~~“All Book Zone” by Fabian, Angel and Michael
To the tune of “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd
All Books Zone, all books zone
Read the Rhythm, read the rhythm
All Books Zone, all books zone
Read the Rhythm, read the rhythm
I read a good book, it made life better
I treat these books special, every body's jealous
Free books, got several, they tens or better
I'm a trendsetter, I'm a go-getter!
Young kids got to read books
Dumb kids giving me funny looks
In the library gotta stay quiet
If it's a book, don't gotta buy it
She said, "why you have so many books with you?"
I said, "I'm a reader to the honest with you"
Mind you, my crew right behind me
Went shopping, coulda bought Treasure Island
I read books cuz I'm a reader
They kids follow me like I'm a leader
Read a book, it's story time
All these books better rhyme
Reading a book is not a crime
I'm going to read every word and every line
These books are not to mess with, never messy
Three books I am reading, real loud, its acapella
Awesome like heavy metal
Teen Summer Challenge dares, god bless 'em
The last Teen Writing Club prompt was "Monday's never go well;" member Angel B. wrote this rap. Teen Writing Club meets every month at the Fairfield Cordelia Library, EXCEPT this April. Instead, all teens are encouraged to attend the Teen Poetry-Writing Workshop at the Vacaville Cultural Center Library on April 16 at 7pm.
Monday’s never go well
I’m so hungry can anybody tell
I think I’m gonna go to taco bell
The weather today is hot as hell
My grades fell, my math test was a fail
Oh well, today is still a great day
Today was my payday,
Honestly every day is a great day
So make a worst day, into your best day
Enjoy the nice weather in the bay
Let your friends and family know you love them all day
Keep moving forward like a highway
Keep doing everything your way
I hope love will stay
And everything will be OK
Congratulations to Donovan Comeaux for becoming the grand prize winner of the theme
'A Day in the Life of a Creator' for his photograph 'The RES-olution.'
Congratulations to the following teens who won in each of our 10 categories.
Take a look at their winning photographs.
Urban: Donovan Comeaux (Grand Prize Winner)
Design: Nathan Lawson Jr.
Edited: Alex Novoa
Animals: Marlie Arrington
Flowers: Emra Silva
Macro: Jacob Barron
Nature: Tom Place
People: Olivia Gibreau
Catch All: Reagan Graham
Action: Madeleine Burgess
Solano County Library would like to thank all the creative teens who participated in this year's contest. Stop by our Flickr site and see the work of all of our contestants.
"The" by Donovan Comeaux
Want to see what was entered to the “A Day in the Life of a Creator” contest? All the entries were collected into Flickr albums. Use http://tinyurl.com/oonc8rx to see them all. P.S. Don't worry if you don't see your photos in the Facebook album yet. We got a lot of entries in the last few days of the contest, and had some trouble keeping up. The photos will all be added soon, and credits for photographers will also be updated as well. In the meantime, Flickr has everything.
Is that a Chrome Book I see before me? Email Kevin for more information about how you can participate too!
This year's winner of the 2014 Teen Summer Reading Challenge was Victoria from Cordelia.
The 2014 Teen Summer Reading theme was "Spark a Reaction." It was the first year that allowed teens to complete an open range of summer goals of their own making, the ability to complete and view their success online and also "dare" their friends to complete a goal.
Here is what Victoria shared with us about participating in the program:
"I liked doing the dares this year, it was different and fun. I did extra dares mostly because it was just fun to make up dares. My favorite part was doing the dares that I wanted – and this part (winning) too! If I were to tell my friends about the summer reading program I would tell them it’s fun and how it works, and that they could win an ipad mini too."
"Shout out to my family, and to my sister Hosanna who I dared to write a letter to this summer.”
Swaying in the wind
Growing, living, changing
Green and beautiful
The Fault in Our Stars
The movie, tells the amazing story of Hazel Grace and Augustus (Gus) Waters. Despite the fact that they both have cancer, the two teenagers find a road to happiness with their friendship. Overall this will have you laughing and crying all in the same scene! I would give this movie 9 out of 10 stars for its brilliance!
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner is an amazing novel that keeps you reading with cliff-hangers and adventure. The main characters, Teresa and Thomas, play a huge role in the breathtaking novel. Overall The Maze Runner is spectacular in many different ways and keeps readers asking for more!
