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Dear TeenScene: 3rd Edition

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Happy Tuesday readers and welcome to another edition of Dear TeenScene–your weekly blog post about all things Own the Night! We have three weeks left in our 2012 Summer Reading Program and I am happy to report that all participants have been reading their horns off…or..ugh..their arms off …uh..that’s not right..ugh they have been reading LOTS!

A combined 7,311 hours of reading from all teams makes this year’s program a RAGING success! But you still have questions–it’s cool. On to the letters…

Dear TeenScene,
I need your advice.  I’m a vampire.  *Technically* I’m 15 years old but really, I’ve been 15 for a very long time.  Should I sign up for the teen summer reading program or the one for adults? Also, do I get credit for pints of blood sucked?

Thanks,
Thirsting for Blood with no Time to Read and Eternally Conflicted

Dear TfBwnTtRaEC,
Wow that name is a mouth full, eh? Couldn’t you just go by Bob? Bob is a nice name! I know lots of Bobs and they are all pretty cool…well except for that guy I went to High School with who used to lick the lockers between classes. *shudders* Anyhooo…ugh sorry, if you are 15 for eternity you are reading with the teens for eternity too…but I think that is pretty cool! The adult program isn’t giving away cool, free books and they aren’t having a magical black light glow party either…so, like, be thankful. And MAYBE if you spent less time sucking blood and more time reading books your team wouldn’t be dead last. Just sayin. (Get it? Dead last…see what I did there? I slay me…HA-I did it again!)

Yours,
Mickie the Librarian

Dear TeenScene,
Since I’m a unicorn, i can zip through books like a hurricane (cus I”m magic and all). So I read all the books in the library. (Some of them were really, really weird). Anyway, I really need some new interesting books. Can you recommend some awesome books that by any chance I did not read. Thx a lot!!  P.S. Can you tell Bella to leave me alone, she keeps bugging me about that cute sparkly boy she met at the teen place at the library. Thx!!

Yours,
Speedy Gonzales…the Unicorn

Dear Speedy,
Yes, yes, yes–we get it! You are an awesome unicorn! I’m sure everything you do is amazingly magical! We’re really happy for you! If you have read all the books (even the unabridged encyclopedia? Really? What about the phone books–did ya read those?) Why not try some magazines? We subscribed to everything from Sports Illustrated to Seventeen and even Unicorn Skin Care Monthly! (Ok, no we don’t actually subscribe to that last one–but I would read it!).  Also, spending time reading magazines totally counts toward SRP prizes! Oh and yeah…I called security about Bella. Sorry ’bout that.

Yours,
Mickie the Librarian

Dear TeenScene,

BRAINSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOURS!
Zombies

Dear…uh…you…I get it…ha–brains…mine…heh….heh…my brains…yeah…that’s funny…uh…

*tosses three packs of cookies at Zombies and runs*

Gotta run!! Till next time SRP fans this is Mickie signing out–reminding you to keep reading and Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!

 

 

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Zombies Close the Gap; Unicorns Still Lead the Herd: Own the Night Updates

Posted on June 30th, 2012 by Mickie.
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At the mid-point of our Summer Reading Contest, Unicorns still lead the way with almost 1800 hours logged and Humans are not far behind with 1607! The Vampires are showing that they MEAN business as they creep up behind Zombies in their bid to leave 4th place! It has been an exciting race so far, but it isn’t over yet! We still have four more weeks of Own the Night fun and it is still anybody’s game, folks!

Need something good to sink your teeth into Team Vampire?

When their parents announce they are taking in a fellow student for a month, 16-year-old twins Kyle and Judy sit up and take notice. Kyle has just come out of the closet to his family and fears he'll never know what it is like to date a guy. Judy is pretending to be born-again to attract a boy who heads a Bible study group. And Garret Johnson is new in town-- a mysterious loner who claims to be a vampire. Both twins are intrigued.

Is your Summer just stumbling along, groping for a good read? Try this, Team Zombie:

In 1867 Texas, Jett, a girl passing as a boy while seeking her long-lost twin brother, joins forces with Honoraria Gibbons, an inventor, and White Fox, a young Army scout, to investigate a zombie army that is terrorizing the West.

