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Are you living in a YA novel?

Published December 10, 2013 by: Jesse  (published)

Here are 9 Signs You Might Be Living in a YA Novel.

Have you read any books recently that fit these stereotypes?

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Welcoming Winter Weather

Published December 5, 2013 by: Jesse  (draft)

 'Tis the season for ice and snow! During the next few months, there will always be a potential of getting the day off school or being snowed in.

What a better way to spend a snowy day than with a hot beverage and a good book!

Not sure what to read? Check out the recent winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards:

Stay warm, and happy reading!

Check out the original Tumblr post here.

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Follow us!

Published November 13, 2013 by: Jesse  (published)


We now have a Twitter and Tumblr for teens, run by the teen librarians! 

Follow us to keep up to date on teen events, library services, and any new Young Adult movie/book news!

We'll be doing random prizes and contests from the pages as well, so keep a lookout!

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Get instant movies, music, and audiobooks for free!

Published November 13, 2013 by: Jesse  (published)

Did you know:

  • the library offers movies and TV shows through a program similar to Netflix?
  • you don't have to wait on hold to re-read "Catching Fire" before the movie comes out or for "Allegiant" to find out what happens to Tris in the "Divergent" trilogy?
  • popular CDs, such as the new albums by Lady Gaga, Lorde, Lady Antebellum, Archade Fire, and more, are online to check out?
  • all of these can come straight to your electronic device or smartphone?

Now you do!!

When you download Hoopla, you have access to a ton of free material. All you have to do is sign up with your library account. You can also download the app to your device, whether it's through the App Store or Google Play.

Visit this site to check out Hoopla and other services the Library offers!

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Vote for "Teens' Top Ten"!

Published October 3, 2013 by: Jesse  (published)

 It's time to put in your entries to YALSA's "Teens' Top Ten"!

Only select schools and libraries around the nation are eligible to vote, and the teens of The Library Center are part of the elite! 

Out of all the books published in the last year, teens have narrowed it down to their favorite 28. You have a chance to choose which makes it to the official list! 

You have three votes for your favorite books on the list. Click here to look over the titles and their descriptions, and click here to view the covers and vote! 

Get your votes in before October 19! The winners will be released on October 21! 

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Test 9-25-13

Published October 2, 2013 by: Jesse  (draft)

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Published September 27, 2013 by: Jesse  (published)

If you're not aware, September 22-28 is Banned Books Week! This is a time to celebrate the freedom to read whatever you wish. 

In order for books to become "banned", they were first challenged by a large amount of people due to some type of content that the reader did not like (such as having vulgar language, being too dark, or discriminating towards a people group). Horrible, right??

Well, you will find these books on the shelves in our libraries! 

You're probably thinking, "Wait.. If this has such bad content, why is it on the shelf?" We are given freedom of speech, including the right to read or listen to whatever we wish (as long as your parents are okay with it). Many books are banned, but it's simply because someone didn't like what was inside the pages. That does not mean that you won'tbenefit from reading it or that it is "bad" material.

Believe it or not, according to the American Library AssociationCaptain Underpants was 2012's top Banned Book! Just to think that it is my 10-year-old brother's favorite! Other recent titles have been Looking for Alaska, The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Harry Potter. There are even classics such as Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So, with this in mind, you may have even read (or have seen) one of these banned materials; some may have been required reading in schools. 

All in all, I encourage you to read what interests you and what allows you to broaden how you view the world!

Feel free to answer one or all of the following questions! Take advantage of this week's theme by freely expressing your views on your favorite books! :)

  • Have you read any banned books?
  • If so, what would you recommend to another teen?
  • Would you "un-ban" the book if you could? Why?

Have a great week!



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The Recaptains: Catching Up On Your Favorite Series

Published September 20, 2013 by: Sarah  (published)

Have you ever read a book only to forget what happened when you pick up the sequel? The Recaptains are here to help! 

The idea behind this new blog is simple-read the recap of all the major plot points you need to know before you read the next book in the series so you're all caught up. Is there a series you'd like to see them recap? You can suggest it and they'll work on a recap for the series.

The Recaptains are saving series one book at a time. 

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Murph's test 3 6-25

Published July 2, 2013 by: Murphy  (draft)

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And the best thing about summer reading is...

Published May 17, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

 We've gone through our countdown of the Best of Summer Reading all week.  And the #1 best thing about the Summer Reading Program is....


Yes, readers, everything about the summer reading program is F-R-E-E.

Programs? Free.

Books, magazines, music, and movies? Free.

Hanging out in an airconditioned place with comfy chairs and wifi and your friends? Free.

Playing the Wii, Kinect, and xBox? Free.


How can you beat that?  

Remember, the Summer Reading Program starts tomorrow (May 18.)  Be sure to sign up at thelibrary.org/beneath



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Counting Down to Summer Reading

Published May 16, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

 We're getting close to the end of the summer reading countdown.   And our picks continue with...

#2 - Awesome programs!!!

The Library has tons of awesome programs planned for this summer.

Get ready for Shark Week at the Brentwood and Willard Branch Libraries.  Have a Zombie Pajama Party at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  Get your geek on at Nerd Prom at The Library Center and talk to your fellow Whovians at our Doctor Who Crew on Tuesday nights.

There's so much happening at our libraries this summer, and the best thing is that it's all free.  FREE!!!  Bring your friends and come hang out all summer long.

For more information about programs, check out the latest edition of Bookends, follow us here at thelibrary.org/teens, and check into thelibrary.org/beneath often!

And remember, if you want to have a say in what programs the Library plans, be sure to join a Teen Advisory Board.

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And the countdown continues...

Published May 15, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

 We're continuing our countdown of the 5 best things about summer reading with...


#3 - Hearing about the best books from other readers 

Did you know that you can leave notes for other readers telling them what you think about the book their about to read?  Yes!  You can leave reviews all year long at CoolCat.org (make sure you have your library card) or you can submit reviews @ thelibrary.org/beneath to get entered in to win more prizes!

But seriously.  Hear about what's the best book of the year from your friends before anyone else does.  Find out what your crush (or even your mortal enemy) is reading.  

Remember that summer reading starts this Saturday, May 18.  

Log into thelibrary.org/beneath to sign up!

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Summer Reading Countdown!

Published May 14, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

  All this week we're counting down the Top 5 Best Things about the Teen Summer Reading Program.  And now we've made it to...


#4 - It's all online

Did you know that you could do all of the summer reading program online?  Aside from picking up your prizes, you could participate in summer reading anywhere you have internet access!

Plus, you can sign up any time between May 18 and August 3.

Pretty easy, right?

Head to thelibrary.org/beneath for more info.  And keep checking back here as we go through out Best of Summer Reading Countdown!

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Best of Summer Reading Countdown

Published May 13, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

  All this week we're counting down the Top 5 Best Things about the Teen Summer Reading Program!

Let us know in the comments below if you think we left anything out.


#5 - Prizes!

Who doesn't love getting prizes just for reading?  Talk about wicked cool!

For reading four hours, you get the Food and Fun Flip Card, which has all sorts of FREE STUFF on it.  Frozen yogurt! Frozen custard! Chick-fil-a! Jumpin' Joey's! Books!  Holy cow!  That's only some of the stuff you get with the flip card.

For reading four more hours, you get a to pick something out of the prize box AND you get a Fine Waiver Card.  So, if you have any over due fines (not fees for damaged or lost books, sorry) we'll waive them!

Don't stop reading now!  After you finish the first two levels, you get entered in to win random prize drawings ALL SUMMER LONG!  You can win backpacks, water bottles, and books.  

And one lucky Greene County teen is going to win their very own.... KINDLE FIRE!





Remember, keeping checking back all week to see the rest of the Summer Reading countdown, leading up the kickoff of Beneath the Surface on Saturday, May 18.

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Teen Summer Reading is almost here!

Published May 8, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

Summer reading start Saturday, May 18. Are you ready? We are!

We're incredibly excited to go Beneath The Surface with you! Sign up at thelibrary.org/beneath to get started. All you have to do is make up a username and password, let us know how we can get ahold of you if you win a prize, and tell us what school and grade you're going to be in next year. Then, keep checking back in to tell us how many hours you read and what you're reading.

Don't forget about the prizes!  4 hours of reading gets you the Food 'n' Fun Flip Card.  Read 4 more hours, and you win a Fine Waiver Card AND something from the prize box.  After that, keep reading! Each week, we'll draw names to come in for random prize drawings. Pick up things like backpacks, water bottles, key chains, flash lights, free books and more! And at the end of the summer, we'll have a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

There you have it - the summer reading program in a nutshell. Read books. Win prizes. How easy is that?

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Sometimes I like to read other people's journals...

