Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years!


Happy New Years to everyone! Do you have any New Years resolutions? If so, will you share them with us? My goal is to post to the blog more often!
See you in 2009!


Monday, December 15, 2008

Calling all musicians!


Now’s your time to be heard!


Submit your entry by January 17, 2009 for your chance to compete in our Battle of the Bands competition live on February 21, 2009. Entries will be accepted for bands in three categories:

Grades K-8, Grades 9-12, and Adults.


There will be an AMAZING prize package for winning bands!


For more information, click here.


To join in the battle, read our rules and application procedures, then fill out an application form.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Two Movies! One day! Not out on DVD yet! See them here first!

Hey everyone! Next Saturday OPL is showing soooo many cool movies, it's not even funny! And none of them are out on DVD yet! And it's free. How cool is that? Here's the descriptions:

Movie: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Location: McLaughlin Branch
Date & Time: November 29 @ 10:30:00 AM
Master Obi-wan and Anakin Skywalker continue in their battle with the forces of the Dark Side in this thrilling animated film. Free registration at any branch. 98 minutes. Rated PG.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Party
Location: McLaughlin Branch Children's Studio
Date & Time: November 29 @ 1:00:00 PM
Create some craft magic with an old pair of jeans and celebrate sisterhood! Bring a pair of jeans or anything denim to decorate. We will meet at 1:00 pm to decorate our own traveling pants in the Children’s studio and will have a viewing of the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants at 2:15 pm in the Auditorium. For ages 12 -19. Free registration at any branch.

Movie: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
Location: Jess Hann Branch
Date & Time: November 29 @ 2:00:00 PM
The sequel to the popular series deals with “The Septembers” and their longest time apart from one another. This movie takes place during events in the fourth book of this series. Mild sexual references. Free registration at any branch. 120 minutes. Rated PG.

Movie: The Dark Knight (2008)
Location: Northview Branch
Date & Time: November 29 @ 1:00 PM
Why so serious? Enter our Gotham City costume contest, stump the Batman genius, win a prize or two and be the first to see this movie since it's been out of the theatres! Rated 14A.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Anyone excited for the Twilight Movie Premiere?

So, I'm sure you've all seen these before, but here's a little bit of Twilight to get you through the following week before the movie comes out.


Who would you have picked to play Edward and Bella? Who is your favourite character?








Saturday, November 1, 2008

Want to learn the art of belly dancing?

Learn the Art of Belly Dancing
Saturday, December 13 at 2:00 pm
McLaughlin Auditorium

This is a basic belly dancing class for girls ages 12-20 of all sizes and fitness levels including beginner students or those with some experience. The class will be an introduction to basic belly dancing. Get fit, have fun, expand your self-confidence and self-expression. Wear cool, comfortable clothes, and bring a small towel. For girls ages 12-20. Registration is limited. Free registration at any branch.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Do you like to write?

In January and February author Elizabeth Ruth joins us as our Writer-in-Residence. Author of the novels “Ten Good Seconds of Silence” and “Smoke”, she also teaches creative writing at the Humber School for Writers and the University of Toronto. Ms. Ruth will be meeting with emerging and established writers to discuss manuscript submissions. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss your writing, please submit your manuscript by December 1 to:

Elizabeth Ruth
Writer-in-Residence, Oshawa Public Libraries
c/o Ellen Stroud Manager, Branch Services
65 Bagot StreetOshawa, Ontario
L1H 1N2

Manuscript length should be no more than 10 pages, typed, double spaced. Use a minimum 12 point font in Times New Roman and one inch margins. You may submit fiction or non-fiction (no poetry, please).

Oshawa Public Libraries gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

2009 White Pine Nominee Titles Announced

The selected 2009 titles are:
Chanda's Wars by Allan Stratton
Tweaked by Katherine Holubitsky
After River by Donna Milner
The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane by Polly Horvath
Daughter of War by Marsha Skrypuch
Dooley Takes the Fall by Norah McClintock
Gotcha! by Shelley Hrdlitschka
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Mountain Girl River Girl by Ting-Xing
Gravity Journal by Gail Sobat

You can find more information about the titles here:
http://www.accessola.com/forest2009/WhitePine/

Monday, October 27, 2008

Enter our Manga and Anime Drawing Contest!


Manga/Anime Drawing Contest for Teens!


Draw, paint, or use computer graphics to create an original work of manga or anime, and your work may be selected for prizes and display. The entry deadline for Teen Manga/Anime Drawing Contest is Friday, October 31. Participants must be 12 to 19 years old.

To qualify, submit your art on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet and on the back write your name, age, grade, email, current address, phone number, and Oshawa Public Libraries barcode number. Entries must be dropped off in an envelope marked “Manga/Anime Drawing Contest.” Hand-in your entry at any library branch or mail it to “Manga Contest,” Teen Librarian, Oshawa Public Libraries, 65 Bagot St., Oshawa, ON L1H 1N2. Each person may have up to two entries. Winners will be announced in the first week of November.

For more information and complete contest rules, contact Tiffany Balducci at 905-579-6111, ext. 5238 or at tbalducci@oshawalibrary.on.ca.

The 2008 Teens Top 10 Choices are in!

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten


Where Teens Choose the Winners!
The 2008 Teens' Top Ten
The vote is in! More than 8,000 teens voted on this year's winners. The 2008 Teens' Top Ten is:
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson


About the Teens' Top Ten
Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted in April during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year during Teen Read Week. Readers aged twelve to eighteen can vote online.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Are you on a team?

Playing on a team this fall? Check out these sporty reads!
Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide To Winning In Soccer And Life by Mia Hamm
Summary: Go for the Goal is not only the inspiring story of how a tiny suburban sprite became a global terror with a ball (and the world) at her feet--it's also a step-by-step or dribble-by-dribble guide for any kid with the all-American dream of making the team and becoming a champion.
Review:
Mia Hamm, star of the U.S. National Soccer Team, Olympic Gold Medalist, World Cup champion, and five-time National Player of the Year, has a simple take on her talents that also explains her success: "Many people say I'm the best women's soccer player in the world. I don't think so. And because of that, someday I just might be." That's what's so appealing about Hamm as a role model, and it's the inspirational message at the heart of her autobiography. But Goal is only in part about herself--"There is no me in Mia," she suggests. Sure, she tells the story of the Army brat who rose to international stardom, but her book is really a pep talk and soccer instructional aimed at the hearts of the countless young women hoping to fill her enormous cleats. Mixing anecdote and opinion--she insists Kristine Lilly is the best player in the world, period--with lots of solid coaching and practical advice, Hamm breaks the game down into its essential skill components (trapping, passing, dribbling, shooting, heading, goaltending) and then addresses both the mental and physical aspects of the game in prose that talks up--not down--to her target readers. Photos (some to teach, some clearly to wow), diagrams (x's and o's of drills and plays), and tips from her teammates (Michelle Akers says, "There is a difference between a finisher and shooter.... The players who score tons of goals are the ones who can not only shoot but finish with deadly accuracy") help her cover the field, and Hamm scores additional points with the same contagious spirit she demonstrates every time she puts on her uniform.

Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four by John Feinstein
Summary: An in-depth portrait of the NCAA Final Four competition is presented from the perspectives of schools, coaches, and players who have made it to college basketball's final weekend, in a collection of dramatic and inspiring stories that also includes accounts by officials, referees, and scouts.
Review:
For sports-challenged individuals, the Final Four is the culmination of the NCAA men's college basketball season and the number-two American sports event, trailing only the Super Bowl. The four best teams from an initial field of 64 meet on semifinal Saturday to decide the participants in Monday's championship final. Feinstein, arguably the best book-length sports journalist working today, employs the 2005 weekend as the catalyst to discuss the history of the event, the key people, and, most significantly, the effect that involvement in the Final Four has had on participants' lives. The book is centered almost exclusively on the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East Conference. Feinstein's jingoism translates to lots of Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, and Syracuse, with scant attention to the rest of the country with the exception of UCLA and coach John Wooden. That caveat aside, this is a terrific book. Feinstein goes behind the scenes to examine such matters as the often-controversial selection marathon, and the sometimes-petty rivalries between coaches. The anecdotes are entertaining, and the insights into the tournament's logistics fascinating, but what will linger most are the remembrances of players, especially those who ended up on the losing side. The best books take us to places we've never been and let us feel what life there is like. Welcome to the Final Four, courtesy of John Feinstein.

Counting Coup : A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn by Larry Colton
Summary: Profiles a Montana high-school girls' basketball team--made up of Crow Indian and white girls from a rural town--that carries on its shoulders the dreams and hopes of a Native American tribe during their winning season.
Review: Colton arrived in Crow, Mont., ready to write a book about a season of boy's high school basketball in the Crow Indian community. But when he saw graceful Sharon Laforge shooting hoops, he was drawn to her athleticism and fascinated by the dichotomy between her on-court focus and her off-court distractedness. To get closer to Laforge, Colton tracks her senior year on the Lady Bulldogs, from the first practice through tournament play. He rides the team bus, assists at practice, wins a spot as an "honorary seventeen-year-old girl," and is eventually adopted into the tribe by Laforge's family. In Laforge, Colton finds a young woman in distress; as she attempts to fulfill her own and her family's hopes, she struggles with the uglier legacies of her community: alcoholism, domestic abuse, abandonment, shortsighted tribal politics, fierce racism and misogyny. In search of a happy ending, Colton follows as Laforge sticks it out with her abusive boyfriend, raises two boys and struggles toward her high school and college degrees. To his credit, Colton effectively employs his position as an outsider to explore the group's culture, and his long-term perspective allows him to convey the drive Laforge needs to survive. However, by centering his focus on one person, he misses opportunities to reflect on larger questions. (In particular, he seems unaware of Ian Frazier's writing about Sharon Big Crow, a basketball star and hopeful who juggled similar pressures on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota.) Nonetheless, Colton's love of basketball and caring insights deliver a sad but ultimately hopeful sort of Hoop Dreams, complete with the struggle for maturity, a community's collective dream and the athletic grace that can momentarily hold the world at bay.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Upcoming Job Fair!

Job Connect has partnered with Local Employers to hold a MASS JOB FAIR
Date: Oct. 27th— Oct.31th Time: 9:00 — 3:00
LOCATION:
Job Connect—Durham College
Simcoe Building - Room 1266
2000 Simcoe St. N. Oshawa.
905-721-3093

· Over 30 Employers looking to fill positions
· Speak to Employment Counsellors
· FREE fax, computer and internet
· Complete a survey for a chance to win door prize.



EVERYONE WELCOME
Bring your resume!
Apply to Jobs!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fun Programme! Urban Legends at Your Library

Friday, October 10 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Legends Centre Branch

Wednesday, October 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Jess Hann Branch

Eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda at the same time causes your stomach to explode. A company will give you $245 for every third person to whom you forward a certain e-mail. You’ve heard stories like these before, either through word of mouth or forwarded e-mail. Learn more about these Urban Legends and win prizes at this fun event. Snacks will be provided. Free registration at any branch.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What are you going to be for Halloween?


October is here and soon Halloween will be here too! Do you dress up? Don't forget - we're hosting a costume contest at the Northview Branch ON Halloween! The winner gets a great prize!


I've heard of some great costume ideas: Bella, Edward, or Jacob from Twilight, Juno, anyone from Harry Potter, Tourist, Prom Queen, Zombie cheerleader, and more!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Attention Writers: Rock, Paper, Scissors WCDR Poetry Challenge

Rock, Paper, Scissor
(The WCDR Poetry Challenge for School Students - In Honour of Dan Sullivan)
2008-9 Contest Theme - Saving the Environment

Purpose:
To encourage the writing of poetry in children by challenging them to express themselves about subjects that are relevant. In harmony with this, to create a liaison between the WCDR and educators for the purpose of encouraging artistic expression in written form and developing a continuing relationship that will support the increase in new members to the WCDR from both young writers and educators over time.

Age Categories:
a) Youth in Grade school (grades 1 to 8)
b) You under 20 years of age attending high school (grades 9 to 12).

Timing:
  • Contest opens October 1, 2008. Closes January 31, 2009.
  • The top 10 poems on the theme will be selected by the judges in each group.
  • All 20 winners will be announced on March 31st, 2009.
  • Each winner will receive the ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS chapbook containing all 20 winning poems.
  • Should any winners be available to attend we will invite them to read at the April breakfast.
  • Additional copies may be purchased starting at the April breakfast for $7.50 each or ordered on-line for $7.50 + postage.

There are no fees to enter.

Conditions of entry:
  • Entries are limited to one poem per person.
  • Maximum length of each poem is one page (if mailed) or 40 lines (if emailed)
  • Poem must be original and written between October 1st 2008 and January 31st 2009.
  • The author's name should not appear on the poem, but name address, and contact information should be placed on the back of any mailed entry or at the end of an emailed entry to assist in the blind judging process.

Poems may be submitted in two ways:

  • Typed in the body of an email (not as an attachment) between October 1st 2o08 and midnight, January 31st 2009 to an email address to be provided by the WCDR.
  • Typed or hand-written (legibly, please) on 8.5 x 11" paper and mailed (postmarked no later than January 31st 2009)

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region
P.O. Box 1455875
Bayly Street West
Ajax, ON L1S 7K7

For more information, visit here: http://www.wcdr.org/wcdr25/?p=1000

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Books for You to Check Out!

Check out these books today!


Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life


Description of Book:


  • We all know about the Earth's environmental crisis, but there is someone who can truly make a difference: you. If you text your friends or chat with them online, download music to your iPod, or toss bottles and papers into recycling bins, you're already more eco-savvy than you think. It's just as easy to do even more to help save the earth, and Generation Green shows you how. This book:

  • Lays out the inside scoop on the biggest issues affecting our planet, such as global warming and overflowing landfills

  • Offers dozens of tips on how to shop, dress, eat, and travel the green way

  • Includes interviews with teens like you who are involved with fun, innovative green causes
    Shows that being environmentally conscious can be a natural part of your life -- and your generation's contribution to turning things around.

  • It doesn't matter if you can't vote or drive. Your efforts -- big or small -- will contribute to saving the planet. It's time for all of us to take action. It's time to go green!

Indie Girl: From Starting a Band to Launching a Fashion Company, Nine Ways to Turn Your Creative Talent Into Reality


Description of Book: Fun and inspirational, this do-it-yourself guide for artsy young women enables them to unleash their creative talents through independent and imaginative ventures, including designing clothing, organizing a poetry slam, starting a band, and publishing a 'zine. Start-to-finish explanations on how to organize, implement, and complete each activity are accompanied by creative and technical advice to ensure success. Filled with inspirational quotes by artists from a variety of backgrounds and professions, this book helps teen girls develop organizational and leadership skills and build self confidence while challenging them to do something interesting and original.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Upcoming Programmes

UPCOMING PROGRAMMES!

