NEW YEAR, NEW STUFF!

Happy New Year, everybody!!

With the new year, we have a lot of fabulous changes to the Teen Services Department here at Berwyn Library!

Most exciting of all: we have a new Teen Librarian! Stop by the desk to say “hi” to Marion!

If you’ve been in recently, you may have noticed the room rearrangement as well as the addition of a spiffy new paint job, cork boards and a chalk board. We’ll be making some more changes and transitions as the year goes on. What do you want to see here in your space? What would make the room more comfortable and useful for you? More seating? More access to the TV/XBOX? Let us know and we’ll see if we can make it happen!

We also will be rolling out a brand new, shiny TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM! Instead of helping out Youth Services, high school-aged volunteers will be earning their hours improving the Teens space and eventually our community at large! We have a ton of opportunities and ways for you to use your talents and follow your interests AND help the library! We will have a VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 at 4:00pm.

You can fill out a volunteer application online at our website, at the library, or just drop in to the Orientation on the 21st!

If you would like to be a part of our shiny new Volunteer Force, but can’t attend on the 21st, give us a call at 708 749 6302, and we’ll create another time to touch base and help you earn your volunteer hours.

Game on!

International Games Day @ your library is coming!!!

In two days, the library will be brimming with games of all sorts! We’ve got console gaming, online gaming, board gaming, a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament, life-size games, and glow-in-the-dark games! Did I forget your favorite game? Let me know! Or, better yet, bring it along and teach some others how to play! International-Games-Day-2014-Poster-ALA-US-Letter

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

Marissa Meyer is releasing the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles and hosting a Fairest fanart contest to boot! Keep reading for details…

“The Lunar Chronicles Fairest Fanart Contest

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
Create a portrait of Queen Levana and enter for a chance to win a trip to the Fairest launch party to meet Marissa Meyer!

No one really knows what the Lunar Queen looks like. Yes, her glamour is beautiful. Her veil is immaculate. Her people love her. But also, her people fear her. Her eyes flash murder. Her beauty is an illusion.

Create a portrait of Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer answering the question: what do you think Queen Levana looks like?

Use the passages below or your own reading of Cinder, Scarlet, or Cress by Marissa Meyer to create your portrait, which can be a painting, drawing, sculpture, or computer illustration. A digital file copy of the portrait (JPEG, GIF, or PNG) must be uploaded with a completed entry form in order to enter the contest.

One grand prize winner will receive a voucher for travel to and two VIP passes for Marissa Meyer’s Fairest launch event on January 27, 2015 in Tacoma, Washington!

Five first prize winners will each receive one signed hardcover copy of Fairest by Marissa Meyer!”

More info can be found here: http://www.thelunarchronicles.net/contest/

Banned Books Week

These are the 100 most challenged books between the years 2000-2009, according to the American Library Association’s website. How many have you read? How many would you have read if those who wished to censor these books had been successful?

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

Game Review – Qwirkle

Qwirkle

My friend got a new game for the holidays and we finally had a chance to sit down and play it a few weeks ago. It’s called Qwirkle – a silly name for a clever game. It’s won a bunch of awards and was featured on Wil Wheaton’s YouTube show, Tabletop, which is where we heard about it.

Game play is pretty simple. Each player receives a “hand” of 6 tiles. The tiles have a variety of shapes in a variety of colors. Players place their tiles on the playing space to make lines of tiles that all share one attribute, for example they are all yellow or all share the circle shape. This is where the strategy comes into play. A single line cannot have any duplicate tiles and a line that has exactly one tile of each shape in a single color (or a tile of each color in a single shape) earns extra points. Qwirkle reminded me a little bit of Uno, a little bit of Scrabble, and a little bit of Dominoes, but it’s a fun, unique game all its own!

The game box says it’s for ages 6 and up. It’s simple enough for a kid to match up the shapes and colors, but there’s enough strategy to keep a teen or adult interested. The box also says it’s for 2 – 4 players and I wish I had read that prior to playing. We played with five people and it got a little complicated and time-consuming with five of us. I would recommend sticking to the 2 – 4 player limit.

Qwirkle is a fantastic game for a small group with simple rules and quick game play.

A Summer of Science!

This years Summer Reading Program was such a BLAST! (Sorry, couldn’t help the pun.) With a theme of “Spark a Reaction,” we had some fantastic science-related programs in which teens…

…made all-natural cosmetics by hand.
lip gloss

…caused some chemical reactions.
Pop Bottle Rocket

…and learned how sweet science can be!
Ice Cream

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Everyone agrees; Eleanor, the new girl, is weird. She has bright, red hair and freckles. She’s chubby and she has a seriously broken sense of style – like she wears a man’s tie in her hair. Park takes momentary pity on her and shares his seat on the bus with her. But they don’t talk to each other; they just sit in awkward silence. For the whole bus ride. Twice a day. For weeks.
Park is, like, the only Asian kid in all of Omaha. (His mom is from Korea.) He’s quiet. He loves Alan Moore’s Watchmen and listens to the Dead Kennedys. He wears a lot of t-shirts with punk bands on them. But his dad’s family has lived in the neighborhood forever and Park was friends with the popular kids when they were all little. So, even if he is a little offbeat, the other kids pretty much leave him alone.
Eleanor has no such saving grace. Her stepfather has lived in the neighborhood for years too, but everyone knows he’s no good. And it’s not her fault that her family can’t afford a telephone and all her clothes come from Goodwill. As awful as her school life is, it’s a hundred times better than her home life.
These two lovable, relatable characters meet, stare at each other awkwardly, and start to fall in love in the most heart-wrenchingly sweet and quirky love story EVER. Seriously. This book beat up my soul and made me cry. And I couldn’t stop reading it!
eleanor and park

NEW GAMES!

NEW GMES!

We recently added about 30 new games to the Teen Room’s game collection! We got a bunch of classics like Battleship, Clue, Yahtzee and Pit. And we also got some less well-known games like Once Upon a Time, Qwirkle, 10 Days in the USA, Munchkin, and Give Me the Brain! Stop in and play a game!