Published March 1, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

 Not in real life, I promise.  But I do wonder what's going on behind the scenes in others' lives.  Instead of being a creeper in real life, I love reading books that are written like journals.  Here's a list of my top five kind-of-real-life journals:

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5. Cathy's Book: If found call (650) 266-8233 

This book is crazy interractive.  Call the phone numbers, check out the websites, and try to figure out what in the world is going on with Cathy's creepy (and possibly 200-year-old) boyfriend.  There's also two sequels : Cathy's Key and Cathy's Ring.

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4. Chopsticks

Another super interractive book but it's written totally in pictures.  Glory is this amazing piano prodigy who, after meeting and totally falling for her new neighbor Frank, breaks down and completely loses the ability to play anything but 'Chopsticks.'  This book is totally immersing - I figure out new things about the characters each time I read through it.


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3. Why We Broke Up

Breaking up with someone is never easy, and Min's letter and series of tokens from her relationship with Ed doesn't really make it any easier.  As Min breaks it off with Ed, she's using these objects as sort of guideposts for how they started falling apart.  It's beautiful - really and truly.


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2. Anne of Windy Poplars

This is an oldie but a goodie.  Anne Shirley, orphaned red-head turned beloved daughter of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, is off at her first real teaching position away from her fiance, Glibert Blythe.  This is a collection of the letters they share while he's in medical school and she's teaching and staying with a most eccentric pair of old ladies.  Yes, the language is old-fashioned (what do you expect when it's almost one hundred years old?) but it's beautiful and you truly feel so much love.  You can't feel bad when you read the letters between Anne and Gil.

And my top pick:

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1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This has got to be one of my favorite books - EVER.  Charlie is the middle child: quiet, shy, normal, invisble.  He's starting high school, is pretty awkward, but is totally wise and intelligent beyond his years.  It's all about trying to take control of your life and discover your life before you get put on auto-pilot and lose control.


Check out more titles like these at CoolCat.org, and be sure to check GreeneTeens' book blog for more reviews about the latest books.

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Vote for your favorite contender - from the National Coalition Against Censorship

Published January 30, 2013 by: Chelsea  (published)

 Check out these videos from the NCAC's teen film conest.  This year's theme is "You're reading what?!?"

See all of their videos on their YouTube channel.  Vote for your faves by clicking the like button.

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Snow Day Reads!

Published December 20, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

Happy first snow of the season, everyone!  It might not be enough to make a snowball, but it can at least put you in the mood for a nice, snowy book. 


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And the winners are...

Published October 15, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

Teens from across the country have chosen their pick for this years' Teens' Top Ten.  Did your favorites make the cut?


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2012 Teens Top Ten

Published August 13, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

Have you checked out the nominees for the 2012 Teens Top Ten? Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.

Voting takes place August 15 through September 15 by teens from across the country.


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Road Trip Reads

Published June 4, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

Hitting the road for a little summer vacation?  Or stuck at home wishing you were?  We've got some great summer reads just for you.


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Comic Book Lovers Unite!

Published May 1, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

  We love comic books a lot here at the Library, and to celebrate Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, we thought we'd share some of our favorite comics and graphic novels.

 Don't forget - you can come share your love for comics this Saturday, May 5, and The Library Center and the Brentwood Branch Library.  You can also pick up free comics at any of the Library branches. 


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And the winners are...

Published April 27, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

 The winners of the 2011-2012 Truman and Gateway Awards were announced Monday night.  Titles selected by school librarians across the state are voted on by teens.  The Gateway Award winner is chosen by students grades 9-12, and the Truman Award winner is selected by kids in grades 6-8.

2011-2012 Gateway Award Winner: Hate List, by Jennifer Brown.

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2011-2012 Truman Award Winner: The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

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2012-2013 Truman Award Nominees

Published March 26, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

 Voting for this year's Truman Award hasn't even begun yet, but we have the titles for next year already.  Come to the Library to get a head start!


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The Hunger Games Have Arrived @ The Library!

Published March 12, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

The Library is celebrating the release of The Hunger Games in style with programs and events leading up to the release of the movie on March 23.

Check out the thelibrary.org/hungergames for up-to-date information about the movie, actors, and events at the Library.  President Snow will even make appearances each day in news releases from the Capitol.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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2012/2013 Gateway Award Nominees

Published March 2, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

  Have you checked out next year's Gateway Award nominees?  They're hitting shelves now; check them out and get a head start! 

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Have you heard this track from the Hunger Games?

Published February 16, 2012 by: Katie  (published)

Check it out!  Taylor Swift partners with the Civil Wars for "Safe and Sound" for the Hunger Games soundtrack.

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The Hunger Games, New Maggie Stiefvater books, and more @ the Library!

Published February 2, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

 So much is going on @ your Library! 

  • It seems like everyone is talking about the Hunger Games books and movie, and we're so excited to be able to join in on the fun.  Be sure to check out our Hunger Games website for information on programs, book discussions, and more to celebrate the upcoming movie release.  Check back often for updates, and keep an eye out for videos from President Snow and the Capitol.  Head over to thelibrary.org/hungergames for more info. 
  • Maggie Stiefvater, author of Gateway nominee "Shiver" and "The Scorpio Races," will be coming out with a new series this fall called "The Raven Boys."  So far is sounds amazing, but we'll have to wait a while to see what she has in store for us.  In the meantime, you can find her other books at the Library
  • Love trivia?  Think you've got what it takes to beat out the competition?  Come flex your 80's and 90's trivia skills at Blast from the Past Trivia night.  Teams of 2-4 players will battle their wits to for awesome prizes and the chance to be the most tubular trivia players!  Don't forget to come dressed in your best 80's and 90's threads!  Call 882-0714 to register.
  • Do you want to have a say in library programs for teens (and get volunteering credit)?  Check out our advisory board meetings, held at the Library Center, Republic Branch Library, and Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. 


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So many contests, so little time...

Published January 28, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

 There are tons of contests for you to enter this time of year (and some totally awesome prizes).

First up is the Missouri Teen Video Challenge to promote the 2012 teen summer reading program.  You'll be competing with teens from all over the state, and possibly the country. 

Next is The Library's Design-a-Bookmark contest for grades 6-12 (starting Feb. 1).  Stop by any library location to pick up a form.  The winning entry is printed and handed out all over the county.

Teenreads.com is hosting their Books to Fall in Love With 2012 contest online.  Head over to their website to let them know which book character you'd like to share Valentine's Day with and be entered for a chance to win a Valentine's Day prize package.

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New interview with Rue from the Hunger Games!

Published January 19, 2012 by: Chelsea  (published)

Well, actually the actress who plays Rue, Amandla Stenberg. She 13 and in the 8th grade, but she's already in the movie we're all talking about here at the Library.  And even better?  She was already a fan of the books.










Read more from Amandla's interview here, and catch up with reading the books before the movie comes out here.

Keep an eye out here at the TeenThing and on our Facebook page for more Hunger Games info.

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The Hunger Games LEGO Movie Trailer

Published December 27, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

You've probably seen the Hunger Games movie trailer by now, but what about the Lego version? I have to say that I am very impressed!

Definitely check out The Hobbit trailer that Chelsea posted, if you haven't seen it yet! I'm super excited for both films! What upcoming movies are you dying to see?

(Psst...If you've missed the official movie trailer, you can check it out here. )

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Did you see the new trailer for the Hobbit?

Published December 21, 2011 by: Chelsea  (published)

Here it is: the trailer for the first half of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.  So what do you think?  Does it live up to our high LOTR standards?  What do you think of the cast?  I, for one, love Martin Freeman as Bilbo.  He's perfect!  

Let us know what you think about the trailer in the comments.


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Hunger Games Trailer

Published November 14, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

Are you as excited as I am about the upcoming Hunger Games movie? The first official trailer was released today and it has me looking forward to the film even more! Check it out and let us know what you think? Does the cast look good? Does it match what you had pictured when you read the books?

Haven't read the books yet? You have until March 23 before the movie comes out, so check out The Hunger Games at The Library!

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Enter for a chance to win two tickets to Breaking Dawn, Part 1!

Published November 1, 2011 by: Chelsea  (published)

We're sad to see the end of the Twilight saga, but we're excited to see Breaking Dawn, Part 1  in theaters this month.  

We're so excited that to celebrate,  The Library and Wehernberg Campbell 16 Cine are giving away two tickets to the November 18 premier of Breaking Dawn Part 1!  Teens ages 13-17 can head to any Springfield-Greene County Library to enter from November 3 through November 15.  

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Happy National Day on Writing (and some other stuff...)

Published October 20, 2011 by: Chelsea  (published)

 Did you know that today is the National Day on Writing?  You didn't?  Well, take a break from whatever you're doing and get to writing to celebrate!  Did you also know there are tons of opportunities to write in the area?  

And when you've had enough writing, check out this video from This Is Teen with awesome authors Meg Cabot, Libba Bray, and Maggie Stiefvater:  

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Happy Teen Read Week

Published October 18, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

Happy Teen Read Week! Teen Read Week is a week dedicated to celebrating you and your favorite books. As part of Teen Read Week, teens have voted on the Teens Top Ten. Think of it as a teens choice award for books! Did your favorite make the list? Of course you can check out all the winning titles at The Library!

