Friday, October 14, 2011

Art Drop!

Postcards from a teen group in Tualatin, Oregon have been showing up in our mailbox. It's part of an "art bomb" project the Oregon teens are doing... sending out hand decorated postcards to teen groups around the country to see how many they get back. Last Thursday we made some cards to send to them. Here's what they said to us... Are you near the coast? How is the weather in Vermont? here is mainly rainy but the last week or 2 it's been sunny. MEOWWW!! Reading makes me smile. When will I find love? Here's what we said... What do you collect? also, do you watch House? Hi Oregon! Do you like Ben & Jerry's? Yeah, yeah, I've met them. How many cows does your state have? because we probably would win. Do you dance in the rain often? Stop by the library and ask Jill if you want to make a postcard.

Friday, September 30, 2011

First Meeting of Food for Thought Teen Group!

Attention teens! The library needs your help! Please consider joining Food for Thought, our library teen group. This group meets the first Thursday of each month from 4-5 pm. Teens 7th grade and up get together to talk about books, movies, and current topics. They also select books and DVDs for the library and help to plan special events. This is a great community service opportunity! If you are interested, please call Jill or Susan at 878-4918.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Review: Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom)

Many of you have already probably read this book. For people who haven't, however, this would be something to check out of the library as soon as possible. I first heard about Tuesdays With Morrie through my mom; she had read it and told my sisters and I about all the lessons she had learned from it. I didn't read it then because I thought it was a "mom" book, something that only had value if you were older and had kids or something. This year, however, my English class read this book first. I have to admit that my preconceived notions about being a "mom" book were unfounded. I enjoyed reading Tuesdays With Morrie for the story component as well as the for the lessons the title character, Morrie, shares. The basic, non-spoiler plot of the story is that an average, busy American man, Mitch, was taught by an excellent sociology teacher in college. This professor gets sick with ALS and only has months left to live. Mitch sees his old professor on TV and decides to go back and see him. Mitch then rekindles his friendship with Morrie and the two talk about a variety of philosophical topics. The fact that this is a true story makes the lessons all the more valuable. The memoir is touching, funny, and thought-provoking, and throughout the story it is very easy to relate and understand both characters. I really loved this book, and I hope you will read it sometime. Even if philosophy is not your cup of tea, Mitch writes in such a way that almost any audience, not just moms, can understand. Andrea

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Final Sentences and a Link

http://the-final-sentence.tumblr.com/

Perhaps the best part of a book is the final sentence. It brings a story you and the author have built up to a graceful conclusion. It can leave the reader satisfied, as in J.K. Rowling’s “All was well” (Harry Potter). It can give wisdom to readers, as in J.D. Salinger’s “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody” (The Catcher in the Rye). It can bring up a theme in the book, as in Yann Martel’s “Thank you. And so it goes with God” (Life of Pi). These are few among many purposes of a final sentence, and few among the many reasons why I, personally, enjoy them.
As with most things valuable, meaningful, and able to be organized, someone on the Internet has collected final sentences from a bunch of literary works and put them out for general enjoyment. I came across it on Tumblr and hope you like it as much as I do!

Andrea

Monday, August 15, 2011

Book Review: Looking For Alaska (John Green)

I found John Green this summer when I was bored and looking around Youtube. In one of his videos, John was talking about the upcoming release of his novel The Fault in Our Stars. Being the sucker for books I am, I wanted to read all of his previous works in addition to pre-ordering this latest one. Naturally, I read his first novel first: Looking For Alaska. I wanted to leave a brief review here so that, first, I could suggest a book to all you avid readers looking for a new author to read and, second, I could contribute to this AWESOME new blog library teens created. (Yay teens! And blogs! And libraries!)

In one word, this book was meaningful. The plot revolves around 16 year old Miles Halter and his freshman year at boarding school with the first real friends of his life. Through pranks, a World Religions class, love, and most importantly, death, Miles and his friends search for the meaning of life. This book was funny, sad, and serious throughout. My only caution would be to take seriously the Young Adult label; there is plenty of “adult content” (drinking, smoking, swearing, etc.). If you are mature enough to handle the content, though, this book is actually very thought provoking and an engaging read.

So, those are my non-spoiler, very brief thoughts after reading the book last night. If you’re bored, feel free to visit the library and check out Looking For Alaska by John Green; I would definitely support this course of action. :) Leave a comment if you enjoyed the book, hated it, or just want to comment!

Thank you,
Andrea
The FFT Teens

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Check out these popular Young Adult Novels!

Here are books to look up at your local library! 

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the brand new Dorothy Alling Memorial Library teen blog! 

Posted here will be news and information regarding new book releases, events at our library and movie reviews. We hope to begin posting as soon as possible, but there may be a slight delay in posts as we all get used to this site and the way it works. Posts will be written by members of the teen group, Food for Thought, as well as specialty groups such as the Harry Potter Appreciation group, and some "roving reporters" (members who have gone off to college). We hope to keep the site updated and professional, but please bear with us if there are any spelling or grammatical errors as everyone on the site is learning.

Thank you,
Sophia
The FFT Teens