Girls who Code Club

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We are very excited to be hosting a Girls who Code Club starting this fall!
Girls who Code is a National Non-Profit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.

Open to middle school and high school students, the club meets Thursday nights throughout the school year from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, starting November 5. There will be a (non-mandatory) information session for anyone who is interested on Thursday, October 22 at 5 pm.

Register today! Space is limited! Priority given to Waltham residents.

There will be no meeting on November 19, November 26, December 24, December 31, February 18, and April 21.

For more information, call 781-314-3435 or email

New YA Books — October 24, 2014

Hello Kitty Hello 40 I'll Give you the Sun Infinite Sea
Here are 5 new books that have been added to our library’s collection:

New YA Books October 8, 2014

Lies in the Dust Tween Hobo Adrenaline Crush

Here are 7 new books that have been added to our library’s collection:

Teen Summer Reading Program Titles

I am proud to say that there were 40 entries in the Waltham Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program! Everyone who entered received a free ice cream courtesy of the generosity of the owners of Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream. Ten of our participants received gift certificates to either More than Words or Back Pages Books courtesy of the generosity of the Friends of the Waltham Public Library. In addition to contributing 40 entries, the teens who participated wrote a total of 31 book reviews. Below is a list of the titles the participants read this year, as well as links to any book reviews that were written. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun!

Here is the list of books that were read for this year’s teen summer reading program. Click on the link to read any of the teen reviews.

Teen Book Review — Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: I feel that this is one of those books that just makes you feel like you could read it forever and be happy. The characters are lovable and believable and I think that this book would be welcome on the bookshelf of any young adult.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Sea of Monsters

Title: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: This book, although a tad bit on the easy side for me, was a good, quick read. I really enjoyed the twisting and turning plot, although I really didn’t enjoy how the book seemed to drag on and on. After the 1st chapter about fighting with the giants, I couldn’t believe that there was going to be another one. Why couldn’t it have been squeezed all into one chapter? Over all, this book is a fun, light read with a very adventurous feel to it. I am planning to complete the series.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Disappearing Spoon

Title: The Disappearing Spoon
Author: Sam Kean
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: This is a non-fiction book about how the elements on the periodic table of the elements were found. Some of the scientists were funny, and some were very serious and competitive. Some got very sick or died from their research and some made a discovery by accident. Rubidium is my favorite but Carbon is the best element.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — Replay

Title: Replay
Author: Sharon Creech
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: Leo is 13 and was looking through his dad’s things in the attic and comes across his diary. His father told him not to look through his things. Leo secretly takes his dad’s diary and reads it when he is alone. Leo finds out about his dad’s missing sister and doesn’t realize how it effects his grandma and grandpa’s life until the end of the book. Leo is in a play at school. He is upset because his part is an Old Crone(Old woman) His brothers, and his sister get hurt while doing either soccer, football, and singing in the chorus, One sibling suffers a concussion, and the other 2 have either a broken or dislocated knee.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Help

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: The Help is a powerful book. The kind of book that you read and you feel, deep down in your stomach that what is said in this book is what you believe, what you know to be true but you just have never said it before. I enjoyed this book, although it was sometimes sad, sometimes serious, sometimes almost scary and sometimes quite funny. I look forward to watching the movie!

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — The House of Hades

Title: The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: Although I enjoyed the book thoroughly, and was excited throughout, I found the storyline disappointing in comparison to Rick Riordan’s previous books, including books from the same series (The Heroes of Olympus). I am thrilled that he decided to continue to include and build upon characters from The Percy Jackson series – I loved the mix of new and old characters.
One of my main issues is that the heroes continuously escape situations in ways that I don’t find believable even in this fantastical world. For a fantasy world to be truly compelling, it must make the reader believe that what happens is possible in an alternate universe, and I think that Riordan managed that up until this book. In The House of Hades, heroes continuously became beyond what they believed possible before and somehow managed to pull themselves completely together just at the right moment to save the day. I kept hoping for a clever escape. but that hope was not rewarded. I also found Tartarus I disappointing character. I was extremely excited that Tartarus found a human form, but was then disappointed at the ease of his distraction. While the tongue-in-cheek humor is obvious and enjoyable throughout the book, I was hoping that Tartarus, and later in the book Clytius the giant, would be more serious characters, and as I said before, harder to defeat. Sadly Tartarus was stalled by banter (although ultimately, there was sacrifice made in order to allow Percy and Annabeth to escape, so I will give credit for that), and Clytius was easily defeated by the demigods finding bursts of impossible strength…again.
So while I did enjoy the book, and will certainly read the next one, I was not overly impressed with the story, even though I usually am with Riodan’s books.

This review was written by a 10th grader.

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