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare





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First Thursday Art Project 1

Published September 30, 2011 by: Cassie  (draft)

Every month at Midtown you can participate in an art project with other teens. Today we collaborated on a pop art group project. Try it at home with friends: Pop Art project

Here's a look at what we did:

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Read Out for Banned Books Week

Published September 29, 2011 by: Chelsea  (published)

As you know we've been celebrating Banned Books Week at the Library all week long with programs, author visits, and by reading banned and challenged books.  We're also hosting a Banned Books Read Out.  People from the community will be reading from the top 30 banned books of the last decade.  They'll be reading from books like To Kill A Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, ttyl and Harry Potter.  

Speaking of ttyl, check out this video of Lauren Myracle reading from her new book for Banned Books Week's Virtual Read Out


Anyone can participate in the Virtual Read Out.  Check the Banned Books Week website for more information.  

We'll be hosting several Read Outs at the Library on Saturday, October 1:

  • 10-10:30am at the Republic Branch Library
  • Noon-12:30pm at the Library Station
  • 2-2:30pm at the Brentwood Branch Library
  • 4-6pm at the Library Center, with Twenty Boy Summer author Sarah Ockler.

 To find out more about Banned Books Week events at the Library, check out thelibrary.org or thelibrary.org/teens.

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You Banned What?!

Published September 27, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

Did you know that hundreds of books have been banned or challenged around the world? It's true! So, what exactly is Banned Books Week?

According to the American Library Association:
"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States." 

Just to break it down: First someone challenges a book. "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group." (link) If the book is removed, then it is considered banned from that location.

Want to celebrate Banned Books Week? 

* Sarah Ockler, author of Twenty Boy Summer, will be here in Springfield this weekend!! You can find her at the Library Center on Friday. On Saturday she will be at the Library Station and Library Center.

* Park Central is featuring movies based on banned books every night this week.

* Thursday night Brentwood will host a Skype event with Chris Crutcher and Dr. William "Rodney" Allen, author and Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library board member.

* Check out the thelibrary.org to find out more!    


Here's a list to get you started:
Twenty Boy Summer
The Catcher in the Rye
Lord of the Flies
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian  
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things
A Wrinkle in Time
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Annie on My Mind
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Slaughterhouse Five
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Fat Kid Rules the World
The Giver
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
What My Mother Doesn't Know



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I Like Big Books!

Published September 3, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

Check out this awesome video made last year by Dowell Middle School students in McKinney, TX! It just might crack you up...

They "like big books and (they) cannot lie."

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Tonight @ Your Library

Published September 2, 2011 by: Chelsea  (draft)

There's lots to do at the Library tonight if you're looking for a little entertainment.  Grab a movie from our DVD collection, play on the computers, or just hang out with friends.  We've also got some pretty cool programs tonight:

At 3pm, the Midtown Carnegie Branch will have Boredom Busters, which always has something fun to do or learn a little pirate-speak at Pirate Parley (well, brush me barnacles!)

Head over to the Library Station for Teen Friday Nights, starting at 6pm for games and crafts in the Santa Fe Room.

Or come over to the Library Center for Project Runway: Back-to-School Fashions at 7pm to refashion old clothes and accessories and rock the catwalk.

See you there!

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Teens Top Ten

Published August 15, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

Voting is open for this year's Teens Top Ten list! Voting will take place between now and September 15, so get your votes in and make sure your favorite makes the list!The Teens' Top Ten is a reading list chosen entirely by and for teens-so make your voice heard and vote for your favorites.

Haven't read the nominated titles? Don't worry-you can check them out at the Library, so you can catch up. My top favorites from the list are Mockingjay, Paranormalcy, Hex Hall, and Before I Fall. Which books do you hope make the Top Ten?

YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association,  will announce the winners at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22.

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Skype Book Club

Published August 12, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 Join Skype Book Club and get the chance to talk to author Lindsey Leavitt. Lindsey is the author of Sean Griswold's Head and the Princess for Hire series. Skype Book Club will be chatting with Lindsey on Saturday, August 13 at 1:30pm at The Library Center. Come ask Lindsey about her books, what it's like to be an author, and anything else you've ever wanted to ask an author. There's even a chance to  win a signed book from Lindsey! See you there.

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Teen Summer Reading Program Winners

Published August 9, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

What a great summer reading program! We had a total of 2,750 teens sign up for the program and log 65,576 hours of reading! Great job everyone!!

So who won?

IPod #1 goes to Carter A. from the Willard Library

IPod #2 goes to Hollie L. from The Library Station

The Vlad Todd Hoodie and Book goes to Katherine S. from the Midtown Library

We also had gift baskets full of lots of goodies. Special thanks to the Friends of the Library, Wehrenberg Theaters, and Auntie Anne's Pretzels for donating prizes. The gift basket winners are:

Meredith S. from the Brentwood Library

Bailey R. from the Library Station

Mya R. from the Midtown Library

Marlayna B. from the Republic Library

McKenzie K. from the Library Center

Breanna N. from the Fair Grove Library

Abigale R. from the Mobile Library

Jonathan W. from the Ash Grove Library

Congrats to all the winners!

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You Are Here Summer Reading Program

Published August 7, 2011  (published)

  Registration and logging for the 2011 You Are Here Summer Reading Program is now closed. Thanks for a great summer!

The drawing for the grand prize iPod Nano will be Monday, August 8.

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Summer Reading Prizes Galore!

Published July 27, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 Are you participating in the Teen Summer Reading Program? You have until August 6th to sign up and log your hours The more you log, the more entries you have in the prize drawings.

Not only will there be two IPOD Nano's given away, we have other awesome prizes to win.

First up is a Vlad Todd hoodie and an autographed copy Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer. The hoodie has built in headphones for your MP3 player!

We also have gift baskets with lots of goodies-check it out!

Each basket will differ a bit, so prizes may vary.


So get reading and don't forget to log your hours!!

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5-Second Book Reviews

Published July 23, 2011 by: Chelsea  (published)

 I know that summer is a busy time for everyone, but it's also the perfect time to sit back, soak up some sun, and read.  But since there isn't that much summer left, I thought I'd post some 5-second book reviews to give you an idea of what we've got on the shelves and what's coming out soon.

On the shelves now...

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have), by Sarah Mlynowski. Somehow April convinces her parents that she can stay with her friend, Vi, and Vi's mom while her dad and step-mom move to Ohio. Except Vi's mom will be with a touring theatre group.  And there is no adult supervision.  April and Vi do some pretty crazy things, and April finds out more about herself than she ever thought she would.

Hate List, by Jennifer Brown.    After her boyfriend shoots and kills several classmates and teachers in a school shooting, Valerie doesn't know whether she is a victim or a villian.  She did have a hand in writing the list, but she always thought that Nick's talks of suicide and punishing the people that hurt them so bad was just that: talk.  This story is one of the best I've read all year.  Gateway Nominee 2011/2012

Don't Stop Now, by Julie Halpern  Lil and Josh have just graduated from high school and have their whole lives ahead of them.  Except their friend Penny fakes her own kidnapping and the FBI gets involved and Lil just happens to be the last person Penny talked to (and left a cryptic voicemail).  That leaves the pair travelling across the country to find Penny and see where the road takes them.


Coming soon...

Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins (September 29, 2011) Lola lives in San Francisco with her two dads, her dog, her wonderful boyfriend, an awesome job at a movie theater, and the memory of something horrible that happened with the next-door neighbors. All in all life is pretty perfect - until the neighbors come back. Lola's world (and heart) start to rocket around like a roller coaster as she figures out who she is and who she wants to be with. This is the companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss.

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, by Joe Schreiber (October 25, 2011)  All Perry wants is to play an awesome gig in city, but his parents are making him take their nerdy Lithuanian exchange student to prom.  But it turns out she's definitely not an exchange student (how about deadly assassin) and they are so far from prom (out to take down 5 targets in one night)...

The Future of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (November 21, 2011) It's 1996 and Emma just got her first computer. Her neighbor, Josh, brings over an AOL CD-ROM and they download it and log on, only to find a mysterious website called Facebook, where they are able to see themselves - 15 years in the future.

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Intergalactic Party @ The Library Center

Published July 21, 2011 by: Chelsea  (published)

Do you feel the need to embrace your inner alien?  Come to our intergalactic live action role playing event Friday at 7pm for grades 6-12.  Create an alien character, a home planet, and a problem the planet is facing.  Bring your ideas to the party and see what other aliens you can join forces with.  Intergalactic snacks will be served and costumes are encouraged.

Call 882-0714 for more information.

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Pipkin Presentation 2

Published June 27, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

It's that time of the week again. Presentation time for me and book trailer viewing time for you!

