The last week of challenges!

BPL Teens is all about YOU and what you want to get out of the library. That’s why the final challenge is to take a short survey about your experience. We want library events to be fun and interesting for you, so please tell us what you think!

And while we’re talking about your ideas, did you know that you can always recommend books or events to the library? Just comment on this blog, our Facebook, send me an email, or stop by the library.

The final weekly raffle prize will be given away at the end of the week and it’s pretty awesome. I want one!



Get your playbook checked by August 1 to win this smart phone projector! Don’t forget, you’ll be able to pick up your free book starting this week, too!

– Jenny

Week 3: Frappes and Photos

Welcome to week 3, guys! I LOVE coffee, so I’m super excited to be raffling off a $5 gift card to Starbucks this week.


How can you win this fabulous prize? It’s pretty easy this week – just read almost anything (refer to last week’s post) and/or come to our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting this Thursday.

TAG is an opportunity for you to shape teen services at BPL. You can share your opinion on books, events, furniture and more. It’s also a great way to get volunteer hours. Stop by to see what it’s like!

Jumping ahead to one of next week’s challenges – I’ve put a Superhero Photo booth in the teen space a week early! Take a photo with your own device or grab someone from the front desk, then share it with us on Facebook or Instagram (of if you don’t have one of these, email works, too).


Have you read anything great (or awful) since the summer started? Let us know in the comments!

– Jenny

Week 2: Cool treats and cooler reads

Welcome to Week 2 of the Summer Challenge!

Summer has officially started for some of you – and since I can’t help but associate summer with icy treats, I’m super excited to announce our weekly raffle prize this week. Read and participate in challenges for a chance to win a $5 gift card to Just Peachy! Just get your log checked by a staff member on or before Saturday to get your raffle tickets.

This leads me to an important part of the summer challenge – reading. Yes, we are a library, so naturally we want you to read over the summer. But reading can take many forms. You don’t need to read thousand page novels or textbooks to flex your reading muscle (AKA your brain) – comics, graphic novels, magazines, and websites all count. All we care about is that you’re reading something you’re interested in! Come by and talk to Jenny (the Teen Services Librarian) or any of our staff members if you need book recs!

Week2_Teen books

Are you looking forward to reading anything this summer? Maybe the Bane Chronicles or Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (which we just got in today!)? Tell us about it in the comments!

– Jenny



Summer is coming…

Guys, the Summer Reading Challenge is under a week away. Are you ready?

I know I am.

Things are going to be a little different this year. You’ll still earn points by reading and doing tech-y and crafty challenges, but the prizes are bigger and better. I’ll be revealing the weekly prizes and challenges each Monday on here (and on Facebook and Instagram, too). Come by the library starting Monday to pick up your playbook, then check in weekly to see what’s up for grabs and redeem your points. Check back here on Monday for all the deets!

In the meantime – what books are on your to-read list for the summer? What books should I make time to read this summer? Share your recs in the comments!

– Jenny

Following the Leaders…

Here are the updated point totals for this week!

Game Name Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Doug Style 120 520 640
xxxTechiexxx 1650 20 1670
Gnoxious 0 20 20
MLaursen 1810 1050 2860
KendallVZ 1285 220 1505
*DNZ* 1315 20 1335
K_Ortiz(: 0 20 20
SuperSenior 0 20 20
Sunny Sea 1310 750 2060
Flaca 0 20 20
L4Ortiz 0 20 20
MACOML 0 20 20
Terminator 410 20 430
MIIL 0 520 520
Sunny Side 0 20 20
Feskamy 0 20 20
Rexycj 0 20 20
Candy143 0 20 20
AGEgotswag 0 20 20
Keviannelle 0 20 20
TheEndofTime 0 20 20
*duplicategamename 0 20 20
AKBallin’ 0 20 20
TrickseyHobbites 0 20 20
Taggy55 0 20 20
Scole 0 20 20
KoolBri 0 20 20
MaizeyMae 0 20 20
Madame Red 1400 20 1420
* 0 20 20
McLemore 0 0 0

Did you know you can earn 100 points for creating your own image related to our Beneath the Surface Reading theme?  Gamer KendallVZ did this week!  Check out their entry:

An underwater library!

An underwater library!

Summer Reading Is Here!


The summer reading program is officially underway. We have a few great events coming up and we have a reading program that will earn you rewards!  So come into the library today to pick up your summer reading log.

Summer Reading
*Track your reading by crossing out 10 minute chunks on your summer reading log (available at the library)*

*Remember that any reading counts.  If you read blogs, text messages, books, magazines, emails… it all counts.*

*Read for 400 minutes and you get a half-way prize, which you can claim starting July 5th.  You also get entered into a drawing for an IPOD NANO!*

*Read for 800 minutes and you’ll get a book of your choosing, which you can pick up after July 30th.  You also get entered a second time into the IPOD NANO drawing.*

Upcoming Summer Events
*Drumming with Ray Soriano – – Wednesday, July 6th 5-6 pm*

Come to the library for a hands-on drumming workshop with musician and teacher Ray Soriano.  You’ll have your choice of about 30 hand drums to beat, slap, smack, and pound.  Join us, and let loose your inner percussion star!

