Teen Services Updates

Congratulations to Our Writing Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our writing contest winners:
First Place- Julia Nelson for her short story, "Losing Kate"

Second Place- Saisuki Putumbaka for her poem, "The Voice Inside My Head"

Honorable Mention- Paulina Ebien-Pesa for her short story, "The Third Girl" and Ariaki Dandawate for her poem, "The Uncertainty behind Many Aspects"

Thank you to all who contributed!  A collection of all the entries will be available in the Teen Corner at the library.

Tue, 09/06/2011 - 10:55am | Giveaways | Posted By: kandriolo

Congratulations to Summer Reading Participants!

Congratulations to all 155 summer reading participants for reading 4,727 hours this summer and submitting 247 book reviews!

Any unclaimed book prizes you have earned must be picked up
by September 9.                  
Extra Special Congratulations to our Gift Card Drawing Winners:
Week #1- Belle L.
Week #2- Preeti G.
Week #3- Avni M.
Week #4- Kristin L.
Week #5- Kelsey M.
Week #6- Sabrina S.
Week #7- Madeleine G.
Week #8- Saisuki P.
Week #9- Anna B.
Week #10- Salehi P.
Grand Prize: Maeve E.

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 3:45pm | Giveaways | Posted By: kandriolo

New Books in September

Here are just a few highlights of books releasing in September...

  • The Future of Us- Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
  • Where There's a Wolf There's a Way- Lisi Harrison (Monster High #3)
  • Every You, Every Me- David Leviathan
  • The Fox Inheritance- Mary E. Pearson (sequel to The Adoration of Jenna Fox)
  • The Name of the Star- Maureen Johnson
  • Perfect- Ellen Hopkins
  • Modelland- Tyra Banks
  • How to Save a Life- Sara Zarr
  • Wisdom's Kiss- Catherine Gilber Murdock
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 9:56am | New Stuff | Posted By: kandriolo

Nintendo 3DS is here!

We now have three Nintendo 3DS units that can be checked out for 1 week!  These have games already preinstalled on them and we also have the following 3DS games that can be checked out, also for one week:

  • Pilotwings
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Nintendogs + Cats
  • Lego Star Wars III
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Super Street Fighter IV

Thanks to the Friends of the Library for purchasing these items for the library!

Wed, 06/29/2011 - 1:42pm | New Stuff | Posted By: kandriolo

Amazon.com 2011 Best Books of the Year So Far


Amazon.com just released their 2011 Best Books of the Year So Far for teens.  Do you agree with them?  Check it out!On the list is Delerium by Lauren Oliver, which I reviewed back in February. 
You can find all these books (and audiobooks for a few of them) in the teen section at the library! 

Wed, 06/29/2011 - 1:30pm | Award Winners | Posted By: kandriolo

Garden State Teen Book Award 2012

The nominees for the 2012 Garden State Teen Book Awards are here! Each year, New Jersey teens vote for their favorite books in three categories.
The ballot lists twenty nominees for each category, based on teen appeal and quality of writing. Follow the links to see the nominees in each category and to place your vote (if you are ready!)
Fiction- Grades 6-8
Fiction- Grades 7-12
Nonfiction- Grades 6-12
Voting will run through January 7, 2012 so you have plenty of time to read a few and vote for your favorite! Paper ballots can be picked up at the library and all the books will be on display until voting ends. I'll be featuring some of the nominated books here in the future using the tag "GSTBA" so check back later!
Thu, 06/02/2011 - 1:47pm | GSTBA | Posted By: kandriolo

New in June!

- Z. Raptor- Steve Cole
- Dead Rules- Randy Russel

  • - Uncommon Criminals- Ally Carter
  • - Cruel Love- Kate Brian
  • - Passion- Lauren Kate
  • - Demon's Surrender- Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Thu, 06/02/2011 - 1:42pm | New Stuff | Posted By: kandriolo

    College Support for Students with Learning Differences or ADHD

    Join Rana Slosberg of Slosberg College Solutions on June 14 from 7:00-8:00 for this free program for high school students and their parents, covering the following topics:

    -College as compared to high school
    -Descriptions of support available at college
    -How to learn what support a particular college offers

    Sign ups are required. Visit the program calendar at www.bernardslibrary.org or call us at 908-204-3031 ext. 5 to register!

    Thu, 06/02/2011 - 1:41pm | Programs | Posted By: kandriolo

    After by Amy Efaw

    I'm re-posting this review I did of After from 2009 because it was nominated for a Garden State Teen Book Award! It was one of my favorite books that year. Here's what I wrote:
    After is the story of Devon, a straight-A student from a working class family who hides her pregnacy, gives birth alone and throws her baby in a dumpster. Following Devon through her hearing and first days in juvenial detention, the author explores how a teenager who had everything going for her got to this place and the denial and panic that led her to perform such a horrific act. It's interesting to hear about the attempted murder from the mother's side but be prepare- it's an addictive read and you might be up all night!
    Thu, 06/02/2011 - 1:36pm | GSTBA, Reviews | Posted By: kandriolo

    Soul Pancake

     What is the biggest mistake you've ever made?
    (Decca Records reject the Beatles in 1962 saying, "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out anyway.")

    What does art have to do with the soul?
    ("Originality is undetected plagarism- W.R. Inge)

    How do you determine truth?
    ("Intense feeling too often obscures the truth."- Harry Truman)

    These are some of life's big questions posed by Rainn Wilson (you might know him as Dwight from The Office) in the new book Soul Pancake. Each question is accompanied by quotes, images and sub-questions that get you thinking about the question, speaking your mind and helping you "figure out what it means to be human". 

    In addition to the book, Rainn Wilson also created SoulPancake.com, a social networking site. In his own words, "SoulPancake is more of a mission than a Web site. It's a MOVEMENT to wrestle with and chew on LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS. It's a way to EXPLORE why we believe the things that we believe. It's a place for you to TALK about your soul and the existence of God. It's a space to ENGAGE in art, philosophy, creativity, truth, and beauty. And ultimately, SoulPancake is a community of people who are digging DEEPER to figure out what it means to be human and to experience this rich, strange, difficult, and awesome journey called life." Check it out at www.soulpancake.com

    Thu, 06/02/2011 - 1:35pm | Reviews | Posted By: kandriolo
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