Thursday, December 13, 2007

TAB Meeting

The next meeting of the Teen Advisory Board will be on Saturday, December 15th at 3 p.m.
If you like the library and would like to see more teen programming and services, you are welcome to attend.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Library Closed

Your library will be closed Thursday, November 22nd through Saturday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday....enjoy your turkey day!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Attention **New Books**

**Staff Pick** I read this book and I LOVED it! If you like creepy, suspenseful, exciting, books with a little humor thrown in, read this book. It is the story of 17 year old Duncan. He just got a job in a subway lost and found. It is a boring job, and not the way he wants to pass his last summer of high school. One day while working, he finds a strange leather book, with no title. He looks inside and finds out, its the journal of a psychopathic killer! This killer is using the subway to stalk women that he plans on killing. Duncan decides he can find the women and warn them. When that doesn't work, he thinks maybe, with the help of his friends, he can find the killer and stop him. What if the killer finds him first? "Acceleration" by Graham McNamee. If you like to listen to books on CD, we have this one in that format also. ----Michelle Olson

"Beyond cool" by Bev Katz Rosenbaum. This is the sequel to "I was a teenage popsicle" Apparently being frozen for ten years hasn't made Floe any cooler... The next in the hot series about a girl whose life is really on the rocks. Floe Ryan was frozen at sixteen because of a rare disease. Now she's been thawed back to her normal self-but everything else has changed: her little sister's older than her, her teachers are holograms, and she's learning to drive a hovercar. Plus, with her boyfriend acting distant and having to deal with all the cliques, high school is becoming an even colder place. She's also learned that those who were frozen are susceptible to illnesses, and the one doctor who can cure them has gone AWOL. Floe must find him. But she's learning that someone might be hunting for her too-and she could be iced for good this time.

Can't get enough of vampire books? Then try, "Eight grade bites: the chronicles of Vladimir Tod" by Heather Brewster. Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

TAB Meeting

The next Teen Advisory Board meeting is on Saturday, September 22nd at 3 p.m. This meeting is mandatory for anyone who wants to be a part of the TAB for the 2007-08 school year. We will discuss the TSRP, what was a success, what we want to change, etc. We will also schedule for group photos! See you then.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Teen Summer Reading Program Auction

Friday, August 24th, the last program of the TSRP was held. We had an auction of all the prizes donated by local businesses. Everyone had a great time bidding and there were some bidding wars. It was Michelle's first time as auctioneer and she appreciated everyone's patience! The auction was a hit and we will do it again next year! This year 36 teens signed up and read over 120 books!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Reviews from Teen Summer Reading!

Here are some book reviews from North Beach teens...

Name Chelsey
Title: "Chew on this"
Author: Eric Schlosser
Review: "The book told me everything I don't want to know about fast food and it was pretty informative"
Rating: three fingerprints

Name: Savannah
Title: "Sloppy firsts"
Author: Megan McCafferty
Review: "It was good, it leaves you hanging at the end so you want to read the sequel"
Rating: four fingerprints

Name: Chloe
Title: "Princess in the spotlight"
Author: Meg Cabot
Review: "I loved this book and I can't wait to read the next books in the series"
Rating: Three fingerprints

Name: Rachel
Title: "Elsewhere"
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Review: "It's a fun story about a girl named Liz who hates Elsewhere at first but learns to love it!!!!
Rating: Four Fingerprints

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Murder Mystery Solved!

Everyone had a great time Saturday Night solving the "Cracks in the Wall" Murder Mystery. Congratulations to the winners who followed the clues, and brought a killer to justice. Special thanks to Evan, Skyler, Robby, Dana, Navarre for playing 'suspects' you did a great job! Big thanks also goes out to the Ocean Shores Police, especially Officer High, for helping us out and Bill and Shannon at North Beach TV for filming the 'suspects' interviews. The next TSRP event is the finale Auction on Friday, August 24th at 3pm. Bring your library cash and bid on awesome prizes. See you @ the Library.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Murder at the Library!

Saturday, July 28th at 9p.m join us at the Library for a Murder Mystery Night, "The Cracks in the wall"
The cracks in the foundation lead to a body. Is it a man who's been missing for five years? And is it an accident...or murder? Help us solve the mystery! Win prizes! Open to all 7th-12th grade North Beach Students. This event is part of our Teen Summer Reading Program

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New Books!

