Posted by amypelman on 12.08.13

 
Last week 13 teens got together to create culinary candy masterpieces!  How did they do it? 
 
They were given a very quick tutorial on how to make a sushi roll (check out this tutorial for an example), supplied with a lot of rice crispy treats and candy ingredients, and set loose to create!  
 
Here is what they had to work with:
 
Instead of this regular sushi ingredient   /   they had this candy sushi ingredient:
 
Rice   /  Rice Crispy Treats - instead of a dish, I molded them into thin sheets using a jelly roll pan.
Seaweed /  Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit-by-the-Foot, sour strips
Fish / Swedish Fish, gummy worms, gummy bears
Fish eggs (Roe) / Nerds, Red Hots
 
I also supplied pretty little clear plastic plates, cellophane, ribbon and origami paper to wrap up the sushi rolls into beautiful packages. This way, teens could give them away as nice gifts... that is, if they didn't eat them all first! 
 
 
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Posted by amypelman on 12.02.13

 
They're back!  Below are a few good book recommendations from the library staff (outside of teen services).   Jon and Amy give us their reviews of two very different types of books.  See if either of them appeal to you!   As always, you can find many more here.
 
 
This book is about Tana, a girl who wakes up after a party to find everyone has been murdered by vampires except for her ex Aiden, another boy, and herself.  Tana rescues Aiden and the other boy, who is a vampire on the run, and they head to Coldtown, where anyone infected by vampires are sent.  Once someone enters a Coldtown, it is rare that they ever escape.  I was drawn to the story as Tana wonders if she is infected by a vampire bite (it was only a scrape after all) and then if she is infected, how will she survive?  Even as she struggles with her own health and safety, she still shows concern for her ex Aiden and the vampire on the run.  She helps them get to Coldtown and then helps Aiden once again.  Overall, this is a great read for those who love vampires and all things supernatural.   
 
Review by: Amy H.
Dept: Circulation
Most interesting or coolest thing about AHML: The Bookmobile is a unique way that we connect with our community because we go out to where the people live and deliver library services to them, which I think is pretty cool.
Your favorite candy: M&Ms, Twix and Rainbow Twizzlers (why pick one favorite when you can have 3)?
What book changed your life? The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
 
 
Everything always seems to crash and burn at exactly the same time, doesn’t it feel that way sometimes? Well, it sure does to Mike.  First his family is messed up: his Mom is depressed and sleeps all the time; his Dad has become obsessed with the gym and is never home; but what’s worse is his best friend Tamio and Valerie, the new girl in school and Mike’s newest crush, seem to be conspiring to make a fool of him.  However, something inside of him tells him he needs to make some changes.  It’s like a voice in his head, but not like those “I’m crazy and hearing voices” type of voice, more like his soul speaking.  One day at a Flea Market, he buys a mirror, slightly warped, but it will work.  He notices how fat and out of shape he is. Luckily, he runs into Amber, a slightly odd loner at his high school.  She always wear big baggy clothes and is incredibly thin.  But Amber seems to know about food and nutrition.  So with Amber’s guidance, and the support from his “voice,” Mike learns how to control his food and exercise and soon feels leaner, stronger and more in control.  But Mike is actually far from being in control.  After he is hospitalized for Anorexia, he realizes that his “voice” is more of a harm than a help.
 
Review by:  Jon K.
Department: Collection Services
Cool about AHML: It’s like the proverbial “kid in the candy store” – every time I look around there’s more that I want to read, see and listen to
Favorite Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
What book changed my life:  “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
 
 
 
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Posted by amypelman on 11.08.13

 
Wondering what great new books to read? 
(hmmmmm, how do I figure out what to read next?)

Subscribe to our Monthly e-Newsletter!  It's got a list of great new books, plus info and events happening at the library!! 

It's simple.  Go to this website: http://www.ahml.info/webform/enewsletter-signup
 
Enter your name and email address.  Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page. Click on Teen Scene. Voila!
 




Posted by amypelman on 10.23.13

 
As always, the intrepid group of library employees who read YA have a few good books you might want to check out.  See two reviews below!  
 
 
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could instantly be the most beautiful person in the world?  When 18-year-old Becky’s mother passes away, she receives a message to look up a New York Fashion magnate, who promises to make her the most beautiful girl in the world if she wears three dresses that he designs for her.  She reluctantly agrees because her mother’s last words were for her to not be afraid to take chances and to be all that she can be.  Becky is then transformed into Rebecca, and gets to star in a movie alongside her crush, be on the cover of Vogue, and she meets and falls in love with a British prince.   Becky has only one year as Rebecca unless she falls in love (and the guy has to love her back).  What I love about this book is that even though it seems to be about outer beauty, the message of the book is that it is what is inside that matters.  There are a few twists in the plot that kept me engaged and I loved the sense of mystery of how the fashion magnate can transform Becky into Rebecca with the outfits he designs for her.  This is a great read for anyone who loves a good romance story with a twist.
 
