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.