Teen Adivsory Board

Newsletter November

The Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Montclair Public Library is a group of teens who participate in and influence the functioning of the library, especially for teen programming and library materials. Most importantly, TAB is a forum to have your opinions and suggestions heard.

We meet the first Wednesday of each month, September - May and members receive community service hours for participating.

For more information email:

Justin Kontonicolaou at justin.kontonicolaou@montclair.bccls.org

A Note from our TAB Officers

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By Monique Baltzer, Vice Chairperson

Hey Guys! Welcome to the 3rd issue of Montclair Public Library’s Teen Advisory Newsletter. Do you hear the sleigh bells in the distance? Me neither, I guess that means it’s November! There are so many exciting things to look forward to in November, whether it’s Thanksgiving, the premiere of Mockingjay, or the madness of Black Friday shopping. If the cold weather is getting to you, we definitely have the best jokes to turn that frown upside down. We’ve also got movie and book reviews to give you that inside scoop.

If you are a Hunger Games fan, well do I have news for you! On November 20th , we are having Mockingjay Jeopardy where you have the chance to win tickets to the show. And guess what happens the next day? International Games Day! There will be board games, computer games, as well as video games! Ever wanted to explore the galaxy? Well this month, the Excalibur Challenge for the library’s book club known as Knights of the Round Table (KORT) is “Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”! Swing by on November 30th to be a part of the table!

I hope you keep check out the rest of the newsletter and come to the Library to participate in these awesome events!

Welcome new TAB Members!

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Say hello to our newest members:

  • Stella Guzik
  • Stephen Stamas
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SVPA's Showcase 2016: Curtain Up

SVPA's Showcase 2016: Curtain Up is a celebration of the Broadway musical, behind the scenes and on the stage. Many great favorites, from Kiss Me Kate to Curtains, take up the making of a show; this gathering of duets, solos, and classic ensemble numbers goes "behind the curtain" into the backstage realm in Act One, while Act Two revolves in front of the proscenium to the "great white lights" of Broadway. With a talented cast of 26, a student tech crew and live band, Curtain Up is directed by Joseph Tudor and Adam Magnacca, with musical director Kristen Dziuba and technical direction by Kenneth Cleerdin.

Join us at the MHS Little Theater: Nov 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st at 7:30pm, with a matinee on Sunday the 22nd at 3pm.

Tickets available at seatyourself.biz/montclairschoolarts

Book Review by Stella Guzik

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson is a book about seventeen year old, Emily, and her hunt for Sloane, when she disappears randomly. The only clue Emily has is a list of tasks Sloane wants her to complete over the summer. Some of them are easy, such as, go apple picking at night. There are some, Penelope, which you would not understand until Emily explains. She meets some new friends along the way, Frank, Dawn, and Collins, who go out of their way to help Emily find Sloane and finish her list. Emily breaks out of her shell and realizes that her life doesn’t need to revolve around Sloane.

I loved this book when I read it, and I would definitely recommend it. It’s a little bit mysterious and adventurous with a bit of romance.

Check it out today!

Book Review by Stephen Stamas

Fearless by Eric Blehm

In recent celebration of Veteran's Day, I decided to review the book Fearless, a biography of a deceased member of the military. This book is a great read. It goes into depth about the life of Adam Brown a member of Navy SEAL Team Six - the unit that brought down Osama Bin Laden. It shows the struggles Adam Brown went through before he joined the SEALs. It also recounts many stories about dangerous operations that Adam Brown was involved in.

When he was in a training operation, his eye was shot out by a Simunition round, which is like a paint ball bullet on steroids. After this, he went on to complete the training for SEAL Team Six, considered to be among the toughest military training in the world, with one eye. There are many examples in this book of Adam Brown and his refusal to quit. He was killed in action in the Komar Province, Afghanistan on March 17, 2010. This is a very inspiring story about an American hero, and I would highly recommend that you read it.

Check it out today!

Classics Book Review by Rohan Israni

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one of my most favorite reads as it encompasses a varied portrait of Dorian, the protagonist that is seen by the readers as a man who indulges in all kinds of distractions .His character sketch journey of selling one's soul in exchange for earthly pleasures is a recipe for inevitable disaster that he cannot escape. The novel takes place in the late nineteenth century in London when the artistic movement was in state of moral and cultural decline and the author Oscar Wilde conveys to the readers that an artist is someone who is deeply engaged in creating a masterpiece and is not affected by the morals and ethics prevailing in society. The novel represents an allegory about morality as depicted by the rise and fall of Dorian Gray. Lord Henry Wotton, one of proponents of the aesthetic philosophy in the novel captivates the readers as he persuades Dorian Gray to trust his principles. But alas, Dorian faces the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy leading to his doom.

Check it out today!

Jokes Corner by Oliver Stordahl and Charlotte Glessner-Fischer

Knock knock

Who’s there?


Rita who?

Rita lotta good books

Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom?

Because the P is silent

What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?

A stick

I didn’t know my dad was a construction site thief, but when I got home all the signs were there.

Why can’t you tell puns to kleptomaniacs, because they take things literally.