Some of these trailers may contain spoilers to earlier books in a series.
Don't say I didn't warn you ;)

Before I Fall 
This book took me by surprise and impressed me. Sam is not a likeable character, but none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. We all make decisions each day that affect our lives and those around us. Think about it. Watch this:

Where She Went
(Sequel to If I Stay.) Remember Adam, Mia's rock star boyfriend, who fought his way through the hospital staff to stay by her side? The story picks up three years later from Adam's POV (point of view). 

 Riding Invisible

Adventure, a psycho brother, horse riding, and taking chances. Interested?

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Pipkin Presentation

Published June 21, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

Have you started reading 2011-2012 award books yet?! Check out the Booklists in the column on the right for a list of nominees for this year. Below are videos for two Truman Award Nominees and another video that's similar to some of the titles on the list. Enjoy!

The videos below were shown for presentations at Pipkin Middle School today :)


~ Cassie (Midtown Teen Librarian)

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Skype Book Club with Lisa Schroeder

Published June 9, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 Have you ever wanted to talk to an author? Ask them how they get their ideas, what it's like to be an author, and how do you beat writer's block? Or maybe you just want to let them know you like their books. Or you can even ask them about their favorite band, TV Show, movie-anything!

Now is your chance!! Come Skype with author Lisa Schroeder. Lisa is the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me, Chasing Brooklyn, Far From You, and the upcoming novel, The Day Before.

The chat will take place Saturday June 11, 1:30pm at The Library Center in the Harrison Room. See you there!!

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Get Your Read On!

Published May 31, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)





Hey you!  No, not that guy behind you, YOU!  Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program?  It's not too late!  Sign up now for chance to win awesome prizes all summer long, including chances to win an iPod Nano!

And that's not all, there are tons of awesome programs happening at branches all over the Greene County!  So head to a library near you and chat with your local librarian for more info. on getting involved.

Sign up and win for prizes here!

Check out Summer Programs here!

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Summer Reading Vol. 1

Published May 14, 2011 by: Kadie  (published)

 My first official selection for Summer Reading was "Endless Summer" by Jennifer Echols. Really it was a two for one deal since it includes two books "The Boys Next Door" and "Endless Summer". Not to play favorites but I enjoyed "The Boys Next Door" more than it's sequel. In the first book our main character Lori and her brother live next door to the Vader family which has three sons. Lori is friends with all the boys Cameron, Sean, and Adam but her mission this summer is to catch Sean's eye. She thinks this will be easy since she works with them every summer at their family marina and she will begin dressing more like a girl. She has always been one of the boys but she wants them to notice her now. At first her plans don't really work so she uses Adam to make Sean jealous. What she doesn't realize is that Adam may have some plans of his own. I won't tell you anymore so I won't ruin the second book but there are plenty of hijinks and watersports in this series. It is perfect for readers who enjoy a little romance, witty lines, and good ole' sibling rivalry.  Enjoy!

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Book Club With Holly Schindler

Published May 13, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 It's time for another book club meeting!! This month we have local author, Holly Schindler.

Meet Holly at The Library Center, May 14, 1:30pm in the Harrison Room. Holly will be talking about her new book, Playing Hurt, and answering your questions.

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Be Inspired: Rippled

Published May 13, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

There's nothing quite like a good pairing of music and visual art.  Today I stumbled across this very cool stop motion animated video created by Australian director Darcy Prenderast and Oh Yeah Wow for the Aussie indie band, All India Radio.


Interested in making your own stop motion animated film?  Check these out at the library:

Stop Motion:  Craft Skills for Model Animation by Susannah Shaw

The Animation Bible: a practical guide to the art of animating, from flipbooks to Flash by Maureen Furniss

~ Cassie 

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Poetry Week at Midtown!

Published April 9, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

Did you know that April is National Poetry month?  It's true!  And not only can you check out fabulous books of poetry from the library, but you can stop by Midtown April 11-15 and participate in a variety of programs to celebrate!

Monday:  Springfield's very own Slam Poetry team will perform!  You be the judge of the best!

Tuesday:  Draw with words and create Poetry Art!  

Wednesday:  Poetry Activity

Thursday:  Bring your words and take the stage in our Teen Slam!

Friday:  Poetry Activity

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Happy Birthday Fred and George!

Published March 29, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE Harry Potter!  So there was no way I could let the Weasley Twins birthday pass by without a celebration!

Friday, April 1 at 7pm, The Library Center Auditorium

We'll be celebrating Fred and George Weasly-it's April Fools Day and also the twins birthday!  Come try your hand at some Muggle card tricks (because you know, Mr. Weasley gets a kick out of them), make your own Pygmy Puff or Extendable Ears from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, and of course celebrate with birthday cake!

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Spring Break Read-A-Thon

Published March 22, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 Calling all book lovers!! It's Spring Break, so we're going to relax with a Spring Break Read-A-Thon!  Join us Friday, March 25 at The Library Center. 

What exactly is a Read-A-Thon? It's a chance to get together with other readers, share books, and spend the evening reading. We'll see how many pages, chapters, and books we can get through in one night.  There will be snacks and prizes awarded throughout the evening. 

Don't have a book to read? Don't worry-the library has you covered! Find a book with "book speed dating"-judge a book in a minute and decide if it's for you. Or bring books of your own to read. 

The fun starts at 6pm and we'll read until 8:30!  Any guesses to how much we can read?

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Skype Book Club: Stephanie Perkins

Published March 11, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

Want to know what it's like to be an author? 

Skype Book Club is hosting Stephanie Perkins, author of the fantastic novel, Anna and the French Kiss.  Come ask Stephanie your questions about writing, publishing, and her tips for awesome hair color!  Talk with other readers who have read the book and gush over the romance between Anna and the crush-worthy Etienne St. Clair. 

Skype Book Club meets at 1:30pm, Saturday March 12 at The Library Center, Harrison Room. 


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Books to Movies Night

Published March 3, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

There have been a lot of YA books becoming movies recently and we're celebrating!

Friday, March 4 at 7pm at The Library Center in the auditorium. We'll have duct tape roses for Beastly and Lorien tattoos for I Am Number Four. You can create your own movie poster and come up with your dream cast for the next big book to movie. 



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Teen Design-A-Bookmark Contest

Published February 15, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

This year the Library has a design-a-bookmark contest just for teens!  Three winners will be chosen, one in each age category for grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12.  The winning entries will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Between Friends Gift Shop and have their bookmarked printed.  There will also be three runners-up who will recieve certificates and all designs will be featured on the Library website. 

So what are you waiting for? Get your creative juices flowing and design a bookmark!

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Who is your Book Boyfriend?

Published February 12, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 Valentine's Day is right around the corner so what better time than to find out who your book boyfriend should be? 

 TeenReads.com has a great quiz up to help you discover what literary character you should be spending Valentine's Day with. 

My book boyfriend?  Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss.

Take the quiz then come back and leave us a comment and tell us who your book boyfriend is!

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Game Day at The Library

Published January 26, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 This Saturday, January 29, all library branches are hosting a game day!  Come spend the afternoon playing your favorite games and learning some new ones. 

The Library Center is also hosting improv games led by the Kickapoo High School Theater Department and a game of "Simon Says".  The Library Station is hosting a teens only tabletop game day.  And Republic Library is playing games all day!

The event is happening from 2-5pm (except at Republic Library, where it's game day all day from 8:30-6pm) 

Come join the fun and play some great games!


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Food for Fines Week

Published January 24, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

Do you have fines on your library card? Than this week is for you! 

Between January 23-29 bring in non-perishable food items for Ozarks Food Harvest. For every can you bring in, you recieve a 50-cent credit towards the fines on your library card.  There's no limit to the amount of food you can bring in and you can bring food to any of the Library branches or Bookmobile!  The cans are only good for fines though, not billed or lost items. 

Now's the time to start the year fresh with no fines on your card!  So clean out your pantry and donate to a good a cause and get your library account to zero.  It's a pretty sweet deal, isn't it?   

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Skype Book Club

Published January 14, 2011 by: Sarah  (published)

 Skype Book Club kicks off it's first meeting with a visit with Elizabeth Scott. Join us Saturday, January 15 at 1:30pm at The Library Center. We'll talk about the book, Skype with Elizabeth and chat about books, writing, and what it's like to be a YA author.  You can find info on the TeenThing Facebook page.

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Coming Up at Midtown

Published January 4, 2011 by: Cassie  (published)

Here are a few events we have coming up at the Midtown Branch.  All events start at 3 p.m.:

Thursday, Jan. 6:  Writing Club

Monday, Jan. 10:  Teen Advisory Board

Thursday, Jan. 13:  Cubees

Thursday, Jan. 20:  Improv. with Cassie and the Bare Stage Theater Troupe

Thursday, Jan. 26:  Poster Painting Contest

Continuing weekly:

Mondays:  Snowed In  
Tuesdays:  Chocolate Daze
Wednesdays:  Movie Madness
Thursdays:  Express Yourself
Fridays:  Bring On!  Game Day

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Get inspired!

