Published on February 21, 2014
March/April 2014 WHAT’S ON Teens & Tweens Follow Us Interactive Employment Workshop Wednesday, March 12 1 – 3 p.m. Main Branch Are you out of school and looking for work? Do you need some help with your search? Join representatives from Northern Lights Canada for a fun filled afternoon developing Job Search Strategies. Prizes to be won! For agest 14 to 24. the future is now Dystopian novels hit the big screen There’s no debating the current popularity of dystopian books and movies for young adults (YA). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of the year’s top box office draws, and a new crop of dystopian novels are heading to the big screen this year. First up is Divergent, based on the book by Veronica Roth, who has spawned a passionate following of dystopian readers second only to Suzanne Collins. Other books-to-be-movies include The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and The Giver by Lois Lowry. If you’re still hungry for more, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I will be released in November. So why have dystopian YA novels become the go-to source material for Hollywood these days? For starters, they’re action-packed thrill rides, the literary equivalent of a roller coaster. But more importantly, they act as social barometers, revealing quite a lot about what we fear today by showing us glimpses of futures we hope never come to be. Find these dystopian books, and more, in our catalogue: Legend by Marie Lu Register through Facebook at www.facebook.com/jsw.facilitator or call 905-426-1760, ext 5162 or ext 5168. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Cinder by Marissa Meyer Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiano Blood Red Road by Moira Young Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Wither by Lauren Destafano Delirium by Lauren Oliver Matched by Ally Condie
Young Adult Book Club The YAB Club is a fun way to read great new books and hang out with friends at the same time! Want to have a say in what we read? At each meeting members vote for the coming month’s book choices! Movies at the Main Please note: Our movie titles may change at any time. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca or call any of our branches. Register online at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or by phone 905-683-4000 ext. 8813. American Hustle Sunday, March 2 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 4 to 5 p.m. Divergent by Veronica Roth Thursday, April 3 4 to 5 p.m. Looking for Alaska by John Green YAB Club meets at Main Branch. This free program is for Grade 9-12 students but space is limited to 12. Register at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-683-4000 ext 8813. Gamers Club March 1 & April 5 1:30 – 3 p.m. Main Branch Calling gamers ages 10 to 14. It’s time to get connected! Meet other kids your age and compete in multiplayer tournaments of hit games such as Skylanders Giants, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Party 9, followed by free play of any games the group would like. Game on! Free, drop in program. Rated 14A Enjoy one of the top Best Picture contenders on the day of the 86th Academy Awards. A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. The Artist Sunday, March 30 1:30 p.m. Rated PG Journey back in time and enjoy the ambiance of a movie theatre in the 1920s as you watch this Academy Award Winning film. Registration begins March 3. The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest Sunday, April 6 1:30 p.m. Rated PG A visually stunning documentary film detailing Mallory’s final attempt to climb Everest intertwined with Conrad Anker’s 1999 expedition to investigate Mallory’s disappearance on the famed mountain. Registration begins March 3. Saving Mr. Banks Sunday, April 13 1:30 p.m. Rated PG Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Registration begins April 1.