I Love the 80’s:
A Totally Tubular 80’s Party!
Saturday, September 20
from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
McLaughlin Branch Auditorium
Get out those leg warmers and neon clothing because the 80’s are back! You are invited to this, like, totally rad party. Dress in classic 80’s garb because we are having a costume contest at this party that everyone will be talking about. Of course, there will be awesome 80’s music, munchies, and more. For teens 12 - 19. Free registration at any branch.
The Amazing Race - Library Edition
Monday, September 22
from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McLaughlin Branch Auditorium
Get your passport ready as we play the library version of the Amazing Race! Participate in Road Blocks and Detours by completing some puzzling and crazy challenges. For ages 10 -
14. Free registration at any branch.

Get Your Game On: Ultimate Guitar Hero Tournament
Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm
McLaughlin Branch Auditorium
Are you the ultimate Guitar Hero? Show off your mad guitar skills at this tournament. The Guitar Hero and runner-up will win a prize! For teens 12 - 19. Space is limited. Free
registration at any branch.

What Every Babysitter Should Know
Saturday, October 4
from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
McLaughlin Branch Auditorium
$50.00 fee
Join St. John Ambulance for this all day course that will prepare you for a great job. Register at any branch.

Zombie Attack! Learn Special Effects and Stage Make-Up
Thursday, October 9
from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McLaughlin Branch Auditorium
Don’t be afraid of zombies – become one! Scars, wounds and other stage
makeup techniques are revealed in this hands-on workshop with special effects expert Dorota Buczel. Perfect make-up just in time for that Halloween costume. Snacks will be
provided. Ages 12 and older. Free registration at any branch.


Jess Hann branch

Craft-It! ~ Lotions and Potions
Wednesday, September 24
from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Have a blast at the Library while you make your own lotions and
body glitter! For teens 12 - 19. Free registration at any branch.

Urban Legends at the Library
Wednesday, October 22
from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda at the same time causes your
stomach to explode. A company will give you $245 for every third person
to whom you forward a certain email. You’ve heard stories like these
before, either through word of mouth or forwarded email. Learn more
about these Urban Legends and win prizes at this fun event. Snacks
will be served. Free registration at any branch.

Northview branch

f2f Special Teen Events
Join us the last Tuesday of every
month at 7:00 pm. Free registration at
any branch.

September 30: Moon Slippers
craft
October 28: Halloween Party.
Please come in costume.
Prizes and Snacks.


The Dark Knight Halloween Extravaganza
Friday, October 31 at 6:30 pm
Why so serious? Gotham has come to Oshawa! You are invited to this
unique event that even The Batman himself cannot turn down. We will
be watching a very special screening of The Dark Knight (2008, 152
minutes. Rated 14A). This is the most talked about movie of 2008! Come
and see what evil schemes the Joker is up to in the dark and gritty world
that is Gotham City. There will even be a special guest or two. Dress
as your favourite character and enter our costume contest to win an
awesome prize! Date and time may be subject to change. Refreshments
will be available, along with lots of fun and prizes! For ages 14 and older. Free registration at
any branch.

Legends Centre

Learn to DJ
Saturday, September 20 at 2:00 pm
Let Scratchlab Institute teach you the
tricks of the trade. Ages 12 - 18.


Urban Legends at the Library
Friday, October 10
from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda at the same time causes your
stomach to explode. A company will give you $245 for every third person to whom you forward a certain email. You’ve heard stories like these before, either through word of
mouth or forwarded email. Learn more about these Urban Legends and win prizes at this fun event. Snacks will be provided. Free registration at any branch.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Teens Top 10 2008

Teen Read Week is coming up: October 12 - 18, 2008.

We want to know your top ten favourites out of the following book list:


Before I Die by Jenny Downham.
Tessa, who has terminal cancer, creates a list of ten things she wants to do in the months she has left to live. This fierce and devastating novel explores end-of-life realities with honesty and grace.

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has accepted her powers and role as Leader of the Dark Daughters. But too soon the people Zoey cares about from her old life are in danger, and it looks like the House of Night is killing human teenagers.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-yearold Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance and Colin Polhemus, illus.
Famous horror story writer R. U. Tremblin comes to the town of Maplewood to hold a short story writing contest, offering the five finalists the chance to spend what turns out to be a terrifying--and deadly--night with him in a haunted house.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob and her relationship with Edward, but when Seattle is ravaged by a string of killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the well-being of an entire city.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld.
Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse, an Extra, just wants to lay low, so when she discovers the secret lives of the Sly Girls, she wants to report their story, but she knows that would propel her into a celebrity status she's not prepared for.

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks.
Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels
Brothers Josh and Max have an unusually strong relationship since it was Josh’s harvested stem cells that were used to save his dying older brother’s life. But when Max is accused of murder, Josh considers his own role in Max’s path of life.

Glass by Ellen Hopkins.
Kristina is determined to defeat her addiction to crack in order to keep her newborn child, but when she is unable to manage her use of the drug and the pull becomes too strong, her greatest fears are quickly realized.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
Voldermort is ruthless in his pursuit of the trio, but Harry, Ron, and Hermione have honed their magical skills in the past six years and are ready for battle.

Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale by Holly Black.
As the possessor of Roiben's true name, sixteen-year-old Kaye returns to Faeryland to try and complete a nearly-impossible quest that will release him from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.

Jango by William Nicholson.
Seeker, the Wildman, and Morning Star discover that the mysterious warrior sect they had been so desperate to join is not quite what it appears from the outside.

Jinx by Meg Cabot.
Jean "Jinx" Honeychurch, the descendant of a witch, must leave Iowa to live with relatives in Manhattan after the first spell she casts goes awry, but she will have to improve her skills to stop her cousin from practicing black magic which endangers the boy they both like.

The Luxe by Anna Godberson.
In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson.
The time has come for Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel to face their ultimate enemy and, despite many obstacles, try to save the world from a sinister plan to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race.

Penelope by Marilyn Kaye
Penelope Wilhern has everything a girl could want: A wealthy, socialite family, an enchanted bedroom and some of the coolest clothes around. There is only one problem: She was born into a cursed family and has the face of a pig.

Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël.
Instead of a fresh start, high school provides more grief and isolation to Echo, whose older sister died a year earlier, but insights gained from Zoe's diary about her sister's life and death change Echo in ways she could have never expected.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.
A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
At Spence Academy, Gemma Doyle continues preparing for her London debut while struggling to determine how best to use magic to resolve a power struggle in the enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her own world and loved ones.

Tamar by Mal Peet.
In England in 1995, Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, begins to uncover the secrets of his life during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson.
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but then life starts to go bad again . . .

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, pranks, and sinister plots.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.
Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical
world, the Wildwood.

You Vote Here during Teen Read Week!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Job Search Workshop For Newcomer youth

Northern Lights Canada is pleased to announce that we have received funding through Citizenship and Immigration Canada to facilitate the Job Search Workshop for Newcomer youth aged 13-24 years. The funding announcement from CIC regarding this and other Durham CIC funded programs is scheduled for September 8th.

