Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

51dKyfgX6xL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_       Alex and Eliza: A Love Story is the perfect read for anyone obsessed with the musical Hamilton. This cute and romantic book written by Melissa de la Cruz explores the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

     This is a fictional novel, even though some of the characters are real people and there is real places mentioned. The story switches perspectives, so you get to see what both Eliza and Alex are thinking.

    If you want to know more about the love story of Elizabeth and Alexander, pick up this book!

“Not very much is know about Alex and Eliza’s romance, except that they fell hard and fast and were so in love that Eliza carried a poem he wrote for her in a necklace she wore until the day she died.” -Melissa de la Cruz, page 358: Acknowledgments 

 

The Last Star

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The Last Star, just recently released in May of 2016, was a highly anticipated book for many. It was the third and final book for The 5th Wave series. The final book is full of twists and turns, surprises, and shocking reveals.

Cassie Sullivan’s world has been turned upside down. The Others have taken everything from the billions of people on earth. When the aliens start to pursue their final attack on Planet Earth, Cassie knows she has to stop them and save the humankind.

“If this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”-Cassie Sullivan, The 5th Wave

Healthy is the New Skinny at Woodland Public Library

The Woodland Public Library was honored and excited to host Katie H. Willcox from Healthy is the New Skinny and her presentation on media manipulation, self-love, happiness and overcoming negative thoughts from society.

Despite the heat, over 65 people, young and old, attended and participated in Zumba, Kickboxing, Yoga, crafts and drank smoothies made from frozen fruit and fresh chard from the library’s garden. We also had a health educator from Yolo County bring information for teens.

The highlight of the evening was Katie’s presentation and the impact she has on young girls and boys and also older men and women, is beyond positive and life-changing. In a post-survey, one 16 year old girl said she “will start being more positive and this helped me  to understand other people’s views of beauty and to change my views to be more accepting of those views.” In other words… True beauty comes from within.

Katie incorporated her personal story as a plus-size model, educated with facts and history, and included personal testimonials from everyday people (every body type) to really get her message across. “YOU are wonderful and can live an authentic and healthy life.”

I admired how genuine and real she was during the event and how Katie took the time to meet and talk with all the girls and people. She truly listened, and made everyone feel valued. We even had some participants that drove as far as Modesto and San Francisco to attend our Health Festival and meet Katie.

All in all, the event was a huge success thanks to Katie, the fitness instructors, teen volunteers and participants. The event was funded by a grant from the California State Library, Friends of the Woodland Public Library and City of Woodland Measure J funds.

 

Written by,

Rhea- Teen Services Librarian

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Katie and Teen Librarian, Rhea

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Katie with Hannah and Emily

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Katie with TAB members, Elitza, Onica and Roshelle

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Zumba dancing with Elsa!

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Kickboxing with Marie!

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Yoga cool down with Minahki

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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!

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Book Review-Stars Above

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer is a book containing 8 short stories relating to Cinder and her friends, as well as the epilogue for The Lunar Chronicles.

This book contains:

The Keeper-Michelle Benoit and her journey with Princess Selene

Glitches– Prequel to Cinder

The Queen’s Army– Prequel to Scarlet

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky– Prequel to Cress

After Sunshine Passes By– A peak into how Cress ended up on the satellite and just how good of a hacker she is

The Princess and the Guard– Prequel to Winter

The Little Android– Marissa Meyer’s retelling of “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen

The Mechanic– When Prince Kai and Cinder first meet, from Prince Kai’s perspective

Something Old, Something New-Epilogue

This is the perfect book for The Lunar Chronicles fans and if you haven’t heard of this series, be sure to check out the first 4 books (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter)!

Book Review-The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a fast-paced novel written by Suzanne Collins. It takes place in the future and throughout North America. However, the states have now been set up into 12 districts, known as the Districts of Panem, with a Capitol to rule over them. This well-written book includes action, suspense, and even a bit of romance, which makes it perfect for any reader who loves a bit of everything!

Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in the poor district of 12, knows how to survive. In Panem, each district must offer up one boy and one girl from the ages of 12 to 18 to compete in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a chance for one tribute to come out on top with riches, a new way of living, and to be crowned a Victor. However, to come out on top, they must survive the fight to the death in the arena against 23 other tributes. When Katniss ends up in the arena, can she survive against all odds and be crowned the 74th Annual Hunger Games Victor?

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

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Skills for Teen Parents

The Woodland Public Library received a grant from the California State Library to host a series of life-skills workshops called “Skills for Teen Parents” or STeP.

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STeP started in January with 6 young moms ranging in age from 17-20 and ended in May with an intimate graduation celebration. The moms participated in 10 workshops where they learned a wide range of skills from experts in the following fields :STeP Schedule Official.

The graduation ceremony started with a special guest speaker, Dr. Maria Armstrong, Superintendent of Woodland Joint Unified School District. Dr. Armstrong said she could not pass up on the chance to talk with the teen moms, as she was one herself. Her story, really resonated with the young moms and inspired them to believe in themselves.

After Dr. Armstrong spoke, each girl came up to speak about what they learned and enjoyed most about the program. While a few were shy, they spoke well and confidently about their experience and goals for the future. Here is an example of what a positive impact STeP has made for these young moms:IMG_2365

 

STeP is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State  Librarian and the Friends of the Woodland Public Library and City of Woodland Measure J funds.

Thank you to our numerous community partners and   sponsors: Woodland Joint Unified School District, Yolo County Adolescent Family Life Program, Yolo Center for Families, UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program, Empower Yolo, Travis Credit Union, Brian Pakpour Law, Yolo County Department of Child Support Services and UC Cooperative     Extension.