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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