Teens Wanted! (grades 6-up)
Monday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Interested in making a difference at your library and in your community? Join us on the first Monday of each month at our Teen Advisory Guild (TAG) as we brainstorm ideas for new programs, talk about books that we love, and enjoy some snacks and laughs with friends. You will earn community service hours for each meeting you attend.

 

Registration is required. This meeting will be in the large meeting room in the library.

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Murder Mystery for Teens:
Totally Rad 80s Prom Gone Bad

Friday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m.

It’s March 10, 1988 and the Tracy High School prom theme is “A Night to Remember.” This will surely be a night to remember as Sally Spirit, a popular cheerleader, has been murdered on the football field. Read the case notes, listen to the witness statements, learn about the suspects and see if you can figure out who committed this grisly crime. This will be an in-person event held in our large meeting room.

Registration is required and space is limited.

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November is NaNoWriMo Month!

Thursdays
from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

October 28, November 4, 18 (other dates to be determined) 

NaNoWriMo is an acronym that stands for National Novel Writing
Month, a creative-writing challenge that takes place every year
throughout the month of November. The objective of this program is to
challenge yourself to write 30,000 words in 30 days.

 

If you are in grades 7-12 and want to participate in the NaNoWriMo challenge, you are invited to join us in our large meeting each Thursday evening for snacks, quiet free writing time, and peers to help you work through any writing blocks you may encounter.

 

Want to know more? Come to our introductory meeting on October 28.

 

See you then!

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Teen Event: Jurassic Teens 

Monday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Dinosaurs aren’t just for kids! Join us for an
afternoon of dinosaur crafts, from glass marble dino eyes to pushpin eggs to full dinosaur
models. Participate in one or all three of the craft activities or just hang out and enjoy snacks with your friends.

 

Registration is required.

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2022 Nutmeg Nominees:

The 2022 Nutmeg nominees were announced on May 1. Below is the list of nominees in each category. We have several copies of each book at the library, and many are available to borrow as downloadable e-books through the Overdrive and Hoopla links on our library website. The winners of the 2021 Nutmeg Awards will be announced on May 15.

 

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten (fifteen elementary) nominated titles. The award is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL). Nominees are selected by a committee of students, school librarians and public librarians around the state.

2022 Middle School (grades 7-8)
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Good Enough by Jen Petro-Roy
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

 

2022 High School  (grades 9-12)

Cosmoknights (Book One) by Hannah Templer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger

Homework Help

Not sure where to start? Stop by or call and we will help you use these resources.  

 

School Links

Portland Middle School

Portland High School

Mercy High School

Vinal Technical High School

Xavier High School

General

WolframAlpha: Find answers and statistics based on computational data. Lots of charts and graphs!

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper: Great site offering free help in math, science, English and more!

Discovery Education Classroom Resources: Click on Student to find Homework Help and other helpful resources.

Homework Spot: A search engine of homework sites for grades K-12. 

Math & Science

Science.gov

How Stuff Works

Cool Math

Interactive Mathmatics: Learn math by playing with it!

Fun Mathematics Lessons: learn math through games and puzzles

History & Social Studies

CIA World Factbook

U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract

English & Literature

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Absolute Shakespeare: everything about Shakespeare!