Thursday, March 26, 2009

Families And Financial Well-Being For Teens, Tonight @ 6:30pm

The current economy affects the whole family. Teens feel the pressure of tight family budgets and greater difficulty finding part-time work. Join Melanie Daugherty, a member of the Royal Oak Community Coalition and Bank Manager from National City Bank, in a session for teens and their parents to examine ways everyone can be a part of the solution. Registration is requested.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dancing in My Nuddy Pants - Featured Title

Dancing in My Nuddy Pants by Louise Rennison - Fans of this self-absorbed teen won't be disappointed in this latest installment of her journal, which contains more of the same humor and detailed observations of the minutiae of adolescent life found in the first three books. However, the teen's total "shallowosity" can be somewhat tiresome. By the fourth book, one might hope for growth of her character, along with her "nunga-nungas" (breasts). Plot-wise, this book picks up where the last one left off. Georgia is still in love with Robbie, the SG (sex god), but is increasingly confused by her feelings for Dave-the-Laugh. Temporary distractions include her cat Angus impregnating a feline across the road, a class trip to Paris, and being made captain of the hockey team. But-"sadnosity"-at novel's end, the SG is off to Kiwi-a-gogo land (New Zealand) to work on an ecological farm. Georgia will be left alone with Dave-the-Laugh. Clearly, further confessions are on the way. Recommended for grades 7-9.
Ronni Krasnow, New York Public Library (School Library Journal)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Teen Video Games: Tonight @ 6:30

Come play video games, hang out with friends, and meet new ones. Try your hand at Rock Band, Super Smash Brothers, and more!

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - Featured Title

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - Bruno is a 9 year-old boy who lives in Nazi Germany during the 1940's. His father is an army official with a high regard for parental authority, and makes the sole decision to uproot his family and move to Poland in order to move up the ranks in the army.

From Bruno's new bedroom window, he can see thousands of people living behind a fence, all dressed in identical striped pajamas. This discovery both fascinates and scares Bruno, so he decides to discover more about this fenced area. During one of his daily walks next to the fence, Bruno meets Shmuel, a skinny Jewish boy who lives on the other side of the fence and shares the same birth date as Bruno. The two become fast friends and Bruno brings food to share with Shmuel when he visits.

This book was an exceptionally sad tale but it told the story of Nazi Germany times in such a unique and intriguing way. Recommended for grades 9 and up.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Teen Movie Night: Corpse Bride @ 6:30pm

Join us tonight to watch Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, from 6:30-7:45pm. Registration is requested.

Set in a 19th century European village, this animated feature follows the story of Victor who is traveling home with his friend to get married. When they stop to rest, Victor puts his wedding ring on what he thinks is a stick and rehearses his wedding vows. The stick turns out to be a rotted finger belonging to a corpse who returns as a zombie and insists that she is now his lawfully wedded wife. Run time is 76 minutes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

TAB Newsletter for March is now available!

The Teen Advisory Board newsletter is now printed and available at the Royal Oak Public Library! Make sure to grab your own copy when you stop by. You can also view a PDF version of our latest newsletter by checking out the Royal Oak Public Library website, and clicking on the "Teen" button on the green dropdown menu.

And a BIG thanks to all of our TAB writers and volunteers -- you all did GREAT!! :D