Thursday, January 31, 2008

Teen Book Reviews

Book Review of Painting Caitlyn by Kimberly Joy Peters

The saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" doesn't seem to apply to teen readers. It's true teens judge books by their appence. First of all, the book has to look cool. Second, it has to be long and have thick, small print. As teens we assume that big books are good books, we ignore the nice short stories on the teen library shelves. I picked up this book because I was bored, I never expected to be picking up a book that i would never want
to put down. As you might have guessed Painting Caitlyn is one of those small books, but the size of the story doesn't take away from the quality. This book is about a girl named Caitlyn, who has the perfect boyfriend. She sees that she has the perfect boyfriend, but she doesn't see that she is in an abusive relationship. It takes everyone who loves her to help her see that he isn't treating her well. I would recommend this book to
any girl. The ending was kinda cheesy, but it was a really great book. I couldn't wait to turn the page and I'm sure that if you
give it a chance you'll love it!

- Chelsea

Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd

In the book, The Princes of Ireland, you are taken on a
journey throughout the ancient myths and history of Ireland. You learn about Druids, rebellions, death, betrayal and great triumphs. This is a fascinating and exciting trip through an Ireland that you don't usually see or hear about. So pick up this amazing book and READ, READ, READ!

- Amelia

Monday, January 28, 2008

Farmington Teen Movie Reviews!

Check this out!

This is a totally awesom movie trailer for Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty. It's a three book series filled with magic, adventure and suspense!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Library Thing

I just created a profile on LibraryThing and it's really really cool! It's a great website designed to catalogue your books. Here are a few of the titles that I have in my personal collection:

So check out LibraryThing and add me as a friend so we can share what books we are reading!


Teen Book Review

This one is from Michael and he is reviewing Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements:

The book, Things Not Seen , is about a boy who becomes invisible
and he has to figure out how to become visible again. Ironically enough, during the time he is invisible he meets a girl who is blind. She helps him find out that his blanket has made him become invisible and later that there are other people who have also been made invisible because of their blankets. I won't ruin the story so you have to read it to find out more. This book is great with plot twists and some sci-fi. I would recommend this book to anyone!

Thanks Michael keep up the good reading!



3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Come and compete in this Jeopardy challenge to win fabulous prizes and to prove you know way more about Family Guy, Britney and Amy Lee than enyone else!

Let me know what you think of my Jeopardy questions and my Alex Trebek skillz!

Anime 101 Program

I want to thank anime Librarian Sarah Hodge Wetherby from the Springfield Library in MA for the awesome anime program she held on Saturday. It was fantastic, she showed clips from tons of different animes and shared stories from anime conventions. Hopefully we can convince her to come back again in the spring! If you want to know more about her or the workshops that she offers, check out her website @

Thanks again Sarah!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Movie Review From Michael!

Michael has reviewed the movie Super Bad starring Michael Cera and Jonah Hill :

"Even though this movie came out a while ago, I finally got to watch it on DVD. I had heard it was funny and my brother was always using jokes from it so I decided to watch it. I thought it had an odd beginning. They were dancing to some disco music with a bunch of colors. It was a funny movie but I thought that the swearing was over done, especially with Jonah Hill's character. Jonah's character was a jerk to his friends and there wasn't much of a point to the movie. It was about a bunch of high school seniors that wanted to buy alcohol and hang out with girls. I did really like the cops in the movie and thought that they were really funny. Seth Rogan and Bill Hader play the cops in the film. I did not think that there was much point to the movie, but I did think that it had funny parts. I would recommend seeing this film."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Even More Teen Book Reviews!

Here are some more great reviews! Remember to come find me after school or on the week-end and we can make a video book review. For every book review, movie review or cd review that you do for me you will get points towards your Farmington Teen Advisory Board membership.

More Book Reviews!!!!

Here is a great book review of Red Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz:

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Craftin' @ the Library!

I hope that everyone had a blast Craftin' this afternoon in the Teen area.
I had tons of fun and everyone made some really cool stuff and checked out Craftin' books to keep it up at home. I'll let you know when the next Craftin' event is so stay tuned!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Nick & Norah

I don't know about you, but I love anything that Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have ever written. Separately and together. They are amazing and I am soooooooooo happy and pleased to say that they are finally making one of my favorite books into a movie!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited about Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist that I've spent the last few days checking out the page on the Internet Movie Database like a million times. I love Michael Cera and Kat Dennings and I think that they will be perfect for the title roles.

But what do you think? You guys have read and fallen in love with these characters just as much as I have. Let me know what you think about the casting of this movie, or if you are even excited about this movie coming out.

There are some movies, *cough* Twilight *cough* that I'm not exactly excited about seeing. I'm convinced that they are gonna ruin the wonderful characters that I've imagined for so long in my own mind. So, share your thoughts and let me know if I'm being way too judgemental!


It's Been A Long Time.....

Every Monday after school for the rest of the school year we will have Nintendo Wii in the Teen Area. DDR, Wii Play and Wii Games will be available for starters. We are in the process of getting a PlayStation II and once that gets here it will also be available after school on Mondays. You are welcome to bring your own (RATED E for EVERYBODY) games to play at the library on our big screen, but the library will not be responsible for any lost, broken or stolen games. If there is enough interest, we might also host a few DDR or Guitar Hero competitions!


We are having our next advisory board meeting today after school at 3:00 !

It's a great way to help make the library a cool place for Teens and to gain volunteer hours. Once you join the TAB you will be required to volunteer at least 1 hour a month. It's easy to fill that 1 hour requirement and there are several way that you can do it:

  • Participate in a Reader's Theatre Program
  • Help with a program or event in the Teen Area
  • Write 4 book, movie or CD reviews
If you are up to the challenge and would like to be part of the Teen Advisory Board send me an email and let me know you are interested!

Then take advantage of our Write Off Fines Program!

Submit a book, movie or CD review and receive $4.00 off your library fines. It's that easy! This program is only available to Teens and fines can only be removed for items that have already been returned to the library. Turn in your written reviews to Teen Services Librarian Emily!


Tuesday, January 15th & Tuesday February 5th

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Teen Area!

Hang out with your friends and work on crafts after school! There will be tons of supplies available to make bead necklaces, bracelets and key chains. There will be knitting supplies and instruction if you want and also some fun bottle cap magnet projects. Stop by and see all the different projects yourself!

Anime 101 with Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe

Saturday, January 19th

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anime expert and enthusiast Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe will discuss the history, genres, fan culture and stylistic components of this Japanese art form. Anime clips, a special animes screening and refreshments will also take place!

Tuesday, January 22nd

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It's not the World Series, but it'll be a pretty good competition! Compete in this Jeopardy challenge to win fabulous prizes and to prove you know way more about Family Guy, Fergie, Brit Brit and Amy Lee than anyone else!

Friday, January 25th & Friday, February 29th
2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bollywood Party

Wednesday, January 30th
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We are having a Bollywood party! Warm up with some fantastic Indian food, Indian music, Bollywood movies and some henna tattoos. So put on your favorite Sari and get ready for the festivities!


Thursday, February 14th

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

Sick of suffering alone on Valentin's Day> Then stop by the library and enjoy our Anti-Valentine's Day celebration! Spurned snacks, forsaken trivia, lovelorn movies and dejected crafts will be available to set those jilted hearts at ease.

So, you can see that there will be plenty going on at the library for you to check out. Come to all of our programs, come to one of our programs or just come and hang out after school in our Teen center. There are tons of activities and events over the next few weeks that you can participate in, but remember that you are always welcome to hang out in the Teen Center to play on our iMacs or catch up with your friends after school!