Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy birthday!

It's Mark Haddon's birthday!

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Durham Fair ~ Library Closed

The library will close early today at 2pm due to the Durham Fair.  We will also be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We will reopen for normal hours on Monday at 10:00am.

Enjoy the fair!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teen Book Club - Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Heya!  The TBC met tonight to discuss NCPGW.

Here are the discussion questions we used...

1.  First impressions, what did you think of the book?
2.  What did you think of the characters?  Who was your favorite?
3.  There are a lot of cliques in this book (cheerleaders, jocks, geeks), are cliques the same everywhere?  How do you feel about them?  Charlie and Nate don’t belong to the same clique, but they are still friends.  Why do you think this is?
4.  When Nate runs for class president his friend tells him he is ‘literally trying to win a popularity contest.’  Do you think this is what most student elections are?  Should they be that way?
5.  What are Charlie’s relationships with his parents like?  Why do you think he is so unhappy?
6.  If you decided to skip Thanksgiving to go to a robotics competition without telling your family, how do you think they would react?  Would it be worth it if like in the book, you came in 2nd?
7.  Why do you think Team Rock Opera don’t want Charlie at the Robot Rumble?
8.  What did you think of the cheerleaders?  Do they fit the cheerleader stereotype?  What about other stereotypes in this book?
9.  Did you like the art in the book?  What about it appealed to you or did not appeal to you?
10.  Ratings and final thoughts.

Melanie - 9/10 - Thought it was one of the best graphic novels she's ever read: funny and entertaining!
Catherine - 9/10 - A really good teen book; funny and relatable.
Jill - 9.5/10 - Cute, funny, serious when it wanted to be, just great!
Librarian Karyn - 9/10 - Loved the story, loved the art, loved the part where they referenced Star Wars!

For October we are reading...

Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.
Meeting on Wednesday, October 29th 6-7pm.  Books available at the front desk.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy birthday Sarah!

Happy birthday to Sarah Rees Brennan.  Here are the books by her that you can enjoy~ :)

The Demon's Lexicon - YA PAR BRE - Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick's determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret. 
The Demon's Covenant YA PAR BRE - book 2
Unspoken YA PAR BRE - Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets--and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Audiobooks

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They've shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love: Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light. So they carry on in secret until Nasrin's parents announce that they've arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively and openly. Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman's body is seen as nature's mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?
Seventeen-year-old Hope Long's life revolves around her brother Jeremy. So when Jeremy is accused of killing the town's beloved baseball coach, Hope's world begins to unravel. Everyone is convinced Jeremy did it, and since he hasn't spoken a word in 9 years, he's unable to defend himself. Their lawyer instructs Hope to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, but all her life Hope has known that Jeremy's just different than other people--better, even. As she works to prove his innocence--joined by her best friend T.J. and the sheriff's son, Chase--Hope uncovers secrets about the murder, the townspeople, her family, and herself. She knows her brother isn't the murderer. But as she comes closer to the truth, she's terrified to find out who is.
A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends--the Liars--whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
In the good old days, magic was indispensable; it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading. Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets have been reduced to pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam Mystical Arts Management, an employment agency for magicians -- but it's hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If that's true, everything will change for Kazam -- and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.
Despite my best intentions, I was beginning to understand how my dad saw the world. The shadows haunting every living thing. The secrets inside the lies wrapped in bullshit. Even Gracie's box of pills was beginning to make sense.For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, trying to outrun the memories that haunt them both. They moved back to Andy's hometown to try a "normal" life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives. Hayley watches, helpless, as her father turns to drugs and alcohol to silence his demons. And then her own past creeps up, and everything falls apart.How do you keep your father alive when death is stalking him? What are you supposed to do when your parent stops acting like an adult? And what happens if a sweet guy who can make you laugh barges his way into your world and for the first time, you find yourself thinking about the future?