How would you like to get a jump on a career in the gaming industry? Or make money creating something like Twitter or Facebook? Or just learn something your parents probably don’t know how to do, and your grandparents never imagined?
Come and learn some introductory skills at the 2013 Hour of Code.
Who can learn how to code? Anyone! Coding isn’t scary. I’ve been learning to code for the last few weeks and it’s like a strategy game using logic and patterns. Anyone from kids, teens, and adults can try the hour of code. Come discover your hidden talents!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Lake City Branch 5-6 PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Capitol Hill Branch 4-5 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2013
University Branch 11-12 PM
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Central Library 2-3 PM
YALSA has announced its official 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list, a “teen choice” selection of favorite books—published the previous year—chosen by teens for teens. Voting for the list took place from August through October. There were 28 nominees for the list, chosen by kids in 16 different teen book groups in school and public libraries around the country.
And the winners are:
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
- Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Crewel by Gennifer Albin
- Every Day by David Levithan
- Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
- Butter by Erin Jade Lange
3 Sentence Summary: Set in a dystopian America in 2025, the recently unemployed protagonist Ben Richards decides to apply for a reality show so that he can earn money to pay for medicine for his daughter. He ends up getting selected for the ultimate show, called “The Running Man,” with the prize of one billion dollars if he is able to evade being captured or killed by professional hunters for thirty days. Through his adventures, Richards discovers the secrets the government is hiding from society and in the end he has to make one final horrific decision.
Six Word Review: Man on the run for money.
I started reading this book because it has a dystopian setting and I kept reading because the plot is gripping and needed to find out if Ben Richards made it out alive.
Star rating: 8/10 When I read books, plot is the most important factor and The Running Man had me hooked from beginning to end with a very shocking ending. The main character had some depth and was unique in that way, but I thought some of his actions were a little unrealistic which is why I took away two stars. Overall, a very entertaining read!
I loved the exciting plot which had a pace similar to that of The Hunger Games.
If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted: Best kept secret.
Fun Fact: There is a game show called Capture on the CW that is a combination of The Running Man game show and the Hunger Games arena. On Capture, there is a team of hunters and a team being hunted that has limited supplies and must stay on the run within a wilderness compound. The grand prize is $250,000.
- Rebecca, 17, Teen Center Advisor
3-Sentence Summary: Adam Strand finds himself attempting to kill himself to cure him of his boredom but seems to fail at it all 39 times. This book is filled with the very harsh topic of teen suicide in an interesting manner that has to do with much more than just depression. It’s a book filled with believable and well developed characters and such deep ideas that will really captivate you.
Six-word review: Teen attempts suicide; finds life meaning.
I started reading this because: of its title. I knew that it was going to be about suicide, and while it’s not an easy topic to read about or understand, I enjoy books that handle hard topics. I kept on reading after I saw a distinct way the main character thinks that was unlike what the usual suicide-esque story is.
Rating: I would give this 9/10. While not a real page-turner, the use of language did capture my attention a lot and kept me reading.
What I really loved was: the language and imagery in the book to really put an image in the person’s head. Quite beautiful.
If the lead character was in high school yearbook he would be voted: most likely to find meaning in his life after dying 39 times.
On a deserted island, the main character would: think of a way to kill himself (I’m sorry if that offends anybody, it’s just along the theme of the book and content of the book), then not die.
I would like to mention that despite how you interpret this review and what you would think this book is about, know that the topic of suicide is very serious and this book shows another way of looking at the subject.
–Aldo, Teen Center Adviser