Need some book titles to add to your holiday wish list? Here are some amazing December releases for you!
North Valley Regional Library will host its 2nd annual Teen Film Festival! Though you can start at any time, submissions will be accepted from December 15th until January 12th. To enter, print out the entry form below and fill it out. When you’re done with your entry, just turn it and the entry form in to the front desk at the North Valley Regional Library. Submissions must be on a DVD, USB, or SD card.
For more information, ask any staff member at the North Valley Regional Library, call 602-652-3310, or email NicolasResteiner@mcldaz.org.
This novel was extremely action packed and filled with twists and turns. It took about one hundred pages to really get into the good stuff, but that was because there was a lot of back story that needed to be known. The concept of the alien invasion was very interesting. I loved learning about all of the different waves and the military camps.
For the first half of the novel, I really enjoyed Cassie’s point of view. I just really enjoyed learning about how she was surviving all by herself, and how she believed that she was the last human on earth. Ben’s point of view was really boring to me at the beginning of the story, because I wasn’t a huge fan of the military camps. However, half way through the book, Ben’s storyline got a lot more action packed and I enjoyed his a lot more. When Cassie met Evan, I started to lose interest in her point of view a little bit.
The ending was great and powerful. There were some parts that seemed a little bit unrealistic to me, but after all, it is a science fiction novel. I was completely shocked by the last thirty or so pages. I just wasn’t expecting the story to end the way it did. It completely shattered all of my expectations and left me counting down the days until the second book came out.
Overall, it was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed science fiction.
– submitted by Emma, Northwest Regional Library
Each month we’ll feature one of our amazing MCLD teen volunteers! I’d like to introduce you to Cierra, the very first MCLD volunteer to receive this award. Congrats, Cierra!
Library Branch: Southeast Regional
Top 3 Favorite Books: Wow…that’s hard. I’m going to have to go with The Giver by Lois Lowry, the Ellie Sweet series by Stephanie Morrill, and I Am Luis Hernandez by A. E. Lesher. Though, of course, there’s a million others, too…
Favorite Stuff To Do: Well, to be honest, nerdy me looks forward to my volunteering at the library more than most anything else in life. I also love spending time with my amazing church family, reading, writing, leading my writing critique group, researching all things related to libraries and education, and spending time with my (regular) family.
Favorite Teen Library Program: Can I pick the teen volunteer program? I had a great time at the aromatherapy program we did a while back. LibraryCon was also a blast. Pretty much any time I get to spend with the staff doing something either very work intensive or completely brainless. I guess we could say I go for the extremes?
Best Thing About Being a Volunteer: Don’t make me pick!! I love EVERYTHING about volunteering, but my favorite part must be the people. Not only do I love working with the public – helping locate materials and answering questions and such – but I also love the staff at SERL. They’re the best!
Thanks for all of your great work, Cierra!
Hey, it’s November 1st! Happy NaNoWriMo!
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short) is the hardcore way to write a novel. During the month of November, participants from all across the globe dedicate their time to writing a book. The goal is to complete a manuscript of 50,000 words in 30 days.
Go to nanowrimo.org to register. Start sketching your outline. Think up some characters. Before you know it you’ll be on your way to a finished book! Our Northwest Regional Library will be holding write-ins (where all the teens in the community who are participating get together to share in the pain of writing a novel) every Wednesday. And, if you need some inspiration, our Queen Creek branch will be providing weekly writing prompts throughout November.
Tiger lily was beautiful. My heart reached out to so many of the characters and despised others. I got wrapped up in their stories, anticipating the time I got to enjoy them. All the characters were well rounded, the world was well built and the prose were spectacular. The narration by Tinkerbell was clever and added something to the story that it would have missed coming from anyone elses point of view. Over all I loved this book and it’s wonderful story which I will keep with me and hope to share with others, in Short I highly recommend it.
- submitted by Mary Grace, Goodyear Branch Library
Some of our amazing volunteers at Southeast Regional Library’s LibraryCon (Jasmine, Cierra, Miranda and Brianna).
Ever thought about being a library volunteer? It’s a great way to earn community service hours for school, plus it’s fun! Volunteers assist with special events, special projects, shelving materials, library programs and other tasks. Find out more about becoming a volunteer by contacting us, or by visiting your library!