Sunday, November 19, 2017

Towers Falling -Jewell Parker Rhodes

   Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes(realistic fiction)was a book I decided to read for a Battle of The Books competition.  This book is about Dèja and her journey as she enters a new school and city. Along her way she meets her friends Ben and Sabeen, together they learn about what happened to the New York skyline on September 11th, 2001. Jewell Parker takes a unique and very approachable look at a very sad tragedy that happened 16 years ago. Towers Falling will open your eyes to the harsh reality of what happened on 9/11 and how it affected the people around them!
 I really liked this book personally because the author depicted a very special protagonist! I think the author did a very good job at developing the characters as the story moves along, and we can see this through writing pieces Dèja writes. I would rate it a 4.5 out of 5 and I would highly recommend you to read it! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teen Makers: Hack Your History


discover.explore.build.create.tinker.share
Coding, building, circuits, animation, buttons, beads and more. 

November 21 - Hack Your History


College Hill Library Room L107
4-6 p.m.
Ages 12-17

Drop in... No registration required

Monday, November 6, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, November 11!

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 2, 2017

The Road - Cormac McCarthy


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     The Road is a book about a post-apocalyptic society that has been ravaged and wrecked to the point of desperation. The Road focuses on the journey of a boy and his father. Together they continue their journey down to the South in hopes of a better life. Even though all the horrible sights they see and the horrible things they have to do, the man and boy do not venture from the road.
      In 2007, this book won the Pulitzer award for Fiction. It is an amazing work of writing that leaves the reader questioning their sanity. There were times, still are, that I hated this book. At one point, I read 15 pages and had to put the book down because of powerful it was. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something a bit deeper than magic, love, and is ready for a more mature read. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, October 31 from 4:30-6:00 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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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.

Let us know in the comments any games you would like to play!

Ages 12-17
Wednesday November 1
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017 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! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Readers ages twelve to eighteen voted online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017).


Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

You can find all of these winning titles @ the Westminster Public Library. View the list here and reserve your copy today.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kingdom (Manga) Review

Kingdom is a manga based off of an irrational and boisterous boy. This boy has a glorious dream to become the strongest general in the world. Being the peasant that he is, this dream seems to be nothing more than a fantasy. But this boy, amazingly through only self convection, goes about making his dream into a reality. Miraculously, he meets the king and begins his quest. Join Xin in his adventures of conquering China!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Teen Read Week "Unleash your Story"

Celebrate reading and sharing great stories, tales, memoirs, and autobiographies just for the fun of it!

Write, tell, and share your own personal stories by creating your own tiny first line zine book with supplies in the Teen Underground area at both College Hill and Irving Street library.

And don't forget to vote through Oct 14 for your top three choices for Teens' Top Ten Vote. Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open through Teen Read Week, which is October 8-14, 2017! The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017, so check back to see the winners!


You still have time to read titles before voting...reserve to check out your next read from Westminster Public Library here:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Teen Makers: Illuminate Your Halloween


discover.explore.build.create.tinker.share
Coding, building, circuits, animation, buttons, beads and more. 

October 17 - Illuminate Your Halloween

College Hill Library Room L107
4-6 p.m.
Ages 12-17

Drop in... No registration required

Monday, October 9, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

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

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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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.

Let us know in the comments any games you would like to play!

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, September 26 from 4:30-6:00 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 23, 2017

Banned Books Week: September 24-30


Celebrate your freedom to read! 

Banned Books Week is an annual event that highlights your freedom to read and open access to information. Each year, the American Library Association publishes a list of the top ten challenged books in public libraries and schools.

Stop by either Westminster Public Library location to check out our Banned Books display, and share in the comments the Banned Books you have read or are excited to read!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Vote Before Oct 14 for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten!

YALSA – Teens' Top Ten books of 2017



Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open from August 15 to through Teen Read Week, which is October 8-14, 2017! The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017, so check back to see the winners!


You still have time to read titles before voting...reserve to check out your next read from Westminster Public Library here:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Teen Makers


discover.explore.build.create.tinker.share
Coding, building, circuits, animation, buttons, beads and more. 

September 19- Math Challenges

College Hill Library Room L107
4-6 p.m.
Ages 12-17

Drop in... No registration required

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The LAB: Pokémon Terrarium


Create. Make. Demolish. Repurpose. At the LAB, anything is possible. AGES: 12-17

Build your very own, Pokémon Terrarium made for the Pokémon of your choice. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring anything additional you would like to add. 

