Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Make your friends stars with your own cartoons. Make expansive art. Eat Bigger & Better holiday treats! Play SingStar, DDR, and Guitar Hero and take home free stuff!!
Teen Tuesdays are the last Tuesday of every month, 3-4:30 at the Highlands Library, and are always for teens only.
(image is courtesy of freeimages.co.uk)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
16-year-old Katniss is used to hunting for food since she secretly poaches meat back home to feed her family, and to barter with at the market. So when her younger sister’s name is called to be a participant in the Reaping, Katniss steps forward to take her place. In another world, Katniss and the other participants might have been friends. Some might have even been more. But in the world of the Hunger Games, there can only be one winner, and that is the only person left alive.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
You might even try your hand at knitting some things yourself. The library has some great books on knitting.
Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 15 Fun and Funky Patterns by Shannon Okey
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Audiobooks may not be for everyone, but if you haven’t tried one, you may be missing out on a really cool entertainment experience. And the beauty of audiobooks is that you can listen to them while you’re doing almost anything, like riding the bus, driving, or just messin’ around.
Here’s a list of some of my favorites:
Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, seventeen-year-old Jenna, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
The Immortals trilogy by Cassandra Clare
Werewolves, vampires, fairies, and a very handsome but tortured angel....what more could you ask for?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future where food is in very short supply, sixteen-year-old Katniss's survival skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition and fight to the death.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who has also been watching her.
Feed by M.T. Anderson
This story is set in a futuristic world where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment. Titus never questions the coolness of his feed even after he meets Violet, a beautiful, intelligent girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. What's great about this audiobook is that the commercials are performed as if the listener has his very own feed......Sinister!
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (performed by a full cast)
In a land where a person's soul is in the form of an animal companion, Lyra and her daemon Pan must set on on a mission to find out who is killing children's daemon's (and thus their souls) and to find the secret of "dust."
The Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
Percy Jackson and the Young Olympians series by Rick Riordan
After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live."
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
In a diary, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
You can find these and other audiobooks in the YA section of the Renton Libraries, or you can place a hold on them in the library catalog using your Renton library card.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In light of the Holiday-itis with which we are undoubtably all beginning to suffer, for this week's workshop we will just plan to kick back and have fun with word games and warm-ups. Scrabble anyone? Hope to see you there!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
More than 11,000 teen voted across the United States between Aug. 24 through Sept. 18 for the Teens Top Ten Books of 2009. The winners were announced during Teen Read Week by WWE Divas Brie Bella and Nikki Bella, with a special appearance by John Green. See the video here!
And the number 1 top pick as chosen by teens? Paper Towns by John Green! Find out why teens thought these were so great. Check them all out at the Renton Library.
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- Identical by Ellen Hopkins
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Wake by Lisa McMann
- Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Here are some suggested titles that are TOTALLY beyond reality....and super fun. You can find any of these in the Young Adult area. Check 'em out!
Evernight by Claudia Gray
The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
Zombie Blondes by Brian James
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (and Jne Austen)
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schrieber
Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye
Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle
Shiver by Meggie Stiefvater
Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Roar by Emma Clayton
Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill
Need by Carrie Jones
Gone by Michael Grant
Wake by Lisa McMann
Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Kin by Holly Black
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It's finally here! The 4th book in the Books of Bayern series by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Goose Girl and Princess Academy!
When her beloved forest no longer gives her comfort and her brother Razo invites her to the city to be one of Queen Ani's waiting women, young Rinna happily accepts. But war has come to Bayern again, and Rin is compelled to join the queen and her closest allies--magical girls Rin thinks of as the Fire Sisters--as they venture into the Forest toward Kel, the land where someone seems to want them all dead.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you decide to send us a review, please include the following:
- Book's Title
- A brief summary of the plot (tell us what it was about, but don't give away any spoilers)
- Describe what you liked about the book and why you liked it.
