Showing posts from 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Holiday season! Have a safe and happy holiday!

Imperfect Spiral

by Debbie Levy a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Gingerbread Houses Craft

As a reminder, tomorrow we will be making old fashioned gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and more! This craft will have a sign up sheet in advance. You can sign up at the teen desk. You must be at the event at 2:30 to guarantee your place, even if you have signed up in advance. If you are not there at 2:30 you will forfeit your spot to someone waiting.  It's going to be a great event so make sure you reserve your spot!

Truly Madly Deadly

by Hannah Jayne a 1 Minute Book Talk

December Teen Events

As the school semester winds down we still have a few great teen events happening at the library! Today at 2:30 in the Winn Room is Games & Grub! Come hang out, have some food, and play some games! Next Wednesday, December 11th we will be making old fashioned gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and more! This craft will have a sign up sheet in advance. You can sign up starting Monday, December 9th. You must be at the event at 2:30 to guarantee your place, even if you have signed up in advance. If you are not there at 2:30 you will forfeit your spot to someone waiting.  It's going to be a great event so make sure you reserve your spot! Our last event of December will be on the 18th and we will be watching Fred Claus ! Take a break from finals and studying and come relax with a movie! Happy Holidays to everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Not a Drop to Drink

by Mindy McGinnis a 1 Minute Book Talk


by Neal Shusterman a 1 Minute Book Talk


by Lauren Miller a 1 Minute Book Talk

Sister Wife

by Susan Hrdlitschka a 1 Minute Book Talk

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Have fun and enjoy trick or treating, but make sure you are celebrating this fun Halloween safely! Here are some events to check out in Coronado: October 31 (Thursday):  Free Burgers & Drinks for Kids at Burger Lounge Burger Lounge Coronado (located at 922 Orange Avenue) will be supplying a 'kids burger and soft drink' to all kids under 12 years old  October 31 (Thursday): Downtown Goes Ghostly: From 3:30p-5:30p - all of the businesses on Orange Avenue hand out candy and other treats.  The sidewalks are absolutely packed with little kids (most under 12) and their parents as they go business-to-business to collect their goods. October 31  (Thursday):   Trick or Treating in Coronado Neighborhoods: From dusk until the candy runs out! F or the older kids, visit Margarita Avenue (photo below) for even scarier decorations & special treats.   Some tips for a safe Halloween: Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. Avoid tr

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

by Matthew Quick a 1 Minute Book Talk

In the After

by Demitria Lunetta a 1 Minute Book Talk

Marvel Ultimate Mentor Adventure

Are you a girl between 14-18 and in high school? Do you love science or math? If so check out this really cool contest being put on by Marvel entertainment! The full contest rules are located on their website, but essentially you need to fill out an application, interview a woman who has been successful in a STEM field, and submit a 5 minute video about yourself and the interview. There are lots of resources on the site giving  you a guide to successful women in your area. Winners get a chance to see the new Thor 2! From Marvel's site: " M ARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD  - ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE  is looking nationwide for girls – just like you – ages 14 and up in grades 9-12 to apply to be a part of this incredible journey. Finalists from the applicant pool of  MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD  - ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE  will be selected for the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible women in science, all while conducting interviews, participating in experiments a

Half Brother

by Kenneth Oppel a 1 Minute Book Talk

Kids get in Free in October at many Local Museums

I came across this cool promotion recently. In partnership with Time Warner Cable, many local museums will let kids 12 and under in for free with a paying adult. To find out more about this and to download the coupon that gets you in  click here!  If you're over 12, it means that if you pay to get in you can bring a younger sibling or perhaps someone you're babysitting in for free. The San Diego Museum Council 's website has even more information about the program and other museum related activities happening in San Diego.

Star Wars Reads Day

Star Wars Reads day is a fantastic day that celebrates both Star Wars and reading! Happening Saturday, October 5th, activities are planned throughout the county to celebrate this cool event. Check out San Diego Public Library's Central Branch's live reading of "William Shakeseare's Star Wars." San Diego Public's City Heights Branch is also planning a celebration. Learn more at: For more information about Star Wars Reads Day check out:

Rose Under Fire

by Elizabeth Wein a 1 Minute Book Talk

New San Diego Public Library Opens!

