Monday, July 21, 2014

Teen Watercolor Workshop

Sign up for this awesome program!!!  Learn watercolor techniques from a professional artist and create some art to bring home!!!

 The CPL is offering a watercolor workshop for teens on July 25th @ 12pm.  The workshop will be conducted by artist Aileen Quinn- our artist in residence!  

Spots are limited so teens must register.  You can do this by calling 822-9102 or by visiting the Youth Services Department in person. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars redesign contest!!!! Win a FREE DVD!!!!!

Hey teens—think you could design one of these better?   


 Now is your chance.  Enter The Fault in Our Stars redesign contest at Coventry Public Library!


  •  Posters can be one or two sided.
  • You may use any medium, paint, collage, colored pencils, etc.
  • Entries must be submitted by August 19.
  • This contest is for teens in grades 6-12.

   Submissions will be hung in the library and starting August 20,    library patrons will vote for their favorite.  Voting will take place from August 20—August 30 and the winner will be announced   September 2. 

The winner will receive The Fault in Our Stars on DVD!

*Bring your poster to the Youth Services  Department

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CPL Teens: Tell us which series you're excited for and win a FREE book!!!!!!

Hey Teens!  There are a ton of series and sequels coming out later this year.  We have the conclusion to The Testing trilogy, the sequel to The Fifth Wave, a new book in the Unwind many books!  Tell us which ones you are excited for and why, and you could win a free book!  It doesn't have to be long and involved.

Here is mine!
I am excited for Sister's Fate, the third book of The Cahill Witch Chronicles.  This series is one of my favorites.  It is set in an alternate historical New England where there are real witches who are in hiding from the power of the Brotherhood.  Cate, Tess and Maura are sisters and witches who are part of a prophecy that will change everything, only they don't know who is at the heart of the prophecy.
The end of Star Cursed (book 2) left readers hanging off a brutal cliff-hanger of an ending.
(in fact, this was me at the end:
 I'm dying to find out what happens between Cate and Finn as well as how the sisters' already tenuous relationship will fare after Maura's dramatic betrayal.

Stephanie Barta

Book Review ~ If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

About the book: A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

*Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee 2015
About the Author: Emily Murdoch

born: The United States
gender: female

twitter username: leftywritey

Frances Hodgson Burnett
Louisa May Alcott
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Laura Inga...more

Emily is a writer, a poet, and a lover of books. There's never a time she's without a book. Her debut novel, IF YOU FIND ME, Released in 2013 through St. Martin's Griffin and Orion/Indigo UK.

IF YOU FIND ME, a Carnegie Medal 2014 nominee and YALSA BFYA selection of 2014 has earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice for June 2013 and a Booklist Youth Editors' Choice for 2013, along with being named to the Taysha's 2014 reading list.

IF YOU FIND ME was nominated for the CYBIL Awards, along with the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013 in the Best debut author and Best Young Adult Fiction categories,

IF YOU FIND ME is /will be available in Dutch, German, Spanish, simple Chinese, Italian and Korean.

Look for Emily's next novel, FORGET ME KNOTS, through St. Martin's Griffin in 2014/2015!

When she's not reading or writing, you'll find her caring for her horses, dogs and family on a ranch in rural Arizona, where the desert's tranquil beauty and rich wildlife often enter into her poetry and writing.

Emily's other passion is saving equines from slaughter. She uses her writing to raise awareness of this inhumane practice, with the goal of ending the slaughter of America's horses and burros through transport to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.

She offers sanctuary to abused and slaughter-saved equines who dazzle her daily with their gentle gratitude in exchange for security, consistency, food and love.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Emily hopes her penchant for writing will do just that.

All-in-all, she's a lefty in a right-handed world, writing her way through life and smearing ink wherever she writes.

My Thoughts: I loved this book.  It was the kind of book that I didn't want to put down until it was finished.  It was riveting and suspenseful.  I just HAD to find out what Carey's secret was.  I would definitely recommend this book.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Real Life Angry Birds Catapults

This years teen summer reading program is called "spark a Reaction" and focuses on science related activities.

Teens, please join us on July 18th@ 12:00 pm  to make a Real Life Angry Birds Catapult (then we can use them to knock things down!) To secure your spot you must sign up.   You can call 822-9102 or visit the Youth Services Department in person.  I hoe to see you there!!!  

You can win a prize!!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Teens-- submit a review of any of these Teen Top Ten books and win a FREE book!!!!

CPL Teens - use the "Review It" button on the right side of this blog to submit a book review of one of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominees to win a FREE book!

These 25 books were picked by teens across the country as THE best teen books.  Now it's time for YOU to help narrow the list to 10! 

2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Arnett, Mindee. The Nightmare Affair.
Dusty Everhart, a Nightmare, (literally!), has been trying to escape the shadow of her mother's reputation, and one night, while dream-feeding, she sees the crime scene of a murder victim who attends her high school, a school for supernatural children. When she arrives back on campus, she finds, to her horror, that the dream had come true. Now she must use dreams to find the killer and save victims-to-be in order to stop an ancient darkness from returning.


