I’ve finished The Hunger Games and where do I go from here?
So you like Dystopian Novels. Yes, those books which portray repressive societies keeping people in-line after a terrible war, plague, alien invasion, global warming, end of carbon fuel, brain eating zombies and/or other worldwide tragedies. The future has never looked so bleak. But you do not need to worry about a lack of reading material in the genre of Dystopia. New City Library has plenty of titles available to satisfy every teen reader. The following are just a few samples of some of the best teen Dystopian Fiction.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Chanda Bhandal and Marie Yatsyk, two of our officers got our members involved in a game of identity at the January 30th meeting. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm in the library Meeting Room. All teens interested in volunteering at the library should attend. Any special project or event will be discussed at that time. New members are always welcome and we have great refreshments too.
The library is offering a free Practice SAT for high school students next Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9-1 in the Meeting Room of the library. All students must register in person, online or by phone, 634-4997, extension 126 or 125. This four-hour SAT from the Princeton Review gives students the opportunity to experience the test and discover what score they can expect. The student needs several #2 pencils and a calculator. You can also bring a small snack and resealable beverage for the short break time. The Scores Back session will be Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm. That session is open to both parents and students, and the tests will be returned at that time for a quick review of the exam. For those students who can not pick up their scores on that date, the library will hold the results until the end of June at the adult reference desk.
This past Saturday, teens decorated their houses with icing and candies. Everyone had a great time. Our icing recipe is 2 pounds of sifted powdered sugar, 1 & 1/2 cups of Crisco and 1/2 to 3/4 cups of water, combined and mixed at high speed till fluffy white. You need to start off slowly with the mixer or powdered sugar will fly all over the room.
You've lived through hurricanes, record rainfall, freak snow storms and protests on Wall Street. What's going on? This fiction book reads like today's headlines. Bring your friends and parents to this discussion as this story explores the world of London's Laura Brown, a 16-year-old punk rocker who just wants to make it big in a world that's falling apart. The discussion will be held on December 14th at 7PM.
In a tense competition, New City Library took first place in the Ramapo Catskill Library System's Battle of the Books. With over 100 spectators cheering on their teams at the Haverstraw Library, our teens won by an 8-7 victory over Livingston Manor. The very last question clinched the championship. Members of our Book Battle group include from left to right: Susan Zollinger, Alex Borovoy, Shawna McKivergan, Chanda Bhandal, Rathna Ramanathan, Rachel Borovaya, Marie Yatsky, and in front Nicholas Procino and Ben Eisenberg. Our team displayed their extensive knowledge of the eight titles selected this year.
Most adult readers regard "teen" literature as something to be avoided, since they are "children's" books. I once had a customer request a particular book she had seen in Barnes & Noble. She was really excited about reading it, however when I said that the book was in the Teen Room, she quickly said she didn't want it. I couldn't persuade her to change her mind. Many teens, especially Clarkstown teens, can and do read on an adult level. Teen books usually indicate that the marketing department of a publishing house thinks the book will sell more copies if it is marketed to teens. In the past several years, I've seen some teen books become wildly popular with the general public, such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne and all the books by Stephenie Meyer.
In a contest between 10 libraries, our teens came in second place in The Battle of the Books at the beautiful new Warwick Library on Sunday, September 12.
In our Teen Room, we have an Xbox360 and two controls. Just bring your library card with you and check out an Xbox360 game downstairs in our AV department. Then take your card to the Adult Reference Desk and the librarian will unlock our game cabinet. You have an hour of play time. Since we have two controls, depending on the game, you can play with a friend. When you are done, go to Adult Reference to pick up your library card and return the game to the AV department. The game console is limited to teens and one friend or family member.
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