The new central branch of the San Diego Public Library opens for a sneak peek tomorrow, September 28th. There will be all day festivities with authors, speakers, and more! Check out their schedule of events at: It should be a fun event to stop by if you can! The library opens officially on Monday, September 30th. 

Just Ella

by Margaret Peterson Haddix a 1 Minute Book Talk

Pretty Girl 13

by Liz Coley a 1 Minute Book Talk

CHS Free Heart Screening

CHS is conducting a free teen heart screening on Sunday, September 15th. This screening is for Sudden Cardiac Arrest syndrome which affects teens without showing any signs or symptoms. It's completely noninvasive and could just save a life. Teens just need to have their parents fill out a screening packet (located at: ) and bring it to the screening on September 15th. Their goal is to screen 1000 students, so help them make it! For more information go to:

The Testing

by Joelle Charbonneau a 1 Minute Book Talk

New High School Events

The library has started a new monthly program exclusively for students in high school. Because our teen programs are open to anyone in the 6th-12th grade, we found that primarily middle schoolers attend our teen events. Our high school only events will give our 9th-12th graders a space that is entirely their own! Each month will feature a different program, from game days, movie showings, to workshops to hone resume and life skills. The programs will take place one Monday a month in the Winn Room, so be sure to check the calendar for each months event.   Our first event will be Bingo Monday, September 9th at 4pm in the Winn Room. If you're in high school make sure to drop by for a chance to win some fun prizes!

Games & Grub Returns!

It's a new school year, which means it's time for Games & Grub to return! With the Wii and the xBox, ping pong and board games, and of course plenty of snacks, it's a perfect recipe for fun and excitement! Bring your friends and stop by! Games & Grub is the first Wednesday of every month and is always at 2:30 in the Winn Room!


by Patricia McCormick a 1 Minute Book Talk

Welcome back to weekly teen events!

Now that school is back in session, it's time for our weekly teen events to begin! Starting today, Wednesday, August 28th, we will have a teen event every week at 2:30 pm! These events are a fun way to spend part of your afternoon, so be sure to stop by! Today we will be building catapults and then testing them out! See how far you can get your ammo (marshmallows) to fly!

A Matter of Days

by Amber Kizer a 1 Minute Book Takl

Welcome Back to School!

Weekly teen events will resume next Wednesday, August 28th! Enjoy your first days back!!!

Janie Face to Face

by Caroline B Cooney a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Summer Reading Program Finale Party!

It's time to celebrate our success! Come make ice cream sundaes, play some ping pong, and challenge your friends to board games! We've had lots of participants in this year's program, and we want to celebrate your accomplishments! We will have the grand prize drawing at 2:30pm.  Come find out if you won the Bike, Galaxy Tablet, or Signed Baseball! You don't have to be present to win, but it's more fun if you are!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Movie Event!

Come beat the heat by watching Jack the Giant Slayer with us!  Rated PG-13, Runtime: 114 minutes We provide snacks, just bring yourself! We will meet in the Winn Room at 2pm today! Teen events are for anyone entering 6th-12th grade.

The Program

by Suzanne Young a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Craft: Boomerangs!

Come join us for this week's teen event as we make boomerangs!  We'll meet in the Ruby Room at 2pm. Teen events are for those entering grades 6-12 in the fall.

The Originals

by Cat Patrick a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Iron Chef Challenge

Come test your foodie skills with our Iron Chef Challenge! Your challenge will be to make a salad that is inspired by a country (we’ll give you options). The secret ingredient is lettuce, so that will be the base of your dish. We’ll provide all the ingredients you’ll need, so come make a culinary masterpiece with us! Advance sign ups are recommended for this event. Sign up at the adult reference desk. Sign ups are limited to those entering 6 th through 12 th grade in the fall. We will meet in the Winn Room at 2pm

Bot Wars

by J V Kade a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Movie

Come beat the heat for a bit and watch Men in Black 3 with us! The movie will last 106 min and is rated PG-13. We'll provide the snacks, just bring yourself! We'll meet in the Winn Room at 2pm today!

