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Summer Reading Suggestions 2017

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Jun 23, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 9th Graders

 

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Fiction

Backlash
by Sarah Darer Littman
In this page-turner, a case of cyberbullying goes deeper than anybody dared to think.

 

Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham
A teenager finds a skeleton on her property, potentially a victim of race riots 100 years earlier.

 

Everything that Makes You
by Moriah McStay
In alternating chapters, a girl experiences her high school life in two ways: one in which she is disfigured from a childhood accident, and another where her life is "normal."

 

Life as We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After a comet hits the moon, a Pennsylvania struggles to survive through weather changes, food shortage, and disease outbreak.

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A teenager travels to Wales to explore the truth behind his grandfather's tall tales, leading him to an abandoned orphanage full of secrets.

 

Noggin
by John Corey Whaley
A deceased teenager returns to high school after receiving one of the first successful head transplants. 

 

The Outliers
by Kimberly McCreight
In this page-turning thriller, a girl sets out to rescue her friend after receiving a cryptic text message. 

 

Shelter
by Harlan Coben
When his girlfriend vanishes, Mickey sets out to find her, leading him to learn she has some secrets. 
 

 

Nonfiction

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
"Lizzie Borden took an axe..." Or did she? Using primary sources, the author leads the reader on a journey to separate truth from fiction in this famous murder case. 

 

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Tales of people using false identities, either for safety or to con others. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
A history of Barbie, from her beginnings as a feminist icon, to her role in promoting negative body image, and everything in between. 

 

March: Book One
by John Lewis
The first book in a graphic novel trilogy about the life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis.
 

 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
This quirky biography uses photos, memes, and more to tell the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

 

The Other Wes Moore
by Wes Moore
Two students, both named Wes Moore, grow up two blocks from each other, yet end up in very different places: one a Rhodes Scholar and one a prisoner. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 

 

What If?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
The author of the web comic xcdc finds legitmate scientific answers to outlandish questions, such as how fast you can drive over a speed bump and live, and how long humanity would last in the face of a robotic apocalypse. 

 

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 8th Graders

 

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Narrative

Booked
by Kwame Alexander
A 12-yr-old soccer player hates reading, but learns to embrace his talent for words. Told in verse.

 

Drama
by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic novel about the drama that unfolds backstage during a middle school play. 

 

Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
A family in rural Pennsylvania struggles to survive food shortage, deadly weather changes, and more after a comet hits the moon. 

 

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
An unlikely friendship forms between Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a bipolar basketball player. 

 

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
A boy's surpressed emotions come to life as a destructive monster. 

 

Nine, Ten: a September 11 Story
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Four students's lives intersect on September 11th, 2001. 

 

Rhyme Schemer
by K.A. Holt
A novel told in verse about the journey of Kevin, who goes from bully to poet.

 

Rory's Promise
by Michaela MacColl
Rory, determined to keep her family together, follows her little sister out West on an orphan train. 

 

Non-Narrative

Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Stories of different people who went undercover, either for personal safety or personal gain. 

 

How They Croaked: the Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous
by Georgia Bragg
The lives- and deaths- of famous people throughout history. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
The rise and fall of Barbie, from feminist inspiration to "bad influence." 

 

Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas
by Jim Ottaviani
Graphic novel about the lives of three anthropologists who risked it all for the world to see primates- and humans- differently. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 
 

Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner!
by Clay Swartz
History as you've never seen it before! In this interactive book, learn facts about 100 historical figures, then place them in unusual battles. 

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
by Rosalyn Schanzer
How a mysterious illness turned into a witch hunt. 

Teen

Author and LGBTQ Activist Jeffrey Marsh on “How to Be You”

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Author and LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Marsh discusses their book How To Be You: Stop Trying to Be Someone Else and Start Living Your Life, which traces Jeffrey's own story of "growing up fabulous in a small farm town" along with the stories of heroes and heroines who have transcended the stereotypes of race, age and gender.

LGBTQ Resource guide

Jeffrey Marsh is an activist and icon whose message of inclusion and acceptance has amassed over 300 million views on social media. Jeffrey is a regular contributor, writer, and on-air host for Snapchat Stories, Facebook Live, O Magazine, Oprah.com, TIME.com, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Mashable. Jeffrey is a social media ambassador/correspondent for MTV/LOGO, VH1, GLSEN, GLAAD and PFLAG. Jeffrey is the first non-binary author with Penguin Random House, and the first multi-hyphenate talent to use ‘they/them’ pronouns (as opposed to he/she/his/her’).

This is a program for all ages. There will be crafts and snacks will be provided.

Toquet Hall Teen Center
Teen, Authors
Teen, Authors

Teen Photography Contest Exhibt

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See the winners of the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest which had submissions in the categories of portrait, landscape, abstract, and “transformation.” Photographs were judged by local illustrator/photographer and Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and are featured in this exhibit in the Great Hall Teen section in July 24-September 5. 

Left, Winner for 2016: Untitled by Michaela Cohen

 

Other
Teen

Countdown to College: ACT/SAT Practice Test

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Take a free practice test for the new SAT or redesigned ACT, administered by C2 Education of Westport. Space is limited; register online and specify which test you would like to take. Bring a #2 pencil and a calculator. Breaks will be provided, just as in the official tests. Register online.

