Category Archives: Summer Reading

Cover of "A Raisin in the Sun"

Guest Book Review: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

M.C., the reviewer, is a Junior in high school.

Book stats:

Number of pages: 151

Genre: Realistic fiction

Included in a series:  No

Estimated reading level: grades 8-high school

Summary:

This play, whose title is derived from the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, depicts the lives of the Younger family who live in Southside Chicago. Set in the 1950s, the family of five—Mama (Lena) Younger, Walter Lee Younger, Beneatha Younger, Ruth Younger, and Travis Younger—face a family crisis as a life insurance check of $10,000  is placed in the family’s possession from the deceased Walter Senior. Walter—son of Mama and Walter Senior, father of Travis, husband of Ruth and brother to Beneatha—works as a chauffeur for white men and wants to use the money to invest in a liquor store. Beneatha attends college and wants to become a doctor; to her, the money would be best spent paying for school, however she isn’t as forceful with the check as Walter is. Mama works as a housemaid for rich white families and would like to spend the money on moving out of their less-than ideal home into a bigger home. Ruth is a housewife and would also like to spend the insurance check on a bigger home.

With this crisis at hand, the family must decide how the money should be spent to benefit the family as a whole; along the way, many obstacles arise which need to be overcome by the family in order to thrive.

Personal opinions:  

I felt that many obstacles in this play were quite realistic and relatable; the issue of an undesirable financial status—an underlying theme in this play—is experienced by many across the world, while the desire to fulfill one’s dreams is the ultimate wish of many. All in all, this play was a short, light, and easy read which is always well-appreciated. Try it, who knows? You might like it!

Rating:  4 – better than most

Bon Air Science Fair!

This upcoming Tuesday at 6pm, Bon Air Library will be hosting a program full of science experiments for teens, all supplies provided! Experiments will include Elephant Toothpaste, Silly Putty, Ice Cream, and building a wave machine. Come check it out!

What’s Elephant Toothpaste? Here’s a more extreme demonstration!

Teen Summer Reading has begun!

Teens (6th – 12th grades) who read 6 books, magazines, or graphic novels this summer by August 11 are eligible to win some great prizes including:

  • an ID cardholder & earbuds
  • FREE Passes to the Kentucky Science Center, Frazier Kentucky History Museum, Locust Grove, Rauch Planetarium, Louisville Bats, Louisville City FC, and Squire Boone Caverns
  • FREE Lemon Ice from Fazoli’s w
  • FREE Frosty from Wendy’s w
  • FREE classes at Hwang’s Martial Arts w
  • FREE Passes to U of L sporting events

Everyone who completes Teen Summer Reading will automatically be Entered for a chance to Win one of these Grand Prizes:

  • UofL football tickets
  • $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
  • a tablet computer

The program is free. To register, click here or stop by any Louisville Free Public Library location.

Summer is Coming

Wolves in the forest

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Although we don’t have a cycle of seasons that results in years-long Winter, or Summers that take up most of an entire generation as in Game of Thrones, Louisville’s Summer IS coming. Months of sticky heat and near 100% humidity are just around the corner. Are you ready for it?

Come to the library and stock up on DVD series to bingewatch, catch up on comic books and manga, get a book to read, play games, or just hang out with your friends.

Check in on the Teen Blog to get your fix of the weird and wonderful, and keep you up on upcoming programs and special events! You can also check the calendar – filtered for teen programs – here, if you haven’t found it already.

Summer is Coming: feels good doesn’t it?

wolf rolling

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Girl Power Graphic Novels

If you like comics and love a great story full of action and girl power, you can’t go wrong with these three new graphic novels.

Princess with a crown

Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley

Princess Adrienne gets tired of waiting for a prince to rescue her and takes matters into her own hands. She escapes from her tower with the help of Sparky the dragon, and she sets off on an adventure to rescue her sisters.

Girl in rollerskates on book cover

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid signs up for roller derby camp even though her best friend wants to go to dance camp. She works hard to master her skates while she makes new friends and finds a place on the roller derby team.

Ms Marvel book cover

Ms Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Start here to watch Kamala Khan morph from ordinary Muslim girl to extraordinary superhero while remaining true to herself. Two more issues are coming soon!

What are you reading this summer? We love to see your recommendations!

-Susan, Teen Services, Iroquois Branch

Coming Soon: Fall/Winter Series Preview

If you’re looking to discover a new series before the school year starts, it’s not too late. In fact, being slow to jump on the bandwagon for trending series has its perks. For example, chances are the waiting list at your library is subsiding. Meaning you go from being number 237 on the wait list to suddenly finding the book on the shelf at your branch the moment you want it. No wait! And speaking of waiting, you no longer have to agonize over cliffhanger endings (sometimes for years) before the next installment is published. We all know how excruciating that can be, so check out some of the newest titles that will hit the library shelves at the end of this year, and get caught up on these fantastic series.

Raven Boys book cover

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Publication date: October 21, 2014

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DIY Pedicure

The sun’s out and the feet come next! Ladies, this blog is directed towards you (but fellas you should do it too)! You do not want to be caught in the streets with worked over heels and toes while wearing the latest footwear and strappy sandals. Tell me who doesn’t like clean, pretty and healthy feet? Some people choose not to bother with their feet because who cares right? Wrong. People do care, I care. I want you to always put your best foot forward both figuratively and literally. One of the greatest setbacks for many of us females when it comes to our life long pursuits is our self-esteem.

Buzz on Beauty Book Cover

During this time of your lives, you want to grow, experience, trail blaze, fit in, have fun, love and be loved. In amidst of all of that, your confidence, self-respect and healthy self-esteem will take you anywhere you want to go. In order to do so, your image should reflect all that you want to be and are. In other words, your hair, skin and nails should be healthy and well maintained. Now, maintenance can come at a cost. But being well put together does not mean going to spend $50 plus on a spa pedicure and full set manicure at a beauty salon. Everything I needed cost me less than $7 at the store, and some of the items you may already have at home. So, let me get off my soap box and get you all started on your do-it-yourself feet beautification routine!

Recommended Reading

The Buzz on Beauty: A Girl’s Guide to Looking and Feeling Your Best By Amy Gelman

You Glow Girl By Dianne York-Goldman and Mitchel P. Goldman, M.D. 

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Teen After Hours QR Code Scavenger Hunt

If you’re reading this post on the LFPL Teen Blog, you’re probably here because of the Teen After Hours Party QR Code Scavenger Hunt.

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Congrats on making it past stage one!

Simply click the link below to move on to the next clue.  You may be interested to know that leaving a comment on our Teen Blog counts as one of the participation points for Teen Summer Reading program.

Feel free to check out the back log of blog posts and follow us as we publish articles each week.

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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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