Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teen Fall Events @ the Library


There are tons of things going on this fall for teens at the library! All events are free and open to teens in grades 6-12, but registration is required. Call 973-226-5441, sign up online at http://tinyurl.com/WCPL-events, or visit the Library to register.

Bad Movie Bingo Night! 
Tuesday, September 30 @ 5:30 PM
Join us for an amazingly bad film & play our Bad Movie Bingo Game! Spot the horror movie clichés for a chance to win a prize! The film is rated PG-13. 

Teen Read Week 2014
Tuesday, October 14 @ 5:00 PM
Celebrate the awesomeness of reading all week long with contests, book displays, and a special program on October 14.

Halloween Bash!
Tuesday, October 28 @ 5:00 PM
Are you addicted to Halloween candy? Do you start planning your costume in June? Then come to our pre-Halloween Bash! We'll have games, food, and a mystery or two.

International Game Day Tournament
Saturday, November 15
Ready to get your game on? Celebrate International Game Day with a Wii gaming tournament and a chance to be crowned game champion!

Teen Holiday Program
Wednesday, December 17 @ 5:00 PM
Feeling a little “Bah, humbug!”? Come to our special holiday program and get back into the spirit again!

Test Prep @ the Library
October 18 (SAT), November 22 (ACT), January 17 (SAT/ACT COMBO)
We are partnering with Kaplan K12 & College Prep to offer free full-length practice SAT, ACT, and SAT/ACT combo tests for high school students. Seats go quickly, so sign-up today! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New YA Books - September 2014 (Part 1)

We've got lots of great new titles added to our YA collection this month....so many that we'll have to break it up into two parts!! Stay tuned for Part 2!

YA FIC COLFER
FBI agent Chevie Savano escapes into the past to elude the secret police after they kill Charles Smart just as he is telling her of the WARP program. She and Riley team up to find Colonel Clayton Box before he can launch missles at the capitals of Europe.

YA FIC DASHNER
Michael completed the Path only to have everything he'd ever known about his life--and the world--completely turned upside down. He’s uncovered a plot created by insidious virtual organization VirtNet that will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. And the takeover has already begun.

RumbleRumble by Ellen Hopkins
YA FIC HOPKINS
Eighteen-year-old Matt's atheism is tested when, after a horrific accident of his own making that plunges him into a dark, quiet place, he hears a voice that calls everything he has ever disbelieved into question.

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
Into the GreyYA FIC KIERNAN
After a horrific fire, twin brothers Patrick and Dom are forced to move to a summer cottage with their family in 1970’s Ireland. When the brothers realize their nightmares of a “goblin boy” are actually real, they must uncover family secrets and forge strange alliances in order to escape with their lives.

Six feet over itSix Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
YA FIC LONGO
When fourteen-year-old Leigh's father buys a graveyard and insists she work there after school, she learns much about life, death, and the power of friendship.

NilNil by Lynne Matson
YA FIC MATSON
Transported through a "gate" to the mysterious island of Nil, seventeen-year-old Charley has 365 days to escape--or she will die.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
MarinaYA FIC RUIZ-ZAFON
When Oscar and the mysterious Marina decide to follow a woman in black, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten postwar Barcelona--a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons—and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.
Play me backwards

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
YA FIC SELZER
A promising and popular student in middle school, Leon Harris has become a committed "slacker" but with graduation approaching and his middle school girlfriend possibly returning to town, Leon's best friend Stan, who claims to be Satan, helps him get back on the right track…for a price.

YA BIO KAHLO
Nontraditional, controversial, rebellious, and politically volatile, the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their provocative paintings as well as for their deep love for each other.
Up for sale : human trafficking and modern slavery

YA 306.362 BEH
Up for Sale tackles human trafficking and modern slavery around the world, from forced labor to sexual exploitation. It offers heart-wrenching personal accounts from survivors and information about the global fight against human trafficking.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Fall Volunteer Opportunities!


ATTENTION TEENS!

Are you looking to earn community service hours?
Want to have fun and help the West Caldwell Public Library at the same time?

Why not sign up to assist with our library events!

We are looking for volunteers 14-18 years old to provide help with our fall activities & programs.

For more information or to sign-up, please

contact the Reference Department, call 973-226-5441 or email wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR:

·        Weekly programs like Rhyme Time, Library Stars and Little Bookworms

·        Special programs like Seasonal Discovery with the Essex County Environmental Center, Dance and Sing with Mr. Justin, and International Game Day

Monday, August 25, 2014

Announcing the 2014-2015 NJ Mock Trial Competition


Your school is invited to enter the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's High School Mock Trial Competition.

