The end of the Teen Summer Reading Program is approaching rapidly. Wednesday is the final day to turn your Reading Log in at the Reference Desk to claim your prize and be entered for the prize drawing. The Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire HD and the runner-up prize is a $50 Prairie Lights gift certificate. If you haven’t sign-up for Summer Reading yet, you still can! Go here, click on “Teen” and fill out the required fields. You can include any reading and/or activities that you’ve done since the beginning of June. It’s easy!
The Teen Summer Reading Program ends the last day of July. To celebrate, we’re having a Teen Lock In Finale Party this Friday, July 26 from 8-11 p.m. Teens going into Grades 7-12 are invited to hang out at the Library after hours! We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned. Here are just a few things: An epic scavenger hunt, duct tape crafts, book dominoes (though we probably won’t break the world record) and Minecraft. Also, Pancheros is providing delicious burritos. Be in Meeting Room A by 8:30 to get locked-in.
Stop by Meeting Room B between 2-3 PM and let us know what you’ve been reading this summer! We’ll have some delicious treats to snack on while we discuss our favorite summer book discoveries.
I’m reading (well, listening to) Eleanor and Park, and it’s all kinds of nostalgic, sweet/sad/wonderful. Brian reviewed it back in April, and I have to say, the audiobook version adds a certain something – two readers, one for Eleanor and one for Park, create a sort of duet, a perfect complement to the writing style and subject matter of the book.
So – what have you been reading?
We’re hosting a meet-up TODAY from 4-6:00 PM in the Computer Lab! Come hang out with friends, swap ideas, and build something great!
Can’t make it today? Feel free to drop by Teen Tech Zone Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 2-5 PM and hang out with friends in the Computer Lab.
Have you read or seen Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia? We’re showing the 2013 movie adaptation tomorrow in Meeting Room A from 2:00-4:15 PM.
Here’s the movie’s premise: “A supernatural love story set in the South, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.”
I’m curious to see if it contributes anything new to the supernatural vampire/werewolf/witch series of recent years…I’ll stick around for Jeremy Irons (the voice of Scar in The Lion King, plus he’s in a bazillion other movies, too)…and the popcorn and soda.
See you there!
So, the big theme for this year’s summer reading program (you’ve registered, right?) is “Groundbreaking Reads,” and lots of the activities for the summer include learning about stuff beneath the surface, buried, underground, etc.
This article from CNN explores the often unknown adventures of the groundbreaking women in the fields of archaeology, paleontology, and geology; apparently, there are quite a few. Dorothea Bate, Harriet Boyd, Dorothy Garrod, Gertrude Caton-Thompson…and more, many of which are explored in the newly created Tumblr, Trowelblazers. It regularly features a new female archaeologist, paleontologist, or geologist, explaining their career, life, and inspiration:
“Because, you know what? Women – many, many women – have been wielding their trowels and awesome powers of discovery since archaeology and the like was invented. Awesome, trowel-wielding women, with this tumblr WE SALUTE YOU!”
You can submit a biography, pictures, or story, too! Swing by Trowelblazers, learn about some rock star women scientists of the past, and get inspired!
In the spirit of “paying it forward,” tomorrow I will be helping you create sweet bookmarks to leave in your favorite book on the library shelf. Hopefully this will encourage other curious book-seekers to investigate your creativity and love of the book!
I’ll have lots of craft materials freely available, plus ideas and inspiration to get you started. Love The Hunger Games? Make a bookmark version of Katniss’s bow and arrows! Or a croissant from Peeta’s bakery! Or a hive of trackerjackers! Or maybe zombies are more your speed? Creepy zombie arms reaching from the top of the book would definitely catch somebody’s attention.
Stop by Meeting Room B from 2:00-3:00 PM!
This picture was taken at "Snakes and Lattes," a coffee shop/board game enthusiast's dream located in Toronto, Ontario.
Do you love board games?
Critical Hit Games will be here tomorrow at 2:00 PM in Meeting Room B to share and explain some of their sweet board games as part of our summer reading program. We’ll also have some classics to play (Monopoly, Scrabble, Apples to Apples).
Do you have a favorite board game? Tell us about it in the comments, and bring it along to share and play!
Curious about Critical Hit Games? Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page to find out more.
Back by popular demand, we will be creating some totally crazy duct tape stuff on Tuesday, June 4 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Meeting Room B.
All materials are provided: I’ll have grommets, clasps, and earring hardware to make bags and jewelry, as well as cardboard and fabric to make bags or purses. Of course, there will be LOTS of SUPER SWEET duct tape, so the sky is the limit!
I mean, somebody made a duct tape Mount Rushmore. And the Stuck at Prom scholarship will award you a $5,000 scholarship if you make a super sweet duct tape prom dress. It’s totally worth stopping by the library to learn and share some duct tape skills!