Published December 30, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 A recent article on Teenreads.com features an interview with Mackenzie Bearup, a 17-year-old who collects books to donate to various shelters that aid children.  

Check out the article here:  
An Interview with Mackenzie Bearup

Check out the books below at the library and plan your own p
Why not leave a comment and share your ideas?  
Maybe you'll find someone who shares your vision :)  

Young Revolutionaries Who Rock:  an Insider's Guide to Saving the World One Revolution at a Time

It's Your World--If You Don't Like It, Change It

Making a Difference:  the Changing the World Handbook

Don't forget about these events happening TONIGHT (Thursday, Dec. 30):

The Library Station, 6 p.m.:  The Final Game Night
The Library Center, 7 p.m.:  Beat the Winter Break Blues

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Beat the Winter Break Blues

Published December 27, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

So the holidays have come and gone and you've still got a week free from school.  What to do now?  We're going to help you beat the Winter Break Blues.  We've got games, crafts, and snacks to keep the boredom away. 


Join us Thursday, December 30 at 7pm in the Auditorium at The Library Center.




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Coming up at Midtown

Published December 6, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 It's a new season at the library which means new activities everyday after school at Midtown.  What's coming up next you ask?

 Snowed in, Monday, Dec. 6 and 13:  Learn to knit hats with our very own knitting ring expert Nancy!

Chocolate Daze, Tuesday, Dec. 7:  We will be serving Hot Chocolate at 1pm to celebrate the public school Early Release.
Tuesday, Dec. 14:  Served up at the usual time (3pm).

Movie Madness
, Wed., Dec. 8:  Gremlins
Wed., Dec. 15:  Gremlins 2

Express Yourself, Thurs., Dec. 8:  Make your own mini Ugly Doll!  Your design and your creation, visit the Uglydoll website for inspiration.
Thurs., Dec. 16:  Cubees are back!  See picture below. 

Bring it!, Fri., Dec. 10 & 17:  Game time!  We have a variety of board games available and the Wii is available all afternoon.

Twilight  Double feature!!  This Saturday we will show Twilight at 11am and Eclipse at 1:30pm.  Stop in to see one or both films, we'll provide the popcorn!

TAB, Mon., Dec. 20:  Your chance to help plan Midtown events and share ideas!   


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Winter Crafts and Games

Published December 2, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

 Winter is here!  Love the cold weather or hate it, we've got crafts and games to celebrate the season. 

Friday, December 3 at 7pm in The Library Center Auditorium.  Make mosiac penguins, play winter pictionary and marshmallow dodgeball, and drink hot chocolate. 

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What to Read After Harry Potter

Published November 18, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Still want to get your Zombie on?

Published October 26, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

So maybe you missed the program, BUT you still want to know how to survive a Zombie Attack OR how to survive if you become a Zombie.  Either way, we have books at the library to show you how!

 The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

This is the ultimate survival guide!  This book details how to detect a zombie, preparing yourself and team for an attack, and more. 
Be sure to check up the follow-up book for details of recorded attacks!


The Zombie Survival Guide:  Recorded Attacks

What do you think?  Zombies are here and this book will prove it!



 How to be a Zombie:  The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains by Serena Valentino

Ok, so maybe you've gone over to the other side (we won't judge), but you need a little insight to be the best Zombie you can be.  Well, this book has everything you need to get started!  This book will discuss all things zombie, including:  make-up techniques, survival tricks, music, movies, books and more.
And that's not all!  A quick search will show you that not everything at the library is all warm and fuzzy.  Reader BEWARE!

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Published October 22, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Head over to Midtown next Monday, Oct. 25, at 3pm for all things ZOMBIE!!!

* ZOMBIE costume contest!

* ZOMBIE groan contest!

* ZOMBIE make-up!

* ZOMBIE survival tips!

* ZOMBIE cookie decorating (and EATING)!

* and MORE with ZOMBIES!

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Flash Fiction

Published October 21, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Calling all writers! Springfield's very own author Holly Schindler, author ofA Blue So Dark, needs your help!

Each month Holly is hosting a writing challenge on her blog called Flash Fiction.  Using ideas gathered from her readers, Holly will write a short fiction piece based on one of the writing prompts she recieves.  Here's the rules according to Holly:



Okay, I'm not much of a rules kind of gal (as you'll be able to tell by the loosey-goosey requirements outlined below). But here they are:

1. Come up with a writing prompt. It can be anything. Totally random. (The prompt in no way has to relate or reflect back to the original "Rocket In Real Life" flash fiction post...unless, of course, you want it to.) The prompt can be a title. A first line / last line. A list of words I have to incorporate. A character name. A setting. A metaphor I have to use. Or anything else you come up with. And I welcome, welcome challenges. The tougher the better. Try to stump me!

(FYI: I called it a blogger-generated prompt on Monday, but if you're not blogging, don't sweat it. Anybody can play! Fellow writers, reviewers, readers, teachers, followers of this blog / non-followers of this blog...no restrictions. See? I'm sort of allergic to rules...)

2. Email your prompt to writehollyschindler (at) yahoo (dot) com.

3. I'll choose a prompt (hint: I'll choose the wackiest, toughest prompt that hits my inbox), and write a new piece of flash fiction (no longer than 500 words).

4. I'll post one new piece of flash fiction per month...

5. I'll run the challenge again in October, November, and December.
(Each post will go live on the 9th.)

6. After the December challenge, I'll set up a poll, so that everyone can vote: Which prompt led to the best flash fiction? The winner will receive a special prize...just in time for the holidays!

Didja hear that? A special prize to the winner of the best writing prompt! Yes, oh, yes.

Okay, prompt away! Go for it! Send one, send ten. No limit! If you have any questions, feel free to email. Thanks in advance for playing!

 Want to play?  Send your writing prompt to Holly -this month she's looking for an object to write about.  And be sure to check out Holly's blog and her debut novelA Blue So Dark!

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What Are You Reading?

Published October 20, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

It's Teen Read Week and we want to know what you've been reading!  Any great reads? What about books you just couldn't stand?  What are you reading for fun?  What about for school?  Leave a comment and tell us what's been in your reading pile this week!

What's been in my reading pile?  I just finished Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and it's a great sequel to Beautiful Creatures! Now I'm on to Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

And of course, I can't read just one book at a time! So listening to Fallen by Lauren Kate on CD-a paranormal romance with angels (and perhaps something more sinister).

Share you Teen Read Week Reads and don't forget about the Teen Read Week Read-A-Thon, Friday October 22 from 6pm-9pm at The Library Center. Let's see how just how much we can read in one evening! Prizes will be awarded and snacks provided.

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Teen Read Week

Published October 18, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Happy Teen Read Week everyone!  We're celebrating all week long with special events at The Library!

First off is Book Spine Poetry, which will be happening all week. Grab some books, make a poem and then ask your teen librarian to snap a photo.  We'll post your Book Spine poems in a photo gallery for everyone to see.  Check out the schedule to see when Book Spine Poetry is happening at your branch: http://thelibrary.org/bookspine/ 

Friday night is the Teen Read Week Read-A-Thon at The Library Center. Starting at 6pm we'll be hanging out in Meeting Rooms A&B with snacks and books. Come find a new read or bring an old favorite and we'll spend the evening reading. The goal is to read as much as you can between 6-9pm.  There will be prizes given away every hour!
Saturday evening at 7pm is the Breaking Ink Coffee House. Come read your entry into the Breaking Ink contest or bring a poem to read and listen to the entries. The winners of the contest will be announced and we'll have coffee and snacks!
And don't forget about the Teen's Top Ten! This list was voted on by teens all over the country and here are the top ten teen books of 2009 according to you! Haven't read them yet? You can check them out at The Library!
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Enjoy Teen Read Week and I hope to see you at the library!

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Published September 22, 2010 by: Sarah  (draft)

Library Snapshot Day

Published September 21, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

 Today is Library Snapshot Day!  We want to show everyone what it's like a day in the life of The Library.  And we want you to share your stories and photos on the Library Snapshot Day Facebook page. Tell us your favorite thing about the library, a favorite program, a new read you discovered-anything!  We can't wait to hear from you!

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Day in the Life of a Teen Librarian

Published September 21, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Ever wonder what it's like to be a teen librarian?  In honor of Library Snapshot Day, here's a look into what a typical day is for me (Sarah) at The Library Center.

10:30 AM-Arrive at work and work on the Reference Desk until 1:00PM answering all sorts of questions from patrons (can you help me find a book and place it on hold?, I need to repair my car-do you have a car manual?, do you have an ACT prep guide?, can you help me find a phone number?)

1:00 PM-Lunch time!

