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Congrats to SRP Team Winners!

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The decorations have been taken down and the school year is on the looming–but we can’t turn our focus to school shoes shopping until the Summer Reading 2013 Badges of honor are awarded! Without further ado, here are your 2013 winners Westerville!

Let’s have a round of applause for TEAM ROBOT, winner of the team books display challenge!

Congratulations to TEAM ALICE for winning the “Most Library Programs Attended” badge of honor! Way to lead your team to victory by having fun at the library!

TEAM NARWHAL took the first prize for most hours logged with a whopping  6,119  hours read! Congrats Team Narwhal on your stunning SRP victory!


Here are the other team totals–great reading!

Alice: 3,328

Robot: 2,195

Gnome: 1,543





Dear TeenScene 2013

Posted on June 29th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Greetings intrepid readers and welcome to the 2013 edition of Dear TeenScene, the feature in which we answer all of your burning questions regarding all things summer reading club! Today we have a great collection of letters from readers near and far, human and non-human, the seemingly normal and the… well… strange. Without further ado, let’s get right to our first letter.


Dear TeenScene,

I am robot model D-3725. I have registered for your human teen summer reading program, but am not equipped with the appropriate optical scanners to complete the tasks required. Could I just download eBooks to my internal hard drive? It is much more efficient and will allow me to avoid the pesky problem of accidently destroying books with my laser cannon. The thing tends to let loose when I get upset. You should have seen the devastation when I read the Hunger Games series…


Robot Model D-3725

Dear Robot Model D-3725,

Wow…that’s quite a problem. You don’t happen to live anywhere near the library do ya? Or anywhere near civilization for that matter…Anyway, in answer to your first question, it is perfectly acceptable to read eBooks to earn Summer Reading Program hours (you are reading the books right? Not just downloading them to your brain…cause that’s kinda cheating). The library offers access to a wide selection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks through its website. As for your problem with your laser cannon, why don’t you try a book that will make you laugh, such as Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which also happens to be our Teen Book Challenge novel for the month of July. You can join us for pizza and conversation at the Teen Book Challenge meeting on July 30 after you read the book!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Hi! My name is Alice and I’m registered for the teen summer reading program. So here’s my problem, yesterday when I was reading by the riverbank, I got distracted by this really weird white rabbit who led me down this hole, where there was this large hall of doors, and then I shrank until I was really small, and then I grew until I was ginormous. I really didn’t like this so I cried a lot and I floated out of the hall in a sea of my tears. And then I met all of these really weird animals like a huge caterpillar and a cat with this crazy weird smile who would disappear… like magic! Then I went to this tea party with a weird man with a huge hat who kept telling me all of these lame jokes, and then I was playing croquet with this crazy queen who wanted to cut everyone’s head off. This queen was crazy, I mean really crazy. She put a man on trial for stealing her tarts. I mean really. And then, in the middle of the man’s trial, I kept growing and growing and growing until the queen wanted to cut my head off. And then I woke up…and yeah. Anyway, what I wanted to really ask is if you could recommend any books that would, like, not make me fall asleep?



Dear Alice,

…*blink*…*blink*….Okaaaaay. Well, from the state of your dreams, I would guess you have quite the vivid imagination. Why don’t you try a fantasy book like Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina or Sarah Cross’ Kill Me Softly. I think those should keep you awake!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Stupid human scum and your stupid human summer reading program. How exactly is a gnome, such as myself, supposed to participate in such a cockamamy thing as a summer reading program when your library insists on only providing your ridiculous human books?! It’s discrimination! Did you ever think about the fact that gnomes live underground? And that human books are twice the size of a full grown gnome?! And that we have to renovate the front door of our house every time we have to drag a book down there?! Not to mention the blatant offenses to gnomes found in the the selection of titles you insist on calling a library collection. Just yesterday I found a copy of a Harry Potter book on your shelves, a book that portrays gnomes as having no more intelligence than a pill bug! And then, if that weren’t bad enough, in a horrific display of gnome-abuse, the characters hurl gnomes across fields…like a dog’s chew toy! I demand that your human library address these offenses at once or else a gnome will never again walk through your doors!

