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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A few more good books for the summer...

Every year WASHYARG (Washington Young Adult Review Group) gathers nominations from librarians and teens across the state for the best book of the year.  Out of all the nominations, they choose 10 books.  Read at least 2 books, then vote for your favorite in March @ your school library.  Here are the 2013 nominees:

Happy Reading!

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's almost summer!

Now that you've just about finished another school year, it's time to look at reading some great books just for you, not that assignment!  YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has compiled a list for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten Nominations. http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teens-top-ten  Plus, some members of Readers Anonymous (PTHS book club) gave a few suggestions.  William recommends The Lost Gate and The Gate Thief by Orson Scott Card.  He also liked Every Other Day by Jennifer Barnes.  Nathan has been sucked into Game of Thrones and is waiting for more copies to be processed so he can continue the series.  Savan stopped by and is rereading Anne McCaffrey because she likes the worlds the author creates.She's also been reading books by Ellen Hopkins (sometimes painful to read, but really compelling). Hunter hasn't read anything except class assignments (she's taking 2 Math classes this year!!), but enjoyed reading Much Ado About Nothing.  Ms. Stolaas recommends Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder and Michael French. 


Friday, March 22, 2013

Teen Community Read Celebrates 100th birthday of PT Library!

The book chosen for this years Teen Community Read is Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman.  It's an amazing story about a man who went to school for the very first time when he was 98 years old and learned to read.  Glaubman saw a photo in his local newspaper of Dawson reading his birthday cards at his 100th birthday party, called him on the phone, then flew to Dallas, Texas to meet him. He flew back and forth from Seattle to Dallas many times, even living with Dawson, and spent hours listening to and recording his stories.  Glaubman captures Dawson's irresistable voice and view of the world, from segregation, civil rights, presidents, and world events.  Through it all shines the inspiring message that sustained Dawson for over 100 years, "Life is so good.  I do believe it's getting better."
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library.  Richard Glaubman will give a presentation on Thursday, April 18 at Port Townsend High School from 9:40am-10:30am or 11:10am-Noon.  Presentations are open to the public. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Readers Anonymous loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Readers Anonymous, the Port Townsend High School book club, really liked Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  They loved the world the author created, the humor, and the suspense.  Even self professed "haters of fantasy" were intrigued with the story and found themselves drawn into the plot.  Which is complex and constantly questioning good/evil.  This book sparked an intense discussion about family and friends...how far would you go for them?  Definitely a 5 star rating!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Readers Anonymous (PTHS) book club just finished reading Bruiser by Neal Shusterman.  It was one of those books that one member read over a weekend, came to the group and said, "Okay, everybody needs to read this book cuz it's really, really good and I want to talk about it."  Reading this book, thinking about it, and talking about it made for a very lively book discussion!  First, everyone shared what they thought the book was about based on the title.  And, people loved the way their assumptions were challenged and twisted as they read the story. "Can you feel true joy without feeling pain?"  One student said, "This is just like Mr. Gambill's class...now we're into philosophy!"  Shusterman has a way of weaving realistic elements with fantasy to create a gripping story.  Each of the main characters tells the story from their point of view; sometimes that can be a distracting device, but, in this story, it's perfect.  Read it, share it with a friend or family member, then have your own discussion.   Readers Anonymous gave this book 5 stars.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Murder Mystery @ the Library

Who killed best-selling author Emily Thornton?  Join us at the Library Learning Center on Saturday, October 27 from 7-9pm to solve this crime.  After we figure it out, we'll celebrate with pizza!  1256 Lawrence St.  For all teens in grades 6-12.  Questions?  Call Jody 344-3051 or 379-2980. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Teen Read-a-Thon Celebration!

Celebrate Teen Read Week with a 3 hour Read-a-Thon on Wednesday, October 17 from 12:30pm-3:30pm @ the Library Learning Center. (Pink House)  Speed date a book, trivia contests, games, prizes and snacks.  Bring a book or grab one from the pile of new titles.  For teens in grades 6-12. Stay for 3 hours or stop by for a quick visit to talk about books.