Archive for May, 2009

Citywide Talent Show!

Auditon on Thursday, June 14 (3-6 pm), Friday June 22 (6-8 pm) or Saturday June 23 (6-8 pm) @ The School of the Arts.

Chosen performers will strut their stuff at Main Game, July 25th at the new Riverside Festival Site.

Registration for the auditions are due by June 12 @ the Humboldt Recreation Center – 1045 Atlantic Ave.

Please ask youth services staff for your audition registration form today!!

May 28, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Just for fun

May 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

This has to be the most UNhelpful educational video ever! 


May 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Miss Catherine Recommends…

My Life in Pink & Green My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald


rating: 3 of 5 stars
Lucy, age 12, lives with her grandmother and mom (her father moved to London when she was three) and together they run a family pharmacy. Unfortunately, the pharmacy hasn’t been doing well for a long time; no one orders sodas or snacks at the grill and most people fill their prescriptions at the big corporate pharmacies where they can also grocery shop. Lucy is optimistic, however, as she decides to pull out the stops to improve their prospects through makeovers and “going green.”

This book was a fun read, primarily because I enjoyed the pharmacy/family business aspect. Lucy’s a very likeable character, and I was certainly rooting for her the whole time. Do I really believe a 12-year-old has more business sense than two previous generations? It’s a stretch, but I guess anything’s possible!

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May 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm


Your Teen Librarians (of Monroe County) have done it again!  Check out the new mini-pamphlet at Miss Catherine’s desk the next time you’re looking for a great book to read!

Adoration13 Reasons Why
  Before I Die







Disreputable HistoryGraceling









identicalPaper Towns


Hunger Games

May 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Friday Fun

May 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm

10 tips to find a job

1. Start looking now. Shawn Boyer, chief executive officer of, said employers are already thinking about their upcoming summer staffing issues, even though we’re only in the month of April. One way to beat out at least some of the competition is to start your job search early rather than waiting for the school year to end. “Consider telling them, ‘I can work 10 hours a week now, and then I can ramp up my hours after school gets out,’ ” Boyer said.

2. Get the word out about your job search. Begin actively telling people that you’re looking for a job. Think about all the adults in your life: your teachers, guidance counselors and coaches, your family doctor and veterinarian, your parents’ friends, your friends’ parents, and so on. This approach could turn you on to job prospects.

3. Plan for a repeat performance. The survey of more than 1,000 hiring managers revealed that 65 percent of their summer staffs will consist of returning workers. If you had a job last summer and you didn’t absolutely hate it, consider reapplying again this year. Your past employer will be interested in you because you’re already trained.

4. Be professional. Make sure that everything you include in your job application is spelled correctly and is free of grammatical errors. Don’t use all lowercase or all uppercase letters, Boyer advised. Be sure the e-mail address you put down isn’t silly or distracting. The same holds true for the voice-mail prompt on your cell phone or home phone.

5. Do mock interviews in advance. A job interview can be a lot more stressful than you might think. To work out the jitters ahead of time, do a few practice interviews with someone other than a friend or parent, Boyer recommended. “Practice with a guidance counselor, a teacher or a friend’s parent that you’re not that comfortable with so it will be more realistic,” Boyer said.

6. Show some energy. Employers who bring teenagers on board say they appreciate their enthusiasm and eagerness to do whatever it takes to get a job done. Display those traits on your job interview — and on the job, as well.

7. Get appropriately gussied. Dress nicely for your job interview, as if you were about to attend a religious service. Do this even if the dress code for employees is casual. Absolutely remember to send a handwritten thank-you note after your interview — a step many adults routinely forget to take.

8. Play up your strengths. Many teens show a tendency to be hard on themselves and minimize their accomplishments. Remember that a job interview is not the place to beat yourself up. Instead, emphasize flattering details about yourself, such as being an honor-roll student, juggling extracurricular activities and volunteering in the community. “List out in particular the leadership positions that you’ve held,” Boyer said. “That helps to dispel the idea that teens aren’t responsible.”

9. Know where to look. As bleak as the job market is right now, Boyer said these places are still open to hiring teens: fast-food restaurants; movie theaters; merchandising companies that stock shelves for retailers — American Greetings is looking for this sort of help, he noted — and health care facilities. “There are a wide range of positions in the health care sector that don’t require you to have a certain level of credentials,” Boyer said. “There’s valet-parking people’s cars, working in a hospital gift shop, working in a cafeteria, being a receptionist.”

10. Consider working at a bank. If you’re at least 18, you also may be able to land a job as a bank teller. Banks often need help over the summer months when many of their employees go on vacation, Boyer said — and he added that a bank job can look good on your resume.




May 14, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Any thoughts on the new movie?

May 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Miss Catherine Recommends…

Life As We Knew It (moon book, #1) Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

* Find it in our YA Fiction section!

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Seriously, one of the scariest books you’ll ever read. This book is written in diary form from the viewpoint of a teenager. Pfeffer maintains a sense of realism in an extreme situation – a comet hitting the moon alters Earth’s climate and environment drastically, and modern civilization collapses, leaving our narrator and her family, suburbanintes, to face the unpredictable wild all on their own. I had to race through this book because the whole time I was reading it (and loving it), I was certain this was something that was about to happen, and I was terrified! I can’t read to read it’s companion, The Dead and The Gone. Same event, different story.

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May 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Miss Catherine Recommends…

The Hunger Games The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

* Currently on the NEW spinner!

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I can only add my accolades like everyone else. I didn’t want to like this book for the perverse reason that everyone else did, but hey, there’s a reason it’s a crowd pleaser!

The story is grim, and there’s no mercy for the squeamish, which is why it one my heart. Collins set about to tell a rough story of a world where kids are forced to battle with other kids to the death for their own survival, and she had me on the edge my of seat the whole way through.

As a book with an inevitable sequel, I approve of Collins ending. I HATE books that leave you on the edge of a cliff, sometimes waiting a year for the continuation! It makes me feel manipulated, which I hate more than anything. I believe a responsible and talented storyteller should be able to write a real ending well enough that I will choose to come back for more when the sequel is published, not be forced to just to see if my character makes it out alive or some nonsense like that. This story is definitely not over, but I can wait in pleasant anticipation of the sequel (September 2009), not in torment. It’s so much nicer that way, isn’t it?

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May 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

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