New Science Fiction (part 4)

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who’s trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.

Take a journey with Rachael and Megan as they try their hardest to use technology to write a book review 180 miles apart.

M: The cover is decent.  I think it’s what drew me in initially.

R: It definitely grabs your attention with that big green eye, but why is it focused on her eye?

M: Well, the green eyes were super important.  They were mentioned like 80 times.

R: But it really wasn’t that integral to the story, they just kept mentioning how she clearly wasn’t 100% Mexican because she had green eyes. Which, sidenote, yay for diversity!

M: That was one positive in this story.  One of very few.

R: Ya know, I’m trying to think of some positives in the story and I don’t think I can come up with any. Besides the fact that our protagonist isn’t your typical caucasian female.

M: And she’s strong.  We’re told that multiple times.  Unnecessarily, I might add.  Because when it comes to attributes like strength, they really should be shown.

R: The other characters also seemed to keep insisting that she was incredibly smart, but the evidence that we were shown in the book seemed to indicate otherwise. I’m not talking about the bits where she couldn’t remember things, but the times where it came to her trying (and failing!) to make connections and figure things out.

M: True.  I figured out most of it a lot faster than she did.  Including the thing about Thomas’s mother.  Also, how annoying is it that we were introduced to him as freakin’ Pierce and then she changes it to Thomas?  I hate when authors do that.

R: Well he did know there was something absolutely special with her even though they’d only known each other for a day, so ya know he had to tell her his true name instead of his fake name, just in case he died.

M:  Yes, the special thing was that her memory had been modified.  I guess.

R: Let’s talk about that. So evil woman, Hodges, has ordered her memory to be wiped, right? To cover up some “important” bits from Sarah’s past. Then she changes her mind and decides to instead kill EVERYBODY in the hospital, just to make sure that’s Sarah’s dead. Which, obviously, we can’t tell the exact reason why. But suffice to say, it was incredibly stupid and soap opera like.

M: Not to mention that even after reading it, neither of us fully comprehend her motives.  I’m thinking she might have been a sociopath.  

R: So in addition to the characters being so completely all over the place, the story in itself was just all over the place. Conceptually, chronologically, and then scientifically. It was very flawed.

M:  Yes, altogether just a bad book.  And the first chapter was so promising.  I think the biggest issue might have been timing.  Actually, it was probably just the poor writing in general.  Very disappointing.


Book: 1 out of 5 stars


Cover: 4 out of 5 stars

Homework Help begins Monday, September 8th!

What is Homework Help?
A free community service since 1997, the program provides one-on-one homework help to students in grades 6-12.

Who can use Homework Help?
Students in grades 6-12 who need homework help (including math, science, and many other subjects) can attend. It is a great service for students of all academic levels.

Is Homework Help free?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Plus: it’s free.

Do I need to register to come to Homework Help?
No. Homework Help is a drop-in service, meaning you can come and go at any time during the hours it is offered. Some students visit us every night it is offered and stay the full two hours. Some students visit us only every once in a while and stay just until they have their question(s) answered.

When is Homework Help?
Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the school year.
Note: There is no Homework Help when Fort Wayne Community Schools are closed for vacations or weather-related emergencies.

Where is Homework Help?
Young Adults’ Services (2nd floor of the Main Library at 900 Library Plaza). For a map, click here.

Who are the Helpers?
Our trained volunteers are usually professionals (engineers, accountants, retired professors, etc.) with a desire to give back to their community by helping the next generation succeed.

Will the Helpers give students the answers?
No. Homework Helpers guide students but do not do the work for them. Helpers explain concepts and ask the right questions to help students analyze the problems and find their own solutions.

What do the students need to bring with them?

  • Homework assignment
  • Textbook (if available)
  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen

What is the difference between Homework Help and a tutoring service?
Tutoring implies personal instruction in a subject area. Our Helpers are not teachers. They are here to help the students answer specific questions and complete specific homework assignments.

What can I expect when I come to Homework Help?
The Helpers set up at a table in the open area of Young Adults’ Services. They have blue signs at each end of the table that read, “Homework Help Available.” You may walk right up, sit down, take out your homework and let them know you are here for help. A Helper will be with you as soon as possible, often immediately.