Friday, September 25, 2009
When Lucinda Chapdelaine was five years old, her parents left for the royal ball, and never returned. Since that time Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude in her evil aunt’s jewelry store until the day when a mysterious visitor, a rare and beautiful piece of jewelry, and a handsome prince all enter her aunt’s shop setting in motion a series of events that will forever change Lucinda’s life. If you're looking for a great historical fantasy (with occasional nods to the Cinderella fairytale throughout), a spunky heroine and a well-developed plot, you will thoroughly enjoy this story.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This week's Teen Advisory Board group had a very productive discussion about Banned Books Week (September 26 to October 3, 2009). Every year, the American Library Association compiles a top-ten list of the 10 most challenged books of the previous year. Books face challenges every day by individuals or groups who feel the contents are objectionable in some way. These individuals often request that the materials be removed from library collections, making them unavailable to everyone. Most of the books featured during Banned Books Week were not successfully banned from library shelves due to the efforts of librarians and library boards to maintain them in their collections.
Here is the list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2007 - 2008:
- And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell - Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
- His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman - Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence
- TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle - Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz - Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence
- Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya - Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky - Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group
- Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar - Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
- Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen - Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini - Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
- Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper - Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group
During Banned Books Week, stop by the public library, and celebrate your freedom to read by picking out a challenged book.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Click on the link at the left to check it out and enjoy....
The book is on order for the library so you can already place a hold on it in the library catalog.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
If you enjoy expressing yourself through the written word, then this is the group for you!
The library's new Young Writers' Group is a great way to share your writing, learn some new creative writing techniques, and build your creative portfolio in a relaxed, supportive setting.
Our first meeting will will be at the Main Branch on Thursday, September 24th from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.
If you're interested, you can sign up at the Children’s Reference Desk or Information Desk, or E-mail the Librarian or call 425-430-6610.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Grand Prize (4 GB Ipod Shuffle) - Kevin Malley, Grade 6
2 x $20.00 Barnes and Noble Gift Cards awarded to Ashley Wallace, Grade 6 and Marissa Madayag, Grade 9
Congratulations to the prize winners and to all those who finished the summer reading program this year!
Renton and Highlands Libraries would like to give a very special THANK YOU to Common Ground Coffee and Cupcakes (900 S 3rd St # A, Renton, WA 98057, 425-235-1717) for their very generous sponsorship this summer. They gave a a free cupcake to every finisher of both the Children's and Teen Summer Reading programs making finishing extra sweet!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Voting is open Aug. 24 through Sept. 18, 2009. Winners will be announced in a webcast at http://www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24.
2009 YA Fiction Nominees:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Truancy by Isamu Fukui
Truancy: Origins by Isamu Fukui
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Paper Towns by John Green
Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott
Wake by Lisa McMann
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Bloodline by Katy Moran
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
You can place any of these books on hold with your Renton Library Card at http://hip.rentonwa.gov/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=home#focus
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
(Grades 6 to 12)
Exercise your creativity and develop leadership skills while socializing with other teens, and participating in fun activities. Snacks and drinks are free!
Thursday, September 17th, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 15th, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I'm talking about Library Databases. What's a database you may ask? Well, allow me to introduce you. Library databases provide access to magazine, newpaper, and research articles online, many in full text, right at your fingertips! No more wading through evil microfische or Microfilm! These are subscription-based services, available for free to anyone with a current library card. You can find biographies, current events, science research, and more. And the best thing is, the information is CURRENT and RELIABLE, not always the case on the World Wide Web.
Next time you have to do research for a school report, just get out your library card and take a look the Renton Library's Online Databases.
Now you can virtually drop by Renton Library's handy new Award Winners Webpage featuring links to all the great award winners, both current and past, and then check one out from the Renton Library. You'll also find the nominees for the upcoming Young Readers Choice and Sasquatch Awards. Happy Reading!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Renton Highlands Branch - Tuesday, August 25th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Renton Main Branch - Thursday, August 27th, 2009, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. -
Stop by the one of the Renton Libraries the last week of August to play Guitar Hero2 - Aerosmith, Dance Dance Revolution, board games, High School Musical karaoke, eat snacks, create some artwork, and generally have fun.
Friday, August 14, 2009
The Seattle Humane Society’s bright yellow, 38-foot mobile adoption and education unit will be loaded up with dogs, cats, and even a few critters – all available for on-the-spot adoption.
WHAT: MaxMobile Visits Renton
WHERE: Renton Public Library Main Branch
WHEN: Tuesday, August 18th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHY: Adorable animals available for adoption, or even just a cuddle with a warm, furry human!
