South Kingstown Public Library Teens

February Vacation Events

Looking for something to do during February Vacation week? Look no further…
Teen Bingo!
Wednesday, February 18th, 2:30-4:30

Come and play for a chance to win prizes, including a copy of the book Twilight. Snacks will be served.

Drop In Crafts!
Thursday, February 19th, 2:30-4:00

Bored with how your locker looks? Ready for an update? Drop in and do a mid-year locker makeover, creating CD picture frames and marble magnets. Feel free to bring a picture you’d like framed.
Snacks will be served.

Trivia and Games!
Friday, February 20th, 2:30-4:30

Think you know your stuff? Come compete for prizes in our trivia contest. Or bring a friend and stop in to play a board game or two. Snacks will be served.

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Valentine’s Day Cards

Just a reminder….

Want to show someone you care? Students in grades 7 and up are invited to make rubber stamping Valentines Day cards. Come show off your creativity and make one for a friend or family member. Snacks will be served. Registration is required for this event.

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7th-9th Grade Book Club

Just a reminder….on Thursday, February 5th, from 4-4:45pm, the 7th-9th grade book club will be meeting to discuss Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney.

Copies of the book will be available in advance at the Peace Dale Library. Snacks will be served, no registration is required. New members always welcome.

Next meeting: March 5th
Book: The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride Series) by James Patterson

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Darkside: Book One

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Darkside by Tom Becker

“The darkening son, I can feel the darkening…”

Jonathan Starling is used to being on his own, going unnoticed by almost everyone around him. His mother disappeared before he was old enough to remember her and his father, Alain, spends the majority of his time locked away in his study, suffering periodic episodes, claiming he can feel “the darkening” that is coming. With only his neighbor Mrs. Elwood to keep an eye on him, London is Jonathan’s playground.

One night, while alone in his house after another one of his father’s breakdowns, Jonathan hears an intruder downstairs. He runs hiding in his father’s study barricading the door while something scratches violently trying to get in. The next day at the library he is almost kidnapped by a strange woman and two sinister looking men.

When Alain hears of these events sends his son to seek out Carnegie, the only one who would be able to protect him. However, Carnegie lives in a part of London that most people have never noticed…and are better off for it. Called Darkside, it is home to the city’s most dangerous and undesirable people and creatures, none of whom should ever be trusted. With people who will stop at nothing to capture him, will Jonathan be able to find safety a place like Darkside? And more importantly, exactly who is after him?

This is a great book for fans of Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series. Becker has created a spine chilling world, filled with things that go bump in the night. Originally published in England, Darkside is the first in a series; the sequel Lifeblood is also currently available.

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Disguised: A Wartime Memoir

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Disguised: A Wartime Memoir by Rita la Fontaine de Clercq Zubli

Disguised follows the life of 12 year old Rita La Fontaine, a prisoner of war in Indonesia during World War II. In January 1942, when the Japanese began to invade the island of Sumatra, Rita’s family decide that it would be best for her safety if she disguised herself as boy, lowering the odds that she would become a “comfort girl” for lonely soldiers.

She agrees, cuts off her long hair, and becomes Rick, an identity that she would keep for over three years as she traveled to different POW camps. As Rick, she has the opportunity to work in offices and take Japanese language classes, leading eventually to her becoming the official camp translator. Acting as a liaison between the other prisoners and the soldiers, Rita takes on responsibilities beyond her years and she sees firsthand the hardships, sickness and daily struggles of the other prisoners.

Overall, this was a very well told story. Rita is forced to remain neutral in her work, keeping secrets and shouldering many adult responsibilities (such as knowing whose husbands have died in the men’s camp). There is always the lingering knowledge of the horrors of what could happen to her if her true identity is discovered. Most stories about WWII focus on Hitler and events in Europe; making Disguised a book with a unique perspective.

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