March 26, 2015

Teen Job Hunter Boot Camp @ TU

by MandyTheLibrarian


Tuckahoe Area Library
Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. DAILY

This five-day, hands-on workshop will help you prepare to find and apply for jobs. We’ll guide you in creating your resume and give you tips on interviewing. Register online with your library card. Register one time to attend all five days, April 6-10. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library.

Call 290-9130 for more information or to register with your library card by phone.

March 25, 2015

Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Training)

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Picture1Henrico County Library has teamed up with the Henrico Fire Division and the Henrico Office of Emergency Management to offer Teen CERT again this June. The Henrico County Teen Community Emergency Response Team Porgram (Teen CERT) trains teen citizens to help cope in the time period immediately following a disaster when local public safety resources may be overwhelmed. Teen CERTs learn basic first aid, search and rescue, and fire suppression techniques. But more importantly, Teen CERT members learn how to prepare for a disaster long before one occurs. We will prepare for and respond to a hypothetical emergency, such as a hurricane, mass casualty accident, or epidemic.

The one-week training consists of:

• Four training sessions at Twin Hickory Area Library, Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 9:30 AM — 3:00 PM.

• A four-hour scenario drill at Twin Hickory Park, Friday, June 26, at a time to be announced. Students must commit to attend ALL FOUR sessions AND the drill.

On successful completion each student will earn a total of 24 hours of community service. This course is limited to 15 high school students (grades 9–12, rising 9th graders accepted). Applications will be accepted from April 1 through April 30. For more information contact Adrienne Minock, Teen Librarian at 290‑9200 x5 or

Get the application here! Teen CERT Application. Due April 30th at the 2nd floor Info Desk at Twin Hickory Library.
Get the permission form & Info sheet here!  Teen CERT Permission Form & Info Sheet.

Students who have applied will be notified in Mid-May about acceptance into the program.


March 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: The Bell Between the Worlds, by Ian Johnstone

by LisaTheLibrarian

“The Samarok is yours, and its journey of discovery will be yours too, Only you will know when that journey has begun, and where it is taking you.”

March 23, 2015

Read + Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

beginning of everythingEzra Faulkner, prom king, jock, and most popular boy at Eastwood High, believes everyone has a tragedy waiting to happen. From this tragedy, everything important in life will begin. Ezra’s tragedy comes at a prime opportunity when a driver shatters his knee and his social life. But when he meets the new girl, Cassidy Thrope, everything changes as Ezra finds himself encountering the beginning of everything.

This book was so unbelievably written. The plot line is spectacular, a nice change to the typical teen novel. The characters are so realistic and the dialogue is quick and witty. I enjoyed that the story was written from a guy’s perspective, especially considering the fact that his life does a complete 180. My only complaint was that the book moved very quickly, and it was sometimes easy to get lost. Regardless, this book is a must read.

The most memorable thing about the book is the sense of dark humor throughout the book. It’s somewhat twisted but very hilarious that will encourage all readers to continue reading.


Reviewed by Erica, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library


March 23, 2015

Read + Review — X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

xThis book describes the evolution of Malcolm X. As a child, his parents always told him that he can achieve anything and the color of his skin will not hold him back. But when his father gets murdered and mother is taken away, Malcolm starts to doubt his parents’ words. He gives up on his life ambitions and moves to Boston with his sister, Ella. There he is attracted by Boston’s nightlife and starts to sell drugs and do other bad things. He gets into even more trouble when he is unfairly arrested for stealing. At jail, he finds a new faith, Islam, and this helps him realize that he cannot run away from segregation any longer.

I liked how the author described Malcolm’s life. It gives me a clear picture on all Malcolm had to go through as a kid and a young adult.  The part I did not like was that Malcolm nearly destroyed his life in Boston. If he just believed in himself then, he would not have to go through the suffering he went through.

One memorable thing about this book was when Malcolm went back to his family in Lansing. When he was in Boston, his whole family missed him always wrote letters to him to come back. This let him reunite with his siblings and relive his childhood.


Reviewed by Ashwin, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library


March 23, 2015

Read + Review — Middle School: Big Fat Liar by James Patterson

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Big fat liarMiddle School: Big Fat Liar is about a girl named Georgia Katchadorian going to her older brother’s middle school, HVMS. Her older brother, Rafe Katchadorian was the troublemaker of the century and almost everybody thought Georgia would be the exact same. So Rafe and Georgia made a bet if Georgia was popular and got straight A’s she would win the bet but if she was unpopular and failing in grades she would lose. Could Georgia really win the bet with Rafe’s trouble making footprints all over HVMS.

