Tuesday, May 15, 2007


The Teen Advisors Guild of the Library Company of Burlington is happy to announce the winners of this year’s teen poetry contest held to celebrate National Poetry Month (April). In Division 1 (Grades 7-8), the winners are Terria Wright of Willingboro, NJ 1st place for her poem, “If I Could Only Soar,” Haley Gannon of Willingboro 2nd place for her Untitled poem, and Shannon Tucker of Palmyra, 3rd place for her poem “Fantasy.” Wright and Gannon are students of St. Paul’s School in Burlington, while Tucker is from St. Mary’s Hall-Doane Academy. In Division 2 (Grades 9-12), the winners are Kyla O. Somerville of Willingboro for her poem “Memoirs” (First Place), Eliza Vincz of Edgewater Park for her poem “I Can’t Remember What the Title of This Poem Was” (Second Place) and Robert Finch of Moorestown for his poem “Sadness” (Third Place). Somerville and Finch are students at St. Mary’s Hall-Doane Academy, and Vincz is a student at Villa Victoria Academy.

Winners will receive Borders gift cards: $25 for the first place winners, $15 for the second place winners and $10 for the third place winners. The winning poems will be published in the online literary magazine called “TheSpaceBetween” at http://21bc.wordpress.com

Sunday, November 12, 2006

SWEET READS! --a success. And look, new faces in the crew.

See you in 2007!

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Young Writers’ Circle
(ages 13-19)
Every third Friday of the month
October 20th, November 17th
No meeting in December
Refreshments will be served. (Yay, pizza! Thank you to Francesco's in Burlington.)

Pirates invade the library but instead of looting, we will be giving away books and candy to Halloween trick-or-treaters
October 31st , Tuesday
6:00 -8:00pm
TEEN VOLUNTEERS WELCOME (sign up starts beginning of October)

WE LIKE (Newsletter)
Book, music, movie and game reviews welcome.
300 words max
E-mail. tag_burlington@yahoo.com

WINTER ISSUE DEADLINE: January 20th, 2007

Thursday, April 20, 2006


We will have TWO (!) writing meetings this month in honor of April being National Poetry Month.

April 21st, Friday, 6:30pm TEEN WRITING CIRCLE
April 28th, Friday, 6:30pm Meet A REAL LIVE Newspaper EDITOR!

As usual, yummy pizza will be served. FREE!!!

Saturday, March 25, 2006


WE LIKE is our official newsletter. In this issue : Jess rants on Paris Hilton-wannabes, Taylor and Christy rave about books they like. (And you would too – come on, give reading a try – we are a Library Teen group, y’know.) You can watch the movie versions later.

Jess On: Young Ladies

A few days ago I was running rather late for school. Nothing new. I was looking for a certain shirt I love to wear. It's black and a tiny bit tight, but when layered with a cute hoodie it looks so fetch! Haha. Well I couldn't find it. No biggie. I threw on another shirt, also black, and left for school thinking my shirt was in the dryer.

The day after our big storm, my school like others had a 2 hour delay. So I had to time to get ready. So did my two younger sisters. I was looking very my age (15!)-- eye liner, pink shirt, jeans, brown jacket and a very large scarf. My 12 year old sister walked down stairs in tight jeans. With a heck of a lot of make-up, blueish green, and.....get this....my shirt! My kinda tight black shirt. She was in my shirt. The shirt that I thought I had LOST to the dryer monster that usually steals socks, don’t act like you don't know what I mean! I yelled at her and told her not to take it again. But all day it bugged me...

When I was 12 years old I always wanted to wear make-up and show off my chest even though in reality there was NOTHING there. But my mom had more control over what I was wearing. Ok no biggie. Again it wasn't a big deal. But what bothered me was that even after my mom told my little sister to wash SOME of the make-up off she said it oddly. Some of the make-up. SOME. Not all of it. Some. I wasn't allowed to wear make-up at all really until the 7th grade. Ok so she's in 6th. But she's still little.

This made me think of the way she dresses always, and how other young girls dress these days. Like, excuse my somewhat bad language, small skinny ho@!*#&s. Okay, well not my sister because for the most part she dresses fine. I think, ehem, young ladies should dress nice! Not showing off their non existent chest and their invisa-booty!

I really do adore my sister and her friends. They are really important to me. I worry a lot about them.......and the way they act.

