Teen Book Review: In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This non-fiction book is basically about the murder of the Clutter family. From the beginning, the author lets the reader know this, and this to my surprise does not ruin the story. The author describes the life of the family and their relationships with one another as well as with their neighbors. He creates a bond between the reader and the family. Along with this, he describes the life of the murders, their motives, and true feelings. Truman helps the reader understand the murders enough so that one will not completely hate but even pity them. The book also includes the effect the death has on the neighborhood, the murders’ actions and consequences after the family’s death.

I personally enjoyed the book which was a surprise since I usually do not read non-fiction books. I enjoyed it because of the way the author formatted it. Unlike other informative works of literature, the tone was not dull. It seemed to have more of the feel of a story than an informative book, like a textbook. I also liked the fact that I was able to learn a few things, mostly geographical, about Kansas. The vocabulary also wasn’t difficult like Old English you may see in books like The Scarlet Letter. The only thing that I at first didn’t like because I found confusing was how the author went back and forth. He talked about the family, then the murders, then the family again and so on. I later appreciated how he did this since it helped me know what the murders were doing at the time the Clutters were doing something.

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Rosaamelia-11th grade

Teen Book Review: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This novel is about a woman and her child and the difficulties she goes through. She has committed a sin that in her society is very grave. Due to her sin of adultery, she is an outsider, is treated as such, and has put her lover’s life in danger. Though she is disrespected and is full of sadness as time progresses and her child grows, her love for her paramour does not dimish. As time progresses she gains hope as she sees a way to be happy with her lover. Plans are made but never fulfilled. This story if full of symbolism and has deeper messages than what is just printed.

I personally enjoyed it. It is a bit of a difficult read because of the Old English so it may be best to read it slowly to fully understand it. The love story is very beautiful and emotional. I teared up at some parts which seem very unusual since it is “only a book”. It is a great way to expand one’s vocabulary.  I was constantly searching up words which annoyed me. Right now I am actually thankful though because I was able to learn new words. If you think about what you read so many ideas and realizations come with this book! Overall, great book.

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Rosaamelia-11th grade

Teen Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves cutesy romance novels. The book is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes a love letter whenever she falls in love with a boy to get over them and she keeps it in a box in her bedroom until one day her letters are stolen and mailed out and Lara Jean has to deal with what happens next. I enjoyed the book greatly because of the relationships Lara formed with her sisters and her friends throughout the story. Also it’s a fun book to read during the holidays.

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Amber-9th grade

Art Gallery and Miniature Golf at the Library!

Our awesome teen volunteers had a great time building a 9 hole miniature golf course in the library for Downtown Woodland’s Main Street Open and First Friday Art Walk Event.

TAB members, Roshelle and Onica created the initial map of the golf course and 13 teen volunteers met on Friday afternoon to let their imaginations run wild. Initially, everyone tentatively started to stack books- but Greta, the Library Director, told the teens to really go big. Books, building blocks, cardboard, stuffed animals, paint, and all sorts of fun toys were used and the teens really brought their creative A-game.

Local teen, Arnon Erba  designed the flyer for the event and helped set up the gallery show in the front near the library’s rotunda. Teens also brought poetry, paintings and photography that were enjoyed by all.

About 100 people stopped by the library to see the artwork, play miniature golf and also see the new 3-D printer and test out 3-D pens that will be part of the library’s new maker space, Square One, opening early next year!


Teen Advisory Board Graduation 2016

Congratulations to Zach, Onica, Roshelle, Navneet who attended the library’s first graduation ceremony for TAB’s senior members. Two members, Emily and Joseph, could not make it because of work commitments. All six members leave big shoes to fill, as they have been excellent leaders of TAB.

These are just a few examples of the work they have done over the past year with TAB.

Roshelle and Navneet led the teens in organizing the successful Halloween Party where over 250 local teens attended at the library.

Onica and Joseph volunteered extensively and the most consistently for the past Summer Reading Programs.

Navneet and Emily took the lead in creating a TAB presentation and presented at school board meetings, classrooms and all staff meetings to spread awareness of TAB and recruit new TAB members.

All six of them have received youth development training with Rogelio Villagrana and the UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program. All TAB members receive training in public speaking, event planning, time management and leadership skills in order to effectively plan and promote library programs for youth and teens in the community.

During the graduation ceremony, each member was able to confidently give a small speech about what they liked most about TAB, what they learned from TAB and how this would help them in the future. Full disclosure- this part of the ceremony was impromptu, as they were asked to say a few words when they accepted their medals. Just goes to show how prepared and self-assured they have become. Ready for anything!

Parents and siblings where appreciative of the library’s program and how it helped their child to be involved in community service. Younger TAB members, Anoushka, Mia and Amber also attended to support their graduating peers. Anoushka volunteered her photography skills to take all the pictures of the event and Mia brought cookies to share.

Mayor Tom Stallard congratulated the teens on their accomplishments and future goals of attending college. He reminded them to visit their college’s libraries as they are welcoming places that will help them succeed in school.

Greta Galindo, the library’s Director, expressed gratitude to the teens for all their volunteer work in making the library a fun place for youth. Several library board members and Woodland High School’s librarian, Corinne, also attended to show support and congratulate the TAB members.

It was an intimate event filled with appreciation and accomplishment. Thank you to everyone that came to support the graduating TAB members. Congratulations to the class of 2016!

TAB Graduation Invites