Teen Advisory Board

December Newsletter

Chief Editors

Alison C., Emila D., Cindy L., Dhvani P., Janelle P., Anjali R.

Who We Are

The Teen Advisory Board at the Parsippany Public Library is a group of teens that meets twice a month to help plan teen programming, develop the teen collection, and promote participation in teen library use. TAB presents a monthly newsletter for Parsippany Public Library patrons. Our mission is to provide readers with recommendations and reviews for books and movies, as well as share ideas for DIY crafts, recipes, and more!

A Note from the Teen Librarian

The Parsippany Library Teen Advisory Board has been very busy the past few months! Whether planning programs, evaluating newly released teen titles or contributing to this newsletter, TAB members are always working hard to promote teen activities and library wide initiatives! If you love your library and are looking for an opportunity to creatively express your ideas, share book recommendations and would like to have more influence on library services for you and your friends, then consider joining the Teen Advisory Board! Below are some of the library programs TAB has collaborated on:
  • Muggle Quidditch
  • Life-Size Bookopoly
  • Mother/Daughter Workshop
  • Teen Lock-In
  • Reading Buddies

After a busy summer running many of the teen programs, the TAB members are back to bring you a monthly newsletter! Stop by one of our meetings on the 2nd or 4th Monday of the month and consider applying to join!

-Ms. Sam


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Candied Popcorn Stars Recipie

These popcorn stars are the perfect ornament-like treat for the holidays. All you need are a couple of ingredients that can easily be found at home.


-I cup of sugar

-1/3 cup of corn syrup

-1/3 cup of water

-2 tbsp of butter

-1/4 tsp. salt

-1 tsp. of vanilla

-8 cups of popped popcorn

-1/3 cup of m&ms

-1/4 cup of cinnamon candies



-5-inch star-shaped cookie cutter


1. Combine sugar corn syrup, water, and butter in a heavy sauce pan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium, bring to boil without stirring.

2. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla.

3. Add the remaining ingredients. Quickly pour mixture over popcorn and toss the mixture gently to combine the ingredients evenly.

4. Working quickly, press the mixture into the cookie cutter.

5. Once the star shape is achieved, you are all done!

Recipe taken from:


W: Two Worlds Review

The drama features a romance between a man and a woman—Lee Jong-Suk (Kang Chul in the drama) and Han Hyo-joo (Oh Yeon Joo)—who are from parallel universes that exist in the same space. For months, K-Drama fans have been on the edge of their seats awaiting the fate of Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk). The ill-fated webtoon character finally found his life coming to an end on September 14th through the last episode of W Two Worlds.

Oh Yeon Joo is Kang Chul’s soon to be lover. The drama added a twist in which Yeon Joo was left to decide to let Kang Chul or her father, Oh Sung Moo (Kim Eui Sung), die. Sung Moo was slowly being taken over by the killer. The teaser for the last episode revealed Chul being shot by his nemesis. In these last moments of the webtoon, Yeon Joo witnesses Chul slumping over before she is sucked back into the real world hence the title of the show, W Two Worlds.

Readers and watchers were stunned that ‘W‘ would end in such a violent and cruel way. As it turns out the comic ended, but Chul's life did not. Watchers were given a glimpse into what Sung Moo was planning while in his hotel. Sung Moo finds Chul and drives to see his daughter one last time before disappearing. It’s after Yeon Joo disappears that Chul was found. Back in the real world Yeon Joo travels to the bus stop where Chul “died,” in the pouring rain. Before she passes out from exhaustion and the cold, a car pulls up and a man walks over to her. The next scene cuts to her in the hospital with Chul lying next to her. We learn that Chul, against Sung Moo’s wishes, reveals Sung Moo’s fate. In the end, Yeon Joo’s dad was left with the cursed fate and Chul with the girl. The last few minutes of the final episode shows Chul and Yeon Joo sitting on a bench happily, with voice-overs of the two, explaining how they will now live life as an ordinary couple.

Opinion: At its strongest, W Two Worlds was fast-paced, addictive, and it made me sincerely ponder existential questions about free will and predetermination, and the role that fiction plays in our lives. The final episode ended wonderfully. W Two Worlds was an absolutely amazing concept and was done beautifully. The artistic style came to life in scenes, the drawing style truly portrayed the actors perfectly, and the dramatic scenes didn’t feel cheesy at all. The drama was definitely a thrill ride and kept people waiting for the next episode; no matter how painful the preview was. A new twist always added to the anticipation. Overall the drama was executed perfectly and ended in a way that really satisfied watchers. It will be a favorite of mine for many years to come.

By Cindy L.

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M&M Christmas Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 sticks of butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1 cup of firmly packed golden brown sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 1/2 cups of Christmas M&M's , plus more for topping

  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips, plus more for topping

  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil, leave some overhang to make removal easier.

  3. Spray foil evenly with nonstick cooking spray.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until it is fluffy.

  5. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and continue to beat.

  6. Lower speed of mixer and add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.

  7. Add M&M's and mini chocolate chips and give a final stir, reserving some M&M's, mini chocolate chips and white chocolate chips for topping cookie bars.

  8. Transfer cookie dough to prepared baking dish.

  9. Press additional M&M'S, mini chocolate chips and white chocolate chips into top of cookie dough.

  10. Bake 35 to 40 minutes on oven rack in lower third of oven to prevent over browning.

  11. Let cool completely and cut.

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The BFG Movie Review

The protagonist of the movie is a ten year old orphan girl named Sophie. She lives in an orphanage in London and one night while laying awake on her bed, she cannot help but stick her head out of the window to view the stillness of the world outside of her room. Out of the blue, she notices a giant getting closer to her with every step. The giant ends up kidnapping Sophie and brings her to a great mountain where he lives. He introduces himself as The Big Friendly Giant because he does not eat humans like the rest of his enormous neighbors. He is completely against the idea of eating "humans beans" (referring to human beings), small creatures who live in a world where they are "squishing each other all the time". By taking Sophie with him, he prevented his existence from becoming known in the human world. The BFG tells Sophie that she would have to live with him forever, or otherwise her imagination would get him isolated in zoos. As days pass, they get to know each other better. Sophie tells him that she does not have parents, which touches the BFG. He reveals to her his job as a dream-blowing giant who gives children nice dreams every night. Together they get in a few tense situations but there are plenty of meaningful messages for an audience of "human beans".

By: Emila D.

The Presidential Election

This year's controversial campaigning came to an end on Tuesday, November 8. Hillary Clinton had the lead over Donald Trump in the polls, and many looked forward to another Clinton presidency. However, as the election results started coming in from all over the country, Americans were shocked. Trump maintained a significant lead over Clinton the whole night, except once- when California's 55 electoral votes were added in. However, Trump quickly regained the lead. Clinton's supporters waited in the Jacob Javits Center, impatiently waiting on their candidate to break through the glass ceiling. Later on, in the early hours of the morning, Clinton's campaign manager told their supporters to go home. Suddenly, breaking news came through- Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump. Trump delivered his victory speech moments later, although Clinton did not deliver her concession speech until the next day.

On Wednesday, Americans shared their astonishment at the results in this historical election. Clinton gave her concession speech later that day, delivering a message of hope and perseverance, especially to young women. Many are enraged at the election results. Although Clinton won 1.7% more of the popular vote, Trump won 74 more electoral votes. For the next few days after the election, protests raged in cities throughout the country. Currently, a few states are demanding recounts, still in hopes of a Clinton presidency.