Teen Book Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

Posted in book review, Books to Movies, San Antonio Public Library with tags , on July 25, 2015 by centraltllc1

This novel follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. This book is really emotional and a good read for teens who may feel out of place or like they don’t fit in. It makes you think about things in a different perspective and how life is short and the little moments are worth everything. It’s a good read for all ages and genders and will definitely develop a place in your heart.

Sarah, Central TLLC, 16

"Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbolsky

Ice Cream and Robots at Mission Library

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2015 by missionlibraryteens

Teens at Mission were in full creating mode when they made homemade ice cream and then made small robots with the library’s Cubelets robotics kit. Check out the results!

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Landa Teens Take on Read-A-Thon

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2015 by landalibraryteens

The Landa Library teens continued their success with the second Read-A-Thon this past Sunday.  Attended by a group of the library’s dedicated readers, these teens were able to read in peace with their peers.  Personally, I was grateful for this event, as it provided me with an opportunity to begin Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.  Since I had seen the movie, I realized that it was about time to read the book.  After an hour of reading, the attendees were given a pin with the insignia of their next level: Romeo.  The teens were also awarded a chance to enter their names into a prize drawing of Spurs memorabilia.  The lucky winners included myself and another teen reader.  After this break, we all settled back into our books.

This Read-A-Thon is one of many events hosted by the San Antonio Public Library this summer.  These events all lead up to the End of Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 8 from 1-4 p.m. at the Central Library.  See you there!

-Sofia, 15

Video Game Review: Sid Meier’s Civilization IV

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2015 by greatnorthwestlibraryteens

Civilization IV is a turn-based strategy game made by Firaxis Games, under the direction of Sid Meier, the creator of the Civilization series of PC games. There are two expansion packs available for the game, Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword and Civilization IV: Warlords. In Civilization IV, you are the leader of a previously nomadic people who have decided to settle down a city in the year 4000 B.C. You begin with two units, a scout or warrior, and a settler. You are only able to see a small section of the world in the beginning, as you have not explored the rest of it yet. Once you have settled a city, you train a worker unit and use it to build improvements in your cultural borders such as farms, mines, camps, towns, quarries, wells, levees, and pastures. As your city’s culture rises, your borders will expand. Once your first city is off to a start, you can train another settler to build a new city elsewhere, to expand your empire. Train military units to defend your lands, and to fight off barbarians who will attempt to destroy all civilizations. As you progress into the game, you will meet other civilizations, whom you may peacefully coexist with, or declare war on and capture/destroy. Your goal in-game is to expand the most you can, and be the most successful civilization on the planet. In the late game, you can build parts for a spaceship and go to space, winning you a Space Victory. Or, if space exploration isn’t your thing, you can win a Conquest Victory by capturing all other civilizations and ruling all of the Earth. If you’d rather not fight to win, you can be voted into winning the game by other civilizations with the in-game United Nations resolution. Civilization IV is available on Steam for $19.99 and the expansion packs are available for $9.99 (Beyond the Sword) and $4.99 (Warlords). I highly recommend you play this game, as it is a very interesting strategy game and although it may be hard to learn, it provides hours of entertainment. I myself have logged 127 hours of gameplay! I give this game a 10/10 and I hope you can too.

-Samuel, age 15

Teen Book Review: “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Posted in book review, San Antonio Public Library, Science with tags , , on July 19, 2015 by centraltllc1

Life As We Knew It explores what happens to an ordinary family in a normal American town when their world changes forever. An asteroid hits the moon, knocking it into a closer orbit. This causes all kinds of disasters that bring the world to a halt. Without shops, food, electricity, heat and water, Miranda and her family face problems together and struggle to survive. Miranda has to undergo a lot of changes and finds herself dealing with internal and external struggles. She soon ends up having to question whether or not she will sacrifice herself for her family or survive and watch her family struggle. Life As We Knew It is an interesting sci fi teen book for both boys and girls.

Sarah, Central, 16

"Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Landa’s First Read-A-Thon

Posted in Library Programs on July 15, 2015 by landalibraryteens

The Landa Library teens held their first Read-A-Thon this past Sunday afternoon.  Attended by a quite a few avid readers, the event invited teens to read and relax for a few hours.  While the teens read to themselves for the majority of the time, a few volunteers read their favorite novels to the group.  These reads included Orwell’s Animal Farm, Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Card’s Xenocide.  As one can see, these favorites spanned quite a few genres.  For each half hour they read, the teen readers were rewarded with a pin that marked their level.  This Read-A-Thon awarded pins Zulu through Charlie, the first three out of ten levels that can be earned.  The success of this past Sunday is surely the first of many more Read-A-Thons to come to Landa Library.

-Sofia, 15

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Free Slurpee Day!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2015 by missionlibraryteens

Mission teens cool off after Video Game Club w/ free slurpees.  

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