Time Out@Teen Time with Parman Teens

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2017 by parmanlibraryteens

We had a lot going on this past Tuesday. With our new cookware, we made strawberry filled crepes drizzled with chocolate. Pictured here are seniors from Reagan HS trying their hand at cooking the crepes.

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flipping the crepes

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Are they ready yet?

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Mmm! So good!

We had 2 stations cooking the crepes. These teens are ready to chow down!

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Starting a new jigsaw puzzle. A great way to relax!

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Texas Hold’em with poker chips, of course!

There’s always something fun happening on Tuesdays at the Parman Library. Check us out Time Out@Teen Time 6:00pm-8:00 pm

Parman Teen Book Review: “Highly illogical behavior” by John Corey Whaley

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2017 by parmanlibraryteens

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Unlike anything I’ve ever read, this book only took me a couple hours to finish reading it because I couldn’t put it down. In Highly Illogical Behavior, Whaley examines mental illness with humor while managing to ensure his deep, true message reverberates with readers. The protagonist of the novel, Solomon Reed, is an agoraphobic. Instead of crafting the story in a way in which readers would pity him, Whaley constructs Solomon as someone readers could relate to. Solomon is witty, charming, and hilarious, and thinks and acts like any other teenage boy does despite having severe panic attacks and never leaving the house. His character defies the stereotype that people with mental illnesses are given in books and, sometimes, the real world. He is not depressed, strange, angry, excessively shy, or any of the other negative qualities characters with mental illnesses receive in literature. Rather, Solomon is a funny and compassionate young man. I also loved many of the other characters, including Solomon’s grandmother, whose youthfulness and quirky character add a fresh vibe to the story, and Lisa Reed, whose stubborn determinism and authentic, straightforward voice made her surprisingly likable. In addition, the dialogue in the novel is laugh-out-loud hilarious, for the characters discuss the most interesting and most banal topics with good-natured honesty. I appreciated how there was never a lull or dull moment in the story, which helped keep my interest from the first page to the last. Overall, Highly Illogical Behavior is a fresh, entertaining novel I would recommend to teens and adults alike.

Niraja, 18 Parman TLLC

Landa Teens : bye-bye ’16

Posted in Crafts, Library Programs, San Antonio Public Library with tags , , , , on January 6, 2017 by landalibraryteens

Landa Teens rocked out the last month of the year with Teen Nights  inspired by the Mayor’s Book Club – we took way too many pics and listened to records brought from home (yep, actual LP records. Queen Forevah!),  Playdough part 2 – we helped make playdough for Landa’s Winterfest and  of course had a batch for ourselves, crafted for Dr. Wholiday with Cookies & Youtube Who-a-thons, Made displays in the Teen Area, and of course Cooking Club – pizza from scratch.  Whoa, ya’ll. Whoa. And so much more to come in 2017  🙂 . 

Parman Teen Book Review: “A torch against the night” by Sabaa Tahir

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

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“A Torch Against the Night”will almost certainly take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and have you biting your nails from anticipation from start to finish. There were many, many things I enjoyed about this book, my favorite being Helene’s point of view. Although I did like Helene in An Ember in the Ashes and could sympathize with her mentality from time to time, A Torch Against the Night truly displays what a strong, capable character she is. I was sickened by the horrible choices Helene had to make on a daily basis, which often involved sacrificing herself or one of her loved ones for the sake of the Empire. Marcus, as expected, is a heartless Emperor, although the humane side of him does show through from time to time. The tension between him and Helene is omnipresent and dangerous, and I can’t wait to see it develop in the next book in the series, which is expected to be published in 2018. Something I didn’t like about the book was its pacing. Some of the events seemed a little scattered to me, and I feel like if it had been a tad bit slower, I would have been able to enjoy it more simply because I would have gotten the chance to savor every moment. All in all, however, A Torch Against the Night is a spellbinding addition to a wonderful fantasy series that is sure to leave you breathless.

Niraja, 18 Parman TLLC

 

Mayor’s Book Club Teen Program @Parman

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

2016mayorsbookclubHow do you self-identify? Parman Teens explored self-identity through the use of instamatic cameras Tuesday at Teen Time and had a blast. Pictures not taken home were mounted on poster board and hung up in the Teen Area.

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Mission Teen Holiday Party

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2016 by missionlibraryteens

Teens enjoyed pizza and Smash Bros for their winter break party. Teens ended the party with a Just Dance competition.

   
   

Parman Teen Book Review: “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

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This was my first Maggie Stiefvater read, and although it was enjoyable, it took me until the halfway point of the novel to be genuinely excited about reading it. The beginning was slow with a lot of it dedicated to explaining the background story and world-building, whereas I was ready to dive right into the plot, which unfortunately, was slightly too predictable. I also wasn’t a big fan of the protagonist, Blue, for I felt as though she was trying too hard to be eccentric. Although I am all about embracing individuality, this just felt slightly too exaggerated in this scenario, wavering on a fine line between something that is fresh and original and a hackneyed trope. However, the other major characters – the Raven boys – are phenomenal; I fell in love with each and every one of them and their merits and their flaws. They all blend so well together in the most adorable brotherhood and Blue quickly becomes the missing piece in all of their lives. Overall and despite its flaws, The Raven Boys is a magical tale, and I have high hopes for the rest of the series.

Niraja 18 Parman TLLC