Reading Corps

March 8, 2014

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The North Regional Library’s Teen Reading Corps is invading the Teen’s Awake blog!

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TV: Cake Boss

October 28, 2013

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Thank you Netflix for being there during the summer. I’ve discovered this new show called Cake Boss.

It has everything that I would ever want in a show — drama, pranks, love, and best of all, food. This Valastro family may have loud voices, argue all the time, and make dreadful mistakes, but in the end, they all stick together and grow as a bakery. Not to mention, they churn out amazing cake after cake that go past your wildest dreams. A cake that spits fire? Check. A cake that launches like a real rocket? Check. A cake that acts exactly like Bumblebee from Transformers? Check. Any challenge, any demand, Carlo’s Bakery is willing to take it and make it better than you ever believed.


(I’m pretty sure I’ve gone through three seasons in a week, though. Don’t judge me, please.)

Though sometimes you want to smack his sisters in the face, sometimes you want to put the smaller Buddy in his place, and sometimes you want to yell at the delivery boys to do their job properly, in the end, they grow on you, and you feel like you have this extraordinary, extended, loud Italian family by your side.


Definitely a 5/5 stars. Do watch. You won’t regret it, unless you start being late to appointments or missing that summer slumber because you’re so addicted.


Summer Bucket List

October 28, 2013


Since it’s almost summer, I will be cheesy and put together a summer bucket list.

  1. Lay under the stars with someone special and fall asleep.
  2. Eat $20 of frozen yogurt in one sitting.
  3. Watch a meteor shower.
  4. Have a pillow fight.
  5. Go skydiving.
  6. Go hang gliding.
  7. Ride a hot air balloon.
  8. Walk in ocean water that’s so clear I can see my toes.
  9. Wake up to the car honks and high heel clicks of New York City.
  10. Meet a best friend.
  11. Climb down the window at night and sneak out to Bojangles.
  12. Become an important person in someone’s life.
  13. Make a kid smile.
  14. Have a chick-flick marathon.
  15. Stay in the movie theater for a whole day just watching movies.
  16. Buy a coffee for the next person in line.
  17. Get lost on purpose while driving.

And that’s my bucket list for now. What’s yours? Do you have anything you would add?

Teen Poetry Contest Winners 2013

May 22, 2013

Wake County Libraries has announced the winners of the 2013 Teen Poetry Contest.  All of the winners and their poems can be found on this page.

Book Review: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

April 26, 2013


If you’ve never picked up any book of The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, then you have to, absolutely have to. If you haven’t ever read the first book, don’t even bother to read the rest of this post and click here to reserve it at your nearest Wake County Public Library.

Just kidding. You can read this fourth book of the series without worrying about reading the first three, because this one flashes back to Mr. Benedict, the benefactor of the four children in books, and how he grew up.

Oh and did I mention that these books have the most beautiful illlustrations? :)


Nicholas Benedict is only nine-years old but probably has a vocabulary bank that far surpasses the average adult. Not only that, but he has amazingly adept reasoning skills and logic. But having a genius mind has its disadvantages. For Nicholas Benedict is an orphan, and moving from orphanage to orphanage, he has to deal with bullies and adults who are terrified of him. Worst of all, he has a condition called narcolepsy, so when he is emotionally agitated, he just falls asleep.

Nicholas was hoping to get a new start at Rothschild’s End and get along with all the other orphans, but within the first few hours he is already being targeted by the Spiders, a gang of notorious and scary bullies who automatically victimize him after he outsmarts them the first day. All the other orphans are afraid of him, except for John. The only comfort to him is the enormous, beautiful library with shelves and shelves of books, and if any of the children ever watched him read they would think he was only skimming the book because him reading is literally just him flipping the pages as fast as he can. But that’s what a photographic memory and incredibly fast reading skills does to a person.

And just when things seem like they were going to be like every other orphanage, Nicholas hears about the treasure. And suddenly he’s swept into a treasure hunt where he’s going to need all his brain power to find this treasure, and hey, maybe even discover himself along the way.

Click here to reserve it at your local library.

Comfort Reading, it’s like comfort food, but better

March 18, 2013

As a teen librarian, it is part of my job to read a lot of teen fiction so that I know what I’m talking about when you come in and ask for a recommendation.  And honestly, that is one of the best parts of my job; there are so many great novels out there and more coming out every month. I try my best to keep on top of things, but even I can’t read them all!

As it happens though, one of the drawbacks of always having new books to read is that you rarely get the chance to re-read old favorites. I think that every reader has their own version of comfort reading, those books and stories that you revisit time and time again and they never fail to draw you and keep you entertained. One of my personal favorite comfort reads is the Harry Potter series. Read the rest of this entry »

Pi Day at Southeast Regional Library

March 5, 2013

What is Pi Day you ask? Why,March 14 of course!



Get it? It’s alright, it takes a minute sometimes.

This year, we’ll celebrate Pi Day at the Southeast Regional Library on March 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We’ll indulge in lots of round food like pizza and pie of course. We’ll also have a contest to see who can remember the most digits of pi. Read the rest of this entry »


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