College Information Section

Whether you are awaiting your college acceptance letters, or just starting to look at universities, the Cold Spring Harbor Library has a College Information Section. Located downstairs at the end of Young Adult (past the YA audiobooks and playaways) are titles such as the The Hidden Ivies: 50 top colleges from Amherst to Williams that rival the Ivy League, Cool Colleges for the Hyper-Intelligent, even the Survival Guide for Students with ADHD or LD.

Besides our nifty college section, the library is also hosting Navigating Through the College Admissions Maze. It’s on Tuesday, February 1st from 7-8:30 pm for sophomores, juniors, and their parents. In this informative session hosted by Michael Binder, Your College Navigator (LLC), you will determine the following:

– which colleges are the best for YOU

– what you can do RIGHT NOW to increase your chances of getting into your preferred schools

– 10 tips that colleges don’t tell you

– how to balance the concerns of students and parents

Mr. Binder actually did a run-through of the program with me, and let’s just say I really wish I knew him when I was applying to schools back in Fall 2002. I would have been less stressed if I knew all these tricks of the trade! Sign-up today and don’t forget to attend!

Finalists for the 2011William C. Morris Awards – Announced!

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has announced the five finalists for the 2011 William C. Morris awards. The award honors a debut book published by a first-time author.

The finalists are (drum roll, please)…

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston

The winner will be announced during ALA’s Midwinter Conference in January 2011.

New Book Friday! December ’10 Edition!

This month’s New Book Friday is nowhere as epic as November’s, but trust me, these books rock.

Some fiction to while away those cold December nights:

May we offer some nonfiction?

I’ve already read Beatle Meets Destiny, and flipped through So Now You’re a Zombie: a Handbook for the Newly UndeadBeatle Meets Destiny is the story of John “Beatle” Lennon and Destiny McCartney. It’s a charming realistic fiction novel that takes place in Melbourne, Australia. If you love books about large families, falling in love, horoscopes, and interrelated story lines, this book is for you.

If you have recently been transformed into a zombie, So Now You’re a Zombie is a great little handbook on how to preserve your body and survive in this anti-zombie world. Just don’t come shambling after me.

Community Service Alert: Read a Book, Write a Review

Need Community Service hours for school?  You can earn four hours of community service by reading a Young Adult book (published in 2009, 2010, 2011) and filling out a review sheet.

The YA title can be: fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, a book from our library, a book from another library, a book that you own. It *must* be a Young Adult title though, and It MUST HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED in 2009, 2010, 2011.

Yes, it’s that easy.  Read the book. Answer a few simple questions. Bring the form back here and hand it to Miss Kate. If you need a great book recommendation, check out our New Book Friday posts, browse the YA section downstairs, or ask!

Read a Book Write a Review Form

Read a Book Write a Review Form.docx

New Book Friday – Part 3

The last of our new fiction for November! All books were published in 2010 and are eligible for our 2010 Read a Book, Write a Review program. If you’re looking for a great, high-energy read, Miss Kate recommends “Will Grayson, will grayson.”

Community Service Cookie Bake

Our annual Community Service Cookie Bake is a great way to spread the love to those who could use a lift this holiday season. Earn valuable community service while showing how much you care. Please sign up by either calling the library at 692-6820 x300, or by signing up here:

More information on this program:
Open for teens in grades 6-12.
Please bake cookies BEFORE arriving on Monday, November 15th.
From 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, we will be packing up the cookies for distribution.
You must check in with Miss Kate in order to receive community service.
If you make ANY cookies with NUTS OF ANY KIND, you must make this known (some people are allergic to nuts).