Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Graceling - Kristen Cashore

I honestly cannot believe that I haven't written a review on this book yet. So, let me tell ya'll a little story about a chica named Katsa. That's right my fellow cat lovers, this chick has "kat" in her name. Isn't that the dream?
Katsa is a part of a secret rebellion right under the nose of a ruthless king Randa. Katsa being his favorite bully, has to decide where her loyalties lie and what she must do with the power she has been given,
I feel that the summary that I have given of this book is as inadequate as a burnt piece of toast. Not satisfactory but for my purposes, it will have to do.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sing

SING
     In the movie Sing, it is about a group of singers who compete for a 100,000 dollar prize. The boss of the theater, Mr. Moon, is hosting the singing competition, to keep his theater from failing. The prize was only suppose to be a 1,000 dollars, but after a typo, it became 100,000 dollars. Mr. Moon, on the verge of failing, doesn't realize the mistake until the end of auditions, and he is already in trouble with the bank. Together, the singers have to stop what they were doing, and forget about the problems they are currently facing.
         I recommend this movie for just about anybody, unless you hate singing. This is a story about struggles, but it is mostly a singing competition. It can be pretty funny, and the movie is really enjoyable. This is a terrific family movie, and it is great for kids. I recommend  this movie for kids, and also adults, unless you do not enjoy singing.

 

December TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, December 27 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



Monday, December 12, 2016

The Curios Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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The Curios Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time is about Christopher, who lives with his father. Christopher finds Wellington, dead, with a fork in it's body. Christopher then decides to write a book about the dog, and find out who killed Wellington. Along the way, he discovers a few things that he would never think would happen. Will Christopher find out who killed Wellington? What other secrets will he find out?
 I loved this book, and I strongly recommend it for just about everyone. I hope you enjoy it too.

Irving Street Arcade: Star Wars Edition


Hone your gaming skills at the Irving Street Arcade, where each season you'll play a new game and a tournament champion will be crowned. All Games Rated E-T.

This month, celebrate the release of Rouge One by playing Star Wars Battlefront!

Ages 12-17
Saturday December 17
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Fantasy of Frost - Kelly St Clare

In this novel, there are two worlds; Osolis and Glacium. Osolis is a burning inferno, while Glacium is a frigid tundra. Olina is the Tatuma of Osolis, a position that should give her immense power. Unfortunately, her mother's abusive rule over their world and Olina keeps her from ever being happy. Olina is forced to wear a veil over her face, and those who see what is underneath it always die. This includes the man she fell in love with
 Kedrick, a prince from Glacium. After she is taken hostage by delegates from Glacium, Olina must prove to an entire world that she did not kill their beloved prince. If she can't, the price is her life.

Personally, I liked this book. At times, it did get a little bland, but in general, it was a solid romantic YA read. Olina herself is a strong, mysterious protagonist who adapts quickly and always has a surprise up her sleeve. Watching Olina grow as a person and struggle to find her own identity after her mother's abuse was a heart-wrenching journey in and of itself. If you're into romance, fantasy, deep-seated secrets or adventure, then I would definitely recommend this book.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, December 10!

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a wonderful addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The characters were lovable, the storyline fantastic, and the graphic design lifelike. I had a great time watching the movie and highly suggest you do so as well!
  With a trunk full of monsters, Newt Scamander sails to New York, but, during his walk through the city, one of his beasts gets loose. Thus he begins his adventure...

Tri-Wizard Yule Ball

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m., Irving Street
All ages. Register online or register by phone at 303-658-2603.