Jess's final thought: If young girls want to act like older girls then let’s do this on a slightly less extreme scale. Let young girls experiment with the term "less is more" with natural tones for make-up. Also when it comes to clothing, if they want to dress older instead of having them shop in the kids section, have them buy tee shirts in an extra small or small in the juniors section. Having a shirt from the big girls section might make that much of a difference even if they have the same shirt in the kids section. ***


The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
By C.S. Lewis
Review by Christy Hullings

This wonderful book, created by the ingenious C.S. Lewis, tells a tale of four siblings, Lucy, Peter, Edmund and Susan. While staying at the Professor's home during World War II, they are lucky enough to discover a new, magical world, Narnia, in the back of a wardrobe. It is here that they endure many inside and outside battles that could change Narnia and their lives forever.
The first time I read this book was about three years ago and since then, I've read it several more times. I can't pinpoint one specific thing that keeps me coming back to this book; it's more a mixture of things. Your basic good-versus-evil plot is the foundation for the story, yet it's the mixture of unique characters, mythical creatures and an enchanting environment that make it a story all its own. There is also an abundance of description in this book. C.S. Lewis has a phenomenal way of writing sights and sounds that are so in-depth and so vivid that you can almost feel like you're there. All of these components (and many more) are sewn together to create this marvelous story.
I would recommend this book to be read by anyone and everyone. C.S. Lewis had originally written 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' to be a children's book, but it contains such important messages and such an outstanding story that it should be enjoyed by all ages.
Also, I want to encourage people to see the new movie, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. After seeing this movie myself, I am pleased to say that they followed the book very accurately, which sometimes isn't done and can ruin a story. The actors, the setting and the graphics were as enjoyable as the story and made it worthwhile to see. **

Memoirs of a Geisha
Book Review
By Taylor Cook

Arthur Golden's flowery prose and overuse of similies is probably enough to drive at least ten percent of prospective Memoirs of a Geisha readers off after the first chapter, but, if you make it through that trial, you're in for a treat. This book is one of the most enjoyable, interesting, and evocative reads I've experienced in a long time. I've read over fifty books this year, and this one easily makes my top ten list, and, at the moment, is one of my favorites of all time. The story of a young Japanese girl from a fishing village sold to a geisha okiya, or house, in Kyoto, Memoirs is a beautiful and gripping tale that spins gorgeous images of the elaborate kimono, elegant ceremonies, and breathtaking dance sequences that were everyday parts of a geisha's life.
Chiyo, separated from her sister for the chance at the glamorous life of a geisha, is initially angry about this and refuses to take part in it, wanting only to escape and rejoin her sister. This view, however, is changed after a chance meeting with the handsome and generous Chairman of the Iwamura Electric Company. Desparate to see him again, and convinced that she loves him, Chiyo strives to regain respect in the eyes of the okiya's proprietor, Mother Nitta. There are two other residents of the Nitta okiya -- Hatsumomo, a short but beautiful and popular geisha; and Pumpkin, a girl in training with Chiyo. Pumpkin completes her training before Chiyo is able to and Hatsumomo takes the girl under her wing because she must, but Chiyo is offered the tutelage of the most highly-regarded geisha in all Miyago. Mameha makes it her personal mission to see Chiyo become the most successful geisha as payback to Hatsumomo, who is a horrible, nasty woman. Chiyo's name is changed to Sayuri, and that is the spark that sets off the transformation of her into Miyago's most celebrated geisha. A compelling, beautiful novel from beginning to end, the only thing to describe this book is memorable. **

Things we like right now.
Naruto, Something Corporate (ok, well some of us like certain songs, Gilmore Girls and coffee, always, coffee. WHAT DO YOU LIKE?

Thanks Dominos

The Teen Writing Circle meets every third Friday of the month. Here are the girls hard at work last month. Next month's meeting is on April 21st, 6:30-8:00pm

Our pizza comes courtesy of Domino's on High Street. Thank you Ms. Bonnie!!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Join your fellow young designers as they chat over magazines and sketches, pizza and coffee on Friday, February 10th at 6:30.

And on February 17th, join us for an ANTI-VALENTINE'S DAY POETRY JAM. Write or read your own poetry or share your faves by someone else. It's at 6:30 too. RSVP. 609-386-1273

Monday, January 16, 2006


Every third Friday of the month, TAG presents the Writers’ Circle from 6:30-8:00pm. Writing exercises and peer discussions led by Teen Facilitator and author Marcie Taylor. Refreshments are served. Writers’ Circle will meet on January 20th, February 17th, March 17th, April 21st and May 19th.

Japanese animation fans, ages 13-16, are invited to view and discuss anime on the last Thursday of every month for “After-school Anime” from 3:30-5:00pm. Popcorn and Pocky are served. Bring some manga to share and swap too. After-school Anime dates fall on January 26th, February 23rd, March 30th, April 27th, and May 26th.

All events are free of charge. To register, please call 609-386-1273 or e-mail tag_burlington[at]yahoo.com, or drop by the library at 23 W. Union St. Burlington City, NJ.