Steampunk'd Books

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Wires were being bent, watches broken, and the scent of hot glue was in the air. The chatter of teens and a few adult artists filled the air as copiously as the junk that littered the table. The sounds and sights of books being “remade” were a little bit unnerving even to the librarians that planned the program, but there was no doubt about it – Steampunk’d Books at the Salem Church Library was a hit.

Lockdown:Escape from Furnace

"Beneath heaven is hell.  Beneath hell is furnace."  That is the description by 14-year-old Alex of Furnace, a prison one mile below the surface of the earth.  When you are sentenced to Furnace you are sentenced for life.  This gripping tale is Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith.  In this story we meet Alex, who is arrested after he and a friend are caught during a burglary.  However, the police are not your typical law-enforcement officers, as they are clothed all in black.  Without any of the requisite procedures, during the arrest they shoot Alex's friend dead in front of him.  Alex is taken to court and found guilty of murder.  Despite his and his parents' pleas for an appeal he is sentenced to life in prison with no parole.  Not just any prison but Furnace, where there are no visitors and no chance of ever getting out.

Alex arrives to find a tough world where survival is a daily concern.  He quickly learns that friendships are not part of the Furnace world, and it is every man for himself.  Gangs abound, the food is disgusting,  and guard dogs tear the inmates apart.  Alex quickly learns from his street-smart roommate to keep a low profile and not to draw attention to himself.  This is especially the case when, during the night, evil guards manuever through the prison and randomly select the next victim.  The victims are taken away and return as killing machines.  Alex decides he wants out.  So he and his roommate devise a clever escape plan.  But it is very risky.

Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes

By Judy Sima

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Written by two veteran storytellers, this practical handbook shows teachers how to start a youth storytelling group, taking readers through the process of planning, managing, and growing a group, and offering a wealth of games and activities as well as reproducibles and checklists.

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Scott Pilgrim (vol. 2) v. the World

By Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Scott Pilgrim has two girls on the go. When he is with Knives Chau, he feels like he can erase the past and start over. When he is with Ramona Flowers he is ready to accept the past, grow up and move on. What happens when Knives and Ramona meet each other or Scott's ex-flames? How will Scott deal? Who will he choose?
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It's Kind of a Funny Story

By Ned Vizzini

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A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
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Band Night!

It's time to come together for The Ambulance Review, 52 Foreign Dumpsters, and The Electric Revolution!

Meanwhile, you can check out the bands for yourself on their myspace pages:

The Ambulance Review : http://www.myspace.com/theambulancereview 

52 Foreign Dumpsters: http://www.myspace.com/52foreigndumpsters

Band Night at CRRL Headqaurters

It was awesome! Were you there? It was on Friday, March 12, 7-9 pm. It was in the Headquarters theater.

Thanks to all the musicians and, hey, you can check them out on MySpace Music: Proof by Assertion, Ambulance Review, and 52 Foreign Dumpsters! (You all were great and you know it!)

Check out this video of Proof by Assertion at Salem Church last August.

You can also see The Ambulance Review performing "No Way!" Says FAA on MySpace.

Fans, you were great, too! Wouldn't be a show without you all! Mark your calendars for the next show at Headquarters: Friday, June 11

Black Stars in a White Night Sky

By JonArno Lawson (author) and Sherwin Tjia (illustrator)

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Parodies, puns, and laugh out loud rhymes - there's something for everyone in this new poetry collection accompanied by quirky black and white illustrations.
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