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.