Thursday, July 30, 2009

One more day...

and Teen Summer Reading 2009 will be over! Hope you can all make it to the Masquerade Ball Finale in the Barrett Room tomorrow from 3-5pm. It's going to be fun!


Book Review by Tara

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

     In today’s political climate, it’s sometimes hard to know who the true bad guys are. After terrorists attack San Francisco, this becomes a particularly difficult problem for seventeen year-old Marcus and his friends. They’re regular high school students, if also computer hackers and avid gamers. Caught in the wrong place during the attack, they are detained and interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security. Once Marcus gets out, though, he still doesn’t feel safe—it’s like living in a police state, where everyone is under suspicion. To fight a system that’s terrorizing all its citizens, Marcus gets together a group of hackers and uses modified Xboxes to communicate. Before too long, he finds himself in over his head in a complicated battle against DHS. They want to shut his hacker network down and send him back to prison, but he just wants to free his city from an oppressive government.
     This book has a really interesting look at what’s good and bad, and what government measures are appropriate in a time of emergency. It really makes you consider your rights as a US citizen, as well as how they may be taken away from you. It’s fast-paced and interesting, and you’ll learn a lot about computers, security systems, and the internet.


Thursday, July 09, 2009

Introducing Lindsay!

Lindsay is the newest Teen Room staff member.
Stop by sometime and introduce yourself.
Read on to learn more about her!

HOMETOWN: Royal Oak, Michigan
THEN WHAT: Moved to South Carolina, graduated from Landrum High School, received my BA in English from Converse College.
FAMILY: Husband, Sam, and Oliver, the cutest kitty in the world.
HOBBIES: Reading, watching anime and Doctor Who.
FAVORITE QUOTE:  A true friend stabs you in the front - Oscar Wilde
FAVORITE TEEN BOOKS:  Uzumaki by Junji Ito, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman, A Seperate Peace by John Knowles, FAKE by Sanami Matoh.
FAVORITE NON-TEEN BOOKS:  Anything by Kurt Vonnegut, anything by Haruki Murakami, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman (anything about zombies really).
RECENTLY READ:  House of Mystery by Matthew Sturges, Doctor Who Classics by Pat Mills, Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa, Nil by James Turner.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Teen Room Art Show

For the last few months, we’ve been organizing a series of shows featuring the art of local teens. Our first installation will be from July 1st - 15th, and it will display the art of Cathy, a graduating senior from Spartanburg High. We are excited to showcase her talents before she heads off to college! If you’re interested in having your art displayed in one of our next art shows, come to the Teen Services desk and sign up for a spot. In the meantime, be sure to check out Cathy’s show!