Not just for students that are interested in becoming lawyers, each year the Mock Trial competition encourages students to expand their reading, writing, and speaking skills, and learn about our system of justice.

Click here for more information on how your school can be a part of this program this upcoming school year!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2015 Garden State Teen Book Awards


Let your voice be heard! 

Teens all across NJ are invited to vote for their favorite book title in any one or all three voting categories, Non-Fiction (Grades 6-12), Fiction (Grades 6-8), and Fiction (Grades 9-12). See past winners and nominated titles here.

Deadline for voting is December 31, 2014 and winners will be announced in January 2015!

Click on the link and vote today: http://njla.org/gstba2015

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Are you ready for....BAD MOVIE BINGO?!


Join us for an amazingly bad film & play our Bad Movie Bingo Game! Spot the horror movie clichés for a chance to win a prize!

Featuring one of the worst movies ever made! 

Open to Teens in Grades 6-12. The film is rated PG-13. 

Sign-up by calling 973-226-5441 or registering online at http://bccls.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=22092&lib=149


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Teen Summer Reading Program Pics!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Teen Summer Reading Program amazing! Here's a few pics of our Finale Party, and our big winners!







Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Calling all High School poets!

Studio 360's Battle of the High School Bards


Calling all high school poets! NPR's Studio 360 has announced a Summer Poetry Challenge to feature the work of students in grades 9-12. Check out the link for more information and how to enter! 

http://www.studio360.org/story/studio-360s-summer-poetry-challenge-battle-high-school-bards/


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

So close......

The tension is almost KILLING West Caldwell Public Library staff as they select our Teen Summer Reading Program winners!





Monday, August 4, 2014

TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM: FINAL SCIENCE TRIVIA QUESTION!!!



All summer long, we've been posting science Trivia Questions on our blog and Facebook page for our Teen Summer Reading Program.....THIS WEEK IS OUR FINAL QUESTION!!!

SCIENCE TRIVIA CHALLENGE: FINAL QUESTION! 


Who invented the jet engine?

If you are a West Caldwell resident between 12-18 years old, send the answer with your name, email and grade in school to wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org and be entered into a drawing for great prizes!!

Congrats to the winner of the WEEK 6 Science Trivia Challenge! The correct answer to the question "What is the longest bone in the human body?" is the femur (thighbone)! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New YA Books - August 2014 Edition

Yes, the school year is rapidly approaching, but there is JUST enough time to get some fun reading in before it starts!

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor
The things you kiss goodbyeYA FIC CONNOR
Bettina can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady asks her out. Over the course of the summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady . . . but when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth--and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

YA FIC ENGLE
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
The great Greene heistYA FIC JOHNSON
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.

The garden of darknessThe Garden of Darkness by Gillian Murray Kendall
YA FIC KENDALL
When a disease nearly wipes out Earth's adult population, four children journey to find a cure, allegedly held by the one adult still alive.

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
(Don't you) forget about meYA FIC QUINN
Gardnerville seems like a paradise. But every four years, a strange madness compels the town's teenagers to commit terrible crimes. Four years ago, Skylar's sister, Piper, led her classmates on a midnight death march into a watery grave. Now Piper is gone. And to get her back, Skylar must find a way to end Gardnerville's murderous cycle.

DrownedDrowned by Nichola Reilly
YA FIC REILLY
Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the post-apocalyptic island of Tides. The only priority is survival. Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

Blue sea burningBlue Sea Burning by Geoff Rodkey
YA FIC RODKEY
Egg is determined to take down ruthless slave trader Roger Pembroke. But war is brewing among the Blue Sea's pirate gang, and Egg, Guts, and Kira are running out of time to find the Fire King's treasure and free the Okalu slaves from the silver mine on Sunrise. Can they save Kira's people before Sunrise is plundered by Ripper Jones's pirates?

One past midnightOne Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
YA FIC SHIRVINGTON
Each night, eighteen-year-old Sabine transitions between a life of privilege and security but no intimacy to one of economic struggle but loving relationships, and the difficulty of this strange situation causes her to consider suicide, at least in one physical reality.

The shadow heroThe Shadow Hero by Gene Leun Yang
YA GRAPHIC YANG
Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother wants him to become a superhero and clean up their Chinatown neighborhood.

YA 531.55 GUR
This updated and expanded step-by-step guide enables ordinary folks to construct more than 13 awesome ballistic devices using inexpensive household or hardware store materials.

YA 636.7 CAS
A dog's nose is so sensitive that if a human could see as well as a dog could smell, we would be able to see the small letters on an eye chart from four miles away. Is it any wonder then that dogs can be trained to find missing people in piles of rubble or a certain flower blooming amongst hundreds or thousands of other smells?