1:30 PM-Back to work, this time in the Teen Office.  I notice that the teen display shelf is looking empty so I fill it up with more books.  I also walk around the shelves and straighten up the books, magazines, movies and audiobooks.

2:00 PM-Check e-mail (how does it get so full?) Spend time responding to e-mails.

2:30 PM-Go collect new YA books, movies, and CDs from Collection Services.  Add new stickers to the new YA books and check in any books that have holds.  Take books that have been on the new shelf for nine months off and change them to their "home" shelf (fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, etc). 

3:00 PM-It's after school and my regular crowd of teen patrons will start arriving, so I move my computer and chair out to the desk in the teen space.  Greet teens as they arrive, answer their questions (about homework, books, computer help, anything-my favorite question to answer is "do you have any good books?").  Answer questions and help teens while working on my afternoon "to-do" list.

3:30 PM-Teen from Teen Library Council arrives to chat with me about a book they borrowed from the Teen Library Council galley shelf (want to know more? Join Teen Library Council!) They turn in their review of the book and we chat about the book and other things they've read.  Let teen look at the galley shelf and choose a new book to borrow.  Update galley list of returned books and borrowed books.

4:00 PM-Work on updating the Teen Thing Facebook page and write up a new post to put on the Teen Thing blog.

4:30 PM-Am asked by a teen for suggestions for a good read. I take them around the shelves and tell them about several titles. I also print off some booklists with more suggestions.

4:40 PM-Parent comes in looking for a book needed for their teen's homework.  Check the catalog and find resources they can use. 

4:50 PM-Afternoon Break Time!

5:00 PM-Look at calendar of upcoming programs.  Send an e-mail update to the school librarians letting them know about programs happening at The Library Center and about the Breaking Ink Writing Contest.  Put in request for Anime Club DVD from Operation Anime for next month's meeting.  Start planning activities for Teen Night and researching games. Contact authors about being part of a new teen book club that is starting in the Winter. 

5:30 PM-Another regular teen comes in and they are serving on the Gateway Reader Selector committee.  They need to put some of the Gateway nominees on hold.  We look up the titles they need and place holds on the books they haven't read yet.  We chat about what books they've liked so far, how school is going, and what programs are coming up at The Library.  

5:45 PM-A group of teens come in and recognize from Summer Reading School visits.  One has won a random prize in the Summer Reading Program and needs to pick it up.  They then ask for some good paranormal reads and we browse the shelves. I ask if they've read some of my favorites (Shiver, Hush, Hush, and Beautiful Creatures)  They haven't read Hush, Hush and it's on the shelf so we find it.  I also give them Vampire reads booklists and we chat about our thoughts on the Twlight movies.

6:00 PM-Open my favorites link on my computer and read through my library newsletters and "must read links."  I make a list of upcoming books to know and research them and make note of ones I have as part of the Teen Library Council galley shelf.  Read reviews from review journals that I currently have.  Star any books I want to make sure we order.  Check e-mail one last time and respond to anything else I need to respond to.   

7:00 PM- Time to pack up, go home and then do it all again tomorrow! 



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What's Happening at The Library Center

Published September 10, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

This weekend is full of programs for teens at The Library Center.

-Anime Otaku Club is back!  Friday, September 10, 6pm

-Teen Library Council-join the council and give feedback, plan programs, and read and review books (some before they're released!) Saturday, September 11, noon

-Writer's Workshop-we're getting you ready for the Breaking Ink contest. Saturday, September 11, 2:30pm

See you there!! 

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Library Fantasy Football League

Published August 28, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

 Love football?  Don't know anything about the sport?  No matter if you're an expert or a newbie, all are welcome to the Libary's first teen Fantasy Football League.  Join the ESPN Fantasy Football League-the League name is TLC YA FF 10.  Attend the draft on Friday, September 3 at 7pm at The Library Center in the Harrison Room.  Can't attend the draft?  No worries-sign up and draft online the same night or let the computer do the drafting for you.  There will be snacks and maybe some good natured smack talk as we get our teams ready.    Play all season long and the winning team will receive a prize at the end of the season.  Join the fun and good luck!

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Hungry for Mockingjay?

Published August 24, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

 Are you eagerly awaiting the final chapter of The Hunger Games?  Need something to read while you wait?  Or have you already read all three books and are looking for more science fiction, adventure and dystopian novels?  Don't worry because we've got you covered!  Check out these great books and more at The Library (and don't forget you can always ask your teen librarian for more suggestions!): 



Feed by M.T. Anderson

-In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.


 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

-Child hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.


 The Maze Runner by James Dashner

-Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.


 The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

-In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.


 Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

-To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.


Gone by Michael Grant

-In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

 Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

-In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiators, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.

 The Line by Teri Hall

-Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.

 The Giver by Lois Lowry

-Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

 The Declaration by Gemma Malley

-In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "Surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.


 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

-Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

 Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien

-In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

 Epitaph Road by David Patneaude

-In 2097, men are a small and controlled minority in a utopian world ruled by women, and fourteen-year-old Kellen must fight to save his father from an outbreak of the virus that killed ninety-seven percent of the male population thirty years earlier.



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Mockingjay Preview

Published August 23, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Can't wait for Mockingjay's release tomorrow?  Me either! That's why I'm thrilled to share this clip of author Suzanne Collins reading from the first chapter of Mockingjay. What do you think? Are you excited?  (Spoiler warning: video does contain spoilers if you haven't read Catching Fire!) 


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Can You Survive The Hunger Games?

Published August 19, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

 Are you counting down the days until Mockingjay's release?  Are you Team Peeta, Team Gale or Team Katniss?  Then join us for "Can You Survive The Hunger Games?" Saturday August 21 at 7pm in the auditorium at The Library Center. 

There will be trivia, tribute training, and treats from Peeta's bakery.  We'll talk about our theories and cast our dream movie and of course there will be Hunger Games prizes! 


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Best and Worst of Summer Reading

Published August 11, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

The Teen Summer Reading Program has come to an end and the teens of Springfield-Greene County Library read more than 90,000 hours over the summer.  That's a ton of reading, so I know you had to read some great books.   

I read some great books this summer-I really loved Sea by Heidi KlingThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and The Cardturner by Louis Sachar.   My least favorite?  Probably The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells-I just couldn't get into it-but of course you might like it! 

What about you-of all the books you read this summer what book was your favorite and what book was your least favorite (or worst)? 


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New Book Trailers!!

Published August 5, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

INFINITE DAYS by Rebecca Maizel

Here's a new Vampire Tale (or unvampire tale, perhaps) just out to quench your thirst!


TELL ME A SECRET by Holly Cupala

Rand has a secret, but does anyone want to hear it?


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Summer Reading is coming to an end!

Published August 4, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

The end of the Teen Summer Reading Program is almost here.  All summer long you have been posting great reviews and logging over 86,000 hours of reading-congrats!  You have until Saturday, August 7 to log your hours and pick up your Food and Fun Flip Card, Fine Waiver Card, and Library Loot.  After Saturday, those prizes will disappear and you won't be able to pick them up. Remember you can pick up your prizes at any branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library or the Bookmobile.  If you've won a random prize drawing, you'll still have a chance to pick that up-we'll hold onto those until September 30. 

To celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program there will be a Teen Night After Hours at The Library Center Auditorium Friday August 6 from 9:00-10:30pm.  We'll be watching Pirates of the Caribbean, playing live action Battleship, and making pirate treasure boxes.  Stop by earlier in the evening, from 7:00-9:00 and see the Teen Gallery Art Competition entries on display in the Auditorium.   

Enjoy the end of summer!

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Teen Gallery Deadline is Approaching

Published July 24, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Have you entered this year's Teen Gallery Art Competition?  

Use your artistic skills to create artwork around the themes "the Library" or "Books and Reading."  Turn in your artwork at any branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library and you have a chance to win a cash prize of $50!!  Be sure to attend the Teen Gallery Gala, Friday, August 6 at The Library Center.  All artwork will be displayed, refreshments will be served, and winners will be announced.  Then stick around and celebrate with our end of summer Teen Night After Hours.     

But hurry-your last chance to turn in your artwork in July 30!  Check out the Teen Gallery Art Competition website for rules and entry forms. 

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Coming Up at Midtown

Published July 24, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Hungry Tuesday, July 27:  Load up a Spud (potato) with the toppings of your choice!

Wednesday, July 28:  Anime Alliance: Movie TBA

Thursday, July 29:  Create a design and show it off in the Wearable Art FASHION SHOW!  (Everything provided ;)

Friday, July 30:  Gamer's Unite!

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Rock Out!

Published July 12, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

Time to rock out and get your groove on with a book!  How can you do that?  Visit your local library, check coolcat, and check the book display in the Spot at Midtown.  This fall we're starting a Music Club at Midtown, so if you have some ideas we'd love to hear them (there's a suggestion drop box on the Spot book display)!

Here's a short sample of what the library has to offer (check out Coolcat for more):

 Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.


