ Week 2009!

Teen READ Week 2009 is just around the corner...October 18-24!

Did you participate in the Top Ten Nominations for 2009? The vote ended in September, but the winners will be named during Teen READ Week at . Check back here or the Teens' Top Teen web site to see if one of your favorites are in the Top Ten!

Have you had a favorite book this year? Leave a comment here, tell us what it was and why you enjoyed it!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Teen Movie Premier & Costume Party

G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library is featuring the local teen film producer Curtis Everett as he presents an original production, "The Almosts." Come in costume and enjoy a fun evening for ages 13 & up...Oct. 27, 6:00 p.m. @ the Library, 103 Winner Circle, Flowood. For more information call, 601-919-1911 or visit the Library on the web @

Thursday, May 21, 2009

We Need You!!!

Brandon Teens do you need to work on your service hours?
You can get hours by helping us during our summer events. You can choose to help Tues. @ 2 p.m. with elementary aged kids or Thurs. @ 5 p.m. to set up and host our Family nights.
AND we also have creative workshops for you.
How do you express, music, taking pictures? We will cover some of all of it. Come in and check out what we have lined up on Thurs. @ 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

JELLICOE ROAD - Not Just an Award Winner, A Great Read

This year's winner of the Michael L. Printz Award (given for excellence in literature written for young adults) is Melina Marchetta for her book Jellicoe Road. I finished this book last night and must say it qualifies for five stars in my rating system. The story follows Taylor Markham as she tries to put the pieces of her life together while trying to understand what a friendship between five teenagers twenty years ago has to do with her.

When I began the book, I kept thinking ..."This is the book that won the award? How?" But I didn't feel that way for long, because soon I was wrapped up in the life of Taylor and her classmates, the Townies, the Cadets and .. oh yes .. a friendship between five teenagers that started as a result of a horrendous accident twenty years earlier.

Jellicoe Road was such a good book that this morning I requested the other title we have by Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca. GOOD READING!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Check Out Next Good Book

Next Good Book is a great way to find a great book to read. Check out one of the premade lists, such as: Transform Yourself! for Young Adults and A Dozen Immortals for Young Adults ; or do a subject search and find just what you are looking for!

Click HERE to try it out, or go to the library home page and click Next Good Book on the left hand side of the page. You can log on and create your own book list to share with your friends, log on to discuss the books you read or just use the 'guest shelf' to collect books you want to see. The 'guest shelf' will not save after you log off. To save your list for another session, you must register. Build a book list of books you think a friend MUST read and email it to them!

If you need help with Next Good Book, just ask your librarian!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Summer FUN!

Its the middle of winter; why would you want to hear about summer, now? Believe it or not...your library staff is already planning a GREAT summer of FUN! This year's theme is BE CREATIVE!

You may even want to volunteer @ your library this summer. Just ask your library staff about volunteer opportunities for those of you that are 12 years old or older. You will have FUN and help the library at the same time!

Think Summer FUN and BE CREATIVE!

Friday, January 9, 2009

World Tour Tournament @ Pearl Library

Are you a Wii Guitar Hero? The Pearl Library invites you to try out its Wii. The Tournament is designated for grades 5-8. We will be playing World Tour. Join us for pizza and dazzle us with your guitar skills. Winner wins a $25 Wal-Mart Gift Card. The program is Monday, January 12, at 6:00. Call library to pre-register. The library’s phone number is 601-932-2562. We hope to see you!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Brandon's Reader's Choice

What is your faviorte book?

We want to know.

At Brandon we are collecting and taking votes for the most popular book in 2008.

Everyone has a best of and so can we.

Comment to this Blog or stop by and drop off your vote on the YA shelf.