The workshops will take place at our Ajax office and will be commencing within the next few weeks. We will be sending out our flyer and workshop calendar shortly. We look forward to working with all our community partners in providing services to this population.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Pinder DaSilva @ 905-433-9539 or 905-426-8337. Thank-you.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

White Pine 2009

White Pine 2009 The White Pine 2009 titles will be announced in October. Stay tuned to a library near you!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More reviews from teens/tweens!

The Isabel Factor
Gayle Friesen
4/5 Stars
REVIEW: When you read this book, it’s like you are Anna (the main character). The description pulls you into the book so you can feel what she is feeling. I say this book is awesome! I recommend it for people 11-18.
Angela B. (Grade 8)

Waiting for Sarah
Bruce McBay
REVIEW: It was kind of boring in the middle, but okay in the beginning/ end. I would recommend it for people between the ages of 12-15.
Allison P. (Grade 8)

Girl Nearly 16 Absolute Torture (BOOK)
Sue Limb
4/5 Stars
REVIEW: Jess’s parents are divorced. Her mom surprised her for taking a trip to her father’s house in the summer. She was leaving her boyfriend at home and they were planning things.
Melissa M. (Grade 9)

Move Along (CD)
The All-American Rejects
4/5 Stars
REVIEW: They had lots of good songs.
Jordan M. (Grade 7)

The Reality Bug (BOOK)
D. J. Macttale
5/5 Stars
REVIEW: I liked the book a lot. It was about Bobby Pendragon who is a traveller that is following Saint Dane to Veelox which is deserted except one building. Saint Dane tries to kill thousands of people.
Jordan M. (Grade 7)

Dead and Gone
Norah McClintock
4 ½ /5 Stars
REVIEW: It hooks you in from the first page. She is a wonderful author. The book is great all the way to the end.
Charlotte (Grade 8)

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Trailer

The trailer can be seen here. What do you think? Have you read the book? I don't know about you, but I'm tres excited!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Caption It! Contest Winner


Kiki at Northview is a winner for coming up with a better caption for this photo!
"This party will never end because it started in 1930!"

Good job, Kiki! Way to be creative!

We have had lots of great entries!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New CDs in today!

In Rainbows by Radiohead

This album is amazing. I just saw Radiohead in concert a few weeks ago - and they truly delivered a great time. Their music is just the right amount of all elements that make an awesome CD to listen to. Try it - you won't be disappointed!


Mudcrutch - self titled

Mudcrutch was formed in 1970 by Tom Petty and Tom Leadon, who had been playing together in a band called the Epics. Mudcrutch's lineup consisted of Petty (bass and vocals), Tom Leadon (guitar and vocals), Randall Marsh (drums) and Mike Campbell (guitar). Leadon left the band in 1972 and was replaced by guitarist/vocalist Danny Roberts. Keyboardist Benmont Tench also joined the band. Much like The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Mudcrutch served as the house band at Dub's Lounge in its hometown of Gainesville, Florida. (From Wikipedia.com)


Konvicted by Akon

Featuring the biggest hits in the past year!



Konk by The Kooks
Konk, the second album from indie pop starlets The Kooks, will appeal to those who enjoyed the catchier, hookier elements of their best-selling debut Inside In/Inside Out. For the band are more "pop" than "indie" this time around, and Konk is an overt attempt at winning even more chart-topping kudos: and it's not a bad attempt at that. Recorded over a six-week period at the end of 2007 (in Ray Davies' Konk Studios in London), the album's first single "Always Where I Need to Be" is as insouciantly catchy as a contemporary rock band can get, while tracks like opener "See the Sun," and "Mr. Maker", with its infectious hand claps, are equally accessible. There's tougher fare like "Sway", which show the boys can blast it when they want, but the album generally plays it safe, grappling (clumsily in places) with themes of love and sex, and revealing not a great deal of musical or lyrical depth in the process (see "Do You Wanna"). The album runs out of steam towards the end, and though fans of their earlier material will love it, fussier indie fans will probably point their ears towards something less contrived. --Danny McKenna

Reviews from Teens!

Hey everyone! Hope your summer went well! I can't believe it's already time to go back to school. . . are you looking forward to it or dreading it? Over the course of the Teen Summer Reading Club, we received some really great reviews - I will post them here.


Nowhere in Africa (MOVIE)
Caroline Link & Stefanie Zweig
4/5 Stars
REVIEW: This movie was about a Jewish family living in Germany that emigrated before WWII. They moved to Kenya, Africa to run a farm. Then shortly after they left, everything changed back in Germany. That’s when the Nazis attacked the Jews. Therefore everyone must arrange their lives in a new continent as turning back seems impossible.
Winston L. (Grade 7)

Big Shiny Tunes 12 (CD)
Various
2/5 Stars
REVIEW: Most of the sons were screaming instead of singing except for one or two songs. I don’t like that kind of music.
Melissa M. (Grade 9)

Spy Smuggler (BOOK)
Jim Eldridge
5/5 Stars
REVIEW: A boy named Paul Lelaud lived in a French village, which’s the part the Nazis had occupied. His best friend was a Jew and was sent to a discrimination camp with her family. Therefore Paul decided to join the Resistance with his uncle and helped making schedule sending spies from Britain and, of course, fighting against Germany to free their country.
Winston L. (Grade 7)


To Catch a Pirate
Jade Parker
4 ½ / 5 Stars
REVIEW: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure stories. I really like the main character “Annalisa”. She was determined, gentle-hearted, and brave. Annalisa was determined to save her father. She was willing to use her dowry money to buy a ship and become a pirate hunter. She was also gentle-hearted as she refused to let Nathaniel (her quartermaster) whip a pirate to gain information. She was brave as she took the whip right out of the hands of the man who Nathaniel had ordered to whip the pirate while she was sleeping. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book.
Devon C. (Grade 8)


The School Story
Andrew Clements
3/5 Stars
REVIEW: I found it was an okay book. I found that some of his other books were better. A nice story about a girl who writes a book and wants to get it published. One I would change is to include the actual story in it.
Graham W. (Grade 7)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Do You Need Service Hours?

Do you need service hours for school? Teen Advisory Board has many to offer for you! Just come to our next meeting on Monday, September 8 at 6:00 PM in the Children's Department of the McLaughlin Library.

Don’t forget to bring your form for me to mark down your service hours.

We have a few things in the “works”:
· A Haunted House for kids ages 3+ (younger kids this time). Set up: Tuesday, October 14, Wednesday, October 15; Haunted House runs Thursday, October 16 from 4:30-7:30

· The library would like TAB to put together a Public Service Announcement commercial for the library, on why using the library is cool and the different things that can be done here. We have the camcorder to film it.

· Christmas party?

· Please bring a list of books, movies, and DVDS you would like the library to order to the next meeting.


Next meeting: Monday, Sept. 8 at 6:00 PM at McLaughlin branch


Please contact me at: (905) 579-6111 ext. 5238 if you have any questions, or at tbalducci@oshawalibrary.on.ca

Let’s have an awesome school year!

Tiffany

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Want to win a a Kodak EasyShare C613 6.2 MP Digital Camera?

