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!
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!
While most people are now buzzing about how incredibly boring James Franco was as the host last night at the Oscars along with Anne Hathaway, despite all of her dress changes and his, I’d like to discuss something a little more positive. Forget the chatter about Melissa Leo dropping the F bomb during her acceptance speech or the incredibly uncomfortable moment of award presentation by Kirk Douglas! So, what is one to do?
I’m glad you asked! Let’s do something fun and take a look at the nominees for Best Picture in their book form: 127 Hours, Black Swan, Social Networking, The Fighter, Inception (House of Leaves is a book similar to the film, Inception), The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. And the winner for Best Picture in the year 2010? The King’s Speech won! Yeah for language!!
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!
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…
It’s hard to believe but the Louvre Museum has over 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it!
That means that in 2010, BPL Teens enjoyed 53 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 108 posts.
So, here’s to a great year in 2010 and an even better year in 2011!
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.
Next time that you’re asked to write the ominous “book report” think about getting creative in what you’re reading. Maybe you want to throw your teacher for a loop and introduce them to literture that they’ve perhaps not heard of before…until now!
1. How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer
2. Be Bold with Bananas by Crescent Books
3. Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale L. Power
4. 101 Uses for an Old Farm Tractor by Michael Dregni
5. Across Europe by Kangaroo by Joseph R. Barry
6. 101 Super Uses for Tampon Applicators by Lori Katz and Barbara Meyer
7. Suture Self by Mary Daheim
8. The Making of a Moron by Niall Brennan
9. Underwater Acoustics Handbook by Vernon Martin Albers
10. Superfluous Hair and Its Removal by A. F. Niemoeller
11. Lightweight Sandwich Construction by J. M. Davies
12. The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureaut
13. How to Be a Pope: What to Do and Where to Go Once You’re in the Vatican by Piers Marchant
14. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
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!
Hey! Do you have a love/hate relationship with writing? Do you love to keep a journal but hate all the writing? Well, this might be the workshop for you!!
On Tuesday, December 28 from 1 – 2:30 PM you’re invited to come experience easy techniques for keeping a visual journal. Join Bellingham artist Ellen Clark, as she shares various templates, tips, and tools that everyone will find helpful in creating their own visual journal.
Everyone will receive their own hardbound journal for the New Year. Pre-registration is required and will be limited to the first 25 teens. Call 360-755-0760 today! This event is FREE through the generous support of The Friends of the Library who help provide funding.