We are pleased to invite all muggles and wizards to celebrate Yule at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - or more commonly known as Westminster Public Library! Festivities includes crafts, games, and food. Future students are strongly encouraged to come in school uniform.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson

Image result for mistborn the final empireThis book follows a young girl named Vin who lives on the streets until she is taken in by a group of people hoping to overthrow the dictatorship that rules the last empire in the world. For those of you think that this is another Tris or Katsa type book, be ready to be wrong. This book is way better than that. This book is my favorite because it is everything that you have ever wanted in a book. It's got social classes, love, fleeting romances, rebellions, plans to do crazy thing that I couldn't even dream up, mystery, dictatorships, and my personal favorite, MAGIC. And this magic isn't your normal Harry Potter kind of magic. It's special. As you get farther into the trilogy, there is a whirlwind of stuff happening like a long time dispute between two gods. By the end of the series, everything from the first book ties together and makes perfect sense completing one of the best trilogies ever. I give this book a solid 5 golden shining stars. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, November 29 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



Friday, November 25, 2016

NaNoWriMo: Don’t Care About Trends. Just Write.

It’s almost here. The final week of NaNoWriMo, disrupted (at least for those of us in the US) by the Thanksgiving holidays. That’s right, we only have EIGHT DAYS of NaNo left. We’re hope you’re cruising towards your goal (whether it’s 50k or something else). This week, since the end is near and you might need a little bit of an extra boost to catch up or push through to your goal, we’re bringing you a very special author piece by Sarah Raughley, author of Fate of Flames, which just went on sale today (and which we’re currently featuring an extended excerpt of here)!
We’re, of course, happy to answer any questions, talk about stressors, or give specific helpful tips in the last few days of NaNo. If there’s anything you want us to address, let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to get you what you need to make it to November 30! Until then, here’s Sarah!   - Click here to see more at RIVETED.

Join our last hosted "Come Write In" events for adults & teens, including free buttons and progress chart! 

Ages: 12 and up
No registration
Tuesdays:  Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29     4-6 pm      Irving Street Library
Thursdays: Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1    5:30-7:30 pm     College Hill Library


Friday, November 18, 2016

International Games Day @ your library

International Games Day @ your library
Food, fun and games! Join teens at the library and across the world for this international event. Play our board games or bring your own.
Ages: 12-17
No registration
Saturday, Nov 19, 2-4 pm
College Hill Library

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Transgender Awareness Week

November 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week and
November 20 is International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Transgender Awareness Week helps raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and helps to address the issues the community faces. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

Check out our WPL list of LGBTQIA books and grow your awareness.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

NaNoWriMo: Beating Writer's Block

Check out RIVETED's Beating Writer's Block ideas.

Join our hosted "Come Write In" events for adults & teens, including free buttons and progress chart! 

Ages: 12 and up
No registration
Tuesdays:  Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29     4-6 pm      Irving Street Library
Thursdays: Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1    5:30-7:30 pm     College Hill Library

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, November 12!

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

Sunday, November 6, 2016

International Games Day


International Games Day @ your library
Food, fun and games! Join teens at the library and across the world for this international event. Play our board games or bring your own.
Ages: 12-17
No registration
Saturday, Nov 19, 2-4 pm
College Hill Library

Friday, October 28, 2016

 NaNoWriMos's Young Writers' Program

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month in November
It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days.
Join our hosted "Come Write In" events for adults & teens, including free buttons and progress chart! 

Ages: 12 and up
No registration
Tuesdays:  Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29     4-6 pm      Irving Street Library
Thursdays: Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1    5:30-7:30 pm     College Hill Library

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Destiny's Halloween event

It is now time for Destiny's Halloween event.  For those of you who play this incredible game, the Halloween event allows you to get exclusive items, such as costumes and new taunts.  Here is an image of a screenshot of the Traveler, with the Halloween logo projected on it.  If you do not know about this event, well now you do, go to it, and if you do not have destiny, get it. 10 out of 5 star rating.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Zootopia



Zootopia






Zootopia is a Disney movie in where a small bunny becomes Zootopia's first bunny cop. Zootopia is a city like no other. It is comprised of neighborhoods like Sahara Square and Tundratown and many more, and is a melting pot where animals from every environment live together. Zootopia is a place where no matter what you are, you can be anything. The main character, Judy Hopps, is struggling to become a "real cop," as she is placed on the lowest duties of a cop in Zootopia.  To prove herself, she partners with a scam artist fox to solve the mystery. 