Most angrily yours,

The Honorable Mr. Bimpni Fudwick


Dear Mr. Fudwick,

Okay, okay, I get your point. So we haven’t exactly been up to snuff on providing materials and services to gnomes. We get it. At least we’re trying. It just so happens that on the day of our Summer Reading Program Kick-off event we let a bunch of your friends free to roam the library and do you know what they did? ya? They hid all over the library and refused to come out! And don’t think I didn’t see you hiding behind the fiction shelves Mr. Fudwick. If you don’t want to be noticed you should wear a more inconspicuously colored hat! Also, I see you failed to mention that we made the gnome one of our mascots for our teen summer reading program teams. If you want to increase gnome awareness in the library why don’t you sign up for the teen summer reading program, join the gnome team, and show everyone what you gnomes are made of!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Greetings from the Arctic! I just wanted to drop a line to let you know how excited I am to be able to participate in your teen summer reading program via the Internet. Being a water bound narwhal with a love for reading can be difficult, especially when you are bound to the Arctic waters. Thankfully, I was able to get a crab friend of mine to rewire a tracking device that some scientists attached to me so that I am able to access the Internet. Cool, huh? Anyway, I wanted to seek your advice. I have been having some difficulty finding books that I am able to read without them getting destroyed by the freezing salt water, not to mention piercing them on my horn! Can you help me?


An Eager Whale of a Reader


Dear AEWoaR,

I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the program! One question though…how exactly did a crab acquire the knowledge to rewire a tracking device?…And how are his skills with broadband? Because I haven’t been able to get Internet access for the last week and you seem to be getting it with no problem in the middle of the freaking Arctic Ocean! Just saying, if your crab friend is looking for some work… Anyway…as for your problem, you could try borrowing some eBooks or downloadable audiobooks. These can be accessed through the library website. I also have a book recommendation for you. Have you read After the Snow by S.D. Crockett? It’s a survival story that takes place in a future Ice Age. Given where you’re from, I thought you might like it.

Happy Reading


Well, that’s all the letters we have for today. Make sure to keep on reading and logging your hours to help your team win the SRC Most Reading Hours Logged Badge of Honor *trumpet sounds*. No really, this badge is awesome, check it out in the post below. You can also help your team compete by attending library programs and submitting a pic of yourself reading to any of the library’s social networking accounts. Have fun…and stay away from angry gnomes…and depressed robots…and drugs *cough* Alice *cough*…

Until next time…






New Team Challenges

Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Mickie.
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Robots took the first challenge…but you still have a chance to win!

Here’s how you can participate.

  • Attend a library program: Check our events calendar and come to an event. We’ll keep track of what team each attendee is on and the team with the most library program attendees will win a badge of honor!
  • Log your hours: Sign up for summer reading and start keeping track of the hours you have read. The team with the most logged hours is the winner! Not sure what to start reading? Look here.
  • Show us where are you reading: Take a picture of yourself reading and post it somewhere online–Twitter, Facebook, Instagram–wherever (or email and we’ll upload it for you. Tag the library in the photo and make sure you mention what team you are on. The team with the most pictures submitted will take the prize.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor. All challenges end on July 31, 2013

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Local Heroes Battle at the Library!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Last Monday, the Westerville Library hosted an earth-shattering game tournament.  10 brave contenders tried their hand at Injustice: Gods Among Us, which is a brand new game that pits DC superheroes and villains against one another in the style of Mortal Kombat.


The fights were epic and the contestants displayed super-human sportsmanship, but the championship battle came down to Andrew B. (playing as Superman) and Lucas H. (playing as Deathstroke the Terminator).  Both competitors played their best, but when the dust settled, Deathstroke stood victorious over Superman:  Lucas H. won the tournament!


A special thanks to our heroic runners-up: Adam, Caleb, Brant, Allen, Erik, Cole, Reynolds and Nathan.  And be sure to check out our new teen book display Marvel vs DC for more super hero adventures.



Congratulations Team ROBOT–winner of the book display Challenge!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Way to go Team Robot–you had the most book recommendations on the teen books display! Enjoy your badge of honor.