Review by: Amy H.
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML: 4
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk to people about books 
Best Place to read my book: Outside in the sun
Why I like reading YA: The stories are fun to read and are thought provoking.  Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still relate to what many of the characters go through and I love getting caught up in different worlds.
 
Good Kings Bad Kings By Susan Nussbaum
 
Good things, bad things about “Good Kings Bad Kings” - -
Good things:  This is a story that makes you care about the issues and characters.  It will make you question who you think “disabled” people really are.  It will force you to reconsider the ways that economics and society impact people in challenging circumstances. The best “good thing” is that the characters are so funny and real, and the writing style is so great, that you could totally miss all of the above and still really enjoy the story.
Bad thing:  You will be so sad when the story ends, wondering what’s next for each of the characters that you’ve grown to love.  Hopefully, there will be a sequel!
 
Review by: Carol E. 
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML:  8 years, with a short break in between
Favorite thing I do at work:  Talk with all of the nice people who visit the library
Best place to read my book:  Where ever I can. ;)
Why I like reading:  It helps me to understand people who think and feel differently than I do.
 

 
 
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Posted by amypelman on 10.14.13

 
Recently we hosted two separate Minecraft programs. Over 35 teens participated! Teens were challenged to build the best stadium and everyone definitely rose to the occasion.  Stadiums were judged based on creativity, artistry, realism and sport. Check out some of the amazing structures that were built in less than 2 hours!
 
  
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Posted by amypelman on 10.09.13

 
It's coming to the Hub in a matter of weeks! 
 
 
 
Don't miss out!  
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Posted by amypelman on 09.23.13

 
(2008 Banned Books Week Window at Twin Hickory Public Library, Glen Allen, VA)
 
Nothing gets a librarian madder than someone trying to dictate what others should or shouldn't read.  It's really infuriating when someone asserts that a book disturbed them, or their kid, so NO ONE should read it! Ridiculous, right? Something that disturbs one person might be healing, or eye-opening, life changing, or even run-of-the-mill to another person. You just never know. That's why we have book discussion groups, because it's always interesting to see how similarly or differently people react to the same book.  
 
We know that it's kind of crazy behavior to try to ban a book from a school, or a library, or the world (burning it), but people STILL TRY TO DO IT ALL THE TIME.  Thankfully, your librarian superhero friends will always fight for your intellectual freedom (with style, aplomb, and humor I might add - just look at that awesome photo above).  We even invented a whole week to celebrate the books that some people think are dangerous and don't want you to read.  Harry Potter anyone? The Giver?!?!  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!?!?  (can you tell I'm fuming a little?).  Anyway, it's called Banned Books Week and it's awesome.  Celebrate with us.  You've got a few days left to enter our contest.  What are you waiting for?     
 




Posted by amypelman on 09.18.13

Looking for a really fun book to read?  Megan has a great suggestion for you!  See her IntraLibrary Teen Book Alliance Review below!    
 
 
Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School Book 1) by Gail Carriger
Set in an alternate 1851, Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her tree-climbing, mechanically-apt daughter to become a proper lady, so she ships 14-year-old Sophronia off to finishing school. This is not just any finishing school, this is the exclusive Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.  Fortunately for Sophronia her new finishing school is not always quite what it seems.  The fact that the school is a floating dirigible and the classes are taught by vampires and werewolves is just the beginning. 
 
Along with improving her dreadful curtsy, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue.  With her trusty new friends and loyal mechanimal dachshund, Bumbersnoot, Sophronia must solve a mystery involving a cryptic object and suspicious older student all the while dodging professors, automatons, and attacking flywaymen
 
Overall, I found Carriger's YA debut charming and enjoyable.  Ms. Carriger brings her signature wit as well as a few characters from her previous series The Parasol Protectorate which actually takes place 25 years after this one.  My only complaint about this series is that the writing although done well seems rather young even for a YA audience.  That tiny flaw aside, I am looking forward to the continuation of the Finishing School series.

About me
Name: Megan M.
Department:  Circulation              
Years at AHML:  About 5 with a short hiatus in the middle somewhere.
Favorite Thing I Do at Work:  Getting paid!!!  Just kidding.  Finding awesome new books to read.
Best Place to Read My Book:  Weather permitting, either curled up in bed with my 3 dogs or out tanning by the pool.
Why I Like Reading YA:  It’s fun and there’s lots of variety. 

