What's On - Teens & Tweens


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Programs and events happening at the Ajax Public Library for Teens and Tweens during January and February

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  1. 1. January/February 2014 WHAT’S ON Teens & Tweens Follow Us Get REAL Monday, Jan. 27 4– 5 p.m. top ten paperbacks Voted by teens, for teens Main Branch Get REAL is a “movement of likeminded students who work tirelessly to change homophobic language and attitudes.” Since February 2011 this group of university students has been running workshops in junior high and high schools. Their aim is to change the face of what it means to be a young person who stands up against homophobia. Ajax high school students are invited to join the Get REAL team for a unique presentation. They will speak on their experiences working with high schools and middle schools to help change language and attitudes, and screen their videos “To My Grade 7 Self” and “Sports Are For Everyone”, which have been shown on national news and reproduced by universities and student groups from across Canada, the UK, and Australia. You don’t want to miss this free, drop-in event! Visit www.thegetrealmovement.com for more information. Do you need a break from your exam studies? Check out the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten Paperbacks. Winning selections were chosen by Teen reading clubs. Here are a few of this year’s selections you can find at our branches: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg Heist Society by Ally Carter The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson Drama by Raina Telgemeier The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen For more titles, visit www.ala.org/yalsa. We’re looking for volunteers! We are looking for teen volunteers for Le Club Français, a program to help elementary school children improve their French reading skills. Volunteers should speak French as a first language or be in a high school immersion program. Those interested can contact eleanor.may@ajaxlibrary.ca or 905-683-4000, ext. 8821.
  2. 2. Young Adult Book Club The YAB Club is a fun way to read great new books and hang out with friends at the same time! Want to have a say in what we read? At each meeting members vote for the coming month’s book choices! Movies at the Main Please note: Our movie titles may change at any time. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca or call any of our branches. Register online at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8813 beginning Jan. 2. Gravity Sunday, Jan 12   1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2  4 to 5 p.m. thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher Thursday, Feb. 6  4 to 5 p.m. the fault in our stars by John Green YAB Club meets at Main Branch. This free program is for Grade 9-12 students but space is limited to 12. Register at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-683-4000 ext 8813. Gamers Club Jan. 4 & Feb. 1  1:30 – 3 p.m. Main Branch Rated PG A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Captain Phillips Sunday, Jan. 26  1:30 p.m. Rated 14A The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Diana Sunday, Feb. 9  1:30 p.m. Rated PG During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. Calling gamers ages 10 to 14. It’s time to get connected! Meet other kids your age and compete in multiplayer tournaments of hit games such as Skylanders Giants, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Party 9, followed by free play of any games the group would like. Game on! Register online at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-428-8489. black history month screening 12 Years a Slave Sunday, Feb. 23  1:30 p.m. Rated 14A In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
  3. 3. Book REview book review The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness T he Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. It is completely different from anything one would expect in a novel. This story is a real page-turner. It is told from the perspective of a boy from a planet by the name of New World, where there are no females and all the males are able to hear each other’s thoughts (which is referred to as Noise). In a month’s time, Todd Hewitt will turn 13 years old, and will then be regarded as a man, hence having equal stature to the other males in his home settlement of Prentisstown, all of whom are older than he is. Suddenly, though, Todd is required to flee, with no explanation from his “parents”, and is to run far, far away, for if he is caught, he is a dead man. This book narrates Todd’s journey of survival, in which he meets people, makes enemies and commits crimes. It is an actionpacked, emotional, and tragic adventure, with danger lurking around every corner and a cliff-hanger ending which leaves the reader hungry for more. Reviewed by: Aakriti, Teen Advisory Council Member This was the first book selected by our Young Adult Book Club. For more information about the YAB Club, including how to join, please see the program description on the previous page. The Knife of Never Letting Go is available now. Visit any of our branches to check it out. video Game review Grand Theft Auto V Grand Theft Auto V is an open-world game produced by Rockstar Entertainment for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. With clean, to the point graphics, great game play and a twisting story to boot, it is an amazing game. The player plays as Trevor, Franklin, and Michael. This game meets and exceeds expectations for what it pulls off, and also has a killer soundtrack featuring Snoop-Dogg, Queen, Ice Cube, Rihanna and many more. Overall, this is one of the most fun and fulfilling games out on the market right now. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to have a fun time while spending their winter indoors. Reviewed by: Ilyas, Teen Advisory Council Member Please be advised this game is Rated M and therefore only available for checkout by library customers ages 18 and up.
  4. 4. teen anti-valentine’s Day books writers circle February 14 isn’t always kisses, roses and heart-shaped candies with sickly sweet messages printed on them. Let’s face it. Sometimes love bites! Thursdays: Jan. 16 & Feb. 20 Here are some book suggestions for the cynical, the unromantic and the brokenhearted: Main Branch 4 - 5 p.m. This group will encourage you to keep writing, challenge and stretch your imagination and, of course, discuss what you can do to get published. Also, we plan to have lots of fun, drink free coffee and eat delicious cookies. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green Love is Hell featuring Melissa Marr Withering Tights by Louise Rennison Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger Prom Nights from Hell featuring Stephenie Meyer If you like writing stories, poems, song lyrics, essays, flash fiction, comics, fan-fic, scripts, blogs, reviews, articles -- or want to learn how to -- bring along a notebook, a pen and your imagination! At each meeting members will have the opportunity to share and critique each other’s writing in a positive, safe environment. This free program is for grade 9-12 students but space is limited to 12. We will meet on the third Thursday of every month (depending on holidays) from 4 to 5 p.m. The Youth Centre Meet-n-Eats Jan. 8 & 22, Feb. 12 & 26 11 a.m. – 1 p.m Main Branch Youth and young adults between the ages of 13-29 who are not attending school are invited to join staff from The Youth Centre for fun, informative sessions and a free lunch! Topics discussed will include employment, housing, healthy eating on a budget, family relationships and healthy sexuality. This is a free, drop-in program. Hours & Locations All branches are closed Feb. 16 & 17 Main Branch  (905) 683-4000 Village Branch  (905) 683-1140 McLean Branch  (905) 428-8489 55 Harwood Ave. South 58 Church St. North 95 Magill Drive Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 1 – 5 p.m. Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fri –Sat 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sun Closed Mon & Fri Tue –Thu Sat Sun Textnet  (800) 460-4489 Follow Us AjaxPublicLibrary @ajax_library Ajax Public Library 1 – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 – 5 p.m. Ajax Library www.ajaxlibrary.ca