Banks, Anna. Of Triton. 
After Emma’s mother, the long lost Poseidon princess returns to the sea, the Syrena begin to bring her identity into question. When all hope seems lost, and appears the Royals have a revolution on their hands, Emma has the opportunity to use her Gift to save those that she loves. But at what cost will her choices bring to not only her, but also to those she considers her family.

Bardugo, Leigh. Siege and Storm. 
Alina, a sun summoner on the run from the evil Darkling, is searching for a way to increase her power and save the ones she loves. But as her power grows she falls deeper in the Darkling’s grasp and farther away from her best friend and love, Mal. When the time comes Alina must choose between her love, her power, or her lust for the Darkling and all of his power.

Block, Francesca Lia. Love in the Time of Global Warming.
Penelope believes she is the last person alive in the city of Los Angeles after a massive earthquake destroyed the majority of the earth. After encountering a group of survivors, however, she begins to have hope in whatever may be left of the world, whether it be love, trust, and, just maybe, her family. Modeled after Homer's Odyssey, Pen goes on a post-apocalyptic journey filled with Giants and butterflies in an attempt to find her way home.

Charbonneau, Joelle. The Testing. 
Cia is chosen to participate in The Testing, a government program that will select the brightest graduates who show potential for becoming future leaders in this post-apocalyptic world. Cia’s excitement of being chosen soon dies when her father warns her of the experiences he faced when he was chosen. Cia must trust no one if she hopes to come back alive. However, will she be able to face the dark, unholy truth about the testing? One kept whether you leave… Or don't?

Dashner, James . The Eye of Minds.
Michael is an average kid who plays video games, but this video game, the Virtnet, is different than others. You can die in it physically and mentally, and that happens to a girl named Tanya who rips out her core and commits suicide. Suddenly, Michael is whisked away by the designers of the VirtNet and is given a mission by them to find a cyber terrorist, named Kaine, who is suspected of killing gamers.

Edwards, Janet. Earth Girl.
In 2788 humanity has developed technology that allows them to portal between many habitable worlds except for those are deemed “the handicapped”, those who are born with a one in a thousand chance of having an immune system that cannot tolerate other planets. Jarra, a handicapped 18-year old student with a passion for history, creates a false identity for herself and enrolls in a college course for students from other planets in an attempt to get revenge for the way the handicapped are looked down upon.

Gleason, Colleen. The Clockwork Scarab. 
 The niece of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective, and the half-sister of Bram, the vampire slayer, are thrown together to find out why high society girls are being murdered and what a mechanical scarab beetle has to do with it.

Gray, Laurie. Maybe I Will.
One life-altering, life-changing event that dramatically affected Sandy will leave you thinking. And no, not in the good sort of life-changing event like winning the lottery or having a kid. Finding true friends and activities that allow Sandy to really be free and let off steam is all that keeps Sandy sane. They are also important factors in putting Sandy's life back together once again.

Henry, April. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. 
Cady wakes up in a dark, torn apart cottage hearing someone tell another man to “finish her off.” To make things worse, not only does she not know why she’s in the cabin or why the men are trying to kill her, she also doesn’t remember who she is. Eventually, she escapes and meets up with Ty, a boy who is willing to help her even at the risk of losing his own life. Together they attempt to figure out what happened to make her lose her memory.

Howard, A. G. Splintered.
 Alyssa, a girl already struggling with life in general, is pulled into something dark and mysterious. She follows in the footsteps of her ancestor, Alice, and goes down the rabbit hole to right the wrongs that Alice caused to cure her family of their "curse". Instead of finding Lewis Carroll's Beautiful wonderland she finds a dark and twisted version with monstrous creatures that aren't as nice as the ones in the novel or as pretty.

Kate, Lauren. Teardrop.
Eureka has only ever cried once in her life and the one time she did, her mother told her to never cry again. Ever since then, she has never shed a tear; not even when her mother was killed in a tragic freak accident. Unbeknownst to Eureka, she was also supposed to die, but Ander couldn’t bring himself to let her die despite the threats that Eureka possesses because of her tears.

Konigsberg, Bill . Openly Straight.
Rafe has been out of the closet for years. After transferring to an all-boys boarding school, however, he decides to keep his sexual orientation to himself. But when he meets Ben, a teammate on his soccer team, he wonders if their friendship-turned-more is worth outing himself for.

Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14: Sky On Fire.
When disaster strikes in the city of Monument, 14 kids are huddled in a Greenway store for shelter and survival. They decide their only chance of living through this nationwide disaster is to make their way to Denver International Airport where the military is evacuating people to safety. Will they make it alive or will they meet their doom like others have?

Richards, Natalie D. Six Months Later.
Chloe Spinnaker is an average student just barely making the grade. But one day spring day, after falling asleep in study hall, she wakes up to snow and an empty classroom. Six months of her life has passed and she has no clue what happened except that now she is popular and has lots of friends that is, except Maggie, the one true friend she had before everything changed. Bewildered by the sudden time lapse in her life, Chloe decides to embark on a mission where she stops at nothing to figure out what happened to her and to get her memories back.

