South Kingstown Public Library Teens

7th-9th Grade Book Group

The 7th-9th Grade Book Group will be having the first meeting of the new year on Thursday, September 3rd, 4-4:45pm!

Come discuss what books you read over the summer as well as help choose the titles for upcoming discussions! New members are always welcome, snacks will be served!

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Teens’ Top Ten!!

It’s time to voice your opinion! The Young Adult Library Services Association wants to know what you think are the best books for 2009!

From August 25-September 18 visit the Teen Read Week website and vote for your favorite. Nominations include:

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Graveyard Book by Neal Gaiman
  • Identical by Ellen Hopkins
  • Wake by Lisa McMann
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  • Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
  • Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
  • ….and many more!

The winning titles will be announced in October during Teen Read Week.

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Aqua Alta Mobile Art Project

Think art can only be paintings, drawings or sculptures? Think again!!

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On Tuesday, August 18th from 1:30-4:30 p.m. the Peace Dale Library will be hosting the Aqua Alta Mobile Art Project. This project presents contemporary artwork within the space of a 16-foot box truck. The first installation will be a sound installation by internationally exhibited artist, China Blue.

China Blue’s recordings are made with specialized audio equipment including hydrophone arrays and seismic microphones. The work captures the unique sounds of the water and the creatures of Providence’s canals and Narragansett Bay. Sounds are sampled from the water’s edge, and around and under the gondolas in the lagoons. This work was inspired by the effects of global warming on the environment, both under and above the surface of the water. Visitors will be able to stand or sit on comfortable benches inside of the truck to experience the exhibit.

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Earthgirl by Jennifer Cowan

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Earthgirl by Jennifer Cowan

Everyone should want to protect the environment and save the world, right?

That’s the outlook of budding activist Sabine “Bean” Solomon. While riding her bike, Sabine is hit with a leftover McDonald’s meal tossed from an SUV that is idling in the bike lane. After a slight altercation with the driver that ends up being posted on You Tube, Sabine begins to realize that there is something seriously wrong with the world, and maybe it’s time that she did something about it.

However, not everyone is willing to embrace Sabine’s newfound environmental and consumer consciousness. Her parents won’t buy organic food from the local co-op (where Sabine now works after having quit her job at the corporate hole that is The Gap). Her friends scoff at carrying resuable bags. Her sister even joins the Girls Intelligence Agency, a marketing group that gathers polls teens in order to find the next big consumer trend. Sabine finds herself frustrated as she slowly alienates everyone around her.

Until she meets Vray. Vray is smart, gorgeous and is completely dedicated to “the cause”. The seem perfect for each other, with Vray teaching and guiding Sabine about what it means to be an activist. But where is the line between being dedicated and being a radical? Does the end justify the means, so long as it benefits and draws attention to “the cause”? What kind of activist is Sabine?

This is a timely and eye opening book, focusing heavily on issues that are not often found in teen literature, making for a great read for anyone who wants to get involved in responsible living.

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