Heavy Metal and You by Christopher  Krovatin          

High schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.           


 Beige by Cecil Castellucci

Katy, a quiet French Canadian teenager, reluctantly leaves Montréal to spend time with her estranged father, an aging Los Angeles punk rock legend. Dad's an aging L.A. punk rocker known as the Rat, a recovered addict and drummer for the famously infamous band Suck..  Daughter's a buttoned-up neat freak who'd rather be anywhere else.

 Beautiful City of the Dead by Leander Watts

After joining a heavy metal band, high school student Zee learns that she is a god of water and is called upon to fight sinister forces that want her powers for their own.


 So Punk Rock (and other ways to disappoint your mother) by Micol Ostow

Four suburban New Jersey students from the Leo R. Gittleman Jewish Day School form a rock  band that becomes inexplicably popular, creating exhiliration, friction, confrontation, and soul-searching among its members.

Here are some other lists you might want to see:
* The Beat Goes on...Music in Fiction
* Much Music: Fiction Featuring the Musically Inclined

Don't forget to check out these recent posts:
Teen's Top Ten
Midtown Happenings

Before you leave, here's a little beat for you to groove to ;) 

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Teen's Top Ten

Published July 10, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Coming up at Midtown

Published July 8, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Monday, July 12: 
:  Enjoy a Cup of Joe (coffee) and a snack, make some art, write some poetry, and share your thoughts (feel free to bring a guitar or anything else to share with others Open Mic style).

<-- What she's saying:
"I'm not trying to meddle, but you might wanna cool it with the coffee there, guy."  (Click the image for more web comics by Natalie Dee ;)

Hungry Tuesday, July 13:  Pasta time!

Wednesday, July 14:  Anime Alliance:         
Come and watch Ponyo on Movie Day :)

Thursday, July 15:  Wearable Art:
Water Jewelry

Friday, July 16:  Gamers Unite!                                                                            

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Coming up at The Library Center

Published July 7, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Here's what's happening this week at The Library Center:

Friday, July 9: Super Fabulous Gaming Night 7pm-play board games from the library's collection or bring some of your own

Saturday July 10: Teen Library Council 12pm-help plan programs and events at The Library Center

Saturday July 10: Summer Art-2:30pm-make sand art and ribbon bookmarks

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Coming Up at Midtown

Published July 2, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Monday, July 5:  Library Closed

Hungry Tuesday, July 6:  Stir Fry that you can make in the Microwave!

Wednesday, July 7:  Anime Alliance:  Anime Improv

Thursday, July 8:  UPCYCLE jeans into wrist bands and other things from T-shirts!

Friday, July 9:  Gamers Unite!

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Coming up at Midtown

Published June 25, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Monday, June 28:  Get wild and tie-dye a T-shirt!  (Everything provided!)

Hungry Tuesday, June 29:  CHANGE OF PLANS - CUPCAKES!

Wednesday, June 30:  Try your hand at writing a Haiku while watching the second half of Howl's Moving Castle with the  Anime Alliance.

Thursday, July 1:  Wearable Art:  CHANGE OF PLANS - Design your own Pin.

Friday, July. 2:  GAMER'S UNITE!  If roleplaying or trading card games are your thing, then this is the group for you.

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Step through the Gateway

Published June 22, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

Alright, so we've shown you a few trailers for the Truman Award nominees.  But what about those other books on the shelf with the purple labels?  There are some more awesome titles to check out and these guys are nominated for the Gateway Readers Award.  And guess what?  Hunger Games and The Compound have been nominated for both!  So, those are must reads, of course!  On to a few trailers...and as always, feel free to let us know what you think ;)

WAKE by Lisa McMann

THE JUVIE THREE by Gordon Korman

THREE LITTLE WORDS by Ashley Rhodes-Courter


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Pretty Little Liars: The Booklist

Published June 19, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)
Have you been watching Pretty Little Liars? The show is based on the Pretty Little Liars book series by Sara Shepard, which of course you can get at The Library.  Plus, you can find other great reads with mystery, scandal and secrets-check out these reads:
Private Series by Kate Brian-A boarding school with secrets.  There's also a Private webseries, so readers can get hooked on another show. 
She's So Dead to Us by Kate Brian-Rich girl turns poor girl with romance, mystery and secrets.
Top 8 by Katie Finn-social networking sabatoge

The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen-fashion and scandal in 1899 New York. 

Paper Towns by John Green-After a crazy night, Margo disappears and Quentin is determined to find her. 
 Deception by Lee Nichols-Mystery, romance and a main character who can see ghosts.

 Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag-Four high schoolers with secrets are studying abroad in Paris when one of them disappears. 

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young-Cheerleaders lead a secret life as spies to catch cheating boyfriends.

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Coming Up at Midtown June 21-25

Published June 18, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Monday, June 21:  And just how do you make jewelry from water?  Head over to Midtown to find out!

Hungry Tuesday, June 22:  This Tuesday is TACO TIME ;)  

Wednesday, June 23: Share your favorite Anime/Manga websites with the ANIME ALLIANCE

Thursday, June 24: Wearable Art:  Design your own DUCT TAPE WALLET!!!


Friday, June 25:  GAMERS UNITE!  Calling all role-playing and trading card gamers!

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More Awesome Truman Award Nominee Book Trailers

Published June 17, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

BOOST   by Kathryn Mackel

GONE   by Michael Grant

The White Gates by Bonnie Rtmthun

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Catch the Bug

Published June 14, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

Have you caught the book award bug yet?  If not, you should!  There are some killer titles nominated for both the Truman and Gateway Reader Awards.  Check out the booklists in the right column to see all of the titles.  To wet your taste buds, here are a couple of book trailers to get you started...

THE COMPOUND (2 to intrigue you)


We want to know what you think, so COMMENT! 

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Coming Up at Midtown June 14-11

Published June 11, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Monday, June 14: Put some clothes on that Duck!  Head over to Midtown and decorate your very own Rubber Ducky :)

Hungry Tuesday, June 15: Get out of the heat and cool off with a fruit smoothie!

Wednesday, June 16: ANIME ALLIANCE

Thursday, June 17: Wearable Art: Design your very own Wire Bead ring.

Friday, June 18:  Gamers Unite!  Calling all role-playing gamers!

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Show Your 'stache!

Published June 10, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

So you couldn't make the program today, but you still want you own 'stache?

Well, here are a few ideas you can try at home:

* Take a marker and doodle your mustache on the "thumb-side" of your index finger, bend the finger and place it over the top of your mouth.  Instant 'stache whenever you're in need ;)

*Here's a way to upcycle plastic (this is the video that inspired us):

* Here's what we did at Midtown:  Grab some felt, cloth or other material.  Sketch your design in pencil and cut it out.  Take a large sewing needle and puncture a hole on each side, moving the needle around inside to widen it slightly.  Then take some string, thread, hemp, or ribbon and thread it through one hole.  Tie a knot, cut the string long enough to fit around your head and thread through the opposite hole. That's it!

*Mustaches on napkins (or bandanas), pencils, and eggs.  Oh my!

Click for more: Mustache Inspiration













 Have you created your own Fantastic 'stache?  Tell us about it in the comments section!

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Book Trailers

Published June 4, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Check out these great book trailers for new YA reads-and then check the books out at the Library!

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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What's happening at Midtown June 7-11?

Published June 3, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

Hey guys, We have some exciting things happening at Midtown next week:

 Monday, June 7 : OPEN MIC! 

Whether you play music, sing, rap, write poetry, juggle, perform magic tricks, dance, step, beatbox or whatever it is you do - come and show off you skill!


Hungry Tuesday, June 8: Join us to learn how to make a quick and tasty berry topping for biscuits.

Wednesday, June 9: Anime Alliance

Thursday, June 10:  Have some fun and make a Wearable Art Mustache!

Friday, June 11: Gamers Unite - For anyone interested in Role-playing games, trading card games and the like.

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Teen Book Mania

Published June 1, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Meet four young adult authors who share your mania for books!

Saturday June 5 at 2pm at The Library Center




Join authors Brent Crawford (Carter Finally Gets It), Jenny B Jones (A Katie Parker Production), Brian Katcher (Playing with Matches) and Holly Schindler (A Blue So Dark) as they discuss writing, their road to publication, favorite reads, and answer the ultimate YA author question: who would win in a fight, Edward Cullen or Harry Potter?  

Ask questions at the Q&A session and attend a book signing.  You may bring books from home or purchase at the library from library partner Borders. 

You won't want to miss out on the fun!

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Republic Teen Talks Booklist

Published May 21, 2010 by: Kate  (published)

During April the Republic Branch Library had Teen Talks every Thursday afternoon and we talked about a lot of books.  If you are in a reading slump here is a list of what we have been reading lately:

The Airhead Series by Meg Cabot.  If you have read the first two books in the series Airhead and Being Nikki be sure to place your hold on the third book Runaway.


