Sunday, October 9, 2016

Friends of Warren Library to Honor Librarian for 2016 Canright Award

Please join the Friends of the Warren Township Library at 5 pm on Monday, October 10 to honor Antonette D'Orazio, the 2016 Canright Award recipient, at the Warren Township Library.

The Canright Award, in honor of John and Betty Lou Canright, recognizes the person, persons or group that has done the most for the library during the year. 

"She was chosen to receive the Canright Award because of her outstanding commitment to our library and staff," said Friends of the Warren Library President Carol Senff.

D'Orazio, who has been the Supervisor of Youth Services at Warren Township Library since March 2008, was briefly appointed the library's temporary director while the director was on maternity leave. During those months, she oversaw the entire library as temporary director while juggling her regular responsibilities in the Children's Department.

"Antonette performed both jobs with her usual stellar skills, serving library patrons and managing the daily needs of the Warren Township Library," said Senff. "For this extra service, we are most grateful."

D'Orazio said she never thought she'd want to work with children, but a chance opening in a children's department in a Pennsylvania library many years ago opened her eyes to the "wondrous world of working with children and reading children's literature." After that opportunity, she decided that being a Children's Librarian was exactly what she wanted to do.

The Canright Award has been given annually since 1996, when Ellen Waldstein was the first recipient.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Back to Bach Performed at Warren Township Library

Isabel Won, Eric Chen and Josh Park
Musicians from the Back to Bach Project performed various pieces for children at the Warren Township Library.

Josh Park, percussionist; Isabel Won, cellist, and Eric Chen, violinist, are young musicians in the pre-college program at The Juilliard School. They explained various musical terms and performed solo and group selections for children and parents at the library.

Musicians from the Back to Bach Project attend prestigious music schools and volunteer their time to visit elementary schools and libraries to share their love of music.

Eric Chen
Won, a high school senior, began playing piano at the age of three, then the cello two years later. In 2011, she started her musical studies at The Juilliard School. She has been a winner of various competitions including the Grand Prize winner in the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition in 2011.

Chen, a high school freshman, began studying violin when he was three years old and at age eight he had his first solo appearance with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra. He was the Grand Prize winner of the George Nelson Memorial Concert Series Young Artists Competition in 2015.

Josh Park
Park, a high school sophomore, began his studies with piano at age five under Sophia Ososkov. His passion for percussion began in 5th grade when he was given the chance to try any instrument of his choice through the school music program. He is a prize-winning finalist of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra's 2016 Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto Competition.

See videos from this program below.

For more events at the library, visit the library's event calendar or the Friends of Warren Library Facebook page. To learn more about Back to Bach, please visit their website or Facebook page.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Science Fiction Books for Teens

Here are some Science Fiction books for middle school and high school readers available at the Warren Township Library in the Somerset County Library system. Visit the Warren Township Library or other Somerset County Library (SCLS) branches, or visit the online catalog, to reserve a book.

Looking for other Suggested Reads? Check out our Tween Reads and Teen Books with Books for Gamers and Steam Punk books.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis - Teenage Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her. (for High School readers; also available on CD)

Beta by Rachel Cohn - On a futuristic island paradise where humans are served by enslaved clones, a 16-year-old clone named Elysia seeks her own freedom. (for High School readers)

BZRK by Michael Grant - In the near future, the conjoined Armstrong twins, under the guise of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, plot to create their own version of utopia using nanobots, while a guerrilla group known as BZRK develops a DNA-based "biot" that can stop bots, but at risk of the host's brain. (for High School readers)

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer - In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire,
and his reluctant teenage apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever.  (for Middle School readers; also available on CD)

Feed by M.T. Anderson - In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl in serious trouble. (for High School readers; also available in ebook format)

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them. (for High School readers; also available in ebook format)

iBoy by Kevin Brooks - 16-year-old Tom Harvey was an ordinary Londoner until an attack caused fragments of an iPhone to be embedded in his brain, giving him incredible knowledge and power. But using that power could have deadly consequences. (for High School readers)

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid - Tom, a 14-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off planet. (for Middle School and High School readers)

Life As We Knew It by Beth Pfeffer - Through journal entries, 16-year-old Miranda describes her
family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. (for Middle School and High School readers; also available in ebook format)

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman - After 13-year-old Tucker Feye's parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved. When he steps inside one, he is whisked on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures. (for Middle School and High School readers; also available in ebook format)

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card - 13-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others' pasts, but revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him. (for Middle School and High School readers)

