October 2016


Dublin Library’s Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.) celebrated Teen Read Week by polling their friends and classmates about favorite books. Each teen voted for their top three, generating a total of 295 titles! The results show, not too surprisingly, that teens like dystopian fiction, action, adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, John Green, and classic novels that you can find in the Teen Classics section of the library.

Quite a few of the teens voted for the same books, so several titles share the same ranking. Look below for the results!

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Here are the ones that ranked in the top five:

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
    The Hunger Games
     by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  5. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
    Legend by Marie Lu
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

We know firsthand how confusing series can be. To prevent that particular headache, click here for a cheat sheet.

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares a review of a classic novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Esha C., Teen Reviewer

brave-new-worldBook Title: Brave New World

Author: Aldous Huxley

Format: Book

Year Of Publication: 1932

Who Will This Book Appeal To: Readers who like science fiction and books about utopian/dystopian societies

Rating: 4/5 stars

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is an amazing book about the future. Well, when it was first written in 1932, the book was the author’s “prediction” about what society would be like in the future (around the year 2020). Right now, 2020 is not too far away, and after reading Brave New World it is blatantly clear that the society in the book looks nothing like our world today.  Brave New World centers around the utopian society called the World State, which is composed of five classes of citizens: the Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. The novel also centers around a character named John, who is exposed to the World State after growing up in a reservation that isn’t affected by the utopian world. Brave New World is one of the most amazing books I’ve read.  At first it was really difficult for me to understand what was going on, but as I read more and more of the book, the story and characters became extremely interesting.  Brave New World is a book about a utopian/dystopian society, but it doesn’t involve any rebellions or revolutions the way that The Hunger Games or Divergent do. Instead, the book focuses on the injustices of the lives of the citizens in John’s eyes. While everybody leads a happy and content life, John argues that it’s wrong that none of the citizens get to feel or understand love, pain, or emotion in exchange for maintaining a stable society. I think that this book provides a very much needed fresh breath of air for readers who enjoy utopian/dystopian novels, and I definitely recommend others to read this book. (This book has no content that would make anyone feel uncomfortable or unwilling to continue reading the book).

 

 

If you’re currently looking for a job, you’ll want to take advantage of two free programs offered in the Dublin Library Program Room in November 2016.

The first program, One-on-One Resume Critique, will be held on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  In the one-on-One Resume Critique, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume and give you sound advice on how to make it more attractive and appealing to prospective employers.

The second program will be One-on-One Job Counseling, offered on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.   In the One-on-One Job Counseling session, you will have a 20-minute session with a job search specialist who will read through your resume, ask about your interests and education, and give you good advice on other suitable job career options for you.

These individual counseling sessions  presented by the Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center in partnership with Dublin Library.

You must call the Dublin Library at 9250803-7252 or come to the Adult Information Desk in person to sign up for a 20-minute session.   Please arrive on time for your schedule session.

Halloween – the night when you can dress up in silly costumes and it’s not at all weird to go door to door asking for candy. And what an exciting time it is, too, with all of the festivities leading up to the day itself! Children pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and carve them into jack-o’-lanterns (with the help of an adult). Teens like to go to haunted houses and watch scary movies. Adults host parties complete with creative decorations and treats. There’s something for everyone to do on Halloween!

We have a Halloween book display at the library, but hurry – they go fast. See below for a sampling!

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Highlights:

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Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat
By Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty is frightened by the creatures on Halloween.

 

 

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Scary Stories 3 : More Tales to Chill Your Bones
Retold by Alvin Schwartz

Another installment in the Scary Stories series, recounting urban myths and folklore. Watch out for those pictures!

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares a review of an adult novel, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Neha H., Teen Reviewer

the-alchemistBook Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Book Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1988

Likely Appeals to: Ages 14+

Rating: 4 stars


“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
― from The Alchemist


Brazilian author Paulo Coelho weaves together an enchanting and compelling tale in The Alchemist, first published in Portuguese in 1988 and later translated in over 67 languages after becoming an international bestseller. The novella chronicles the physical, mental, and spiritual journey of Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd, as he leaves his homeland in Spain to travel to the Egyptian desert in pursuit of an unknown treasure. Along the way, he encounters several symbolic figures who offer him counsel during his journey ‐ including an aged Gypsy woman, the biblical king of Salem, and the titular alchemist.