YouTube video of August 2009 workshop

*Intro Robotics Workshop* – – July 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th 2-4 pm

You are invited to an intro-level robotics workshop at the library!  This workshop will be involve four sessions over two weeks.  It will go something like this… build a Lego Mindstorms robot, program your robot to do something cool like fetch you a bag of chips, and finally, enter your robot in a competition.  The top robots of each category will earn your team prizes and bragging rights.
To register email Teen Librarian Sarah Lunde:

*Belly Dancing with Assent* – – Tuesday, July 19th 2-4 pm

Come dressed in your comfy clothes and get ready to shake it.  This class will introduce you to some belly dancing basics and inspire self-expression using a powerful artistic medium.

See you there!

Perfect Chemistry: Too Perfect or Just Right?

I saw the book cover and shuddered at the perfect couple in the perfect embrace. Puulease! But after I recovered from my initial repulsion to the cover, I did the unthinkable. I picked it up, flipped it over, and read the summary. Yep, I actually gave it a chance. That’s when I realized that it actually sounded like it might be a good read and that I’d have to give it a try. So glad I did ’cause it was a great modern twist on the classic star-crossed lovers’ tale.

What was the recipe for success? Equal parts rich, popular, beautiful girl named Brittany (what else?!) cooked at a low simmer with sexy, bad-boy Alex who knows that most females can not resist his sultry charm.

The spice in this story comes from the fact that both of these two soon-to-be lovebirds both harbor dark secrets behind their masks of perfection. Brittany goes to school each day all the while trying to hide her less than perfect home life that includes  parents who don’t get along and her mentally disabled sister that she lovingly cares for. Then there’s Alex Fuentes who’s from the South side of town, running from rumors of drug abuse, and gang violence, when in reality he’s desperately trying to protect his younger brother from these very real threats. Once this is established, the couple are partnered up in class which results in an immediate clash.

It’s only after Alex takes a bet to get Brittany to fall for him, that he actually does ends up falling for her. Now we have the couple who, moments ago couldn’t stand the sight of one another. The result is a couple who can’t stop staring into each others eyes. Capitalizing on this attraction, the author, Simone Elkeles, takes the reader on an emotional and bumpy ride, breaking stereotypes left and right. Elkeles also alternates chapters between the perspective of Brittany and Alex, giving the reader a glimpse into each character throughout the story, which is a nice technique and kept me caring about these two. So, buckle up and hang on for a ride full of sexual tension and sarcastic banter. You’ll know it’s true love and that this book is perfect!

Check out Elkeles’ website for more about her writing and book trailers by clicking here.Still not enough for you? Check this song out. She’s a big-time talented fan who created this song about Perfect Chemistry packed with teenage angst!


Easy Money

Calling all teens!  Create a video promoting summer reading at your library and you could win $250!  The best short Public Service Announcement, using the theme “You Are Here,” produced by a Washington student or group of students that encourages use of their local public libraries and promotes reading all summer long will take away the contest prize.

The top video will be featured throughout 2011 as the official commercial for Washington’s Summer Reading Program.  Completed forms are due by March 7, 2011.  For more information, go to 2011 Teen Video Challenge .

If you need a little help uploading a video to youtube, check this out!


Summer Reading


Visit your local library as soon as possible to get signed up for summer reading. Why you ask? Well, the library is the place to be this summer. Lot’s of fun activities, great books, and lots of prizes! Burlington Public Library is offering fantastic prizes like a body board, a HUGE inner-tube flotilla, movie passes, pizza, of course, books, and much, much more!! Check it out and Make Waves this summer…Read!

unCOMMONly Fun!

Fantastic library events don’t always take place at the library. Sometimes they occur outside of the confines of shushing librarians and shelf after shelf of books. Recently the Mt. Vernon City Library met at Common Grounds for a poetry/open-mic night.

Alberta (Teen services extraordinaire) was keeping things going when she got up front and started everyone off with a mind blowing poem. After that, everyone had to get up there to read. The evening ended with lot’s of poetry and music, both vocal and instrumental. It was really quite lovely. So, keep your eyes peeled for events happening in and out of your library this summer!

Upcoming events outside of the library include:

  • National ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ at the Burlington Skate Park on Monday, June 21. Summer reading sign-ups from 3-5 PM with free cold beverages.
  • Drumming Workshop with Ray Soriano @ Common Ground on Wednesday, July 28 from 7-8 PM.
  • Day-Glo Xtreme Beach Games @ Skagit Playfields (down by the horseshoes) on Wednesday, July 28 from 8:30-10 PM.
  • Everett Aqua Sox Game on Sunday, August 8, 2:05 PM.

Get out there, enjoy your library, and READ!!