Monthly Archives: June 2014

FREE ACT Prep Programs

School is probably the last thing you want to think about in the middle of your summer vacation, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the ACT. The library hosts free ACT practice tests and ACT prep workshops to help you improve your score!

Our ACT Boot Camp will give you an overview of what to expect on the test, tools for tackling each section, and coping with test anxiety.


If test anxiety is something you struggle with, take advantage of our upcoming practice tests with Sylvan Learning. The free ACT practice test is the best way to adapt to the high stress test environment and see how you would score if you took the real thing. After your scores are returned, you’ll know exactly where to focus your studies as you prepare for your ACT.

If you’re interested in any of our ACT Prep programs be sure to contact one of the branches listed on the schedule.

-Ruth, Teen Services, Main Library, Teen Underground

Award Winning Books on the Red Carpet

Teen Summer Reading is in full-swing. Have you gotten your Summer Reading folder?  Along with prizes for completing your reading, there are a wide variety of activities and programs at a library branch near you. There is a main event Friday, July 11,  6-9 PM that is sure to draw a crowd: the Teen After Hours Party. Be a part of the very first Teen Choice Book Awards being presented at the party. Tell us which titles you think should win, by voting for your favorites.

One of the categories up for vote is Best Book-to-Movie.  Who will get the most votes: The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Divergent, The Book Thief, or The Spectacular Now?  Have you read all the books that are nominees?

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Girly girl: my late-in-life love of the super girly

Ask anyone I went to school with, and they will tell you that Lynette Ruby was not a girly girl – that is to say if I am even remembered by my name, and not “that angry short girl with the pixie haircut.”  I thought giving in and having fun with something girly like a movie, book, or pop song would ultimately undo whatever tough personae I’d worked to cultivate.   There were certain things I would not allow myself to enjoy…well, not publicly at least.  There were pop bands I’d deny enjoying, movies I’d claim I didn’t want to see, books I wouldn’t read, and more feminine looks I would refuse to wear.

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Five by Five

Need a new series/obsession for the summer? Let me introduce you to the greatest television series of ALL TIME. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Yes, you heard that right. Are you thinking silly blonde cheerleader and sparkly vampires? You would be wrong. Let me give you the low down on the greatest television series EVER. Did I already say that? It bears repeating.

Oh and if you think your high school is horrible wait till you check out Sunnydale High School…

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Teen Summer Reading Program is Now Underway!

Have you picked up your form yet? If you haven’t already, just stop by any LFPL branch to grab one. This year you will win a pair of ear buds and passes to cool places like Squire Boone Caverns, Rauch Planetarium, and the Louisville Science Center, as well as passes to Louisville Bats games and select UofL events. Want to participate in the Teen Summer Reading program this summer, but don’t know what to read? Here are some suggestions to get you started!

First up is Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This is an interesting retelling of Cinderella with Cinderella as a cyborg in a dystopian future. A deadly plague is making its way through New Beijing, where humans and androids live and work. Cinder is a cyborg, and gifted mechanic, who is hated by her stepmother and stepsisters. She catches the attention of Prince Kai and discovers that her mysterious past holds a secret that puts her at the center of an intergalactic struggle with ruthless lunar people.

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