Wii Wednesday

It looks like the rain is coming tomorrow so come inside the Library to play on the Wii from 2pm - 4pm in the Teen Scene.


Popsicle Stick Bombs

Join us on Friday, July 18th at 2pm 
to learn how to make Popsicle Stick Bomb!


Fizz, Boom, Eat


Will you accept the challenge to find out how brave you really are?

Friday, July 11th
2:00-3:00 p.m.


Book Review - A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Summary: Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy. 

Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends. A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.

Review: I'm always nervous about stories with alternate narrators because sometimes you can't really distinguish between the characters. However, that was not the case here. Emmy (love that name!) and Justin  have unique voices and they both acted like real teenagers. The extended cast of characters was an interesting bunch, and all the teens at Heartland came to life as we got to know more about their backstories. I appreciated the bonds that they formed and the ways that they worked together to help one another overcome their problems. I was entertained by this book and ending up laughing quite a few times and rooting for the characters to work out their issues. --Reviewed by Brittany, Information Assistant at TCPL


Program Reminder: Mock the Movie

Join us on Friday, June 20th at 2pm to mock Jim Henson's 1986 adventure/sci-fi:
  1. Fifteen-year-old Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and secretly wishes that he will just disappear. Her wish comes true when goblins kidnap the boy. Feeling responsible and guilty about his abduction, she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To rescue her brother, she must sneak into the castle of the Goblin King, which is in the center of a fantastical labyrinth. But, the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles, and nothing is really as it seems.
  2. Popcorn will be served.