I Always Carry a Copy with Me

The other day while visiting with one of our loyal BPL teens, who is an avid reader, we began comparing notes on new books that we have and haven’t read, discussing how we almost become physically ill when reading “some” vampire lit, and the current state of the literary world in general. It was at this point that she suddenly asked me in a rather conspiratorial tone, “Have you ever read, Dandelion Wine?” I had to tell her that I had honestly never even heard of it before. Come to find out it it is her absolute favorite book of all time (so far) and that she carries it everywhere she goes. Now, that is someone who is committed to a book! It’s definitely at the top of my “to read” list. Thanks for the tip Jessa!! ;D

Dandelion Wine is a 1957 semi-autobiographical novel by Ray Bradbury, taking place in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois – a pseudonym for Bradbury’s childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. The novel developed from the short story “Dandelion Wine” which appeared in the June 1953 issue of gourmet magazine.

The title refers to a wine made with dandelion petals and other ingredients, commonly citrus fruit. In the story, dandelion wine, as made by the protagonist’s grandfather, serves as a metaphor for packing all of the joys of summer into a single bottle.

The main character of the story is Douglas Spaulding, a 12-year-old boy loosely patterned after Bradbury. Most of the book is focused upon the routines of small-town America, and the simple joys of yesteryear. – Wikipedia

I’ve included this music video only because it has the same title and I liked the vibe…peace!


They’re Here…

That’s right, Banned Book Week 2010 has started and banned books are in the spotlight. So, with this thought, here is a perfect reminder of a few classics that have been banned through the years. Hang on tight, there’s 100 titles in just this one clip!


Fantastical Football Opportunity!

Burlington Public Library Teens are hosting a Fantasy Football League open to teens ages 12-18 years old. Spots are limited and filling up fast so if you’d like to join call 360-755-0760 and sign-up today.

Here’s how it’s going to go down; the draft will be held after hours at the library on Friday, August 27 from 5-9 PM. After the draft we’ll watch The Longest Yard (PG-13) starring Adam Sandler complete with pizza and prizes!!!

Summer Reading


Visit your local library as soon as possible to get signed up for summer reading. Why you ask? Well, the library is the place to be this summer. Lot’s of fun activities, great books, and lots of prizes! Burlington Public Library is offering fantastic prizes like a body board, a HUGE inner-tube flotilla, movie passes, pizza, of course, books, and much, much more!! Check it out and Make Waves this summer…Read!

Teen Review

The book The Homeschool Liberation League by Lucy Frank is about a girl named Katya Atonucci who DOES NOT want to go back to school, because it seems impossible to handle after summer camp. So, she convinces her parents that she needs to be homeschooled instead. But, her parents’ “curriculum” is NOT what she had in mind, so she enlists her friends Milo and Francesca to help her convince her parents that her way is the right way.

I think that The Homeschool Liberation League is an exceptional book. It doesn’t bore you, the plot is fairly easy to follow, and you will wish the characters were real people! My favorite character is Milo because he is a musical genius and a bit cynical in a way that will make you feel more comfortable with him. He is sweet and sardonic too. This book is easy to fall in love with, and was exceedingly well written. I didn’t want it to end! All in all, The Homeschool Liberation League by Lucy Frank is a book you won’t want to miss. 

– Abby R.

Liberated Literature

Believe it or not, there are books and audio versions of those books out there on the world wide web that are absolutely free!

Recently I had a high school student approach the front desk and say, “I need your help. I have to read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness BUT I can not get past the first few pages…it is so slow!!”

LibriVox to the rescue!!

Also, did you know that with your lil’ ol’ library card you can also download newer titles on our website using NetLibrary? This means FREE books people! And that’s our tip of the day.

Burlington Library is a “Safe Place”

“Until our streets are safe…
Until families can understand each other…
Until drugs and violence disappear…
Until no young person needs to run away or feel afraid…
There must be Safe Place.”

Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that helps thousands of young people every year learn about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own.  Now the Burlington Public Library is a “Safe Place” and all you have to do is look for the sign. All youth between the ages of 12 to 17 years old can access immediate help.

Teen Tech Week 2010!

Teen Tech Week is March 7-13 so mark your calendars for a fun filled week. During this time we want to help you find out that there is so much more to your library than just books. We’ve got DVDs, music, gaming, video production, online homework help, social networking, tech one-on-one tutoring, audiobooks and much, much more. Stop by and see what your library has for you! If you have time, friend us on Facebook.