How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

Ten tickles

What do you call an alligator in a vest?

An investigator

Movie Review by Stella Balsamini

Crimson Peak

Only a short while ago was Halloween, and the spooky holiday means something different for everyone. Some people go trick or treating, some enter a costume contest and others go to a party, but my annual tradition for the 31st of October is to see a scary horror movie late at night with friends. This year, I decided to see a midnight showing of Crimson Peak, a new flick directed by Guillermo del Toro. I had never seen any of del Toro’s other movies before, but he’s famous for his dark fantasy films that involve ghosts, monsters, and violent, intense scenes. Crimson Peak is no exception to the director’s style.

The movie is a gothic horror film about a girl named Edith Cushing (played by Mia Wasikowska, the actress who played Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland movie) who sees a ghost of her dead mother as a child. The ghost tells her to “beware of Crimson Peak,” and she doesn’t know at first what that warning means. Edith forgets about the sighting of her mother’s ghost until nearly a decade later, when she marries a mysterious man, moves into his gigantic, deserted mansion and begins to see spirits again. In her new home, Edith finds out about dastardly secrets and all of her ghostly encounters start to make sense.

My initial impression of the movie was that it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be at the beginning, which made the pacing feel exciting. The story started off slowly as sort of romantic and Jane Austen-y, but eventually it progressed and got creepier and weirder. I also noticed that everything about the film was detailed and beautiful. The costumes were really cool, the music was gorgeous, and all of the camera shots were well done. While all of those elements of the movie were on point, I did feel that the film was sometimes more style than substance. The plot was crazy and fun to follow, but the twists were easy to predict as someone who likes scary movies. I also felt like the film didn’t quite know what it wanted to be: the gore was over the top and almost funny when contrasted with the more serious romantic parts. Even though some of the plot was lackluster, I was still at the edge of my seat to see how it would end.

I really enjoyed watching the movie in theaters, and despite its flaws it’s a great thing to watch late at night. Even though Halloween is over, I still would definitely recommend anyone to check it out if they appreciate good visuals in movies and like things on the creepier side.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Kingdom Review by Tegh Johar

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Kingdom is a 2-dimensional side scrolling game currently available on Steam. The details of it are seemingly little and pixelated, but that’s what makes it beautiful. From the reflections in the water, to the bright open clearing, and the the spooky forest that you are always scared to venture towards. The entire game is extremely simple and easy to understand. Controlling the game is surprisingly easy, using only three buttons on the keyboard. You walk, or rather ride around on your horse, dropping coins, expanding the kingdom by hiring people, building tools for workers, and upgrading your existing structures. It’s and extremely simple game that almost anyone can learn, but it takes forever to master. The instructions offered in the game is very minimal, as it is meant for the player to learn and adapt every time they play the game. Sure, there’s frustration that occurs every time when giant hordes of monsters and leave you hopeless, but the randomness and the easy playability keep on drawing you back. Kingdom is a great game, but it only good while it lasts. After you play it for many hours, and establish a solid strategy, it quickly loses its appeal and replayability. That is, if you can actually survive the nights. Sure, you might play again to be able to beat it faster, but now that you know what to do, it becomes much easier and loses its shine. I would recommend playing it not watching a play through or reading any tips on it, or it quickly loses its fun. The game relies on the player’s independence, and doing anything that jeopardizes the experience of the game. The game is fun to play, anyway, and will always enchant people into playing it. Overall, Kingdom is a great game, from its seemingly simple art style, and its simple controls, to its dark and mysterious allure that draws you in. It does have a repetitive end game, and loses its replayability, but is fun nonetheless. Kingdom is a great game to play, for all types of people, all ages, and all gamers.

Kingdom is available on the Steam Store for $10.

‘If Not Now, Then When?’ is a movie I made during the summer of 2015. This movie is about the beauty of life and how you should always live in the moment. Some clips were shot at the New Jersey State Fair, the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, Princeton University and just hanging with friends. I absolutely love filmmaking because it allows me to express my moods and thoughts through pictures and sounds. I hope you’ll enjoy watching!


Sisters on the Runway (SOR) Annual Halloween Party by Ariella Frank

Wednesday November 7th was the Sisters on the Runway (SOR) annual Halloween party. This year tickets were sold out within days, faster than ever before. The club has built a reputation as one that successfully raises money for victims of domestic violence through fun fund raisers that try to get the whole school involved, not solely club members. For this reason many freshman had heard about, and wanted to go to the party, contributing to the quick sell out. Originally, the party was to be held at Chill in Montclair. However, a week before the event was to take place, the club was notified that the DJ SOR hired had specific equipment that did not coincide with Chill’s. Quickly the club presidents had to find a new location that would hold three hundred people and work with our DJ. Space was found at the Majesty Loft and it turned into a win-win situation. Chill cost much more than the Majesty Loft so more of the money raised would go to victims of domestic violence.

Happy Birthday TAB Members!

  • Josh Sharpiro (Nov. 2)
  • Charlotte Glessner-Fischer (Nov. 4)
  • Jalen Murray (Nov. 6)
  • Isbella Martling (Nov. 12)