"Dramarama" by E. Lockhart
"Sadye and Demi are two teenagers who are tired of their non-razzle-dazzle lives in Brenton, Ohio and decide to apply to the Wildewood Academy for the Performing Arts Summer Institute, run by a well-known Broadway director. Both are fans of Broadway musicals and Liza Minelli, whom they both adore. Their summer is one of friendship, jealousy, and new love. From "Cats" to "Guys and Dolls," this book tells all of the ups and downs of their summer, their new relationships, and just how hard the kids must work to be the actors they want to become in order to leave boring old Ohio behind them once and for all. "
"The Off Season" by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

"Where fantasy and video games meet, there is Epic. In a society where violence is banned, people must settle their disputes in Epic, at the same time that they are trying to stay alive in order to accumulate wealth and status in both the game world and in reality. Impulsively, Erik creates his new Epic character to be female, and spends all his allocated start-up funds on beauty and attitude for Cindella rather than weapons, but something tells him that this is the way to go. She and his friends' characters use a succession of unusual methods to save Erik's father from exile and to challenge Central Allocations, the representatives who run the game, and thus, the society. " "Beauty shop for rent" by Laura Bowers

"Abbey Garner, 15, has learned a lot from her hardworking great-grandmother, with whom she lives in rural Maryland. They run a beauty shop together, but Granny Po would like to retire and rent it out for profit. Abbey has mixed feelings when Gena arrives in town and arranges to turn Polly's Parlor into a successful day spa, but her ambivalence is quickly overcome when she reaps the benefits of learning about marketing, design, and finances from the newcomer while earning an increased salary. " "Camp Creepy time" by Gina Geshon.

"Einstein P. Fleet is shipped off to summer camp against his will for a summer of fun and fresh air. Stranded in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the eccentric boy soon discovers that the haunt is little more than an alien-run smuggling operation run by the counselors who are turning his fellow campers into monsters, with plans of selling them to an intergalactic zoo. Unable to convince anyone of the dire situation, it's up to Einstein to save the others and himself in the process.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Teen Summer Reading Kick Off Party!

On Friday June 30th the TSRP started off with our annual Kick Off Party. Games were played, food was consumed, prizes were won, everyone had a great time. The next event is the Murder Mystery Night, Saturday, July 28th at 9pm. It will be at the library and the participants will help solve a 'murder' to win prizes.

Harry Potter party!

Friday, July 20th at 10:30 p.m. the Ocean Shores Public Library is having a party to celebrate the release of the 7th and final Harry Potter book. We will have books for sale at midnight for $25.00. There will be games, like a "Bertie Botts beans" tasting contest. There will be a costume contest...and of course refreshments. Everyone is invited. See you there!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Teen Summer Reading at the Library

Hey everyone....its summer! That means, the 3rd annual Teen Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is: "You never know @ your library" This is going to be a fun summer! Its free to participate and sign up starts as soon as school is out on June 18th. Sign up and get a book bag with supplies to get you started, the first event is Friday, June 29th at 3pm, a KICK OFF PARTY with games, food, and prizes. See you at the library this summer!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

New books!

"Diary of a wimpy kid: a novel in cartoons" by Jeff Kinney

First things first. Boys do not have diaries. Girls have diaries. Let's get that straight cause things could get messy if we don't. Basically, what we have here are the gathered thoughts and memories of Greg Haffley. Greg's got a pretty average life, all things considered. His older brother is a jerk, his younger brother annoying, his best friend a doofus, and his parents perfect dweebs. To top it all off, Greg's been thrown into his first year of middle school and things are really weird. Suddenly friendships are shifting and Greg's not sure who he wants to be. Add in some haunted houses, wrestling, downhill games involving bodily injury, forbidden cheese, and basic family fears and you've got yourself one heckuva debut.

"Cam's Quest: The Continuing Story of Princess Nevermore and the Wizard's Apprentice" by Dian Curtis Regan
Cam's Quest is the sequel to Dian Curtis Regan's Princess Nevermore. Cam's Quest follows Princess Quinn, aka Princess Nevermore, and Cam, the former Wizard's Apprentice, as they each seek their destiny. Quinn and Cam have both been raised in the underground kingdom of Mandria, one in which both magical and Medieval customs dominate.

