Teen Blog

06/27/2013 - 9:10am
Using Your Computer on Your Mobile Device

As handy as our mobile phones and tablets are, there are times when they fall short and we wish we had our desktop or laptop computers in front of us. With this free software and the power of the Internet, you can access your home Windows PC or Mac from your iPhone/iPad or Android mobile device wherever you are.

06/27/2013 - 7:02pm
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Don't know what to read this summer? Let the 7th and 8th grade teens at Thornburg Middle give you a few exciting suggestions! After their Cafe Book meetings this spring, they voted on their Top Picks and Favorites. Check them out!

Top Picks:
 
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
 
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
 

Everneath
 by Brodi Ashton
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth. 
 
 
 
 
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Venom
 by Tera Lynn Childs
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates. Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it's also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster. 
 

 
 
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star
 by Maureen Johnson
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation. 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorites:
 
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth OppelStarters by Lissa PriceUltraviolet by R.J. Anderson
 
Starters by Lissa Price
 
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
06/25/2013 - 11:09am
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Seventh and eighth graders at Post Oak Middle School have voted on their favorites from this year's Cafe Book titles.

Top Pick: 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
In this book thirteen year old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But this monster is not what Conor expects. He wants something from Conor. Can Conor face the truth and loss the monster demands?
 

Other Favorites:

Cold Cereal by Adam RexMichael Vey by Richard Paul EvansStarters by Lissa Price

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

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

Starters by Lissa Price

06/17/2013 - 11:12am
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

What are the hottest books for teens? Check out these winners, voted on by seventh and eighth grade students from Freedom Middle School during Cafe Book this year! After reading from a selection of 20 books, they chose their Top Picks and Other Favorites.

Top Picks:

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

 

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. 

 

 

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. 

 


 

Other Favorites:

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsOutlaw by Stephen DavisStarters by Lissa Price

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Starters by Lissa Price

06/03/2013 - 3:30am
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Right away Greg Gaines, the "Me" of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, fires a warning shot for readers unaware of what they are about to step into.

I learned absolutely nothing from Rachel's leukemia. In fact, I probably became stupider about life because of the whole thing.

06/01/2013 - 3:31am
Groundbreaking Reads

Groundbreaking Reads is the theme for this year's Teen Summer Reading Club. And what is more groundbreaking than the fists of zombies as they claw their way out of the soil? Nothing.

That is why we decided to make a zombified promotional video highlighting the details, prizes, and fun of the Teen Summer Reading Club. Librarians from our Headquarters, Salem Church, and England Run locations worked with some of our talented teens to make this funny, informative trailer.  Even the most vacant, drooliest zombie can become a productive member of society with the power of reading!

Be sure to check out our video below and sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Club!

05/26/2013 - 3:30am
A Start Menu for Windows 8

I can’t believe I haven’t written about this sooner. Though consumers are buying tablet computers in greater numbers than classic computers, that hasn’t removed the necessity for a laptop or desktop computer. Sooner or later these need to be replaced and that will now mean buying a PC that ispreloaded with Windows 8. And I can say without hesitation, folks despise Windows 8. I might be able to help with that.

05/25/2013 - 3:09pm
Mental Health: Experience, Strength, and Hope

Mental health is one of the subjects that everybody likes to talk about, and that’s just about where it stops: talk. Mental health is a big issue, and when someone in your family is facing a bout with mental illness it is very scary. I’m not going to tell you how to cure any illness, as I don’t possess those powers, nor am I going to tell you what is the correct decision for your family—that’s your decision to make. I’m writing this article to present to you various options available to you in the Fredericksburg area, and I will also include my personal experience.

05/22/2013 - 11:42am
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:

05/16/2013 - 3:18pm
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