Laugh Out Loud YouTube™ Contest
Oshawa Public Libraries are offering teens an opportunity to join a Teen YouTube™ Video Contest that begins on July 2 (the first day of lol @ ur library summer reading), and will run until September 2. The theme of the video contest is “Laugh Out Loud @ Your Public Library”. To participate, teens must follow the contest rules*:
You must be 13-19 years old to enter. You must obtain Parent or Legal Guardian permission before entering and written Parent or Legal Guardian consent is required before entries are considered.
Upload your YouTube™ video entry to the Library Laughs Group at http://www.youtube.com/OPLTeens

Each Contest Entry must have the following:• Video will be between 1-5 minutes long. • Video will include laughter. • Somewhere in video you will include “Oshawa Public Libraries”• Video must be intended for family audience viewing and contain content that, in the opinion of the Oshawa Public Libraries, is suitable for all persons aged 13 years and older.
Teens are encouraged to contact Oshawa Public Libraries if they have questions about the contest. A Grand Prize Winner will be selected who will win a Kodak EasyShare C613 6.2 MP Digital Camera.

Winners: Judged by Oshawa Public Libraries Librarians, winner will be announced in the first week of September.

Other Stuff to Know
To be considered, your video may not contain content that is inappropriate.
People who are included in your video must have agreed to be filmed.
You must have filled out our application and signed a release form
You may not violate any library policies during the creation of your video.
Winners will be selected on how well they follow the rules and on how informative and entertaining their submission is. Decisions of the judges are final.

*Please contact: Tiffany Balducci, 905-579-6111 ext. 5238, tbalducci@oshawalibrary.on.ca for detailed rules and regulations.

Want to win an iPod Nano or other fun prizes?


lol @ ur library!
Teen Reading Program
July 2 – August 22

This summer teens can laugh out loud at all the fun we are going to have at the Oshawa Public Libraries. Just drop by any of our 4 branches between July 2 and August 22 for your game card. Check out books, CDs, magazines, and DVDs for game points. Gather more points by stopping by some of our awesome programmes, or by writing a review of your favourite book, movie, or music CD. There will be a weekly f2f book chat at each branch. You’ll get some great gifts along the way and have a chance to win an iPod Nano, tickets to Canada’s Wonderland, and more each time you complete a game card. Stop by any branch for more details on how you can join up and laugh out loud all summer.

f2f Book Chat: An open book chat for teens ages 12 – 18
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and tell us whether you loved it or hated it! Stay for exciting discussions, snacks, and more! Stop by any branch for more details on how you can join!

Teen Summer Reading Contests
Caption This!
Each library branch will have a photo on display that will need a caption. Submit what you think those pictured should be saying! Keep it clean, of course. The winning caption will be posted on the teen blog and will win a prize.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Reading Club!

lol @ ur library!
Teen Read Club
July 2 – August 22

This summer teens can laugh out loud at all the fun we are going to have at the Oshawa Public Libraries. Just drop by any of our 4 branches between July 2 and August 22 for your game card. Check out books, CDs, magazines, and DVDs for game points. Gather more points by stopping by some of our awesome programmes, or by writing a review of your favourite book, movie, or music CD. There will be a weekly f2f book chat at each branch. You’ll get some great gifts along the way and have a chance to win an iPod Nano, tickets to Canada’s Wonderland, and more each time you complete a game card. Stop by any branch for more details on how you can join up and laugh out loud all summer.

f2f Book Chat: An open book chat for teens ages 12 – 18
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and tell us whether you loved it or hated it! Stay for exciting discussions, snacks, and more! Stop by any branch for more details on how you can join!

National Summer Reading Club

As a supplement to the lol teen read club, you can join a national online reading club! Join teens from across Canada to submit book reviews, participate in discussion forums, and take part in librarian-moderated chats. Registration is so easy! Just visit: http://www.teensrc.ca/

Friday, June 6, 2008

Book Reviews!

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
The first twist: gentle, inconspicuous Tyler Miller unleashes his wild side on the school in the form of spray paint. Twist number two, the Millers’ supposedly perfect family is not so. The third twist: the girl of your dreams becomes your worst nightmare. While the rope of Tyler’s life twists tighter each day, he creeps closer to an inescapable outcome.

Devilish by Maureen JohnsonJane is worried about her friend Ally, who is not very popular and has just been humiliated at school. Ally vows to become popular and the next day comes to school with a new look. Over the following few weeks, Ally's wardrobe becomes more and more fabulous while she acts more and more mysterious. Ally finally confesses that she has sold her soul in exchange for popularity. Disbelieving her, Jane boldly offers to swap places with Ally. Unfortunately, Jane soon learns that the deal is no joke. Is it too late to save her soul?

Better Than Blonde by Teresa Toten
Sophie’s life is finally going the way she has always dreamed of: best friends with the Blondes, center of attention in her grade ten class, and no more secrets and lies! But what happens when her Papa – who was supposedly dead – is finally out of prison and back at home? With the help of her eccentric Aunties, Mama, and the fabulous Blondes, Sophie can handle anything –even including her first love. This novel is an excellent addition to the remarkable Blondes series.

Peeps by Scott WesterfeldWhen he goes to New York City to attend college, Cal picks up an unusual parasite. Left untreated it causes an aversion to sunlight and an uncontrollable desire to bite people. Fortunately for Cal, he is naturally resistant to the parasite. He now works for a secret agency that tracks down others who have been infected by the parasite which, regrettably for Cal, includes all of his ex-girlfriends.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Nick is heartbroken from his recent break-up three months, fourteen days, and 22 hours ago and can’t face his ex in a cluttered club alone, so he takes Norah along for the ride. Little does Nick know that Norah is also angst-ridden from her recent break-up! Told in perspective-alternating chapters, this book is a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, sometimes sexy roller coaster of two teens trying to find themselves while sharing one date over a very long night and discovering who they want to be. Warning: the expletives fly fast and furiously throughout this heart-stopping, insightful, and incredibly funny novel that will leave you wanting to create the soundtrack to your own life. Hollywood is making this book into a movie starring Ontario-born Michael Cera.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Upcoming Programmes

Wizard Rock: The Whomping Willows Live in Concert!
Sunday, June 8 at 2:00 PM
McLaughlin Auditorium
Are you a fan of the Harry Potter series? Love Rock Music? Interested in finding out more about Wizard Rock? Join us in this HUGE event – The Whomping Willows of Wizard Rock fame, live in concert! For teens and tweens ages 11 and up! This is a free concert, but space is limited so visit your branch for a ticket today! Tickets become available on May 12th. Call Tiffany at 905-579-6111 ext. 5238 for more information.


Learn to Draw Comic Art with Blac Ice!
Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 PM
McLaughlin Auditorium
Do you like anime and graphic novels? Ever wanted to meet a real comic book creator? Well, here is your chance! Meet the creators of the comic Blac Ice and learn how to draw your own comics! Space is limited. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Free registration at any branch.

TAB Presents: Jack and the Magic Stepladder
Saturday, June 28 at 2:30 PM
McLaughlin AuditoriumCome watch the TAB group present a fractured fairytale. This production is entirely run by the Teen Advisory Board group from the script to direction to acting and more!

Get Loud at the Library!


Wizard Rock coming to Oshawa: The Whomping Willows Live in Concert at Oshawa Public Libraries – McLaughlin Auditorium, Sunday, June 8th 2008 at 2:00 PM

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter series? Love Rock Music? Interested in finding out more about Wizard Rock? Join us in this HUGE event – The Whomping Willows of Wizard Rock fame, live in concert! For teens and tweens ages 11 and up! This is a free concert, but space is limited so visit your branch for a ticket today! Tickets become available on May 12th. Call Tiffany at 905-579-6111 ext. 5238 for more information.


