Sunday, November 29, 2015

Inklings Teen Writers' Club Meeting

Teens meet on Tuesday, December 1st to share their writing, receive feedback, and practice writing prompts.

Ages 12-17
No registration
4:30 - 6:00 pm
1st Tuesday each month
College Hill 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Conquered Earth Novels

Midnight City is a dystopian novel about a young man named Holt Hamilton, who lives in a world overtaken by an alien species called the Assembly. The worst part is, all adults have succumbed to "The Tone", a strange mind-control device that turns anyone older than 21 into a drone.
I definitely loved the book as well as the rest of the series. It is one of my favorites, and worth a read!

Epilepsy Awareness Month

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith – Destiny takes a detour in this heartbreakingly hilarious novel with five starred reviews. Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It's how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he's a real boy and not just a character in his father's bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he's ever loved. Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned-and learn how to write their own destiny. The story blends together how a teen can live with epilepsy and still try to enjoy friendship and love, and navigate the normal pitfalls of adolescence.

NaNoWriMo pep talk

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
"Think of this as the third lap in an eight-minute mile. Your muscles and joints are aching. Your lungs are burning. And the discomfort of being out of breath is overwhelming you.
But you only have one lap to go "
— Jason Reynolds. Read the rest of his pep talk now.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Lunar Chronicles Series



Cinder by Marissa Meyers is the first book in my all time favorite series! The well known fairy tale Cinderella is the bases of this first book. But don't think you know what the story is about because there are twist and turns around every corner. This story presents our main character Cinder is a 16 year old gifted mechanic, who lives with her stepmother and stepsisters who  despise her. For one reason and one reason only, Cinder is a cyborg. A person only one step up from dirt in the eyes of society. The society of androids and humans. The society in the future. The society of New Beijing and it's royal prince Kai. When Cinder life becomes entwined with royalty she thinks nothing else can go wrong until her past comes and gives her the biggest surprise of her life.

I recommend this book because other than it's over-all awesomeness, Cinder is an independent strong girl who can kick some butt when she needs to. That is only one of the many reason Cinder is one of my favorite books

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, November 24th from 4-5:30 pm!

Join TAB and get volunteer credit for promoting library services to teens at the Westminster Public Libraries:
  • Advise, plan, and participate in teen programs.
  • Post reviews and teen news on the Teen Underground blog/website.
  • Promote teen reading and news by creating bulletin boards and displays in the Teen Underground areas.
  • Recommend materials for the young adult collection.
Attend one of our TAB meetings to get started! 

Ages 12-17
No registration
Last Tuesday of each month
College Hill

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Life-Size Mario Kart

Celebrate International Games Day at your library by playing a life-size video game! Design a custom vehicle made of cardboard boxes then the race is on!
Ages 12-17
No registration
Saturday, Nov 21
1:30-3:30 pm
College Hill

Saturday, November 14, 2015

NaNoWriMo pep talk

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
"There will be a time when your journey grows tough. The idea that seemed so shiny and cool in your head doesn’t seem so shiny and cool on the page... Your friends are tired of hearing you talk about it. Perhaps you’re even regretting that you told them, because now they’re all about to watch you fail. 
Well... don’t. Don’t fail."
— Stephanie Perkins. Read the rest of her pep talk now.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, November 14th!

Take on the role of a heroic character of fantasy in a world of monsters, magic and destiny! We have a variety of characters to choose from...look forward to seeing you!

Ages 12-17
No registration
2nd Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm
College Hill

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NaNoWriMo pep talk

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
"Dreaming and imagining is how we learn to build worlds, characters, stories. Never be afraid to dream... It's magical. So is writing your first novel."
— Justine Larbalestier. Read the rest of her 2015 Pep Talk now.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Top Page-to-Screen Adaptations to Put on Your Radar

