Monthly Archives: July 2013

Teen Review: The Lying Game

Lying GameTitle:  The Lying Game

Author:  Sara Shepard

Summary:  Emma Paxton believes she has a twin sister and sends the girl, Sutton Mercer, a Facebook message. She gets a reply that they need to meet. When Emma arrives to the meeting place, Sutton isn’t there. Instead, Sutton’s friends show up, thinking she is Sutton, as a prank, attack her. Emma is now stuck in Sutton’s life and Sutton is nowhere to be found. This is because she was actually murdered and is watching over her life being taken over. Emma must now unravel the mysteries of Sutton’s disappearance and keep the secret or her life could be in danger.

I started reading it because… I have been watching the television series and got interested in it so I decided I would try reading the books.

I kept reading because… It was very interesting reading from a point of view of someone who was dead and having a different type of perspective.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To Be:  Most Clueless and Queen Bee

Six Word Recap:  One twin takes the other’s life.

This book reminded me of the Pretty Little Liars series. This is probably because this book series is by the same author, but the mysteries and twin plots are very similar. In Pretty Little Liars, there are twins named Alison and Courtney. Courtney was sent off to a mental institute when the two were young, and a couple of years later, breaks out and steals Alison’s place. These two plots reminded me of each other and both fascinate me because I love untying mysteries.

Emma, Northeast Teen Adviser

Northgate Denim Madness!


Come to Northgate to creat something new, interesting, and maybe even useful out of your old jeans!  Something old, something new. Bring in old jeans to craft decorative pillows and bags. We’ll provide the bling and supplies; you bring the denim and creativity!” For tweens and teens.

Tuesday, July 30 from 2 – 4 pm.  (Note, most projects take about an hour. You don’t have to stay the whole time…but you can if you want!)


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If attending a program at The Seattle Public Library was a 1980s New Wave music video, it would be Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf.” Why? Because attending a Library program is a great way to discover something new and to meet new people, just like Simon Le Bon does while he’s crashing around in that jungle. Also, if you really are hungry like the wolf, you’ll find plenty of snacks at Library programs.

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What's Going On @ Your Library!

Hello SummerTuesday, July 30

  • Denim Madness @ Northgate 2 – 4 p.m. Something old, something new. Bring in old jeans to craft decorative pillows and bags. We’ll provide the bling and supplies; you bring the denim and creativity!” For tweens and teens.
  • Recycled Tees @ High Point 2 – 4 p.m. Have a t-shirt that needs a makeover? Create a unique piece of art that you can wear! Bring in your shirt and make it over with supplies provided by the Library. For tweens and teens. Registration is required.
  • Ukalaliens!Greenlake 11 a.m – 12 p.m. Learn to play familiar folk song on the ukelele in one hour. Absolute beginners welcome! Ukes available to share or bring your own. For tweens, teens, and adults.
  • Henna ArtBroadview 1 – 3 p.m. Create and wear great looking art! Get a henna design while you explore traditional and modern henna with artist Anjali Remme. For tweens and teens. Continue reading

Teen Review: The Princess Bride

Princess BrideTitle:  The Princess Bride
Author:  William Golding
Summary:  Buttercup is being forced to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck, when three eccentric strangers kidnap her at dusk one day.  Whisked away on a mystifying adventure, Buttercup longs only for one thing; her childhood love, Westley.
I started reading it because… I saw the movie and loved it!
I kept reading because… The book was way less dense than I thought it would be; it was hilarious. The story completely sucked me in.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Buttercup: Cause entire populations to faint due to her ethereal beauty. Westley: Never lose at ANYTHING.
Six Word Recap: “As you wish” works for Westley.
Websites of interest:  The Princess Bride

Natalie, Northeast Teen Adviser

Teen Review: Boys Over Flowers (K-Drama)

Boys over FlowersIf you’re looking for something new or refreshing to watch, Korean dramas happen to be popular among teenagers recently. One of the most popular dramas is Boys Over Flowers. It is based off of the Japanese manga; the story itself has been made into many different formats, but this drama can definitely be considered to be the best.  It is about a girl named Jan Di, who fights for others no matter what the cost.  An accidental situation brings her to Shinhwa Academy, a school only for the wealthy and elite.  There, she runs into the F4, a group of the four most popular, rich, and gorgeous boys in the whole school who are cold and heartless toward others.  When defending a friend against the F4, she gets on their bad side and is targeted as their next victim. Can Jan Di ever get through to them and win their respect?

