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Book Reviews

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

This book teachers you how to care for others. How to put a smile on your face and make it genuine. In this book you learn many great lessons. It is a wonderful teaching on how to care for others.
Eagle Point Library

The book had a really different angle on a painfully covered subject, that of “vampires.” In general I don’t enjoy vampire books, but in this book the emphasis is put more on survival and to the search for a cure to a thing that ends up being more of a medical condition than a creature of mythical powers. The ending was not as plausible as I would have preferred.
Eagle Point Library


Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson

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I loved this book. The main character Charlie and his cousin Cotton discover monsters lurking in the cane fields in Taper, Florida. Charlie has to kill the mother of the monsters to save his cousin and the whole town from destruction. I liked the story line.
Eagle Point Library

Sarah lives a life of fear and isolation. A threat hangs over her head every day of her life, keeping her from moving on from the horrors of her past. When the opportunity for love comes will she be able to overcome the evil holding her back? I didn’t like how slow paced it is and found the whole thing rather boring.
Eagle Point Library


Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

A boy goes to an all guys school to get away from being labeled as “the gay kid” but learns he can’t hide from who he is. I liked how it was so personal, like how he truly felt.
Medford Library

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Poly and Digory got rings from Digory’s uncle. Then they went to an in-between place and then to Charn. There they accidently brought a witch to earth and they accidently brought her to Narnia. I like the creation part of Narnia.
Rogue River Library


The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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An awful but beautiful account of the life of Corrie Ten Boom and her family as they rescued Jews from the Holocaust and were themselves sent to Ravensbruck, a Nazi concentration camp. Through their inspiring faith in God they overcame the horrors of camp and helped other survivors. I liked the incredible faith of Corrie an her family – they looked for the beautiful in the horrible.
Jacksonville Library

Charlie doesn’t have many friends, and then he meets Sam and Patrick. He gets into drinking and drugs. Charlie has a disease that causes him problems. The book is just him sending letters to somebody explaining his life as a freshman. It was a little confusing to follow at times, but other than that, it’s great.
Medford Library


Last Chance by Norah McClintock

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book is about not judging a book by its cover or actions. Two very opposite people become friends. Robyn is very scared of dogs, but volunteers at a shelter to avoid trouble. Turns out a boy from Robyn’s past has the same idea. When he gets in even more trouble, Robyn suspects there is more to the story than he is letting on. I liked the mystery of how Robyn found out why and how he took the blame.
Medford Library

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This is narrated by Nick Carraway who quickly becomes friends with a wealthy man named Jay Gatsby. He helps Jay reconnect with an old love, which is Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan, and shows that even unconditional love will not always conquer. I loved the book, but I still feel Jay should have had a happy ending.
Medford Branch

Graphic Novel Reviews

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Bleach 46 by Tite Kubo

Sati sends Yoh to hell to train, but while Yoh is out Safi gets attacked by some guys. Also a short book about racing cars. I liked the cars in the short book.
Medford Branch

After the battle with Aizen Ichigo lost his powers. But a man tells him that he will help him get his powers back. I like the part where Ichigo gets taken by his boss.
Medford Branch

The Tarot Café #1 by Sang Son Park

My Cat Loki #1 by Bettina Kurkoski

A fortune teller by the name of Pamela can predict the future using her cards of fortune. She gets strange clients with supernatural abilities or supernatural beings. She reads a “cat guy’s,” a blind vampire’s, a fairy’s, and an alchemist’s fortune all based around love. I like how much is written detail in the feelings of the characters.
Rogue River Branch

Ameya is an artist in a little town called Cattail Grove. He found a cat named Loki when he was running, because of an agent. Loki is a big ball of mischief, so much that something terrible happens to Ameya. I liked that Ameya looks at all cats like people with ears and a tail.
Rogue River Branch

 

 

Cirque Du Freak, Book 1 by Darren Shan

 

 

 

 

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This book is about two friends, Darren and Steve. Steve is fascinated with monsters, Darren with spiders. When they find a flier to a freak show, they have to go. There was a lot of action in this book and that’s the kind of stuff I like in a book.
Talent Branch

Program Reviews

Brushstrokers Artists Group

Mondrian Art Bookmarks

We drew lines to show where to paint and then painted. We painted the balloon part of the painting, as well as the baskets. Then we wrote our names and took pictures. I liked the painting part.
Rogue River Branch

Making Mondrian Art bookmarks is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Based on the famous artist, Piet Mondrian, kids have fun making bookmarks that are entered into a competition. One bookmark is selected to be shown as a bookmark for the Medford Teen Library. It was really fun!
Medford Branch

Ender’s Game

African Drumming with Laura Rich

movie

An amazingly clever movie that I thoroughly enjoyed! A great choice for one of the first movies shown at the library. I liked that it was really clever and funny.
Medford Branch

We learned some beats, then a story, then some more beats. After that we did another story and then a story with beats. I like the sound of the drums.
Rogue River Branch

Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags

Sharpie Tie Dye Book Bags

tiedye

Kids and adults made their own book bags using cups, sharpies, and rubbing alcohol. AWESOME!!! It was really easy and the finished product was pretty, no matter how many mistakes I made.
Medford Branch

tiedye

This was a really fun program. You get a cup and a rubber band and a book bag. Then you create your own cool design. All the people there were really nice and helpful. I liked that you are able to do at home also.
Medford Branch

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