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NOVEMBER 2, 2010
2nd Annual Games Fair
Do you like to play games? Then don't miss our 2nd Annual Games Fair, this Saturday, November 6th, from 1 -4 p.m. Our fair is part of National Gaming Day in Libraries, an American Library Association annual event that began in 2008, with Libraries across the country hosting games and game-players for a day of sharing and connecting with people who share an interest in games.

This year, we will celebrate with  board games, card games, and video games! Our volunteers will bring their favorites to share with you, and the Library will provide information about the latest trends and news in the world of gaming. This event is for beginners and experts, families and individuals, young and old alike. If you would like to volunteer to teach a game for our Games Fair, please contact Ben (gomberg@ci.monterey.ca.us), or call the Library Help Desk for more information at 831.646.3933

posted by Ben

Categories: In the KnowTeen Zone

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AUGUST 21, 2010
Music to My Ears
I mentioned in my post about the Victoria State Library in Melbourne that its front steps and lawn are a popular gathering spot where people linger and are sometimes treated to free musical entertainments.   Well, Monterey Public Library doesn’t have grand front steps or a lawn, but yesterday after school let out, we were treated to a spontaneous performance of show tunes by several local kids in their early teens.  They sang, among others, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music and then a song from Les Miserables.  As I listened, I thought to myself, “I don’t know what to make of this younger generation, but I sure like it!” 

posted by Jeanne

Categories: Teen ZoneIn the Know

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FEBRUARY 17, 2010
What We're Reading

We hope you've been enjoying the spring weather this week, a nice gift for the holiday weekend. For the past few months, staff at the checkout desk have been reading lots of great books. We'd like to update you on some of our suggestions.

Books

Year of the Fllod   Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Labor Day   Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Waiting for Aphrodite   Waiting for Aphrodite by Sue Hubbell

The Girl Who Played With Fire   The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Shadow of Wind  Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Spain: Culinary Road Trip  Spain: A Culinary Road Trip by Mario Batali and Gwenyth Paltrow

Wintersmith  Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Echo in Bone  An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Magicians  The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Lacuna  The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Undertow  U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

Pusg  Push by Sapphire

You Better Not Cry  You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

Catching Fire  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Slam  Slam by Nick Hornby

Gift  The Gift by Cecelia Ahern


Audiovisuals

Solist  The Soloist

Whip it  Whip It

Big Love  Big Love 

Stones into schools  Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson

Sag Harbor  Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
 

posted by Catrina

Categories: Staff ReadsLets Talk BooksTeen Zone

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NOVEMBER 3, 2009
Do you like to play?

If you like to play games, consider coming out Sunday, November 15th, to play games in the Library. National Gaming Day in Libraries is a American Library Association annual event that began in 2008, with Libraries across the country hosting games and game-players for a day of sharing and connecting with your peers.

This year, Monterey Public Library is celebrating with a Games Fair featuring board games, card games, and video games! Our volunteer experts will bring their favorites to share with you, and the Library will provide information about the latest trends and news in the world of gaming. This event is for beginners and experts, families and individuals, young and old alike. If you would like to volunteer to teach a game for our Games Fair, please contact Ben (gomberg@ci.monterey.ca.us), or call the reference desk for more information at 831.646.3933 

posted by Ben

Categories: In the KnowTeen ZoneLibrary Tech

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OCTOBER 17, 2009
Teen Read Week an Opportunity for Grandparents

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 18-24.  This is not only a great time for teens to discover the joys of reading, but an opportunity for grandparents to share the joy with their grandchildren.  Read what my friend Dr. Catherine Al-Meten has to say on the subject and be inspired!

http://www.examiner.com/x-26070-SF-Grandparenting-Examiner~y2009m10d14-Share-favorite-books-during-Teen-Read-Week?cid=email-this-article

posted by Jeanne

Categories: In the KnowTeen ZoneStaff Reads

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OCTOBER 2, 2009
Invisible Bookshelves

Meet the Library's newest bookshelves. One part optical illusion, one part recycling, and one part teen craft project, these creations have taken up residence along the wall of the Teen Zone. The project used books donated specifically for this purpose, and re-purposed them to create these unique shelves.

If you'd like to make your own floating bookshelf, instructions can be found here.

Do you have a great idea for a Library craft project? Let us know about your favorites in the comments.

posted by Ben

Category: Teen Zone

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MARCH 6, 2009
Technology Day at the Library

This Sunday, March 8th, visitors to our Library will have a chance to see the future...or at least the really-really-extremely-up-to-date present. We are hosting a technology petting zoo for all of our visitors who haven't yet tried Facebook, digital videography, Playaways, and many other technologies that are designed to make life easier and more enjoyable.

The truth is, people visit our Library everyday and use these technologies. Other people take one look and start sweating just at the idea of trying to decipher how to turn on one of these strange things. On Sunday we're bringing those two groups together, and you get to reap the benefits. One lucky visitor will take home a brand-new Flip Video Camera. So join us as we make technology fun again!

posted by Ben

Categories: In the KnowTeen ZoneStaff Reads

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FEBRUARY 9, 2009
Coraline (in theaters now!)