Team Human: Sick of all the hype surrounding the creatures of nocturnal persuasion? Time to get real:

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

 

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Teen Crafting–Today!

Posted on June 26th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Join us today from 3-4pm when we’ll be making origami-style dream diaries and talking about what dreams actually may mean…like that one where I show up to school in my underwear–YIKES!

 

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Dear TeenScene…Letters to the Editor, Volume 2

Posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Mickie.
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The response to our last round of Dear TeenScene letters was amazing! Keep your questions coming! Have an issue? Need a tissue? Got a gripe? Need to know the hype? Shoot me an e-mail at mstiers@westervillelibrary.org.

Here are this week’s letters…

Dear TeenScene,

I’m a fluffy unicorn! (SOOO FLUFFY!!) It really-really-really makes me happy to be a fluffy little unicorn! And I can’t believe that Unicorns are in the lead…well yes  I can because we are so wonderful, but you know what? I’m not golden, that’s a lie JK Rowling is perpetuating for her own gain. But, I digress.  The reason I’m writing to you is because I don’t have thumbs.  I know right? So would it be ok if someone reads to me and I count that time to get a prize?  I really-really-really love prizes! But, I don’t have thumbs. (You know, to turn pages with…)

Thanks for your consideration,
The super fluffy, but not really golden unicorn (without thumbs)

Dear SF,bnRGU(wt),

Wow…no thumbs. What a bummer, but that’s ok you still have those golden hooves–am I right? And lots of people don’t have thumbs and they are still super-duper! No kidding, like Scooby Doo and Garfield…no thumbs and all awesome! And you can TOTALLY have someone read to you and count those hours. Or you can come into a teen program or volunteer and count those hours toward a prize. No thumbs needed, n’kay?

Signed,
Mickie the Librarian

Dear TeenScene,

I’d love to get more books for the summer reading program, but they are so heavy my arm keeps falling off? Any suggestions on how to carry a lot of books?

Zeke the Zombie

Dear Zeke,
Here is what you do. Buy a Wiener dog minion and hitch it up to a tiny cart that you can carry your books in! Oh…wait…my phone is ringing…..Hello?….uh-huh…oh, no I didn’t realize….ok sure….bye! RIGHT! That was the Wiener Dog defamation league and apparently hitching them to carts is demeaning and frowned upon so strike that last suggestion. Ok, welllll how about you get yourself a book bag–do you still have shoulders?

Signed,
Mickie the Librarian

Dear TeenScene,

Please publish this letter–I’m team human and I was in the teen room the other day and there was this SUPER HAWT guy but I was too shy say anything so I just stood there awkwardly with my mouth open. He said hi and and I ran away…knocking the Seventeen magazines everywhere. I’m clumsy and clueless…he was handsome and sparkly…a real old soul and I just know I’ll die if I don’t meet him.

Signed,
I just met you and maybe this is crazy

Bella….stop writing in. I haven’t seen him and I don’t know where to find him.  Don’t you have a movie to promote? elsewhere? Far away from here? Geesh.

All right Who Will Own the Night fans…till next time! DFTBA! See you at the library!

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Top FIVE Teen Reads about Unicorns

Posted on June 20th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Despite strange dreams and her ailing father's firm belief in the family lore of a long-ago ancestor's connection to the mythical unicorn, fifteen-year-old New Yorker Elayne remains skeptical until, during a school visit to the unicorn tapestries in the Cloisters, she finds herself entering a tumultuous world where she must fulfill the legacy of her ancestors by taming the unicorn and bringing a tyrant to justice.

Recounts the quest of the last unicorn, who leaves the protection of the enchanted forest to search for her own kind, and who is joined by Schmedrick the Magician and Molly Grue in her search.

Jan, the prince of the unicorns, accompanies other initiate warriors on a pilgrimage to their lost ancestral home where they will view their destinies in the Mirror of the Moon.

After sixteen-year-old Astrid Llewelyn survives a vicious unicorn attack, she learns that she is a descendant of the most famous unicorn hunter of all time and she must travel to Rome, Italy, to train in the ancient arts in order to carry on her family legacy and save the world from the threat posed by the reemergence of lethal unicorns.

