August 2010 Archives

Teen Summer Reading Winners

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reading_grass_sm.pngGreenwich Library's summer reading program for teens "Make Waves @ Your Library" drew 10 participants who read a total of 57 books. The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard and anything by Rick Riordan were very popular choices. The Young Bond series by Charles Higson gets good recommendations from one of the male participants in the program who says the books are great adventures and "full of action." One participant, who read about 25 books herself, liked the books where kids had to fend for themselves and solve their own problems like Crunch by Leslie Connor or Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School by Andrew Clements which she describes as "inspiring."

Participants read books and wrote small reviews. Each week a review card was randomly selected for a prize. If the student read 5 books or 1000 pages they filled out a postcard with the titles. Each postcard earned the student a prize and the grand prize winner was selected from these completed postcards.

The weekly winners were: Angela Ri, Emma Esterman, Victoria Slater (a two-time winner), Kristina Jacobson and Claire Esterman The grand prize went to Emma Esterman, the young lady who read 20+ books. Thanks to everyone for participating!

Thursdays are for Teens - Twilight the Movie

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twilight3.pngGreenwich Library will be showing Twilight (2008) on Thursday, August 26, at 2:00 pm in the second floor Meeting Room.  Director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter  Melissa Rosenberg's streamlined adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's first "Twilight Saga" novel centers on the initially hesitant but eventually passionate (within PG-13 bounds) romance between high school juniors Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the strange, seemingly awkward/hostile/insightful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).  As everybody knows by now, one (?) of the big complications in this budding but troubled romance is that Edward's been a vampire for the last two centuries.  Plus, in this installment, there's the little matter of strange, savage killings occurring outside the town of Folks, where Bella, Edward, and their family and friends reside.

 But underneath all that, Twilight is really about other stuff.  There's Bella, the new kid in town, trying to fit in, and Edward, because of his situation, who's always going to be the "new kid" wherever he settles.  There are all the various social structures (school; family) that teens, on the verge of adulthood like Bella, must contend with.  More importantly, there's the theme about how teens like Bella and Edward are able to meet whatever dangers confront them through their mutual love and support, as well as that from their families.  (Edward's family may be all vampires like him, but besides curbing their blood lust so nobody will be killed or "turned", they also stand up for each other plus Bella and the locals -and remember, Edward's adoptive dad is the town doctor.) 

 (BTW Did I mention how cool Edward's family is?  Imagine being able to play baseball at night the way they do!)

 Of course there's also Bella and Edward's attraction, sexual and otherwise, to each other.  For Bella, Edward is The First.  But Edward, fearful of losing control and spreading his "curse" to Bella, refrains from any kind of physical contact towards her.  (And although it's not mentioned directly here, I get the feeling Edward's been through this "first love" stuff before.) As a result, both are somewhat wary and awkward around each other, afraid to say or do the wrong thing.  If that isn't an obvious metaphor for adolescent first love, I don't know what is. 

 Despite all this heavy context stuff, Twilight is also a lot of fun.  There's humor (the kids at school and their various shenanigans are a lot like the ones I remember at that age), action (the scenes between Bella, Edward and the creatures responsible for the previous aforementioned killings outside town)  and horror (the various killings, also toned down for the PG-13 rating, plus the exciting climax).   There's also  genuinely poignant  moments  as well, like Bella's reconnecting with her dad, her meeting with Edward's  family, Edward risking losing Bella to save her during the climax, and Bella and Edward at the prom.  To this middle aged horror film fan, Twilight may skimp a little on the thrills, but what it doesn't lack is a genuine heart. 

 Please come and watch Twilight this Thursday at 2.  You won't be sorry. 

 

-Ed

FIFA World Cup this Thursday

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Fifa_worldcup_small.pngJoin us to play FIFA World Cup on XBox - this week in the auditorium foyer.  This is the third event in Thursdays are for Teens series in the month of August.  Grab a friend and get your game on!  Read press coverage of our previous gaming session Library Scores a Goal with Teens 

Follow us on Facebook!

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facebook_blog2.pngVideo games, movie releases, graphic novels and of course books - Greenwich Library Teens on Facebook will keep you up to date on what's going on.  The library is the place to go for help with homework and research for school, but we also have free music and movies, as well as fun programs designed with teens in mind.  Visit Teen Central on the 2nd floor to find computers, magazines and loads of books.   Follow us today!

Star Trek to play August 12

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trekblog2.pngWe will be showing Star Trek on August 12 at 2:00 pm in the library's second floor Meeting Room as part of our "Thursdays Are For Teens" series.  If you're in the neighborhood, check it out. 

Created by Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991) in the early 1960s, Star Trek first ran as a three season (1966-69) TV series (produced initially by Desilu, then by Paramount Studios)on NBC.  Through the adventures of the intrepid starship the USS Enterprise and its crew - Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. "Bones" McCoy (De Forest Kelly) and company-  Roddenberry and his writers were able to subtly comment on various social concerns of the day through the serious application of the science fiction genre, with a little action/adventure thrown in.    Viewers responded to the show so positively that over the decades, Star Trek returned as a mid-70s animated Saturday morning program and six feature-length films between 1979-1991 featuring Shatner, Nimoy and the rest of the original cast.  In 1987, Paramount Studios launched another spin-off series, this time with an all-new cast, titled Star Trek: The Next Generation. Set 90 years after the original series, ST:TNG starred Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, the current captain of the Enterprise.  ST:TNG ran in syndication for seven seasons, ending in 1994, and briefly continued as a big screen series (of descending quality) from '94 until 2002.  Three more television spin-offs, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) and Enterprise (a prequel series hastily retitled Star Trek: Enterprise in later seasons; 2001-2005) mined whatever narrative ground was left  by then, to increasingly diminishing ratings and audiences.

Basically, by 2005, Star Trek was in dire need of a tune-up.  The original audience was growing older, and younger, potential fans were more interested in  more hard-hitting  TV and movie series like Star Wars, Babylon 5, Stargate, Lost and the 2003-2009 "reboot" of the late 70s cult program  Battlestar Galactica.  Star Trek looked quaint and old fashioned compared to the new crop of shows that were currently available. 

Taking a cue from Universal, which had found ratings and artistic success by remaking and updating the aforementioned Battlestar Galactica, Paramount (acknowledging the influences of their competition) assigned Lost creators J. J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to freshen up the series.  Abrams would  direct from a script from Orci and Kurtzman that focused on the meeting between Kirk (now played by Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the original crew.  Orci and Kurtzman not only managed to jump start the film series but also were able to maintain the established continuity of the original TV and movie installments.  (Watch the film to find out how!)

The resultant film is well-acted and directed, despite a few holes in the script (like Spock ejecting Kirk onto an asteroid in the middle of a crisis).  Overall though, Star Trek is a fun, fast-paced action-adventure thriller (with some welcome bits of humor) that'll keep you in your seats all the way through.  Like I said in the first paragraph, check it out! 

Get Ready To Vote

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ttt_2010_sm.png Teens' Top Ten - the booklist chosen for teens by teens.  There's still time to read before you cast your vote for your favorite book.  A wide range of topics are represented on the list of nominated titles,  including serious subjects such as divorce and eating disorders as well as lighter fare like  geeks and vampires .  Don't let summer end without picking up a good book!  Voting Begins August 23 at www.ala.org/teenstopten

Greenwich Library Teens


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