Teen stuff at the Picton Branch

Stuff like new books lists, programme details, volunteer ops... everything to do with the TeenRoom at the County of Prince Edward Public Library - Picton Branch.

Friday, August 27, 2004

How hard is it to decide what book to buy?

Ever gone to the book store and spent an hour deciding that you can't decided what to buy? Know how hard it can be to pick something that you think you'll like from start to finish just by reading the back cover?

Ha! I laugh at your confusion. I'm currently tackling the task of buying a wack-load of books for the TeenRoom and have reached a whole new level of shopper-angst. Try making a list as long as your arm of books that someone else would like and you'll be in my boat.

With that in mind, let me remind you that the library always welcomes suggestions. There is a form that you can fill out with the book info the next time you're in the library. Or you can just leave me a comment here or email me at

So, the next time you read a book and love it, let us know. If you loved it, others will too. And why keep a good thing to yourself? Besides, you might have read the first book of a 50 book series and be looking for a cheeper way to read the rest of them. That's what we're here for: to buy the books you want to read. Duh? What did you think the library was for?

C. :)

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Popcorn anyone?

Friday, August 20th we had our second last Pizza Programme of the summer. I guess Pizza Programme was a bit of a misnomer for this one as we watched a movie and ate popcorn - no pizza in sight.

We watched Thirteen, a movie about - you guessed it - a thirteen year old girl who, in an effort to be 'cool', falls in with a scene that has her getting way out of control. If you're a little older, a movie about younger teens might sound a little cheezy but I think most people would be surprised. It's pretty hardcore and doesn't gloss over any of the trouble she gets into. In the end you see how letting the wrong people into your life can go bad in a hurry.

We had a small but interested - and interesting - group in to watch and share their thoughts on the movie and all had a good time. At least they all said they had a good time, but I'm an adult, so most younger teens say what they think I want to hear!

If you're intrigued with the movie, engage your mouse finger and check it out at

If you think you'd like to come to a programme like this one, LEAVE A COMMENT with your email and I'll get back to you!

Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Wonders never cease!
We finally got a few of the books that were ordered what seems like eons ago! (Okay, so it really wasn't that long ago but you know what its like when you're waiting for something...)

Anyway, here are the four new books that arrived this week... so far. I'm expecting about a zillion more before Friday... really... I am.
  • Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
  • Mates, Dates and Mad Mistakes by Cathy Hopkins
  • Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
  • The Alphabetical Hookup List: A-J by Phoebe McPhee

If you want to see what these are about before your next trip to the library go to: and search for the titles.

Liz frightens patrons on Friday the 13th!


Last Friday we held a haunted library night from 8 till 11pm. There were three teams and three sets of clues and riddles to solve. Each team also had a list of quotes and had to find out what story each one came from in order to win.

Everyone who came got free pizza but the winning team got a package of good stuff to go with it. All in all, I think it was a fun night. At least, I had fun doing it. I got to read two classic works from Edgar Allen Poe (19th century horror/suspense writer). They were The Raven, a long poem featuring a talking bird and A Tell-Tale Heart, a short story where a madman tries to convince the reader that he's not crazy by describing how reasonably he murdered his employer. Sound fun?

Liz (Student Employee Extraordinaire) and Tiffany (Student Page About To Venture Across the Land) also read stories. In all, there were six stories to be heard, the two that I read and the four listed here:

  • Battlegrounds by Stephen King (about an assassin who gets attacked by a troop of G.I. Joe figurines)
  • The Man from the South by Roahl Dahl (about a guy who has a gambling habit that includes winning actual human fingers)
  • Blue Beard by Charles Perrault (a classic story about a... ahem... slightly controlling husband with a dark secret)
  • Strawberry Spring by Stephen King (a short story made into an even shorter movie - about six minutes - about a college campus set on its ear by a mass murderer)
  • And Liz really did scare people. Just ask Randy if you see him in the library. ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Another cool programme went off without a hitch

Last Saturday we held a MarioParty tournament with participants competing for bragging rights and one of two copies of a home-grown, canadian graphic novel called Enter Avariz - A Zak Meadow Adventure. Check it out at the author's very cool page:
Tomorrow, Friday, August 13, 2004, programme-goers can look forward to some literary spookiness at our Friday the 13th Haunted Library Night.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

This is Liz (SuperStar Student Extraordinaire) on the front page of the local paper with a piece of art from our 2nd Annual Summer Art Show. Posted by Hello

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Programme alert!

This Saturday we have yet another Pizza Programme for the summer of 2004.
All our programmes are by 'sign up' only and tomorrow's MarioParty Tournament is completely full!

For those of you who are participating: Good Luck! There will be food and prizes for you, so enjoy. For those of you not signed up, check out our other Pizza Programmes... There are still a couple left before summer's over.

Colleen :)

Recent New Books List

Keep in mind that the list won't always be this long. I wish. We got a bunch of new stuff for the summer seeing as school is out and people have more time to read. Here we go...

Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
I Like It Like That: a Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Miss Smithers by Susan Juby
Poems with attitude: Uncensored
Princess in Waiting book 4 by Meg Cabot
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

... *coming up for air*...

Always and Forever by Lurlene McDaniel
Angry Blonde by Eminem
Boy Kills Man by Matt Whyman
Catwoman by Elizabeth Hand
Girl Source by the GirlSource editorial team
GLBTQ Survival guide for Queer and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel
Gweneth Paltrow (a biography) by Valerie Milano
Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard
Minion: a vampire huntress legend by L.A. Banks
Prom Night edited by Nancy Springer
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur
Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie
Simple Gift by Stephen Herrick
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott
The A-List by Zoey Dean

This is me with one of our new TeenRoom chairs. Posted by Hello

Hmm... what do I do first?

Welcome to the virtual TeenRoom I'm creating to go along with the actual Teen Room in the Picton Branch of the County of Prince Edward Public Library.

This is going to be my listing of all things TEEN at our local public library. Before long, I intend to customize the look of the TeenRoom blog and set up a regularly updated 'New Books List', as well as a listing of programmes, book reviews and other interesting things that are going on in the TeenRoom.

Now I just have to decided where to start...