Teen Tuesday – Hungry for More HUNGER GAMES? Check This Out!

Well, “Own the Night,” this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program is officially at its end, and we want to congratulate the over 380 Whitney Library teens who participated.  Great job!  We hope that you’re loving the many purchases you’ve made with your book bucks and, like you, we can’t wait to find out who will be the lucky grand prize winner of the Sony WiFi eReader.  In the meantime, take a look at this amazing five page Hunger Games flow chart created by the library staff of Lawrence, Kansas.  With almost a month left of summer, there is still plenty of time to check out at least one of the excellent recommendations featured.  Have a favorite Hunger Games read-alike that was overlooked?  Post a comment and share your suggestions with us!

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Teen Tuesday – What dreams are made of!

Attention, Teens!  It’s already week four of the Summer Reading Program!  Still not signed up yet?  Don’t worry, there’s a whole month left to earn book bucks and enter into the grand prize drawing for a Sony eReader.  Register online or visit the nice people at Whitney’s Young People’s Department.  Trying to figure out what to read?  Talk to us, in person or on Facebook!  And speaking of what to read, here are some great suggestions….

In the following three books, dreams are more than just little movies for the sleeping mind.  They play a major role in each story.  But the books share other themes as well.  They all include school settings and troubled homes, parents who are damaged in some way, and main characters who share a deep sense of isolation and helplessness.  Because all three books have real world settings with contemporary family drama, fans of realistic fiction may enjoy these titles more than readers who favor fantasy.  Descriptions of graphic violence and sexual situations (particularly in the Wake series) make these titles more appropriate for older teens.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King – Lucky Linderman is not a very lucky boy.  Bullied by a classmate and ignored by his parents, he begins having vivid dreams of his grandfather who went missing in action in Vietnam, dreams that are becoming more realistic.

 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Conor is visited by a monster at night who is ancient and demanding, telling him stories of murder, betrayal and loss, but this is not what scares him.  It’s the monster from his nightmares that he finds truly frightening.  Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal.

Wake by Lisa McMann – first of a trilogy.  Janie doesn’t have dreams of her own.  Instead, she’s forced into others’ dreams through a special power that is beginning to physically affect her.   Then, she makes the startling discovery that in some dreams, she can be seen.

It is OUR dream that you read for fun this summer and earn prizes!  What books are keeping you up into the night?

Teen Tuesday – PROM!

Signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet?  Do it online or in person in the Young People’s Department.  With this summer’s theme “Own the Night” as our inspiration, last week’s challenge was to recommend books that took place over the course of a night, and what night is bigger in a teen’s life than . . . PROM?!

The dresses!  The dancing!  The decor!  Here are two recent titles that take decidedly different views of prom night.  First up is Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.  Clever use of college essay questions begin each chapter of this fast-paced, action-packed thriller.  Gobi is a shy, homely foreign exchange student living with Perry’s family.  Up to now, Perry has managed to kindly ignore her until his mother forces him to take Gobi to the prom, which happens to be the same night that Perry’s band has their first gig in New York City.  Hoping to make a quick evening of prom so he can still perform with his band, Perry has no idea that Gobi has a plan of her own — one that will put his family in danger and get him chased, beat up, kidnapped and shot.  If the Alex Rider series ever took Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen to a dance, it would probably look something like this.  Over the top, but fun.

In Ditched: a Love Story by Robin Mellom, Justina is literally climbing out of a ditch when her story begins.  Prom was supposed to be Justina’s chance to maneuver her best friend, Ian, into the perfect kissing spot and declare her true feelings for him.  It was definitely not supposed to be the “abandoned with strangers” night that it turned into.  Sitting in a 7-Eleven, Justina tells her sad story using her dress stains and bruises as visual aids.  Disastrous decision-making and kooky characters may have some readers wondering if Ian was on the right track when he ditched Justina in the first place, but fans of books like Anna and the French Kiss will enjoy this romantic comedy.

