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Teen Advisory Board

hey! a bookcart shaped like a bus!Are you opinionated? Are you creative? Do you want to earn volunteer hours? Do you like food? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re the perfect candidate for the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Our next meeting is Monday, February 28th @ 4:30 pm in the first floor Meeting Room.  We’ll be working on our decorated book cart for the Houston Art Car Parade.

What exactly is TAB, you might ask? The Freeman TAB provides an excellent leadership opportunity to local teens who provide input on Library programming and events, Library materials, and marketing. TAB members also participate in special volunteer and community-oriented projects.

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Love Hurts: Anti-Romance Reads

stormie steve suffers broken heart of unrequited loveSome folks like to read happily-ever-after tales.  And some people would rather read about the darker side of romantic attachments: when things go wrong, when everything does not turn out a-okay, or when love is just plain complicated.  So for those of you who prefer a little dash of anti-romance, this list is for you.  What are your favorite “love hurts” reads?

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Freeman Teens Read

freeman teens readJoin us in the Teen Zone on Wednesday, February 23rd @ 4:30 pm for our monthly Freeman Teens Read program.  Share your favorite games, books, songs, movies or television shows while we munch on tasty snacks.  Ash and Meredith will be on hand to give their recommendations too!  We always have a great conversation and get great suggestions, both old and new, for all types of media.  See you there!

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Check Me Out!: Great Unsung Reads

bookshelf editDon’t get me wrong, I’m as likely as the next person to read a bestseller.  I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games and I’ve read all the Twilight books and as soon as I heard about Sara Shepard’s newest book, I was on the request list.  But I think all of us have those books in our lives that we really LOVED and it seems like no one else has re...

Freeman Teens: Celebrating African American History Month

Jack JohnsonJoin us in the Teen Zone on Tuesday, February 15 @ 4:30 pm for an Academy Award-winning documentary movie about two famous African American boxers. 

Did you know that the first African American World Heavyweight Champion was originally from Galveston, TX?  Jack Johnson won the title in 1908.  After losing the title in 1915, it took over twenty years for another African American boxer to claim it: Joe Lewis in 1937.  Joe Lewis has the record for holding the title longer (over 11 years) than anyone else in boxing history. Come watch the movie, enjoy snacks, and learn more about African American history and sports history.

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Tayshas Spotlight: Gals Read

reading interesting stuffFor the final Tayshas spotlight of the 2011 Tayshas List, the focus is on great reads for high school gals.  Or check out the entire list!  You might find something great you never would’ve thought to read.  Anyone can nominate a title for the list; if you’ve read something good published in 2010 or 2011 and it isn’t on the list, nominate it!

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The Epic Return of Game On!

Mario StencilI’ve had several of our Freeman teens asking about when our gaming programs would begin again. Well the wait is over! We have two upcoming gaming programs in February: Thursday, February 10th and Thursday February 24th. Join us in the Zone after school for video games, board games, card games, snacks, and more!

Are there particular games you like and think we should have here at Freeman? Leave us a comment, visit us at the library and talk with Ash or Meredith, or consider joining the Teen Advisory Board!

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Lots of Love: New Young Adult Romance

candy heartsI am always on the lookout for new and recently published books and it seems like no better time to visit what is new in the world of Young Adult Romance than the month of February!  I’ve already put requests on a few titles and some of them are on the shelves and ready for check out!  What new titles are you anxiously awaiting?

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African American Authors for Teens

Virginia Civil Rights MemorialFebruary marks the celebration of African American History Month, a time when we celebrate and remember the contributions of African Americans to our American history and culture.  I’ve put together a list of several African American authors who write fiction and non-fiction for teen readers and a few of their works.  How will you celebrate?

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Graphic Novels for the Uninitiated

comicsI used to think of myself as a fiction and non-fiction reader and would shy away from graphic novels and manga.  For one thing, I’m very picky about the visual arts; I know what I like and I know what I don’t like and I had a hard time finding any graphic novels that appealed to my aesthetic tastes.  On the other hand, I pretty much avoid superhero stories at all costs; I’m not big into fight scenes and I don’t like those rippling body suits they all seem to wear.  But I made a huge mistake in only thinking of myself as a fiction and non-fiction reader, because graphic novels are a format and sequential art form (and people much smarter than I am argue this).  Graphic novels can tell stories...

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