 
 
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Posted by amypelman on 09.09.13

 
 
Last Friday was our first "Appy Hour."  What's that you ask?  We got together to talk about cool (free!) apps for your phone, ipad, or tablet.  Because we're civilized folks, we enjoyed "mocktails" and chocolate biscuits while we passed around ipads loaded with some interesting, fun and useful apps!  Here are some of the apps we talked about:
 
Books and Magazines
  • Overdrive: Download ebooks and audiobooks from the library
  • Zinio: Download magazines from the library
  • YALSA Teen Book Finder: Recommendations of award-winning and otherwise recognized good books
 
Productivity & School
  • Evernote: Save notes, images, web clips, and audio notes all in one place
  • Voice Thread: Create a conversation using photos, documents, videos, diagrams, etc.
  • Word Reference: Dictionary containing English, Spanish, and French languages
  • Flashcards: Study aid
  • Grades2: Enter the requirements for your classes and then see what you need to do get the grade you want
  • Tango: Free texting that doesn’t use data rates – uses wifi or cellular network
 
Games
  • Flow Free: Connect the matching colors to create flowing pipes
  • Dots: Make lines of the same color dots to make them disappear
  • Cogs: Connect the cog puzzles
  • Lumosity: Brain games and puzzles good for brain health
  • Despicable Me - Minion Rush: If you like Temple Run
 
Photos
  • Snapseed: Photo editor to enhance or transform your photos
  • Color Splash: Selectively color your photos
  • Photowizard free: A different photo editor
 
Music & Entertainment
  • Soundhound: Like the full version Shazam but free!
  • Songza: Generates playlists according to your activity (i.e., studying, working out, etc.)
  • Can I Stream it?: Find out where to stream movies and tv
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Want more ideas for apps?  Check out:
 
 
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Posted by amypelman on 09.01.13

 
 
 
It's time for a few ITBA books reviews!  Ahhh, so many books, so little time!! 
 
Review by Amy H.
 
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen year old junior at Pine Mountain, a boarding school.  Even though he is a couple years younger than his fellow juniors, he is a starting winger on the rugby team.  He is in love with his best friend Annie, but she only finds him “adorable.”   Ryan Dean is a normal teenage boy who has normal teenage desires, but he also goes through struggles. The way Ryan Dean deals with his struggles captivates readers as they wonder what he will do next.  A shocking twist at the end of the story leaves readers wondering about life and how we treat other people who are different.
 
Name: Amy H.
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML: 4
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk to people about books :)
Best Place to read my book: Outside in the sun
Why I like reading YA: The stories are fun to read and are thought provoking.  Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still relate to what many of the characters go through and I love getting caught up in different worlds.
 
Review by Susan B.
 
Conor’s mother is sick and ever since she started receiving treatments, Conor’s been having nightmares. So when the monster shows up at his window one night, he thinks he’s having another nightmare. The monster comes to Conor’s window at seven minutes past midnight, like clockwork. But Conor realizes something -- he’s not dreaming. The monster is really there and it wants the truth.
 
I first picked up this book because the cover looked creepy, and I felt like reading something a little out of my comfort zone. I was surprised to find it’s not really scary at all, but I didn’t mind because ultimately it was a very powerful and moving read. The illustrations that accompany the story only add another layer to this already poignant book. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year and its message will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
 
Name: Susan B.
Department: Circulation
Years at AHML: 10
Favorite thing you do at work: Checking in books! I love getting to see what’s new and popular.
Best place to read your book: Curled up in bed.
Why you like reading YA: I like reading about characters my age – it makes them easier to relate to.
 
Review by Megan M. 
 
Alyssa is a high school senior, her mother is in a mental institution, and her crush is dating her nemesis. As if that weren't enough for a teenage girl to worry about, Alyssa is also cursed. Alyssa's great-great-great grandmother was Alice, as in the Alice who went down the rabbit hole.  As a result of Alice's actions in wonderland, all the women in Alice's family have been plagued with the ability to hear the voices of flowers and insects which doesn’t have a very beneficial impact on their sanity. 
When Alyssa comes of age, she starts hearing the voices too and worries she'll end up just like her mother.  Alyssa is determined to find a way to rid herself and her mother of the curse before it's too late.  When a shadowy figure named Morpheus shows up from Alyssa's memories she realizes it might not be as hard as she thought to find wonderland but finding out who she can trust in this fantastical new world is another story.
 
Splintered was a creative and entertaining twist on Lewis Carrol's time-honored tale.  I thoroughly enjoyed venturing to this darker version of wonderland and meeting all the more mischievous versions of the classic characters, as well as some very interesting new ones.  Overall, a few sluggish parts aside, Splintered was a delightfully creepy and well-paced read.
 
Name: Megan M.
Department:  Circulation              
Years at AHML:  About 5 with a short hiatus in the middle somewhere.
Favorite Thing I Do at Work:  Getting paid!!!  Just kidding.  Finding awesome new books to read.
Best Place to Read My Book:  Weather permitting, either curled up in bed with my 3 dogs or out tanning by the pool.
Why I Like Reading YA:  It’s fun and there’s lots of variety.
 
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