Teen Book Review: The Sword of Summer

“The Sword of Summer” is the first installation in Rick Riordan’s series, “Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard.” The book is set in modern day Boston where a homeless orphan learns that he is the offspring of a powerful Norse god. His adventure begins with his questionable ‘courageous’ death after which he is taken to the Norse afterlife where he learns he has to save the worlds from doomsday. He meets several characters in his journey: dwarves; elves; gods and goddesses; and even very big scary monsters during his quest.

Having read many of Riordan’s books, I can say that this book does not fall short of being a great writing like his other works. I highly recommend reading this book and every other book of the series to be struck by how awing an imagination can be. This book is not just fiction, it is a way of learning new things and perspectives like most books are.

Review by,

Moye, 12th grade

TAB’S MARCH UPDATE

TAB had it’s first all day training for the year on Saturday, February 25 from 8:30-2:30 in the Leake Room. 28 TAB members earned 6 hours of community service as they learned the following skills; leadership, public speaking, event planning and time management.

UC Davis’s Early Academic Outreach Program volunteered 6 Student Assistants to facilitate the training including, Maryam Irfan who was instrumental to the success of the Yolo Youth Rally. 

What made this year’s training special was that we had our TAB members; Abbigail, Anoushka, Amber, Rosaamelia and Mia assist with the training by talking about how they utilized their skills in TAB, school and life. These young ladies have been active in TAB for over 2 years and were able to share their experience and knowledge to new TAB members.

Anoushka describes the training;

This past weekend, TAB had its first training of the new year, and I was privileged to have been a co-facilitator, alongside UC Davis students from the Early Academic Outreach Program. I helped lead the welcome, then led parts of the leadership section and then led an activity called ‘Outburst’. I liked how this training went; I think it was much better than the previous trainings because it was entirely student-led, which gave room for personal stories and a change of voice. 

I think for the next training, senior TAB members should have slightly larger parts that they can take over themselves, and they can practice before hand to make sure they know their parts. I think student-led trainings can be more effective in cases like these, and it would be great to see that for TAB in the future. 

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All of TAB is gearing up to use these skills for upcoming events that include;

  • Open Mic/ Talent Show
  • Teen Pool Party
  • Teen Summer Reading Program/ Book Club
  • Homeless Shelter Dinners

We are meeting today to continue planning these events! Stay tuned! If you would like to get involved, sign up and I will contact you.

We meet every FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at the library. Our next Saturday Training is March 25th, 8:30-2:30 at the Yolo County Office of Education at 1280 Santa Anita Court, Woodland. 

 

Teen Book Review: Shadowlands

Shadowlands Series by Kate Brian:

After a teacher she admired turns a serial killer and comes after her, Rory Miller and her family move to an FBI secured home in a place called Juniper Landing. However, this new place has its own mysteries: the fog-soaked island town lacks phone and Internet service, and a group of powerful young locals is overly focused on Rory, and when people from the town go missing, others don’t seem to care.

Her sister Darcy and her become friends with a group of exotic teenagers, and spend their time partying and having fun, until one of their new friends goes missing. This series is about love and loss, and the importance of family and relationships, a definite must read for lovers of mystery and romance!

Review by Anoushka, 12th grade

The Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Frank with diaryThe Teen Advisory Board attended the play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” at the Woodland Opera House. We were very grateful to receive free tickets from Meg and Tom Stallard so that 25 TAB members and 6 parents could watch this moving, true story of a young Jewish teen girl who had to go into hiding with her family during World War II.

Natalie, a sophomore at Pioneer High writes:

I really liked the play of The Diary of Anne Frank because it was interesting and funny. First, it was interesting to see what it was like from Anne’s point of view. I liked how her voice was narrating whenever she was writing in her diary. It helped me understand what living in hiding must have been like. It’s hard to imagine not having the freedom to do whatever you want and go outside whenever you want.

It made me feel bad for Anne Frank, her family, and all the other people who experienced something like that. I think the play made the story easier to understand because I could actually see it happening. The actors did a very good job of portraying each character’s personality and made me see what the situation was like from different perspectives. I really felt like I connected with the characters, almost as if I was there with them. I liked how the play had some funny parts and wasn’t just super serious, although the ending was sad.

I learned from the play that I should appreciate the freedom that I have. It makes me sad that Anne Frank never got to be free and do all the things she wanted to do. Overall, I enjoyed the play and it helped me understand the story better. 

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Abigail, 12th grader at Woodland Christian wrote a short essay about the play which can be found here.Anne Frank

Yasmin, 9th grader at Pioneer writes:

The Anne Frank play was very inspiring. I learned a lot more about Anne Frank and what she went through. I couldn’t even imagine living in that time and being afraid everywhere I turned. And worrying whether I would be taken or if I would be split up from my family. Anne Frank must have been really scared but she made the most of it and always stayed positive.

I learned that Anne was a very hyper girl and that she annoyed a lot of people. It certainly enriched my understand of World War Two and the atrocities that occurred. I learned that in the face of danger to always stay positive whenever you are scared. The play was funny at times and sad others. I thought it was really funny when Anne tried to pet the cat and Peter didn’t let her. But the ending was sad, knowing that they were taken and separated. It almost brought me to tears knowing Anne died a month before she was supposed to be released.

