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Teen Lit Mob is back! On Friday, April 5 we will be taking a bus to Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) in Hinesburg for Vermont's only teen literary festival, "celebrating teen readers, YA lit and its fandom," and includes author presentations and workshops. This event is free and lunch is provided. If you are in grades 9 - 11 and are interested in going, see Mrs. Hamel or an English teacher for more details.
Maker Space is Open
We are excited to announce that our new Maker Space is now open in the old Media Center off the Library. If you are interested in 3D printing, circuits, sewing, painting, button-making, soldering, or many other tech and craft options, stop by to check it out. Some activities will require a short training session but many others are available immediately. You will need a pass to the Library, and ability to use the space may depend on availability of staff at this point. So bring a friend and get creative!
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Your Librarians Recommend:
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
Recommended by Mrs. Hamel
Do you ever feel that books don't seem "real," reflect who you are, or how some people in your community live? Try this novel by Vermont author Ann Braden. Although the Vermont town she created for this story is fictitious, it still has a Vermont "feel" to it.
In The Benefits of Being an Octopus we meet 7th grader Zoey, who needs to take care of her 3 younger siblings after school while her mom works at the local pizza place. The family lives with her mom's boyfriend in a trailer park. Although the trailer is kept clean, there is not always enough food and costs and time to do laundry prevent them from always having clean clothes. Her only friend, Fuschia, has her own problems, and neither feels they fit in with other kids at school who seem rich.
When Zoey's teacher forces her to join Debate Club, she refuses to participate, but does observe, and she starts to see things differently and to find her voice. Maybe she won't need an octopus' ability to camouflage and blend into the background any more.
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Suggested by Mrs. Hamel
This graphic novel is a perfect example of "don't judge a book by its cover." This appears to be a book aimed at elementary school students with a simple friendship story, probably with "lessons learned." Instead, this a more of a memoir, based on part of the author's childhood. This happy-looking cover doesn't suggest the bullying from some classmates, the physical and psychological abuse from an older sister, or symptoms of anxiety and depression the author experienced. If you are looking for something "more" in a graphic novel than lighthearted stories, give this one a try!