Month: February 2012

Northside TAB Recommends

Coldplay– a band that originated in the UK and they have a variety instruments and amazing lyrics that makes their style unique. One of their top 20 songs is Viva La Vida.

Glee– Glee is a music drama that remakes famous songs and adds their own unique twist. They have outstanding singers like Lea Michele who basically grew up in broadway and plays Rachel Berry, Amber Riley who plays Mercedes Jones, and Naya Rivera who plays Santana Lopez. Comes on Tuesdays at 8pm on Fox.

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GOP Debates– because they’re just LOL funny. Oh, and educational.

Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt– They have a variety of frozen yogurt flavors and the taste is just HEAVENLY.

Teen Review – Wildefire by Karsten Knight

The book starts out as a normal high school thing. With Drama, Problems, and most of all Relationships. But this high school experience turns out to be something supernatural. Join Ashline Wilde as she finds out who she really is and End this feud with her sister, Eve. But what else is in store for her? The writing really shows how life is as a normal high school student. The characters are different in their own way and we also get to see what happened before all this happens. It’s not all like that though. Some parts have intense fighting scenes that always seem to amaze. The most memorable thing about the book is the tennis match. Ashline goes against someone she was hoping to never see again.Highly Recommended.


 Review by Alsharief, grade 8, twin Hickory Area Library

Twenty-Eight Days Later

Twenty-Eight Days Later, A Black History Celebration of Children’s and YA Literature, is an annual project at a blog I read called The Brown Bookshelf.

Each day in February, there’s a post about an African-American author or illustrator. Even when I haven’t heard of the author (I don’t read many picture books, you know…), it’s really neat to hear about the kinds of things people did when they were young that contributed to their adult careers.

For instance, Debbi Chocolate painted and was a musician, and she even entertained her friends by showing movies in the basement! Denise Lewis Patrick did a college internship at Essence Magazine. Meanwhile, Earl Sewell, who writes many books for the popular Kimani Tru imprint of Harlequin, self-published his first books.

Libraries, Publishers, eBooks & You

We wanted to let you know about a (very) recent development regarding our digital collection. As of today (2/10), Penguin (publisher of popular authors like Nora Roberts, Ken Follett, Charlaine Harris and many others) will no longer offer copies of their eBooks and audiobooks to be purchased by libraries via OverDrive.

What does this mean?

Basically, it means that we will not be able to buy any more eBooks from Penguin. They have joined other ‘Big 6’ publishers Simon & Schuster and Macmillian in not letting libraries lend the eBooks they publish. We would love to be able to lend their eBooks, unfortunately we can’t.

What about the books the library has already purchased?

They will continue to be available. One BIG difference, however, is how Kindle editions are handled. According to an email from OverDrive, eBooks published by Penguin will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery via Wi-Fi. People with Kindles who want to read eBooks published by Penguin will have to download the title and transfer it to their Kindle via a USB cord. We’re not sure how this will work yet. We will be learning along with you.

The eBook segment of the publishing world is in the very early stages of development. It will continue to change as publishers, book sellers, and libraries experiment with new ways to provide eBooks to you. We will continue do our best to provide the books you want in the format you prefer.

East End TAB recommends!

Here are the East End TAB’s top interests for January, 2012:

Photo of Mindless Behavior at Day of Rock, May 2011 by David Clausen

1. Mindless Behavior: they can dance well, they can sing, they can dress, they have burtiful hair, they have wonderful smiles, and headline tours before they’re 15. Their music is 100% clean, and they have great videos. We like Princeton the best because of his glasses.

2. Diggy Simmons:  He can sing, he can dance, he makes interesting music videos, he makes catchy music

3. We also like Aeropostale because the stores have the cutest clothes that boys and girls can wear everyday, even to bed.

4. The clothing line Hollister also has everyday clothes that teens can wear for school, a day out, and just because.

The West End Teen Advisory Board International Day Fair

On Saturday January 28th from 2-4pm the west End TAB presented a day dedicated to learning about other countries.  Our “tourists” visited 14 countries, had their passports stamped, made some crafts with an international flair, signed the Great Wall, played a “Jeopardy” style trivia, game, listened to international music, and took home a cookbook with recipes submitted from our TAB families.  Enjoy the pictures from our travels.

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Local History: Maggie L. Walker

The Travel section of this Sunday’s Washington Post urges people living in the Washington, D.C., area to head down to Richmond to visit the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (article here). If you haven’t been to this gem of museum recently, now’s a great time to go! Hours and whatnot, here.

Richmonder Maggie Walker founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903, and was active in groups supporting women’s rights and civil rights for African Americans. Read more about her on the historic site’s website, or grab a book.

College Tours

Spring often finds high school seniors (and juniors) visiting colleges to decide where to go (or apply) next fall. We’ve got some tips for thinking about college, here.

And this is a list of 5 No-nos for touring colleges. If I could give you only one college tour tip, it would be:

Don’t let the parents ask all the questions!

UVa photo creative commons photo from Flickr user Philip Larson

Teen Review — Wither by Lauren DeStefano

In a world where females die at age 20 and males at age 25, 16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous marriage.

Dark and disturbingly compelling, Wither explores the possibilities of a world where you know you’ll die young. Violence, pain, and cruelty depict a growing desperation as the human race tries to keep itself from dying out. The world building is a little weak and the novel tedious and confusing at times, but the hope and strength ingeniously woven into the words compensate for the unexplained story arcs. I’d recommend this for older teen readers, since the book graphically depicts a dystopian world where everything is falling apart.

by Sarena T.

Teen Review — Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Payton Gritas’ highly organized world is turned upside down once she is confronted with crippling news-her father has MS (Multiple Sclerosis), a disease that can lead to paralysis. Once her father’s condition is brought into her attention her counselor suggests that she acquire a focus object to concentrate her emotions on; she decides Sean Griswold’s head. Her focus researches become more in depth and in turn Sean begins to become a lot more than just a focus object. But her sudden obsession with a boy’s head isn’t going to make her father’s condition disappear.

This book definitely proved my first impressions wrong; you can’t really judge a book by its cover. What I thought was going to be a cheesy teen romance novel was really a book filled with characters to fall in love with and relate to and a touchy topic that brings a question into all of our minds, “How would we react once tragedy strikes so close to home?” I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone; this read will definitely be one that you won’t want to put down.

By Nia M.