I often make a point of seeing new movies based on children's and young adult books as soon as they come out in theaters. I wish I could say it was due to a sense of professional obligation. More often than not, however, I am just another fan. In the last few months alone, I've seen Twilight, Inkheart, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, The City of Ember, and The Tale of Despereaux. Just this weekend, I saw another recent favorite; Coraline. More than some of these others, I thought Coraline did a great job of staying true to the book and its characters. So kudos to the adaptation and direction of Henry Selick.

On a separate note, Coraline is an intense movie. The surreal quality of the book's imagery was fully represented in the movie's visuals. There are some truly scary moments, even for adults. I heard a child of maybe seven years complain to his mother, 'I don't like this movie' in a voice that registered more than a little aprehension. While I think most kids and adults will really enjoy the great action and visuals, Coraline is not for everyone. So, please do your kids a favor and scan some reviews before deciding if those PG or PG-13 movies are right for them.

posted by Ben

Categories: Teen ZoneIn the Know

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NOVEMBER 24, 2008
A creative new book discussion group for everyone

Join our new book discussion group where anyone can read the books online and participate online, using the Library's Tumblebooks.  It's quick, easy and fun!

In two short books,  Ish and The Dot, Peter Reynolds has written simple stories about what constitutes art and how easily all of us, especially children, can be discouraged from attempting creative efforts.  We can even doubt our ability to be creative! 

It will take you four minutes or less to read or watch each book.  Then you can join in on the discussion.
   

Look for this big button on the Kids Page. There you can read the two books (or have them read to you).

Here are some questions to think about while you read.  Then let us know what you think.

Who has encouraged - or discouraged - your creativity?  What was your response? 

How can we encourage ourselves (or our children or students) to be more creative?

The summer reading program this year will be entitled "Be Creative@ Your Library" and, for teens, "Express Yourself @ Your Library".  What activities should be offered that will really make a difference?

 

posted by Karen

Categories: Teen ZoneStaff Reads

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008
What We're Reading

In addition to following this fall's tough economic news and endless political banter (or maybe in substitution of these?), the library staff has been reading a lot. We have a mix of fiction, non-fiction, movies and audiobooks. Let us know what you've been enjoying too!

Books

13 Reasons Why  13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Jane Eyre  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched  Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot

Pirate4's Daughter  The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson

Painted Drum  The Painted Drum by Louise Erdich

Whistling Season  The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist   Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Can you keep a secret  Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

God of Animals 

posted by Catrina

Categories:
Staff ReadsTeen Zone

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008
Monterey Teens Rock Out

Last Wednesday, Monterey teens were among the first in the world to play the new Guitar Hero World Tour in a public library. Chill Time featured the new game, which includes a microphone for vocals, a 6 piece drum kit, and 2 guitars, one electric, one bass.

Clever us, we were standing by with a video camera.

 

The game will return next week, and our beginners will soon become experts. Check out the Monterey Public Library page on Facebook for more Guitar Hero videos and photos.

Finally, if you're not a teen but are itching to rock out at the Library, don't despair. We'll be organizing a family game day soon! Let us know now what kinds of games you'd like to see.

posted by Ben

Category: Teen Zone

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
Teens! Take a survey and win a Jamba Juice
Right now the Library is offering a survey for teens to help us understand what you want your Library to be. We'll use the results to offer new programs, new stuff in the Teen Zone, and new ways to keep you informed about what's going on at the Library. Please take a minute (5 tops) to take the survey. We'll be giving away a Jamba Juice card to one lucky survey-taker at the end of the month.

posted by Ben

Category: Teen Zone

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
Lucky Winner!
Michael Vicent won four tickets to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in Monterey Public Library's Back-To-School Live Homework Help promotion.  Everyone who showed us their tutor session slip was entered in the drawing and received a small back-to-school prize.  Michael won the grand prize.  However, with Live Homework Help, the Library's free online chat-based tutoring service for students of any age, everyone wins - better grades.  Try Live Homework Help anytime in the library or through the Library website at home, and look for another contest around the time of mid-terms.

posted by Karen

Categories: Teen ZoneIn the KnowLibrary Tech

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
Don't miss your chance to win Boardwalk tickets
This Friday September 18 at 3 p.m. will be the drawing!  To enter, just try Live Homework Help, the Library's free online tutoring program for Kindergarten through adult learners.  Get help for your homework, Kindergarten through Calculus, math, writing, science, and more.  Live Homework can be found on the Kids Page, the Teen Zone and on the databases page.  Access it at home with your (free) library card or in the Library and chat with a tutor -live.  Then print out your session slip and show it to staff at the Youth Services Desk or Bookmobile.  You'll get a small prize as well as the chance for the big prize- four tickets to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  It's easy, and you might win!  Questions?Contact the Youth Desk ysdesk@ci.monterey.ca.us or 646-3744. 

posted by Karen

Categories: In the KnowTeen ZoneLibrary Tech

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2008
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
A couple weeks ago I was reading the blog of one of my librarian buddies who runs a school library in Bolvia and she raved on and on about this great book she'd just finished:

So I quick logged into the library catalog and placed it on hold.

