Teen Blog

A History of Detective Fiction: Literary Origins

Detective fiction is such an integral part of the current literary landscape that many people have difficulty remembering all its subgenres, popular works, and notable authors. This series explores the history of detective fiction, the authors who were a major influence on its development, and books and films in its major subgenres.
Join CRRL volunteeer John Gaines for a study in sleuthing.

Lit Bistro @Porter

We want to know what teens think about books!!!   Come to the next Lit Bistro meeting at Porter Branch and talk about books...any books.  We want teen readers. 

You can get together with other teens and talk about any book...you may also find out about some new books.

The next meeting is Wednesday, November 18, from 4-5 pm.

Hear Me Roar - a booklist about strong girls!

Even if you've never heard the song, "I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar)," which topped the charts in 1972 and became an anthem of sorts for the women's lib movement (oh, and won a Grammy), you will enjoy these stories featuring heroines who grapple with the big challenges and mysteries of life. Ranging from hilarious to heart-breaking, there's something for everyone.

Let Teens Pick Their Own Books!

 A recent New York Times article on school reading has been making the rounds among librarians, teachers and parents.  In “A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like,” Motoko Rich reports on the “reading workshop” model of engaging middle school students in reading.  Unlike the traditional assignments, where the whole class reads and analyzes a classic book together, this approach encourages kids to choose their own titles.  “If your goal is simply to get them to read more, choice is the way to go,” says one literacy professor.
 At local middle schools, even kids with assigned reading can participate in a voluntary reading program. Café Book, a collaboration between the public library and eight middle schools in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania, encourages seventh and eighth graders to read from a list of twenty new books, discuss them during lunch periods, and vote on their favorites.

Geocaching @ Your Library!

Today's libraries are not just for books, computers and magazines – the Salem Church library now has its own geocache!  In geocaching, participants obtain the location of a geocache from a geocaching Web site www.geocaching.com, use a GPS to arrive in the area of the cache, and then follow clues or simply hunt for the cache.   There are over 1000 caches waiting to be found within a 25 mile radius of the Fredericksburg area!  

Teen Movie Night at Cooper: "17 Again"

Come to Cooper Branch Tuesday, November 3, 7-8:30pm, for Teen Movie Night. This month we're watching 17 Again, starring Zac Efron.

Sherman Alexie Interview

Check out this recent PBS NewsHour interview with Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and War Dances.

Visit the PBS NewsHour web site to watch more videos of Sherman and to listen to him read several of his poems.

The Ghosts of Fredericksburg

Ghost stories abound in our area. From a lovelorn lass at a colonial mansion to a Virginia patriot fallen on hard times to soldiers for whom the battle goes on, our region is rife with spirits of all sorts. This fall, take time for a tour of the Ghosts of Fredericksburg.

A History of Classic Monsters: Frankenstein's Creature

Rather than being based on an ancient legend, religious concept, or historical figure, the Creature's origin is solely literary in nature, being confined to one book. Despite this, public perception of him has changed greatly since the publication of the original novel, leading to wildly divergent styles and plotlines in various film adaptations.

Lit Bistro@ Porter

The Lit Bistro group got together today to talk about books.  If you are a teen in grades 7-12 and like to read and talk about the books that you read....then this is the group for you.  We are very informal and you can talk about any book you want ...it can be an old book or a new book....there is no assigned reading....any book!!!!

Some of the books we have at our group are donated to us by a friend of mine....these books are so new that they are not even in the library system yet...but they are available to you when you come to Lit Bistro.