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Don Brown's Drowned City

In 2013, Don Brown blew everyone away with his graphic nonfiction book The Great American Dust Bowl.  Brown used pen, ink and digital brown paint to explain how America’s heartland became a vast barren plain in the 1930s.  In 2015, Don Brown turns his talents to illuminate a Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans.

"Brown tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans, beginning with “a swirl of unremarkable wind” in “early August, 2005” and ending with the observation that “By 2012, only 80 percent of New Orleans’s residents had returned.” Artwork with the high quality of early Disney animation—strongly drawn figures against electrically charged watercolor backgrounds—seamlessly co-tells a dramatic tale with text that ranges from simple, factual sentences to quotations from an extensive collection of books and media. The text and artwork clearly reveal two separate but inextricably connected horrors: devastation caused by a high-category hurricane and the human responsibility that lay behind the nightmarish scenarios." [from Kirkus Reviews]

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How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons

Looking for a project to fill your final days of summer?  Look no further than How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons by Robert Blofield.  Learn how to write, direct, and edit your own film without a Hollywood budget.  As the title promises, the book focuses on ten skills you'll need to develop:

  1. Find Inspiration
  2. Turn Your Idea into a Script
  3. Visualize Every Shot
  4. Plan, Plan, Plan!
  5. Camera Work
  6. Lighting and Sound
  7. Be a Confident Director
  8. Editing Your Film
  9. Show Off Your Film
  10. Keep on Filming!

Each skill is broken down into smaller lessons that include tons of helpful hints, handy tips, and "WOW" factors for storyboards, shooting scripts, camera rigs, cutaways, and more!  And the book's spiral binding makes it easy to keep it open to the most helpful page.  Highly recommended for movie maker enthusiasts!

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Prize Vault -- Last Chance!

Make sure you turn in your reading logs by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.   When the vault door closes, it won't re-open until next summer.  We will draw names for the bike and the four teen grand prizes first thing Wednesday morning.

Another John Green book has been turned into a movie!  It hits the big screen this weekend.  As a librarian, it is my DUTY to encourage you to read the book first.  We have Paper Towns in many formats.

Young and shy Quentin (Nat Wolff) is in for the night of his life when Margo (Cara Delevingne), the most popular student in high school, recruits him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The next day, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. With help from a few buddies and some cryptic clues that she left behind, Quentin embarks on an obsessive mission to find the girl who stole his heart and made him feel truly alive.

Summer Reading is winding down.  There's just one more teen event left on the calendar -- Heroes & Villains Finale Party on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Dress like your favorite villain or hero.  Listen to music and eat snacks.  Receive alter-ego glasses and make a craft or two.  There will be prizes for the best costume as well as door prizes!  You don't have to let us know you're coming.  Just show up!


Teen Services

Teen Community Service Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.