The Anne Frank play was sad but funny. I have learned a lot seeing this experience first hand and I would have never thought Anne could stay positive through it all. All together this was a great play and very entertaining. I never thought life was that bad back then.

 

 

TAB Recap of February

HAPPY LIBRARY LOVER’S MONTH!

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, our Teen Advisory Board prepared and served a special dinner to the homeless at our local shelter, Fourth and Hope. The idea stemmed from one of the TAB members wanting to get to know the local homeless and grew into this service project.

TAB served in multiple ways. One group decorated the dining hall in Valentines Day decorations purchased from Dollar Tree and handmade Valentines Cards. They also gave away free children’s books.

The second group cooked and prepared the dinner which consisted of making meatballs from grass-fed beef, spinach and spices,  stirring a huge pot of gluten-free pasta, and making the sauce from cans of tomatoes. TAB members cut loaves of bread and other members opened cans of fruit and mixed salads.

While we were cooking the meatballs, the grease trap caught on fire! Apparently, it had not been cleaned out from the night before so the grease from the meatballs caught fire. Luckily, staff was nearby to help put out the fire and no one was injured and we didn’t burn down the kitchen.

It was quite the experience and the teens enjoyed giving back to their community. We definitely learned how to communicate effectively and appreciate the operation that goes behind cooking meals for at least a 100 people. Many of the people who received dinner were very thankful and expressed their gratitude to the teens for serving.

 

Mia, 8th grader from Woodland Christian:

 I wanted to help out at Fourth and Hope to show the homeless community of Woodland that they are loved and that people sincerely care for them. It made me so happy to see how thrilled they were with the food and the decorations we had prepared. I loved working with my fellow TAB members and helping them make someone’s Valentines Day so memorable and special. 

Anoushka, 12th grader from Pioneer High:

On Valentine’s Day, TAB went to Fourth & Hope (a homeless shelter) to make and serve a Valentine’s Day dinner. I helped prepare the food and some of the decorations, and I had a great time! It was a really eye-opening experience for me, partly because I had never gone through the whole preparation process of getting the food ready for the needy. It made me proud to be a part of TAB, and I can’t wait to do it again. 

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Teen Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice may be an old story, but it is still on our shelves for a reason! The story has all the excitement that comes when love and family matters collide with the charm of England from long ago. The story focuses on the five Bennet sisters as they navigate the customs of English society in the early1800s. Elizabeth Bennet, who is the main protagonist, is prejudiced against the arrogant Mr. Darcy for his pride. Their complicated relationship lies at the heart of the story.

The language can be difficult to read at times, but the adorable, if somewhat frustrating, story is worth the read. Austen’s subtle commentary on society’s pride and prejudice is clever and adds another layer to the story. Pride and Prejudice is a great book to read if you’re looking for a classic and a love story.

Submitted by,

Abby, 12th grade

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about two boys who end up making a film for their friend Rachel, who is dying of cancer. Written by Greg, the main character, the book follows his interactions with Rachel and his friends and family, his life at school, and his films. After many visits with Rachel, who is now a fan of his once secret films, he loses his low profile at school.

This book is full of funny moments and charm. Even though the book is sad at times, Greg, Rachel, and Earl (Greg’s friend), always give you something to laugh at. The book is full of ups and downs for these kids, but will have you smiling.

 

LIBRARY’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016

On January 17, Woodland Public Library Director, Greta Galindo, presented the Library’s Annual Report at the City Council Meeting with the help of some of our Teen Advisory Board Members and a diverse group of library volunteers and community members.

Every year, Greta reports on how the library is doing, the programs, events, and usage statistics to the City Council. This year, she decided it would be better to hear from the actual people that use the library as part of the wpl-annual-report-2016. It was a lot of work to round up families, children, teens and adults from library programs such as;

  • Teen Advisory Board
  • Rose Club
  • Brown Bag Book Lunch
  • Friends of the Library
  • Sticks in the Stacks
  • Storytimes
  • Coding Classes
  • Minecraft Club
  • Chess Club
  • And many many more!

We had a great turnout of people of all ages to come speak about why they use the library and what kind of impact the library has on their lives. As one community member said, “What a great presentation. Heard from a beautifully diverse crowd of how important the Woodland Public Library is to so many.”

It’s very encouraging to see how much the community values their library. And we are truly grateful to all our volunteers and strive to be a library for all!

Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey is a BEAUTIFUL & DEEP poetry book, which will be like nothing you have read before. It is unique and leaves you thinking, it touches the heart, and gives a new perspective on many things in life.

Written by Rupi Kaur, she recounts moments of her life, good and bad, through short poems as well as doodles. This book talks about mature elements, so is best for older readers and teens.

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Before I Fall

 

Before I Fall is a gripping tale of Samantha, a high schooler. After a fatal car crash, Samantha wakes up the next day and relives her death date 7 times. For a whole week, she tries to figure out a way to save herself and stop the crazy cycle. However, it turns out Samantha is not just trying to save herself….

This was a well-written story with lots of intense scenes. It was a page-turner for any reader and had a beautiful ending. Be sure to check it out and also look for it in theaters in March 2017 starring Zoey Deutch!

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