Coehlo’s writing is simple yet evocative; he expertly conveys Santiago’s conflicted emotions as he embarks upon a quest to fulfill his destiny. The Alchemist is no ordinary coming‐of‐age tale: it is an uplifting fable with a poignant message of fulfilling our so‐called “Personal Legends” ‐ following our dreams and listening to our hearts. As a protagonist, Santiago’s incredible courage, self‐righteousness, and knowledge of the world is the perfect fit for a novella filled with this type of inspirational wisdom.

 

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares a newer teen title, The Haters, by Jesse Andrews.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Esha C., Teen Reviewer

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Book Title: The Haters

Author: Jesse Andrews

Format: Book

Year Of Publication: 2016

Who Will This Book Appeal To: Readers who enjoy books by John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Jandy Nelson.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Jesse Andrews’s The Haters is a book about two music lovers, Wes and Corey, who manage to find a way to hate all of the music they like. In the novel the two haters find themselves in an excessively sucky jazz camp, and after meeting the amazing, groundbreaking, and possibly even-bigger-hater, Ash Ramos, the boys decide to leave Jazz camp with Ash to start a band. Throughout the novel the band plays terrible gigs, wonderful gigs, meets some insane people, and most importantly, they find their sound. By the end of the novel Wes, Ash, and Corey have all delved deep into the insecurities of their pasts, and question what made them Haters to begin with.

I personally loved this novel; the plot was easy to follow, the characters and scenes were super funny, and the music/band references made the book really relatable. I would recommend this book to people who have read other Jesse Andrews books or people who like John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Jandy Nelson, etc. (There is no material in the book that would make anyone want to stop reading or uncomfortable.)

This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares her take on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Teen reviewers select which titles and movies they’d like to review, and opinions are their own. **Teens use a scale of 1-5 stars, with one star being poor and five stars being excellent, for their reviews**

Natlie L., Teen Reviewer

grapesofwrathBook Title: The Grapes of Wrath

Author: John Steinbeck

Format: Book

Year of Publication: 1939

Will appeal to fans of: nonfiction, history (American; Great Depression), classics

Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Great Depression came with more than just economic difficulties, drought, and changes in the agricultural industry; it also came with a figurative boot to kick farmers off of their land and turned them into migrants wandering the country in search of work. The Joads were a family of these farmers-turned-migrants who then set their eyes on California, the golden land of peaches and promises. The Grapes of Wrath chronicles the story of the Joads as they travel from state to state to reach California, encounter people from all walks of life, and receive lemon after undesired lemon from life itself.

All puns and jokes aside, this novel is a bit of a downer. For starters, it’s set in the Great Depression, which, as told throughout the book, was a time of great hardship for pretty much everyone in America. The story is told from the perspective of out-of-work tenant farmers, who arguably had it the worst during that time, and it clearly depicts the struggles of those who were broke in a time when money meant power. It was painful for me to read about people throwing away, if not their dignity, their lives for the sake of earning a few cents to keep their family going for just one more day. What astounds me more than the tragic life led by the people is that, within every single chapter of the book, Steinbeck was able to convey the sense of desperation and turmoil that the migrant families experienced. The approach that Steinbeck took to tell the story was fascinating; he alternated between writing from the perspective of the Joads to writing from the perspective of an omniscient third-person narrator who I assumed was applying each specific situation experienced by the Joads to every migrant at the time by the use of generalization. That’s what kept me engaged with the book.

It took me a while to get into this novel—seven chapters and a quarter to be specific—and I probably would’ve dropped it if it hadn’t been required for school, but ultimately I’m glad I didn’t. It provided me with an insight into the lives of those who struggled to get by in the past and made me realize how appreciative I should be of my current standing. That is why I recommend this book to teens who are ready to get a bit introspective or to people who want to learn about a rather saddening slice of American history.

 

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