The Whomping Willows is a Wizard Rock band from Providence, Rhode Island. In the muggle world however, he is known as Matt Maggiacomo, the front man of the band, The Whomping Willows. Realizing the effect wizard rock had on the world, Matt decided to write and record music based on scenes in the life of the aggressive tree. As a result, he released The Whomping Willow’s self-titled debut album in 2006. His two newest CDs are entitled Welcome to the House of Awesome and III. The Whomping Willows are also featured artists on many Wizard Rock compilation albums.

You can listen to the music at: http://www.myspace.com/thewhompingwillows
http://wizardrock.org/bands/whomping-willows/
http://www.last.fm/music/The+WhOMPING+WILLOWS

For more information, please contact:

Tiffany Balducci
Teen Librarian
Oshawa Public Libraries
65 Bagot Street, Oshawa, ON L1H 1N2

Voice: (905) 579-6111 ext. 5238
Email: tbalducci@oshawalibrary.on.ca
Web: www.oshawalibrary.on.ca


The Whomping Willows has not been prepared, approved, or liscensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties. Likewise, the band does not own, nor does it claim to own, any portion of the Harry Potter series or any related trademarks, patents, or copyrights.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Twilight Alert!!!

Twilight the movie is scheduled for theatrical release on 12-12-08! Summit Entertainment’s trailer is ready for viewing now on myspacetv.com. MTV.com features movie updates each week on “Twilight Tuesdays”. Check out the trailer reaction video contest, cast interviews and the poster created by Joey Lawrence, exclusively for MTV.com. Stephenie Meyer has been visiting the set and getting to know the cast. Visit her blog for details. We have just ordered more copies of all the books in the Twilight series to fulfill the many requests.

Friday, May 9, 2008

12 Things to Look Forward to from the GW Forecast

Based at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., the GW Forecast brings experts together online to forecast coming breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine, and more. Here's what they see for your future. To learn more, visit www.gwforecast.gwu.edu.

2008 Most people use PDAs (personal digital assistants)
2010 Translation software replaces foreign language teachers.
2013 Half of all household waste is recycled.
2014 Healtchare is computerized
2015 Only 10 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing.
2018 Half of all goods are sold online.
2021 Automated highways take us where we want to go.
2025 Children are genetically designed.
2027 A permanent base is established on the moon.
2028 Humans land on Mars.
2043 Humans travel to a nearby star
2044 Most people live to be 100.

What are your predictions for the future?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Food Week is here!

Starting May 10, OPL is celebrating Food, Glorious Food! Stop in for one of these exciting events:

Chocolate, Chocolate, Everywhere
Saturday, May 10 at 2:30
McLaughlin Auditorium
Calling all chocolate lovers! Make and decorate your own moulded chocolates and gift box; dip into our chocolate fondue; win exciting treats with chocolate trivia; and vote for your favourite chocolate bar! For teens ages 12-18. Space is limited. Register at any branch. Call 905-579-6111 ext. 5238 for more information.

Smoothies and Smalltalk
Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 PM
McLaughlin Auditorium
Mmmm. . . . smoothies! Come and make your own delicious creation or follow a recipe card! This will be a relaxing evening with good smoothies and great conversation. For teens ages 12-18. Space is limited. Register at any branch. Call 905-579-6111 ext. 5238 for more information.

Veg Out!
Friday, May 16 at 7:00 PM
Legends Centre
Ever wonder what life would be like if you stopped eating meat? Come join us in a talk on vegetarian and veganism, what it means, and who it’s for. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just want to see what the fuss is all about you are welcome to stop by, learn about this life decision and eat some tasty veggie treats! Space is limited. For teens ages 12-18. Free registration at any branch.

HUGE CONCERT THIS SUMMER!

Wizard Rock coming to Oshawa: The Whomping Willows Live in Concert at Oshawa Public Libraries – McLaughlin Auditorium, Sunday, June 8th 2008 at 2:00 PM

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter series? Love Rock Music? Interested in finding out more about Wizard Rock? Join us in this HUGE event – The Whomping Willows of Wizard Rock fame, live in concert! For teens and tweens ages 11 and up! This is a free concert, but space is limited so visit your branch for a ticket today! Tickets become available on May 12th. Call Tiffany at 905-579-6111 ext. 5238 for more information.

The Whomping Willows is a Wizard Rock band from Providence, Rhode Island. In the muggle world however, he is known as Matt Maggiacomo, the front man of the band, The Whomping Willows. Realizing the effect wizard rock had on the world, Matt decided to write and record music based on scenes in the life of the aggressive tree. As a result, he released The Whomping Willow’s self-titled debut album in 2006. His two newest CDs are entitled Welcome to the House of Awesome and III. The Whomping Willows are also featured artists on many Wizard Rock compilation albums.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dear Miley Cyrus,

Have you ever wanted to contact your favourite celebrity? Perhaps you want to give them praise on their latest movie? Or maybe you want their autograph or even a signed head-shot? Whatever your reason, this database of over 15,000 accurate celebrity addresses will help you to contact your favourite star! The service is great, for example if your letter is returned, they promise to try and find a working address for you. Once you are registered you will be given instant access to search the database. For more information (and to register) please click the link below:

Celebrity Addresses

-from http://www.celebritypalace.com/celebrityaddresses/

Friday, April 25, 2008

New to Canada?

Have you recently moved to the Oshawa area from a different country? Do you know of someone in this situation?
Join the Youth Host Program
Ages 14 - 22
  • Make friendships
  • Learn about Canadian culture and customs
  • Enhance your English language skills
  • Receive help with homework
  • Take part in informal discussions
  • Share your experiences, interests, talents, with peers
  • and More!

Community Development Council Durham is here to help.

"Moving to a new country can be a great adventure but at the same time ti may turn into a big challenge for youth. Apart from getting over the sadness of leaving your county, family, and friends behind, the hurdles faced in a new country can be many. At the Community Development Council Durham, we have developed a friendship program where Canadian youth volunteers assist their newcomer peers with the settlement process.

If you have recently moved to Canada or have lived here for some time and still don't feel at home, feel lonely, have not really made any friends, need to practice your English language skills, require assistance with homework, want to make friends at school, need to complete your community service hours, need someone to talk to or just need some extra support, then the HOST (Youth) Program is for you!"

This is a Program by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

For information call:

Uzma Gillani, HOST Youth Outreach Worker

Tel: 905-686-2661

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Library Updates!

New Music
We have these CD's in today:

Spiral Beach. . . . .Ball

Thrice. . . . . . . . . .The Alchemy Index Vols. I and II

Taking Back Sunday. . . Notes from the Past

DJ Storm. . .The DTP Takeover - It's an Epidemic

We also have these really sweet talking books that are in MP3 format! You can listen to an entire book and it's only one disc!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Upcoming programmes:

Teen Advisory Board Meeting:
7:00 PM
Legends Centre Branch
Come and have fun, eat some food, share ideas, and get service hours!

Chocolate, Chocolate, Everywhere
Saturday, May 10 at 2:30
McLaughlin Auditorium
Calling all chocolate lovers! Make and decorate your own moulded chocolates and gift box; dip into our chocolate fondue; win exciting treats with chocolate trivia; and vote for your favourite chocolate bar! For teens ages 12-18. Space is limited. Register at any branch. Call 905-579-6111 ext. 5238 for more information.

