The Nerd Herd Reunites!

Teen Book Club posterIt’s here…the first fall meeting of the Nerd Herd Teen Book Club. We can’t wait to hear what our herd thought about READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline!  And next, we’re reading SCHOOLED by Gordon Korman. It’s going to be a great fall season!

If you know of someone who might be interested in joining our herd, they must be at least 12 years old. Give us a call for more information, or drop by the library to pick up our October read.

——Head Nerd Herder out…..

Nerd Herd Reunites!

Teen Book Club posterWe’re so excited to bring back all of our teens for a new Nerd Herd meeting at the end of the month. We’re getting together on Wednesday, September 28th from 4-5:30pm to discuss READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. While it’ll be interesting to see if any of the Herd gets the 80’s references, they’ll certainly be able to identify with the whole video game concept. I can’t wait to hear what they think about it!

On that note, if you have a teen at home (aged 12+) who loves to read, why not suggest coming to one of our meetings. All they have to do is drop by the front desk to register and pick up a copy of this month’s book. We talk about the book we’ve read, other books, movies, the internet….whatever comes up. And yes, we have snacks! Our group is made up of a fairly even divide of girls and guys, so it’s a lot of fun, as you can imagine.

This fall, we’ll be reading books, hearing from a teen local author, and having a merry time at our Christmas party. In the new year, we’ll read more books, celebrate Teen Book Day, and maybe even take part in a book contest or two. The possibilities are endless, and steered by our members, so join us and have your say, too!

It’s Book Buck Spending Week!

BOOK(3)This is it…our final Book Buck Spending week of the year!  We’ve given away over $60 in prizes so far,  but we expect to triple or quadruple that this week. Our teen readers have been busy all summer working on the squares in the Book Buck Bingo card, and we’ve been delighted by their progress.

  • We had teens bring in baked goods they’d made out of new cookbooks
  • We LOVED hearing teens introduce themselves to us to earn a Book Buck. Great job, everyone!
  • We enjoyed the seeing teens wandering around the library, noses deep into their cards as they looked for books that matched the squares.
  • We especially had fun giving away treats, prizes, books, crafts, and more to everyone who spent their book bucks early.

Don’t forget….there is ONE special $16 Book Buck Secret Prize available this week. While you won’t know what’s inside, it’ll be worth it if you take a chance…we promise!

Bye Bye Summer…

summer2016Our summer programs are done, our wonderful summer students are gone, and we’re busy gearing up for fall programming. But wasn’t it fun? We had a great time in July and August, and it was all thanks to YOU!

Thank you for:

  • attending programs,
  • taking out books, DVDs, and museum passes,
  • for downloading eBooks and audiobooks,
  • for using Flipster and Mango Languages,
  • for signing up for summer reading programs
  • for spending Book Bucks
  • for donating money to adopt a giraffe
  • for sharing treats with us after baking for book bucks
  • for getting enthusiastic about penguins
  • for bringing your children for literacy tutoring
  • for attending magic shows and visiting local museums with us
  • for enjoying our new water cooler
  • for playing Pokemon Go

…and for all of the other “wild” things that went on this summer. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come!

All The Time in the World

allThis fall, our Nerd Herd Book Club will be lucky to have local teen author S.J. Ryan visit us at a meeting to talk about her first self-published book, ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. While she’s been busy this summer volunteering at our local Carleton Place and Heritage Museum, we hope she’s had a bit of time to work on the next in this time-travel series.

From Goodreads:

The world has changed. In the last hundred years, things have changed a great deal. Technology has slowly begun its reign over mankind, and the world will never be what it once was. One band of misfits seeks to change the way they live, through the manipulation of time itself. They travel back in time to the year 1900 to attempt to carve out a simpler, more meaningful life for themselves. However, when an unexpected stowaway with a dark past threatens to ruin all they have worked so hard for, they find themselves questioning their plans. Will they be forced to return to their miserable lives in the future? Or worse?

We’re looking forward to hearing about her writing process, the struggle and satisfaction of self-publishing, and maybe a few tips for other young authors in our book club. It should be a fascinating book club!

We have a copy available in our library if you’d like to read it, or you can pick up your own copy at Amazon.

Spend Your Book Bucks!

Next week is one of the most popular and fun weeks at the library….it’s the first Book Bucks Spending Week! All of our teen readers have been madly reading and collecting in hopes of scoring something fun to purchase with their Book Bucks. We’re getting all of the items ready and cloaking them in secret behind a window cover, just to keep prying eyes from seeing too much too soon.

20160728_171432If you have teen readers who have some book bucks to spend, they can drop in any day next week that we’re open and spend, spend, spend! But don’t worry…if they can’t be here next week, they can drop in during the week of September 5 – 10 to make their purchases.  We think this is going to be a very popular event this year!

Ready Player One

9969571We’re getting ready to welcome back our Teen Book Club, and first up for the Nerd Herd will be Ernest Cline’s READY PLAYER ONE.  With the popularity of Pokemon Go right now, we’re sure this book will be a big hit with our readers.

Here is the premise on Goodreads:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

I loved this book! The concept is fresh, the voice is exciting and really well done, and I know both the boys and the girls will enjoy it. Have you read it? I can’t wait now until September!

(On a side note, if you have teenagers aged 12 + who would like to join our Nerd Herd Book Club, we’ll be putting out the new book list in mid- August, so drop by the library to find out more! We meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30pm, starting September 28th!)