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There are still a lot of fun, free programs to do at the library this summer. Here's a list of what's happening:

Hi everyone,
Summer is in full swing and we have lots of teen events coming up soon at Cary Library. Please join us!

Friday, July 25
1:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Just for teens movie: Hobbit 2: Desolation of Smaug
Large meeting room
No sign up needed. Ages 13 and up.

Wednesday, July 30
2:00- 3:00 p.m.
Large meeting room
Make your own Smoothies
Open to grade 7 and up
Sign up here! http://bit.ly/smoothieworkshop

Wednesday, August 6
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Graphic Novel Workshop
Open to grade 7 to adult
Sign up here! http://bit.ly/gnworkshop

Monday, August 11
Just for teens movie: Divergent
1:00- 3:30 p.m.
Large meeting room
No sign up needed. Open to ages 13 and up



Book Reviews:

Keep reading and tracking your progress through August 29th. The last day to claim your prizes is September 12th.

Write a short review of the books you have read to share with other readers in the program. Each review you submit will increase your chances of winning a raffle prize.



Raffle Information and Book Review Guidelines


1. The review must be submitted online using your summer reading program account, and set to public (these will be viewed only by library staff and other Lexington residents who are participating in the summer reading program). To submit a review, log in to your summer reading account, then scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see the SUBMIT REVIEW button.

2. The review must be at least 80 words and no more than 500 words in length.

3. The review must answer these questions:
What was the book about?
Did you enjoy it? Explain why or why not.

The more reviews you submit, the better your chances will be in the raffle drawings to win a $20 gift card to Rancatore’s. Raffle drawings will be held on June 30, July 28, and August 25 for anyone who has read the designated amount of hours and submitted at least one book review. The more reviews you submit, the better your chances of winning.

All online reading logs must be updated by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the drawing to be considered for that raffle prize.

Raffle winners will be notified by email on the day of the raffle drawing. Winners must claim their prizes within two weeks of being notified. Prizes can be claimed at the Reference Desk on the main floor of the library.

1st drawing Monday, June 30th 7 total hours+ one book review
2nd drawing Monday, July 28th 14 total hours+ one book review
3rd drawing Monday, August 25 21 total hours+one book review

Reviews
Review
This book is told from the perspective of a rather unusual man, a man who is an airplane pilot as well as someone who seems to have a very low opinion of grown-ups. However, one day, he has the unfortunate luck of crash landing in the middle of the desert, and who should he find but a little prince, who has the strangest request upon the pair's meeting. As the days pass, the two become closer and closer, and the man begins to find out more about his eccentric friend. The little prince is actually not an inhabitant of earth, but instead lived on a star. After a while, though, something disturbing happens. The man sees his new accquaintance searching for the deadly golden snake, a creature that could kill him easily. What could the boy possibly want to do? And why?
Although this story was originally written in French, I thought the English version still captures that charming, touching feeling. The characters in the book are unbelievably sweet and heartwarming, while the plot itself is seamless. As you read it, it is obvious that adults are not held in high respect, which is hilarious. The Little Prince teaches you to cherish childhood, value friendship, and most of all, to remember what is truly important.
Title
The Little Prince
Author
Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
5
Review
When Alex Rider is told his uncle, Ian died in a car crash, he is almost immediately suspicious. When he meets the "bankers" that were supposedly Ian's coworkers, he only feels more confused. Determined to find the answers, he starts taking matters into his own hands. But when he is confronted with the truth, and finds out what is wanted of him, he wishes he had never gotten involved. Forced to follow in his uncles footsteps, Alex is thrown into not only a sickeningly dangerous game, but an emotional journey that will change him forever.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Alex is a very identifiable protagonist, and his story had me glued to the pages. It is, in my experience, unique in that Alex is neither emotionally perturbed beyond normal, nor romantically hampered at any crucial point, or any other point, for that matter. The author is also not afraid to portray iconic places and organizations in a different, less flattering light. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a sound adventure, or a refreshing twist on an old favorite.
Title
Stormbreaker
Author
Anthony Horowitz
Genre
Adventure/suspense
Rating
4
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Review
Sara Crewe attends Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies in London, England. Her beloved papa, away in India, is very rich, and gives Sara whatever she wants. But Sara is far from spoiled. She is naturally kind, and polite to a fault, causing all the girls at her new school to either envy or admire her. For a few years, Sara's life is perfect... at least, until the day of her eleventh birthday, when she finds out that her father was ruined by a dear friend. As a result he died. Suddenly, her world is turned upside down and Sara is transformed into a penniless servant who, instead of her lavish sitting rooms, must now sleep in the tiny, rat-infested attic. She is ordered about by everyone, and scolded by everyone, but Sara is a proud little soul determined not to break down. Meanwhile, something very strange is happening. An Indian gentleman has moved next door to the school. And he is looking for someone. The little girl of
the friend he ruined. This book was a lovely, touching read with strong themes rarely seen even in the world of classics. The characters were superb and the plot is inexpressibly amazing. The Little Princess is a truly immortal classic that can be read over and over again!  Find it in the library!
Title
The Little Princess
Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genre
Historical Fiction
Rating
5
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Review
Tristran Thorne goes on a quest to find a shooting star and bring it back to Victoria Forrester, a beautiful village girl who Tristran loves and wants to marry. But when he is finally able to find the star, he learns that it is actually a young maiden and she refuses to go with him. This book is well-written and descriptive with a good plot and characters. Readers who go in to the book looking for a romance may be a bit disappointed, though.  Find it in the library!
Title
Stardust
Author
Neil Gaiman
Genre
Fantasy/Horror
Rating
4
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Review
Tom Sawyer is a feisty, adventurous boy living with his Aunt Polly, who spends her days worried sick about Tom. Like any boy, he hates work and loves attention. His clever mind is always thinking of new ways to aggravate and outwit his aunt and teachers. He comes up with the idea of being pirates with his friends for a while, but this only amuses him for a short period of time. He next turns to robbery and treasure-hunting, which leads him into the middle of a murder. But Tom is soon distracted from this sinister event because of his new priority, a girl, Becky. He has finally fixed their rocky relationship and earned her admiration, so Becky invites Tom to a picnic she is holding. The pair decide to explore a cave, in which they end up getting lost. Now Tom must be braver than ever, for Becky has already lost hers. I believe this book is a true classic, and Tom's antics will entertain any generation. Its themes of friendship, loyalty, and courage shine through a very well-written story. The book's detailed descriptions are also worth praising.  Find it in the library!
Title
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Author
Mark Twain
Genre
Historical Fiction
Rating
5