Book REviews book reviews The Fault in our Stars by John Green live to tell by Lisa Harrington T he Fault in Our Stars is famous YA author John Green’s latest book. The novel follows the starcrossed love story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old suffering from Stage 4 thyroid cancer, and Augustus Waters, 17, a cancer survivor and recent amputee. Constantly smothered by her mother who only means well and wants the best for her daughter, Hazel attends a cancer support group where she meets Augustus. She learns that Augustus is only at the meeting to support his friend Isaac, who lost one eye to cancer when he was younger, and has now learned he must also lose the other, which would make him permanently blind. Augustus suffered from Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which led to the amputation of his right leg. Augustus instantly takes a liking to Hazel, and although it takes a while for Hazel to trust him, they begin to form a beautiful relationship. Augustus and Hazel support each other in ways that no one else was ever able to. They understand each other’s struggles and don’t trivialize them like those who don’t understand the struggles of cancer. After reading this book, I’m not at all ashamed to admit I shed more than just one tear. It pulled at my heartstrings and made me feel like I was actually there with Hazel and Gus as they fought this battle together. John Green managed to address their struggles without making either character become their illness. Neither Hazel nor Augustus ever begged for pity, and they both dealt with their problems maturely. They accepted their fate and made the best of the little “infinity” they created together. The Fault in Our Stars is beautifully written and deals with such a serious issue like cancer with grace and poise. Hazel and Augustus are so authentic and raw, and everything that plays out between them seems natural—like something that could happen in real life. For someone like me who’s not a huge fan of romance novels, this one grabbed a hold of my heart and hooked me in. It’s a book I would recommend to absolutely anyone, but I advise you, make sure to keep some Kleenex nearby. Reviewed by: Candice, Teen Advisory Council Member L ive to Tell, by Lisa Harrington is a physiological thriller with many unexpected twists and turns. The book starts off when the main character, 16-year-old Libby Thorne, wakes up in the hospital confused and scared with no recollection of how she ended up there. After pleading with her parents, they hesitantly tell her that she had gone to a Halloween party where she had been drinking and then left the party driving her mom’s car. She caused an accident in which someone was hit and is now in critical condition. She can’t even remember her boyfriend Cal, whom she’d been with during the party. She was told Cal was in the passenger seat when the accident occurred. Libby feels embarrassed when Cal gives her flowers and gifts after the accident. It is inevitable that there will be criminal charges brought against her. Although she was told what happened that night by both her parents and Cal, she still doesn’t remember all of it. Libby isn’t satisfied. Something seems suspicious to her. With the help of her best friend Kasey, Libby pieces together what happened that horrible night. Can you figure out the truth before Libby can? Reviewed by: Tanushree, Teen Advisory Council member
teen writers circle TEEN TECH BASH Saturday, March 8 Main Branch Video Game Tourney: Mario Kart Wii Thursdays: March 20 & April 17 4 - 5 p.m. Main Branch 11 a.m. Think you’ve got what it takes to compete on our big screen and race to video game glory? It’ll be a tire-screeching battle followed by fun, free play. So grab your friends and get ready to speed your way to victory and great prizes! Rated E. Register at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-683-4000 ext. 8811. This group will encourage you to keep writing, challenge and stretch your imagination and, of course, discuss what you can do to get published. Also, we plan to have lots of fun, drink free coffee and eat delicious cookies. If you like writing stories, poems, song lyrics, essays, flash fiction, comics, fan-fic, scripts, blogs, reviews, articles -- or want to learn how to -- bring along a notebook, a pen and your imagination! Free Pizza Lunch 1 p.m. Grab a free slice of pizza and a pop to recharge before the movie starts! At each meeting members will have the opportunity to share and critique each other’s writing in a positive, safe environment. Blockbuster Matinee The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 1:30 p.m. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Come watch the movie for the first (or fiftieth!) time on our big screen. Rated PG. Register at www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events or 905-683-4000 ext. 8811. This free program is for grade 9-12 students but space is limited to 12. We will meet on the third Thursday of every month (depending on holidays) from 4 to 5 p.m. The Youth Centre Meet-n-Eats March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23 11 a.m. – 1 p.m Main Branch Youth and young adults between the ages of 13-29 who are not attending school are invited to join staff from The Youth Centre for fun, informative sessions and a free lunch! Topics discussed will include employment, housing, healthy eating on a budget, family relationships and healthy sexuality. This is a free, drop-in program. Hours & Locations All branches are closed April 18, 20 & 21 Main Branch (905) 683-4000 Village Branch (905) 683-1140 McLean Branch (905) 428-8489 55 Harwood Ave. South 58 Church St. North 95 Magill Drive Mon – Thu 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 1 – 5 p.m. Mon –Thu 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Fri –Sat 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sun Closed Mon & Fri Tue –Thu Sat Sun Textnet (866) 460-4489 Follow Us AjaxPublicLibrary @ajax_library Ajax Public Library 1 – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 – 5 p.m. (until April 13) Ajax Library www.ajaxlibrary.ca
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