Halloween at Hogwarts


We are pleased to invite all muggles and wizards to celebrate Halloween at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - or more commonly known as Westminster Public Library! Festivities include crafts, games, and food. Future students are strongly encouraged to come in school uniform.
All ages.
Register online or register by phone at 303-658-2603.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-4 p.m., College Hill 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten announced!

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker. 
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. 
  3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. 
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. 
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. 
  6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. 
  7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu. 
  8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  
  9. When by Victoria Laurie. 
  10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten.
Check out the winners from your Westminster Public Library!

October TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, October 25 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



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Drop-in DIY: Halloween Edition


Drop-in DIY: Halloween Edition
We'll provide the supplies for you to make scary or sweet Halloween decorations and costume accessories.
Ages: 12-17
No registration
Saturday, Oct 15, 1-3 pm
College Hill Library

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Studio: Drawstring T-shirt Bag


The Studio: Drawstring T-shirt Bag
Have an old t-shirt laying around? Put it to good use. Drop by the Irving Street Library and we'll show you how to turn your classic band T-shirt into an awesome drawstring bag.
Ages: 12-17
No registration
Thursday, Oct 13, 3:30-4:30 pm
Irving Street Library

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Teen Read Week: READ FOR THE FUN OF IT!

Drop in to Teen Underground @ College Hill for afternoon fun all week!
Oct 10-14, 3-5 pm
  • Check out Book Bundles
  • Make Buttons
  • Navigate the Maze of Myth - Greek god trivia, personality tests, and shrinky-dink medallion making


Just for the fun of reading and being a teen in the library!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Divergent by Veronica Roth



Divergent is about a society that is divided up by five factions. When someone turns sixteen, they choose one and stay in it permanently. Tris is a girl born into an Abnegation family (for the selfless) but when the time came, she chose to be a dauntless (for the brave). Though when she took the test to see which faction would fit her best, her results were inconclusive because she was divergent.

Divergent was an amazing dystopian! It is fast paced and action packed. I really liked seeing Tris evolving throughout the story as a courageous person. The author did such a good job of putting the story together and especially connecting the characters to the reader. She also did not rush the romance at all, which many authors are eager to do.



Irving Street Arcade


Hone your gaming skills at the Irving Street Arcade, where each season you'll play a new game and a tournament champion will be crowned. All Games Rated E-T.

This month, join us Irving Street where you'll play the all-new Madden 17!

Ages 12-17
Saturday October 8
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, October 8!

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

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Teen Book Club


Drop in @ Teen Underground for some discussion & goodies!
Ages 12-17
No registration
1st Tuesday each month 4-5 pm

   Oct 4 Celebrate Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by creating a story from a photograph
College Hill Teen Underground area

Friday, September 30, 2016


In honor of Banned Books Week this week, we have buttons and a Mug Shot "Caught Reading a Banned Book" background for taking a selfie. Check out our display of Banned Books and read one yourself!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Destiny Rise of Iron

Destiny Rise of Iron, I have been playing destiny, and ever since this DLC came out, I have been playing non-stop.  In fact, I have recently obtained one of the game's best weapons, The Gjallarhorn.  (that was just to make people who did not have it jealous.  I do not actually know the story behind it, also anyone can get it, easily) Destiny itself is a story about how a giant white orb  came to Earth and had the capacity to create life and functional ecosystems.  There was a Golden Age, unfortunately, shortly afterwards the darkness found the “traveler” as they called it, to seek revenge.  Later, in the Taken King, the old DLC, you needed to kill Oryx, or the so-called God of this evil.  And now, in Rise of Iron, the journey stays on Earth, or so I know.  It is still too early to tell.  Long story short, get this game.  

