Rabu, 06 Mei 2015

Time to Apply for a Summer Volunteer Postion!

Do you:
1.  Like working with children and families?
2.  Have basic computer skills and enjoy teaching others?
3.  Have a friendly, helpful attitude?
4.  Enjoy interacting with the public?
5.  Are you dependable, prompt, and adaptable? 
6.  Enjoy crafts and games?

If you answered yes and are between the ages of 13-19, it is time to get your applications in for a summer volunteer position at the Greece Public Library.  Access the application on our website here, or at the information desk in the library (information desk and children's desk).  Please answer each question completely and return this form to the library no later than June 8, 2015. Volunteer forms will NOT be accepted after this date. There is a mandatory volunteer meeting either Wednesday, June 10 or Thursday June 11 at 3:30 pm. You MUST attend one of these meetings in order to volunteer for the Summer Reading Program- NO exceptions!  This application is also mandatory if you are interested in becoming a volunteer for our Tech Tutor program.
Volunteering makes you feel great, is wonderful to put on your college applications, and is good to have if you want to apply for a job. 

Selasa, 05 Mei 2015

Teen Tuesday: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

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Based on the wildly popular YouTube channelThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as " Gilmore Girls " meets " Paranormal Activity " for the new media age.
Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just ... creepy.

In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening—and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger—Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

Senin, 04 Mei 2015

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Wow.  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir has drawn me right in!  When I saw this book had been chosen an Amazon Editor's "Best Pick of the Month" and it already has over 2,000 ratings on Goodreads - I was compelled to pick it up.  Here's a summary of the book from Goodreads:

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Here's my favorite review quote:  “An Ember in the Ashes mixes The Hunger Games with Game of Thrones...and adds a dash of Romeo and Juliet.”—The Hollywood Reporter

So far I am really enjoying this - a little violent for my personal tastes, but it does fit in well with the storyline.  I do like the characters, the espionage angle, and the way the story is unfolding.  I am also glad it is not a futuristic setting - I was tiring of the same dystopian themes. 

Kamis, 30 April 2015

What's New for May 2015! Hot New Reads!

Get ready for some great new Teen fiction in May!  Here are a few of the hot new releases that will soon be on your library shelves!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (author of the Throne of Glass series)
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.  She had me at Tamlin. Published on 5/5/2015.

The Heir by Kiera Cass.  It is time for the daughter of America Singer and Prince Maxon to have her chance at choosing a spouse.  PS.  Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to The Selection by Kiera Cass. Published on 5/5/2015.

Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson. THE NINTH AND ULTIMATE MAXIMUM RIDE STORY IS HERE! Legions of Max fans won't be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. Published 5/18/2015

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer. OFF THE PAGE is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot are sure to appreciate this novel about love, romance, and relationships.  Published 5/19/2015.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (Who is one of 30 authors coming to Teen Book Fest 2015 on Saturday, May 16 from 9am till 5 pm at Nazareth College. And it's FREE!) The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans. Published 5/5/2015. 

Kamis, 23 April 2015

What do Sia, Hozier, Jason Aldean and Walk the Moon have in common?

Quiz time. What do the following albums have in common? They are all available on Freegal, and part of your five free downloads a week with your library card! 
Never used Freegal? Listen to why you should try it!
*You can download up to 5 songs/week for free!
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*or use the Freegal App to listen on your Apple or Android mobile device.

Here's a few of the top albums right now! There are millions of songs available, including the Sony Music Catalog. Try it - it's easy and FREE with your library card!

Senin, 20 April 2015

YALSA announces the Teen Top 10 finalists! Read and prepare to vote in August!

teens' top ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted during National Library Week, and teens across the country are encouraged to read as many nominees as they can over the summer. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will then vote online between August and Teen Read Week to select their favorites. The 10 titles with the most votes become the year’s Teens’ Top Ten. If you want something good to read this summer, use this list for suggestions!

The nominees are as follows:
Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen.
Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. Disney Hyperion.
Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. Disney Hyperion.
Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. Tor Teen.
Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. Penguin Group/Philomel.
Dellaira, Ava. Love Letters to the Dead. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books.
Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. Egmont.
Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Simon & Schuster.
Howard, A.G. Unhinged. Abrams/Amulet Books.
Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. Bloomsbury.
Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. Simon & Schuster.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. Scholastic.
Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. Sourcebooks.
Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company.
Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Scholastic.
Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. Soho Teen.
Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile.
Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. Hachette/Poppy.
Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. Sourcebooks.
Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. Little Brown & Company.
Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin Teen.

Middle School Monday:

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Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Do you enjoy fantasy?  A touch of magic?  Alice Hoffman incorporates the magical into a story about fitting in, family, and belonging.  I am really enjoying this book! 

“Twig Fowler and her mother keep to themselves so that their neighbors in Sidwell, Massachusetts, won’t discover their secret: Twig’s older brother James has wings, thanks to a generations-old curse laid upon all Fowler men by Agnes Early, the Witch of Sidwell. Against their mother’s warnings, Twig befriends Julia, a descendent of Agnes Early, and James falls in love with Julia’s sister Agate, relationships that will ultimately bring secrets to light. Hoffman creates a witchy small town New England setting but populates it with realistic characters such as twelve-year-old Twig, who desperately wants a friend. Twig’s entirely mundane broken arm, incurred in a fall from a tree, contrasts nicely with James’s wings, which allow him to fly but keep him from living a normal life. The tone, mystical but not too dark, makes this a good choice for readers who want to imagine just a bit of magic in their lives.”
—Shoshana Flax, The Horn Book