Some students only need help with one specific problem. Some students need help with the whole assignment. It is not uncommon for a student to come in, take out his or her homework assignment and say, “I just don’t get this.” A Helper will spend time with the student looking over the assignment and then tackling specific problems one by one, explaining how to solve them as they go.

On busy nights our Helpers will sometimes need to help two or more students at a time. In this case the Helper will generally get you started on an assignment, take time to help another student, then come back to check on your progress, and so on.

Can I be a Homework Helper?
Are you at least 16 years of age? Do you have a strong math and science background? Can you commit 2 hours, one night a week during the school year? Do you like helping kids? Then the answer may be “yes.” Visit Allen County Public Library’s Volunteer Services for more information.

Have more questions? Contact us at Young Adults’ Services, 421-1255.

Other Options? For other homework and tutoring resources in our area, check out this list of tutoring resources.

New Science Fiction (part 3)

New Science Fiction (part2)

Maker Mondays at Main

YAS Orange

At Main Library in Young Adults’ Services, we’ve got a mini Maker Lab for people in grades 6-12. There’s a 3D printer, music recording room, sewing machines, digital media workstation, scanner, and iPads. And there are many fun activities to try out in the Maker Mondays series. These programs run from 4-5:30. There’s also one special event from 6-8:45 on Tuesday, October 14th.

PS. We also have a Minecraft Club. Minecraft sessions will take place most 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 7-8:30.

Please call 421-1255 to sign up for any of these activities.

September 8th Introduction to 3D Printing Learn how 3D printers work, create a basic object with Tinkercad, and explore Thingiverse. For beginners. Email address required.
September 22nd Intro to Coding We’ll use Code.org and Scratch to learn some basics of computer programming. For beginners. Email address required.
September 29th Beginner Tote Bag Learn how to sew a simple yet customizable tote bag.
October 6th Finch Robots Learn how Finch can help you get started programming .
October 13th Basics of Soldering Make a blinky robot badge (there will be two sessions: 4-4:30 and 5-5:30pm; please choose one).
October 14th Ada Lovelace Day: E-Textiles with AnaMarie Celebrate the holiday that celebrates the achievements of women in STEM–science, technology, engineering, and math! In honor of the day, we’ve invited engineer Anamarie to visit the library to offer a free beginner’s workshop on electronic fashions, just for teens. Bring a piece of fabric or garment that could use a little bling.
October 20th Ductigami We provide the tape; you provide the creativity.
October 27th Sew a Pillow Supplies provided to make a decorative toss pillow.
November 3rd Garageband Basics Studio D is available to you. Learn how to get started recording with Garageband.
November 10th Meet Raspberry Pi We’ll talk about what Raspberry Pi is, set some up, and get started programming. For beginners.
November 17th MIT App Inventor 2 We’ll make two easy yet customizable Android apps (You will need a Google account to use App Inventor or ask your parents to lend you theirs).
November 24th Green Screen Make funny, short videos in front of our green screen. Remember: don’t wear green!
December 1st No Sew Fleece Scarves Make an easy, colorful scarf to help you stay warm this winter.
December 8th Basics of Soldering Make a blinky robot badge (there will be two sessions: 4-4:30 and 5-5:30pm; please choose one).
December 15th Dog Bandanas Make one for your own dog or for a shelter pooch.
December 22nd Toothbrush Robots These simple mechanical bots are supercute and supereasy to make.
December 29th iMovie for iPad Learn how to use iMovie for iPad while completing a fun scavenger hunt!

p.s. We also have books!

So what are you doing now that the summer reading program is over? What? You have to go to school? Oh. OK-go to school, but that doesn’t mean that the library has stopped planning awesome things for you to do. If you click on events on our home page and then limit the events to teens, you’ll find that some branch of ACPL has a teen event planned for you nearly every day, you just have to find what interests you and is coming to a library near you!

If you like book groups, there are several at the Main library in Young Adults.  There is also one at Aboite that meets monthly at 7:00 on the third Thursday of the month.  Check out our Book Talk section on ACPL‘s home page.

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We also offer crafts, arduino, 3-D printing, code club, Adobe illustrator, adobe video editing, sewing, and video games just to name a few programs that are available.  If you are looking for ways to have fun outside of school, the library is the place to be!


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