Teens & Tweens
Monday, Jan. 27
4– 5 p.m.
top ten paperbacks
Voted by teens, for teens
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
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,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
905-683-4000, ext. 8821.
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!
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.
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.
Jan. 4 & Feb. 1 1:30 – 3 p.m.
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to
survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Sunday, Jan. 26 1:30 p.m.
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.
Sunday, Feb. 9 1:30 p.m.
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.
Register online at
black history month screening
12 Years a Slave
Sunday, Feb. 23 1:30 p.m.
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup,
a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted
and sold into slavery.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness
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
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.
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 is an open-world
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
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
Ilyas, Teen Advisory Council
Please be advised this game is
Rated M and therefore only available
for checkout by library customers ages
18 and up.
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:
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
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,
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
Jan. 8 & 22, Feb. 12 & 26
11 a.m. – 1 p.m
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.
1 – 5 p.m.
Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mon & Fri
Textnet (800) 460-4489
Ajax Public Library
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