I thought that the book was superb in the story line, plot, and the characters personalities were very unique and the contributed greatly to the story. I also liked the situations the Georgia was put in and how she went through them. One thing that I really liked was how Georgia and Rafe at home were okay with each other but still pulled pranks on each other like real sibling. Everything in this book was very good and I encourage people to try it.

One memorable thing about the book was when Mini Miller started to bully Georgia and how Georgia just went straight in with a kick to the shin. Mini Miller knew that Georgia could stand up for herself so he stopped bullying her.

Reviewed by Naveen, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars

March 23, 2015

Read + Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

maze runnerThomas wakes up in a strange elevator with no memory, he only knows his name.  The elevator eventually arrives in the Glade. The Glade is run by two boys that impose strict rules on the other members of their society to keep them from going into the Maze – a huge shifting, changing maze that surrounds the Glade. The boys are kept busy by doing farm work, building, or cooking, however the members of the Glade send out runners everyday to explore the Maze. Thomas believes he should be a runner, that he can get them out of the Glade.

It is an intense action-packed book with so many surprises the reader will lose count. James Dashner leaves the reader on their toes, constantly wondering what will happen next. The Maze Runner is impossible to predict, from the action to the hilarious humor thrown in. Not only will it surprise, but it will tug at heart’s as well.

The rash decisions Thomas makes throughout keep the book interesting and are the best part of the novel.


Reviewed by Silas, grade 8, Glen Allen Library


March 23, 2015

Read + Review — I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

funniestJamie Grimm is like any other middle schooler, except for one thing. He beat out his local competition in New York with his stand up comedy – even though he did it while bound to his wheelchair. Now he is going to the finals of the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic contest. However, along the way he will have to choose what’s really important to him.

This book is a hilarious read, the whole way through. It throws in unexpected twists along with some of the wittiest one liners. It also tugs at the heart in an unexpected way. Jamie Grimm symbolizes hope for everyone and he shows how laughter truly is the best medicine.

The characters were built in such a way that they will stick with me forever. Jamie, the Smileys, Gilda, and Uncle Frankie were all extremely well done.


Reviewed by Silas, grade 8, Glen Allen Library
four stars


March 21, 2015

Read + Review — The Cipher by John C. Ford

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

CipherThe book is about a boy named Robert Smylie Junior. He is the son of the renowned billionaire Robert Smylie. The book takes place in Boston, as Smylie attends college. Symile’s best friend, Ben, has just discovered an algorithm that could change the face of technology and possible destroy Smylie’s fathers company. To keep secrecy, Ben and Smylie create a plot to sell the cipher to the NSA.

Overall, the book was interesting and very fun to read. It resembled an action movie in a way. I liked most of the characters, and they were developed nicely. Although I enjoyed the characters, I personally dislike the personality change in the end of the book. The change of personality change ruined the ending of the book, and that’s the only part I disliked.

One part that was very memorable in the book was at the very beginning when they tell us that Robert Smylie has a brain tumor and it changed the whole mood of the book and gives a sense of pity.


Reviewed by Yagnik, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars

March 21, 2015

Read + Review — Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Since Last SummerBack to the Beach! Rory McShane returns to the Rule’s mansion-sized home after last summer where she met her cute boyfriend, Connor Rule and her best friend, also Connor’s sister, Isabel Rule. She was thinking of a cool summer and having a blast with her two favorite people, but all doesn’t go as planned when Connor shows Rory the real him. Soon Rory starts second guessing their relationship, and things fall apart piece by piece. Meanwhile, Isabel Rule meets the perfect guy to help her get over her breakup last summer, Evan. He’s absolutely perfect, but is Isabel going to screw it up by obsessing over Mike? And what will happen between Rory and Connor? When Evan starts to notice Isabel drifting off, things get a little messy. Read the book to find out!

I thought the book was amazing. The drama between the characters had me on the edge of my seat. It’s a great book to relax and read on the beach or at the park. I like how the author got creative with the situations, and made you feel as though you were living the moment. She did a very good job of making you understand what the characters felt and even making you feel the same. I really enjoyed this book and for the whole story, be sure to read “The Rules of Summer”.

I think this book is gives off a very powerful feeling of forgiveness and understanding. I feel as though the characters really bonded and tried to see in another perspective. It also makes you acknowledge why it is so important to realize another’s situation and not jump to conclusions. I appreciate the sentiment in this book and what it tries to prove to the readers.


Reviewed by Rishika, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars


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