Be sure to check with your parents before you head out, especially if you're hoping to bring anybody home. Remember, animals are a really big responsibility (food, vet bills, little wanted "presents" around the house, etc.) and require a big committment. Find out more at the Max Mobile.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
For more information, visit http://www.futurecity.org/competition.shtm
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here's a list of some new and/or very hot titles to get you started. Check them out at the Renton Libraries.
Hotlanta by Denene Millner
Living a privileged life in Atlanta, wealthy and beautiful African American twin sisters, Sydney and Lauren, must deal with family secrets and scandal when their father is released from prison.
Graceling by Kristin CashoreIn a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
Suck It Up! by Brian Meehl
After graduating from the International Vampire League, a scrawny, teenaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans and to demonstrate how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.
Gone by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
In alternate chapters, Sadima travels from her farm home to the city and becomes assistant to a heartless man who is trying to restore knowledge of magic to the world, and a group of boys fights to survive in the academy that has resulted from his efforts.
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control. Told in short diary entries filled with scrapbook clippings, this riveting ecothriller is one girl's attempt to stay grounded in a world where disaster has become the norm.
Thursday, August 6th
You’d be surprised at what you can do with an old book. Using recycled library books, we will make original works of art or create a “new” book for a journal or sketchbook. All craft materials and tools will be provided. Call to Register: 425-430-6825.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This week, stop by the Highlands Library for our first ever Anime Party! Watch anime, show us your moves in Dance Dance Revolution, draw manga, try your hand at origami, and make your very own candy sushi. Oh, yeah, and did we mention there will be free snacks and prizes, too!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
"HORNK! GASPLUSH! BAKLOOIE! Terrible sounds poured from the Oddisee as Emily frantically pushed buttons and pulled levers, trying to find out what had gone so horribly wrong. She was in the final stages of a very important experiment to create a brand-new type of stalking cat. But unfortunately, it looked like she had created a hellish mutant sweet tortoise, instead! “I don’t get it,” Emily said out loud, while her faithful lab assistant and cat friend Mystery listened. “All I did was take some DNA from my big toe, add a little hairball and a cup of berry juice (you know, the stuff Johnny Depp drinks?) and mix it all in a beaker. My data shows that this should work! Mystery, where did I go wrong?” Mystery scooted loudly, then meowed into the microphone of the Oddisee. Her thoughts were translated on the screen: “bleedin' bimbo!! I mean, normally you’re pretty smart for a human, but today you acted like a big idiot. What made you think you should get DNA from your big toe? It should have come from your butt cheek! Also, I really think you should have used candy instead of hairballs - it ALWAYS makes my experiments much more interesting! And finally – I recommend blood instead of berry juice. I don’t care if Johnny Depp drinks a gallon of that stuff a day, it just doesn’t make a good stalking cat!” Emily slapped her earlobe and sighed. “You’re right, Mystery. You’re always right.” Then, turning some dials and fiddling with some ipods, she tried to end the experiment. But – fudgerola!-- it was TOO LATE! The hellish mutant sweet tortoise had escaped, and was running around the lab, breaking beakers everywhere. The last thing Emily saw was its huge, piehole mouth opening wide – and then, the total darkness of the inside of its eyeball. “HELP! MYSTERY! GET ME OUT OF HERE!” she yelled as loudly as she could. But all she could hear, from her prison inside the monster, was the sound of one cat laughing...
Monday, June 8, 2009
Milton is a good kid...honest!! So why is he doomed to this place where even the boogeyperson doesn't think he belongs for all eternity...or until he turns 18...whichever happens first?
Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Alcatraz just turned 13 and his present was...a bag of sand. Some inheritance! But then suddenly everyone is after it...and it may be more valuable than he thought. He's off on a dangerous mission...to the public library? But watch out for dinosaurs. And sharks. And lots of other stuff those evil librarians have been hiding.
Hip Hop: A Short History by Rosa Waters
How far back to you think hip hop goes? A little history, and a few favorite stars in this quick read.
Teen Zone: Astrology by Jackie Barrow
Draw your own personal chart based on the time and place you were born and get an absolutely personal horoscope!
Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost
Warning: There is a big dragon in this book who will eat all of your candy if he is not stopped! Read the exciting story, and learn to draw one of your own in this all-cartooning adventure.