Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Make a CD Clock @ Brandon Public Library!

I love buttons! What
will you put on yours?
Are you always running late? Come to the Brandon Public Library on January 12th @ 6:00 and make your personalized CD Clock for FREE! We'll have all the supplies needed to make your clock one of a kind. Please call ahead so we can save you a spot, 601-825-2672. We can't wait to see you!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Totally Teen Tuesday !!!

Catch this Taylorsville Teens ... Totally Teens Tuesday! Come to the Taylorsville Public Library on the second Tuesday of each month for an interesting discussion of currents events and what we can do in our community to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Upcoming Activities @ the Pearl Library

Just a quick note to remind you about some teen happenings at Pearl:

On December 17th (that's this Saturday), at 1pm, we will be showing the movie A Christmas Story in your Teen Center. Popcorn will be provided. This activity, like all of our programs, is totally free. Come take a break from studying and hang out with us while we watch a movie!

On December 19th (this coming Monday) at 6pm, we will be having another meeting of our Anime and Manga Club. This event has gotten off to a great start, with our participants deciding at the last meeting that they would like to compile their own comic book and possibly have a cosplay at some point in the future. Come and enjoy discussing and creating your favorite anime and manga!

On Monday, January the 9th at 6pm, Break the Binding book club will meet. January's selection is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Mrs. Deer has one copy available in the PHS library, there are three copies still available at our circulation desk, and it should be available at any bookstore. Ask your English teacher about receiving extra credit for participating in this program.

Thursdays January 12th and 26th will be our Game On! Gaming Nights. From 4-6PM, we will have our xbox360 and our large television up in the teen center for you to play games with your friends. No mature games.

Remember that our new books and graphic novels are always located in the "new books" display in the teen center and that there is a suggestion box on one of the coffee tables where you can request that books be added to our collection. We don't know what you want to read unless you tell us!

We hope to see you soon and have a great Christmas!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Ornament Party @ Brandon Public Library!

Beaded Star Ornament

Join us Thursday, December 15th @ 6:00 to make Christmas Tree Ornaments. We will make a Beaded Star Ornament and a Hand Painted Glass Ornament. These look so great on the tree and they are definitely something you'll want to keep for your own tree one day! The class is free and we will have hot chocolate and cookies. For more information call the Brandon Public Library, 601-825-2672!

DIY  Paint Clear Glass Ornament  Balls
Hand Painted Glass Ornament

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Girls With Amnesia

Y'all, books about girls with memory problems are HUGE right now. I don't know why this trend is big, but it is, and some of these books are super-fun reads. Here's four that are available from your library. Click on the link to request the title!

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Every night while London is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can "remember" are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Logan Henry is not someone you'd easily forget, yet try as she might, London can't find him in her memories of things to come.When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it's time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting--before it destroys her future....

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Mara wakes up from a coma with no memory of the accident that caused the deaths of three of her friends. The doctors tell her parents that starting over in a new state, a new school will be good for her and to let the memories come back on their own. But Mara's new start is anything but when she sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere. And then she begins to see people's deaths before they happen - at least she thinks that is what is happening. On top of that, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can't seem to leave her alone, but is his agenda more than he leads on? What is happening to Mara Dyer?

As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

Ava wakes up in a house she doesn't know, into a life she doesn't recognize. She is welcomed home by a devoted mother and loyal friends...but everyone is a stranger. Ava can't remember any of them, and can't shake the strange feeling that she's not who they say she is. Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze and remember the past she's been told is her own. But the memories that begin to surface are of a different life entirely. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions in which she and familiar-faced friends play very different, and very deadly, roles. But when Morgan appears--the one boy able to step from her memories into her reality--the high stakes and ultimate sacrifices of eternal love become the fiercest truth of all.

Rosebush by Michele Jaffe

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run. Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface, not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died. With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she's forced to examine the consequences of her life choices...

If any of these books sound interesting, click the links to request them or come in to the Pearl Librarian and ask for one of the librarians to help you find something similar!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MICHAEL VEY: The Prisoner of Cell 25

When I heard about this book, a YA novel by Richard Paul Evans, I thought, How in the world can this author write a science fiction novel for teens. I mean, he's a wonderful adult author; but his books for adults are nowhere near science fiction.

Imagine my surprise when I quickly got caught up in his story about Michael Vey and the other 'special' teenagers that were born on the same day in the same hospital. Michael is just your normal, average 14-year old that happens to have electrical powers. In the start of a new series, Evans tells the story of Michael and other teenagers that were born at a hospital that was testing a new machine (MEI) that is supposed to make MRIs obsolete. As a result of the test, many of the babies that were born in the hospital died; those that survived all have some type of supernatural power or skill.

This first book in the series introduces Michael (who is already well aware of his power); and through a series of events (including the kidnapping of his mother), Michael learns how he obtained his electrical power. He will be called upon to either join or fight the evil company that is trying to use his power and the others' powers to control the world.

I would highly recommend this book.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Printz Watch 2012 (part 2)

In our last post, we talked about how eager we are at the Pearl Library to hear the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature (it will be awarded in January). We're furiously reading books that have received excellent reviews, Printz "contenders," if you will. Here's four more great books that you have access to in your library that may just take home the gold:

In 1941, 15-year-old Lina, her mother, and her brother are cruelly taken from their home in Lithuania by Soviet guards and shipped to a labor camp in Siberia. She finds out that her father has been sentenced to death. Their only crime is being Lithanian. Read about Lina's fight to stay alive, her desperation to stay connected to her love of art, and her determination to get her family out alive. This book is based on the true story of the author's family and thousands of other Lithuations who were forced to work in labor camps for over a decade and then warned never to speak of it.

Meet Anya Borzakovskaya. The daughter of Russian immigrants, all she wants to do is fit in at her very American private school, which is difficult with her name and her looks. Her only friend is not really a friend. Until the day she falls down a well and meets Emily. The downsides to this beautiful new friendship are that Emily is dead...and she may not be exactly what she seems. This gorgeously illustrated graphic novel is a great look at a cultural family...with a twist.

Tom has been self-destructing since his beloved uncle Joe died in an overseas terrorist attack. He's dropped out of college, ignored his music, watched his family come apart at the seams, and fallen in with a shady crowd. When he hits rock bottom, he finds himself living with his aunt Georgie (who is pregnant and dealing with her own grief), and is joined by his estranged father. Tom's journey as he begins to deal with his grief and reconnect with his friends and family is difficult to read, but beautiful to watch.

Mikey's sister Karyn has accused Tom Parker of raping her. She won't leave the apartment. Their family is imploding and social services is getting involved. Tom's sister Ellie doesn't want to believe that her brother is capable of such a horrible thing. When Mikey and Ellie meet, the attaction is almost instantaneous and what follows is trouble: complicated, agonizing trouble. Do you have to choose sides between family and love?