Friday, December 18, 2009

Vote for Your Favourite!

Celebrate Gold Medal Reading, the 2009 Canadian Children’s Book Week theme, by participating in Oshawa Public Libraries Book Olympics!
Read one or all of the titles listed below and vote for your favourites in the polls to the right. All votes must be received by December 31, 2009. Voting is open to children and teens ages 2-18. The winning titles in each category will be announced in January 2010.
Vote for one of these titles:
Dooley Takes the Fall
by Norah McClintock
When 17-year-old Dooley discovers the body of a twelve-year-old boy, he knows he is in trouble. For one thing he’s already got a record. For another, the dead kid isn’t exactly a stranger – and he’s no friend. Slowly the net begins to close around Dooley as others begin to suspect he is responsible for other murders in the city.
Little Brother
by Cory Doctorow
Marcus is only seventeen years old, but he already knows how the system works. He is wise to the ways of the networked world and has no trouble outwitting his high school’s surveillance system. But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco.
Me and the Blondes
by Teresa Toten
Sophie Kandinsky has spent the last six years trying to keep her crazy family life secret – she has an eccentric Bulgarian mother, and a father who has been charged with murder and is in prison. But with a move to a new school, Sophie has the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and has come up with a plan to befriend the popular clique.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Review of a book by a teen like you!

Boy Minus Girl

Richard Uhlig
4/5 Stars
This book starts off quite funny. It’s recommended for twelve and up and I’d have to agree. The relationship (or lack thereof) is a big issue concerning the main character. It is very relatable to a twelve year old as far as I’m concerned but really wouldn’t know how relatable it is on the male side of things. The different characters he meets are especially interesting; their personality and overall development was neat to read. It was an easy read and probably better for a guy to read rather than a girl, although it’s still pretty funny to read. All together I give this book 4 out of 5. Well done Richard Uhlig!
Reviewed by: Stephanie B.

Monday, November 9, 2009

National YouTube Contest for Teens!

Watch this. Make a better one. Post it as a reply!

Make a movie/commercial on how to be an awesome librarian! Of course, you can always use me as an example, hee hee :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

2010 White Pine Titles Announced!

The Book of Michael

by Lesley Choyce

Released from prison, sixteen-year-old Michael Grove returns home to reclaim his life. Having been wrongfully convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, Lisa, Michael must confront her death and the contempt of everyone around him.

Cracked Up to Be

by Courtney Summers

When Jessica disappears at a party, Parker and her friends struggle with the fallout. Exactly what happened to Jessica and who is responsible? There are no tidy resolutions to this hard-hitting tale.

Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery

by Susan Juby

Getting the Girl is a fast-paced, laugh out loud detective novel that explores issues around puberty, bullying, and friendship as we follow the antics of the quirky, but utterly lovable, Sherman Mack.

Half World

by Hiromi Goto

Aided by a rat, Melanie follows her mother into a dark, alternate reality called Half World in an attempt to save her. Can Melanie help her mom, or will she be caught in Half World's explosive cycle of deformity, defeat, and horror?

The Landing

by John Ibbitson

In a community starved of luxury, Ben's depression-era, small-town life leaves little room for dreaming. Enter Ruth Chapman whose wealth and unconventionality rock Ben's world and leave him wanting more from life.

Mostly Happy

by Pam Bustin

Bean, a memorable young heroine, learns to survive the perilous home life created by her troubled mother. Bean's story is about overcoming hardship and trying to be "mostly" happy.

The Perfect Cut

by Julie Burtinshaw

Brian's "perfect" sister, Michelle, died last year. In the midst of his grief Brian learns her secret: she was a cutter. Brian now must face his own problems before he can truly understand what happened to Michelle.

Sister Wife

by Shelley Hrdlitschka

In Unity, strict obedience to the laws of The Movement is expected. Celeste struggles with this lack of freedom and particularly the accepted practice of being assigned to marry an older man and become a Sister Wife.

The Uninvited

by Tim Wynne-Jones

Travelling to Canada to escape a failing relationship, Mimi discovers her cottage destination is already inhabited. The attractive guy she finds there thinks that Mimi is stalking him! Exactly who is the uninvited guest?

Wondrous Strange

by Lesley Livingston

Kelley Winslow can't start a new romance just when she's got her first leading role as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream - can she? After all, she's also got a faerie-world invasion to stop and a horse living in her bathtub. Plus, what's up with Bob?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cirque Du Freak

Are you going to see Cirque Du Freak? How do you think the trailer looks compared to the books? The movie covers the first three books in the series. What do you think?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Twilight FanFiction

At the last Twilight Book Club meeting the following four short stories were written:


It is 5 years after the Voturi vs. the Cullens fight and the Volturi are in Voltura. One member in particular wanted the powers of Alic, Edward, Bella, Jasper and especially Renesme. That member asked Dimetry to find Renesme. Dimetry went out in search of Renesme and spied her hunting with Jacob. He couldn’t figure out hwo he would be able to get her because he knew as soon as he tried to get close too her Jacob would attack. Dimetri decided that in order to get to Renesme, he would have to get her away from Jacob, so he threw his voice to get Jacob’s attention. He made his voice sound like Sam’s! Jacob did not fall for this because he could smell vampire and it was not that Fillmilyer. He took Renesme back home and told Edward and then went to destroy Dimetry when he was still alone so everyone except Bella and Renesme went to kill! They won so they never had to live in the fear of the volturi again.