Smoothies and Smalltalk
Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 PM
McLaughlin Auditorium
Mmmm. . . . smoothies! Come and make your own delicious creation or follow a recipe card! This will be a relaxing evening with good smoothies and great conversation. For teens ages 12-18. Space is limited. Register at any branch. Call 905-579-6111 ext. 5238 for more information.

Veg Out!
Friday, May 16 at 7:00 PM
Legends Centre
Ever wonder what life would be like if you stopped eating meat? Come join us in a talk on vegetarian and veganism, what it means, and who it’s for. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just want to see what the fuss is all about you are welcome to stop by, learn about this life decision and eat some tasty veggie treats! Space is limited. For teens ages 12-18. Free registration at any branch.

Learn to Draw Comic Art with Blac Ice!
Saturday, June 14 at 1:00 PM
McLaughlin Auditorium
Do you like anime and graphic novels? Ever wanted to meet a real comic book creator? Well, here is your chance! Meet the creators of the comic Blac Ice and learn how to draw your own comics! Space is limited. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Free registration at any branch.

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Titles at OPL

Here are the newest additions to our teen collection!


Barb and Dingbat's Crybaby Hotline by Patrick Jennings

This is All by Aiden Chambers

For Now by Gayle Friesen

Hiding Edith by Kathy Kacer

Snitch by Allison van Diepen

The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane by Polly Horvath

Whereverville by Josh MacDonald

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl by Barry Lyga



Check them out today!


image from Houghton Mifflin Books

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Summer Give Aways!

Coming soon - to a library near you! LOL @ Your Library! This summer: you read, you attend events at the library, you use the materials here, and you get a prize. Some participants will get really BIG prizes. Also, find out about our f2f Book Discussions! The TD Canada Trust Summer Reading Programme registration begins July 2 - don't miss out!

The prizes are going to be HUGE!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

If You liked the book Twilight. . . .

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Vivian isn't the ordinary teenager she appears to be. She is actually a werewolf that can go back and forth between her human form and her wolf form except during the full moon when she cannot control her change. After her father's death, Vivian and her pack move to a new town. At school she feels bored and lonely until she meets Aidan, a human boy with a fascination for all things dark and magical. Can Vivian love a human boy and remain loyal to her pack or will her love for Aidan prove disastrous for them all?

Bloodline by Kate Cary
Lieutenant John Shaw is a World War I officer sent to the front lines. His commanding officer is Captain Harker, a man renowned for his bravery in battle. However, Shaw observes in Harker not just bravery, but a disturbing lust for battle. After Shaw is wounded and is sent back to England to recover he meets Mary Seward, a young nurse. However, Shaw's recovery is interrupted when Captain Harker comes to England to check up on Shaw. Instead, Harker meets Shaw's younger sister, Lily. He quickly seduces her and convinces her to return with him to his home in Transylvania. John and Mary must chase after them to try to save Lily before she falls under the same curse from which the rest of Harker's family suffers.

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Van Alen thought she would never have anything in common with Mimi Force and the other snobby rich kids at her prestigious private school. But when she is invited into an exclusive charity committee with Mimi and her rich friends, she learns they have a lot more in common than she thought, including a dangerous enemy.

Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde
Kerry Nowicki never thought vampires existed until she saved one's life. However, Kerry's good deed put her whole family in danger and her brother and father are kidnapped. She doesn't know who she should trust, the vampire whose life she saved or the people trying to kill him.

Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Jane is worried about her friend Ally. Ally who is not very popular has just been humiliated at school. Ally vows to become popular and the next day comes to school with new clothes and a new haircut. Over the next few weeks Ally's wardrobe becomes more and more fabulous while she acts more and more mysterious. Ally finally confesses that she has sold her soul in exchange for popularity. Jane doesn't believe her and brashly offers to swap places with Ally. However, Jane soon learns that the deal is no joke. Can she save her soul?

Hawkes Harbor by S. E. Hinton
After a deal gone wrong, Jamie Sommers, a professional jewel thief, needs a place to lie low for a while. He decides to hide in the small town of Hawkes Harbor. However, it is in Hawkes Harbor that he comes face to face with a danger greater than anything he could ever have imagined.

Midnight's Choice by Kate Thompson
Tess is a switcher which means that she has the ability to change into an animal form. Now Tess faces an incredibly important choice, literally a chose between good and evil. She must decide whether to permanently switch into a phoenix or a vampire for the rest of time.

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
When he goes to New York City to attend college, Cal picks up an unusual parasite. Left untreated it causes an aversion to sunlight and familiar objects, and an uncontrollable desire to bite people. Fortunately for Cal, he is naturally resistant to the parasite. He now works for a secret agency that tracks down others who have been infected by the parasite and helps them including all his old girlfriends.

Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
On her first day at a new high school, Sarah Vida, a witch who comes from a family of vampire hunters, meets two vampires, Christopher and his sister Nissa. They claim they have sworn off killing humans. Though Sarah knows it is forbidden to befriend a vampire, she finds herself attracted to Christopher since he is not like most vampires. Things get complicated when Sarah finds out that an evil vampire named Nikolas who her family has been hunting for over a hundred years is actually the twin brother of Christopher.

Tithe: A Modern Fairy Tale by Holly Black
Kaye discovers she is a changeling. She is actually a faerie who was switched at birth with a human child and raised in the human world. After she finds out she travels to the faerie world, but once there she realizes her new world is full of dangers and the only person she can trust is a dark faerie prince.

Monday, March 31, 2008

There's still space!

Self Defence Basics for Teens
McLaughlin Auditorium
April 3, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Award-winning instructor, Emmanuel Manolakakis, of FightClub Martial Arts and Fitness Training Centre, will present an exciting self-defence program for teens ages 12-18. This free class will last an hour-and-a-half and will educate teens on how to protect themselves and introduces physical training. Please wear comfortable clothing. Register early as space is limited to 20 participants.A permission slip must be correctly and completely filled out and signed by the legal aged participant or the parent of minor aged (17 and under) participants before the event.Register at any branch or call Tiffany at 905-579-6111, ext. 5238 for more details.


*There is still sign-up space for this event! He will also be having a DVD give-away, prizes, and more! Don't let this awesome opportunity pass you by!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight


What happens when super-heroes grow old? Batman: The Dark Knight Returns asks just that question. Separated into four acts, this graphic novel introduces exactly what happens when Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne) comes out of retirement at fifty five years old and begins fighting crime again. Since his retirement, Gotham City has run amuck with villains and criminals – even with The Joker and Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two Face) behind bars. With the police chief retiring, Batman finally realizes that he must get over the death of Robin and that Gotham City needs a hero again. The only question to be asked is – did he wait too long? Is it too late to save Gotham City?

This graphic novel is written eloquently and the images are as riveting as they are terrifying. It really takes you into the dark depths of Gotham City while allowing your imagination to run free.

Excerpt from a triumphant return:

“This should be agony. I should be a mass of aching muscle – broken, spend, unable to move. And, were I an older man, I surely would. . .But I’m a man of thirty – of twenty again. The rain on my chest is a baptism - -I’m born again.”


Miller, F. (2002). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. New York: D.C. Comics.

Need service hours?

Come to our next TAB meeting! It is on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:00 PM at the Legends Centre. Earn service hours while eating snacks and advising the library on teen events. Open to everyone!