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson - At age 8, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, 10 years later, he joins the Reckoners -- the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny. (for Middle School and High School readers; also available in ebook format)

Try some of these Sci Fi books from these classic authors:
Douglas Adams
Isaac Asimov
Ray Bradbury
Arthur C. Clarke
Michael Crighton
Philip K. Dick
Robert A. Heinlein
Frank Herbert

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Audiobooks Available at Warren Library

Too busy to read? Try an audiobook! There are a variety of genres and authors available including:

A Country Road, A Tree
by Jo Baker; narrated by David Rintoul 

Adult Fiction. In 1939, struggling writer Samuel Beckett leaves his family's home in Ireland for Paris, where he befriends James Joyce, begins a relationship with future wife Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil, and -- after the Nazis occupy the city -- becomes involved with the French Resistance. In spare, evocative language, this biographical novel by the author of Longbourn examines how Beckett's life shaped his unique style and body of work. In this audio version, David Rintoul clearly distinguishes the different characters through his thoughtfully paced narration.

The After Party
by Anton DiSclafani; narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue

Adult Fiction. In the posh suburb of River Oaks, the socialites of 1950s Houston, Texas drown their sorrows with the many luxuries oil money affords. Against an atmospheric backdrop of debutante balls, cocktail parties, and garden-club luncheons, The After Party explores the complicated bond between rebellious glamour girl Joan Fortier and Cece Buchnan, her inseparable friend since childhood -- though as they grow older Joan's increasingly alarming behavior pulls the two apart. Narrator Dorothy Dillingham Blue effectively renders Cece's voice as she relates this vividly detailed story of a flawed reality lurking just below the socially respectable surface.

The Second Life of Nick Mason
by Steve Hamilton; narrated by Ray Porter

Adult Fiction. Rumors abound that this intriguing novel is a series debut; fans of brooding anti-heroes are likely to hope the rumors are true. Imprisoned for a murder he didn't actually commit, Nick Mason has accepted a dubious offer: get out 20 years early and live a life of comfort...if he agrees to follow the orders of an incarcerated crime boss without question. As the demands placed on him get ever more unconscionable (and more dangerous), Nick is increasingly ready to go straight. But of course it's not that easy. Narrator Ray Porter clearly differentiates among the voices of distinct characters in this Chicago-set novel.

A Buccaneer at Heart
by Stephanie Laurens; narrated by Steve West

Adult Fiction. After a decade of service to the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides it's time to marry and start a family. But before he can take a wife, he must complete one last covert mission: investigate rumors of a slavers' camp in the Freetown Colony of West Africa (Sierra Leone). There, Robert meets Miss Aileen Hopkins, who's searching for her missing brother, a young naval officer. Since Aileen won't be dissuaded from seeking out danger, Robert agrees to assist her in her quest. A Buccaneer at Heart is the 2nd installment of the Adventurers Quartet, which follows the seafaring Frobisher family.

Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
by James McBride; narrated by Dominic Hoffman

Adult Nonfiction. Prompted by a comment from James Brown's grandson, author James McBride decided to look into the complex life and legacy of the Godfather of Soul. With input from Brown's friends, family members, and colleagues, McBride paints a picture not just of the founder of funk but of the world that made him; musings on race, identity, influence, and the American South abound. While there are other, more traditional biographies of James Brown available, this one is unique as it adds cultural history, context, and a personal perspective. In the audiobook, narrator Dominic Hoffman's "determined to get it right" (Publishers Weekly) as he recreates Brown's maxims and slogans. 

Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor
by Clinton Romesha; narrated by Will Damron

Adult Nonfiction. In 2009, the U.S. military decided to close a vulnerable string of outposts in Afghanistan that were meant to deter Taliban insurgents from free movement across the Pakistan border. Just as the closures were beginning, the Taliban launched a deadly, all-out assault at one location, Command Outpost Keating. In Red Platoon, Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha recounts the firefight, preceding the account with a description of his own training, his troops' capabilities, and the conditions that exacerbated Keating's vulnerability. His riveting description of the battle itself provides vivid and sobering detail. Military history buffs and readers concerned about the war in Afghanistan will appreciate this book, clearly voiced by 2015 Voice Arts Award Winner Will Damron.

