Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SRC Wrap-Up

When you joined the Summer Reading Club we asked you to read...anything: literature, fluff, non-fiction, graphic novels, etc.  After hearing about what you all thought about your selections, we compiled a list to share with you.  Take a look, you might find something good!

Born too Short by Dan Elish
Thirteen-year-old Matt is so envious of his best friend Keith that he wishes things would go badly for him, and when Keith's fortune changes while at the same time Matt finds his first true girlfriend, Matt is overcome with guilt.

"I loved this book, even if it was a short book ; )"

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

"Awesome plot and an unexpected ending; a great, funny read."

Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega
Sixteen-year-old Kat, whose mother is a home-birth midwife, feels betrayed when a popular, beautiful classmate gets pregnant and forms a bond with Kat's mother that Kat herself never had.

"Never a dull moment, I'd recommend for Lauren Myracle fans!"

Tohru Honda is an orphaned teenager who comes to live with the Sohma family in exchange for housekeeping duties, but she soon comes to know the family secret; they possess the ability to transform into their zodiac animal.

"I love how intense the storyline gets."

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

"This novel is full of lovable characters, is inventive and well written."

High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor and her own instincts.

"I would recommend this series because it was amazing and well written!"

While high school junior Jessa is on a Drama Academy trip to Italy with ex-boyfriend Sean and his new girlfriend, she opens her heart to change by following all of the outrageous instructions in her best friend's care package.

"Every teenage girl should read this brilliant, funny novel."

Budding costume designer Lola lives an extraordinary life in San Francisco with her two dads and beloved dog, dating a punk rocker, but when the Bell twins return to the house next door Lola recalls both the friendship-ending fight with Calliope, a figure skater, and the childhood Crush she had on Cricket.

"A well written romantic comedy full of wit and charm."

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world.  She and all the members of her "flock"are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly.  It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare when the mysterious lab known as the "school" kidnaps their youngest member.  It's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?

"The artwork is amazing and really brings the story to life."

When Maxie's best friend from elementary school returns years later after a horrible act of violence against him, Maxie feels guilty about how she treated him and conflicted over whether or not she wants to befriend him again.

"I couldn't put this book down I loved it so much!"

Rory, of Benouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

"This novel is a chilling thriller about ghost hunting, boarding school and Jack the Ripper that you won't be able to put down!"

Spin the Bottle by Elizabeh Cody Kimmel
When aspiring actress Phoebe and her best friend, the brainy Harper, enter middle school, their friendship is briefly tested by Phoebe's admiration of some of the drama club students and the intensity of her first crush, but ultimately they find that their relationship can withstand the stresses of their expanding lives.

 "OMG, this is exactly like middle school!"          

Storky: how I lost my nickname and won the girl by D.L. Garfinkle
Fourteen-year-old high school student Michael "Storky" Pomerantz's journal describes his freshman year, from dealing with his mother's dating his dentist to attempting to win the heart of the girl he loves.  

 "A fabulous book!  I hope a sequel comes out."          


Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him.  

 "A very sad, but great story about bullying."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

State-certified Driver and Traffic Safety Education course

Suffolk County Community College is offering high school students the New York State certified Driver and Traffic Safety Education course for the Fall 2012 semester.

Why you should take the class:
  • You may be eligible for a rate reduction in your automobile insurance
  • You will be able to receive your Senior License at age 17 rather than at 18
  • Your high school may possibly grant you credit for completing the course
Course details:
  • Consists of 25.5 classroom hours and 25.5 in-car instruction hours
  • Classes offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Cost of instruction is $538.50 per student
  • You must have a learner's permit and be at least 16 years old before the first day of the class
Application deadline is Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early.

Copies of the necessary application are available at the Adult Reference Desk.

For any questions, please contact Suffolk County Community College Office for Continuing Education at 451-4399 or 451-4114.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cast Your Vote!

The 4th Annual Young Adult Photography Contest here at the Library is underway. 

 Photos are hanging in the Teen Bistro and we need YOU to pick your favorite. 

Voting will be open through 5pm on Friday, August 17th.

Help pick the next winner to be permanently displayed in the Teen Bistro!