December is almost here, and with it comes the cold temperatures that we’ve come to expect during the last month of the year. It’s also the time we say goodbye to one year and get ready for another one. But before 2013 leaves us, we would like to offer you and your friends a chance to have some fun with special programs just for teens in December. The types of activities we may have for you include games, crafts, movies and anime.
I was browsing the new book section of my library and realized that a lot of the new books that we had were a sequel or part of a series. With the popularity of The Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series, this really shouldn’t have surprised me. When we become attached to characters and storylines, one just isn’t enough.
November 22, Catching Fire will start playing in the movie theaters. I know I am excited, but I have to get ready for this movie. I will need a checklist of what to do before I can go and see the movie at midnight.
Do you love all things Halloween? If you answered yes, I’m sure you also love a good scary book, as well. I’m no stranger to this genre, and if I had to guess, you’re not either. Please don’t be fooled, I’ll read just about anything. But when it comes to this in particular, my spider sense tingles.
There are so many authors that come out with books tailored to this genre every year. It would be impossible for me to list all of them, let alone my favorites. Here are a choice few that are very popular with good reason:
I’ve worked in libraries for a long time, and I’ve read lots and lots of books over the years. I really like young adult fiction, and my reading tastes cover a wide range. But I have one weakness. Call it my reading kryptonite.
Do you like adventure, fantasy, mystery, or sci-fi? Now might be the perfect opportunity to pick a book that you wouldn’t normally read. Why would you do this? We are issuing you a challenge to "Seek the Unknown" this October and read that odd title.
Bored? Need something new to do? Or, would you like to do something to help others in the coming holiday season? Try volunteering. Volunteering is an excellent way to help people in need or support a good cause. It’s also a good way to make new friends and gain some new experiences.
There are several ways you can volunteer your time to support a good cause or help other people. You can offer to assist other students with subjects that you excel. There are also several places within communities such as hospitals, community centers, and museums that may need a hand.
Sadly, no, banning books is not something relegated to the 1500s or the Nazis. Every year, we celebrate Banned Books Weeks (Sept. 22-28th) to bring awareness about the fact that books are still being challenged all the time, all over the world. The Office of Intellectual Freedom, run by the American Library Association, keeps track of all the challenges throughout the year and puts out a list of the most challenged titles for each year.