Thank you to the awesome teens at the first meeting of the Book Club. Your discussions about banning books and freedom of speech were amazing and impressive!
Next month on October 16th the Book Club will be discussing horror books! Read a horror novel, old or new, and be ready to discuss what makes a book scary, what you find scary, and what those fears tell us about our society. We look forward to hearing your opinions!
Teen Read Week is October 7-13, and as recognition for all the reading you do, the Atchison Public Library is having a Book Review Competition. The three best reviews will not only earn the writer a prize bag packed full of local prizes, but will also be published that week in the Atchison Globe! You must be in grades 6-12 to submit a book review, and it needs to be turned in to the Atchison Public Library by October 3rd. Submissions can also be emailed to email@example.com.
Reviews must be 200-250 words in length and can be about a book or a series of books you have read recently. Include a short description of what the book/book series is about, and then you can mention things like; what you like about the writing style, why you connected with the book/series, what made the book exciting, what you may have not liked about the book/series, and why others should read the book/series. Remember: No Big Spoilers!
Include Your name, your grade, the book/series title, and the book/series author SEPARATE from the word count.
It only lasts a week, but we will be celebrating Banned Books all month this September in the Teen Scene. We have books that have been banned in libraries across the country on display to check out, and when you take them home you also get a banned books bookmark! Make sure you make it to TEEN THEMED BOOK CLUB on September 18th at 3:00 to discuss your favorite book that has been banned.
The first meeting of the Teen Themed Book Club is on September 18th at 3:00 PM right after school. The first month's theme is BANNED BOOKS. Read a YA book that has been banned at some point in the past, and come ready to discuss why it was banned, why you liked it, why you disliked it, and/or whether or not you think it should have been BANNED. Here's a list of banned books, and it may surprise you!
Harry Potter Series, JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume
The Witches, Roald Dahl
The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
Drama, Raina Telgemeier
It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, Robie H. Harris
The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
1984 , George Orwell
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
Looking for Alaska, John Green
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
The Bermudez Triangle, Maureen Johnson
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston
Not only are our plants growing extremely well, but the fish are thriving, and now they have names! Thanks to our patrons making amazing suggestions, four names have been chosen:
Orange fish: Blood Orange
Light Orange Tail fish: Creampuff
Orange, Black, and Yellow fish: Neapolitan Napoleon
Silver and Black fish: Elvis Fishley
Thanks again to everyone who helped bring this project together, and contributed name suggestions. The Aquaponics display will continue to grow until Fall, when our Fishy Friends will become permanent installments in the Teen Scene. See you there!
A TON of new programs are starting up at the Atchison Library this fall for the teens. Some, like Anime Club for Girls and Gaming Club for Boys, will meet in August, and some start in September like the Teen's Themed Book Club. Homework Help will be back after school starting on August 20th, and movies or board games will be available every early release Wednesday. Make sure you visit our programs & resources page at www.atchisonlibrary.org/programs--resources.html for more details on what we do and when it happens. See you at the Library this fall!
The teens at Atchison Library have exclusive opportunities to win more prizes this year! The Teen Prize Auction will reward those who turned in weekly reading slips by turning their hours into "money" that they can use to bid on awesome prizes. The beginning of the auction will be silent, where you can place bids on bigger prizes like gift sets from Vintage Gypsy and gift cards for anything from Amazon to Fortnite. Then the competition heats up when the bids start flying on gift cards to local restaurants, art supplies, games, and more! Make sure you make it at 3:00 PM on Saturday the 28th to start bidding! Bidding paddles, popcorn, and drinks provided!
The fish are in! Thank you to the teens who helped with this project, and everyone else who chipped in. We now have four fishy friends in the Teen Scene, and a snail for good measure. Make sure you check in, and contribute some names to the name pool!
This month, the big Teen event will be a Life Hacks Test. We will make our own smartphone speakers out of recycled materials, and a little side project too. Keep an eye on our events for more details. See you there!
August is the only month without a big holiday, but we still want to celebrate in the Teen Scene. That's why this month you can Create a Holiday for August! Make up any holiday, with any traditions, and tell us about it in the forms by the Teen Scene board. One holiday will be chosen to actually be celebrated in August! Want to celebrate ham sandwiches? Tell us why!