Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:38
This Spring, Loft librarian Renee gave several book talks to classes at ETHS. Here are a few of the books she recommended for high school summer reading:
Flight (Volume One)
short stories in graphic format by various authors and artists,
including Enrico Casarosa, Kean Soo, and Chris Appelhans. - See more
short stories in graphic format by various authors and artists, including
Enrico Casarosa, Kean Soo, and Chris Appelhans.
He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander
a popular football 'playa' and ladies man and the smartest girl in school lead
a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows.
Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
'Hank,' who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a
copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's
from and why he ran away.
Friday, 11 July 2014 10:18
the incredible success of our first Pop-Up Program: Origami and Paper Airplanes,
we have decided to embark on journey of MORE Pop-Ups! We began this week with a
Pop-Up Project making bookmarks. We had three different kinds, with different
challenges. The first bookmark we all made were transparent drawings, which made
it look like pictures were flying over the pages of our books. We also made
beaded bookmarks, and wire-animals. They all turned out great, and it seemed
like all of our lovely patrons had a blast (we definitely did!).
in the land of Pop-Ups was Duct Tape. Duct Tape seems to always be a favorite at
the library. We made flowers, reusable coffee cozies, bow bracelets, and little
wallets. Like our other Pop-Up’s Duct Tape seemed to be a hit with Makers of all
ages, we can’t wait for the next one!
the past few weeks, we’ve also had a few workshops throughout the many library
branches. Our first program was felties. As described in our last blog post,
felties are small sewn felt creatures, and are always popular. We love felties,
and it seems many other makers agree, so we were excited to have another program
an old favorite to a new experiment - our other program this week was a brand
new adventure at the library. This workshop was rockets and catapults (after
much campaigning from Grace). We had the teens make one of three catapults, all
out of pretty common household materials. Using plastic spoons, bottle caps,
newspaper, and a bunch of rubber bands, we made catapults of all different
shapes and sizes. The rockets (after being engineered by the teens) were
launched with a PVC pipe launcher and empty soda bottle. Some of them made it as
high as the third floor. All in
all it was a great time.
(Ruth and Grace, Loft interns)
Friday, 11 July 2014 00:00
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, must go on a quest to find the lost treasure of a dwarf companion. It is being guarded by a dragon. They meet many dangers along the way.
(Max J., Evanston teen)
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
I thought Speechless was really good. It was realistic and the reader could connect to the main character. I liked it a lot.
(Louisa E., Evanston teen)
Monday, 07 July 2014 00:00
Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls is the star quarterback of the West
Charleston High School football team. He
loves getting all the girls, partying with his friends and has his sights set
on attending the University of Miami in the fall. Claudia on the other hand writes for the
school newspaper, is passionate about social causes and has been accepted to
Harvard. Claudia and T-Diddy are
definitely not star crossed lovers. Or are they?
Omar and Claudia’s stories are told through alternating
chapters with Facebook posts and comments interspersed throughout the
book. After Omar sets his eyes on the
unattainable Claudia at a party he’s determined to get with her and of course
he made a bet with his friends that he would succeed. Claudia doesn’t have time from Omar’s games,
until they find a cause they both feel strongly about. All of the arts programs are going to be cut
at their failing high school, including the band that gets everyone revved up
at the football games. Omar ensures Claudia that he’s going to rally
all the students and get the funding back. But is Omar really passionate about the cause or just getting a piece of
Claudia? He Said, She Said is a great
realistic read about two teens that seem worlds apart, but really start to see
a new side to each other once they find some common ground.
(Renee, the Loft)
Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The beginning of this book was dull but began to pick up around a fourth of the way through. The court case in this Depression era book really drew me in, I just had to see what would happen. The ending really made this book worth reading. I can now say I know why it's a classic.
(Lily S., Evanston teen)
Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00
Nate has just moved into a new house and
soon he stumbles upon an old cassette player and some tapes hidden beneath his
bedroom floor boards. As he pops in a
tape he begins to hear the story of Walt, a boy who lived in the house years
ago and who mysteriously disappeared. Walt narrates his creepy and bizarre story on the tapes describing
discoveries he made around town and in the surrounding forest. Turns out the town is hiding some secrets –
like talking dolls, insects with an agenda of their own and someone who’s bent
on getting to Walt.
Nate soon finds out his new neighbor is
also intrigued by Walt’s story and together they try to follow the clues to
figure out just what happened to Nate. As they dig deeper they started seeing odd things and have strange
visitors from the forest at night. The
Lost Boy is an eerie graphic novel with luscious black and white illustrations and
is highly recommended for graphic novel fans or anyone looking for a great
mystery with a fantasy twist.
(Renee, the Loft)
Saturday, 28 June 2014 14:47
Okay, so I read "Eon: Dragoneye Reborn," I think, in 7th and 8th grade and it stuck with me, so I'm writing about it, my thoughts, and what might happen next.
In the last book (refereing to "Eon: Dragoneye Reborn"), Eon, as her name is Eona, was healed from a crippled leg and she became the Mirror Dragoneye. She is a woman that is against the law. But anyways, she escapes with her bodyguard and a gay friend to an island so she doesn't get killed by the evil king. Sorry for this spoiler but...the king that is current;y ruling is not the original king, the real king is a young man that became friends with Eona when she became the Mirror Dragoneye, which means that he didn't know Eona was a female. When he did found out, however, he pushed her away.
So here are the possible outcomes for the what could happen next:
1. Eona goes back to find and help the real king take the throne back.
2. Eona also helps Lord Ido escape from prison (for some reason, don't know yet)
3. Lord Ido and Eona become lovers (highly doubt it though!!?) (She better not!!!)
4. Eona and the young king become lovers. (Ummm...it's a possibility and it would be cool if she did)
5. Eona stays single (It is very possible, I have a feeling she might go that route)
6. Eona inspires other women to become warriors.
7. She becomes the right hand man for the king.
8. She lives happily ever after. (Probably not).
(Jenna A., SRP Review, Evanston Teen)
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