September 2013 Archives

ALLYSONV.pngOn Tuesday, October 1st, from 4:00-6:00 pm in the library's second floor meeting room, Allyson Valentine, former resident of Cos Cob and the author of the new YA novel How Not To Find A Boyfriend (her first work of fiction; click here to reserve a copy from us), will give a workshop on how to become a professional writer.

Ms. Valentine will show students from grades 6-12 how to work on dialogue, plots, finding the right "voice", and answer other questions relating to writing.  Attendees are encouraged to bring samples of their own work. Registration is required. For more details, click here.

Check out the author's website:  http://allysonvalentine.com/ .

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It's Banned Books Week!

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BANNEDBKSWEEEK.pngYesterday, September 22, was the first day of Banned Books Week, which runs until September 28.  BBW "was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries".  For more about the backstory behind this event, click here.   

Greenwich Library supports everybody's freedom to read what they want, especially at libraries.  We've put up a special web page here celebrating BBW and noting the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2012.  Which ones have you read?  Let us know. 

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"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein

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CODENAMEVERITY.pngHalfway through Elizabeth Wein's compelling and exciting novel, Code  Name Verity, the author pulls the rug right out from under us with an unexpected plot twist.  Without giving too much away, don't believe everything you read about in the first half of the book. 

Set during World War II, Wein's novel focuses on two female protagonists, one of whom is the title character.  Both women are shot down by the Nazis while on an intelligence mission over France in 1943. One of them, Verity (not her real name, but a code name), is subsequently tortured (some grim moments here) by the Gestapo to write down important classified information about Allied invasion plans.

As Verity seemingly jots down on any scrap of paper the information her captors demand, she relates to the reader about her intelligence training, various adventures and misadventures as a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary, and her strong friendship with Maddie (AKA "Kittyhawk"), who managed to wind up being the only Scottish female enlisted pilot flying bombers for the RAF (historically unlikely, as Wein herself points out, but it does give good backstory).  When their plane got shot down, Maddie seemingly disapeared after the crash, leaving Verity to fend for herself until she was captured.

To say more would spoil the fun of reading this teriffic adventure.  Not just a action/adventure/suspense thriller, Code Name Verity also spotlights such themes as the true strength of friendship and individual loyalties, and how we all can find validation in ourselves, as well as being brave enough to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Good historical background detail and powerful characterzation -even though it's taking place 60 years ago, Verity, Maddie, their families, the various RAF personnel, and even the Nazi interrogators (who aren't the usual cardboard bad guys) are vivid and riveting people- make Code Name Verity a great read!  And that climax! 

Don't wait!  Reserve a copy online from us here.

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HW.pngNeed assistance in researching topics for homework assignments?  Check out our databases on our Homework Helpers page here.  With your Greenwich or Perrot Librray card, you can access such databses as the Biography Reference Center, MainFile and Middle SchoolPlus.  For more info, click here.  Enjoy!

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StudentLeadersJpeg.jpgOur volunteer advisory group, the Student Leadership Council, consisting of students from grades 7-12, will get together at Teen Central on the second floor  this Wednesday night, September 11th, 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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TEENSTOP10(2013).pngIt's that time of year again!  You can help pick the top ten Young Adult books of 2013!

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list held by the Young Adult Library Service Association, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Voting will be open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 13-19 of this year (2013)! The winners will be announced by YALSA on October 22, 2013, so be sure to check back for the list of winners!

For more info, click here

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