Thursday, November 17, 2011

Decorate your Teen Center!

Come visit us at the Pearl Public Library this Saturday at 1PM as we decorate your Teen Center for the holidays! We'll be crafting a little, listening to Christmas music, and snacking. Drop by and hang out and get into the spirit of the holidays (especially since you're on vacation next week!). We hope to see you Saturday!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Make a Dreamcatcher at Brandon Public Library!

November isn't just about turkey and football! It is also National American Indian Heritage Month, and we're celebrating by making dreamcatchers. Legend has it that dreamcatchers will trap bad dreams and only allow the positive dreams to come through to you while you sleep. This classic craft looks complicated but it is so easy to make! Join us Thursday, November 17th @ 6:00 to make your own. Please call ahead so we can make sure we have enough supplies for you; 601-825-2672.

Printz Watch 2012

Over here at the Pearl Library, we are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the 2012 Michael L. Printz Award, which will happen in January.

Exactly what, you might be asking, is the Printz Award? The Printz Award is given each year to the book that exemplifies excellence in young adult literature. It's like the Newbery or Caldecott Award, which you probably heard about in elementary school, except this award is given to books written for teens. Since its inception in 2000, the award has been given to books you already love, such as Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, and Looking for Alaska by John Green. This award celebrates the amazing books that are being written for young adults and we are so excited about it!

With the help of a fantastic blog called, hilariously, Someday My Printz Will Come, we've been reading up a storm over here at Pearl, trying to keep up with books that are predicted to be "contenders" because of the reviews and stars that they've been getting. Here's a few of the books that we've read that are available from your library:

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma is a haunting and weird story of the love between two sisters. Late one night, Chloe discovers the body of one of her classmates in the reservoir and is promptly sent away to escape from the trauma. When she returns two years later, she realizes that her older sister Ruby has done something, has changed something, because of her desperation to have Chloe back. What is happening with London? What, exactly, is going on? And how far will it go?

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a take on the ancient Celtic myth of the ancient celtic myth of the capall uisce, terrifying war horses, that are wildly, mostly untamable, and have a taste for human flesh. In this story, the Island that Puck lives on hosts races on these horrible beasts every year. This year, she is determined to win for her own reasons. The only problem is, no woman has ever raced before. And four-time winner Sean, who has his own secrets, doesn't like the idea of a woman on the beach...

Recovery Road by Blake Nelson is a gritty and realistic look of the effects of drug and alcohol addiction and how one girl struggles to live her life post-rehab. Maddie meets Stewart at rehab, which, she realizes, is a pretty terrible place to meet your boyfriend. But as she readjusts to life back at home, in school, and post-addiction, her relationships and life become much more complex than she expected.

Chime by Franny Billingsley might just be our favorite Printz read so far. Briony lives near the swamps that she loves and grew up playing in, but she is no longer allowed to go in them, because when she goes there, she can see The Old Ones. But only witches can see The Old Ones. And in Briony's village, they hang witches. So Briony's secret eats at her as she cares for her twin sister, Rose, and as she interacts with the dashing Eldric, who appears in her village...and who makes her want to tell her secrets. But she must never forget: it's all her fault. And the only way this will end is with her swinging from a noose.

Click on any of the above links to request the books that sound interesting to you and click here to find out more about the Printz Award. Have you read any of the winners? Which are your favorites?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Calling All Teens!

Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 to 12:00 come and play New, Exciting Board Games! Where? At the Raleigh Library. We just received: Loaded Questions, The Greatest Day Ever, and Awkward Family Photos games.

We also have Monopoly, Pictureka! and Rock 'n' Roll Over Dead, and Wits and Wagers.

Bring your friends, sisters, brothers, moms, dads. Family Fun for all!

November Events

Just because it's getting near the holidays, that doesn't mean that the Pearl Library is stopping our programs! Here's what we have coming up in November:

November 10: Game On! (4-6pm) Come to the Teen Center and play our Xbox360! This program is getting really popular. Tell your friends and find your favorite game (no mature games).

November 14 - Break the Binding Book Club. This month's title is Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. There's still time to read the book--ask for a copy at the circulation desk!

November 19th - Teen Scene. Come and decorate the Teen Center for the holidays. There will be snacks and crafts and music and just general hanging out while we deck the halls. Hope to see you here soon!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Need Community Service Hours?

Do you need more community service hours for school?
Florence Public Library has opportunities for you!  Come by and see Ms Tina for an application.  We love to help you earn those hours!
  You may wonder what type of things you can do at the library, well, you'd be surprised!  You can shelve books...... and preview them as you do.

You may be asked to "read" the shelves (put them in order).
You might be asked to help to decorate for that month, and boy can you get into some fun doing that!
You may have the opportunity to become part of our teen advisory board, Teens In Action (TIA for short).

 During the summer you may help sign in children in that day's Summer Reading Program.  You could take pictures or hand out items.   Assistance may be needed to get the children seated.

You may need to do some work on the computer, review a new game, help set up a room for an up coming program!  Sometimes you may be asked to attend a YA (Young Adult) program and share your input on it.

We have even had some volunteers that enjoyed putting new plants in the flower beds, moving the rock boarder, picking up trash, or pulling weeds!

Whatever job or jobs you do.  No matter if you only need a few more hours or a couple of hundred, we can always find a spot for you.  I look forward to meeting you soon!