We want to hear from YOU!  This week’s challenge: comment on our Facebook post and tell us about your favorite prom book or a favorite moment from your own prom and you’ll win something awesome.

Teen Tuesday – Up All Night

Our Teen Summer Reading Program “Own the Night” just kicked off June 1 (and there is still plenty of time to get signed up if you haven’t already!).  Let’s start with that theme and see if we can get some suggestions for teen books that take place over the course of a night…and a day — a book where everything occurs in a 24 hour period.  Let’s start off with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith.  Here’s a review of this great book by our very own Miss Judi:

17-year-old Hadley is going to spend seven hours fighting her claustrophobia on a red-eye flight to London.  Once there, she’ll race the clock to make it to her father’s wedding because she’s a bridesmaid — to a new stepmother she’s never actually met, and one she’s determined to hate.  Her only saving grace is Oliver: charming Londoner, Yale college student, and new airport acquaintance who just happens to have the seat right next to her.   Can one overnight flight be the beginning of a real relationship or are family events going to get in the way?   If you’re a romance fan with a fondness for English settings, here’s a book that will keep you up at night — only because you’ll be racing to finish it!

Can you think of any other books for teens that take place over a 24 hour period?  Or, just tell us what you’re reading for the Summer Reading Program!  Comment on our Facebook post and we’ll give you a cool bookmark the next time you come to the library to help you keep your place in all the awesome books you’re reading this summer.

Reason #1 to Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program: It Starts Today!!! Come in or go online to sign up and start reading to earn prizes.

It’s here!  It’s here!  It’s finally here!!  It’s the first day of the Summer Reading Program!  The library opens at 10 a.m. today.  Come in and be one of the first to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  Can’t make it?  You can sign up online this year and print your reading log.  This is an excellent opportunity to read and earn prizes for free, and we hope you will sign up soon!

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can participate in our Rubber Ducky Reading Club and earn an adorable rubber ducky and a brand new board book for completing important literacy activities with their parents or caregivers, like sharing a book, singing a song, or saying a nursery rhyme.  After completing 12 activities, little ones will be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing for a basket full of brand new books!

Kids in grades K – 5 will have a chance to earn book bucks to buy items from our book store for FREE, a gold medal, and a chance to win a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card in our Dream Big, READ! program.

Teens who sign up for our Own the Night program will be awarded book bucks, a cool magnetic book mark, and a chance to win a Sony Wi-Fi eReader.

Visit our website for more information or to sign up, or you can call us at 507-4015.  The program ends July 31.  Happy Summer Reading!

Reason #2 to Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program: There are SO Many Amazing Books to Read This Summer and So Many Ways to Enjoy Them!

Summer vacation is the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading all the amazing books there are to read, and there are so many different ways to enjoy books!  Not a great reader?  No problem!  Did you know that the best way to improve your reading is to…read?  Simply practicing your reading for 20 minutes a day can make you a better reader by the end of the summer.

Being read to by someone else is also a great way to enjoy books.  You can count those bedtime stories that someone reads to you as part of your 20 minute goal each day.  Teens, you can read to younger brothers and sisters for 20 minutes per day, and you’ll all earn prizes for it!

Going on a long car trip?  Check out a CD audiobook to listen to on the way!  Try the Harry Potter series read by master narrator Jim Dale.

Planning on spending all your time in front of your computer this summer?  Check out Funbrain.com where you can read books and mad libs.    You can read an online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid instantly!

Don’t forget about all the wonderful eBooks and eAudiobooks you can enjoy straight from your computer, your eReader, or even your smart phone through the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s eMedia Catalog.  All titles are free and access to the catalog is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week!

Not sure what to read?  Stop by the Children’s Desk and we will help you select the perfect book for your summer reading.  We also have reading lists on our website for Kids and Teens.

