Check out what is going on @ Curtis Teens this month!

December Activities

Teen Movie Matinee: Everything, Everything

Thursday December 29th from 1:45-4:30pm

Open to Teens and Tweens (students in grade 6-12)

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? “Everything Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything. PG-13. Warner Bros.

No registration required.

 

Teen Games: Dungeons and Dragons

This exciting D&D club meets on Wednesdays in December.

No experience required.

This club is currently full. If you are interested in D&D, please email teen librarian, Jocelyn Kelly (jkelly@curtislibrary.com).

This activity is only available to Teens and Tweens (grades 6-12).

Teen Crafts: Tiny Terrarium

Tuesday, December 13th from 4:30-5:30pm
and Wednesday, December 28th from 2-3pm. 

Join us in the Teen Zone to create beautiful tiny terrariums! We will use live moss, crystals and other decorations to adorn our creations. This is a drop-in activity. Stop in anytime during the times listed. No need to register and all materials provided!

This activity is for Teens and Tweens in grades 6-12.

In the Teen Zone: 

All Month Long (while supplies last)

  • Artist Trading Cards
  • Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Velcro Dart Game

Books, Books, and More Books…

Book Review: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

All My Rage is an emotional, powerful, and beautiful telling of what life in America can be like for immigrants and people of color. It follows the journeys of three people – Noor and Salahudin in the present, and Misbah (Salahudin’s mother) in the past. Misbah’s perspective narrates her story of when she and her husband moved to America to start a family and their motel, The Cloud’s Rest Inn.  

Noor and Salahudin became friends when Noor moved to America but a fight causes them to not talk to each other during a time when they need each other the most. This fight also results in Noor not talking to Misbah who was a mother figure to her. Noor moved to America when she was a young girl under the care of her uncle after an earthquake killed her family. Noor works at her uncle’s liquor shop but wishes to move away from their small town of Juniper, California to go to college and become a doctor. However, her uncle does not support her dream and his cruelty forces her to apply secretly. Salahudin also has his struggles. After the death of his mother, he must find a way to manage his alcoholic father and keep the family’s motel afloat. He soon realizes that there are even more bills due and money owed than he thought. He starts to sacrifice himself to keep his mother’s dream alive. 

The characters in All My Rage are beautifully developed.  I immediately became invested in each of their stories. They are each challenged with immense struggles in their lives, but they show perseverance and strength as they get through the tough times. Each of their stories is incredibly emotional and reading them brought tears to my eyes. I particularly loved reading Misbah’s perspective in the past. Their stories are told beautifully and expressively. The book is also paced beautifully and pulls readers in from the very start. It was hard to put the book down.

There are some heavy themes in the book, but the author, Sabaa Tahir, handles them extremely well in a  thought-provoking manner. The themes revolve around grief, fitting in, abuse, alcohol/drugs, family, religion, and the way people of color are treated. Reading All My Rage is an emotional experience. It’s so descriptive and immersive that it makes you feel every scene. In conclusion, All My Rage is an amazing and powerful book. Reading it felt like a privilege. I would recommend this book. –Eliza Davis, 8th grade student and Teen Advisory Board Member.

NEW TEEN READS

Before Takeoff
Bad Things Happen Here
Attention Hijacked
Who we were in the dark
Storybooth
Melt with you
A secret princess
Love times infinity
See you yesterday / Rachel Lynn Solomon.
Breaking Time
The name she gave me
How we ricochet
Love and Other Great Expectations
Jumper

YOUTH SERVICES STAFF

Pam Jenkins – Youth Services Manager

725-5242 x234

Jocelyn Kelly – Teen Services x218

Diana McFarland x238

Robyn Fay-Tringali x233

Youth Services Desk x225