YA GRAPHIC 940.3 HAL
World War I set the tone for the 20th century and introduced a new type of warfare. Nathan Hale has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative, and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little-known secrets) of the infamous war.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Don't Forget To Turn In Those Summer Reading Program Tickets!

Our Teen Summer Reading Program Finale Party is next Wednesday, August 6, but all of your Summer Reading Program prize tickets need to be turned in by MONDAY, AUGUST 4.

Drop them off at the Reference Desk at the West Caldwell Public Library before then for a chance to win AWESOME prizes!!!


Monday, July 21, 2014

TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM: SCIENCE TRIVIA QUESTION 5


All summer long, we'll be posting science Trivia Questions every week on our blog and Facebook page for our Teen Summer Reading Program.

SCIENCE TRIVIA CHALLENGE: QUESTION 5


What is the largest non-prehistoric fish in the world?

If you are a West Caldwell resident between 12-18 years old, send the answer with your name, email and grade in school to wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org and be entered into a drawing for great prizes!!


Congrats to the winner of the WEEK 4 Science Trivia Challenge! The correct answer to the question "Which part of the Earth lies between the outer core and the crust?" is the mantle! 

Beat the Heat This Tuesday!


Summer heat driving you nuts? Save your sanity and come to our Beat the Heat Game Night on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:30 PM! 

We'll have board games, card games, and Wii games. Learn how to make your own catapult and enter our catapult challenge for prizes! 

Sign up by clicking the link below or calling 973-226-5441. 


Open to teens in grades 6-12. 

Part of our 2014 Teen Summer Reading Program. Sign-up today!! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM: SCIENCE TRIVIA QUESTION 4


All summer long, we'll be posting science Trivia Questions every week on our blog and Facebook page for our Teen Summer Reading Program.

SCIENCE TRIVIA CHALLENGE: QUESTION 4

Which part of the Earth lies between the outer core and the crust?

If you are a West Caldwell resident between 12-18 years old, send the answer with your name, email and grade in school to wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org and be entered into a drawing for great prizes!!


Congrats to the winner of the WEEK 3 Science Trivia Challenge! The correct answer to the question "Diamonds are a form of which chemical element?" is carbon!

Monday, July 7, 2014

TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM: SCIENCE TRIVIA QUESTION 3


All summer long, we'll be posting science Trivia Questions every week on our blog and Facebook page for our Teen Summer Reading Program.

SCIENCE TRIVIA CHALLENGE: QUESTION 3

Diamonds are a form of which chemical element?


If you are a West Caldwell resident between 12-18 years old, send the answer with your name, email and grade in school to wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org and be entered into a drawing for great prizes!!


Congrats to the winner of the WEEK 2 Science Trivia Challenge! The correct answer to the question "Which part of the eye has a color and surrounds the pupil?" is the Iris!


Teen Summer Reading Program Prizes!

Have you signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program? What are you waiting for?! There's prizes to be won!

For every book you read or audiobook you listen to, you can turn in a ticket for a chance to win. The more tickets you submit, the greater your chances of winning awesome prizes........so sign-up TODAY!

(And yes, those ARE a new pair of Beats Solo 2.0 Headphones!!)


Teen Advisory Group Meeting - Monday July 14 6:30-7:30 PM



Our next TAG meeting is Monday, July 14 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM!

The TAG is open to students in grades 6-12. Come help us plan upcoming library programs and choose new books, music, and DVDs for the library to purchase! You'll get fed and earn community service hours, too!

Sign-up at the West Caldwell Public Library reference desk, call 973-226-5441 or send an email to wcalref@bccls.org.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Like to Blog? YALSA Wants You!


YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) is hosting a Teen Blogging Contest in honor of 2014 Teen Read Week in October. 

Teens aged 12 -18 can sign up now through August 1, 2014 to participate in the contest for a chance to guest blog for YALSA’s young adult literature blog, The Hub. Selected teens will blog about a wide range of topics related to YA literature while also further developing their writing and blogging skills.

To apply, please complete the online application form

Selected participants will be notified by email the week of Aug. 25.

Monday, June 30, 2014

TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM: SCIENCE TRIVIA CHALLENGE QUESTION 2


All summer long, we'll be posting science Trivia Questions every week on our blog and Facebook page for our Teen Summer Reading Program.

SCIENCE TRIVIA CHALLENGE: QUESTION 2

Which part of the eye has a color and surrounds the pupil?


If you are a West Caldwell resident between 12-18 years old, send the answer with your name, email and grade in school to wcalref@bccls.org and be entered into a drawing for great prizes!!


Congrats to the winner of the WEEK 1 Science Trivia Challenge! The correct answer to the question "What is the brightest star in the night sky?" is Sirius (the Dog Star)!