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park.
The year is 1986 when Eleanor arrives in town to live with her family and abusive step-father. It's been a year since the last time she lived with them, and she doesn't expect life to be any better. Park's life, on the other hand, is going steady. He's got a spot in the popular crowd and he's about to get his driver's license. But when the two meet on the bus, things change drastically. Even though they both know high school romances never last, they're going to try everything they've got to make it work. But in end, will everything they have be enough?

Sales, Leila. This Song Will Save Your Life.
Elise Dembowski is a high school loser. After reaching the tip of the iceberg and facing suicidal thoughts just months before, Elise is searching desperately for a way out of her nearly friendless life. When she accidentally finds a dance club called Start, Elise's life finally takes off as she meets new people, makes new memories, finds a new passion, and discovers herself.

Sanderson, Brandon. Steelheart.
Ten years ago, Calamity came; a light in the sky that appeared one day and many believe that somehow it was connected to the rise of the Epics. These beings, once human, now have all kinds of amazing and dangerous powers that have enabled them to take over the world, and one could argue the most dangerous one is Steelheart. Able to bend the elements to his will and turn any non-living substance to steel, many say he's invincible because they've never seen him bleed -- except for David, who will stop at nothing to get his vengeance and see Steelheart bleed again.

Sanderson, Brandon. The Rithmatist.
Joel wants to be a Rithmatist more than anything. Rithmatists have the power to bring two dimensional beings called Chalklings to life and defend against the wild chalkings that threaten to overcome the Rithmatists. Joel is student at Armedius Academy, a prestigious school where Rithmatists and wealthy children go to learn. When a string of kidnappings begin to occur Joel must gain assistance from the Rithmatists at Armedius Academy in order to bring order back to the academy.

Smith, Jennifer E. This is What Happy Looks Like.
Ellie is the girl from Middle-of-Nowhere, Maine, and Graham Larkin is the hot superstar sensation from Middle-of-Everything, California. While Ellie hides from the media, Graham is constantly being watched by the paparazzi. However, an email mistake from Graham to Ellie starts an online relationship between these two teens, marking the start of a friendship and something more. Can Ellie accept Graham despite all the publicity? Or will the media be the demise of this couple's happiness?

Smith, Andrew. Winger.
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen year old junior trying to make everyone else blind to the one thing that makes him different than everyone else, his young age. This is not easy though, as he must prove himself to everyone - the girl of his dreams, his scary roommate, his friends, and the rugby team. As Ryan Dean tries to survive his junior year, he encounters horrifying injuries, moments of ecstasy, and shattering heartbreak.

Stine, R.L. A Midsummer Night's Scream.
Claire, a girl with a dream to become an actress, finally gets her chance when her parents decide to remake Mayhem Manor, a movie that was never finished because of 3 real deaths. As the camera starts rolling on the remake, strange things begin to happen. Like the little hairy man Claire meets by the makeup trailer one day. Who or what could be the cause of these actors’ deaths?

Tucholke, April. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Violet, a sassy, independent, and sharp-tongued young lady, rents out the side cottage on her parent's estate in the hopes of making a little extra money to pay the bills. Her easygoing customer is as dangerous as he is mysterious, and murders and madness soon sweep her little home town. She takes it upon herself to understand him and the events, but only finds a darkness she can only hope to escape with her sanity and safety.

Winters, Cat. In The Shadow of Blackbirds.
It’s the fall of 1918: The Spanish Influenza and the horrors of World War I grip the world with terror, and spiritualist photography, as the face of death seems to greet every household in America, has become increasingly popular. After her father is arrested as a suspected traitor, Mary Shelley Black travels to San Diego, hoping to escape the flu while living with her Aunt Eva. Only a few days after arriving, Mary Shelley is told that Stephen, her sweetheart who recently became a soldier, has been killed in France. But Stephen’s spirit hasn’t left yet, and he desperately needs Mary Shelley’s help.

Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave.
Present day – the aliens have invaded the planet, or as Cassie likes to call them, the Others.
Almost everyone has been killed off by the 4th Wave, and now, Cassie one of the few survivors living now during the 5th wave, roams the country while trying to stay alive to find her brother – that is, if he's still alive. When she's taken in by a boy named Evan, she realizes that he's different. He's not like her, but he's all she's got. Cassie has to overcome her doubts and trust issues if she wishes to survive the 5th wave.

*You will be able to vote for your favorite books from  Aug. 19 - Oct. 19 at:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Book Review ~ Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

 Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke &Bone #1)

  • First published: Sep 27, 2011
  • Author: Laini Taylor
  • Followed by: Days of Blood & Starlight
  • Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Characters: Twiga · Akiva · Ten · Ziri · Yasri · Karou · Zuzana · Thiago · Issa · Brimstone · Kishmish
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real,

she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? 

My thoughts:  This book was so interesting and different.  I was immediately drawn in to the story and had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.  The characters were so unique and at times grotesque, but totally captivating.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series...Days of Blood and Starlight