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
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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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Courage To Soar; Simone Biles


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Courage To Soar by Simone Biles is an autobiography about the events in her life so far. The story leads up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Rio Games. This book gives you an insight to Simone Biles' life and you get to learn everything she has been through. For me personally, this book was very motivational and as you read about the very many struggles Simone went through as a child, it inspires you to get moving. If you want a good book, that is hard to put down, is very relatable, and super motivational, I recommend this book.
 
 
 


Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

Drop in and try your hand at adventuring this Saturday, April 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, March 30, 2017

The LAB: Baseball/Softball Lace Bracelet



Get ready for Opening Day by creating a custom baseball or softball lace bracelet.

Ages 12-17

Thursday April 6
4-4:45 pm
Irving Street

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy, by: Cassandra Clare

After rereading the Mortal Instruments series, I couldn't get enough of the world of shadowhunters. When I found this series, Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy, I almost cried from sheer joy. This series is made up of ten books that each tell the stories of characters who may have been glossed over in the Mortal Instruments. Tessa and Jem, Helen and Aline, even Robert and Maryse, all have the chance to tell their stories as guest speakers at the Academy. Readers get to experience this unique perspective from Simon Lewis' angle.

I started reading this book knowing I would love it, because who doesn't love everything Cassandra Clare writes? Although no books will ever compare to the Morta Instruments series, this collection came as close to that perfection as they could. My heart (and eyes) wept for the beautiful characters I hadn't stopped to think about in City of Bones or Clockwork Princess. Should you read this series? Oh most definitely; but I would definitely recommend reading the books Cassandra Clare wrote previous to these ones.

The Fountain Head

Though at first "The Fountain Head" seems like a very heavy complicated novel it opened up my eyes to a brand new way of writing. I thought the book was incredibly interesting and thought provoking. I quickly finished it because I became fascinated by the interaction of the main characters and the passion of one man who changed everything. I highly recommend it.

Three Men in a Boat

"Three Men in a Boat" is a wonderful novel published in the early 1800's and is written by Jerome K. Jerome. It is a tale about three men who go on adventures when realizing that their lives are bland and uneventful. It is an extremely hilarious tale of misadventures from everyday life occurrences. I recommend it wholeheartedly to those who want to laugh. This book will achieve that.

Spring Job Fair


Looking for a summer job? A seasonal position with the City of Westminster might be the perfect fit. More than 200 outdoor seasonal positions are available. Find out about different positions, fill out an application and get an on-the-spot interview. Get more details on the library website.

Ages 16 and older

Tuesday    April 4     3-7 pm               College Hill
Saturday   April 8     1:30-4:30 pm     College Hill

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, March 28 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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Family Game and Movie Day


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

Sunday March 26
2-4 pm
College Hill Library

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Killing Sea

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The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis is a novel about the tsunami that stunned the world. Main character's Ruslan- an Indonesian boy, and Sarah- an American girl are brought together after the destructive, devastating tsunami. Ruslan is searching for his missing father and Sarah is trying to get her brother medical care. Together they work to find their true selves (and their families) and realize that the only way they can get through the obstacles is by relying on each other and by using every resource they can to survive. Can they find a way to get through the obstacles and stay safe? Will Ruslan find his father? Can Sarah get her brother Peter to safety before it is too late? This book will keep you turning the page and you won't be able to put it down. If you want a book with good adventure and unending excitement, this book is perfect for you.

"The Meaning Of Maggie"

 
The Meaning Of Maggie By Megan Jean Severn


In the book "The meaning Of Maggie", Maggie, is a really smart kid. Her dads legs have permanently fallen asleep. She has two older sisters, a mom and a dad. Her mom gets employed and Maggie is determined to figure something out no one else has ever attempted. Figuring out how to cure her dads sickness! Can she do it? This book is really good for people who constantly read. You can never get enough of this book and has silly side notes that make the book super interesting.

A Long Walk To Water

 
"A Long Walk To Water" By Linda Sue Park
 



In the book " A Long Walk To Water", two characters Nye and Salva live in Southern Sudan which is in Africa. This book explains the everyday life in Africa for most people. Nay walks to the pond 4 hours from her house 2 times a day, every day. Salva is trying to find safety in Africa because of war. Can the two characters get what they have always wanted? Fresh water and safety? Read the book to find out. This book is good because it is teaching something but makes it fun. It is full of mysteries that at one time become solved.

Out of my Mind

 
out of my mind By Sharon M Draper
 


The main character Melody in the book "out of my mind" , can't talk. Early on in the book, she goes to a doctor who tries to figure out her disease and smarts. Then she decides to go to school. She has a little tray full of words but not every word that she needs. Nobody talks to her. One day she shows up to school and one kid in her class has a new computer which gives Melody a thought. It is up to her to figure out how she can express her feelings. I recommend this book because it gets you thinking and is a book you can never put down.

Monday, March 13, 2017

13 Reasons Why


Why would a dead girl lie?
"13 Reasons Why" premieres March 31 only on Netflix.

Based on Thirteen Reasons Why: a novel / by Jay Asher.
Read the book this month from WPL, or download it to read.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

This is an exciting adventure book about a thieving crew that sets out to achieve an impossible task. First, the crew leader needs to get himself a crew (a hard task when most people hate him). Then he has to break into the Ice Court (an unbreachable base). And lastly, he has to bring home a person worth more dead than alive. All of this he has to do faster than any other crew that is being sent to get the same hostage. This fantastical book is a good break from homework and other repetitive activities. There isn't anything in particular about the book that makes it AMAZING, but it has a well-developed plot and is well written. If you're looking for a novel to just chill out with, this is the perfect fit for you. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Rain Reign



      In the book Rain Reign, the main character Rose has Asperger's syndrome. She loves homonyms and keeps a list of them. Her dad hates when she shouts out homonyms and it has a become a problem in school. Her father gets really mad when he has to start attending meetings in school about Rose's behavior. Her dog Rain got lost in a storm and her father despises her like for homonyms.  It is up to Rose to find her dog. Her father doesn't realize how much she loves the dog and doesn't care that Rain disappeared.  I recommend this book. It has a lot of action and gets good really fast, although, it can be a little emotional. This book is good for all ages and has a meaning  to go with it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Teen Tech Week: Stem World Challenge


STEM Challenges are fun, interactive activities requiring teens to use creativity and teamwork to move through simple steps of a design process. Program a "Sphero" robot to move through a maze of world landmarks. Build and navigate a "Makey World Journey" circuit course.

Register Online
tinyurl.com/wplsignup

Tuesday     March 7       4-6 pm        College Hill
Thursday   March 9       3-5 pm        College Hill
Saturday    March 11     2-4 pm        Irving Street     

Monday, February 27, 2017

Twilight

Twilight is about Bella Swan, a high schooler living in Forks, Washington. Bella meets Edward Cullen, who is a vampire, and then Bella finds herself hanging out with their family. Through their relationship, they do a lot of interesting things, and she learns about the mystical world of vampires.

This is a book for people who enjoy romance, because there is a lot of love and hate relationships. This book was filled with some action, and it is about Edward and Bella. The main action is near the end of the story. This book is mainly for girls who enjoy romance, but anybody an read it and see what they think of it.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February TAB Meeting



Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, February 28 from 4:30-6 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, February 20, 2017

Family Game and Movie Day


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

Sunday February 26
2-4 pm
College Hill Library

Monday, February 6, 2017

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club

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