Month: April 2011

Free Comic Book Day, May 7

Sure, you get free stuff from the library all the time: normally, we just ask that you bring it back to us. Saturday May 7, though, five libraries are giving away something you can keep. From 1 – 4 p.m., at Dumbarton, Fairfield, North Park, Tuckahoe, and Twin Hickory, pick up a free comic book — while supplies last — as part of Henrico Library’s annual Free Comic Book Day celebration!

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Extra activities to look for include:

Dumbarton – graffiti wall

North Park – graffiti wall

Tuckahoe –   graffiti wall & manga exchange

(graffiti wall  means space will be provide to draw your favorite comic or manga characters)

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) celebrates that uniquely American form of art and storytelling, the comic. Find out more about nation-wide FCBD activities here. For more on comics at the library, go here.

This event sponsored by the Teen Advisory Boards.

Teen Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna Oliphant is shipped to a boarding school in Paris, where she falls for Étienne St. Clair… even though he already has a girlfriend.

Normally I hate contemporary fiction and chick-lit, but this book blew me away. Anna’s voice is fresh and humorous, effectively animating her story. The characters were very well written and shaped with a realistic complexity; the relationships are well thought-out and the romance in this story is perfectly believable. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone else, even if they tend to avoid love stories. Once you finish Anna and the French Kiss, you’ll never look at chick-lit the same way again.

review by Sarena T.

Northside TAB: April Meeting Recap

During the April 13th, 2011, meeting of the Northside Teen Advisory Board, we discussed a wide-ranging array of topics.  First, we touched on upcoming events: Poetry Café at Dumbarton on Wednesday, April 27th, at 7pm, and Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 7th, from 1-4pm.  Next, we discussed options for the annual Scar-o-Thon in October.  We decided on an all-inclusive event for small kids and teens, with various activities, with a teen-only party afterwards.

We had the rest of the meeting to discuss other matters.  There have been numerous changes in the teen areas at Dumbarton and North Park Libraries, and there will be continuing enhancements in the near future.  We voted on decal colors and styles for the wall at Dumbarton, and discussed furniture and arrangements.  In the little time we had left, we discussed options for our Books on Film event in October, as well as commenced voting on the ubiquitous leasbooks.  Our next meeting is on May 18th at Dumbarton.

– Jack

Where I Belong by Gillian Cross

Khadija is not her name, but you may as well call her that. When she was little, hard times hit her wealthy family. First, a few camels were sold. Then the rains failed — and before she knew it, Khadija has a new identity, and a man who will smuggle her to London. She’s to get an education, then work, so as to help the family back in Somalia. An astonishing offer to model clothes for a top designer comes her way. But then a ransom call comes from Somalia: her dear brother has been kidnapped!

(click book cover to find a copy)