Teen Read Week is under way, and now is your chance to vote for the best teen books of last year. The list of nominees, compiled by teen groups all over the country, ranges from the graphic novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse. Many macabre and fantasy titles made the list, making them a perfect read for the Halloween month if you’re still undecided. Click the button shown above to voice your choice.
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Between the hit movie Juno, Jamie Lynn Spears’ celebrity baby, and the current media storm around vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter, 2008 seems more like the year of the pregnant teenager than the year of the rat. Looking for ways to start a discussion with your teen about the choices and challenges that arise with an unplanned pregancy?
Here are some young adult books you might read and discuss together:
The First Part Last- In this award-winning novel, a teenage father must give up his lifestyle to care for his beloved newborn daughter.
Someone Like You - Sarah Dessen’s book about a female friendship strained by an accidental pregnancy.
Don’t Think Twice – A pregnant teen comes of age in a home for unwed mothers, where she prepares to give her child up for adoption.
Borrowed Light – A 16-year-old struggles to decide what to do about her pregnancy, with little help from her ex-boyfriend or family.
The grand finale to the Albany Library’s summer reading program was a concert featuring local teenage band Electric Cloud Sequence. Jamming with a blend of sitar, synthesizers, and electric guitars, the group mesmerized library patrons of all ages.
You heard right! Electric Cloud Sequence, a teenage band working on its first CD, will transform the Albany Library into a concert venue alive with experimental psychedelic music. Wrap up the summer with a unique and memorable evening. The concert begins at 8pm (when the library doors close), Tuesday, August 19.
Now that the last few strenuous weeks of dances, field trips, locker cleaning, and yearbook signing are over, you Albany teens may be wondering what you’re going to do with all your spare time. Here are some ideas: On Tuesday, June 17, bring your friends to the library for an afternoon of Dance Dance Revolution, music, snacks and fun. While you’re here, sign up for the teen summer reading program. You’ll get prizes just for reading, and can enter to win an iPod Shuffle. Come back and rock out with an afternoon of Guitar Hero on Tuesday, July 15. We’ll wrap up the summer with a very special after-hours event in August. Stay tuned!
Thanks to a budget infusion for Teen audiovisual items, the Albany Library now carries a selection of Teen DVDs and books on CD. The audiobooks are classics like Crime and Punishment, and may help teens who have reading disabilities by supplementing school-assigned books with a different format (or may just help pass the time on a long drive to a vacation destination). The DVDs range from study aids (such as SAT preparation) to Teen classics to popular anime titles like Naruto. Let us know what you think about the new additions to our collection.
On Saturday at the library, a roomful of teenage computer gamers got a laugh out of seeing what used to be state-of-the-art games–Asteroid, Centipede and the like. (What would they have thought of Pong?) Renaissance man Steve Klitzing–who has designed computer games, does 3-D animation, and recently wrote a book about dreams–then progressed to showing more advanced 2-D games and finally 3-D, explaining how and why the technology evolved. The audience especially enjoyed having a chance to take the controls and demonstrate the games. A good time was had by all. If you’re an Albany teen, let us know what other kinds of programs you’d like to see by commenting on this post.
As you’ve probably noticed, librarians love lingo. In Librarian, “TAG” means Teen Advisory Group. This is a group of teenagers who meet to tell us what they want to see at the library. The Albany Library’s TAG is getting off the ground this Saturday, January 19, at 3pm. If you’re a teen, we’d love to have you join us. We want to know what programs you would attend; what activities would be meaningful to you; and what books, graphic novels, and CDs you wish we’d buy, among other things. If you want to meet new people, get some free snacks and free stuff, and help us help you, please join us this Saturday in the meeting room. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s the time of year that many of us look back over the last 12 months, take stock, and make goals for the new year. I’m happy to say that 2007 has been a very good year for me in many ways. I was hired at the Albany Library in February and am now fortunate enough to work within my own community and walk to my job. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, I was able to buy lots of new books for the Teen area and freshened up the collection quite a bit. I read lots of great teen good teen books and attended some workshops that gave me new ideas for teen services. I met dozens of new coworkers (although it may take years before I meet everyone in this countywide library system!). I found a great new tutor for our Homework Center, and through her hard work it continues to operate at capacity. Best of all, I met a number of teens who are interested in getting involved in the library, either as volunteers or charter members of the teen advisory group (which meets next on January 19, by the way!). My goal for 2008 will be to build on the contacts and knowledge I’ve gained this year and breathe new life into the resources and services the library provides for Albany teens. What would you like the library to do for teens next year?
The first meeting of our newly forming Teen Advisory Group took place earlier today. We started a dialog about what teens would like to see at the library; what kind of programs would be popular (game design, anyone?); and what theme, interactivity, and prizes people would like to see in next year’s Teen Summer Reading program. If you have opinions on any of these things and couldn’t make it to the meeting, share your thoughts by commenting on this post. (And if there’s a day or time that you would prefer to meet, please note that too!)