Teens’ Top Ten Voting is Now Open!

Teens’ Top Ten is a national teen choice book award brought to you by The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  25 books were nominated by teen book groups around the country. Take a look at the list of nominees and availability of Chicopee Library copies, here.  Then go to ala.org/teenstopten to cast your vote!  Voting is open from now until September 16.  The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 16 – 22.

Some of the nominees include:

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Teen Movie Reviews: Shrek & Alvin and the Chipmunks

Title: Shrek

Plot: Shrek wishes his life was different.  Rumplestitskin changed all that, then Shrek wanted his life back.

Favorite Part: When Shrek was practicing battle with Fiona and she was kicking his butt.

Least Favorite Part: When they got caught by Rumplestiltskin and put in the jail.

What did you think of the movie? It was ok, but not that good for a cartoon.


Title: Alvin and the Chipmunks

Plot: Alvin and his brothers had to go against the girl chipmunks, but they ended up singing together.

Favorite Part: When Alvin grabbed the football and made a goal.

Least Favorite Part: When the record producer captured the girl chipmunks.

What did you think of the movie? It was a                                                                     wacky crazy nutty funny movie.

reviews by Andrew C.

If you ever want to review a movie for this website, send an email to Teen Librarian Erin Daly at edaly@chicopeelibrary.org


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Erin’s Pick of the Week: To Timbuktu

Pick of the week is becoming more of a pick of the fortnight.  But either way, this book fits this summer’s theme of travel and world cultures perfectly!

This book tells the true story of Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg who met and fell in love while they were both studying abroad in Morocco.  After they graduated from college, they embarked on a journey through Asia and Africa (with a brief stop in France), where they ate the food, saw the sights, and tried to get to know the people.  Casey writes, Steven draws, and together they share the good times and the bad of their adventures through different countries and cultures, and the adventure of trying to figure out what to do after college.

Here’s a link an interview with the authors from School Library Journal: http://www.slj.com/slj/articlereview/890858-451/its_two_for_the_road.html.csp

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Summer Reading is Here!

Happy Summer!

This week marks the end of the school year, and the beginning of the library’s Summer Reading Program.  Required Summer Reading books for the local high schools are available, as well as tons of books for your own reading pleasure, movies, music, and teen programs.

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28 in the computer lab, any time between 2:30 and 4:30 to sign up online and get your sign up prize – plus some extra swag!

Be sure to check the Summer Reading page if you have questions about the program and visit the Teen Events page to keep up to date on everything that’s happening.

Looking forward to some summer fun at the library!

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Erin’s Pick of the Week (or so): Anya’s Ghost

How would you like to have your own ghost? A secret invisible friend, who could do things for you like helping you find out the answers on a tough test, or finding out where that cute boy or girl will be between classes, or scaring your little brother… Sounds good, right? Um, maybe not.  

For Russian American teen Anya, things are not going so well.  She feels fat, she’s bored at school, and she doesn’t really have any friends.  When an accident puts her face to face with the ghost of Emily Reilly, things get a bit more interesting.  But what is this ghost really after? Anya is about to find out.

Drawn in a black and white style that is reminsicent of Persepolis, the visuals of this comic book convey a lot of action and expression.  Anya’s moods show clearly on her face, school scenes look realistic, and more supernatural scenes take on a life of their own.  Over the course of a straightforward story, Anya faces fears, finds friends, and makes a bit of peace with her imperfections.  A quick, fun, read for anybody who likes stories where strange things happen to average teens.

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Teen Movie Review: The Green Hornet

ONE rich guy had a son and took all his hopes and dreams away from him. He wanted him to be more grown up, but all he wanted to do was have fun. So when that little kid grew up he became a hopeless drunk and all he did was get drunk and bring girls home and break stuff. Then one day his father died and everything was left to the son, even the family newspaper that they owned. The son wasn’t doing so well ever since his father died. He been getting more and more careless. He woke up one morning in a grumpy mood expecting his coffee to be made exactly the way it always was. When the house maid brought him his coffee, it tasted like crap. He whipped his cup at the wall and demanded to know who made his coffee.  She said the mechanic. He thought she was lying. So he went to go see the mechanic and it turns out the house maid was right.  It also turns out that he is even better than just a coffee maker,  he also makes some pretty nasty cars. And even one with weapons. So the rich guy’s son had an idea one night when they were out cutting the metal head off his father’s statue and they saw someone in need of their assistance.  They could be heroes and villains.  They could cause crime and stop it. So together they were the Green Hornet and his trusty sidekick.  The son’s newspaper started to get better after they had a new assistant write about the green hornet and the justice he brings to the city.

