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.

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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).

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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!

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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

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!

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A to the Mazing!

When I came across this “drawing” I thought, ‘no way…that’s a photo!!’ So I did a little more poking around and found that this particular artist, Raja Cenna, actually has a video of the three+ hours that it took her to draw this image of Lady Gaga.

So, next time you can’t find your iTouch, your parents won’t let you play any video games, there’s nothing on TV, your leg is broken, or no one is texting you back…don’t despair. Life is not over! You actually have time to draw. Here are some more drawings created by teens that you can also use as inspiration. Then, if you need a little more help (and your computer is in the repair shop) visit the Burlington Library where we have an entire section of books about drawing. Just know that the library is there to help you find your A to the Mazing self!

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Graphic Mess?

Well, it was bound to happen. Capitalism has crept into the market of graphic novels! Do I sound naive or merely idealistic? Can you imagine the horror of picking up the newest graphic novel and seeing a cover sporting Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, or Al Frankin? WTF (wasn’t that funny)!!

 

 

 

 

 

Now these marketing “geniuses” are going to rework every quasi celebrity, wanna-be musician, and TV show that’s ever exsisted into a graphic novel. Where have the creators of literature gone? The need to turn a fast buck is possibly overriding common sense on the literary front. Isn’t it ironic that there was a time when those who questioned the literary value of graphic novels may actually end up coming to their defense? 

If you’ve not experienced the pleasure of reading a quality graphic novel, here are a few suggestions…

 

 

 

Music in the Stacks?

What the heck are we talking about when we say “stacks”? Well, once a month at the library we invite various musicians to share their musical talent at the library. I mean, literally in the library! Yes, where everyone walks around on tip-toe, whispering about their new favorite books. Recently we had the pleasure of teen musician, Madison who joined us with her fiddle (don’t let her catch you calling it a violin!). It was so amazing to walk into a beautiful library and hear beautiful, foot tapping music to go along with it!

So, if you’ve never considered the library to be a source of music – think again. Not only do we have actual musicians in the library but we also have music CD’s available for checkout. With music ranging from Guns-N-Roses, George Michael, Justin Bieber to wedding music.

And if those still aren’t quite what you’re looking for, take a minute to listen to Gorillaz.

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!

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Say It 2 My Face

Say It 2 My Face is a campaign started by Taylor Audette, a University of Southern California college student. She began this campaign as a response to the negative effects that result from cyber-bullying and the demoralizing effects caused by some anonymous web sites. Too often people see cyberspace as a world in which anything can be done and said, without long-term harm. Sometimes messages are more easily sent to people that would never have been said to their face. Hurtful language and hateful messages are sent out without any consequences.

With recent permanent life-altering events in the news, it is Audette’s hope that some of these events would not have taken place if people were more conscious of the actions their words have in person and on the internet. Considering that over 42% of kids have been bullied while on line, this is not an isolated problem.

The campaign addresses the issues of cyber-bullying through photography, pledge bracelets, clothing, blogs, video, and music, Say It 2 My Face serves to be a pioneer in the movement to speak out and confront cyber-bullying issues. Also, they encourage others to join them in being a part of the solution to end cyber-bullying by individually taking the pledge, in which people agree to hold themselves accountable for what they say online as well as joining them in their petition against the anonymous websites that foster hate. Don’t be silent on this issue any longer.

Take a stand. Help yourself and help each other.