Teen Tech Month

March is Teen Tech Month at the Cold Spring Harbor Library. How are we celebrating in Teen Services?

We want you to play around with our ebooks

– You can download ebooks, audiobooks, even some videos and music using OverDrive. The Teen Collection is here. Don’t see a title you want? You can always send in a request.

We’re hosting programs

– Our low-tech program is Learn to Knit on March 10th. Justification? Knitting is essentially binary code. Instead of 1 and 0, we have K(nit) and P(url).

– Our movie? The Social Network. Did you know Jesse Eisenberg never had a Facebook account until he landed his role as Zuckerberg? You can listen to what he did when he landed the role here.

Speaking of the Social Network

– Did you know we have a Facebook page?

– a Twitter account?

– that you can Instant Message us? Our Meebo account is up and running during library hours. Just go to our main page and click “Ask Us.”

Teen Books Coming to the Big Screen, 2011 Edition

After I saw the trailer for Beastly earlier last week, I started wondering about other Young Adult novels that are coming to the big screen this year.  Here’s a selection of books (that we own! YAY!) and pertinent information.

Remember: reading and reviewing ANY of these books can lead to four hours of community service.

Beastly by Alex Flinn. A modern-day take on the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale where a New York teen, Kyle Kingsbury, is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love. Movie release date? March 4th, rated PG-13.

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe. A young centurion ventures among the hostile tribes beyond the Roman Wall to recover the eagle standard of the Ninth, a legion which mysteriously disappeared under his father’s command. Movie Release date: February 11, rated PG-13

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 by J.K. Rowling. The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort’s final horcruxes… Movie Release Date: July 15, rating unknown.

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.  John Smith – one of nine aliens from the planet Lorien – struggles to outrun his past, discover his future and live a normal life in Paradise, Ohio, as one by one his fellow Loriens are being killed by evil beings. Movie Release date: February 18, rated PG-13.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.  A Victorian governess’s love for her mysterious employer is threatened by the tragic secret of his mansion. Movie Release Date: March 11, rated PG-13.

Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board by Bethany Hamilton.Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer, lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves. Movie Release Date: April 8, rated PG.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The book will be released as two movies, Part 1 will concern itself with the Quileute and the Volturi closing in on expectant parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven. Movie Release Date: November 18, rating unknown.

X-Men: First Class by Jeff Parker.  The early days of mutant fun returns!  Movie Release Date: June 3, rating unknown.

Authors Unlimited

St. Joseph’s College and the public libraries of Suffolk County, NY are proud to announce Authors Unlimited.  This free full-day event is open to everyone, but TEENS get preferred seating! You will have the opportunity to meet and collect autographs from Rita Williams-Garcia, Robert Lipsyte, Tonya Hurley, George O’Connor, Maryrose Wood, Coe Booth, Tricia Rayburn, Alyssa Sheinmel, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Anna Godbersen, Jim McCann and Adam Gidwitz.

Where is this totally epic event happening? St. Joseph’s College campus, 155 W Roe Blvd, Patchogue, NY

When? Saturday, April 30, 2011. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHEN can I get tickets? Talk to Miss Kate. Each library is being sent five tickets sometime in March.

What if I want to … volunteer? You CAN volunteer for this awesome event (which includes HAVING BREAKFAST WITH THE AUTHORS. ZOMG). If you want to volunteer … talk to Miss Kate, and tell her you want to volunteer for Authors Unlimited! There are only a few volunteer slots open, and you need to jump through several hoops (filling out an application, sending in a reference).

Good luck and enjoy the festival!

New Book Friday

We’re entering our last month of book reviews before the Teen Summer Reading Club kicks off at the end of June.  Community service letters will be sent out in early February to all participants in our Winter Read a Book, Write a Review program. If you’re desperate to earn an extra four hours of service, here are our newest titles that can sate your need:

I can already recommend a few books: Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: where do your rights end and consequences begin? by Judge Tom Jacobs. I read it earlier this week, and if you need information on various court cases, computer crimes, and on what has happened to several victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying – this book is a great print resource.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White stars sixteen-year old Evie, who just wants to be a normal human being: normal friends, prom, lockers, curfew. This just doesn’t mesh with her life: a bagger-and-tagger for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Things go from business-as-usual to really weird when something starts killing off paranormals. Can Evie stop the threat in time? Will she ever see a real-live locker? Read and find out.

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

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