Welcome to the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library's 2015 Summer Reading Programs Home Page.
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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Friday, September 11, 2015
Time
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Scratch is a computer programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. This class will motivate students for further learning through playful experimentation and project creation.

To learn more about Scratch; go to: http://scratch.mit.edu

Participants must have parental permission for Internet access prior to the start of class.
For students in grades 3-8. Registration required.
Location
Computer Lab
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Description
Join us for a 6 week after school club coding project. We will use Scratch to create an informational, educational tool for the public to use to learn more about what the CPH Library has to offer. Participants will work in teams using programming skills, team work, and a project management process (based on the Junior Achievement model).

Registration required - participants should be committed to the 6 week schedule. For students entering 5th-8th in the fall. Class size 12

Thursdays, September 17 – October 22, 2015 – 4:15-5:45 pm in the Children's Library (upstairs)
Location
Children's Activity Room
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
There's changes a-coming to the SAT, starting next year, and we have Huntington coming in to clue you in on what's in store. For students in Grade 9 and up. Registration requested but not required. Parents are encourage to attend!
Location
Program Room A-B
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Description
Join us for a 6 week after school club coding project. We will use Scratch to create an informational, educational tool for the public to use to learn more about what the CPH Library has to offer. Participants will work in teams using programming skills, team work, and a project management process (based on the Junior Achievement model).

Registration required - participants should be committed to the 6 week schedule. For students entering 5th-8th in the fall. Class size 12

Thursdays, September 17 – October 22, 2015 – 4:15-5:45 pm in the Children's Library (upstairs)
Location
Children's Activity Room
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Time
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Description
Join us for a 6 week after school club coding project. We will use Scratch to create an informational, educational tool for the public to use to learn more about what the CPH Library has to offer. Participants will work in teams using programming skills, team work, and a project management process (based on the Junior Achievement model).

Registration required - participants should be committed to the 6 week schedule. For students entering 5th-8th in the fall. Class size 12

Thursdays, September 17 – October 22, 2015 – 4:15-5:45 pm in the Children's Library (upstairs)
Location
Children's Activity Room
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Time
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Description
Join us for a 6 week after school club coding project. We will use Scratch to create an informational, educational tool for the public to use to learn more about what the CPH Library has to offer. Participants will work in teams using programming skills, team work, and a project management process (based on the Junior Achievement model).

Registration required - participants should be committed to the 6 week schedule. For students entering 5th-8th in the fall. Class size 12

Thursdays, September 17 – October 22, 2015 – 4:15-5:45 pm in the Children's Library (upstairs)
Location
Children's Activity Room
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Description
Join us for a 6 week after school club coding project. We will use Scratch to create an informational, educational tool for the public to use to learn more about what the CPH Library has to offer. Participants will work in teams using programming skills, team work, and a project management process (based on the Junior Achievement model).

Registration required - participants should be committed to the 6 week schedule. For students entering 5th-8th in the fall. Class size 12

Thursdays, September 17 – October 22, 2015 – 4:15-5:45 pm in the Children's Library (upstairs)
Location
Children's Activity Room
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Monday, October 19, 2015
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Admission counselors from the Sage Colleges will provide students with an inside guide to writing a college essay, and what admission directors really want to hear. For High School juniors and seniors. Parents welcome. Registration requested.
Location
Program Room A-B
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Description
Join us for a 6 week after school club coding project. We will use Scratch to create an informational, educational tool for the public to use to learn more about what the CPH Library has to offer. Participants will work in teams using programming skills, team work, and a project management process (based on the Junior Achievement model).

Registration required - participants should be committed to the 6 week schedule. For students entering 5th-8th in the fall. Class size 12

Thursdays, September 17 – October 22, 2015 – 4:15-5:45 pm in the Children's Library (upstairs)
Location
Children's Activity Room
Library
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

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Important Message



ATTENTION!! WE'RE IN THE FINAL STRETCH!! You still have time to complete your summer reading club goals. Get those minutes logged and submit a review! Remember, we're having trouble with the review system, so if you can't submit it the regular way, write your review in the notes field on the page where you log your minutes - I'll find it. And also remember this: One sentence that says "I like this book" or something like that is not a review! It should be at least 3 sentences that lets me know that you actually read the book.

NOTICE!! WE'RE HAVING TROUBLE AGAIN GETTING YOUR REVIEWS PUBLISHED! Please write your review in the book notes section of the page where you log your minutes.


To start your summer reading adventure, come to the Library for a program brochure and reading registration packet beginning the week of June 22.

To reach the program goals, teens who sign up for the program must read 1200 minutes (20 hours), and post at least 1 review (book, movie, music CD) to the Teen Summer Reading Club website. Teens will receive a certificate and prize upon successful completion of the program.


Teens who complete the program goals by August 23 will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a Nook GlowLight e-reader, as well as for a few runner-up prizes, to be held on Monday August 24.


TEENS TAKE NOTICE!! If you are having problems with reviews not being posted, (that is, you have submitted a review and it doesn't show up), please retype your review in the NOTES box in the page where you log your minutes. I will make sure you get credit for posting a review!


This program is supported in part by Federal Library Services and Techology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Also supported in part by funds from the NYS Library's Family Literacy Library Services grant program, and a grant to the Southern Adirondack Library System from the Saratoga County Youth Bureau and the Office of Children and Family Services.
Reviews
Review
The novel Rites of Passage, by Joy N. Hensley, tells the story of Sam McKenna, a military brat. Her brother, taking advantage of the fact that she cannot turn down a dare, dares her to join the first-ever class of females at the Denmark Military Academy. At the Academy, Sam is faced with more than just the physical challenges associated with a military school. She must also face the people who don't believe that girls should be allowed in the school. However, Sam eventually learns that it isn't just a few people who are out to get her, rather, it is a secret society present at the Academy, and they are willing to go to extreme lengths to rid the school of the girls.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, as well as a strong central female character.
Title
Rites of Passage
Author
Joy N. Hensley
Genre
Action Adventure
Review
I would recommend this book to any person between the ages of 9-12. I would recommend this book to those ages because some parts are hard to understand. And if you love books full of mystery and adventure this is the book for you. This book is definitely worth a read.
Title
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Author
Trenton Lee Stewart
Genre
Fiction
Review
I recommend this book because it is actioned packed and full of magic & mysteries. I love how Harry, Ron and Hermione work together to figure out what the Horcruxes and Hollows are. Their friendship keeps them together and strong.
Title
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
Author
J.K. Rowlings
Genre
Fiction
Review
The protagonist, Winston Smith, lives in a futuristic world where people are constantly being watched by the government and denied any liberties. "The Party" has managed to convince the people that they live in a wonderful place and they need to rely on the government to survive. I think this is a really good thinking book, because it gets inside your head and causes you to question your own surroundings and beliefs. This book was suppose to be about the year 1984, yet it still manages to be current, because if you think about it, you can unfortunately see some of Winston's world's characteristics in our own. Like in North Korea, about how they brainwash them about how evil Westerism is, or how our phone calls and emails can be tapped into by the government. This book is definately worth a read!
Title
1984
Author
George Orwell
Genre
classics