There are still more challenges to win–here’s how:

  • Log hours in the Summer Reading Program.
  • Attend a library program.
  • Take a picture of yourself reading and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us and tell us what team you are on!

See you at the library!


Team Book Display Challenge is ending!

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Have you added a book to the teen display yet? This team challenge is almost over! Hurry in to the library and add a favorite book to our display–make sure to write your Summer Reading Team name on it!! The Team with the most books on the display will win our first team challenge badge of honor!  What are you waiting for!? Lead your team to victory!!

This challenge ends Monday, June 17! Act now!


Team Results for Week One and TEAM CHALLENGE!!

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The Summer Reading Program TEEN TEAMS are off and RUNNING! Looks like Team Narwhal is an early favorite, but it is early days my friends!

Keep reading and send your team to VICTORY!

Your challenge for this week? Help build our TEEN BOOK DISPLAY!

Respond to this blog with YOUR NAME, Your TEAM NAME and an AWESOME BOOK TITLE that you suggest to other teen readers and I’ll add that book to the display OR come into the teen room and add the book yourself! The Team with the MOST SUBMITTED suggestions will win the challenge and have the BOOK DISPLAY badge of honor displayed on our TEAM WALL in the teen room….what are you waiting for? GO!!!!!!!



Summer Reading Is Here!

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Are you ready to read? This year’s teams will battle for the ultimate bragging rights–who will read the most? Which team will attend the most programs? What exactly do the narwhals do with those horns? Stay tuned, dear readers, for the answers to these questions and MUCH more…we are just getting started!

Sign up today!


10 Unexpected Things You Can Check Out at the Library

Posted on April 29th, 2013 by Becky.
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You know you can get books and movies and music, but did you know about these?

Here are 10 Unexpected Things You Can Check Out at the Westerville Public Library!

Hope there is something on this list you didn’t know and are excited to try!

1) Book baskets (or whatever you want to put in them!).

2) Bike locks (for bikes parked at the library).

3) Blu-rays.

4) Playaway Audiobooks and Playaway Views.

5) Artwork & art prints.

6) Kill A Watt EZ energy meter kits.

7) Nook e-readers (some restrictions apply).

8) Laptops (in-house only; some restrictions apply).

9) Videogames (in-house only).

10) Book Discussion Kits for kids & adults.


2013 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced!

Posted on April 20th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The 28 titles that are nominees for The Young Adult Library Association’s  Teen’s Top Ten award have been announced. I am really excited because I haven’t read most of them yet–YEAH SUMMER READING!!! That is the fun…now that the nominees are announced we have all summer to read the books and then voting for the top ten will begin in August.

Why should you care about this? I’ll tell ya why–because this award is chosen BY teens FOR teens…not by your teachers or your auntie…these are the books that matter to you. So, speak up!I can’t vote on these—but you can!*

Here are the nominees…reserve your copy today!


*ASSUMING that the “YOU” who is reading this is, in fact, a teenager and NOT an alien life form masquerading as a teen human in order to spend your Earth days eating chips and playing video games…or an actual human adult.


Astrological Readers’ Advisory: Books for Aries

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Mickie.
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Are you an Aries? Do you know any Aries? If you are an Aries or you know an Aries, I don’t need to tell you about this powerful astrological sign. But what should an Aries be reading?

Running from March 21 to April 19, people born under this sign of the Ram are known to be powerful personalities. Often seen as passionate, romantic, powerful, impulsive and firey! The HATE anything boring, ambiguous or mundane. SO–what exactly do these firey busy-bodies like to read? Scroll on down for a heaping helping of Aries reads right in time for your birthday Aries!

OMG! Margo may be an Aries! She is wild and unpredictable and after a wild midnight adventure with mild mannered Q--Margo is missing! Q is obsessed with her and the clues he is sure she left him about what she is doing and where she has gone.

Everyone has a wild friend, but what if hanging out with your wild friend could get you ARRESTED!? Julie wants to be cool and doesn't want her wild child best friend to ditch her but can Julie stand the pressure of living outside the law?