The movie was about a doll that had a demonic curse and in the beginning of the film the doll wrote ‘did you miss me?’ on the wall. Later the woman saw dead people hanging from trees and in the house, so she set up camera’s to catch the killer, the conjurer.
On July 12, Vacaville Town Square Library hosted live local teen bands playing on the Town Square Plaza as part of their teen summer reading events. View these and more images of our events on our flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/solanolibrary/
The Red Pyramid is a fantasy/sci-fi book written by Rick Riordan.
This book circles around the story of Carter and Sadie Kane; two young kids who also act as an embodiment for power Egyptian gods. The story is told from both Sadie and Carter’s viewpoint and is well written as well as heart pounding. This book captures the mind so much that you almost feel as if you are in the book yourself. Riordan’s stunning book is one of my favorites now and if anyone read and like the Percy Jackson series I strongly suggest they read the Kane Chronicles as well.
1.) Question: what is the main purpose of being a librarian?
answer: to help people find information and homework help.
2.) Question: why you pick this profession?
answer: she really felt like the library is being a part of the community.
3.) Question: how did you get this job?
answer: she applied for it.
4.) Question: where did you start?
answer: she started shelving books.
5.) Question: do you like your job?
answer: she loves it.
6.) Question: why do you like your job?
Answer: she has a lot of fun.
7.) Question: how do you know where certain books are?
Answer: the Dewey Decimal system
8.) Question: why is the job hard?
answer there are challenges
9.) Question: how long have you been at this?
Answer: ten years
10.) Question: if you didn't pick this profession what other job would have picked?
Answer: services for teens
11.)Question: what are the challenges?
Answers: letting people know about the library
As I walk I turn my head side to side looking at all the houses,
buildings, cars, and buses they are dull and grey,
but when I look up all I see is pretty colors blue rainbows all over and the yellow sun.
I can see the differences between my world and up and sometimes I wish I was part of the sky.
Book Review Written By:
Love Letters to the Dead
By Ava Dellaira, 2014
Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Love Letters to the Dead, written by Ava Dellaira, is about a girl named Laurel who is writing letters to people who have died such as Amelia Earhart, River Phoenix, and many more. It starts off as an English assignment but grows into much more than that. She writes about what’s happening in her life such as how to be brave, her new friends, and falling in love; all while mourning over her sister’s death. As she writes these letters, she learns to be more open to others rather than shutting people out. Laurel discovers herself.
I found Love Letters to the Dead very poetic. It was filled with lines and phrases that a teenage girl would put on her bedroom wall (for the record, that is actually what I did). It was also filled with characters that were both lively and colorful. It has lots of emotion so when the main character mourns, you mourn. Some parts were so strong that I personally gasped at what happened. It wasn’t like one of those classic happy-ending fairy tales. This book touches your heart.
At times, Love Letters to the Dead was boring. In the beginning, it is kind of slow but it soon picks up speed. There is also quite a lot of suspense because Laurel never reveals how May died until the end. Every time she does, she cuts herself off. The only time that she fully talks about it is towards the end. There are a lot of secrets in this book. I also found it rather hard to keep track of all the characters because there are so many and sometimes they have nicknames. For instance, one character named Sky was called Sky all throughout the book up until the end when his mother said Skylar. It confuses you enough to think, “Wait, who is she talking about again?”
This book reminded me a lot of another book called The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In both books, it is narrated by a character that is a freshman at a new school and is going through something that scarred them for life. If you like that book, I would recommend this book because they are very similar to each other.
I would recommend this book to anyone in 8th grade and above because there are quite some intense scenes and also some dirty scenes. There is also some cuss words involved. Overall I think that this book is a book that you would read once, but not twice. But don’t just take my word for it! Rent Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira at any Solano County library and read it yourself.
Book Review Written By:
By Marissa Meyer, 2013
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy
In this retelling of the classic Cinderella, Linh Cinder is a cyborg, which means that she is a mix of both human and robot. Set in the future and in New Beijing, Cinder works as a mechanic with an unknown past. One day, Prince Kai, heir to the throne, asks her to fix his android. From that moment on, everything changes for her. She falls in love; she becomes wanted (and in some cases) needed by others for both good and bad reasons; she discovers her own well-hidden secrets. Cinder has something that others want, something others would kill for.