Photo Credit: Sony/Puffin/Lionsgate/Quirk

We’ve all heard the following: “The book is better than the movie.”
The move from page to screen is tricky. What works in a book doesn’t quite get across the same way cinematically. It’s not practical to film every detail in a book, even though as readers and fans we may find all of those details fascinating and important. The cast and crew have to use their own creative talents to interpret the essence of the novel in the most captivating way possible, whether or not it’s completely faithful to the story.
Many YA adaptations, new and old, suffer from not diverging far enough from the source material. However, there are instances when too many differences can hurt a film as well. The following is a list of upcoming movies and TV shows based on YA titles that hopefully will find the balance of being true to the story while also excelling in a new medium.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Release Date: November 20, 2015
The Hunger Games franchise has proven to be “the crown jewel” of YA adaptations, well-loved by fans, critics, and general audiences—which is a rarity. The movie series has great source material, and the creative team behind it knows how to make the film version visually epic and hit the key emotional moments that allow viewers to take enjoyment of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy (Scholastic) to a new level.
Shadowhunters – TV Premiere: January 12, 2016 on ABC Family (aka Freeform)
A disappointing debut at the box office and negative reviews did not deter producers from rebooting The Mortal Instruments series (S. & S.), this time for television. The Mortal Instruments is better suited for long form storytelling. The series is packed with plot, characters, and details that the movie couldn’t completely touch on, and Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter world needs time to be explored, rather than throwing a ton of exposition at viewers hoping they comprehend it all. Footage of the new show recently debuted at New York Comic Con, and while it’s not terribly convincing, there is real potential there.
The 5th Wave – Release Date: January 15, 2016
Put The 5th Wave (Putnam, 2013) and ChloĆ« Grace Moretz together, and it’s hard not to be excited for this upcoming movie. Based on the trailers, the film looks like it is faithful to the story. Obviously, the studio hopes to turn the series into a franchise, and Moretz may have enough star power to make that happen. I suppose my only worry would be adapting the sequel, The Infinite Sea(2014), because that book is a doozy.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Release Date: March 18, 2016
Splitting the final book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling “Divergent” series (HarperCollins) doesn’t seem like the smartest choice. The first part of the novel is slowly paced, yet it’ll be interesting to see what the creative team adds to boost the narrative. UnlikeTwilightHarry Potter, etc., the final movie, due in 2017, will be called Ascendant instead of Allegiant Part 2. It makes us wonder what provoked the new name and if the film will stay true to Roth’s semi-controversial ending.
The BFG – Release Date: July 1, 2016
Not quite YA, but The BFG (Penguin) is a young readers’ classic. It’s a personal favorite, and director Steven Spielberg is bringing Roald Dahl’s tale to the big screen. Spielberg is a great choice; he’s a master of creating adventure stories that are exciting, heartwarming, and thought provoking. Add Bill Hader and a score by John Williams, this might be the movie to win our hearts in 2016.
A Monster Calls – Release Date: October 14, 2016
Known for directing The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona has experience creating harrowing and transcendent storytelling for film. Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls (Candlewick, 2011) is profoundly written, and it easily has the capacity to be a compelling and powerful film, especially with a cast that includes Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, and Felicity Jones.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Release Date: November 18, 2016
Audiences will return to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with a prequel series following the adventures of Newt Scamander (played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne). Written for the screen by Rowling herself, the film offers fans something new: America’s magical world. The new setting and characters will likely not seem too different since David Yates, who directed the last four Potter films, returns to helm the first film of the new trilogy.
Let It Snow – Release Date: December 9, 2016
The short story collection (Speak, 2008) from Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, and John Green received an official release date from Universal earlier this year. Little is known about the film project, besides the fact that Kay Cannon, who wrote Pitch Perfect, was hired to adapt the interconnected vignettes. That Universal gave the project a release date is a good sign that they plan to move forward with production, and hopefully a director and cast will be announced soon.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Release Date: December 25, 2016

Sunday, November 1, 2015

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants online writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days ( The Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals. Free buttons and track your progress in Teen Underground at College Hill Library!

Ages 12-17
Nov 1-30
College Hill

Inklings Teen Writers' Club Meeting

Teens meet on Tuesday, November 3rd to share their writing, receive feedback, and practice writing prompts.

Ages 12-17
No registration
4:30 - 6:00 pm
1st Tuesday each month
College Hill