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos
by Dominic Smith; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

Adult Fiction. Parallel narratives unfold and eventually converge in this multi-layered novel, which explores the legacy of fictional 17th-century Dutch painter Sara de Vos, whose creation of her masterpiece At the Edge of a Wood provides one thread of the story. The other threads connect the 1957 theft of de Vos' masterpiece, its most recent owner, and the thief. In the audio version Edoardo Ballerini weaves the storylines together while skillfully imparting a "thrill of foreboding" (Publishers Weekly) as secrets are gradually revealed.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Is your young reader looking for something different to read?  Here are some graphic novels for readers in kindergarten and first grade available at the Warren Township Library.

See our other Suggested Reading book lists, including suggested fiction and non-fiction books for kindergarten and first grade students.

Visit the Warren Township Library or other Somerset County Library (SCLS) branches, or visit the online catalog, to reserve a book.

Tiny Titans: Sidekick City Elementary
by Art Balthazar & Franco Aureliani
Before they were teenagers, Robin, Kid Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Girl, and the other Super Kids were all enrolled in Sidekick Elementary, where they encountered the usual problems of school children everywhere and perhaps a bit more.

Luke on the Loose
by Harry Bliss
A young boy's fascination with pigeons soon erupts into a full-blown chase around Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge, through a fancy restaurant, and into the sky.

Nursery Rhyme Comics 
by Chris Duffy
Presents 50 traditional nursery rhymes in comic book format with illustrations by well-known artists.

by Eleanor Davis
Stinky, a monster that lives in a swamp, gets upset when a boy named Nick starts hanging around his swamp, and so he tries to scare Nick away.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! 
by Geoffrey Hayes
Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Recommended Books for Young Readers

Have a young child just learning to read? Inspire their love for reading with these recommended picture books and early readers for children in kindergarten and first grade available at the Warren Township Library.

See our other Suggested Reading book lists, including suggested fiction and non-fiction books for kindergarten and first grade students.

Visit the Warren Township Library or other Somerset County Library (SCLS) branches, or visit the online catalog, to reserve a book.

Picture Books

I Can See Just Fine
by Eric Barclay
Though Paige claims "I can see just fine," her parents grow concerned and decide it's time for Paige to visit the eye doctor. Paige remains defiant until she finds the perfect frames and more importantly, perfect eyesight.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett
Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.

My Teacher is a Monster!

by Peter Brown
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.

by Raul Colon
A boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants and then imagines himself on a safari in this wordless book.

by Kelly DiPucchio
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

The Snatchabook
by Helen Doherty
The woodland animals of Burrow Down are ready for a bedtime story, but where are the books?

Catch That Cookie!
by Hallie Durand
Marshall refuses to believe that gingerbread men can run, even after a series of clues leads his class on a riddle-filled gingerbread cookie hunt.

Big Mean Mike
by Michelle Knudsen
Mike is proud to be the biggest, toughest dog in the neighborhood, so when tiny, fuzzy bunnies start showing up in his big, mean car he sees them only as a threat to his reputation, no matter how adorable they are.

You Can Do It Bert!
by Ole Konnecke
Bert has been preparing for this for a long time. He is ready. But before he takes the plunge, he might need a bit of encouragement from his friends.

Punk Farm
by Jarrett Krosoczka
At the end of the day, while Farmer Joe gets ready for bed, his animals tune their instruments to perform in a big concert as a rock band called Punk Farm.

The Legend of the Jersey Devil
by Trinka Hakes Noble
A tale of the origins of the Jersey Devil, a monstrous creature that has reportedly haunted the Pine Barrens region of New Jersey since 1735 menacing townspeople, worrying livestock, and causing all manner of ills.

Inside This Book (are three books)
by Barney Salzburg
Given blank books by their mother, Seymour, Fiona and Wilbur let their imaginations fly, then put their stories, poems and pictures together in a single, shared book.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach
When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.

A Perfect Place for Ted
by Leila Rudge
Looking for the perfect place where he can stand out on his own, Ted the dog visits the circus, the pet store, and the pet pageant, but when he meets a young girl named Dot, he may have finally found his perfect place.

Churchill's Tale of Tails
by Anca Sandu
Churchill the pig gets help from his friends when he loses his tail, but soon forgets about his friends because of the fun he has trying on new tails.

Early Readers

Hi! Fly Guy (series)
by Tedd Arnold
When Buzz captures a fly to enter in the Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

Biscuit (series)
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
A little yellow dog always wants one more thing before he'll go to sleep.

Frog and Toad All Year (series)
by Arnold Lobel
Two friends share experiences in each season of the year.

Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble (series: Judy Moody and Friends)
by Megan McDonald
With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig.

Henry and Mudge: the First Book of Their Adventures (series)
by Cynthia Rylant
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.