I loved Cinder! At first I thought I wouldn’t like it because it was science fiction, but I loved it! Cinderella is a cyborg? Isn’t that intriguing enough? It was filled with villains that make you just want to stick your hand in the book and personally strangle them. The characters are very well developed. Many are funny and lovable. There are so many plot twists and action so it will never bore you. Some parts left me gasping and wanting more (especially the end). The romance is sweet. It wasn’t sappy and so many parts make you say, “Just kiss already!” Cinder was very interesting and engaging.
There were only a few things I didn’t like about Cinder. At first, I felt that there were too many female characters so it was sort of hard to keep track of all of them. However, you quickly get the hang of it. The second thing I didn’t like about it was that it was some parts were predictable. Yes, there were many plot twists but some of those twists you saw coming a mile away.
Cinder actually reminds me a lot of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Both had independent, feisty heroines as their main characters. In both, the villain was another female who manipulated others so they could take over their regions. There are actually many similarities. If you liked that book, definitely read this book.
I recommend Cinder to anyone twelve and up. Even as an adult, you may even like this book also. This is a book that I would definitely read again… and again. I give this book nine and a half stars out of ten. Check Cinder by Marissa Meyer out at any of the Solano County Library branches and then review it yourself!
Book Review Written by:
By Becca Fitzpatrick, 2009
Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
When Nora Grey gets paired up with the mysterious transfer student, Patch, she already knows that not everything is right with him. He somehow knows a lot about Nora, but tends to change the subject when it comes to him. After several mysterious encounters, Nora becomes terrified. She constantly feels a shadow behind her, like someone is following her, like someone is out to kill her. Who can she trust? What’s with Patch? And why is she so attracted to him? As Nora and Patch’s lives become intertwined, things become complicated, secretive, and very dangerous.
I always heard a lot of good things about Hush, Hush so when I finally caved in and read it, I was not disappointed. I didn’t know why I waited so long. From the moment I opened up the book, I couldn’t put it down. There is a lot of suspense and action. Patch isn’t the typical hero. He is mysterious, smooth, and can I say quite charming. You will fall in love with him, just as Nora did. The book is fast-paced and quite unsettling. If the action and suspense doesn’t keep you gripping to your seat, then Nora and Patch’s romance itself could keep you reading the book. Already from the start you can tell that they were bound to be together. The characters were so well developed that you can predict some of the character’s actions already. Hush, Hush is an unstoppable page-turner.
There was almost nothing that I didn’t like about Hush, Hush except for the fact that it was too short. Becca Fitzpatrick ends Hush, Hush making you want more.
When I was reading Hush, Hush, the plot reminded me of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I can already see you, sighing to yourself and already not wanting to read Hush, Hush just because I compared it to Twilight. Yes, Twilight is known for it’s horribleness and bad actors, but let me remind you- THAT’S THE MOVIE. Don’t judge a book by its movie. When I compare Hush, Hush to Twilight, I am hoping that you don’t take this in a negative tone. I just believe that the plots are rather similar because instead of vampires and werewolves you have fallen Angels. I still believe that this book is a must-read for everyone.
I recommend Hush, Hush to all young adults thirteen and up. There are a couple dirty scenes. This is a book that I will be reading over and over again, and each time this book will grip me as much as the last time. Like I said before, Hush, Hush is a must-read for everyone.
Book recommendations by Justin M.
Title/Author: The Popularity Papers. The Rocky Road Trip / Amy Ignatow
Recommendation: I would recommend it to people who have traveled around the world.
Title/Author: Middle School. My Brother is a big fat liar/ James Patterson
Recommendation: I would recommend it to people who have annoying big brothers in their life.
Title/Author: Dork Diaries #8/ Rachel Renee Russell
Recommendation: Everybody should read this book it’s filled with drama.
Title/Author: You care too. Favorite poems for all ages/ Robert Frost
Recommendation: It relaxes you, they tell you something meaningful.
Title/Author: The Bill Martin Big Book of Poetry/ Eric Carte
Recommendation: It relaxes you and is filled with fun nursery rhymes.
