By Robin Ebelt, Reference Department
What game gives you constant feedback, shows your psychological strengths and weaknesses and gives you great possibilities for self-improvement? It’s chess, of course. You don’t play? No problem! It’s never too late to learn how to play chess. The Williamson County Public Library has a Chess Club that meets monthly in the Young Adult fiction room. All levels are welcome!
Why should you play chess?
- Chess is cheap!
- Chess is a game for people of all ages.
- Chess develops logical thinking.
- Chess develops memory.
- Chess improves concentration.
- Chess develops analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life.
- Chess shows that success rewards hard work.
- Chess is part of the curricula in nearly 30 countries. In Venezuela, Iceland, Russia and other countries, chess is a subject in all public schools.
- Chess is always changing. There is always new theory, new players, new puzzles and ALWAYS new game.
- Chess is fun!
Come join us! The Chess Club will meet August 2 at 2:00 PM in the Young Adult fiction room. All levels are welcome!
By Howard Shirley, Teen Library Assistant
Did the release of The Fault in Our Stars get you craving more quirky teenage love stories?
Here are five more titles you might enjoy…
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell [YA F ROWELL]
This 2013 release beautifully tells the story of two high school misfits who develop a surprising mutual affection during their bus rides to and from school in 1980’s-era Omaha. Though the description may sound trite, Rowell’s writing elevates a familiar story to must-read status.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson [YA F MAT]
Matson’s debut novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is an ode to traveling and new experiences—a love story just happens to pop up along the way. Like in The Fault in Our Stars, dealing with mortality is a theme of this book, though less directly. It’s an entertaining read that will make you appreciate little bits of Americana along the characters’ road trip.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan [YA F COH]
The same duo who paired up for Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist team up again in this fun back-and-forth story of two bibliophiles who exchange thoughts via a notebook in a bookstore. Of course, the suspense and excitement leading up to their potential real-life meeting is the central purpose of the book, but these two authors know how to keep the pages turning throughout.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler [YA F ASH]
A teenage romance with a slight sci-fi bent, The Future of Us tells the story of two teens in the nineties who happen to discover their future Facebook accounts when they access the internet for the first time. The future they discover on Facebook is not the one they envision for themselves, which leads to an interesting pursuit of how to reconcile the past, present, and future.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli [YA F SPI]
Stargirl is aimed at a slightly younger set, but it remains an elegant story of the ups and downs of high school popularity and teenage love. Spinelli draws you in and doesn’t let you go as he writes about two very different people who are nonetheless drawn to one another. It’s a quick-read, but it’s worth checking out for the quintessential quirky character, Stargirl herself.