Our Teen Advisory Board has been crazy about the Harlem Shake over the past few weeks....so much that we've made two of our own Harlem Shake videos! Check them out here. If you're interested in learning more about the Harlem Shake, read all about it at Know Your Meme. Come on up to the 2nd Floor and jump in on the fun we're having at the library!
Now that the Teen Center has moved upstairs and I'm settling in on my fourth day here at the Chattanooga Public Library, I thought I'd take a moment to say hello and introduce myself!
I'm Justin Hoenke and I'm your new Teen Librarian!
A few things about me:
The teen advisory board of the Chattanooga Public Library is always looking for new members. If you are interested in volunteering a little bit of your time and having lots of fun contact us about joining. The teen advisory board helps the youth services librarians create new programs, advise on new areas of the library, assist with program implementation, and many other fun things.
If you are creative, love books, or just feel like you have some great ideas that the library could use then we want you! The teen advisory board meets one to two times per month and may assist other departments such as the children's department with specific duties. In the past some have helped with the children's summer reading program sign-ups and finale. If you are curious about what the meetings are like you are welcome to attend one to see how it goes.
Call 643-7700 for information on the next meeting.
PHOTO CAPTION: In this image Co-Chairman of the teen advisory board, Caleb George holds a snake at one of our programs.
The Dead and Buried is a great ghost story. It begins with a new girl in town who has a little brother, a dad and a step-mom. There are the usual whispers as Jade, the new girl, starts school but then the whispers get worse. Jade finds out that one of the students who went to the school died in her house just a year before. The girl, Kayla, was miss popularity at the local high school and rumor has it that she was murdered, in Jade’s house.
This past Saturday TAB (the Teen Advisory Board of the Chattanooga Public Library) celebrated their freedom to read by recording videos as part of the Banned Books Week celebration. These 'Virtual Read-Outs' are published on a dedicated Youtube channel for the library.
Seraphina is a fantasy novel about a young musician who finds her place in the world. In Seraphina’s world, dragons are very real and very dangerous or at least they used to be. Decades before, dragons and humans were at war. When a tough and smart queen petitioned a treaty with the leader of the dragons, peace finally occurred, opening the doors for dragons to mingle with humans. There are still harsh feelings between dragons and humans even decades after the treaty was signed. There are humans who hate dragons and vice versa. There are even secret orders committed to destroying the treaty. Most humans still fear dragons and feel very negatively about them.
Mystic City is a fantasy set in a city much like the Manhattan we know but also entirely different. In this Manhattan there are people who have ‘mystic’ abilities. These abilities manifest into different traits such as being able to walk through walls or conjure fire. The non-mystic humans of this town are in power and want to stay that way so they milk the power from the mystics to make sure they stay weak. They use the power they steal for all kinds of technology including electricity. There are of course rebels who refuse to have their powers drained and so they stay hidden. This Manhattan has an area that is called The Depths where the lowest classes of people live including most of the mystics. The rebel mystics have their base there but it is well hidden and humans are unable to enter the tunnel that leads to it. The affluent non-mystic humans live in the skyscrapers that rise above The Depths called The Aeries. The Aeries has two families who until recently have been at war much like the Capulets and the Montagues of Shakespear’s Romeo and Juliet. This fantasy has several similarities to Romeo and Juliet, including some tears at the end.