Prisoner B-3087

by Alan Gratz a 1 Minute Book Talk

Craft Time!

Come join us today as we make festive twirly pinwheels! Make yours patriotic to wave on the Fourth! Meet us at 2pm in the Ruby Room.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

by Cat Winters a 1 Minute Book Takl

Yoga & Smoothies

Come one come all to our teen event this week!  Today at 2pm, we will meet in the Winn Room for laughter yoga led by Robin Regale.  Afterward, we will have an assortment of different smoothie fixings so you can put together a delicious and nutritious smoothie to enjoy!  Don't forget to Sign Up for our Summer Reading Program if you haven't already! Keep track of the books you've read, bring them in, write a quick report and try for some great prizes!

The List

by Siobhan Vivian a 1 Minute Book Talk

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party

Come join us as we kick off our summer reading program! We'll have cupcakes to decorate, board games, and the Wii and xBox ready to play!  This event is for all teens in 6th through 12th grade. We'll meet in the Winn Room! Don't forget to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program! It's a fun way to get great prizes just for reading!

When We Wake

by Karen Healey a 1 Minute Book Talk

Summer Reading Program

The Teen Summer Reading Program has officially begun! You can come in anytime the library is open to sign up or report on the books you read. For a chance to win prizes you just need to come into the library with the book, or books, you read and fill out a short review about them. For the first 3, 6, and 9 books you read you automatically get a prize AND a chance to enter out grand prize drawing.  The Grand Prizes are a bike, generously donated by Hollands , a baseball signed by the Padres' Logan Forsythe, and a Galaxy Tablet! You also get a ticket to enter our weekly raffle for every book you read so start reading! Weekly raffle prizes range from movie tickets to gift certificates to local restaurants and shops! We will have events every Wednesday at 2pm. We’ll start with a kick off party with cupcake decorating and games. The rest of the summer will include crafts, movies and events. We will be having a yoga and smoothies event and an Iron Chef challenge so make sure to ch

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

With summer coming,  you might be looking for a fun way to occupy some of your time. Look no further than our Junior Volunteers Program!  To be a Junior Volunteer you need to be entering grades 6-12 in the fall.  All  you have to do is come to the children's reference desk and fill out an application!   We have lots of great opportunities for you to volunteer, from working in the summer reading booth helping kids report on the books they read, to helping with all the events!  Some of the most popular events include the Fourth of July T-Shirt Decorating Day, Harry Potter Day, and Field Day.  Make sure to come by and sign up to help at whichever ones you want to!

Under the Never Sky

by Veronica Rossi a 1 Minute Book Talk

The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancy a 1 Minute Book Talk

Almost done with the school year!

As the school year wraps up so do our teen programs for the year. We've only got 2 more Wednesday Programs to go! Today, we have a teen craft. We'll be making robot planters!  Next week we have Disney Trivia which will be a fun time for all. Come test your Disney knowledge and compete for prizes! Don't worry though, there will be teen programs all summer with our Summer Reading Program! The program goes from June 10th through July 31st, and features weekly programs! Stay tuned for more info!

The Selection

by Kiera Cass a 1 Minute Book Talk


by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass a 1 Minute Book Talk

The Compound

by S. A. Bodeen a 1 minute book talk

May Teen Events

Our May Calendar is full of crafts and activities, so make sure to stop by!  We have an event every Wednesday at 2:30 pm. May 1  Games and Grub! Come play ping pong, board games, Wii or xBox and have some snacks! May 8  Craft Time! Come make a cool note clip out of a mousetrap! May 15  Teen Movie! We'll be watching She's the Man starring Amanda Bynes. May 22  Time to get crafty with nature! We'll be making robot planters. These cool guys are not only fun to make, but his grass hair means you can enjoy your creation throughout the summer! May 29  Back by popular demand, it's Disney Trivia Time! Come test your Disney knowledge,  have some snacks, and get excited that school is almost out for the year!