Overwatch

Overwatch is a brand new game from Bungie, and it has captivated us with its interesting characters, fun graphics, and wonderful controls.
Much resembling TF2, Overwatch is a game based on choosing a character and using it in battle. Though wonderful, it has its downsides, as the game can be hard to learn at first. However, once you really get used to it, it will be a wonderful new edition to your list of favorite games.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Female of the Species by Mindy Mcginnis


The Female of the Species by Mindy Mcginnis is about a girl named Alex who once found her older sister, Anna, dead in the woods. Since then she has never been the same and murdered Anna's killer. But then she crosses paths with Jack and begins falling in love and then befriends her classmate Peekay. That's when Alex realizes doesn't have to live like this.

What I loved most about The Female of the Species was how the book did a great job of shaping the plot and the characters. It was more focused on that than throwing in twists and making things a rushing adventure which is something we do not see as often in YA books. Also since the main character, Alex, has been through something traumatic, it is interesting to read about how she thinks from her point of view. The ending would be extremely difficult but the author managed to make it completely tolerable and I have never read anything like it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, September 27 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



Saturday, September 10, 2016

Vote for your Teen's Top Ten books by October 15!

  • The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.
  • Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.
  • Readers ages twelve to eighteen can vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 9-15, 2016) here on the Teens' Top Ten site.
  • Winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.
  • Check out the Teens' Top Ten Nominees from the Westminster Public Library, read, and then vote your choice!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, September 10!

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

Drop-In Homework Help


Need help with your homework or just a quiet space to get it done? Beginning September 12, Irving Street Library will be offering free homework help Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers will assist you with your assignments and laptop computers will be made available for your use. No registration is required.

Mon., Tues., and Wed. 3:30-5
Irving Street Library

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Teen Book Club

Drop in @ Teen Underground for some discussion & goodies!
Ages 12-17
No registration
1st Tuesday each month 4-5 pm

   Sep 6 Fall previews & predictions
College Hill Teen Underground area

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon


 "Everything Everything" by Nicola Yoon is about a girl named Maddy who suffers from SCID (a disease that makes you allergic to the world) and has stayed in her house for the past 18 years of her life. She wasn't depressed or ungrateful about the way she was... until she meets Olly. Olly is a strange boy that moved into the house right next to Maddy's, he is curious about the girl who only stared out of her window but never came out. As they communicate without talking, Maddy grows more and more attached to Olly and wants to see and know him outside of her trapped world.

This book is one of my favorite contemporaries because reading about the love and the risks were so breath-taking and heartbreaking. Olly has a funny and nice personality that fit well with Maddy's adventurous, happy personality. The twists in the book really surprised me, though the ending did anger me a little, reading the epilogue made me feel better.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salmon Rushdie

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"Haroun and the Sea of Stories."  This is my favorite book, it is filled with mystery, adventure and fun.  The book is about a boy who travels to a land with, you guessed it, a sea of stories.  He goes on an adventure with his A.I. Hoopoe after an evil nation threatens a country.  Haroun stands up for the country and helps them in the battle.  This is as much as I can tell you, if you want to know more then you just have to read it.

No Man's Sky

Though there is plenty of controversy around the subject, Hello Games' "No Man's Sky" pushes the idea of space travel to new heights with innovative gameplay and a compelling, and sometimes hard to find, story.

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Though the charts are implying that the game is disliked, I personally love the idea of going through space and discovering more about the story, so I'm rather enjoying the game. It doesn't give you a tutorial for anything, so there is a bigger sense of accomplishment when you complete a task, even an easy one. There are over 18 Quintilian star systems out there, all of which is available for exploration, so, as an open world game fanatic, I feel very happy with the idea that I don't have any boundaries in my world, and I can do what I want, whenever I want.

Even though I and many other players may be enjoying the game, Shawn Murray, the head developer and overall spokesperson for Hello Games, did lie about many of the features that are just non-existent in-game. There are no giant fleets of spaceships that appear, nor can we land on asteroids. But the biggest lie that lead to the most controversy is the one about the all-online feature. After many tests, people have discovered that you cannot meet other real players in the game, which was a very big promise that Sean Murray made.

Despite all of the lies, the game is filled with potential, and I as a player have been on it for hours at a time.