"Kurt Cobain: Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind" by Jeff Burlingame

Written by a high-school acquaintance of Kurt Cobain, this biography in the new American Rebels series is an unusually intimate account of the rock legend. A resident of Cobain's hometown, Aberdeen, WA, Burlingame supports his well-researched portrait with personal interviews with Cobain's family, friends, and other local acquaintances. His descriptions of Cobain's darker struggles, such as drug use, are frank, and he occasionally interrupts the text with a few didactic cautions about drug use. He also delves into controversial theories about Cobain's death, including a key investigator's belief that Cobain was murdered. Thorough endnotes, a well-rounded bibliography, and a discography conclude this detailed title, which stands out from many series biographies because of its insider's appreciation for the musician and his legacy

"Edenville owls" By Robert Parker

There is something evil in the air. Fourteen-year-old Bobby senses it. Who is that man he saw arguing with his pretty new English teacher? And what was the real reason she missed school for days afterward? Bobby knows he should mind his own business, but times are confusing. World War II has just ended and the world is changing. Bobby’s world, especially. There’s his relationship with Joanie, for one—why does being her friend feel awkward all of a sudden? And then there are his buddies, the junior varsity Edenville Owls—a group of basketball players in need of a leader. Can they help each other off the court as well as they can on it? They will need to. Something evil is in the air.

"Pure spring" by Brian O'Doyle

it’s spring in post-World War II Ottawa and Martin O’Boy has finally found a true home with Grampa Rip. Martin’s also found a job, working for the Pure Spring soft drink company. Best of all, he's in love with beautiful Gerty McDowell. But everything’s not perfect. Martin lied to kindly Mr. Mirsky, Pure Spring’s owner, to get the job. Grampa Rip’s brain increasingly goes missing. There’s that mysterious, yet oddly familiar, man in the park. Too, there are Martin’s memories; the sudden appearance of famed Soviet defector Igor Gouzensko; and Martin’s shady boss Randy. And worst of all, Gerty's grandfather is being robbed by Randy, with Martin forced to act as his accomplice. Martin’s happiness, his sense of duty, and his love for Gerty collide.

"Hattie Big Sky" by Kirby Larson
This is a historical novel set in 1918. Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim.For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Poker Tournament a success!

9 people played in the Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament and had a great time. Thanks to staff member Stephanie for being a dealer. Also thanks to Chris Larson, TAB member for dealing. The TAB sponsored the event and bought the food and drinks. The TAB also purchased the grand prize, a plaque and candy. Hope to see everyone at our next event. Keep checking the blog for upcoming events. The grand prize winner was Dylan McQueeny. The last four players standing were (4th) Dana McCrackin (3rd) Evan Whipple (2nd) Tyler Cole and of course 1st was Dylan.

Friday, March 23, 2007

TAB meeting

the next TAB meeting is Tuesday, March 27th at 5:30 p.m. here at the Library. Any 7th-12th grader interested in joining is welcome to attend. We will be seeing the Teen Summer Reading supplies for the first time and working on the final plans for the Poker Tournament. See you there!

Poker Tournament!

The Teen Advisory Board is sponsoring at Texas Hold 'Em Poker tournament at the Library

Friday, April 13th, 6pm. Open to 7th-12th grade North Beach Students. The first 18 to register play for fun and prizes*

So if you're feeling lucky, call, email or come into the library to register.

*No Money is involved

New books!

