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
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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. 

Wednesday, June 7, 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 June 10
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Reagan Barnhill

In the Protectorate, the people live in
constant fear of a witch from the forest. This witch requests the youngest baby born that year to be presented to her on The Day of Sacrifice. This horrible tradition causes one mother to lose her mind when her baby is taken away from her.

Xan is the witch in the woods. She is kind, loving, and compassionate. Every year, Xan finds a baby waiting for her in the forest. She takes care of this baby and moves it to the cities on the other side of the forest. One year, Xan falls in love; she decides to keep a baby for herself.

This story is engaging but also doesn't enchant the reader. It's like a slow song that you can't help but sway to but not something you sing along and jump around to.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

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

Friday, June 2, 2017

Half of a Yellow Sun by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Often, we find ourselves stuck within the confines of our own worlds. Our rooms, our homes, our cities; they're safe and comfortable, but there are fascinating places outside these bubbles that are so worth exploring. Through this book, Half of a Yellow Sun, the late '60s, a tumultuous time in Nigeria, were explored through the perspectives of four main characters: Ugwu, a houseboy; Odenigbo, a university professor with revolutionary ideas; Olanna, the beautiful almost-wife of Odenigbo; and Richard, an English writer who has fallen in love with Olanna's twin.

Learning about Biafra-a failed republic I didn't even know about- was actually really interesting from this book. After watching a TED-talk by Chimamanda, I knew I had to read some of her work. The characters are down to earth and impossible to dislike. The country itself is a beautiful place that struggles to overcome the legacy of colonialism. I honestly didn't think this is the type of book I would like, but seeing Nigeria from the lens this book provided was a worthwhile experience for me.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Reading for Everyone! "Build a Better World"


Summer Reading for Everyone! "Build a Better World"
Everyone can participate in the summer reading program. Earn prizes by participating in weekly contests, reading, and attending programs. Register online at www.westminsterlibrary.org
June 3 - July 30

Summer Reading Kickoff Events
Start your summer at the annual Summer Block Party! Register for Summer Reading and pick up your reading log/punch card. Enjoy park festivities and watch The Jungle Book movie.
Friday, Jun 2, 6-8 pm
Irving Street

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty making "seed bombs" for your next gardening adventure. Register for Summer Reading and pick up your reading log/punch card, score some swag, and enjoy refreshments.
Saturday, Jun 3, 1:30-4:30 pm
College Hill Library

Week 6 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/8/2017!  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, May 28, 2017

May TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, May 30 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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Week 5 free Sync Audiobooks for teens


Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/01/2017!  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.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Reading Program Volunteer Training



Summer Reading Program Volunteer Training
Teens can volunteer at the Westminster Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Teens must use people-skills and organizational abilities to register participants, hand out prizes, and perform other duties. Teens must commit to working scheduled shifts, and can earn between 10-30 volunteer hours.  Ages: 12-17

*Click to register for training sessions here.

You can check out the calendar of volunteer shifts that you will be signing up for at the training session here:
College Hill Library   Irving Street Library

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Week 4 free Sync Audiobooks for teens

Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/25/2017!  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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Legions - Brandon Sanderson

13452375Legions is an introductory novella to the series, Legions. I absolutely loved the plot of this book. In it, there is a boy named Stephon Leeds, or also Legions. This guy has a multitude of personas that talk to him. Arguably, he is the smartest fictional character. He goes on this crazy adventure to find a camera that takes pictures in the past. Brandon Sanderson, the author of this fine novella, does a great job at making his readers take two seconds and just think. I give this books two thumbs up and recomend it to anyone just looking for a short and sweet book fling. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Week 3 free Sync Audiobooks for teens

Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/18/2017!  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.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Week 2 free Sync Audiobooks for teens

http://www.audiobooksync.com/
Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 5/11/2017!  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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Baby Sitting 101

Baby Sitting 101


Learn how to start a business, play with kids, care for babies, and handle first aid and emergency situations. Space is limited. Register online. 
Sunday, May 7, 4-7:30 p.m., College Hill
Saturday, May 13, 1-4:30 p.m., Irving Street
AGES: 11 and older

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Summer Reading Program Volunteer Training


Summer Reading Program Volunteer Training
Teens can volunteer at the Westminster Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Teens must use people-skills and organizational abilities to register kids, hand out prizes, and perform other duties. Teens must commit to working scheduled shifts, and can earn between 10-30 volunteer hours.  Ages: 12-17

*Registration begins May 1, 2017.

*Click to register for training sessions here.

You can check out the calendar of volunteer shifts that you will be signing up for at the training session here:

College Hill Library   Irving Street Library

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Long Walk

By Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman

     In The Long Walk by Stephen King, 100 boys walk as far as they can until there is only one standing. If the boys go under the speed limit, they get a few warnings, and then they get shot. The contestants walk as far as they can, making friends along the way, and overcoming a lot of challenges. Garraty, the main character meets and watches a lot of friends go in the walk.
     This book is violent and gruesome, but if you can handle that, this is a good book. The main character meets a lot of friends, and in the physically and mentally scarring experience for the winner, they can have The Prize. Will Garraty win, or will someone else beat him out? Read to find out!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, April 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, April 20, 2017

Irving Street Arcade - NBA 2K17


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.

The NBA playoffs are here! Play as your favorite team and try and advance to the finals in NBA 2K17.

Ages 12-17
Saturday April 22
2-4 p.m 
Irving Street Library

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The 2017 Teens' Top Ten nominees have been announced!


Check out this video of the announcements featuring the stars of the upcoming film, Everything, Everything! (coming May 19)

Teens - read these titles over the summer and vote for your favorites in August-October! All titles will be available from your Westminster Public Library by mid-May.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Family Game and Movie Day


Watch a movie, play card games or checkers, put together a puzzle and enjoy some free popcorn!

Sunday April 23
2-4 pm
College Hill Library

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens is back!


SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 27 2017, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

Think books aren't banned today? Think again. These are the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016, compiled by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).

Out of 323 challenges recorded by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, the “Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2016” are:

1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
2. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
3. George by Alex Gino Despite
4. I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel
5. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
7. Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk
9. Little Bill Books series by Bill Cosby
10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell