November 4, 2014

Teen Fav Awards 2014 – Vote Now!

by MandyTheLibrarian


Teen Fav Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Live simulcast event @
Dumbarton Area Library
Tuckahoe Area Library
Twin Hickory Area Library

Click here to vote online now through December 1st for your favorite teen books, movies, music and more of 2014. Then find out who won at one of three simulcast awards ceremonies hosted by the Northside, Northwest, and West End TABs. Refreshments will be served and dressy attire is encouraged! Great door prizes will be given away at each location! For more information, call Dumbarton Area Library at 290-9400 ext. 5, Tuckahoe Area Library at 290-9100 ext.5, or Twin Hickory Area Library at 290-9200 ext. 5.

November 26, 2014

Read + Review: The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan

by LisaTheLibrarian

In this book, the crew of the Argo II has an impossible mission ahead of them. As the end of the world approaches, each of the seven demigods in the prophecy know that they have an important role in stopping the Earth Mother, Gaea. However, the lives of the heroes are not the only things at risk. Everything that ever existed will have been destroyed; people, places, cities, buildings will have been removed from existence. There is only one way to stop it, and sacrificing one’s life is necessary. Leo has a theory, and knows his friends will do anything to stop it, but all of them have already learned that one is going to die. That is if the Greek and Roman camps do not already tear each other apart, as Octavian is relying on monstrous allies, and is promoting the war. To prevent this, Nico travels back home, to Camp Half-Blood, in his trio with Reyna and Coach Hedge. Legend says the rift between Greeks and Romans will be fixed if a Roman places the Athena Parthenos in front of the Greek camp. With no other option, this trio does their best to transport a massive, 40-ton statue, regardless of what troubles lay in their future, and even with a deadly giant, a hunter, following their tail.

The crew’s task is just as difficult, with having to fight monsters every hour, defending themselves from evil spirits, and learning to control their worst fears. Tensions run high, but their motivation gives them one last good time, before their job leaves no space for anything more. Even when their quest has only one goal, they must travel just about everywhere to acquire what is necessary to win the fight. Unfortunately, gods and demigods need to be working together to destroy the giants, but the gods, split in Greek and Roman forms, are nowhere to be found. The demigods, however, have many adventures, and they all end at Olympia, in Greece, and if the Blood of Olympus is spilled, Gaea will wake, and all will be lost.

I feel that this is another amazing book by Rick Riordan. I enjoyed every part of this book, especially the cliffhanger at the end, and found it highly entertaining, even among the other books. The writing style was complete and well formed, and the different adventures in this book make you want to keep on reading, to finish all of it and find out the final ending. As that point comes, it leaves you to wonder what could have happened in the future, the unknown. The characters were described thoroughly, and the varying adventures give you all the thrills you expect with even more to come. It was a mildly serious book, but the humor here and there is good enough to satisfy one. The only part I disliked came at the end, during the battle. I believe that the author should have increased the action in that area, for it seemed too sudden and simple. Even with that, it is still a great read, and the overall book is very well written. I enjoyed reading this, and I would definitely recommend this book.

One memorable part of this book is when Piper and Annabeth enter the underground temple of the makhai, and the descriptions of how they work together to release fear and panic. I enjoyed the imagery of Piper finding out how to control her emotions, not to mention the details of the fear and panic itself.


Reviewed by Shivram, grade 7, Gayton Branch Library

November 24, 2014

HCPL closed for Thanksgiving

by MandyTheLibrarian


All Henrico County Public Library locations will be closed
this Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th
for Thanksgiving. Happy holidays!

November 22, 2014

Read + Review — Middle School: Save Rafe! by James Patterson

by LisaTheLibrarian

Rafe Khatchadorian was a student who had attended Hills Village Middle School. He was more known as the criminal of Hills Village Middle School. He got kicked out of the school and went to a private school called Airbrook Arts. After Airbrook Arts closed for good Rafe had nowhere to go other than HVMS. The principal said that to get admission he had to do “a program.” It sounded like another school at first, but it turned out to be the greatest adventure in Rafe’s life.

I liked the way the author elaborated Rafe’s events at the program. He used numerous humor techniques that made the story very interesting and funny. Every twist that was added to the book made the book more exciting and suspenseful at the same time. What I didn’t like about the book was that it didn’t start off with a good introduction. The author lost me in some parts of the introduction.

The most memorable part of the book was when Rafe and all the other kids in his raft lost their paddle in the rapids. Another memorable part was when everyone jumped into the river they screamed at the same time.

four stars

Reviewed byArijit, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library

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November 22, 2014

Read + Review — The Right Fight, by Chris Lynch

by LisaTheLibrarian

Roman’s everything is baseball. From the beginning of his interesting life he enjoyed the fascinating game. Until, one shadowy day: World War II has started and he eagerly joins the army. He finds out that he can destroy people better in war with a tank than destroying someone in a baseball game.

I thought the book was extravagant. The author used great imagery to make a picture in your mind. Also, the fact that Roman went from being a baseball player for life to a powerful army man was so interesting. I love how the author wrote funny dialogue between the characters. Roman’s tank buddies sounded so dumb and humorous.

The memorable part of this story was when Roman joined the powerful U.S. Army. The way he joined up was so remarkable. I have never read a book when someone was that eager in joining a U.S. military group.

four stars

Reviewed by Ben, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

November 19, 2014

West End TAB’s Holiday Card Service Project

by MandyTheLibrarian

Tonight the West End TAB created one-of-a-kind holiday cards for local retirement community residents. The cards will be delivered in early December. Great work, TABers!

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November 19, 2014

Northside TAB Recommends

by LisaTheLibrarian

TV shows:
Raising Hope
Doctor Who
Sherlock [did you see this list?! -LisaLibrarian]
Once Upon a Time

Stuff To Do:
G-Force karts
Illuminate light show
GardenFest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

November 18, 2014

Read + Review: Warriors Super Edition: Bramblestar’s Storm, by Erin Hunter

by LisaTheLibrarian

A dark storm looms over the frail ThunderClan and its neighboring clans. After the Great Battle, dozens of cats with Firestar, the most talented leader of the time, walk in StarClan (the cats’ equivalent of heaven). Bramblestar leads on his shaken clan with an unsteady paw, with every decision doubted with the thought of “what would Firestar do?” As Bramblestar leads cautiously, a prophecy is delivered to his dreams by Firestar himself. The restless leader beats his brain out try to decipher the prophecy of “when water meets blood, blood will rise” while dark clouds threaten rain and destruction. After a gigantic flood that threatened the whole stability of the four clans, Bramblestar learns what life is like as leader in grim times. After adding three more weary, kittypet (the clan cats’ name for house cats) mouths to feed at a time where the prey was becoming awfully scarce, the humble cat becomes even more shaken by the growing responsibilities of being a leader and a hero. Will Bramblestar be able to pull his clan back? Will the four clans live peacefully again? Find out in this breathtaking book.

I thought this was an outstanding book just like all of the other books in the series, written by Erin Hunter (who is actually six people). The book’s outstanding plot, fantastic character relationships, and amazing handling combined with the cliff hanger in the last book, The Last Hope (which had no sequels for about a year), make a exceptional book. Erin Hunter gives phenomenal feeling and passion towards the book, leaving me begging for a sequal. I also enjoyed the one-character perspective that adds simplicity to the book. However, I do criticize on the fact how everything happened a little too fast, where the other books happened more steadily, and the very brief ending.

I very much enjoyed the clan cats and kittypets reaction towards each other. The weird discrimination and reactions of the kittypets reaction towards eating raw to the overall clan cats’ “awkward” hate over the outsiders just warms my heart.


Reviewed by Henry, grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library

November 17, 2014

Teen Writers Guild @ TW

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Clay McLeod Chapman Nov 2014Last Thursday night we had a great start to the Teen Writers Guild at Twin Hickory Library! We had a visit from author, Clay McLeod Chapman and he talked about writing books, plays, screenplays and comic books and how he got his start as a writer. We did some timed writing challenges and created some great stories! Don’t miss out on the next meeting in January!

Teen Writers Guild @ Twin Hickory Library
(we’ll be in the Meeting Room, just off the main lobby)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015; 6-7pm
Tuesday, February 24, 2015; 6-7pm (visit from author TBA!)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 6-7pm
Tuesday, April 28, 2015; 6-7pm


November 15, 2014

Hunger Games Experience @ Tuckahoe Area Library

by MandyTheLibrarian

Move over, Katniss and Finnick, the Tuckahoe Area District tributes were on fire today! Our courageous tributes took part in a tracker jacker preparedness drill and target practice. After the reaping ceremony, tributes learned to tie knots like Wiress and Beetee and apply Capitol make-up like Effie Trinket. And there was no hunger in these games as we munched on “Peeta” bread (a.k.a. pretzels) and nightlock berries (a.k.a. raisins) provided by our generous Sponsors, the Friends of the Tuckahoe Area District. Congrats to all of our Victors!

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November 14, 2014

Gayton tour

by SusanTheLibrarian

We had a great time at Gayton Library this morning with the Library Aides from Byrd MS. They toured our building, created book spine poetry, and Geeked the Library. Their Geek the Library pictures have been added to this gallery —

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