Landa Teens – Remembering Novembering

Posted in Games & Gaming, Library Programs, San Antonio Public Library with tags , , , on December 2, 2016 by landalibraryteens

What a month!  We welcomed back a long time Teen Volunteer who just returned from studying abroad in Japan (!), showed off our Xbox skills, honed our poetry wordsmithery  for the annual Pegasus Poetry Competition – check out our blackout poetry board🙂 –  and leveled up our baking know-how (now with more vegan options!) with the most delicious of all sweets treats – the mighty cake pop

 

Parman Teen Book Display

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

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Parman Teen Book Review:”P.S. I like you” by Kasie West

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

psilikeyou       P.S. I Like You was my first Kasie West read, and I picked it up after reading many raving reviews and receiving countless recommendations. I was not disappointed; however, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped. This novel was highly entertaining, swoon-worthy, and absolutely adorable, yet unmemorable. Having finished this a few weeks ago, I really can’t recall any of the characters other than Lily – the protagonist – and her love interest, Cade. I vaguely remember Lily’s so-called “best friend,” who for the most part, seemed unsupportive and distant. The overall story was also pretty hackneyed. I loved the notes, though, and it reminded me of one of my favorite reads of the year – Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. However, whereas Tell Me Three Things kept me on my toes from the first page to the last, P.S. I Like You fell a little flat. The plot was predictable, for I figured out the identity of Lily’s mystery letter-writer pretty much in the first fourth of the book. In addition, it took me a very, very long time to begin liking Cade as a character. Although charming, he seemed to be a bully to the core. Only towards the end of the book is his behavior explained, and I feel as though if this had taken place earlier in the novel, I would have ended up enjoying it more. Nonetheless, P.S. I Like You is a sweet, contemporary read, and I can’t wait to discover more of Kasie West’s writing.~ Niraja~ Parman TLLC

 

 

Parman Teen Book Review: “Lock and KEy” by Sarah Dessen

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

locknkeyThis was my third read by Sarah Dessen, and it only confirmed my love for her writing and characters. In Lock and Key, Dessen narrates the story of a teenager named Ruby who must learn to adjust to a new life with her older sister Cora and her loving husband Jamie after her mother abandons her. Ruby feels as though she does not fit in at her new high school, and she struggles to let go of the past and accept that she has a promising future ahead of her. I loved how Lock and Key analyzed a plethora of truths from a variety of perspectives in a manner that was raw, real, and highly relatable. Ruby was a seriously flawed character who had made many mistakes in the past, yet I could not help but sympathize with her because Dessen clearly portrayed her as someone who has been beaten down by life and deserves a second chance. Ruby’s new family is extremely supportive, and I especially loved Jamie. Jamie is a gem in literature, and I appreciated the endless kindness and compassion he showed towards both Ruby and Cora. All in all, Lock and Key is a poignant novel that will take you a roller coaster of emotions in which you find yourself laughing alongside Ruby at some of the confusing events that take place in her new life and empathizing with her when she travels to some of the darker places within in order to find herself.~Niraja~Parman TLLC

 

Parman Teen Book Review:”The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World” by Steve Hely

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

wondertrailI do not read much nonfiction, but the premise of this book intrigued me because 1) I love traveling and 2) I enjoy reading about others’ life experiences, especially regarding how the discovery of new cultures can alter the way one views the world. Hely’s book is perfect for individuals who fit in either category as he describes his down-to-earth and exhilarating journey from California to the tip of South America, on foot whenever possible. Hely’s voice is authentic and humorous, and I could not help but laugh out loud at the honest manner in which he portrayed both the fortunate and unfortunate situations he got himself into. I also really loved how Hely chose to focus on obscure details instead of stereotypical tourist attractions in all the places he visited, and how he demonstrated the effect the people he met had on molding his own spiritual and emotional identity. Hely’s optimism and love for life is infectious, and The Wonder Trail is sure to inspire teens and adults alike.~Niraja~Parman TLLC

Parman’s Halloween Carnival & Spooky Walk!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2016 by parmanlibraryteens

Teen Time took a backseat this past Tuesday as the entire branch was taken over by our Halloween Carnival and Spooky Walk. Here are some pictures taken by Reagan teen, JoDei.

Now for the spooky stuff!

And some more cute stuff!

Landa Teens – October edition

Posted in Library Programs, San Antonio Public Library, Teen Fall with tags on November 2, 2016 by landalibraryteens

October had Landa Teens Chalking It Out, Painting It Up, and Cooking For All. We are learning new ways to Create – the best are those we share with others, and also ones which include snacking. Lots of snacking.