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The Trials and Tribulations of Suburban Life

chicago suburb from the airI have a love/hate relationship with the suburbs. Having spent some time living in suburban and planned communities, I have grown to truly detest the homogeneity, the predominance of big-box chain stores, and the Stepford Wives-like creepiness that some suburban environments seem prone to breed in their residence. But, then again, I wouldn’t be the fabulous person I am today having not had the American suburban experience. Below I’ve listed some titles I have enjoyed that feature the suburbs (some in a creepy way, others as merely a backdrop to the action). What do you love or hate about the ‘burbs?
 

Mer’s Suburban Reads:

Teen Summer Reading Program

can you read luke skywalker?Are you going to be reading this summer? Like, at all? Not even your text messages!?! If you plan on reading (even a little bit), you should definitely join the Teen Summer Reading Program! Any amount or type of reading counts and you can even win some pretty sweet prizes just by signing up. We’ve got tons of activities and events scheduled throughout the summer and we’re kicking off the Summer Reading Program in style THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH @ 2:30 PM! Join us for food, fun, games, prizes and more!
 
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Summer Time

watermelonSummer is a great time to catch up on fun (rather than required-by-school) reading and of course by reading you can participate in the Teen Summer Reading Program! I’ve put together a list of books I enjoyed, each either taking place during summer or featuring travel. What is on your to read list for summer?
 

Mer’s Summer Reads:

 

Anti-Twilight Reads

total solar eclipseThe newest movie in the Twilight Saga (Eclipse) is set to come out in June and, much as with the previous two releases, there is bound to be much excitement and an overwhelming amount of glee from the Pro-Twilight camp. For those of you who could care less or who are staunchly Anti-Bella & Gang, I’ve put together a list of Anti-Twilight reads that combine horror or dark fantasy with a bit of tongue-in-cheek wit. What would you suggest?
 
 

Mer’s Anti-Twilight Reads:

 

Freeman Teen Advisory Board

monkey stuffed animalsNext Monday, May 24th @ 4:30 pm, we will have our last Teen Advisory Board meeting of the Spring semester before we take a break for Summer. So stop on by and let your voice be heard! Be a teen leader and help plan library programs and events or work on special volunteer projects.
Flickr CCLouie is Not Sensitive About Being Called a Monkey Photo by: Lance McCord

Incarceron Fever

I have recently discovered an awesome book, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher! It has kept me thoroughly captivated while anxiously awaiting Mockingjay, the 3rd installment

Batter Up!

vintage baseballWe are now firmly in baseball season! I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching baseball with my dad…okay, well maybe I wasn’t always watching the game…I might’ve been reading a book instead. But I have fond memories of watching my dad watching baseball. Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite baseball books. Who are you rooting for this season?
 

Mer’s Baseball Picks:

 

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

the lamps and the sakura by stuck in customsMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and an opportunity for us to celebrate the history of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to America’s success and those who continue to help make the United States a vibrant, unique, and culturally diverse nation. Below I’ve picked some of my most favorite books with Asian American teen voices. How will you celebrate? 
 

Mer’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Picks:

 

Anime Mini-Con

L - Death NoteNever been able to go to an Anime Con and want a brief taste? Been to several Anime Cons and looking for another, more local, event? Join us next week for our 3rd Annual Freeman Anime Mini-Con! Hang out with and meet new friends, win prizes, and more!
  • Tuesday, May 11th – Anime Crafty @ 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 12th – Anime Club @ 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 13th – Anime Gaming & Cosplay @ 4:30 PM
Flickr CC: L-Death Note Photo by: Sabrina Eras

Face the Music

record playerI don’t know about you, but music is a really important part of my life. A particular song can make a bad day better and another tune can bring back good memories. I’ve put together a list of books that I enjoyed where music plays a theme and hopefully you like some of them, too. What songs are your favorites?
 

Mer’s Music Picks:

 
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