This is a good movie because it has action.  It is a funny and sad movie.

Andrew C.

*Calling all teens, if you want to review something for the website, let me know! You can send me an email at edaly@chicopeelibrary.org

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Erin’s Pick of the Week: Paper Towns

This is one of my very favorite books.  A book so good, that it deserves two covers:

Have you ever known someone so adventurous, witty, beautiful, fascinating, magical that you couldn’t help being in love with them? For Quentin, that person is Margo Roth Spiegelman.  Margo Roth Speigelman, who has lived next door to him since they were little. Margo Roth Speigelman, who used to ride bikes with him. Margo Roth Speigelman, who once found a dead guy in the neighborhood park.  Margo Roth Spiegleman, who isn’t really a close friend now that high school’s almost over.  Margo Roth Spiegelman, who shows up at Q’s window one night dressed like a ninja and asks him to go on an adventure.  Margo Roth Speigelman, who, after said adventure, disappears.

This is the story of the end of Quentin’s senior year as he follows the clues she left behind trying to solve the mystery of Margo’s disappearance, and the mystery of Margo herself.  What is it like to imagine another person complexly? Can we really do it? Or are we stuck being transfixed by who we think people are?

John Green brings you adventure, mystery, identity, and an epic road trip at the end of high school, all told in language both literary and hilarious.  I cannot recommend this book enough!

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New Non-Fiction

Much as I am fond of novels and post about them often on this blog, our library has plenty of other kinds of books.  Factual books, poetry books, and sometimes just plain ridiculous amusing books.  Like this:

Click the image for a link to this book in the catalog.

That’s right, Zombie Haiku.  New as of today, available in the Young Adult Non-Fiction section.  Look for this and other amusing, informative, poetic, historical or hysterical titles around the corner from the main floor copier.  Some other recent additions to this collection include:

Click on any book cover to look it up in the catalog.

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Erin’s Pick of the Week (or so): Song of the Lioness












I beg you to ignore the terrible 80′s style book covers, because inside is the story of Alanna, lady of knight of Tortall, whose saga of growing up and overcoming obstacles is the equal of any fantasy hero coming into his or her own (think: Harry Potter, and the like).  In these four books we follow Alanna from ten years old, on the day she decides to disguise herself as a boy and trade places with her brother so she can go to the palace and learn to be a knight, until she is an experienced knight and sorcerer.

I am often wary of stories where girls dress as boys to get what they want, but Alanna’s secret is slowly discovered by her closest friends, and eventually comes out to the whole kingdom at the end of the second book when she becomes a knight.  The third and fourth books deal with Alanna as a knight and a woman,  becoming a desert shaman and adventuring in distant lands to bring back an artifact with important magic for her kingdom.  These are stories of action-packed battles, intense sorcery, palace intrigue, fate and destiny,  love and loyalty.  I am fond of Alanna as a person, she is at turns stubborn, wry, insecure, honest, and noble.  She gathers around herself an interesting supporting cast of friends, lovers, knights, tribesmen, and thieves.  If you love fantasy and adventure, Alanna is someone you’ll want to meet.

There are a lot of different, perhaps better, covers if you do a Google image search. I like this one:

In addition to being available on our shelves, the first book is also available through the digital catalog, in E-Audio format and each of these books are available as Audiobooks on CD through the CW/MARS catalog (That’s Central Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, to you… which means you can order stuff from other libraries). The audiobooks are quite good, read by actress Trini Alvarado, who does a great job of giving each character a unique voice.

If you find you enjoy this series, or other timeless tales of fantasy and adventure, check out this list of Classic Fantasy I made.

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Teens’ Top Ten

Teens’ Top Ten “where teens voice their choice for their favorite books” is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.  Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Books are nominated by  members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year from the end of August to Mid-September. Voting opens on August 22 this year at www.ala.org/teenstopten The winners are announced during Teen Read Week in October.

The list of nominations can be found here, with links to their availability here at the Chicopee Public Library.  In the young adult section, you’ll see bookmarks with instructions for voting and the full list of nominations  sticking out of our copies of the nominated books.  These same bookmarks are also available near the circulation desk.

This year’s nominees include:





click a book cover above to check the book’s  availability in the library catalog.

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