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Read It, Make It, Do It @ the Library

And we’ve planned some great programming for you this summer.

We kick everything off on June 26th with Not a Box at the Harbor Pavilion. Get creative and think inside the box in this crafty program. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, program will start at 7pm. This will also be your first chance to sign up for our Teen summer reading program.

Our summer reading program will work the same as last year – pledge to read a certain number of pages (at least 250) and complete your pledge by August 15th and you will get an invite to our end of summer bash and some not so fabulous prizes – well, about the same level of prizes as the ones we give out at our regular teen programs (whether you think those are fabulous or not).

During the summer we’ll be having a series of drop in craft programs. These will run from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the children’s department of the library, but you can come in at any point and leave when you’re done with your craft. We’ll get you started and then leave you to it.

July 1st – The Crafty Diva’s Lifestyle Makeover – Make a journal in which you can tell your own story.
July 8th – The Best of Instructables – Light up your world with LED Throwies
July 15th – Creepy Cute Crochet – Get hooked on crochet
July 22nd – What Have You Lost – Play with your words and design your own Magnetic Poetry set
July 29th – Hacking MySpace – Reboot your online life by redesigning your MySpace, or redesign ours for our MySpace design contest
August 5th – Terrific T-Shirts – Refresh an old t-shirt with a variety of fabric pens.

Contests – We’ve got contests, but we haven’t sorted out the details yet.
Create a layout for our brand new MySpace Page
Create a new banner for our blog
Librarian for an hour (or possibly more)

Watch this space for more details. We’ll also have more information at the kickoff program on June 26th

We also have ordered at least one copy of each book on the Hommocks, Mamaroneck High, Rye Neck Middle and Rye Neck High school summer reading lists. If you’re looking for a book and we don’t have it in, we’ll be happy to order it for you from another library.

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Coming soon

Next up we have a special movie night.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines is the Westchester Libraries’ Big Read for this year, and we’ll be showing the movie after a brief discussion of the book.

If that isn’t really your style, we’ve got some other stuff coming up in the next few months.

On March 6th, we’ll be having our first ever Guitar Hero World Tour tournament at the Harbor for our third game night.

And then, in April, we’ll be showing the newly released Twilight for our teen movie night on April 3rd.

Don’t forget to stop into our new temporary location at 102 Mamaroneck Avenue. We may have shrunk to a bookcase and a half, but we’ve still got new books coming in and we can always get books from other libraries if necessary.

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Game On

Rather than having a movie this month, we’re experimenting with our first ever game night. Are you ready for the challenge?

We’ll have a variety of games, with our usual array of fabulous prizes, along with door prizes and refreshments. As usual, the doors will open at 6:30 pm and the program will start at 7pm. Sixth grade and up, but teens only.

As you may have heard, our programming has moved to the Harbor Pavilion while we are in our temporary location at 102 Mamaroneck Avenue This is the big stone building right by the beach in the park. It’s simple to get to, just drive, bike or walk across Boston Post Road into the Harbor parking lot. When you see the playground, you’ll have to turn off (no cars allowed) onto the path to your left. The building is on your left and we’re in the blue room (usually).

If you miss the movie nights, don’t worry. We’ll be back with another great movie January 6th. After that, we’re planning to alternate movies with other programs (limited availability of the program space) unless we have massive protests.

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Summer programs & future movie nights

(copied from the publicity information I sent out earlier in the week)

We’ve got one last spring Teen Movie Night coming up before our summer schedule of events begins. On June 6th we’ll be showing the movie August Rush in which a teen musical prodigy uses his gift to find his birth parents. As usual, our doors will open at 6:30pm and the movie will start at 7:00pm. Expect refreshments and door prizes. No registration necessary, but this movie is limited to 6th-12th graders between the ages of 11 and 18.

Book a Trip to the library this summer for an exciting list of programs for teens that will take you around the world and back again. If you’ve finished sixth grade and are between the ages of 11 and 19, these programs are for you.

We’ll be kicking things off at our Teen Movie Night on June 27th featuring National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Follow Benjamin Franklin Gates and his team in their race to find out the truth about the missing eighteen pages from John Wilkes Booth’s journal. Besides our usual door prizes and refreshments, you’ll have a chance to sign up for our teen reading program.

