Own the Night: Teen Summer Reading June 19 – August 17

*Sign up for the reading program at readsinma.org/chicopee
*Read books, comics, audibooks or ebooks.
*Log in to the summer reading website to record what you read and write reviews.
*Read and review your first book of the summer and get a t-shirt
*Get a raffle ticket for each additional book you read and review

Teen Tuesdays!
Something different every week from June 26 – August 14 @ 3:00
June 26 – Reiki – learn about this healing art
July 3 – Make a Comic
July 10 – Minecraft Zombie Apocalypse – space limited, first ten zombie hunters admitted
July 17 – Book release party for Reunited by Hilary Wiseman Graham with live music by Dilly Dilly, a photo booth, free mp3s by fictional band Level3, and free excerpts from the book!
July 24 – Steampunk Mad Tea Party – come in costume!
Want to learn more about steampunk? Click here!
July 31 – Crafts! – melting crayons, glowing jars, and t-shirt bleach art (bring a dark colored t-shirt, perhaps your summer reading shirt to decorate)
August 7 – Chocolate! – Ever wanted to dip bacon in chocolate? Try it here! (we’ll have other more regular chocolate pairings like fruit and marshmallows, too)
August 14 – End of Summer Reading Party! – play Just Dance on the Wii while summer reading raffle prizes are announced!

Reader’s Theater
Mondays in July from 2 -4
Performance on July 30
Create short plays based on storybooks to perform for children. Pick the books, write the plays, make the props and take the stage!

Book Freaks Teen Book Club
Thursdays @ 3:30 – July 5, August 9 & 23
Open discussion of anything and everything you’re reading.
Book reviews and recommendations. Writing exercises and
opportunities to share your work.



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Teen Programs May & June 2012

Video Games
Fridays @ 2:30
May 4 & 18
June 1 & 15
Games for Wii, Playstation 2, and old-school Nintendo and Super Nintendo.

Anime Club
Thursday @ 3:00
May 10 & 24
June 7 & 21
Watch anime, read manga, draw and discuss.

Low Tech Gaming
Fridays @ 2:30
May 11 & 25
Unplug with board games and card games.

Wednesdays @ 3:30
Dates in May tba (pending computer updates)
June 13 & 20
Try new ways of playing this creative adventure game on the library’s MinecraftEdu server.

Book Club
Thursday May 17 @ 3:30
Join us at a slightly later time to talk books, trade reading recommendations, and try the occasional writing exercise.

Teen Craft: Duct Tape
Thursday May 31
Drop in 4:00 – 6:00
Learn to make flowers, wallets, and more from this most versatile of adhesives.

Book Preview Party
Friday June 8 @ 3:00
Your faithful librarian is attending Book Expo America in New York City and will return with a pile of Advanced Reading Copies and all the latest news about upcoming books. Get excited about new books and maybe take home a book that hasn’t even been published yet!

Coming Soon: Summer Reading!
Summer Reading Kickoff Event: Poi Spinning Workshop and Fire Performance
by NegativeQ
Tuesday June 19
Workshop @ 6:00
Performance @ 8:00
Learn about the Maori art of spinning poi and watch professionals in action at an exciting performance. Registration is required for the workshop. Performance open to all.

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March & April Teen Programs

Teen Tech Week
March 4 – 10

Computer Lab Challenge
Wednesday March 7 @ 3:00
Creative online challenges
involving passwords, memes, HTML and Minecraft.

Retro Gaming & E-Readers
Friday March 9 @ 2:30
Console games from the 80’s and 90’s and e-readers for the future.
Get your hands on technology old and new!

Anime Club
Thursdays @ 3:00
March 1, 15, 29
April 12 & 26
Watch anime, read manga, draw & discuss.

Video Games
Fridays @ 2:30
March 2, 23, 30
Play Wii on the big screen and PS2 on the small screen.

Teen Advisory Board
Wednesdays @ 3:00
March 14- Pi Day
April 11 – Summer Program Planning
Share your opinions to shape library programs and collections and celebrate the occasional random holiday.

Wednesdays @ 3:30
March 21
April 4 & 18
Play this creative adventure game on the library’s multiplayer  server.

Book Club
Thursdays @ 3:00
March 22 & April 5
Relaxed discussion about books, reading and writing.

Craft: Snack Wrapper Wallets
Friday March 16 @ 2:30
Make a wallet out of your favorite snack wrapper. All materials
provided. Bring your own 4×3 piece of snack wrapper if you like.

How to Succeed in College: A Talk by John Thornmeyer
Tuesday April 24 @ 4:00
A talk for college-bound 11th and 12th graders.

Avengers April!
Fridays @ 2:30

Join us for movies and trivia in anticipation of the Avengers movie in May.

April 13 – Captain America

April 20 -  Thor

April 27 – Iron Man 2

Avengers Assemble!







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Teen Programming Schedule Updates

Just a short note to remind you of some details of the teen programming schedule in the coming weeks.

Our Wednesday Minecraft group will take a short hiatus and return on February 22 at 3:30, during school vacation week. We’ll also be offering a Minecraft program for kids ages 9 – 12 on the same day, earlier in the afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00.  Minecraft will be a part of a Teen Tech Week program on March 7 from 3-5.  The regular every other Wednesday schedule will resume on March 21.


Super 8 will be our February Break Teen Movie, Friday February 24 @ 1:00. Thanks to everyone who voted!


Watch this space for the full schedule of teen programs for March & April, coming soon!

