To celebrate Teen Read Week, ICPL Teens is hosting a contest for the best two-sentence story (of any genre) by writers in grades 7–12, of which our Teen Activity Group will be the judge!
Send your submissions to email@example.com or post them on Tumblr (make sure to tag them as #ICPL TEENS 2SENTSTORY) between October 13–19 for a chance to win a Prairie Lights Gift certificate and be featured on the ICPL Teen blog and Tumblr!
Hey bookworms, you still have time to join (and WIN) the 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt, so click through here to find out more. All submissions must be in by 2:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Sunday, October 6, so gogogo!
WHO: Calling all Master, Amateur, and Oh-Crap-What-Eldritch-Horrors-Have-I-Summoned-In-My-Kitchen Teen Chefs!
WHAT: Edible Book Contest
WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The ICPL’s shiny new Teen Center on the second floor!
To celebrate Teen Read Week, y’all are invited to bring in your homemade submissions to our very first Edible Book Contest, which may be constructed individually or in teams. All participants will be invited to vote on their favorite entries prior to consumption.
The judging will take place concurrently with an edible book-making event, where we will make our very own wee edible books at the Library!
What do you associate with the 70s? Tie-dye? Free love? An excess of denim? Book burnings?
One North Dakota high school’s furnace was fed (among other famous works) 32 copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, which members of the school board deemed to be “garbage” on account of the book’s obscene language (to which, of course, high school students would never otherwise have been exposed).
That same month, Vonnegut himself sent the board president a scathing reply, which can be found in full on Letters of Note. Here’s an excerpt:
…you should acknowledge that it was a rotten lesson you taught young people in a free society when you denounced and then burned books–books you hadn’t even read. You should also resolve to expose your children to all sorts of opinions and information, in order that they will be better equipped to make decisions and to survive.
I like to believe that when a person or group tries to ban a book or otherwise keep it out of a young person’s reach, they aren’t doing it to be mean, but are acting instead on some protective instinct. What’s troubling, though, is that restricting access to literature implies not only that these people don’t trust young readers to critically assess the materials for themselves — but that they’re afraid that they have failed to adequately prepare their children to make such an assessment.
The Iowa Youth Writing Project is hosting a two-part stenciling history and application workshop THIS and NEXT THURSDAY, so ye’ll want to register ASAP!
Grr. Arggh. The 8th Annual Iowa City Zombie March, featuring an “outer-space” theme, will take place at 5 p.m. on September 28th at Happy Hallow Park in Iowa City. Assistance with zombie make-up will be available at 3:30 p.m., and the night will end with an after-party at The Mill featuring live music by Wylde Nept and the Whoop Dee Duwas. Alyssa Priebe, National Miss Iowa 2013, will crown Mr. and Mrs. Zombie.
The name of the game is helping out our very own local charities, which this year include Tanager Place and Table to Table. Participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or a $2 donation. (Acceptable nonperishable food item donations for Table to Table include: canned meats [Spam, corned beef, chicken, etc.]; canned tuna and fish; peanut butter; pasta [1-pound boxes] or boxed “helpers” for burger, tuna or chicken; rice; canned fruit [preferably in light syrup or natural juices] or canned vegetables; and baby formula [Enfamil with iron]. Avoid items in glass containers.) A $5 donation will earn the recipient a special thank-you from the organizer.
A chance to give back to your community AND shamble with the undead? Sounds like a… (wait for it)
Be sure to send us shots of yourselves at your goriest for a chance to be featured on our blog!
Ahoy, me hearties! Tomorrow is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so ye’d best be prepared to go on account and parley with any old salt. Brush up on your lingo with Mango’s free pirate lessons and hoist the colors!
P.S. Speaking of language, did you know that your library cardholder account grants you access to Mango’s other language lessons from the comfort of your couch? It’s true! Sign in and check it out!
Feeling homesick for Hogwarts? While this won’t exactly be a homecoming, here’s hoping that it’ll tide us over for a while:
[A] new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander….
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”
In addition to the film series, “Fantastic Beasts” will also be developed across the Studio’s video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com.
We’ll see you on opening night! ;D
It’s time to vote, vote, vote like a baby stoat! The polls are OPEN for YALSA’s 2013 Teens’ Top Ten Award, so give your favorite three titles a boost to the top!