Monthly Archives: October 2009

I met John Green!

alaskaI took my daughter to see John Green at the Columbus Public Library last week. Green, if you don’t know already, is the author of three very popular and award winning books for teens:  Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines and, most recently, Paper Towns. He’s also got a lot of stuff on the web: he writes a blog and he and his brother Hank run the Nerdfighter’s site. They also create video blogs (vlogs) at Vlogbrothers – which are sometimes hilarious and always interesting. He was great to listen to, even for a non-teen like myself; I found him smart and funny and touching and, well…nerdy (which is a good thing!). So, if you haven’t read his books, get into the library ASAP. As for me, after I pry the signed copy of Looking for Alaska from my daughter’s hands, I’ll read one, too! 


Scavenger Hunt Review

The picture is totally unrelated (except that it is almost Halloween), but too cute to resist. Enjoy!jackolantern

So anyway…Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s Teen Read Week Scavenger Hunt. I know things were a bit confusing at times, but I hope it was cooler than the last one I did! I learned a lot in the process and I hope those who participated learned a thing or two as well. I hope that now that some of you know about this STILL NAMELESS blog and the RRPL Teens Facebook page you will start checking in for program news, book trailers and reviews, polls, contests and more. If you have any suggestions feel free to pass them along to me.


Teen Read Week Scavenger Hunt Clues

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Teen Read Week-Read Beyond Reality






It’s time to read just for the fun of it! Seriously. Teen Read Week is about reading for pleasure. It’s not about homework and required reading. This year’s theme is Read Beyond Reality, so stop in today and find the perfect book that will transport you to another world.

This weeks at the library:

Teen Scene in the Basement on Tuesday Oct.20th. Play video games and hang out after school 3:30-5:00. Snacks provided.

New Moon Party Planning also on Tuesday Oct. 20th. Same place,same time as the video games. All are welcome to share their ideas for party activities.

Teen Read Week Scavenger Hunt. Wrap up TRW  on Friday Oct.23rd with a library scavenger hunt. Please sign up in teams of 2 with me, the Teen Librarian.

Happy Reading!

P.S. Check out this year’s Teen Top Ten, the ten best books for teens chosen by teens.


Middle School Booktalks

I would like to thank the librarians at Rocky River Middle School for inviting me to talk about Science Fiction and Fantasy books yesterday. I case I missed your class, here are the books that I brought with me:

serethourSecret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

Some people wish they had more time in the day. Some people do have an extra hour, but the secret hour is a dangerous time. 



airbornAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruise, cabin boy on the airship Aurora, rescues a dying balloonist who claims to have discovered a new species of creatures that live in the sky. Is the old man crazy or do these creatures really exist?




Everlost, by Neal Shusterman

Nick and Allie did not survive the crash, but their souls did not get to where they should be either. Instead they are trapped in the limbo world of Everlost, full of lost children and discarded things. Ruled by Mary and haunted by the McGill, Everlost is not a place you want to stay for very long.



Interstellar Pig by William Sleator

While on vacation, Barney meets three new friends who introduce him to a role-playing game called Intersellar Pig. The more involved he becomes in this intergalactic game, the more he worries it’s not a game at all.


  wizard                                     So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Kit and Nita become friends when they learn they both discovered the same book on becoming a wizard. They thought it was a joke, but when the spells begin to work the girls have trouble on their hands.



sorcerySorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede

Cousins Kate and Cecelia write a series of letters to each other in 1817 England. Magic is commonplace and the girls find themselves  caught up in mysteries, adventures, and even a bit of danger.


monster Monsterology by Arthur Slade

Monsterology introduces readers to the “fabulous lives of the creepy, the revolting, and the undead. Find fun facts and hilarious interviews with your favorite monsters. The perfect book for Halloween lovers everywhere.            


Some of the books the other librarians discussed include: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Wish by Gail Levine, The Wish List by Eoin Colfer, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, and more.

If you are still looking for a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book feel free to come in a browse or collection.



RRPL Teens are on Facebook.  Search for RRPL Teens. Look for upcoming events, interesting links, book trailers, and more.

It’s a Mystery

jacket-invisiblei-sLooking for a good mystery? Check out Invisible i by Melissa Kantor, book 1 in the Amanda Project series. This is no ordinary “who dunnit” mystery story. Sure there is a missing girl and a bunch of cryptic clues and messages, but there is more the this story. YOU can be a part of it all. You can help find Amanda. Sound interesting? Watch this book trailer to learn more. If you like what you see, check out the book and log on to the Amanda Project website to join the search. BTW, I took the totem quiz and my animal totem is the horse. What’s yours?


Survey Says…

I have gotten quite a few surveys returned to me this week with some great ideas. Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill one out; I appreciate all of your suggestions and will do my best make them happen. Keep them coming!


Notes from the Teen Room


42-16951901I had a chance to hang out with and talk to some of the teens at the library the other day. This is what I got out of our little impromptu meeting:

  • No one reads my blog….yet, hint hint
  • You guys like candy
  • You prefer Dairy Queen to Mitchells
  • Not everyone is a Chipotle fan (how sad)
  • You have tons of great ideas for programs (I promise you will be seeing your ideas in the coming months)
  • I need to skip the surveys and just ask for your opinions
  • You seem to appreciate odd/amazing/unbelievable facts (me too!)

I appreciate all the good ideas everyone has given me so far. Keep them coming!

Anyone interested in planning the New Moon Party should meet me October 20th at 3:30 in the auditorium (it’s the same day as the video game afternoon). If you just want to attend the party please sign up. Space is limited! If you need help registering just let me know.

Finally, thank you to everyone who took my Banned Book Challenge. I will contact the winners next week. You still have time to take the challenge yourself. You can find them in the Teen Room.