Once upon a time, Alice found out Jasper had a crazy ex-girlfriend! Jasper’s ex-girlfriend was also a vampire. Once day she came looking for him. She knocked on the door and asked for Jasper. Alice answered and was very shocked to learn who she was. It was a girl she had known for a while when she was a newborn vampire. She was very rude to Alice and demanded to see Jasper because she had big news for him! Her news was she was getting married to one of the vampires that he knew when he was with Mrea and would like him to come. Alice told Japser and he thought that he had destroyed all of the newborns. But anyways, he and Alice went to he wedding and Alice talked to the bride and was filled in on some of her past. Now she is dying to learn more.


On a sunny day, Jacob and I were hunting with my mum and dad. I had caught this great big deer. It was awesome! I was happy because the Deer I had caught was a lot bigger than the deer everyone else caught. Everyone could tell how great I was, but secretly, I felt sorry for the deer. I did not want to hunt animals, but I also did not want to hunt humans because I am a half human. So I talked with my dad and he said not to worry because there are plenty more and that is what they’re there for. I still didn’t feel right about killing deer so I vowed to eat only the animals that were overpopulated.


When Jacob and Renesme grow up after 15 years, they are sitting in their house on the outskirts of La Push. They are discussing plans to throw an anniversary party for Edward and Bella and Renesme announces that she is pregnant! They thought they would be able to tell Bella and Edward on their anniversary! Their anniversary comes and Renesme tells everyone a formal announcement. The room is quiet and filled only with sudden gasps from the guests. Edward just stares at them with a blank look on his face and Jacob and Renesme become worried that he will get mad in from of all the guests. She sends him a message to relax and everyone is so happy, except Edward who has stepped outside. Bella joins him and they discuss their future… what will come of this child who has human, vampire and werewolf blood?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Enter our 2009 Manga/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 Saturday, October 31 at 5:00 PM. 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

New Review by a teen like you!

Book by: Micheal Grant
5/5 Stars

REVIEW: Everyone 15 years and older have disappeared and a giant barrier has come up cutting the stranded young ones off from the rest of the world. Will the older kids bring peace and harmony or will they bring fear and terror? And why are some of the kids getting supernatural powers? Read “Gone” to find out!
Review written by: Eli G.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Iron Chef Photos!

A few weeks ago, the library hosted an awesome Iron Chef Competition! The participants put together some really awesome dishes. The secret ingredient was: chocolate! Bring on the photos!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

End of Summer Updates

Greetings from Oshawa Public Libraries. I hope your summer has been fantastic! I just wanted to update you on a few things: Youtube Contest, Twilight Book club, and Teen Advisory Board Meetings.

Do you want to win a $150.00 Gift Card to Future Shop? Then enter our YouTube Contest! There have not been any entries yet, so you have a great chance of winning! Here are the rules:

Get a Clue YouTube™ Contest
Oshawa Public Libraries are offering teens an opportunity to join a Teen YouTube™ Video Contest that begins on July 2 and will run until September 2. The theme of the video contest is “Mystery at the 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.
Email your YouTube Video to:

Each Contest Entry must have the following:• Video will be between 1-5 minutes long. • Video will include a mystery.• 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 $150.00 Gift Card to Future Shop.

The contest will be judged by Oshawa Public Libraries Librarians. The 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 based 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, for detailed rules and regulations.

Do you love Twilight?

Twilight Book Club
Tuesday, September 8 at 3:30 PM
Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 PM
McLaughlin Children’s Studio

Love the Twilight Series? Hate the Twilight Series? Come to the library to talk about it! We will be continuing our discussion on Breaking Dawn. For teens 12-18. Registration at any branch. Email to register or call the library.

Teen Advisory Board
There is a new Teen Advisory Board forming at the Jess Hann Branch:

Jess Hann Teen Advisory Board
Wednesday, September 9 at 3:30 pm
Jess Hann Branch

Need service hours? Have ideas to share about improving the library? Come to our first Teen Advisory Board meeting at Jess Hann! Drop-in, no registration required.

Teen Advisory Board for the other 3 Branches:

First meeting of the School Year
Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 6:00 - 7:00
McLaughlin Children's Dept. (either the Story-time Room or Studio)

We will be discussing the Haunted House.

You can go to both TAB meetings if you'd like double the service hours! :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

TAB Cabbage Pictures!

Cast Photos

Just Friends...

It has to be Fabulous!

The Cast joins in for the last song of the show

Cabbage is a City Girl at heart

"I had a true love once..."

"The Firebolt"

Lauren as Harry Potter

"Why'd you have to tell her, Hermione?"

"I got the best present for Christmas"

"I solemnly swear I'm up to no good"

The Marauder's Map

Friends Forever

"Where Everybody Knows Your Name"

Rumpelstiltskin just wants a friend

Lauren's solo

Sherlock and Rumpelstiltskin show off their dance moves

"But Ma!"

A delivery from Oversized Novelty Nametags

Sherlock and the Prince may pass

"I found Waldo!"

The Gingerbread Man (who does NOT know the Muffin Man...)

Sherlock Holmes assists the Prince

The witch has hidden Cabbage! Oh no!

She just like, wants to meet a handsome prince

The Fairytale narrator

Cabbage and the Prince in Love

"The Tide is High"

The Prince hears Cabbage's Lovely Singing Voice

Princess Cabbage in her tower

The witch visits Cabbage

Cast practices dancing in the aisles

That's All! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported TAB!