 

Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.

 

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Eat the Unicorns’ Dust…Sparkly, Sparkly Dust: SRP Update–Unicorns Lead the Pack!

Posted on June 18th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Zombies–look alive (sorry bad pun) and quit moaning so much, just get reading!

Vampires—can’t you sink your teeth into a good book?!

Humans–You have no excuse–you have not so rotten arms, eyeballs that mostly work (when they aren’t glued to the computer screen). So why aren’t you reading more!?

Are you going to let the unicorns win? Are you going to let the glitter get all over the library? Go on–get to reading, or come to a program or volunteer—just log those hours!

Here is the breakdown…as it stands today, 6/18/12

 

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Dear TeenScene, SRP 2012 Letters to the Editor…

Posted on June 13th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Well, Summer Reading %2012 is well under way and everyone is settling into their respective teams, humans, zombies, vampires and unicorns. Ok…actually, not everyone is settling in so nicely. I have received enough letters to the editor that we here at the Westerville Public Library feel that it is necessary to create an advice column to answer questions, provide clarification and put some nasty rumors to rest.

Do you have questions or comments about our Own the Night program? E-mail me at mstiers@westervillelibrary.org and I’ll get you some answers…

Dear TeenScene,
I am trying to log more hours, but being a zombie, it kind of sucks that my eyeballs fell out a while ago.  Well, technically one got eaten by my best-pal-turned-zombie dog and the other one is in my pocket, just in case.  I still want to participate in the summer reading program though, is it ok if I listen to audiobooks instead of reading? You know, at least until I no longer have ears and stuff. Any suggestions?

Signed,
ZombieBob

Dear ZombieBob,
That must be frustrating for you! Audiobooks are just the ticket! Listening to books is a great way to log hours. You can listen to books on CD, e-books on your device or even check out a Playaway that comes equipped with earbuds and an extra battery! Just…uh…wipe the earbuds off before you return them…with disinfectant…n’kay?

Signed,
Librarian Mickie

Dear TeenScene,
Could someone remind Team Zombie to quit using body parts as book marks?  IT. IS. UBER.GROSS!

Thanks,
Shelley, Team Human

Dear Shelley,
Wow! Yeah..we try to protect our books so that lots of people get to use them before they wear out. We librarians find some pretty crazy things used as bookmarks–wish we found crisp five dollar bills!
I would suggest making a cool comic crafty book mark or using your checkout slip as a bookmark–it even reminds you when you need to bring your book back!

Signed,
Librarian Mickie

Dear TeenScene,
What I want to know is, why are you being so prejudiced against the lesser-known creatures? As a narwhal, I feel the need to speak up for myself and the other Unicorns of the Sea. We live in the ocean — the darkest depths! — and what is more “night-like” than the deepest ocean? If you would be willing to make the Narwhals honorary members of Team Unicorn, we’d be very appreciative, even if we can’t run and frolic in the fields and have stickers designed to look like us, with glitter and everything. (Glitter. Barf.) Or, if you can’t do that, can you at least recommend me some good books where characters deal with jealousy and envy? It’s, uh, for a friend.

Sincerely,
A Narwhal

Dear A Narwhal,
Hey, don’t get yourself down–everyone is beautiful in his or her own way and who needs glittery stickers!? Have you ever seen a glittery librarian sticker–no, probably not. That’s ok..I’m still a rockstar and glitter is hard to vaccum up after storytime anyway. It’s all good. SO for your…uh…friend…here are some awesome books that deal with jealousy.

Signed,
Librarian Mickie

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe's most dangerous enemy--Peter Pan--and falls in love with him.

Fifteen-year-old Tessa tries to be happy when her crush, Charlie, falls for her younger sister, Lulu, and it becomes easier after she begins a secret relationship with Jasper, a social outcast who lives next door to Tessa's best friend.

High school sophomore Ori Taylor, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in a nameless rock band, has always been known as the easily-overlooked younger brother of Del, a high school sports star, but when Del suddenly returns home from college just as Ori is starting to gain some confidence in himself, Del expects everything to return to the way it used to be.

When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets.