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February Teen Movie Poll

We’re showing a movie during February School Vacation – Friday February 24 @ 1:00.  Which of these would you like to watch?  Watch the trailers and then vote below!

Super 8

Real Steel

The Social Network

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


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January & February 2012 Teen Programs

Special Events

Swordsmanship Demonstration
Friday January 13 @ 3:00
Local sword enthusiasts from the Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship (ARMS) will give a talk and show you some of their moves.

After Valentine’s Day Party
Friday February 17 @ 3:00
Leftover chocolate and love stories.  Talk about your favorite romances in books and movies.

Ongoing Programs

Wednesdays @ 3:30  January 4 & 18, February 1 & 22
Join us in the computer lab to explore this creative multiplayer game. Sign in to our server with your account, or use one of ours.

Anime Club
Thursdays @ 3:00 January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16
Watch anime, read manga, draw and discuss with friends.

Low Tech Games & Crafts
Fridays @ 2:30 January 6 & February 3
Unplug with games and crafts. Different activities each month.


Video Games
Fridays @ 2:30  January 20 & 27, February 10
Play Nintendo Wii on the big screen and Playstation 2 on the small screen.
We have SmashBros, Rock Band, Just Dance and more!

Book Club
Thursdays @ 3:00 January 26 and February 9
At our January meeting we will discuss The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Stop by the circulation desk to reserve a copy of this popular book.  We will also make plans for the February meeting in January.

Teen Advisory Board
Wednesdays @ 3:00
January 25 – Chinese New Year
February 8 – Spring Program Planning
Help plan library programs, discuss the library and life in general, partake in the occasional random holiday celebration.

February Break Movie
Friday February 24 @ 1:00
What will we watch? You decide!
Watch this space for voting instructions.

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Best Teen Books of 2011

Lists of the best books of the year are popping up all over, and some of the same titles keep appearing.  Here are some of the year’s favorites and a collection of links to different lists.  Click on the book covers to see the books in our library catalog. Click on the names of the lists to view the full list from each source.


Kirkus Review Best Teen Books of 2011

New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2011

Barnes & Noble Best Teen Books of 2011

Amazon.com Best Books of 2011: Young Adult

Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2011 Children’s Fiction

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Current Nominations
(Winners will be announced in January)

What was your favorite book from 2011? Leave a comment!


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December 2011 Teen Programs

December starts this week, how time flies! Here’s a list of what’s going on this month:

Wednesdays @ 3:30 November 30, December 14
Play together on the library’s multiplayer server. Use your account, or one of ours.

Anime Club
Thursdays @ 3:00 December 1 & 15
Watch anime, discuss manga, draw, hang out.


cc licensed image via flickr by yerayhernandez

Video Games
Fridays @ 2:30 December 2 & 16
Winter Break Gaming:
Thursday December 29 @ 2:00
Play Wii on the big screen and PS2 on the small screen. 

Teen Advisory Board
Wednesday December 7 @ 3:00
Year in Review Meeting. What were the best & worst teen programs, books, movies, or games of 2011?

Book Club
Thursday December 8 @ 3:00
Informal discussion about whatever books you’re reading.

Teen Movie: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Friday December 9 @ 2:30
The votes are in, this is the movie you chose!

cc licensed image by Tammy Green via flickr

Holiday Cupcake Decorating
Wednesday December 21 @ 3:00
Bring your creativity and your appetite, we’ll provide the rest!

Winter Break Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Wednesday December 28 @ 3:00
Everybody’s favorite movie for just about any fall or winter holiday. Enjoy some hot chocolate while you watch it on the big screen.

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Best Book Reviews by Teen Summer Readers

Summer reading has come to an end.  Congratulations on all of the hours read by everyone who participated!  The part I enjoyed most was reading your reviews.  You can have a look at all of them on the summer reading page: http://readsinma.org/chicopee  Scroll to the bottom and click on view all reviews.  These three reviews stood out to me as particularly compelling.  As always, click on the book covers to check their availability.

Lies by Michael Grant (Gone series)
Reviewed by A.B.,  9th grade

I’m not finished yet but I like it so far. I love how its like one problem on top of another on top of another. The other books in the series have a similar writing style: spinning , swirling, raging chaos with one event tying it all together at the end. Always going out with a boom, yet always leaving behind some problems for the next book to handle. On a more specific note *spoiler alert* , I’m a little confused as to how Antonio survived so long with a 3 inch hole burned into his stomach. Unless they meant 3 inches across. I can’t believe Astrid would even think about kicking Sam off the council; Sam’s doing more than she’s doing even if he is going about it the wrong way and I don’t think Sam will end up really killing Zil and his crew, though Ii do think he’ll kill Drake. And I’m a little afraid to read about what happens to the kids on the island. Who knows what Caine is gonna do when he finds out the island is still inhabited.

 I finished the book. It was extraordinary. Completely met my expectations.

The Everafter by Amy Huntley
Reviewed by M.R., 11th grade

This book was really good. The main character, Madison, ends up in the afterlife and she doesn’t know how she died or really anything about herself, but she can go back to moments in her life using objects that she had lost. I think this book was really interesting because the reader doesn’t know anything about Madison until Madison knows it, so it feels like you are the main character.

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter (Gallahger Girls series)
Reviewed by J.K, 8th grade

There is a girl spy school where some girls get tested to the limit. It has a lot of great imagery and keeps your attention the whole time.

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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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