Saturday, October 18, 2014

JLAB Meeting Minutes

JLAB Meeting Minutes                                  10/9/14

The meeting began shortly after 6 p.m.
4 members in attendance, plus Jesse and Heather
We began by discussing the JLAB group and what this group can do:
·         Plan programs (for yourselves or younger children)
·         Share collection development ideas (books, movies, audiobooks that we should buy)
·         Help set up displays/decorate for holidays
·         Volunteer opportunities
We also discussed the group having a special display area in the Teen Room which they could change every month.
·         It was suggested by the group that the first display should have scary books for Halloween.  Jesse suggested that the group members could add books throughout the month and to check the display and fill holes as items check out.
o   Taylor suggested that the next display be books that all have the same color cover.
·         For the younger group members that don’t use the Teen Room yet, Heather suggested having them create a similar display downstairs to replace one of the Banned Books displays.
The group shared ideas for upcoming programs, these ideas include:
·         Make homemade playdough
o   Taylor offered to find some recipes and Heather suggested that she print them at the library.
·         Halloween Party
o   It was suggested that we have a Halloween Party for the Tweens/Teens and a Halloween Party for the younger children.
o   Kaitlyn suggested an all ages Halloween Party.
·         Drawing/Art Contest
o   Grace suggested that we have an art contest, similar to the Lego Person contest which we held during summer reading.  The rest of the group agreed and it was suggested that we find some sort of template, such as a pumpkin or a ghost, which is simple enough for anyone to do, but customizable.  Heather said that she would find one tomorrow and set the contest up at the Children’s Room desk.
o   Group members suggested that they would like to be able to vote for the winners. 
Heather and Jesse suggested that, since there was not much time between now and Halloween, that instead of doing an all ages Halloween party, we could do a pumpkin decorating program.
·         The group decided that the next Tween/Teen Friday program (October 17th) would be pumpkin decorating.
·         We will hold another pumpkin decorating program for all ages on Saturday October 25th at 2 p.m.
o   Janae, Taylor, and Grace all would like to help.  Kaitlyn will be out of town.  It was suggested that they get to the library at 1:30 p.m. in order to help set-up.
We also discussed decorating the library for Halloween.  Heather informed the group that she was planning on decorating on Saturday October 11th if anyone would like to join her.
·         Kaitlyn said that she would like to come around 11 a.m.
Some group members asked about what types of small projects can they help with during other visits to the library.
·         We discussed starting a folder to keep at the front desk which we could use to put projects that we need help with inside.
·         Jesse told them that she needs help with the display for the new graphic novel wall.
For future meetings we suggested that:
·         Each group member brings a notebook (we will supply, but it will be the members responsibility to bring it to the meetings) in order to take notes and share your ideas.
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13th at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TTT Nominee: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Teens' Top Ten Nominee

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TTT Nominee: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Teens' Top Ten Nominee

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

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TTT Nominee: A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L. Stine

Teens' Top Ten Nominee

Oh, what fools these actors be!

it was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.

Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire's dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

At first, Claire laughs at Jake's talk of ghosts and curses. He's been too busy crushing on her best friend, Delia, or making out with that slut, Annalee, to notice that she's practically been throwing herself at him. What does he know anyway? This is her big chance to be a star!

But then, Claire runs into a creepy little man named Benny Puckerman, and gets her hands on a real love potion! Unfortunately, the course of true love never did run smooth...

Get ready for laughter to turn into screams as the Grandmaster of Horror, R.L. Stine, takes on the Master of Theater in this modern reimagining of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

TTT Nominee: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Teens' Top Ten Nominee

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning - and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

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TTT Nominee: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Teens' Top Ten Nominee

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

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