Life as We Knew It

by Susan Beth Pfeffer a 1 Minute Book Talk

No Safety in Numbers

by Dayna Lorentz a 1 Minute Book Talk


Exciting news from the Teen Library: we now carry Playaways!  Playaways are audio books pre-loaded onto a small device. To listen to the book all you need is a AAA battery and headphones, and your library card of course. Our collection of playaways is just starting to grow, but here is a list of what we have so far! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Catching Fire  by Suzanne Collins Mockingjay  by Suzanne Collins The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan Sea of Monsters  by Rick Riordan The Titan's Curse  by Rick Riordan The Battle of the Labyrinth  by Rick Riordan The Last Olympian  by Rick Riordan If you have any other titles you think we should get in playaway form please let us know! For now, you can find Playaways underneath the New DVD's.

The Way We Fall

by Megan Crewe a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Events in April

We have some fun events coming up in April! Not only do we have our Games & Grub event at 2:30 today, but we have a new game to play: Ping Pong! It should be a fun time so make sure to stop by! Our craft this month is a CD Scratcher! Remember those drawings that were black that you etched off to discover color underneath? This is a similar project but using cd's! So bring your creativity to make a neat design! Our movie this month is Hotel Transylvania, which is sure to be a fun time! Make sure to stop by the teen events, they take place every Wednesday at 2:30!

Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein a 1 Minute Book Talk


by Kate Brian a 1 minute Book Talk

Last Week to Win Prizes for Reading!

Keep reading to submit a slip to win prizes! For every book you read you just need to fill out a slip, have a librarian initial it, and you are on your way to being a potential winner!!! The contest runs until Monday, 3/25/13 at Noon!!!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

by Mary E. Pearson a 1 Minute Book Talk

Keep Reading to Win Prizes!

Whether you read a book for school, for fun, out loud to a little brother or sister or dog, you can use this to enter our JOOI of reading contest! For every book you read you just need to fill out a slip, have a librarian initial it, and you are on your way to being a potential winner!   The contest runs until Monday, 3/25/13 at Noon!!!

Crash and Burn

by Michael Hassan a 1 Minute Book Talk

Reading Contest!!

Don't forget to keep reading for your chance to win a great prize! For every book you read you can complete a slip and drop it in the fishbowl for your grade. Remember the contest runs until March 24th, and any book you read counts! 


by Jessica Khoury a 1 Minute Book Talk

JOOI of Reading

For the month of March, the Coronado Library has teamed up with the Octagon Club at the Coronado High School to host their annual JOOI of reading event! The event centers around Dr. Seuss, which is why you will see the teen library decorated for the occasion and Seuss-themed events happening in the Children's library. What this means for teens is a reading contest for fun prizes! There will be a fishbowl, one for each grade, set up in the teen library. For every book you read, or read to someone else, you can fill out a slip and drop it in the bowl for your grade for a chance to win exciting prizes! There's no limit to how many times you can submit a slip, so start reading now! The contest will run from March 1st through March 25th. The drawing for winners will be at noon on the 25th, and if you are one of our lucky winners you will pick up your prize on Marcy 26th at 5pm!  To learn more about what the JOOI of reading is check out:

172 Hours on the Moon

by Johan Harstad a 1 Minute Book Talk


Did you know that if there is a specific book, movie, cd, or talking book that you want that the library doesn't have you can suggest that we purchase it? It's not a guarantee that we will order it, but we always appreciate suggestions so we can be sure to have a collection that you will want to use!  Another option for getting books we don't have is using Inter-Library Loan. For $2 we can try and order a book you are looking for from another library (typically this is done for books that are over a year old).  Unfortunately we can only do this for books, but it is a great option if you are looking for something that we don't have. The book is delivered to the library and when it arrives we call and let you know that you can come pick it up! If you have any ideas tell one of the reference librarians and we can see what we can do to get the materials you want into the library for you to use! 