Title/Author: Middle School. Ultimate showdown/ James Patterson
Recommendation: You can write in it and it is a fun book to read.
Title/Author: The Red Pyramid/ Rick Riordan
Recommendation: If you’re a fun person get it, it’s good if you like mysteries
Title/Author: I even funnier/ JAmes Patterson
Recommendation: It is really funny
Book recommendation by Elijah M.
Title/Author: Underwater welder/ Jeff Lemire
Recommendation: It was great and and a happy ending
Title/Author: What is it/ Lynda Barry
Recommendation: I didn’t like it too much because it creeped me out.
Title/Author: Cat Warrior
Recommendation: I didn’t like it because it was boring and had boring bad cat characters.
Title/Author: Wolverine/ Carry Hama
Recommendation: It’s a great book because its wolverine.
The sky is red, the sun is black, I’m riding a rollercoaster but my mind is off track. There are lots of ups and downs, smiles and frowns, even kings placing crowns on the heads of clowns. But I really don’t care, life isn’t fair, god has given me a life I can hardly bear, but still, to ruin my life I do not dare.
Everyday I ask him, why can’t you share? My life is going, I just don’t know where, because a life like mine is kind of rare. What do I do, while there’s love in the air? Other people kiss while I just sit and stare, I look to my left and there’s nobody there, I look to my right and there’s a pair, people look at me funny, like there’s sand in my hair.
The clouds are red, the rain is black, I may have left but I’ll never be back, but what I can say is, there’s nothing I lack, my life already sucks, please cut me some slack. I look at the trees, I look at the sky, but what is the point when I just want to die? Why? Why do I try? When every time I fail all I do is cry. And how can I be calm when I’m jealous of every guy?
My heart is grounded, while my mind wants to fly, you can guess by what I write that I’m also kind of shy, why do I need them? All they do is lie. I try to be nice, but they just punch me in the eye, and when I’m upset, all they do is pry, my mind is plain, but seasoned, like a French fry.
The clouds are blue, the sky is white, my mind is racing faster than the speed of light, my life just gets worse, but I still have to fight, why am I like this? It’s just not right. Life is taller than me, I’m not it’s height, I fly through the sky, but still held to the ground, just like a kite, and why are people scared when they know I don’t bite?
You can tell me whole life, just by what I write, I sleep during the day, and fly through the night, and I’m pushing a boulder, with all my might. But I’m getting nowhere, my hands are bare; I love the dark, so give me a scare, I lost my mind and my soul, they were a pair.
Sometimes I just sit, just sit and think, think that I can’t end up in the brink, my mind is empty and cold, like a skating rink, I don’t care if people say I stink, because I already know that I’m their main link, I have a cup, but nothing to drink, and once it’s over, just like a ship my heart will sink, my mind wants to grow, while my heart wants to shrink.
The water is black, the sun is red, you can’t kill something that’s already dead, I jump off the bridge, I take the dive, you can’t kill something that was never alive. I’m steering my life, but I don’t know how to drive, everything gets quiet when I arrive.
I can’t think, because there’s nothing in my head, people call me a coward, just because I fled, what do I eat? Nothing but bread, other people feed, while I’m being fed.
Sometimes I cry, when I go to bed, I already know, that my heart you will shred. There’s nothing in my life, but the tears I shed, my heart is weighing me down, like it’s made of lead, I’m stuck in the past, like my name is Fred, what’s on my mind? Horror and dread, other people laughed while I sat and bled.
I don’t look around, I’m scared of what I will find, I see life in front of me, but I think I’m going blind, I fell in a trap, and now I’m stuck in a bind, and still nobody yet noticed that I’m going out of my mind. It’s been a while, since my contract was signed, and now my soul is black, my body already shined, why do people laugh? All I do is be kind, I already died, my heart flat lined.
The trees are black, the snow is red, don’t lie on me, because that’s not what I said. My mind keeps turning, my heart is burning, I keep making mistakes, so I don’t think I’m learning, my life is soft like butter, and god is churning. How can I be happy when misery keeps occurring? My life is mixed up, and I am stirring. I live in a shack, I peek through the crack, and when I look outside, all I see is black.
Solano County Library would like to thank all the creative teens who particpated in this year's contest. Check out this year's winning photos.
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