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Book Review by maryjane16
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 7:54 pm
Filed under: books, children, Libraries, Newark | Tags: , ,

Jacket2JacketI recently saw that Derek Landy has a new Skulduggery Pleasant book out (recommended ages 8-12). The newest book in the series is called The Faceless Ones. I just picked it up this week and am hoping it is as good as the two previous titles. If you’ve never heard of the books before, you may want to check them out. They have all the right ingredients for a good read: magic, a walking/talking skeleton, evil about to destory the world, a young girl as the adventuresome sidekick and lots of humor.

The first title in the series is Skulduggery Pleasant and the second is Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire. Both are quick reads and fairly amusing for adults and kids will enjoy the humor and all the fights between the good guys and evil.


SAT Words of the Day by maryjane16
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 4:07 pm
Filed under: teen | Tags: , , , ,


Pronunciation: \ˈab-stə-nən(t)s\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin abstinentia, from abstinent-, abstinens, present participle of abstinēre
Date: 14th century

1 : voluntary forbearance especially from indulgence of an appetite or craving or from eating some foods
2 a : habitual abstaining from intoxicating beverages b : abstention from sexual intercourse

ab·sti·nent  \-nənt\ adjective

ab·sti·nent·ly adverb

He abstained from eating meat when he became a vegetarian.


Pronunciation: \ab-ˈstrakt, ˈab-ˌ\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Medieval Latin abstractus, from Latin, past participle of abstrahere to drag away, from abs-, ab- + trahere to pull, draw
Date: 14th century

1 a : disassociated from any specific instance <an abstract entity> b : difficult to understand : abstruse <abstract problems> c : insufficiently factual : formal <possessed only an abstract right>
2 : expressing a quality apart from an object <the word poem is concrete, poetry is abstract>
3 a : dealing with a subject in its abstract aspects : theoretical <abstract science> b : impersonal, detached <the abstract compassion of a surgeon — Time>
4 : having only intrinsic form with little or no attempt at pictorial representation or narrative content <abstract painting>

ab·stract·ly  \ab-ˈstrak(t)-lē, ˈab-ˌ\ adverb

ab·stract·ness  \ab-ˈstrak(t)-nəs, ˈab-ˌ\ noun

Kandinsky and Mondrian were two of the early abstract artists.

(Definitions taken from Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

SAT words of the day by maryjane16
Monday, November 9, 2009, 9:00 am
Filed under: community, teen | Tags: , ,

Here are today’s SAT words:


Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbrā-siv, -ziv\
Function: adjective
Date: 1849

1 : tending to abrade
2 : causing irritation <abrasive manners>

abra·sive·ly adverb

abra·sive·ness noun

The woman had an abrasive personality.


Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbrij\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): abridged; abridg·ing
Etymology: Middle English abregen, from Anglo-French abreger, from Late Latin abbreviare, from Latin ad- + brevis short — more at brief
Date: 14th century

1 a archaic : deprive b : to reduce in scope : diminish <attempts to abridge the right of free speech>
2 : to shorten in duration or extent <modern transportation that abridges distance>
3 : to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense : condense

Little Women is available in a full text format and in an abridged format for children.

(definitions taken from )


New titles for Teens by maryjane16
Sunday, November 8, 2009, 1:50 pm
Filed under: books, Libraries, Newark, teen | Tags: ,

We have some new books for teens that I would recommend! All of these titles are available through the Alameda County Libraries. You can look on the online catalog ( to find where they are available or to place a hold on one of the books.

Fire by Kristen Cashore. The much anticipated sequel/prequel to Graceling. In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those forestofhandsandteetharound her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.

 The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.shiver-final-cover

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Sequel to The Hunger Games. By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

(All summaries taken from the Alameda County Library Online Catalog.)

SAT word of the day by maryjane16
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 12:38 pm
Filed under: community, teen | Tags: , , ,

Each day we’ll try to post a new word or a couple of words for those of you ready to take the SAT’s. We’ll give you a word, the definition and use it in a sentence. Make sure to check back often to take advantage of the easy study time! We also have a large collection of SAT practice books at our branches and practice tests online through our website at Learning Express.


Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbāt\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): abat·ed; abat·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French abatre to strike down — more at rebate
Date: 13th century

transitive verb 1 a : to put an end to <abate a nuisance> b : nullify 1 <abate a writ>
2 a : to reduce in degree or intensity : moderate <may abate their rancor to win peace> b : to reduce in value or amount : make less especially by way of relief <abate a tax>
3 : deduct, omit <abate part of the price>
4 a : to beat down or cut away so as to leave a figure in relief b obsolete : blunt
5 : deprive 2

The rain abated after hours of downpours.


Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbrē-vē-ˌāt\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): ab·bre·vi·at·ed; ab·bre·vi·at·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin abbreviatus, past participle of abbreviare — more at abridge
Date: 15th century

: to make briefer; especially : to reduce to a shorter form intended to stand for the whole

synonyms see shorten

We abbreviate words when we chat online.

(Definitions from

Cookies and Cards by maryjane16
Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 2:10 pm
Filed under: children, community, Events, Newark, senior, teen | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Join us Saturday, December 5th from 1:30-3 pm in the Meeting Room. We will have cookies for everyone to decorate (2 per person) and lots of candies, frostings and more for the decorations! Plus, we will have card supplies so that everyone can make a card to take home. No registration necessary. All ages are welcome to attend. [picapp src=”5/8/7/1/PicImg_molasses_5295.JPG?adImageId=7106341&imageId=4408373″ width=”250″ height=”377″ /]

New Moon is coming to the Newark Library … by maryjane16
Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Events, Newark, teen | Tags: , , ,

Teens ages 13-19 are invited to join us for a night at the library. We will have a fun-filled evening of all things New Moon. There will be a costume-contest, scavenger hunt, all new trivia challenge and more. Best yet, there will be food and prizes! Sign up early to reserve a spot at this event. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the library for more details. [picapp src=”e/a/0/3/Breaking_Dawn_Concert_4e7f.jpg?adImageId=7105674&imageId=2576621″ width=”500″ height=”332″ /]

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