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college.
Link to resource guide on these topics.

McManus Room
Teen, Talks & Readings
Teen, College

Post-Secondary Transition Challenges for Students with ADHD and LD

April 4, 2017
Robert Tudisco

Disability advocate, attorney and motivational speaker Robert Tudisco discussed the difficult transition from high school to college for students diagnosed with ADHD & LD on April 4, 2017 at the Westport Library.

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Robert-Tudisco-4-4-17.mp3


Award Ceremony & Reception: Teens Photo Contest

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Enjoy the results of the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest.

Display runs July in the Teen section of the Great Hall through September 5. There will be an artist reception and awards ceremony on Monday, July 24 from 5-6 pm in the Great Hall.

Image: Best in Show 2016—Whimsical Endeavors by Gabriella Petrone

 

The Great Hall
Teen

Award Ceremony for Teen Photography Contest

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Meet the winners of the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest which explored the theme of transformation through photography. The entries were judged by local illustrator/photographer and Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and will be featured in an exhibit in the Riverwalk Hallway through June 29. 

Left, Winner for 2016: Untitled by Michaela Cohen

 

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Teen

Teen Photography Contest

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Enter the fifth annual Teen Photography Contest with submissions in the categories of portrait, landscape, abstract, and “transformation.” The contest is open to Fairfield County residents in incoming grades 6-12 (including recent graduates). With a maximum of three photos per student; email high-resolution jpgs to westportteenphoto [at] gmail [dot] com. Photos should be titled with "first name last name" format and numbers if submitting more than one photo (3 max!). Example: "JainaShaw1.jpg"

Entries must be received by Saturday, July 15. Photographs will be judged by local illustrator/photographer and Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs and will be featured in an exhibit in the Great Hall Teen section in July 24-September 5. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Monday, July 24 from 5-6 pm. 

Cash prizes will be awarded!

Left, Winner for 2016: Untitled by Michaela Cohen

 

Other
Teen

Domestic Violence Among Teens

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A short clip from the One Love Foundation will kick off a discussion of unhealthy vs. healthy dating relationships. According to the One Love Foundation, "#ThatsNotLove campaign introduces the “Couplets,” a series of digital shorts so named for the graphically appealing animated pairs who use humor to demonstrate the difference between a good relationship and an unhealthy one. Funny and teen-accessible, the couplets tackle 8 common warning signs (Intensity, Obsession, Isolation, Disrespect, Blame, Control, Anger and Put-downs) with one objective: to help young people more readily recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy or dangerous relationship and stand up to them before they escalate." The panel discussion will include WPD Lt. Jillian Cabana, DVCC Advocate Nicole Dodge, and DVCC Attorney Advocate Allison Roach.

WestportNow article on the program.

The Westport Domestic Violence Task for is a community awareness group that supports the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which services our area, in its mission. The WDVTF is comprised of community members, professionals, members of the Police, Fire and Human Services Departments, mental health professionals, advocates and members of the interfaith community. They meet monthly and host events or donation drives each year.

Community Partner: Westport Domestic Violence Task Force

McManus Room
Teen, Seminars & Workshops
Teen

It’s a Drag

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Join the Westport Library, Toquet Hall, the Triangle Community Center and the Staples High School Gender Sexualities Alliance for an exploration of gender identity, performance, and fun! The evening will feature a panel discussion and performance by four local drag queens. This is a rare opportunity to attend a drag show at an all-age venue. This event is FREE and open to all students in grades 8-12. Register online. 

We are also looking for students to do a lip-sync performance as their drag queen or king alter-ego. Please submit performer information using this form.

Note location: Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East

The performers are:

Kiki Lucia is a New Haven-based drag performance artist with a background that includes classical ballet, aerial acrobatics, music theatre, modern dance and acting, as well as theatre production, directing, and costume and production design and producing. She regularly performs throughout Connecticut and has appeared at events in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Some notable performances include Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus Live, Roxie Hart in Chicago, and as a featured performer in 3 different productions of Escapade: An Unusual Experience! She also hosts her own monthly show at Partners Café in New Haven. When not performing, Kiki uses her experience as a non-profit and fundraising professional to raise awareness and funds for many LGBTQ+ organizations and causes, as well as serves as a member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut, Inc.

Cassandra Fiore has been entertaining audiences for 20 years including many CT nightclubs. She has used her persona to raise funds for those less fortunate in our community. She works with many charitable causes through her work with the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut. She’s received numerous awards, the most prestigious; The Double Eagle, a lifetime achievement award. She was honored by Triangles Community Center of Norwalk in 2012 for her community work. She now enjoys performing with her gal pals in local shows such as CT’s # 1 Drag show held at 168 York Street or Ladies of Illusion.

Mia E Z'Lay is a colorful cartoon queen who leaves her audiences wondering, "Can I get a refund?" She can do it all... Except sing. Don't ask her to sing.

Robin Banks is the love child of a one night stand between a Carnival Barker and a Lucille Ball impersonator. She has been the host of New Haven's drag show The #1 Drag Show in CT over 10 years. If she doesn't make you laugh you probably weren't paying attention. 

 
Toquet Hall Teen Center
Teen
High School, Grade 9, Grade 8
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