Teen Writers Brunch

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Teens, ages 12-18, are invited to come to the library for a light brunch and the opportunity to share their writing with each other. We welcome fanfiction writers, aspiring novelists, poets, short story tellers, and every one else!

We will share our work and talk about our writing processes. Come prepared to share a piece of writing no more than 5-7 minutes in length.

Sign up online or at the library.

Teens Review: Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Reviewed by Maevis, middle schooler

Orphaned when she was just three years old, Elise is going through hard times when she enters middle school. Her friendship with Franklin just isn’t the same anymore, and stress piles up as homework just keeps on coming. But Uncle Hugh and Aunt Bessie(who she now lives with) just don’t understand. One day, Elise spots a key dangling on a string in her Uncle’s barn. Could this key unlock one of the eight doors locked for as long as she could remember down the hall? Elise unlocks secrets of the past, and learns what friendships really are.
I really enjoyed reading this book when I entered middle school, and I think it really shows different points of view in different people. If you haven’t read this one yet, definitely give it a try.

Teen Read Week: October 12-18

TRW14_1000x200We’re a library so OBVIOUSLY we love reading, books, literacy, and story.

But mostly we love the people who love these things too! Teen Read Week is a great time to celebrate teens who love to read and support adolescent literacy.

You can join in the fun by visiting the library and checking out our awesome Young Adult Collection. We have so many books—fiction, non-fiction, sheet music, graphic novels, and comics—so many options!

Need some help finding something? Visit our What Should I Read Next? page for help!

Calling all Medway Nerdfighters!

We are starting a new book club for Nerdfighters who love John Green’s books!

Students in 9th-12th grade are invited to the library on Saturday, September 27 at 11:00 AM for some light brunch foods, a discussion of Looking for Alaska by John Green, and the opportunity to share your own John Green fanfics. Please register in advance (so I know how much food to get) but feel free to bring non-registered friends!

DFTBA and see you there!

Teens Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Maevis, middle schooler

This book is about a dyslexic boy named Percy who struggles to stay in school. He has been through 6 different schools in the past six years, and was kicked out of all of them. With his mother burning through saving when her jobs hardly pay, matters worsen when she gets married for the second time to a man named Gabe who plays poker, stinks, and hates Percy. Percy’s only friend is Grover, a boy nobody likes at school. One day, Percy and his class visit a museum. After Percy gets in trouble for pushing a classmate, his teacher who he hates takes him aside. Her eyes go cold and yells something about killing Percy. His other teacher tosses him a pen. After uncapping it, it turns into a sword. Slicing the teacher, she disappears. When he rejoins his class, nobody even knows who the teacher he sliced is. Who was the woman? Why didn’t anyone know about her? Where had she come from?
I really enjoyed this book. There was nothing bad about it and it was one of a kind. I definitely recommend it!

Teens Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reviewed by Hannah, age 13

Mia had everything: a loving family, an affectionate boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and happiness. Then, in a split second it is all ripped from her. Mia is caught between life and death, with the only decision she has left, the most important she’ll ever have to make.

If I Stay messes with your emotions, in a good way. It has you rooting for a life that is on the line, it has you biting your nails as you turn the pages. This book will leave you in tears, not full on sobbing like The Fault In Our Stars, but enough to make rethink what you take for granted.

If I Stay is an emotional and inspiring book that will leave you begging for more. Beautifully written, Gayle Forman captures your heart as you read a young woman’s fight for something worth living for.

Watch for the If I Stay movie Coming soon!

Teens Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Reviewed by Alish, high schooler

“Okay, I thought, here goes. I said, ‘ May did you ever know a Deborah? Deborah Fontannel? A white woman from Virginia? It would have been a long time ago.’ . . . ‘Oh, yes, Deborah Fontannel. She stayed out there in the honey house. She was the sweetest thing,’

And there it was. There it all was.”

The Secret Life of Bees is about a young girl named Lily Owens. She lives on a peach farm with her abusive father T. Ray and her black “stand-in-mother” Rosaleen, her best and only friend. When Rosaleen gets in trouble with some local racists, Lily won’t take anymore and runs away with Rosaleen. They go to the town Tiburon, which hides the secrets of her mother’s gloomy past. They’re taken in by a kind group of black women that have a mysterious connection to her mother. Lily learn the values of truth, friendship, and true love.

The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful read. The book has great transitions and meshes Lily Owens life and America’s unfair pastimes quite well. The book flows in and unpredictable series of events and it will grab your heart. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read and also people who like historical fiction and America’s great pastimes.