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Monday, August 26, 2013

Sign Up for September Programs Now!

School may be around the corner, but don't forget to sign up for these great programs now!

Registration is required for all programs.  You can register in person at the library, by phone at 973-835-5044, by email at, or online by clicking here

Teen Movie Night: "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Wed. Sept. 4
5:30-7:45 p.m.

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young.  His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.  Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. (PG-13, 136 min.)

Teen Advisory Board
Thurs. Sept. 12
5-6 p.m.

Hang out with friends and help with planning programs and choosing library materials while possibly earning community service hours.

Teen Book Club: "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli
Wed. Sept. 18
6-7 p.m.

Stargirl.  From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.”  She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile.  She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.  Then they turn on her.  Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.  In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.  Pick up your copy at the Circulation Desk. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

New Books for August!

Look for these new books coming soon to Riverdale Public Library!

Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt:  When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her online, she swears off boys.  She also swears off modern technology.  Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to "go vintage" and complete her grandma's list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous.  But the list is trickier than it looks.  And obviously finding a steady is matter how handsome Jeremy's cousin, Oliver, is.  But with the help of her sister, she'll get it done. Somehow.  New Fiction Leavitt

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block:  The earth shakes, a wall of water comes, and everyone Penelope loves disappears, leaving her alone.  She can see nothing but ruins around her pink house by the sea in Los Angeles. Her family was swept away by the water.  Her father had warned of impending danger, and though her mother thought he was paranoid, his emergency provisions keep Pen alive.  Weeks later, men break into her house, but Pen escapes with their van.  She sets off on an Odyssey-like journey in search of her family.  On the way, she encounters giants, sirens, a witch, a girl who may be magical, and companions to aid her in her quest. Through flashbacks, she reveals that she had been struggling with feelings for one of her closest girlfriends. Now, as she, Hex, Ez, and Ash speed toward Las Vegas, Pen finds strength she's never known and love she didn't expect.  New Fiction Block

September Girls by Bennett Madison:  Sam is spending the summer in a beach town filled with beautiful blond girls who all seem inexplicably attracted to him.  But that’s not the only reason why he thinks the girls are strange.  They only wear flats because heels make their feet bleed.  They never go swimming in the water.  And they all want something from him.  Sam finds himself in an unexpected summer romance when he falls for one of the girls, DeeDee.  But as they get closer, she pulls away without explanation.  Sam knows that if he is going to win her back, he’ll have to learn the girls’ secret.  New Fiction Madison

The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick:  Edward picks up what he thinks is a rock. He doesn’t know it is a sleeping Time Fetch—and touching it will release its foragers too soon and alter the entire fabric of time and space. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it has begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel. To try to stop the foragers, Edward must depend on the help of his classmates Feenix, Danton, and Brigit—whether he likes it or not. They all have touched the Fetch, and it has drawn them together in a strange and thrilling adventure. The boundaries between worlds and dimensions are blurred, and places and creatures on the other side are much like the ones they’ve always known—but slightly twisted, a little darker, and much more dangerous.  New Fiction Herrick

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt: Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.  New Fiction Goldblatt

Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman: A collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds—collected and introduced by bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman range from whimsical to terrifying, and the magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology. New Fiction Gaiman

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore (The Lorien Legacies #4): In the fourth book of the Lorien saga, the Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?   John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found one another. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.  But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they're hiding out in Nine's Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.  The six of them are powerful, but they're not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More important, they'll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.  And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it's too late.  The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.  Lorien will rise again.  New Fiction Lore