What Spring Release Novel are you most looking forward to?
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (4/22/08)
Airhead by Meg Cabot (6/1/08)
Demon Apocalypse (Demonata #6) by Darren Shan (5/1/08)
The Host by Stephenie Meyer (5/6/08)
Peeled by Joan Bauer (5/1/08)
Outcast (Warriors: Power of Three #3) by Erin Hunter (4/22/08)
Exodus by Julie Bertagna (4/1/08)
Night Road by A. M. Jenkins (5/20/08)
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (6/1/08)
Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4) by James Paterson (3/17/08)
Cheated by Patrick Jones (4/1/08)
The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice #4) by John Flanagan (3/18/08)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

April Programmes!

Self Defence Basics for Teens
McLaughlin Auditorium
April 3, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Limited to 20 participants (additional classes will be offered as needed).
Award-winning instructor, Emmanuel Manolakakis, of FightClub Martial Arts and Fitness Training Centre, will present an exciting self-defence program for teens ages 12-18. This free class will last an hour-and-a-half and will educate teens on how to protect themselves and introduces physical training. Please wear comfortable clothing. Registration is limited. A permission slip must be correctly and completely filled out and signed by the legal aged participant or the parent of minor aged (17 and under) participants before the event. Call Tiffany at 905-579-6111, ext. 5238 for more details.


Learning the Tarot
McLaughlin Children’s Studio
April 19th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
April 26th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What’s in your future? This two part workshop will connect you with your spiritual side! Come meet Zsuzsana Summer, author of The Now Age: Demystifying Spirituality, the New Age and the Metaphysical, who will provide an in-depth class on everything Tarot including the history and how to read the cards. Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own cards. Seating is limited. Call Tiffany at 905-579-6111, ext. 5238 for more details.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Schwa

Here's a book with a name we can all recognize:


Book Description: When Antsy Bonano and his friends discover that fellow 8th grade classmate Calvin Schwa can become invisible, they use the knowledge to hatch a money making plot. What begins as a surefire scheme turns into something else, as you weave through this funny, yet thought provoking journey with Cal, Antsy, and Lexie.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

End of March Break


Are you sad that March Break is over?! Fret not. Summer is right around the bend! Do you have some great ideas for Summer Programmes? Is there a book or series you think the library should own? Feel free to comment on the blog at any time, join the TAB group, or give me a call. :)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Top 10 Indie Songs

Here are the Top 10 Albums from Canadian College Radio Stations:
For the Week of March 10th:
ARTIST and ALBUM
Black Mountain - In The Future

Plants And Animals - Parc Avenue

Hot Chip - Made In The Dark

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Hayden - In Field & Town

Jason Collett - Here's To Being Here

Cadence Weapon - Afterparty Babies

Born Ruffians - Red, Yellow And Blue

Cat Power - Jukebox

Ladyhawk - Shots

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Printz Award Winner



The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean, published by HarperTempest, an imprint of HarperCollins has won the 2008 Michael L. Printz Award. The award announcement was made during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, January 11-16.


Fourteen-year-old Symone's exciting vacation to Antarctica turns into a desperate struggle for survival when her uncle's obsessive quest leads them across the frozen wilderness into danger.
McCaughrean has won numerous awards for children's literature in her native England. Celebrated for her novels, picture books and folklore adaptations, The White Darkness is her first contemporary young adult novel.

"Symone's unforgettable voice propels this journey of discovery in a book that is intricately plotted, richly imaged and brings new meaning to the term unreliable narrator," said Printz Award Committee Chair Lynn Rutan. "Readers will need to hang onto their snow goggles in this compelling book in which nothing is as it seems at first glance."


2008 Honor Books
Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet
by Elizabeth Knox, published by Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux


One Whole and Perfect Day
by Judith Clarke, published by Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Repossessed
by A.M. Jenkins, published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath
By Stephanie Hemphill, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

March Break

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic March Break!! Here are the programmes we have to offer this week:

Make a Teen Zine Workshop!
McLaughlin Branch Children’s Studio
March 11 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM - Today, Tuesday!
Become an underground artist! Learn about the history of zines, what they are and why people make them. This hands-on workshop will address how to construct your very own zine, an exploration of different genres, and distribution. Bring in images, essays, poems, recipes, or anything, really, that you want to include in your zine. For teens ages 12-18. Free registration at any branch.

Thursday, March 13
McLaughlin Auditorium
Game Day!
2:30 PM
Get ready to play Guitar Hero or other fun games!!


Friday, March 14
Teen Trivia
McLaughlin Branch
Children's Studio
March 14 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hey teens, you think you are smart? Care to prove it? Try to win by playing the special version of Teen Jeopardy! Come and compete in this Jeopardy challenge to win fabulous prizes and to prove you know way more about hockey, Family Guy, Britney, and manga than any other teen! For teens ages 12-18. Free registration at any branch.

Saturday, March 15
Craft It!
Children's Studio
March 15 from 2:30 - 5:00 PM
Come work on St. Paddy's Day and Easter crafts!

Friday, March 7, 2008

New Books in today!

Here is a listing of new books we just got in:


The Best Girl by Emma Harrison

You Are Cordially Invited . . .
to your brother's wedding where he will marry rich, famous Marni Shay, at the River Lodge, the most elite resort in Colorado, the state you chose to go to college in so you could escape your family, except they'll all be there. Enjoy ten fun-filled days of avoiding your mother, who still thinks you're not girly enough; planning your brother's bachelor party, because you are his best man, er, girl; and, oh yeah, trying not to drool all over Hot Connor, who happens to be in your English seminar and work at the River Lodge. Put your best foot forward, and . . .
Don't miss the most joyous celebration of the year!
Yeah, right.


Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi Vol. 1

Discover the earliest known stories of the Jedi and the Sith in this massive collection! Five thousand years before Luke Skywalker's successful assault on the Death Star, the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy. That is, until his death ignited a battle for ascension that would spell the end for his empire - and nearly the entire galaxy! It would be another thousand years before two young Jedi novices Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider would rise for the cause of justice, first in the case of a Jedi-killing Hutt, and then against a dark Jedi spirit threatening to engulf an entire planet! Containing the Tales of the Jedi stories "The Golden Age of the Sith," "The Fall of the Sith Empire," and "Knights of the Old Republic" this humongous omnibus is the ultimate introduction to the ancient history of the Star Wars universe!


The Bonemender's Choice by Holly Bennett



My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
From School Library JournalGrade 9 Up--Abeel writes of her torturous year in seventh grade when she was diagnosed with a learning disability. Having been a gifted, creative preschooler, she was not prepared for the realization, in second grade, that she could not do many of the tasks that her classmates could accomplish with ease. By seventh grade, her feelings of insecurity had reached an all-time high, and she began to experience anxiety attacks over everything from having to remember her locker combination to managing her schoolwork to staying overnight at a friend's. When she was finally diagnosed with dyscalculia, she and her family felt relief. At least now there was a name for her difficulties and strategies she could employ. This account is an interesting mix of factual information and memories. Abeel relates her experiences with detached clarity, but each situation is followed by the thoughts and feelings that finally forced her to face her differences. Occasionally, her well-phrased prose slips into cliché, and when she lists the math skills that she could not perform she becomes rather pedantic. While this book is not likely to be of great interest to casual readers, those with similar learning issues will identify strongly with the author's trials and triumphs. Pair this title with Abeel's book of poetry, Reach for the Moon (Scholastic, 2001), to inspire young people with learning disabilities and to educate others.--Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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