Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Book Reviews

Check out these new book reviews!!!

Micheal's Book Review:
Holes by Louis Sacher

The book Holes is about a boy who gets arrested for stealing a
pair of shoes from 'Sweet-Feet'. After a trial, he is convicted to go to a
prison camp called Camp Green Lake, where there is no lake. There is only
a desert with lots and lots and lots of sand. What he has to do for his
punishment is dig holes. A lot of holes. And there are these lizards
with thirteen yellow spots that live in old holes. They are extremely
poisonous and with one bit, the person or creature is dead. In the process
of digging holes, his friend Zero runs away and he runs after him and they go to
a mountain where they find food and water. They find a treasure in one of
the older holes that have been dug, and the treasure chest that they find is
actually one that this great-great grandfather lost! His dad suddenly becomes
rich and hires a lawyer to get his son out of the camp. Zero finds his
family too and everyone lives happily ever after.

What I liked about this book is that there are lots of facts that at first
seem unimportant but as you keep reading, you realize how important they
are. Holes is full of action, mystery and plot twists that make
this story really interesting.

Amelia's Book Review:

Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn

In the book Pop Princess luck has not been on Wonder's side. In fact her
sister lucky was hit by a drunk driver and the family hasn't been the same since. When Wonder gets a chance to have a record deal with a famous
music producer and a chance at falling in love it forces everyone in the
family to come to terms with Lucky's death. In this book, Wonder
passes from being a teenager to an adult and back to a teenager
in a matter of months. This is a great read that a lot of teens will love!

Thanks Amelia and Micheal! Keep those book reviews coming!


Monday, December 17, 2007

More Book Reviews!!!

Check out the book review that Amelia has written for Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan:

"This is a great book that explores music and love equally. At first Nick asks Norah out for a total of five minutes just to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. Norah agrees because she needed a ride, but they end up spending the rest of the night hanging out together. It turns out that they were truly meant for each other and they end up falling not only for each other but
also deeper into music. "

If you think that Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist sounds good you should check out Naomi and Eli's No Kiss List also by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

Thanks Amelia! I can't wait to get some more book reviews to share!


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My very first Book Review!!!!!

I am so pleased and excited to offer you, the Farmington community, our very first Teen Book Review!!!!!

Alex Aponte III submitted this review of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis:

"Metamorphosis is a short story by Kafka about a young man named Gregor who wakes up one day to find that he has transformed into a dung beetle. It goes throughout the week describing how his family discovers him and how they cope. More importantly it is told from Gregor's perspective giving us insight into how he comes to terms with his new strange situation.

Probably one of Kafka's best works it was published by close friends after his death, though he specifically left instructions to have his works destroyed. Thanks only to the innovative foresight of his collegues we are graced today with classics like Metamorphosis."

Thanks for the great review Alex! I look forward to posting more as the Teens start submitting them!


Farmington High School Musicians

Last night we hosted a holiday concert for the Farmington community. There was a great turn out to listen to Sebby Massa, Albert Tomasso and Billy D'Eugenio play some wonderful holiday tunes. These Farmington High School students played all the holiday favorites and even finished the night with a great jam session. Sebby changed instruments throughout the performance playing the tenor saxaphone, the bassoon and even singing some of the songs. Albert dazzeled everyone with his piano playing, and Billy rocked out with a great beat on the drums. These guys are so talented that I can't wait to have them back at the library to perform more and more!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Our fabulous new Teen web page!

Check out the new stuff we have added to the Teen web page. We are still working on the lay out and will be adding a few more links but there are some great resources available and some fun gaming and anime links as well.

Farmington Library Teen Page

Go to the Teen page and click on Teen Links on the left side of the page. From this link you can access library databases and dozens of web pages that can be used to help with your homework.

Teen Links

At the bottom of the page, click on the Websites for Teens link to read movie reviews, game reviews, sports updates and play games. You can also read anime and manga reviews here and practice your drawing skills with some tutorials.

Websites for Teens

Check it out and let me know if there are other sites that you would like to have linked to the Teen page.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Here are some fabulous photos of those wonderful TAB members!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Teen Advisory Board

We just finished our 2nd official meeting of our Teen Advisory Board and it was really successful. Tons of the teens showed up for the round table discussion and had some great program ideas.

I started the meeting off with a discussion of the importance of the TAB for the library, for the community and for Farmington teens. We talked about some cool community service projects and a few other programs for January. The teens were really excited about performing Reader's Theatre for younger children and making some commercials to promote reading and the library. Hopefully we can get some of these ideas off the ground in the next month!

Here are some of the programs we discussed for January:

Our anime club will be hosting a lecture from anime enthusiast Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe. Sarah will discuss the history of anime, different genres, the fan culture and stylistic components of this Japanese art form. After the lecture we will watch clips and have a special anime screening!

We are also really excited about throwing a Bollywood party at the end of January. Warm up with some fantastic Indian food, Indian music, Bollywood movies and some henna tattoos. This party will be in the teen area, so make sure you stop be for the festivities!

We also spent some time talking about book reviews and recommendations. Everyone on the TAB is excited to share written book reviews and video booktalks to promote their favorite and least favorite books. I'm sure they will spark some great literary discussions.

Don't worry we are also going to have the usual craft programs, movie days, DDR and Wii programs every week!