As a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, high-schooler Vee is unhappy to be watched constantly but finds it exhilarating to be paired with handsome Ian taking ever riskier dares--until the stakes become too high.

Aries are often good leaders...this story finds Cassie relocating to New Salem, pursuing a romance with Adam, and assuming joint leadership over an elite coven of witches whose loyalty is tested as Cassie prepares to confront a latest evil force.

Talk about a Aries style power struggle!! In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

The dark side of an Aries...controlling and power hungry: In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

You know what else Aries are know for? They inspire people to be better and DO better! American-educated Jordanian Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.

Finally--Aries are wildly romantic and passionate about their beliefs. When passions collide--then the fireworks begin: The crumbling friendship between writer Lita and entrepreneurial Adam is compromised by unexpected jealousies over each other's romantic entanglements, stolen blog posts and a premature offer to sell a new self-help book



All right–do you agree? Any books to add to Aries’ reading list? Give me a shout back in the comments.
Till next time, stay firey!





Teen Challenge Accepted; Pizza Approved

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Our 2013 Teen Challenge is under way! This month’s book was all about the poetry of life and words…Ellen Hopkin’s dramatic teen novel in verse, Tilt. We dissected the book and made our own poems and of course ate our way through a few pizzas for book club energy. We sent Ellen Hopkins some pictures of our meeting and she wrote back! WOW!

Our teens have read 3/12 of our book challenges and have made those books come to life at our monthly book club meeting…

In January we read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and even got some feedback from the book’s author about our awesomely peculiar collages!!

In February we read John Green’s bestseller tear-jerker The Fault in our Stars, then we dried our tears with pizza and made some book swag…

Next month’s book and meeting explores the dark world of Frankenstein…are you UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?


Full Steam Ahead! Books and Programs for Steampunk Fans

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness.

The new book shelf in the teen room looks awesome these days–full of alternate history and steampunk machinery. New to steampunk? I like Wikipedia’s explanation:

 Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

Often fast-paced and fun, Steampunk gets a lot of attention…so give it a go! Check out our latest additions or browse our favorite steampunk novels from our catalog or through our Steampunk Explore guide. Want to look the part? Join us next week for our  Cosplay: It’s Easier than you Think! program where we will be crafting steampunk goggles!

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. Fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate will be thrilled to know that she has a new series out–in the first book, readers enter  an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.  Gail even has a super neat web site about the book at a special website dedicated to The Finishing School Series. Click on the image for more how-tos…


Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristen Bailey

A orphaned sixteen-year-old servant in Victorian England finds love while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious society of inventors and their most dangerous creation.

The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley

In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.

The manual of aeronautics : an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series by written by Scott Westerfeld

Illustrations and text provide detailed looks at the machines, uniforms, creatures, and characters of the Leviathan book series


Dry Your Nerdfighter Tears with Pizza at This Month’s Teen Book Challenge

Posted on February 19th, 2013 by Mickie.
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What do John Green, Anne Frank, Nerdfighteria and Saltwater pizza have to do with this month’s teen book challenge? Plenty! We’re reading The Fault in our Stars by John Green – it has had months of buzz and months on the best seller list and it is also a stone cold tear jerker….we love it! So get the book and come to the meeting. We’ll dry our saltwater tears with pizza.

And like they say in John Green’s hometown – Don’t Forget to Be Awesome.


AR Book Find is Here!

Posted on February 5th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Books, Homework Help.

Does your school require you to read at a certain AR Level?

Are you tired of trying to track down books that are at your level and are interesting and WPL owns them AND they are available to check out?

It is so much work to find the perfect book, it can bring on a full panda rage.

Yeah, we feel your frustration…but get ready, friends, your life is about to change.

Introducing the brand new Accelerated Reader Search brought to you by your friends at the Westerville Public Library.

Start your search.

Then enter your AR Range and interest level:

Then use our tags to find subjects and genres that you enjoy…

And then limit by availability to show what you can take home with you today.

We are pretty excited about this so give it a whirl and let us know what you think – BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL!

Act now and we’ll throw in the helpful smiling face of your local librarian who would love to show you how this nifty AR Search works, how to pick out great books that you’ll love and much, much more. This special offer will not expire!