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Choose Privacy, Always

Choose Privacy

The American Library Association’s Choose Privacy Week was May 1-7.  Oops—dropped the ball on that one.  Still, one of the key points of Choose Privacy Week is that privacy awareness is something we all have to take seriously all the time, particularly online. A common mistake when considering privacy is assuming that it is something we possess naturally and have taken away from us by others. The reality is that privacy is something we have to actively claim for ourselves and work for every day. Our electronic world does not allow for anything less.  People become understandably indignant when their sense of privacy is violated. I’m not trying to blame the victim—indeed, the potential victims are any or all of us. Nevertheless, we need to recognize that today’s world of hyper-connectivity and big data doesn’t allow us the luxury of treating privacy as a given.  

First, let’s get real about privacy:

Cafe Book Spotsylvania Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Cafe Book participants at Spotsylvania Middle School have read, discussed and enjoyed the selected books of this year, but only the best titles make the list of "Top Picks."

Top Pick:

This year's favorite is clearly Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

Three teenaged descendants of Medusa (the once beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology) must unite and embrace thier fates to overcome the monsters walking hte streets of San Francisco.
 

Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  

Starters by Lissa PriceWonder by R. J. Palacio

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Starters by Lissa Price

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Cafe Book Rodney Thompson Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

The votes are in and the winners have been chosen.  The 7th and 8th grade students at Rodney Thompson Middle School have chosen their favorite titles for this year's Cafe Book program.

Top Picks:

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex
A boy who may be part changeling, twins involved in a bizarre secret experiment, and a clurichaun in a red tracksuit try to save the world from an evil cereal company whose ultimate goal is world domination.

 

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans



Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.

 

 

 

Other Favorites:

Starters by Lissa Price Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

Starters by Lissa Price

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Cafe Book Gayle Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Gayle Middle School's 7th and 8th graders have voted on the top picks of this year's Cafe Book titles to determine which ones are their absolute favorites.

Top Pick:

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.


Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi AshtonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsGirl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Sheltr by Harlan CobenStarters by Lissa Price This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Starters by Lissa Price

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

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Cafe Book Dixon-Smith Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Starters by Lissa Price

Seventh and eighth graders at Dixon-Smith Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

The Top Pick:

Starters by Lissa Price

In a future Beverly Hills, biological warfare has made sixteen year-old Callie and her younger brother orphans. In order to survive, Callie agrees to the newest fad – body renting – where seniors use her body to re-live their youth, but she ends up caught in a web of lies and assassins. 


Other Favorites:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Everneath by Brodi Ashton Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans Outlaw by Stephen Davis Sheltr by Harlan Coben Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThis Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

 Wonder by R. J. Palacio

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Cafe Book is supported by a generous donation from the Carver family in memory of their mother Ruth---middle school librarian, literacy advocate, and lover of reading.

Cafe Book Walker-Grant Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Seventh and eighth graders at Walker-Grant Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

Top Pick:

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey is a small, weak-looking teen with Tourettes who has finally had enough. When a pack of bullies pushes him to use his hidden electric powers, Michael discovers that a beautiful cheerleader has similar skills and soon they must battle a dangerous scheme with a powerful corporation.

Other Favorites:

Bluefish by Pat Schmatz Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson Starters by Lissa Price

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Bluefish by Pat Schmatz

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Starters by Lissa Price

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Cafe Book is supported by a generous donation from the Carver family in memory of their mother Ruth---middle school librarian, literacy advocate, and lover of reading.

Fix it Yourself @ the Library

Fix it Yourself @ the Library

It always seems to happen at the most inopportune time. You need to fix your car or small engine, but you don’t have a repair manual. What’s more, the library is closed.  Don’t worry!  Instead of waiting for the library to open and driving all the way there, you can get the same information at home using two of our online databases. Best of all, they are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Auto Repair Reference Center has information on cars including repairs, wiring diagrams, bulletins, and more. Small Engine Repair has information on all types of small engines, including outdoor equipment, motorcycles, tractors, and more.

Looking for a good cheap tablet? Get a Nook HD while you can!

Looking for a good cheap tablet?  Get a Nook HD while you can!

In the past I have lambasted Barnes and Noble's Nook products for a number of reasons, but none of them have to do with device itself.  I dislike how eBooks purchased from B&N are encrypted with the credit card number used to purchase them (don't forget that number!). I dislike how stripped-down the app selection is. I dislike their severe lack of media offerings.  But the device itself?  It's got good specs!  Nice  HD screen, decent processor speed, expandable storage, slick design—it's got all the makings of a great tablet, save for the fact that it has been tethered exclusively to Barnes and Noble's horrible business practices.  But that has now changed with a significant price drop and the addition of the Google Play app store.  If you're on the fence about a tablet purchase, I now have to actually, grudgingly recommend the Nook HD over everything else!

2013 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

10th Annual Teen Poetry Contest poster

Congratulations to the 10th Annual Teen Poetry Contest Winners!

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.
Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three original poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter. 

This year's winners were chosen (anonymously) by Claudia Emerson, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Entries were accepted online between April 1 - 14, 2013, and winners were selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. We had 158 entries this year!

Winners are awarded prizes and invited to read their work at Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library, Wednesday, May 1, 7:30-8:30.

And the winners are ...

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Illustrated by Faith Erin Hic

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is author Prudence Shen's laser-guided, satirical commentary on a clash of the cliques that has the potential to destroy friendships, dreams, and dozens of deadly, armored robots. 

Hollow Ridge High School is dealing with the fight of the century. In this corner we have the cheerleadering squad. Popular, gorgeous and fierce, these ladies are looking for some brand-new uniforms. Looking for funds throughout the school, merciless head cheerleader Holly has set her sights on one club's unused budget.

In the other corner is the robotics club. Led by their neurotic but clever president Nate, these geeks are not going down without a fight. 

Stuck in the middle of this struggle is poor Charlie, captain of the basketball team. His only crime is being the ex-boyfriend of Holly and Nate's best friend.