The characters in this drama are played by popular idols of the Korean world today: Lee Min Ho as Goo Jun Pyo, Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo, Kim Bum as So Yi Jung, and Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin. Jan Di is played by Koo Hye Sun. The drama itself is fun and interesting to watch. The story includes a lot of romance and comedy, and revolves around their daily school life.  There are also segments involving family issues, which can really get viewers to connect to the characters.  It was very enjoyable.

So join other Korean drama fanatics by starting here! Find this drama at your local Seattle library.

Cracking the Hub: Annie Sullivan, The Round House & Juvenile in Justice

I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline.  The nineteenth book I read for the Challenge was Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert.

No doubt we all have heard about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.  They made education history when Annie Sullivan was able to break through into Helen Keller’s world, introduce her to language, and help her communicate with others.  As one of the Great Graphic Novels of the year we see this transformation, in pictures with few words, from the perspective of Annie Sullivan.
It’s been awhile since I learned about Helen Keller and her teacher.  Most of what I have learned until this point was about Helen Keller herself.  This graphic novel puts more emphasis on who Annie Sullivan was, her challenges growing up, her forthright personality that made living in the South difficult, and her attachment to her student and companion Helen Keller.  This was a fascinating read and thoroughly explores what it must have felt like for them both along their journey. Continue reading

The Pros & Cons of Summertime

pros_consPro: You have time to relax!

After a long school-year, summer has just begun and you can finally have a bit of time for yourself.  It is around this time that you can begin planning exactly what it is that you want to do to relax.  Whether that means finding a spot to lay in the grass and read or catching a few extra hours of sleep—you’re now free to do as you wish when it comes to relaxing!

Con: Your sleep cycle can become irregular.

The majority of people that I know have the ability to stay up late if they try and often don’t even have to try.  During the summer, when one isn’t constantly thinking about school, this can means that one can be subject to staying up late on a regular basis.  Sometimes, one can be distracted by surfing the Internet, reading a book or simply losing track of time—either way, this can become a pattern that is hard to break.

Pro: You have time to explore and experience new interesting places.

Due to an increase in free time you’re able to go out an explore at your leisure.  You can go to a park and discover trails or go on a picnic and discover nature first-hand.  If you’re a tea or coffee person, you can search for new fun tea/coffee places.  If you’re an artsy person, why not take the time during the summer to plan out a few museum days?  With Seattle’s wide-range of awesome museums you’re bound to discover something interesting! (You can even get free tickets for many of them from the library!) Continue reading

Ukalaliens @ Northgate!

ukalaliensWhat’s going on? Learn to play familiar folk songs on the ukuelele in one hour.  Absolute beginners welcome!  Ukes available to share or bring your own.

When and Where? Tuesday, July 23rd (today!) from 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Northgate.

Why should we care? Who hasn’t wanted to play the ukuelele at one point in their life?  Now here’s your chance!  By the end of the day, you’ll be able to say that you’ve played the ukuelele, and met some new faces!  Plus, you can earn a SRP badge for attending!

Who would enjoy it the most? This program is designed for tweens, teens, and adults.

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If commenting on posts on this blog was a 1980s New Wave music video, it would be ‘Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry.” Why? Because it’s your chance to make your voice heard, instead of sitting quietly like all those dressed-up people in the audience. You can show off your individuality, although not necessarily by having a little rat tail braid.

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