The Season

by Sarah MacLean a 1 Minute Book Talk

Teen Nonfiction

What makes our teen nonfiction section different from our adult and children's sections is that all books are chosen specially with teens in mind. This means it focuses on teen issues or subjects you might want to find more information about (but might not want to ask someone for help).  We have great materials on growing up, dealing with life stress, and college prep. One of our newer series is called "Illicit and Misused Drugs." This series has a lot of information about the various substances out there and really lets you know the pitfalls and issues associated with them.  We also have some great books on hobbies and crafts, as well as style books. Check out "Lauren Conrad's Beauty" and " The Book Of Styling : An Insider's Guide To Creating Your Own Look," two great new books which give you tips about makeup and clothes!  Our teen nonfiction section isn't huge, but it's been designed with you in mind. Be sure to check it out ne

Falling for You

by Lisa Schroeder a 1 Minute Book Talk

Ways to get Involved at the Library

Libraries are not just a place for books these days, though let's be honest, we certainly have a lot of them!  But we also have movies, CD's, talking books, ebooks, and a ton of activities and crafts that happen every week! There is an event every Wednesday at 2:30 specifically for teens.  Today, we have our monthly Games & Grub. We provide the xBox, Wii, board games, and snacks; you bring yourself and get ready to have some fun!  We also do 2 crafts a month and usually have a movie day. Movies vary, but this month's is The Princess Bride (showing March 20th). We also have a Middle School Book Club, soon to be renamed the Teen Book Club due to the varying ages that attend the group.  We read current fiction, our book this month is There You'll Find Me ! We meet the first Tuesday of every month. If you'd like to join call the library and let us know! If you are looking for a great volunteer opportunity at the library, join our Teen Advisory Board! We meet o


by Alexandra Monir a 1 minute book talk

Paranormal Romance

Well it's almost February, which means tis the season to celebrate love.  All sorts of love. Zombie love, vampire love, werewolf love, ghost love....and that's just the tip of the iceberg!  Paranormal love stories give a bit of a twist to your typical boy meets girl story.  Our newest display is all about those love stories with a supernatural twist! If you're looking for a good paranormal romance, check out our title suggestions:


by Rachel Ward a 1 Minute Book Talk

e-Books at the Library!

The Coronado Library has an ever-growing ebook collection that is a great option for anyone who uses an ereader! These books check out for 7, 14, or 21 days and you never get a late fee using them! We have a lot of popular titles and old favorites on there for you to check out! The ebook collection is particularly helpful if you need a book for school. Using our Gutenberg Collection you can access hundreds of titles, mostly classics, that you can keep for as long as you want. The best part of the Gutenberg Collection is that there isn't a limit to how many people can have the books checked out at once, so even if your entire class is doing a report on Siddhartha, you can still check one out yourself!  All you need to check out ebooks is your library card and an ereader. That could be an iPad, Nook, your smartphone, Kindle, or even a computer (there's a full list of supported devices at: ) Check out our ebook collection by going

A Great Site if You're Bored and Love to Read

I recently came across a really interesting website you should check out if you're bored. The site is called figment.  At figment, people submit short stories for others to read and critique. Most of them only take a few minutes to read, and you can search for stories written about genres that you love. The site has featured authors that change constantly and it spotlights stories that have gotten good reviews from figment members.  One feature on the site that I really like is that it tells you how long typically takes to read a story. I thought that was really helpful, especially since they just give a word count for the story which makes it hard to know how long it actually is in a real sense. One of the coolest features about figment is that anyone can submit their stories for other people to read and critique. They allow short stories about anything, but do have some guidelines (mainly no plagiarism and keeping it legal). It's a novel way to get feedback from complete

Never Fall Down

by Patricia McCormick a 1 Minute Book Talk

Not Sure What To Read Next?

The teen library has a few new book lists out for you to check out! These lists are great places to start if you aren't sure what to read next! So if you liked The Hunger Games,  check out these: If you like books that are more serious, try these: We've got lots of other suggestions at the teen library, come check them out!

Between Shades of Grey

by Ruth Sepetys a 1 minute book talk