 

 

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Humans and Unicorns are NECK AND NECK!

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Ok Sports fans, here is your weekly run down on all the SRP action from the teen side! Humans are in the lead, but only by 2 hours!

Is it harder for unicorns to read without thumbs?! Are vampires frustrated that the library is only open during daylight hours?! WHAT exactly is a Hufflepuff anyway?! Stay with us summer readers for the answers to questions you never asked, exciting reading competition developments and much more!

Humans: 92 registered, 359 hours logged

Unicorns: 102 registered, 357 hours logged

Zombies: 63 registered, 183 hours logged

Vampires: 57 registered, 127 hours logged

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THE RACE IS ON!

Posted on June 3rd, 2012 by Mickie.
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Okay, you signed up for Summer Reading and you chose a team…WHAT? You haven’t signed up yet?

Go here and do it. Now.

Ok, so you are signed up–awesome! The four teams are reading like crazy to try and out do each other…
Here are the stats…

Aren’t sure how to get some hours in? Here are some tips:

  • Take a book to the pool…just try not to get it too wet!
  • Read some comics on the web–heck, yea it counts!
  • Read your favorite picture book to your snotty little brother–maybe if you read together he won’t be so snotty!
  • Come to the library–if you attend a program it counts toward your log–here’s what is going on.
  • Put a zombie sticker on your head and read a book about brains at the park…why not? You get double fun for being a weirdo… (so says Teen Volunteer, Kat!)
  • Listen to a book on your ipod or computer or ipad or whatever techno gadget floats your boat…I just listened to The Hobbit and it was awesome-have you ever heard dwarves singing?
  • Grab a magazine–they are fun to read and they have pictures!

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Cover Stories: Book Cover Judginess

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by Mickie.
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I do it, you do it and I bet your Auntie Muriel does it to. YA Bloggers do it and librarians do it too…everyday. Do what? Judge books by their covers. And why shouldn’t you? A book cover is designed to grab your interest so you’ll pick the book up and give the words a try!

In our Teen ARC (soon to be Beta Books) meetings we talk about book covers quite a bit and even play games where we try to make up stories based solely on book covers…it gets kinda funny (remember the spanked by flowers cover?). We really like picking covers apart to talk about what we like and what we don’t like to see in a teen book cover. The top offenders?

  • Plain Janes: We don’t like it when there is absolutely nothing on the cover at all! What’s up with that? Give us something to look at!
  • Imagination Killers: Sometimes the fun of the book is imagining the characters for yourself instead of imaging the cover model as the character.
  • NO PDA! We don’t like to watch people making out in real life and we don’t want to see it on the cover either…that goes double for those too sexy models in impossible poses on the cover. Seriously, no one can really arch their back like that. Ouch.

So how do you judge your books? Give me a shout out in the comments.

And finally for your viewing pleasure, here is how a specific book cover was made sped up to show the whole process in 1 minute and 53 seconds.

 

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Haven’t Been There, but I’ve Read That: Historical Fiction for Teens

Posted on April 24th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Can you imagine what it felt like to grow up in a Medieval village in the depths of the Dark Ages? What about how stressful it must have been to be a fighter pilot strapped in the belly of a plane hurtling through the sky towards enemy airspace? Of course you can imagine it! Although you can’t live in the past, you can visit it…when you read about it.

If you aren’t the type to follow wizards into dark mines or hitch rides in alien ships, than you may just be a fan of historical fiction.

BUT WHAT *IS* HISTORICAL FICTION?? I can hear you shouting. (Seriously–you don’t need to shout, I am sitting right here.)

Let’s ask the professor:

So there you have it. Mostly real, but not quite. But it will feel real to you…so go ahead and step into historical fiction. The feelings are real, but the dumb souvenir t-shirt is totally optional. Browse the catalog now because history is cool.

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How Many Have You Read? YALSA Announces Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Posted on April 16th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Have ya’ll seen this yet?

These are the nominees for the coveted Teens Top Ten list this year. Teens nominate the titles and teens vote on the winners.

 

I like a lot of these picks, what do you think? Any gems that were missed? Any included that you hated? Give me a shout back in the comments.

