Friday, December 2, 2016

Challenger Deep




Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)


Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman


A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Want this book? Fill out and submit the form below for a chance to win your very own free copy!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Student Discounts? Yes, Please!


Headed to college soon, or already attending? Some kind people on the Internet have compiled listings of discounts you can get with a valid student ID or .edu address--so you can make your financial aid, or paychecks from that first job stretch a bit farther!

Here's one very recent and especially extensive one: 60 Awesome Student Discounts: Flash Your College ID for These Deals on Clothes, Tech, Travel, and More

This post covers a few discounts not mentioned there: 40 Store Discounts You Can Get With a Student ID

However, you can find many additional lists through even the briefest of Google searches, and even if a student discount isn't specifically advertised by a store or restaurant, it never hurts to ask! As the author of the second piece points out, many places don't advertise student discounts, but an associate or server will be able to tell you if one is available.

Happy deal-hunting!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nerd Out at the Library This Week

Nerdy is the new cool, and there's no better time than now to embrace what interests you. And here's some more excellent news: if you're really, "into" something, chances are you can do it, or at least learn more about it, at the library.

This is just a small sampling of programs we're hosting in the next few days:

  • Gather with fellow anime fans and watch episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal and other great series at Gillis Teen Anime Club's viewing party this Wednesday,11/30 (4-5 pm).

  • Are you the ultimate Percy Jackson fan? If so, you won't want to miss Woodward Park Regional Library's upcoming trivia night! Compete for fun and prizes, 11/30 (7-8:30 pm). Bring your own team, or join one at the event.

  • Looking for a new adventure? Come to Gillis branch this Thursday, 12/1 (5-6:30 pm), for a game of Dungeons & Dragons. New players are welcome and encouraged to attend. Exercise your mind and expand your social circle!
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for calendar listings of ongoing events, such our Annual Winter Craft, Homework Help, and Teen Activity Groups/Councils at the branches.

We hope to see you soon!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Replica




Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)


Replica by Lauren Oliver


From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a "flip book" that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra's story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma's story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey.

Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institure, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects--Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72--manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to known her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

Update: By luck of the draw, this book will be moving to Avery W.'s shelf--congratulations, Avery!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Teen DIY at Gillis (11/22)


This Tuesday afternoon at Gillis Br. (4:30-5:30 p.m.), you can learn how to create a reusable screen and print your own design on a tote bag.

Practice your screenprinting at the branch, and then take your new screen home to customize t-shirts, sweaters, and more, and make fun, inexpensive gifts for friends and family!