National Teen Lock-In: Masquerade Madness!

LockIn FlierHey Teens!

Newark Library is proud to host an afterhours event just for teens in the Tri-City Area on National Teen Lock-in Night! Teens from Fremont, Union City and Newark are invited to join us for an evening of Masquerade Madness on July 31st from 7-10 PM!

Join us before the Lock-in on Tuesday July 28th at the Newark Library for a mask making crafting session!

Please join me for big screen gaming, “maker” activities, a treasure hunt, food and an evening of fun! Bring your friends and enjoy having the library all to yourselves.

For ages 12 – 17*, a permission slip is required to attend, please fill out and return to the Newark Library.

*High school students who are 18 years old may attend but must show proof of age & school ID

For more information contact your local Teen Librarian:

Becky Machetta @ 510-284-0682 or

Joan Weagle @

Valentina Santilli @ 510 745-1413 or

Beth Buchanan @ 510-745-1430

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions

Full Metal Alchemist #5 book review

A book review of Full Metal Alchemist #5 by Purav D. from Newark

In Full Metal Alchemist #5, Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, and Edward’s auto-mail mechanic Winry head to Izumi Curtis, Edward’s alchemy teacher. They take a quick stop in Dublith, but soon find themselves chasing after a mysterious pickpocketer. In this high action-packed manga graphic novel, you’ll find yourself glued to the book. With an unforgettable plot, this series and this book are a must read to all of you manga fans. Travel with hardcore Edward, fun-loving Winry, and lost Alphonse in an epic tale.

June – More books for GLBT month

Anything could happen / Will Walton


“A phenomenal debut about a gay Southern boy in love with his straight best friend” –Provided by publisher
“Tretch Farm lives in a very small town where everybody’s in everybody else’s business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his best friend, Matt Gooby. Matt has two gay dads, but isn’t all that gay himself . . . which doesn’t stop Tretch from loving him anyway. Things get even more complicated when a girl falls for Tretch, and Tretch doesn’t know how to put her off without revealing everything to everyone. Meanwhile, his family is facing some challenges of its own, and it’s going to take Tretch coming out and coming to peace with his situation for his life to move forward” –Provided by publishe

The porcupine of truth / Bill Konigsberg

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.

( yes, this book does belong on this list)

Sunday Book reviews

Fallout / Gwennda Bond

This is a Superman reboot and it is a strong start. In this book – the name Superman isn’t really there yet. But Lois Lane is a reporter, with all the characteristics she is known for. And there is a logic to this book that is missing from all other Superman Myths. Here is the summary:

Lois Lane is the new girl at East Metropolis High, and her instinct to ask questions brings her and her online friend, Smallville Guy, into conflict with some bullying video gamers called the Warheads, who are being used in a dangerous virtual reality experiment

Good start. Ages 13+

Sunday book Review

Denton Little’s Death Date

Denton Little lives in a world, just like ours, except everyone knows they date of their death. Denton is an ‘early’ meaning he is going to die early. Despite this, he has been living a normal life , going to school , doing his homework , hanging with his friends. However, things get a little weird – on the day before he is going to die ( his death date – the day of prom ). After giving his eulogy at his funeral , he meets a man who wants to talk to him, but his father won’t let him. And things get strange….
This book is an adventure that does make you wonder what you might do if you knew that today you were going to die. A Fun book. ages 14+

June is GLBT month – book list

Boy meets boy / David Levithan

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

The perks of being a wallflower / Stephen Chbosky

Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up

Kissing Kate / Lauren Myracle

Sixteen-year-old Lissa’s relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend

Sprout : or my salad days, when I was green in judgement* / Dale Peck

Moving from Long Island to Kansas after his mother dies, a teenaged boy nicknamed Sprout is surprised to find new friends, a fascinating landscape, and romantic love

Parrotfish / Ellen Wittlinger

Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male

Absolutely, positively not / David LaRochelle

Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, “Playboy” pinup-displaying heterosexual

A really nice prom mess / Brian Sloan

Gay high school senior Cameron Hayes endures a disastrous prom night when forced to take a girl as his date, and after fleeing the dance in disguise, he finds himself involved in a surprising on-stage performance, a high-speed police chase, and unexpected revelations

This is just a first list

Sunday Book Review

Acid / Emma Pass


In the year 2113, seventeen-year-old Jenna Strong is helped to escape from Mileway Maximum Security Prison outside London in order to help destroy ACID, the most brutal and controlling police force in history

This is a first book by an English library assistant and it is quite good. It has a lot of flavors of dystopian novels , going back to the classic – 1984. But it is a well done original story. While there is room for a sequel, it is complete in one book. (that’s rare for any SF book).Fast  read  , hard  to  put  down .   My  only  criticism – it  might have  been  too fast. There were places  where resolution  came very quickly.   Recommended   14+


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