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!
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 Association, Captain 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! :)
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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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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
2011-2012 Truman Award Winner: The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Moon City Press is a local publisher based out of the English Department at Missouri State University. They are currently accepting submissions for the 2012 Moon City Review until December 31. This year's theme is Children's Lit (including teen lit!) and it includes poetry, non-fiction, and art. Check out their website for more information.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Join Skype Book Club and get the chance to talk to author Lindsey Leavitt. Lindsey is the author of Sean Griswold's Headand 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 :)
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!
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.
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!
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:
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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.
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.
So you've read all the Harry Potter books and are heading to the theater this weekend to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One. Looking for the next big adventure? Don't worry, the Library's got you covered! Check out these great reads-perfect for Harry Potter fans.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!):
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
Can't wait for Mockingjay'srelease 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!)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
Every year in October the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) celebrates Teen Read Week-a week devoted to great books and teens! Part of the Teen Read Week celebration is the announcement of the Teen's Top Ten. Voting starts in August and we'll have to link to vote, but here's the nominee list to get started on your reading!
Monday, July 12:
COFFEE HOUSE: 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 :)
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 ;)
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:
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...
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!
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.
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!
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:
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!
-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!!
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
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.
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 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:
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!)
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:
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.
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.