 The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale.  There are ten books in this series plus a few spin offs so if you are looking for a long storyline to follow this is the one for you. Also if you are a fan of this author he has a new series out, Morpheus Road.



 The Gallagher girls series by Ally Carter.  Be on the look out for the fourth book in this series Only the Good Spy Young, it releases on June 29.





Witch & Wizard by James Patterson is one of our favorite quick reads right now.



Also check out his new non-fiction book  Med Head: my  knock-down, drag-out, drugged-up battle with my brain for a look into a young man's head as he deals with growing up with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, and high anxiety.



  The Forest of Hands & Teeth and The Dead-tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan are passing from hand to hand here at Republic. I mean who doesn't love a good post-apocalyptic zombie book with main characters struggling to find their way in the world?


 Move over Vladimir Tod! There is a new vampire on the Truman award lists this year, Morning McCobb. Brian Meehl's Suck it Up is a humerous book that will leave you wanting to read more.



 Violet has the psychic ability to sense murders and their victims.  When a serial killer starts leaving a trail of bodies around her town she must use her ability to stop them before she becomes a victim herself in The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.



 What is on the other side of the line? Did anyone survive the bomb or is all that is left mutated beings?  Find out in the sci-fi novel The Line by Terri Hall.


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Can't Get Enough Anime?

Published May 5, 2010 by: Kate  (published)

Good news for all the anime lovers out there; Viz Media has just launched their new website www.vizanime.com/.  You can find the subbed version of their hits Bleach, Death Note, Naruto Shippuden, and many more.  Also don't forget Funimation also offers free episodes on several of their anime series such as Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, One Piece, Ouran High School Host Club, and many more at www4.funimation.com/video/ .

Of course don't forget you can check out many of your favorite anime series at the library and there are several anime programs to attend!

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Mother's Day

Published May 4, 2010 by: Cassie  (published)

 Did you know that Mother's Day is this Sunday?  It's true, so if you're in a hurry to figure out a gift we have a few ideas for you. 

In the Spot at Midtown Library this week we made Pinned Corsages.  All you need is fabric, glue or a needle and thread, and a button or gem.  Cut the pieces of fabric in any shape that strikes your fancy and layer them on top of one another.  Next pick out a button, gem or other object to place in the center.  Glue or sew all parts together.  Now attach  a pin to the back and you're done!  Here are a few pics from our designs:

These books, available at the library, were our inspiration:

Fabric Jewelry by Teresa Searle

Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U by Rosie O'Donnell

Check out these flower designs on the web:

Glossy Paper Flowers

Mini-Tissue Paper Blossoms

Felt Flower Pins

Tissue Paper Flowers

Lollipop Blossom

Other Ideas:  Write poem, bake goods, spend the day with Mom, do some extra chores, hand pick a bouquet of wild flowers, make a necklace with beads and string, paint or draw a picture.

Also, you might want to check out these websites:

Mothers Day Central  (huge list of ideas!)

Jeweled Candle Holder

Yogurt Cup Pin Cushion

Painted Coffee Can Flower Pot

Potpourri Sachet


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Cast the Hunger Games Movie

Published April 30, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

 The book The Hunger Games has been optioned as a movie and the book's author, Suzanne Collins, is at hard work writing the screenplay.  I can't wait to see this book on the big screen but first comes casting. 

Scholastic, the publisher of The Hunger Games series, is asking for your movie dream cast. Who would be the perfect Katniss, Gale, Peeta and Haymitch?  Add your ideas to the Scholastic blog and see who others have cast in the roles.  Some of the suggestions are really good-Robert Downey Jr. for Haymitch? I love it! 

And of course, we'd love to hear your movie casting suggestions too!  Add your dream cast to the TeenThing Facebook page-and you could win a copy of Catching Fire


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Truman and Gateway Winners

Published April 21, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Here are your winners of the 2009-2010 Truman and Gateaway Awards.  Did your favorites win?

Truman Award:

 1st place: Chronicles of Vladimir Todd: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer


  2nd Place: Cracker! by Cynthia Kodohata


 3rd Place: Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell


Gateway Award:

 1st Place: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


 2nd Place: Unwind by Neal Shusterman


 3rd Place: Beastly by Alex Flinn

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Glee: The Booklist

Published April 20, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

I am addicted to the show Glee and I'm so glad it's back on!  (Anyone else addicted?)  If you love the show, check out some of these Glee read-alikes:

-Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford-The humor is exactly what Glee fans are looking for.  Try this one on audio-hilarious!

 -No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman-This is my go-to book for Glee read-alikes. Somehow the book just reminds me of the show-a jock who ends up in the theater department, the drama queen, and a teacher who wants to make a difference. Such a great read-and I agree, no more dead dogs!!

-My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger-This book really does have everything, and there are some great Glee-ish moments with the characters.

-Dramarama by E. Lockhart-Live and breathe the theater?  Chances are you'll relate to the theater camp experience.

-Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson-Theater, romance, an eccentric actress, and an old hotel add up to lots of fun. 

-Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev-Not the most Glee-like book on the list, but readers who enjoy high theater will love this fantasy set behind the scenes.

-Drama! Series by Paul Ruditis-Set in a superposh high school's drama club, there's drama, gossip, and romance, and more drama.

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Young Adult Authors Against Bullying

Published April 19, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Carrie Jones (author of Need and Captivate) and Megan Kelley Hall (author of Sisters of Misery and The Lost Sister) have started a group on Facebook called Young Adult Authors Against Bullying.  These authors are taking a stand against bullying and encourage you to do so as well.  On the Facebook page you can share stories, connect with other teens and authors, and find resources to fight bullying. Bullying should not be tolerated and you can take a stand against it-for yourself and for others.  If you ever need a place to go or someone to talk to, visit the teen librarian at your Library.     

Check out some of these titles on bullying from the Library

Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jaime Adoff 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

On the Fringe Edited by Donald Gallo 

Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia 

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

 Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

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Teen Thing is on Facebook

Published April 7, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Teen Thing has joined Facebook!  Become a fan of the Teen Thing Facebook page and find out about events at the Library and RSVP for programs, learn about great new reads, and discover the latest teen news. 

You can find TeenThing at Springfield-Greene County Library TeenThing

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How to Beat a Reading Slump

Published March 10, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Maybe it's the warm weather and Spring fever, but I've found myself in a reading slump. Do you ever have those slumps where no matter what book you pick up nothing sounds good and you just can't get into reading?

I have some go-to reading slump books that help me get back to reading, so if your reading is dragging too, check these out:

The Quantum Prophecy: The Awakening by Michael Carroll

Airhead by Meg Cabot

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

 Airhead by Meg Cabot

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Mockingjay is coming

Published March 5, 2010  (published)

The third book of The Hunger Games trilogy will be hitting shelves August 24, 2010. To help us count down the days, Scholastic has made a very cool Mockingjay countdown. Pretty cool, right? And for the record, I'm totally Team Peeta!

If August seems too far away, you can always check out these other dystopian novels:

Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Gone by Michael Grant
The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Who is Your Lit Crush?

Published February 13, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Valentine's Day is almost here and we're celebrating at the Library Center with Girls Night Out: Book Crush. Join the fun February 19 at 7 p.m. as we talk about our favorite lit character crush, cast the dream movies of YA books and, of course, eat chocolate!

So, who are my top lit crushes? I have a long-time crush on Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. I'm very much on Team Peeta, from The Huger Games. And if I were going on adventure to save an entire kingdom, I'd want Po from Graceling by my side.Haven't read any of my lit crushes books? Check them out from the library (but be warned-you may fall in love!)

So, who's your lit crush?

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Teen Night: Mystery Night

Published February 3, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Love mysteries? Head to Teen Night at the Library Center Friday from 9-10:30pm. There will be a famous detective quiz, Clue and a library murder mystery to solve. It's your turn to be the detective, investigate the crime scenes and solve the case.

Need some good mysteries to read in the meantime? Check out these great reads at the library:

The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin

Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney

Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber

Right Behind You by Gail Giles

The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding

Fake ID by Walter Sorrells

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Food for Fines

Published January 26, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Do you have fines on your library card? We have a way for you to wipe away those fines and help wipe out hunger.

Between January 24 through January 30, 2010 bring non-perishable items to any library branch and you'll receive a 50-cent credit on your existing library card balance for each item you bring in. The food will then go to fill the Ozarks Food Harvest-The Food Bank.

You can find more info on the Food For Fines week here.

So start the year off with no fines on your card and help fill The Food Banks shelves.

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Author Chat with Maggie Stiefvater

Published January 15, 2010 by: Sarah  (published)

Have you ever wanted to talk to an author? Join our live Skype chat with Maggie Stiefvater, author of the New York Times bestseller, "Shiver" on January 23rd at 1 p.m. in the Library Center's Harrison Room.

Maggie is the author of "Shiver", "Lament", and "Ballad".

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