Our volunteer advisory group, the Student Leadership Council (AKA Student Leaders),consisting of students from grades 7-12, will get together at Teen Central on the second floor Thursday night, April 3rd, beginning at 7:00 pm. They'll discuss using library resources to initiate, develop & realize projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. For more details, click here.

Students Leadership Council members assist the library to provide essential programs to their particular age group as well as contributing to the library community. So come prepared!

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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Look What We Got Coming Up At The Library!

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students121211.pngHere's a rundown of upcoming events at Greenwich Library you may be interested about:

Thursday afternoon, March 27th, the Middle School Book Club will meet at 4:30 pm to talk about Mary Downing Hahn's "Closed for the Season".  For more details, click here.

The following week, on Thursday night at 7:00 pm, the Student Leadership Council (Student Leaders) will have their regular meeting.  Click here and here to find out more. 

And on Friday morning beginning at 11:00 am, we'll be having the "The 18 Things You Need to Know to Kick Butt on the SAT Math" program with Craig Lanzoni, details of which you'll find here

Be sure to check our Teens webpage here for updates on these and future events.

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PERKS.pngThe very nice 2012 film version of Stephen Chbosky's  The Perks of Being a Wallflower will be shown tonight beginning at 8:00 pm in Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium. Details here. Check it out, especially if you liked the book.

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Teen Tech Week: March 9-15

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Thumbnail image for TTW2014logo.jpgGreenwich Library invites you to celebrate teen Tech Week and "DIY @ Your Library" March 9-March 15. The Library is full of tech toys like video games, CDs, and DVDs as well as books, music, movies & TV you can download. And of course, we're a great place to get connected to online homework help, SAT/ACT/AP test prep, research resources and more.  

Each year YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) designates the second week in March as Teen Tech Week. The purpose of this initiative is to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through their libraries.

Teen Tech Week encourages teens to get connected to their libraries and explore nonprint resources for both education and recreation.

Here are a few ways you can "DIY @ Greenwich Library" during Teen Tech Week:

·         Get yourself a library card

·         Follow-us on Facebook and Twitter

·         Download free music with your library card through Freegal

·         Become a Teen Tech Volunteer (and earn community service hours, too)

·         Check out the latest video games

·         Download an eBook or audiobook through Overdrive

·         Get full, digital copies of your favorite magazines through Zinio

·         Download YALSA's Teen Book Finder or another of our mobile apps

·         Stream or download TV, movies and music from Hoopla

·         Create a book trailer or other multimedia review of your favorite book and send it to us at teenlibrarian@greenwichlibrary.org

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StudentLeadersJpeg.jpgOur volunteer advisory group, the Student Leadership Council (AKA Student Leaders),  consisting of students from grades 7-12, will get together at Teen Central on the second floor Thursday night, March 6th, beginning at 7:00 pm. They'll discuss using library resources to initiate, develop & realize projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. For more details, click here.

Students Leadership Council members assist the library to provide essential programs to their particular age group as well as contributing to the library community. So come prepared!

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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The Walking Dead and the Dystopian Obsession

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WALKINGDEAD2.pngStudent Leader member Jonathan Wilder submitted this interesting and informative take on AMC's The Walking Dead:

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead is undeniably one of the most popular and successful modern shows. According to an article by the Hollywood Reporter, the midseason premiere this past Sunday had 15.8 million viewers. Why is this show such a success? It could be a cultural trend.

 

Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The Walking Dead. What do these all have in common? They are all widely popular and take place in a dystopian universe. The success of the aforementioned may be an unintentional, yet profound statement by the youth of this era. Dr. Beth Weiner, a clinical psychologist, astutely stated, "I think there is a certain amount of hopelessness in our society and we channel it into fantasy movies and books with those kinds of themes. So, we can divorce ourselves from that despair." This phenomenon is heavily embedded in The Walking Dead universe.

 

The Walking Dead questions to what extent humans are willing to go to in their fight for survival. The viewers inherently wonder: Would I be the steadfastly moral Rick or would I devolve into the likes of the Governor? The fourth season's midseason premiere connected with the audience on an emotional level while following the typically stoic  Michonne as she finally broke down. The audience was able to project real-life vulnerabilities onto Michonne. Truthfully, we are not that much different than the people of The Walking Dead universe and that is definitely why it is so compelling.

 

Even if the correct conclusion is that dystopian genre is representative of modern day society, it does not mean the world is entirely dark and gloomy. This is just a trend in the spectrum of popular culture. Who knows what will come next?

 

Works Cited

 

O'Connell, Michael. "TV Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Outperforms Winter Olympics." hollywoodreporter.com<http://hollywoodreporter.com>. The Hollywood Reporter, 10 February 2014. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.

 

Weiner, Beth. Personal Interview. 13 Feb. 2014.

 

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More Student Leaders Meetings Coming Up

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StudentLeaders21014.pngThe Student Leadership Council -AKA Student Leaders- will now be meeting every first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Teen Central area on the second floor of the library.  Our next three meetings are tentatively scheduled for March 6th, April 3rd, and May 1st.  New members are welcome.  See you then.

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StudentLeadersJpeg.jpgOur volunteer advisory group, the Student Leadership Council (AKA Student Leaders),  consisting of students from grades 7-12, will get together at Teen Central on the second floor Thursday night, February 6th, beginning at 7:00 pm. They'll discuss using library resources to initiate, develop & realize projects relevant to their peer group in exchange for community service hours. For more details, click here

Students Leadership Council members assist the library to provide essential programs to their particular age group as well as contributing to the library community. So come prepared!

Snacks & refreshments will be served.  Email us here, or call Ed and/or Everett at (203) 622-7918 or 625-6507 for more info. Hope to see you there!

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Thumbnail image for jan-calendar.jpgAnd the whole month of January is "Get Organized Month"? There are a lot of special observances out there, both serious and silly. To see who or what we will be celebrating this upcoming year check out this fun website called Brownielocks. This is a great resource for the "Daily, Weekly, Monthly Official (Not Made Up) Bizarre, Crazy, Goofy, Silly, Dumb, Strange, Wacky, Weird, Unknown, Respected & Traditional Holidays." Have fun looking around! And get ready because Grapefruit Month will soon be upon us...

The 2013 Official Teens' Top Ten Winners!

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2013 Teens Top Ten.pngThe readers have spoken!  As mentioned in our last blog post here, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) sponsored this year's Teens' Top Ten survey, asking students what their favorite recently published novels were.  And here are the results:

  1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion)

  2. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)

  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books)

  4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen)

  5. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Simon & Schuster)

  6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)

  7. Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux)

  8. Every Day by David Levithan (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)

  9. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (Egmont)

  10. Butter by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury)

The list can be found here. Yours truly reviewed two of these titles, which you can read here and here
 
Which ones did you read?  And which ones did you feel should've made or not made the list?  Let us know. 
 
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