Wednesday September 20
2-4:30 p.m.
Irving Street Library

Register online now!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, September 9!

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, September 3, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

     Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is the 15th movie linked to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe),  anyways, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 takes moments after the first movie made in 2014, It follows original characters/ cast from the first movie; Star lord/ Peter Quill(Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) ,Drax( Dave Bautista), Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel), and Rocket ( Voiced by Bradley Cooper). In this movie the group gets in trouble with the Sovereign ( A race of genetically-perfect people). As a result it is what triggers the rest of the movie. In this movie we are introduced to Peter Quill's dad (Kurt Russell), and Mantis(Pom Kelmentieff) . Is you are looking for another great Marvel movie with plot-twist and a very sad goodbye 😢, look no father than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. I give this movie an 8.5/10👍. I can wait to see them again on the big screen in May of 2018 joined by the Avengers!!!😃 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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.

Ages 12-17
Wednesday September 6
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, August 29 from 4:30-6:00 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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli



The Last Namsara is about a girl named Asha who hunts dragons, but her goal specifically a powerful dragon named Kozu. As a child, she would tell forbidden stories of the "Old days" that poisoned her mother to death. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't stop herself from reading and telling them as if they were addictive. But the stories came with the price of attracting dragons. Asha soon stopped telling the stories which enraged the dragons and Kozu, the greatest of them all, breathed hot fire on her leaving a long scar along her face. Since then, she has promised revenge.
The book was slow at first but picked up pace towards the middle. Asha is under the stereotype against hating slaves but she also grows out of it as she falls in love with one. The Last Namsara is action packed and great for anyone who enjoys elemental fantasy.

Monday, August 21, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes is a dystopian novel about the world where one group of people rule everything. The story is told through the point of views of Laia is a scholar slave, and Elias an empathetic soldier. With Laia's parents gone, grandparents killed, and bother missing, Laia has to turn to desperate measures to ensure her safety along with her brother's. And Elias, having lived under his mother's torturous rule for too long, is hoping to escape.
This novel was really good at creating intriguing characters. Characters such as the Augurs, made me question my moral standings. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure to start off their school year. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vote Now for the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten!

YALSA – Teens' Top Ten books of 2017



Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open from August 15 to through Teen Read Week, which is October 8-14, 2017! The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017, so check back to see the winners!


You still have time to read titles before voting...reserve to check out your next read from Westminster Public Library here:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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.

Ages 12-17
Saturday August 19
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Last Week! free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before 8/17/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading TipsGet the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, August 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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Allies and Assassins - Justin Somper

This story begins with death. Prince Anders dies leaving an inadequate candidate, at best, to run a nation being threatened from all sides. The new Prince, Jared is more than confused as to how to run a nation. But don't worry (!), Justin Somper chooses this moment to throw in a very beautiful girl with a knack for helping. Yay! I bet you can't guess what happens next.
Other than some obvious turns in the novel, Justin Somper does a great job at creating his characters and the sentences that bind them together. The novel is good for people who like books with a little fantasy, a little mystery, and a lot of love lost.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Week 15 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 8/10/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading TipsGet the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Born To Run - Christopher McDougall

I won't bore you with a long summary because this book doesn't need one. Essentially, this book is about a man who wants, more than anything, to be able to love running. Although this is a nonfiction book, it is told in a series of stories. Initially, I was forced to read this book but after pushing through that first few pages, I felt drawn into the novel. Beyond the story, it's a powerful persuasive essay as well. Along the way, I learned quite a bit about ancient civilizations. I would definitely recommend reading this book before school starts up again. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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.

Ages 12-17
Saturday July 29
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, July 25 from 4:30-6:00 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, July 20, 2017

Week 13 free Sync Audiobooks for teens

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 7/27/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading TipsGet the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Insomnia

Insomnia
By Stephen King

     Ralph Roberts can't sleep because he is cursed with insomnia, and what he sees makes him different than other people. His insomnia opens up a world where he can see auras around people, and he can see strings that represent life. He sees what can end your life, and what he sees puts him in severe danger. A group of dangerous people and the Crimson King try to stop him. He has to stand up for a woman's care center who is being attacked, and he alo has to help and save some people along this way. Can he do all of this without ending up dead?
     I would recommend this book for people who like mysteries. At some parts it can get a little boring, but I thought this was a great book.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Teen Makers July 18 "WPL Ninja Warrior" challenge

