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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Irving St. Arcade

UPDATE: The Irving Street will be cancelled this week, but will resume again in October. 

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 September 3
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Sunday, August 28, 2016

August TAB Meeting

Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, August 30 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, August 27, 2016

A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer

All Dave has ever dreamed of is love; but all he has ever known is abuse from his alcoholic, unstable mother. Everyday, he comes home to starvation and beatings while his own brothers and father turn a blind eye on what they know is wrong. Dave is neglected to the point where his family won't even acknowledge him as a human being, rather, they call him "it." All Dave Pelzer has to survive one of the worst child abuse cases in California's history are his wit, determination, and dreams of unknown love.

I'm not gonna lie, this book made me cry more than I'd like to admit. It is Dave Pelzer's (the author) true memoir of his abusive childhood. This book has a lot of violent material in it, so if that bothers you I would not recommend it. Otherwise, this was a well-written book that opened up my eyes to a painful reality I didn't know existed.

Friday, August 19, 2016

White Cat - Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe is from a family of con artists who work for a crime boss. Cassel Sharpe is the boy who accidently killed his best friend, Lila, but nobody outside the family knows. After a sleepwalk trip to the edge of the roof, visits in his dreams by a white cat, and people around him losing their memories, Cassel starts to question what he knows.

My favorite part about the book is the dedication. It great. But that's beside the point, this book is amazing. It's all about being cunning, trickery, and mystery. I would give it a 4/5 

Monday, August 15, 2016

2016 Teens’ Top Ten Voting Starts August 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!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

I'm just going to be blunt and say it: I actually liked Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Now, I know I'm one of the few that did and I'm not saying that the book was perfect, by any means. But the entire Harry Potter franchise means more to me than almost anything else. I started reading the books as a wide-eyed 5 year old and finished when I was 8. The original series drew me in and immersed me in this world that I loved and I'm glad I got to catch a glimpse into it one more time.

I'm going to try to be as spoiler free as I can, but there will be a few here and there, so just be aware of that.

So, one of the main reasons I liked the book (other than the fact that it's another Harry Potter book) is the two main characters. Albus and Scorpius were angsty and pretty complex for the book. In other words, Scorpius Malfoy is my favorite character to exist right now and must be protected at all costs. And I loved how they broke the Potter house tradition. Those are just some of the things I adored about this book.

Like I said, the Cursed Child isn't perfect at all and I can see why a lot of people hated it. It's not another novel written solely by J.K. Rowling. It's not what a lot of people expected, and it puts out weird fanfiction-y vibes at times (the train scene with the trolley lady amirite). But even with all of its faults, I found the Cursed Child to be very enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone that doesn't have super high expectations about it.

Riveted Summer Reads Schedule

Riveted is an online community for anyone that loves (or is addicted to?) young adult fiction! To read Riveted free books or to comment on any of their posts, you'll need to log in at Riveted with either your social media or site account.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, Aug 13!

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, August 2, 2016

Teen Book Club, Aug 2, 4-5 PM

Let's talk about books!
Favorite books you're reading. Upcoming books you're excited about. Books you're writing yourself.
Ages: 12-17
No registration
1st Tuesday each month 4-5 pm

   Aug 2 Olympics trivia 
College Hill Teen Underground area

Monday, August 1, 2016

Riveted Summer Reads Schedule

Riveted is an online community for anyone that loves (or is addicted to?) young adult fiction! To read Riveted free books or to comment on any of their posts, you'll need to log in at Riveted with either your social media or site account.