The Summer Reading Program starts tomorrow, June 1!  Come in to the library or go online to sign up and get your reading log.  Call 507-4015 for more information.

Reason #3 to Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program: The Library Has Lots of Exciting Programs This Summer!

Looking for FREE and FUN family activities to do this summer?  Look no further!  Aside from being able to sign up for our Summer Reading Program and earn free prizes for reading beginning June 1, there are countless other reasons for you and your family to spend time at the library this summer.  Click Here for our schedule of events, which includes Lego Club, movies on the big screen in our theater, Artist’s Studio, Boredom Busters, and much, much more!

Plus, we have some amazing performers coming to our branch this summer:

Don’t miss the Fratello Marionettes performing three classic tales in their Carnival of the Animals show on Saturday, June 23 at 3 p.m. in the theater.

Master Magician Tony Daniels will be performing his Harry Potter Magic Show on Thursday, July 19 at 5 p.m. in the theater.

We are wrapping up our Teen Summer Reading Program on Friday, July 27 with a Teen Vampire Sock Puppet Party at 3:30 p.m.

We are celebrating the achievements of all our Summer Reading Program Participants at our End of Summer Reading Craft Buffet on Tuesday, July 31 at 2 p.m.  You’ll be able to create some fun crafts to take home and get a creation from the Balloon Wizard!

These special events are in addition to our regular weekly storytimes.  Click Here for more information about our free programs at the Whitney Library, and don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program starting June 1.  Call 507-4015 for more information.  We’ll see you this summer!

Reason #4 to Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program: You Don’t Have to Leave the House to Sign Up!

Can’t make it to the library on June 1 to sign up but want to get your reading log right away?  For the first time ever, you can sign up for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Summer Reading Program online and print your reading log all without leaving home!  Just visit http://www.lvccld.org/events/special_programs/srp/, choose the program you’d like to sign up for, enter your library card number, and get started on your reading.  You could earn your first Book Buck on Sunday, June 10 and be well on your way to winning even more fabulous prizes!   The Summer Reading Program goes from June 1 – July 31.  Call 507-4015 for more information.

Reason #5 to Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program: It’s FREE!

Looking to save money on summer entertainment?  Look no further!  The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Summer Reading Program is completely FREE.  Plus, with your free library card, you can check out up to 50 items, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, comic books, and more.  That will keep you busy without emptying your piggy bank.  Don’t have a library card yet?  If you’re under 18, all you need is a parent or guardian with a picture ID to come to the library with you.  Our wonderful Customer Service staff will sign you up for your free card in just minutes, and you’ll be ready to check out all the materials you’ll need for summer fun.

For more information on signing up for your free library card, visit http://www.lvccld.org/cardsservices/card_info.cfm.  To read all about our amazing Summer Reading Program, visit http://www.lvccld.org/events/special_programs/srp/ or call us at 507-4015.  The program starts June 1 and ends July 31.  Don’t miss out!

Reason #6 to Sign Up for the Summer Reading Program: You Can Read ANYTHING You Want!

The many benefits of reading are astounding: better grades, improved vocabulary, increased knowledge, etc.  Reading is definitely worthwhile, but kids are often told what to read, when to read it, and sometimes even what to think about it, and this can make reading more of a chore than an enjoyable leisure activity.  The Summer Reading Program is the perfect opportunity to put the FUN back in reading by giving kids the opportunity to read whatever they want and earn prizes for doing so!  Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, or Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Read Dork Diaries, Day by Day with Justin Bieber, or Do People Really Have Tiny Insects Living in Their Eyelashes?.  Read magazines.  Read comic books.  Read the back of your cereal box.  Listen to an audiobook while you’re sprawled out by the pool.  Just please, whatever you do this summer, READ!

For more information about this year’s Summer Reading Program, visit http://www.lvccld.org/events/special_programs/srp/ or call us at 507-4015!  The Summer Reading Program goes from June 1 – July 31, and it’s FREE.