"13 little blue envelopes" by Maureen Johnson

Seventeen-year-old Ginny had always admired her aunt Peg, a free-spirited artist who often disappeared for months, most recently to Europe. Now Aunt Peg has died of brain cancer, and in a characteristically cryptic gesture made before her death, she arranged for her niece to receive a plane ticket to London, where Ginny will begin a series of adventures. Guided by Peg's friends and the instructions in each of 13 letters her aunt wrote, Ginny sets off across Europe. Staying with Peg's contacts or in hostels, Ginny begins to peel away some of the mythic layers surrounding her aunt, even as she falls into thrilling escapades and a blossoming romance

"Rash" by Pete Hautman

In 2076 in the United Safer States of America, verbal abuse, obesity, and dangerous activities are against the law. The penalty for breaking any of the rules is a lengthy prison term, and 24 percent of the population is incarcerated and responsible for doing much of the country's manual labor–without pay. For Bo Marsten, 16, the punishment for allegedly spreading a rash through school is a prison sentence, which is suspended, but he then goes to jail for lack of self-control after he hits a classmate. Bo has the opportunity to reduce his sentence when he's chosen for the prison's (illegal) football team, but the sadistic coach is determined that his players win at any cost

"Palms to the ground" by Amy Stolls

In this debut novel, eighth-grader Calman Pulowitz makes a life-changing trip from Boston to Walla Walla, Washington, to visit his pen pal. Overprotected, paranoid, and in therapy since he was seven, Calman is unprepared for Rizzy Dickson (a girl!) and her large, nonchalant, but close-knit family. Rizzy, as unstructured and freewheeling as Calman is uptight, introduces him to physical activity (including fighting), liquor, girls, and true friendship.

"Capt Hook: the adventures of a notorious youth" by J.V. Hart

When he enters England's storied Eton school as a teen, James (the future Hook) has never known his mother and has only met his aristocratic father a few times. He channels his loneliness and rage into superior scholarship, plotting wild "devices of revenge" against sadistic classmates. At last, he escapes to the high seas, but he unwittingly boards a slave ship that reveals horrifying brutality and family secrets.

New Music!

New CDs! If you want to check out any of these, ask at the front desk or email If you have suggestions for great music your library should have, please let us know. There is a suggestion box in the Teen Area...the reason we got Fergie and Panic and the Disco was because of suggestions left in the box, we do listen!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Good Job Lady Hyaks!

The lady Hyaks basketball team is going to state! Read all about it here:

We're proud of you! Play hard and have a great time.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

New Books

Princess on the Brink: Princess diaries volume 8 by Meg Cabot

At last, Mia is a junior. An upperclassperson. Free of her responsibilities as student body president. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? And for the love of all that is Genovian, why has Lilly nominated her for school prez again? All this is nothing compared to the news Michael springs on her, however. On top of all the mathematical strife, her beloved boyfriend is leaving for Japan for a year. Precalc has nothing on preparing for the worst separation ever!
Turns out there is one way she might convince Michael to stay. But will she? Or won't she?

The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer

Twelve-year-old Gabe Culligan's had a rough life, but things have evened out really nicely for him lately. You see, for years Gabe was a foster kid, shuttled from place to place without a home. Then his social worker found his long-lost Uncle Vernon and things were looking good. Sure, Uncle Vernon's kind of crusty. He has a prosthetic leg and a gruff manner, but it's obvious that he and his nephew get along really well. You can't blame Gabe for not knowing that Vernon would have secrets. So one day, Gabe comes home from school and Uncle Vernon's dead on the floor. Well what would you do? You can't blame the kid for not wanting to deal with the situation. The next morning he goes to school like usual and tries not to think about what to do. When he gets home, there's a note in the mailbox. On one side it says, "I have a secret". On the other side it says, "Do not be afraid". But when Gabe comes into the house and finds his uncle's body has disappeared, he is afraid. Very.

"The Boy Book" by E. Lockhart.

It's the sequel to The Boyfriend List, and in it, Ruby Oliver confronts the secret about Noel, mysterious notes from Jackson, the interpretation of boy-speak, the villainy of Cricket, the horrors of the school retreat, and the exploitation of hooters everywhere. There are fruit roll-ups.There is upper-regioning. There are so many boys to choose from!And there are penguins.

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories. True, when Creel’s aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and family included) will benefit handsomely. Yet it’s Creel who talks her way out of the dragon’s clutches. And it’s Creel who walks for days on end to seek her fortune in the king’s city with only a bit of embroidery thread and a strange pair of slippers in her possession.But even Creel could not have guessed the outcome of this tale. For in a country on the verge of war, Creel unknowingly possesses not just any pair of shoes, but a tool that could be used to save her kingdom…or destroy it.

All of these books are available now! Just ask at the front desk.