Category Archives: Notes From the Teen Room

Mondays With Megan-New Games For After School Programs! 11/9/15

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. It was really hard to drag myself in to work today, but after a lot of coffee and morning shopping trip I can’t wait show the teens all the things I bought them. First I bought myself a little organizing tool (I totally splurged for the neon markers).

calendarThis week there is at least on teen program every single day. Some days there are two!

Today in the Teen Room you can play Exploding Kittens! I love The Oatmeal web comics and this card game does not disappoint. Also, it’s really fun to say that we will have exploding kittens in the teen room. I also grabbed Bananagrams and Yahtzee! I am ready for cold weather afternoons.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Teach Mentor Text, be sure to stop by and see what others are reading!

Finished:

babayaga myster of hollow places crayons eye of zoltar borden

  • Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola-♥♥♥♥. The famously fearsome witch, Baba Yaga is looking for an assistant in this fantastic debut graphic novel. Masha learned all about magic from her beloved grandmother. When her grandmother dies and her father brings home a girlfriend, Masha feels lost in the world. Seeking a place to fit in, she enters the woods in search of Baba Yaga. Is she clever enough match wits with the old witch and her magic house?
  • The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos-♥♥♥. Imogene and her father have been a team since her mother left them when she was a baby. When Imogene is seventeen her father, once a forensic pathologist and now a well-known writer of medical mysteries, disappears, she decides to apply everything she has learned from his books and track him down. Her search leads her to answers to questions she has asked her whole life. This debut is a quiet but engaging story. The mystery is more of a puzzle and it is the vehicle for a great deal of personal reflection and discussion of mental illness.
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt-♥♥♥♥♥. I’m not sure I really need to say anything about this one. It’s adorable.
  • The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde-♥♥♥♥♥. This third installment of The Chronicles of Kazam is my favorite. Jennifer Strange has new task: find the legendary magical item known as The Eye of Zoltar and babysit the spoiled princess of the Kingdom of Snodd. The quest is dangerous with a fatality rating of 50%, but lives depend on her success. This under appreciated series has it all-magic, adventure, humor, and dragons. I can’t recommend this series enough.
  • The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trail of the Century by Sarah Miller-♥♥♥♥♥. I devoured my advance reader copy of this book over the weekend. I love nonfiction that reads like a suspense novel, and this book certainly delivers. Miller offers a well-researched narrative of the investigation of the murders of Lizzie Borden’s parents. I realized that I actually knew very little about what was known as the trail of the century. Grisly and compelling. I can’t wait to add this to my collection and recommend it to my teens!

Current Audio:

me before you bazaar

Currently Reading:

wytches azkaban shallow

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Mondays with Megan-School is in Session and I am Back on the Blog! 8/31/15

Hello and Happy Monday! As you may have noticed my two weeks of vacation turned into three weeks of not blogging. Now that school has started again and I have packed my weekly schedule with tons of after school programs this seems like the *perfect* time to turn some attention to my neglected blog. *Sigh*

I am super excited about all the new after school programs we are offering this year. On Tuesdays I will be hosting an open lab in our state of the art computer training center. The large screen computers are perfect for playing games and Minecraft! This Wednesday will be the first meeting of the Library Literati, a new group for fans of all things bookish. Thursdays will be the Teen Scene. I’ll be flipping pancakes and have a casual activity available each week. This week’s activity will be Lego building challenges. No need to register, just stop in after school!

I had an amazing trip out west to visit my sister and her family (including my adorable new nephew). I woke up every morning to mama cows yelling outside the windows. We camped in Custer National Forest, did a day trip to Yellowstone, and spend many hot afternoons sitting in the creek on the farm. It was so relaxing and busy at the same time. I hardly did any reading, which was fine, but it turned into a slump when I returned home. In three weeks I have only finished six books and three of them were audiobooks!

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Finished:

unhinged chamber of secrets among rocket girl mistborn

  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard- ♥♥♥. This second book in the Splintered trilogy has Alyssa trying to deal with Morpheus on her own turf. Wonderland is in trouble, but if Alyssa returns she will be in danger. If she stays Jeb and her family will be in danger. I am enjoying this series, but was disappointed to find that the last book is not available on audio. I suppose I will have to use my eyes to find out how things end!
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling-♥♥♥♥♥. Three of my nephews are finally old enough to be reading Harry Potter for the first time! I am loving revisiting these beloved books.
  • Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont-♥♥♥♥. This debut novel tells the story of a family falling apart. Jack and Deb’s marriage is already rocky when an anonymous package arrives detailing all of Jack’s dirty little secrets. To make matters worse, his children were the first to discover the box. The cover quote saying it’s the funniest book ever is totally misleading. This one is not for the young reader.
  • Rocket Girl by Brandon Monclare-♥♥♥. This is the first volume of a new graphic novel series featuring a teen cop from the future who is sent back in time to 1986 to prevent a future disaster. The time line is a little wonky and hard to get used to, but the gadgets are cool and the characters are interesting. I will watching for more!
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson-♥♥♥♥♥. I finally took the plunge and started a new fantasy series. In a world covered with ash and ruled by an immortal god known as the Lord Ruler, one man has made it his life’s mission to destroy the final empire. At his side is a band of rebels and a street urchin who is unaware of the powers she possesses. This is an exciting opener to the series. Strong world building, well-developed characters, political intrigue, and a unique take on magic. In the world of the final empire magic is derived from metals. I dove into book two this morning!

Current Audio:

well of ascension diviners

  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. I decided to dive right into book two of The Final Empire series.
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray. I am rereading (first time listening) in preparation for Lair of Dreams.