If you haven’t read all of these–get cracking!  You can see the whole list in our catalog and you’ll have months to read them all. I’ll be bugging you to vote for your favorites this fall.

Seriously…go read. Get thine nose in a book... Now.

 

 

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The Titanic: Long Gone but Not Forgotten

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by Mickie.
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With the 100 year anniversary of the sinking approaching on April 15, %2012 and the brilliantly timed release of James Cameron’s Titanic in 3D much of the world is very interested in the rusting and romantic heap of history on the bottom of the ocean floor.

Why do we love history? Is it the romance? Is it the adventure? Is it the cool costumes? Who knows–but historical fiction is gaining in popularity with adults and teens alike!

So what happened that cold night in 1912? Why weren’t there enough lifeboats and how did it feel to look into that dark 28 degree water and know you were about to plunge in?  No helicopter rescue for these folks…and none of them are around anymore to ask. Here is how National Geographic thinks it may have happened:

They aren’t the only ones piecing together stories from the past. Some try to piece together the facts and others try to match the facts up with feelings and human emotions–that is the beginning of historical fiction. These authors want you to listen to their take on the disaster. Are you up for some adventure?

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Road Trip! Books that go the Distance

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Yes, sports fans–it is that time again!

Spring Break is on and teens are ready to hit the road and we are ready to offer up or annual pick of the buddy books about road trips, travel and spring break shenanigans!

Catch and Release by Blythe Woolston
Eighteen-year-old Polly and impulsive, seventeen-year-old Odd survive an deadly outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria, but resulting wounds have destroyed their plans for the future and with little but their unlikely friendship and a shared affection for trout fishing, they set out on a road trip through the West.

Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger
Sixteen-year-old Hattie and eighteen-year-old Delores set off on a road trip that takes unexpected turns as they discover the healing power of friendship and confront what each of them is fleeing from.

Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern
Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

Rivals by Lauren Kunze
Callie Andrews has looked forward this semester but Lexi is still after her, boyfriend Clint wants her back but Gregory has decided to fight for her, Vanessa still has not forgiven her, and working on the Harvard Crimson is taking a toll, causing Callie to yearn for spring break.

What is your favorite road trip book?

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Spring is for the Birds: The Not-So-Twitterpated Book List

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by Mickie.
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Ahhh…Spring–that magical time when everyone’s thoughts turn to love and beauty…right? Spring…the birds are singing, the freshman are batting their eyes at potential prom dates and all the flowers beg for attention from the pollinators. It is inevitable, right? All creatures’ thoughts turn to romance in the Spring time…


Well, not everyone…some people like to balance those frisky rabbits and google-eyed love birds of spring with a box of tissues and a sad story. Grab some snacks and turn off the phone (like you need one more text about your BFF’s new crush) and enjoy these  weird relationships, tear-jerkers and bad romances…

Boy meets girl, girl goes crazy, girl runs away…ah teenage love can be so one-sided. In this scrapbook of make-believe and truth readers have to decide for themselves where the story ends. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony–after you read this, come talk to me. I have some theories about what may be going on.

In White Cat by Holly Black, Cassell is pretty sure he was in love with his best friend…too bad he is pretty sure he killed her with his secret powers. That’s awkward.

When you know you are going to die, is it still ok to fall in love? What if you can’t stop it? Is it worth living even if the living is what is killing you? How the heck did Anne Frank manage to live with her crush under her roof and the Nazis outside her door? Grab your tissues for this one folks…The Fault in our Stars by John Green is gonna clear out your sinuses.

Cas’s girlfriend is gorgeous…and she’s also a blood thirsty ghost who has been known to rip the limbs off of his friends..maybe double-dates are out of the question? Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

He thinks she is a boy, but she finds herself hoping he’ll see her as more…oh yeah and the fate of the world is at stake in an alternate history of WWI…love…it is tricky, especially when you are riding around in a live whale that has been made into an airship. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

So finding books with weird romance was kinda fun…and kinda hard. I am sure there are tons more that I haven’t read. Do you know of any star-crossed, love-hate, sobbing-crazy love stories? Give me a shout back in the comments. We need a good long list of these gems.

 

 

 

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