Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Texts = Wrecks

49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving.

A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.

Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.  When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field.

An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19 found that 86% had driven while distracted even though 84% know it's dangerous.

While over 90% of teen drivers say they don't drink and drive, 9 out of 10 say they've seen passengers distracting the driver, or drivers using cell phones.

32% of teens who drive while distracted don't think anything bad will happen to them.

77% of young adult drivers are very/somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.

36% of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else's distracted driving.

16% of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.

Distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens.

If that's not enough to make you think, take a look at the video below.  A Belgian group gave people a test--to have them text a message while driving on a closed track:

So what can you do to be safe?

Out of sight, out of mind
When you're in the car, put your phone where you can't get it.  A place where you won't even be tempted to look for it.  No phone, no texting.

Silence is golden
Turn your notifications off.  The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you'll be to respond while you're driving.

Designate a texter
Borrow thumbs from a friend, or lend yours to a friend.  Passengers get the privilege of texting while in motion.

Such an easy, quick fix for a growing problem.

*statistics and driving tips found on

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Check out the following books that have just been added to our collection!
Click on any title to check shelf availability.

Presents recipes inspired by the Hunger Games novel trilogy, including such dishes as lamb stew, roasted parsnips and dark chocolate cake.
In 2029, hoping to bypass the exams and training that might lead to a comfortable life, Susan, her almost-boyfriend Derlock, and seven fellow students stow away on a ship to Mars, unaware that Derlock is a sociopath with bigger plans.
Sixteen-year-old Guy Langman, his best friend Anoop, and other members of the School Forensics Club investigate a break-in and a possible murder, which could be connected to the mysterious past of Guy's recently-deceased father.
Madison Parker, who after making a name for herself as a reality star Jane Roberts "frenemy," Madison Parker steps into the spotlight and finds her own celebrity more challenging than expected.  A companion to the L. A. Candy novels.
Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen and an abandoned girl as he searches for his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.

Told in separate voices, teenaged Eliza Monroe, the daughter of a future United States President, Hortense de Beauharnais and Caroline Bonaparte, relatives of Napoleon I, and Madeleine, daughter of an actress, come together at L'Academie Nationale a St. Germain in the turmoil of 1799 France.
Despite the hunger and the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive.  Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.  Part of the Gone series.
Told from various viewpoints, Gabie and Drew set out to prove that their missing co-worker Kayla is not dead, and to find her before she is, while the police search for her body and the man who abducted her.
Spending his days in a zoo beside his volatile animal wrangler father, Wahoo Cray struggles to control his father's temper when the latter take a job with an egocentric nature show host.
A fifteen-year-old high school student becomes involved with an evangelical Christian girl in spite of his father's adamant atheism and his own confusion about life.

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny.
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad."  Believing he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."  In doing so, he discovers that he may have more in common with his father than he thought.
Daniel simply wants to spend one last summer with his grandfather, Da, before his move to college and Da's dementia pulls them apart, but when Da starts to let things slip about a secret life, Daniel must protect him from his old "friends" who intend to make sure Da stays quiet.
Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family but is soon sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn where he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess.  Book two of the Lumatere Chronicles.
To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder, unless her mind can stop it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother's Day is this Sunday...

Can't think of a gift for Mom?
 Attend our Mother's Day Floral Workshop this Saturday, May 12, from 10:45-11:45am, to learn how to design a beautiful fresh flower arrangement that is sure to put a smile on Mom's face!

Already have a gift for Mom?
 Then make this beautiful arrangement anyway--we're sure there's a deserving mother in your life that you'd be happy to give this to.

Sign up for this program at the Reference Desk with your library card and $2.50 today!  This program is open to teens, grades 7-12.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Don't miss out on our summer volunteer opportunities...

The library needs responsible volunteers for the summer (July & August).  Registration for the summer lasts for the month of May, ending on May 31.  This is the ONLY TIME we register volunteers for the summer and space is limited.  Spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • Those entering grades 7-12 can register to help in the Children's Room for one to two hours at a time at various craft programs throughout the summer.  Total hours will be approximately 4-6 hours for the summer.
  • Those entering grades 7-12 can register to provide babysitting services during adult and children library programs.  A character reference must be provided for consideration.
  • Those who are 14-year-old and older can register to be Summer Reading Club Listeners, requiring you to work a schedule or two hours per week throughout the summer, listening to children report on what they have read.
You must register in person at the Reference Desk with your library card.  Volunteers will receive their schedule in the mail in June.

Click here for the list of May/June volunteer opportunities.