Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Book Review from Vignesh!

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The book, The Battle of the Labyrinth, was an epic fantasy full of
twists and turns, with a little comedy. This book is the 4th installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This book is about Percy's
adventure at a time when time is running short and war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos becomes more and more unavoidable. Even the usual safe-haven of Camp Half-Blood is becoming more vulnerable to Kronos's army as they prepare to attack their once impenetrable boundaries. To avoid this hopeless invasion, Percy and his friends Annabeth and Grover, and his cyclops brother Tyson have to travel in the Labyrinth to put a stop to Kronos's some new acquaintances that can help or destroy their chances. This is a humorous and action-packed book that will keep you reading from cover to cover. I would recommend this book to any middle school reader who loves fantasy at its best. This book is also suitable for people who are into Greek mythology. Before you read this book, however, you may want to read the other books in the series to get a good background knowledge. This is a great book that you need to pick up
before the next installment comes out!

Teen Book Reviews from Maggie!

Secrets of My Hollywood Life : Family Affairs by Jen Calonita

In this book, the main character Kaitlin Burke is filming for the hit show Family Affairs, which she co-stars in. Everyone in the cast is back including her long-time enemy, Sky Mackenzie. There is also a new girl named Alexis Holden who plays Colby, a poor girl who turns out being Kaitlin's character Sam's sister. Alexis seems really nice to everyone and Kaitlin is starting to like her, but Sky keeps saying how she is "evil" and "up to no good". Kaitlin thinks Sky is just jealous but soon Kaitlin finds Alexis hogging the press, talking trash to the press about her and Sky, and bossing around long time show veterans. This makes Kaitlin mad and jealous of Alexis, and soon finds herself teamed up with Sky! While Kaitling is trying to get Alexis off the show she also tried to find time to spend with her boyfriend Austin Meyers, and her best friend Liz Mendes. Liz and Austin both attend high-school and are busy taking driving classes, SAT's . and figuring out where they are going to college. Kaitlin can't help to feel left out and unsure of her future. She wonders if she should go to college, learn how to drive in case her acting career fails in the future! In the end, the show Family Affairs, ends up being canceled because the producer can't take all of the stress and bad popularity, and Kaitlin tells her family that she needs time to decide herself
what her next move in her career is and no one is going to choose it for her!
She ends up feeling confident in whatever will happen in her future!
The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

In this book, the main characters are Kate and Marilyn. They have been best friends since they were little but Marilyn feels that she is becoming more mature than Kate. A new girl named Flannery, who is a year older than them moves into their neighborhood and becomes friends with them. Flannery convinces Marilyn to try out for cheer leading. She makes the squad but Flannery doesn't and they loose their friendship but Marilyn doesn't mind because she is friends with all of the cheerleaders. Marilyn and Kate aren't friends anymore and sometimes they miss each other, but both have moved on to new friendships. Kate has a boyfriend who is considered a nerd, made an exotic new friend and learned that it doesn't matter what other people think of you. Marilyn on the other hand, is super self-conscious, is on the cheer leading squad, gets invited to boy and girl parties and has parents who are getting a divorce. In the end, Marilyn stands up for Kate when her friends are going to do something mean and they start to become friends again!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Teen Programs

Check out this article from School Library Journal about our the teen programs at the Farmington Library!

Don't worry, we still have tons of fabulous programs to look forward to this summer!


Monday, June 16, 2008

Check Out These New Teen Books!!!!

Check out some of these new titles in the teen area right now!


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Campus Safety Program

The second annual "Campus Safety Lecture For Women Only" was last Thursday and it was a huge success!!!!!

Hillary Bennett, 2007's Trinity College Violence Prevention Coordinator gave tips to stay safe on a college campus. She also spoke about personal safety issues, alcohol and drug use and sexual assault prevention.

A panel of recent FHS grads also spoke about thier personal experiences on campus. They shared stories about life and making friends on campus and answered questions from the audience.
Our participation doubled since last year and many of the students who participated felt that they learned quite a deal about what to expect next year. We are proud to have partnered with the Farmington FOCUS group and Farmington High School to provide such an essential program to our Teen girls. Next year we hope to offer another lecture geared toward Teen men and the experiences that they will gain on campus as well.
We would also like to thank the Bella Salon and Naples Pizza on Farmington Avenue for their gernerous support of this program and their interest in the lives of Farmington Teens.