Teen Makers - July "WPL Ninja Warrior" Challenge
Program a Sphero robot to bunjee jump as low as it can go, launch onto an island of sand, and maneuver a balance course
- Design a marker coded challenge course for our newest "Nacho" Ozobot robot
- Tinker with Littlebits to build an obstacle challenge
-Create a Makey Makey circuit obstacle course
-Direct & film a "stop-motion animation" WPL Ninja Warrior episode
Ages: 12-17
Tuesday, Jul 18, 4-6 pm
College Hill Library

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Week 12 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 7/20/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading Tips
Get the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher



Thirteen Reasons Why is about Clay Jensen who lived a normal life until a shoe box of tapes arrived at his door. The moment he played them, he realized that he voice belonged to Hannah Baker, the person he loved, until she had committed suicide a few weeks ago. Hannah claims that there were thirteen reasons why she killed herself and Clay was one of them. Clay goes along a journey to discover the truth of what happened to her.
This book was very unique and interesting. Personally I thought it was a bit depressing and slow at times but I do understand it is liked among other people. The plot is different from an average book and Hannah's tapes go deep into emotion. I would highly recommend Thirteen Reasons Why to people who enjoy contemporary themes and a good cry.

Week 11 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 7/13/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading Tips
Get the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, July 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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Week 10 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 7/6/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading Tips
Get the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Everything Everything Movie



The Everything Everything Movie, really brought out Nicola Yoon's book with a heart-wrenching, powerful, and an intelligent, romantic tale about Madeline and Ollie. Madeline was diagnosed with a rare disease as a baby, and is forced to stay in her house for the past 18 years, because she is "allergic to the world", and any small illness, such as a fever, could be life-threatening. Everyday was the same...she was always bored and miserable in her house. That was until, a teenaged boy named Ollie moved into a house right next to Madeline's. Even from first glimpse, Madeline was interested in Ollie. They communicated with each other through text, and instantly became more attached to each other and created a strong bond with one another. Through the movie you see how love can truly make people risk EVERYTHING to be with one another, even if it means losing EVERYTHING. As great as the movie was, nothing can top Yoon's writing and how the book takes you even more on an adventure. I suggest reading the book before watching the movie. In the movie it felt like the story was being rushed, which made it not as enjoyable as the book. There were also some minor tweaks that were made to the movie, that also made it not as great as the book. But other than that, the movie was truly astonishing. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, June 27 from 4:30-6:00 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, June 24, 2017

Week 9 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/29/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading Tips
Get the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEW! Teen Makers Program

Teen Makers
Drop in to discover, explore, build, create, tinker, and share ideas using Sparkfun electronic circuits, Sphero robots, stop-motion animation, button-making, Perler Beads, and more.
Ages: 12-17
Tuesday, Jun 20, 4-6 pm
Tuesday, Jul 18, 4-6 pm
College Hill Library Room L107

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Week 8 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/22/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure. 

Downloading Tips
Get the OverDrive App to access free SYNC audiobooks. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back for another amazing story. This time with the addition of Baby Groot! (He's probably my favorite part of the entire movie).  This movie does a really good job at concluding the first one. The audience gets to see Nebula and Gamora's sisterly love again *sarcasm* and we get more of Rocket's amazing roasts of The Star-Lord. Not only that, Drax develops a sense of humor! 

Personally, I think this movie is pretty good but the first one is better. It's like, I wouldn't mind watching it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it. As always, the characters were great but the plot was little undeveloped.But take some time this summer to check this movie out, it'll be fun. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Saturday's D&D Club is cancelled

Due to an unexpected maintenance issue, College Hill Library will be closed on Saturday, June 10th. Come to the Irving Street Arcade instead.

Week 6 free Sync Audiobooks for teens

Crossing the line 
Download the free pair from SYNC »here .
This Week's Audiobooks
PLUS ONE
By Elizabeth FamaRead by Julia Whelan
P
ublished by Elizabeth Fama
People are separated into those who live by day and those who live by night in this fantasy world. 

Plus One, by Elizabeth Fama
IF I RUN
By Terri BlackstockRead by Nan Gurley
P
ublished by Zondervan
Who killed her boyfriend? The scene points to Casey, and she decides to run away.

If I Run, by Terry Blackstock
Thank you to Elizabeth Fama and Zondervan for generously providing this week's titles.
Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/15/2017!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep and listen to at your leisure.