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Troybery 2014

Rebecca Krystyniak - Posted on

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryTroybery 2014 is underway! All middle school students in the Troy School District can participate in this popular reading program. Students should register at their school and read a minimum of three selected titles. Readers then have the opportunity to vote for the winner in April. 

The Troy Public Library is happy to be a partner with Troy Public Schools in Troybery 2014. The Library has all the titles selected for the program. In order to make the books available to as many students as possible, individuals may check out only two Troybery titles at a time. Books are checked out for seven days and cannot be renewed.

If you have any questions or would like assistance placing holds for these Troybery 2014 books, please contact a Youth Services librarian at ysref@troymi.gov or 248.524.3541.

Remembering Sandy Hook

Sandhya Subhedar - Posted on

Snowflakes fallNo one can ever forget the horrific shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

Read Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, a tribute to the 20 students and six staff members who died that day. The snowflakes represent the joyous children that we all remember, and hope and renewal.

Drop by the Troy Library to find other books by award-winning illustrator Steven Kellogg and Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan.

National Book Awards for Young People

Rebecca Krystyniak - Posted on

The Thing About LuckThe 2013 National Book Awards were announced recently. The winner in the young people's category is The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. This intriguing story follows twelve-year-old Summer and her family through a summer filled with tumultuous events. Strong characterizations and emotional exploration drive this captivating novel.

Other finalists included The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt, Far Far Away by Tom McNeal, Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff and Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang.

The full list of 2013 National Book Award titles in the young people's category are available from the Troy Public Library. Come in and check out all these great selections!

Introducing Mr. Tentacles

Bethany Boutin - Posted on

Mr. Tentacles

The children of Troy have spoken, and we have a winner! The Troy Public Library Youth Department received a total of 160 votes in our election to name the Library octopus. We hereby declare Mr. Tentacles the officially elected name.

Thank you all for each choosing your favorite name. We received many different votes for all four choices, and even one write-in vote. Here are the results:

Mr. Tentacles: 43%
Octavius: 28%
Ollie: 19%
Ringo 9%
Bobo (write-in): 1%

Be sure to visit the Youth Reference Desk to congratulate our octopus on his new name!

Brainfuse: A Resource to Help Students Achieve

Ann Wright - Posted on

BrainfuseThe Troy Public Library offers many electronic resources to help students be successful in school. Brainfuse is one of these. This eResource lets students interact with live tutors for homework and skills building assistance, as well as take grade level and national practice tests, such as the ACT and SAT. Brainfuse also includes a "Writing Lab" where students can get feedback on writing assignments. To use these features you will need to set up an account on the Brainfuse site simply by creating a user name and password.

To access Brainfuse, click on the link above or select "eResources" from our Library Links on the left of this page. Then select the "Children and Teens" link. When accessing this eResource from home, you will also need to type in your Troy Library card number.

First Lego League Tames Nature's Fury at the Library on November 23

Meaghan Battle - Posted on

The ROBOS, a First Lego League team of Bemis and Boulan Park  Schools in Troy, are taking part in this year's First Lego League Challenge, Nature's Fury.

This challenge involves seeking solutions to the problems caused by aerthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. The team has worked collaboratively and creatively to determine what technology, forms of communication, and methods could best alleviate issues resulting from such a disaster.

The ROBOS will perform a 10-minute play on Saturday, November 23, at 2 pm, in the Troy Library's Youth Services Department that explains their solution.

See you there!

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