Currently Reading:

pretending to be erica madness so discreet

  • Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud.
  • A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

DNF:

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  • The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I don’t know why I didn’t click with this one. I gave up when it took a turn towards The Selection.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

My Comic Collection Gets a Reboot

Inspired by DC Comics’ decision to reboot all 52 of its continual series, I have given my comic book collection a face lift. I got rid of all the grubby (read: well-read, or much-loved) volumes, cancelled some not-so-popular titles, added some exciting new titles, and put up some fresh signage. I have a couple of clever coworkers to thank for the awesome new labels. See for yourself how cool this is:

What do those labels say, you ask? Well, here are a couple that I am most excited about:

 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen the new Aquaman?

 

 

The new Aquaman starts September 28th. I’ll be checking that one out!

 

 

 

 

 

That’s not the only new title in the collection.

I hear that Thor, the movie is awesome. Why not start reading the comic?

 

 

 

How about some Captain America action? Are you familiar with Deadpool? Talk about a crazy back story!

 

 

 

I’ll confess, I’m pretty excited about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

 

 

Other new titles include Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Stormwatch. Don’t worry, you can still find Archie, Betty, Betty and Veronica, Looney Tunes, Sonic, and the Simpsons! There’s something for everyone here.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan  

 

Mondays With Megan-Teen Room Makeover

Hi Everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was so relaxing it’s a wonder I remained conscious. Seriously, I vegged out on the couch and watched TV shows on DVD, read an ARC (maybe I will tell you about it soon), and played Scrabble on Facebook. I ran some errands, did laundry, walked the dog and even worked out, but it’s like my brain totally shut that stuff out and only remembers the relaxing bits. Thank you brain, I needed that.

 My weekend totally reenergized me and I was ready to tackle my To Do list today.  At the top-rearrange all the books in the Teen section at work. I got new drawer a couple of weeks ago and they have been sitting empty just begging for my attention. I am so excited about the changes that I took pictures!

New drawers! This is where all the manga is now. I love it. Thank you Paul for helping me move everything and thank you Stacey for putting them spine-out.

This is my favorite change. Look at all those colorful and eye-catching graphic novels! I moved them out of the corner, gave them some prime real estate and there is plenty of room to display them face-out. Fingers crossed that they see more action here.

Look at all the room my Books on CD have! Look at all the room to grow. In fact, I think it’s time to go shopping!

This is where graphic novels and manga used to be. I think Science Fiction will be very happy in its new home. It’s been a good day.

I promise to have a book review or two this week. Pinky swear.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Teen Pizza Pagers

It’s official, the new teen book club has a name! I would like to thank the founding members of the Teen Pizza Pagers for making our first meeting a lot of fun! The six of us enjoyed pizza from Pelicano’s and talked about the book No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. Here is a brief summary:

Wallace Wallace cannot tell a lie and that is how he ended up off the football team and in detention. Wallace doesn’t understand why the dog always has to die in classic novels, so when assigned to write a review of Old Shep, My Pal he tells the truth-it’s awful. He refuses to redo the paper so his teacher assigns him to detention. Now Wallace spends all afternoon with drama club, making creative adjustments to the school play-Old Shep, My Pal.

Our five readers rated the book on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best. Here is how they rated the book:
Hannah-3.5 pepperonis
Maddie-3.9 pepperonis
Maria-4 pepperonis
Clare-4 pepperonis
Dell-4.5 pepperonis
Average score(thank you Maria for your quick calculations): 3.9 out of 5 pepperonis. Everyone liked the book, and would recommend it to others.

Next up for the Pizza Pagers? The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Stay tuned for more Pizza Pagers news and reviews!

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan: Tie Dye T-Shirts at the Library

Hi All! I hope everyone survived the hot and stormy weekend. I for one spent a whole lot of time relaxing in the AC!

Here’s some of the fun we had on Friday. What a gorgeous day to tie dye on the front lawn of the library!

The shirts turned out great and I have plenty of dye left, so keep an eye out for more tie dyeing programs.

Now, looking ahead-2 more days until Eclipse the movie comes out! I am excited, but I am not sure when I will manage to see it. Maybe next weekend.

I am happy to report 95 teens have signed up for summer reading! It’s a great start, but if I’m wearing pirate gear to work I need 105 more teens to sign up. Tell your friends! Free candy! Awesome prizes! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIGN UP AND READ. THAT’S ALL. IT’S NOT A BOOK CLUB. Ok, enough “yelling.”

I added a few new books to my list on the next page. I am creeping closer and closer to the end of the Bloody Jack series *sniff, sniff*. I finished My Bonny Light Horseman (#6) and started Rapture of the Deep (#7) and then that’s it for a while. In the Wake of the Lorelei Lee is due out in the fall, but that seems like such a long wait! I also read The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride, an author from Centerville, Ohio. I had the opportunity to meet Ms. McBride at a conference in May. She spoke about the grueling process of writing and rewriting her book. Well, after finally picking up my signed copy, I can say that it was worth the effort! I got sucked in from the first page and couldn’t put it down. Curious? For more info and a really cool book trailer click here.

That’s all for now. I need to plan my holiday reading list! I’ll keep you posted on what I picked.

Happy Reading

˜Megan

Checkmate

 How exciting! The Ohio Educational Credit Union has made a generous donation of a marble chess set. Currently the chess board is in the teen room and the pieces are at the Reference Desk. If you would like play please bring your library card or ID to the Reference Desk and we’ll give you the pieces. If you would like to learn how to play chess or improve your game the library has many books on the subject.

Many thanks to OECU! The set is beautiful and I hope it gets plenty of use.

˜Megan