Eventually I got around to reading it, and gah! Now I can't stop talking about it! It's definitely my newest favorite book.

Yeah, it may be a teenage love story, but it's one that anyone with a punk rocker's heart can relate too.

And by the way, the movie version comes out in early October - so I recommend that you grab the book and read it before you go!

posted by Kim S.

Categories: Teen ZoneStaff Reads

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AUGUST 21, 2008
Time to Chill at the Library

Yesterday we kicked-off a new teen program at the Library: Chill Time. This weekly, Wednesday afternoon event provides an afternoon gathering-spot for local teens where they are free to listen to music, play games, watch movies, or just relax.

Risk Set

Our first day was a great start. Monterey High School students from freshmen to seniors stopped by for free sodas, Wii games, and a lively Risk game battling for world domination. While we were elated by the turnout, we are hoping that our local teens will expand our offerings in the future by bringing their own movies, games, books, and music to share.

Chill Time runs Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M. in the Community Room. Check the Teen Zone Events page to offer your own entertainment.

posted by Ben

Category: Teen Zone

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AUGUST 12, 2008
Finally, an exercise program that works!
Yes, the Library has lots of fitness books and DVD's, and I've tried most of them.  But nothing worked for me, mainly because I would rather lie down and read a good book than work out any time.  But now, the Library has the perfect thing:  Playaways!  These tiny little machines (about the size of a small cell phone or calculator) come with a book on a chip inside.  I plugged in the earbuds I got on my last plane ride, and started walking.  Now I can't wait to get back to my exercise, because I have told myself that only when walking can I listen to my book.   I want to hear the next part.   I love it! - and my doctor will too.  I am listening to Jodi Picoult's Vanishing Acts , but there are many others I want to read.  There are 38 in the new collection, with more due in any day.   You can see a list of them by searching under the call number PLA .  Check it out, and wave at me on the beach trails!

posted by Karen

Categories: Staff ReadsIn the KnowTeen Zone

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JULY 11, 2008
Teen Movies at the Library
Tomorrow, at 2 p.m., marks the first of our three consecutive Saturday Teen Movies in the Library's community room. While I cannot divulge the film's title due to copyright restrictions, I can tell you it is one word, starts with a J, stars Ellen Page, and puts a new spin on teenage pregnancy. Copyright law is funny about those kinds of technicalities.

Rather than over-exciting our teen readers with the wealth of information the Library has on copyright and intellectual property, I would much rather highlight our small, but growing, collection of Teen Movies. These include screen versions of classic books, recent teen movies, anime, and informational videos, just like the ones below.

 

So, when you come to the Library over the next three Saturdays at 2 p.m. to see the movies teens voted for, make sure you leave a few minutes to browse the video collection. See you at the movies.

 

posted by Ben

Categories: Teen ZoneIn the Know

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JULY 10, 2008
What We're Reading

We're right in the heart of summer now, prime reading season when you have a few spare hours! Do you have any juicy titles to share for the summer? Here are a few that the check-out desk staff is enjoying...

People of the book  People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Little brother   Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Love the one you're with  Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin

No country for old men  No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Miracle at speedy motors   Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith

Fourth comings  Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty

Who killed cock robin   Who Killed Cock Robin? by Kevin O'Malley

Mysterious benedict society   Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart

Olive Kitteridge   Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Tipping the velvet  Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

Extras  Extras by Scott Westerfield

 

Driving lessons  Driving Lessons (movie)

New England White
posted by Catrina


Categories: Staff ReadsTeen Zone

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JULY 3, 2008
Want to catch some REAL bugs? (not JUST for kids!)

You may know that you can sign up for the summer reading program on our  "Catch the Reading Bug" web page, but did you know that you could find out what it takes to be a young bug wrangler, too? The Fun Links and Activities section of the page is full of interesting and exciting things! There are links for learning about bug identification, building bug traps - from simple baked potato bug traps to complicated water bug traps - and links that help you solve "buggy" problems.

Do you like art? Then you won't want to miss the colorful super up-close bug photography pages from Dennis Kunkel and MicroAngela. Love to play games on the computer? Check out the "Hunt the Bug" link for a fun one! Feel like a spa day? We have a link to recipes for at-home spa treatments made with bee-you-ti-ful honey... For the gardeners, there are beneficial insect pages and for the cooks there are links to bug INSPIRED recipes - tasty treats for the whole family!

We'd love it if you would let us know what you think of the activities and links - we sure think they're fun!

posted by Sarah

Categories: In the KnowTeen Zone

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APRIL 23, 2008
Jodi Picoult Does It Again!

Picoult's latest novel, Nineteen Minutes, is a great book for adults (especially mothers) and teenagers.  For parents, it's about our expectations for our kids, our struggles to be good moms and dads, and our worst fears.  For teenagers, it's about popularity, fitting in, standing up, and the mental and physical cruelty suffered by some kids at the hands of others.  It's also about the news -  A school shooting, even worse than Columbine,  and a boy, charged as a man, teenage brains, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and CSI.  The bad news is that the book is long, and that means that you will want to stay up late to finish it!

posted by Karen

Categories: Staff ReadsTeen Zone

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