Our second movie of the summer will be The Golden Compass on July 25th, when you’ll get a chance to travel north with Lyra as she seeks her best friend and other kidnapped children.

Our popular teen summer reading program returns. Come in and set your goal and see how many pages you can read this summer. We’ve added a few new twists and upped the minimum goal to 300 pages, to make it more challenging, and don’t forget that whatever you read for this also counts towards your hours in the children’s summer reading program if you want to do both. You have to read for school, why not earn prizes while you’re doing it? Sign up starts at the kickoff movie on June 27th and you have until August 9th to read and return your log to us. This will all climax with our Summer Reading Party in September.

You can also Book a Trip with Totally Teens, which is back with five exciting new programs on Tuesday afternoons from 4-5pm. Sign up starts two weeks before each program.
July 1 – Eyes of the World
July 8 – Color Your World
July 15 – The Natural World
July 22 – Around the World in 80 Questions (More or Less)
July 29 – It’s a Small World

Pick up a Totally Teens flier in June for more information about all of these programs.

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Long time, no speak

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that. The books are evil and I periodically get buried.

But you’ll be seeing a few posts today. This one (of course), one about forthcoming programming including the next few movies, and I’m going to start blogging about books. New books, old books. Whatever I’ve read recently is fair game. Some of these will be found in the YA section, but I might go farther afield to children’s or adult, or even things that aren’t in the library at all. There’s lots of books out there now that you can read on your computer or phone or even print out and have your very own paper copy, and I’ll be linking to some of those.

I know not every book I talk about is going to interest everyone. I might even talk about a few books that are of interest to no one but me – sorry, you’ll just have to suffer.

The other new thing is that I’m about to unmoderate the comments in the interest of getting some discussion going. This is experimental and will depend on your good behavior if you want it to continue. The rules are simple – no insulting each other or me, no profanity, and keep the threads vaguely on topic. I reserve the right to delete any comments that break these three rules and to institute others as the need appears. Excessive abuse will mean a return to moderated status. If this works out, I might start the occasional open thread, for people to discuss whatever they want.

Now I’m off to lunch, so expect the other two posts when I return.

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I know it’s been a while, but…

I’ve been rather busy. Some of you might have seen me when I visited your class at the Hommocks. I’ve visited about 30 classes ranging in age from Kindergarteners to Eight Graders over the past two weeks.

I also spent a weekend at the big conference for publishers and booksellers and anyone else who works with books. I’ve got some freebees which should start showing up next week or so.

Just to whet your appetite, I’m currently in the middle of the Advanced Reader’s Copy of Snakehead, the next Alex Rider adventure, which is just as exciting as the others. I might have to do something special with this one, rather than put it out in the red box with the others. I’ll be posting pictures of some of the forthcoming books, probably this weekend.

I’ve also been getting the summer reading lists ready. I’ve got all but the Mamaroneck High 9th Grade list posted, and I’m in the middle of removing the books that were no longer on the lists and adding the new ones. Our extra copies of Murder on the Orient Express have shipped from the distributor. We should have them soon.

And I’ve been working to get both the children’s and the young adult’s summer reading programs ready to go so that when you break down the doors on Monday, in order to sign up, we’ll be ready.

I’m looking forward to seeing you this summer.

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Harbor Street Fair

Sunday is the Historic Harbor Street Fair. We’ll have a flier with a list of all the teen programs this summer and a new bookmark with five new book recommendations on the back.

If the heat starts to get to you, come by the library between 1-4 pm and help make some bookmarks to sell to make money for future teen programming.

Coming Soon

  • I’ll be visiting some of the classes at Hommocks for booktalking and to tell about the teen summer programs.
  • Expect a big ‘what’s going on this summer at the library for teens post’ sometime in the next week or so.
  • Book reviews – I’ll post reviews of some of the books I’m talking about at Hommocks, and some of the other things I’ve read recently.
  • More giveaways. I won’t be at the fair, because I’m going to a big book conference in the city. Check the red box for some new advanced readers copies and other fun stuff soon.

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