Monthly Archives: April 2014

Teen Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

TEWWGTitle: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Summary:  Tells the story of Janie, a Negro girl living in Florida at the time of the Jim Crow laws, who sets out to find love after fleeing an arranged marriage.

Why I started reading:  my teacher recommended it.

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely To:  Find love whatever it takes.

This book reminded me of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison because they both deal with the topic of racism, and in both stories, the main character goes on a journey.

Watch out for the plot twist!

–Christina, Northeast Teen Adviser

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Last Call…find gainful employment @ your library!

NasirohAre you a student in high school or college?

Do you need a job?

Come work at the Library!

We’re hiring for our awesome Student Assistant employment pool right now.

You’ll get:

  • great experience,
  • a flexible schedule,
  • awesome coworkers (we are, what?) &
  • a starting wage of $13.02 an hour!

Go to the library’s website for more information, check out the official Job Bulletin (apply online!), and download a Referral Form.IMAG1653

Remember, you need to submit ALL the pieces of the application to be considered.

If you have questions, contact Human Resources at (206) 386-4121.  Or talk to your local library staff…we love Student Assistants! 😀

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS April 30th!  TOMORROW!!

Speed application filling-out skills…engage!

Teen Review: Be More Chill

Be More ChillWhen I finished It’s Kind of A Funny Story by young author Ned Vizzini, I knew I had to pick up another novel by him.  I decided on one of his earlier novels, Be More Chill.  This book was the first YA book to ever be the Today Show Book Club novel, so I thought it must be good.

The premise was very interesting and creative.  The main character, Jeremy Heere, is your average high school geek.  No girls like him, he only has one friend, and he writes all of the insults thrown at him in a notebook.  All through high school, Jeremy has been crushing on Christine, a beautiful girl who is in his acting class.  When Jeremy reaches the peak of dorkdom, his enemy Rich gives him some valuable information.  He advises Jeremy to take “The Squip” a pill that makes you go from geek to chic.  But Jeremy realizes there are downsides to being the coolest kid around.

While this novel is certainly entertaining and somewhat well-written, the story drags near the end, causing you to wonder if he is ever going to find a resolution.  The novel has your average teen angst elements: drugs, innapropriate relationships, and bullying, but they are all put together to create one entertaining novel.

After reading this, I was shocked to find out that Ned Vizzini died just as I finished the novel.  For more info on Ned Vizzini’s Death and Be More Chill, click on the links. ​

–Peter, Fremont Teen Blogger

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Create Typewriter Art today @ West Seattle!

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Ribbon and Rhyme: Create Typewriter Art

Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Poetry Month by trying out vintage typewriters! Join The Carriage Return Group for Ribbon and Rhyme, a hands-on art installation with typewriters.  For all ages. 

Try your hand at typing a poem for the Northeast poetry contest, write something for a friend, or make some typewritten art.

Vintage typewriters and paper will be supplied — the only thing you need to bring is your creativity.

Volunteer staff from The Carriage Return will be on hand to unstick keys and offer typing advice.

Call West Seattle for more info (206.684.7444) or Ask a Librarian!

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New games, new controllers, new attitude!

Ken from High Point wants everyone to know that the library’s Gaming Kits have been updated.  That means more games, more action, more sports, more drama, more everything!

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The list of awesome new stuff is below.  Check out the Calendar of Events for gaming near you.  And, if you don’t see it, tell your local library staff that you want “Game On!”  🙂

Wii Games:

Super Mario Bros Wii

Mario Party 9

Punch Out!!

Wii Sports Resort

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Mario Super Sluggers

The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

XBOX 360

FIFA Soccer 13

Madden NFL 13

NBA2K13

Dance Central 3

Just Dance 4

Brunswick Pro Bowling

Marvel vs Capcom3: Fate of Two Worlds

Sonic Free Riders

Soul Calibur V

There also are two more controllers for the XBOX, an extra Wii Driving Wheel, Wii MotionPlus (2), Xbox Live Gold Membership (2 games per month that can be added) Two Game Cube Controllers Wii Compatible.

Party Time! Bring it On for Game On!

Harry Potter & Roller Derby? A magical combo!

Hitditch CupRat City Rollergirls are presenting the Hitditch Cup this Saturday, April 26th…and you should be there!

Hitditch Cup will include skaters from Rat City being sorted into four different teams! The skaters have no idea what team they will be sorted to!!

Teams:
Gryffindor – coached by GRYFFINDORABLE
Ravenclaw – coached by Lexi Lovegood
Hufflepuff – coached by Sunny Badger
Slytherin – coached by Sheeza Death Eater

 

  • Game 1: Hufflepuff vs. Gryffindor
  • Game 2: Slytherin vs. Ravenclaw
  • Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner vs. Game 2

Teams compete for the Hitdich Cup and the House Cup!  Who will win the House Cup?  That’s up to you!

But the final bout will not be any ordinary bout – the audience can cast spells on the skaters and officials!  Some will help the team, some will hinder them, but all will be entertaining!!

5:30 p.m. – Sorting Hat Ceremony
6:00 p.m. – First Whistle!

Don’t know much about Roller Derby?  Check out this vid to learn the basics.

Visit BrownPapertickets.com to buy your tickets.  Or, reread/watch Harry Potter, lol.  😀

Teen Review: Code Geass

Code GeassTitle:  Code Geass

Original Story by:  Okochi, Ichiro

Summary:  In 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in one month due to Britannia’s deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicles. The once proud nation of Japan was now referred to as Area 11. Pockets of resistance appear throughtout Area 11. Posing as a student, exiled Imperial Prince Lelouch finds himself in the heart of an ongoing conflict for the island nation. Lelouch gains his Geass (the power of the king), thanks to a mysterious girl named C.C. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person, Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within.

I started watching it because…I enjoy watching anime that involves strategy and Code Geass was all about that.

In a yearbook, the main characters would be voted Most Likely To:

  • Lelouch as the Man with the Brains, Suzaku as Athlete of the Month (Season 1).
  • Lelouch as “Messiah” and Savior of the Weak, Suzaku as Betrayer of Japan (Season 2).

This anime reminded me of Death Note.

~Endrias, Grade 10, Lake City Teen Blogger

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