Neighborhood Library

Published on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

You are invited to join the Northeast Book Club. The club is a literature program involving readers all enjoying
the same book and discussing it as a group.

Some of the desired goals are an appreciation of fine literature, the
development of broadened areas of reading interest, and an improvement
of reading skills through sharing ideas with others in the group. The
group will meet at the Northeast Library in the Children’s Division meeting room from 7 to 8 p.m. on the third Monday of every month.

Brandon Digwood's Book Reviews

Published on Friday, January 15, 2010

What is all the fuss about with this new movie The Lightning Thief that's coming out on February 12?  If you want to know more about the book it's based on, please read on:

Percy Jackson is dyslexic, has ADHD, and enough behavioral problems that he has been kicked out of six schools in six years.  His last removal was particularly interesting; he transformed his pre-algebra teacher to dust when she turned into a monster and tried to kill him.

But he’s the only one who remembers it, and he soon finds out why: he isn’t totally human, but a half-blood, son of the Sea God Poseidon. In this novel, the Greek Gods do still exist and cause all kinds of mischief in the world. Their half-blood children are sent to a summer camp on Long Island called Camp Half-Blood where they learn to fight the monsters that plague them in the real world.

Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Have you joined a book club at your local library yet?

Come to the Northeast Branch Library Children's Room, February 4, 2010 at 4:00.  We will talk about Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Gillem Robinet.  This book won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.  It is a great Black History Month read. Copies of the book are waiting at the library for you to checkout.  On the book club date, there will be snacks and a book related activity.  Although this is intended for ages 8 - 12, all are welcome.

Library Instruction

Published on Monday, January 11, 2010

Acquire information literacy skills with our free computer classes at the Northeast Public Library. We offer a wide range of hands-on technology training at our branch library.The library offers classes on various computer topics and each class is a 70 minutes, one-time class. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 9 students per class and free. The classes are designed for people with little to no experience using a computer. Classes include Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Microsoft Word and Job Search Methods.

Published on Friday, January 8, 2010
Do you like to draw and paint?  Or write stories and poetry?  Do you want to show your work to the world but you're not sure how to get it out to the public?  Then enter the Creative Expressions Contest at Northeast Library! 
In this contest, anyone ages 10-19 can submit a creative work, be it written work, a picture, or some other form of media, between now and January 16th. Just bring your work and a index card with your name, address and contact information (phone or email) to the library and you are in the contest. Please do not put your name on your work, because we will not be able to enter it into the contest for judging. Your work will be displayed in the library until the end of the month, at which time you may come back to the library to retrieve your work. 

"The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman

Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This year's Newberry and Caldecott Awards (among many others) will be announced in just a few weeks at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Given that, I felt I should highlight some previous winners, and I would like to start with last year's Newberry Award winner, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except for one thing. He was raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. They have kept him safe since he stumbled into the graveyard as a baby, barely escaping from the man who murdered his family. Now, the only way for them to keep him safe is to keep him in the graveyard. However, there are many kinds of trouble a little boy can get into even while in a graveyard, and Bod is sure to encounter them all.

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2009

Make it a New Year's resolution to join a book club at your local library!

Come to the Northeast Branch Library Children's Room on the first Thursday of every month at 4 p.m.  Our first meeting will be January 7, 2010.  We will have snacks and an activity relating to the book: Just Like Martin by Ossie Davis. This book club is intended for readers ages 8 - 12, but all are welcome. 

"Viking Warrior"

Published on Friday, December 18, 2009

If you are looking for more historical fiction to read, I recommend Viking Warrior, the first book in The Strongbow Saga series by Judson Roberts.

Halfdan was born the son of a Viking chieftain and an Irish princess, but has lived all his life as a slave.  When his father Hrorik, near death, returns from an ill-fated raiding voyage, his mother Dedriu bargains for Halfdan's freedom and right to be trained as a Viking warrior - at the cost of her own life.

Now a free man, Halfdan trains under his half-brother Harald, and the two brothers form a bond of respect for each other's abilities. But when the berserker Toke, Hrorik's son by marriage, returns to the estate claiming an inheritance, a cycle of death and violence begins. Halfdan, an ill-tried youth, vows to kill Toke and his entire crew, no matter the consequences.  

"The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing"

Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Students, reading any historical fiction this month?

Check out The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, a great piece of historical fiction by M. T. Anderson.

From Chase's Calendar of Events

Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Traditionally, the first shopping day of the holiday shopping season, invariably a Friday, is called Black Friday.  But why was it named "Black" Friday?  Traditionally, retailers were in the "black" (had more profit than debt) by the end of this business day each year. Other ways to celebrate today include Buy Nothing Day, Sinkie Day and National Salesperson Day.