I am really excited to get the new year started with some fun and educational programs.

If you would like to know more about our TAB meetings or any January programs send me an
email @ eplatz@farmingtonlibct.org
give me a call @ 860-673-6791


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Need a Read???

Looking for a good book to read? You should be! Check out some of these great websites with awesome book reviews.

Reading Rants
Jennifer Hubert Swan is a Middle School Librarian in NYC and has a great website devoted to her weekly reading. She has tons of different book lists that cover all sorts of genres.


The Hip Librarian's Book Blog
Two librarians, April Mazza and Allison Peters started this blog to share books that they had currently read. Now a bunch of librarians update this blog regularly with new popular titles and their reviews.


Young Adult Library Associations Best Books for Young Adults
This website features the best books of the past 10 years that have been voted on by Teens across the country.


No Flying, No Tights
This website reviews all genres of comic books and graphic novels with separate areas designed specifically for teens, kids, and adults.


Don't forget to tell me about the books after you've read them so we can make a BookTalk Movie for the world to see!!


Monday, December 3, 2007

Tedi and Melanie's View of the Library!

I asked Tedi and Melanie to show me their view of the Farmington Library. Here is what they brought back:

I think they did a great job!

If you want to see more of their photos of the Farmington Library they will be on display for the rest of the month in the Teen Area.


Button Bracelets!!!

We had tons of fun today making button bracelets, necklaces and key chains! Check out what some of your friends were busy doing after school today:

Jealous???? Well, you should be! This stuff looks great! We will make more button and bead jewelery next week so make sure you stop by then!


Friday, November 30, 2007

After School Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today we are gonna have a movie after school in the Teen Area!!!!

I haven't decided on any titles yet, so stop by and help me decide. We'll also have popcorn and soda for anyone who wants to chill out and watch a movie to start their week-end.

Monday we are having a craft program after school making button braclets! So come on by for that too!
and remember that you can also see all of our up comming programs on my FaceBook page
or on our Teen Area Events Board by the Graphic Novels

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Grand Opening Party

Yesterday afternoon was our Grand Opening Party for the Teen area. It was a fantastic event! We had a great group of teens, tweens, community members and librarians come by to show their support for our new Teen Area.

We also had some great DDR competition going on during the party. Check out these girls Dancing!

I had a great time and was very honored that so many people came out to celebrate our new Teen Area. I hope that everyone had fun and will continue to enjoy our awesome new space!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hannah Montana Party!

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Stop by the library after school on Monday November 26th for our Hannah Montana Party!We are going to watch a HM movie, test our HM knowledge and do some HM crafts. So come and check it out!!


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Teen Area Grand Opening!!!!!

3:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M

The Farmington Libraries will host a Grand Opening Party for its Teen Area. This Grand Opening will feature an Opening ceremony conducted by Library Director Jay Johnston, a tour of the newly equipped Teen Area, an introduction to some of the new Teen Programming and refreshments.

The Farmington Libraries have been working hard to create an open, inviting and inspiring area for the Teens of Farmington. The Teen Area will function as a gathering place for local Teens with access to the most up to date technology. By providing quality services and access to information, the Farmington Libraries believe that they can enhance the educational experiences of these Teens and shape their futures.
Please stop by and enjoy some refreshments!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Anime Club

Our first Anime Club meeting went very well. We watched a movie, ate some popcorn and just hung out. I can't wait until the next one, where you guys can offer some title suggestions.

Next week we have some exciting activities going on ......

Monday November 19th from 2:30 - 5:00 pm

Knitting in the Teen Area

for experienced or first time knitters we are going to learn to knit, purl and make scarves or iPod cozies. Registration is required for this program cause I'm suppling the materials. Let me know if you are interested and I'll save you some yarn and some needles.

Wednesday November 21st from 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Nintendo Wii

Come play Wii Play and other Wii games in the Teen Area

Friday November 23rd 11:00 - 5:00 p.m.

So make sure you stop by and check out some of these cool programs! I'll be sure the remind of them next week too!


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

More Teen Book Talks!

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Soooooooooooooooooooo Busy!

I feel like I have tons to catch everyone up on... and I just blogged the other day!
We had our first TAB Meeting and it went really well! Everyone was enthusiastic and had tons of great ideas for up comming programs. We talked about 4 big programs we would like to have this year:

An Alternative Fashion Show
Farmington Idol Competition
Film Festival
Open Mic Night/ Gallery Opening

We talked about the logistics of getting these large scale programs off the ground and who would be willing to volunteer some hours. We also discussed voting for TAB Officers. Let me know if you missed anything and if you want to be caught up on the TAB news. Our next meeting will be Friday December 7th from 2:45 - 4:00.

We have a winner for our Farmington Photo Contest!

But we don't know who won! Our winning photo was submitted without a name so we can't properly let them know how much we love it. I will be accepting more photos for the next few weeks, so email them or bring them to me and I will display them in the Teen Area along with the winning photo!


Wednesday November 28th
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We have decided to throw a TEEN AREA GRAND OPENING to celebrate our beautiful new furniture, paint and equipment! We love our new Cafe Tables our Computer Bar! We will have snacks and be enjoying our fantastic new Nintendo Wii with Dance Dance Revolution. Please come by and show how much you love our new Area and tell me what else you might want!