Avi K. making savory, cornbread muffins with red pepper and onion for the Teen Summer Challenge. Yummy side dish.
Compare alcohol to water. Water hydrates you and nothing else, in fact, it’s rather boring. Alcohol , on the other hand, usually leaves you drunk, emotionally unstable, without sense, and addicted. This movie is a double shot of Russian Vodka. It is set in Britain in WW11 and explores the lonely childhood of Alan Turing, the man who cracked Enigma, and his lonelier adulthood as a genius. Unlike machines, he never understood how people functioned, was a bit of a jerk because of it, but was also a homosexual man in a time when homosexuality was a criminal offense in Britain. Lonely? One would think. This movie is a captivating experience, travelling back through Turing’s past in a series of flashbacks as the movie goes on. Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch create an astounding atmosphere as they delve deep into the tragic story of a wronged man who never understood people, and a brave woman who helped him learn. I do not recommend this movie to any without a certain level of maturity.
~~“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.
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