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Everyone’s Beautiful: Westerville teens tackle bullying with love

Posted on July 13th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Technology, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

Many of you saw local teen Cole interviewed last night on NBC4 (in the library, even!) about the Facebook group he founded, Everyone’s Beautiful. This group has grown virally to over 11,000 members worldwide in just a couple short weeks! It provides a forum for teens to share their stories and, most importantly, be in contact with a huge support group of both friends and strangers who provide positive messages and words of encouragement. Curious? Join the group on FB and you’ll stay up-to-date on the latest events, outreach, and developments as the movement continues to grow. And when you’re not online, don’t forget what your friendly neighborhood librarian always says about tough topics: there’s a book for that.

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The Library’s Most Requested: Books You’re Asking For

Posted on April 30th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Technology, Web sites to watch.

Recently, we were asked, “What are the top requested books by tweens and teens at your library?” What a great question! Librarians in the Youth Department used our collective memory to compile the top books that we are asked for at the reference desks ALL the time. Our results are above (collaged together using the most awesome www.ipiccy.com — check it out if you miss Picnik!).

What do you think? Are these YOUR personal faves, or do you do most of your book requesting online? Someday soon we’ll take a look at those stats, too, and see how they compare!

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25 Ways To Geek Out @ Your Library

Posted on March 8th, 2012 by Becky.
Categories: Events, Gaming, Technology, Web sites to watch.

Did you know we’re in the midst of Teen Tech Week? Every year, this week in March sets out to celebrate and showcase the amazing technology available at YOUR library. I especially like this list of 25 easy ways for teens to get involved in TTW at the library. The links below are adapted for WPL!

  1. Download an ebook or audiobook from your library.
  2. Download our mobile app and try it out!
  3. Visit your library’s webpage.
  4. Blog about a library book or program.
  5. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads (did you know WPL has an account?), LibraryThing or Shelfari.
  6. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  7. Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  8. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  9. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  10. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  11. Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  12. Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
  13. Start a Teen Tech Club at your school or public library.
  14. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  15. Watch some anime or start an anime club at your library.
  16. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  17. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.
  18. Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.
  19. Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.
  20. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  21. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.
  22. Learn how to use some new software.
  23. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  24. Create a database of something you want to organize.
  25. Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account.

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Talkin’ transmedia: multi-platform books

Posted on December 13th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies, Technology, Web sites to watch.

You probably know what transmedia is, even if you don’t use that word in your everyday convos (and who does?). It’s an invented word that got a lot of buzz this year, as we saw more books that jumped off the page onto many different media platforms, especially online.

This article highlights a bunch of them, from The Amanda Project (which has a tie-in web site of info gathered to help solve the mystery of a missing teen), to The Search for WondLa (whose illustrations can be held up to a webcam to unlock extras), to Pottermore (which extends and makes interactive the beloved Harry Potter universe).

Pottermore

I’d also add the Skeleton Creek series and 3:15 series (both by Patrick Carman), as well as the Cathy books.

So what do you think? Is this a future trend that will continue, or will straight-up ebooks soon rule the market? Personally, I like the idea of blending paper and other media for a while. That way there is still a piece to enjoy when you aren’t next to a computer/phone/tablet. Am I the old-fashioned librarian in saying this? Tell me in the comments!

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The Twilight Belt: Where the biggest Twi-hards live?

Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Web sites to watch.

How many of y’all use the web site Goodreads to track what you and your friends are reading? I know I do, and so does your Westerville Public Library! But even so, it took alert reader Mickie to point out this awesome post on their blog. They’ve taken their vast amount of data on the Twilight Saga and made a handy infographic to show where the most Twilight fans (and non-fans) reside. And 12 times more females read Twilight than males — surprised? ;)

If you’re all “been there, done that” about Twilight but still love you some vampire fiction or paranormal romance, be sure to scope out our list of Twilight readalikes!

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Fictional Food: The oh-so-yummy food/book connection

Posted on November 12th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Movies, Web sites to watch.

Considering that it combines two of my favorite things EVARRR, food and books, you can see why the blog Fictional Food is one I’m going to be checking obsessively. It highlights foods eaten in books, and posts recipes and ideas for making your own. It’s also begun to feature recipes from comics, games, movies, and television. How cool is that?!

Right now I’m obsessing over The Hunger Games section of the site, especially this giant list. Who knew there was so much food eaten in The Hunger Games? A THG movie release party at the library is brewing in my head…it would be great to feature some of these dishes (well, perhaps not the roasted rabbit).

Of course, this brings up the delicious question of what other good food fiction books are out there. I always drooled a little when reading what the characters cook in the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as all the feasting that happens in Redwall. What other food-centric books can you think of? Post ‘em in the comments! I’m off to get a snack!

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Untranslatable: A post for the word nerds among us

Posted on November 9th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

I just stumbled across this, and it may be one of my new favorite posts: %20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World. If you speak another language, are learning one in school, have traveled to another country, or are generally a Word Nerd (as am I), you may appreciate some of these:

Jayus (Indonesian) — “A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.” I don’t know about you, but these are the jokes that often make me laugh the hardest! Closely related are jokes that make you think this.

Iktsuarpok (Inuit) — “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.”

Prozvonit (Czech) — This word means to call a mobile phone and let it ring once so that the other person will call back, saving the first caller money. In Spanish, the phrase for this is “Dar un toque,” or, “To give a touch.” (Ha! I’ve done this…but only occasionally…*cough*)

Do you know a word that exists in another language but doesn’t have a corresponding word in English? Tell us in the comments!

And if you’re interested in learning another language, you definitely need to check out one of our online services, Mango Languages. Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. Create an account, hear and see the vocabulary, and track your progress!

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Love Is Respect: A Teen Dating Violence PSA

Posted on September 28th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Web sites to watch.

I’m so glad that local teen Grace shared this link with me — it’s a video PSA that she made to bring attention to the issue of teen dating violence. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if you’re in an abusive relationship — and even harder to let anyone know. For more information, visit LoveIsRespect.org or check the library.

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YA Clicks: Homework help web sites from VOYA

Posted on September 21st, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Homework Help, Technology, Web sites to watch.

Here at the ol' WPL, we get a lot of questions about homework help and which web sites are useful. Imagine my delight, then, to share with you these great sites just posted on VOYA's "YA Clicks" column. (VOYA is the magazine Voice of Youth Advocates, and you can check out issues here at the library. It's fabulous for anyone who works with teens!)

Librarian Rebecca Purdy and her group of teens, The Web Surfers, have tried and tested some great online resources. Whether you need help learning a language, remembering info for your bibliography (d'oh!), or reading a book online, you won't want to miss this list!

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YouAreWhatYouRead.com: List your fav books to see your “bookprint”

Posted on July 13th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Music, Web sites to watch.

Have you heard of this site? YouAreWhatYouRead.com is brought to you by the folks at Scholastic, and offers an online book community that lets you build your own “bookprint” with the titles that have influenced you the most.

Bookprint [book-print], noun:

The list of books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.

I read about it in this article, which mentions what’s on Taylor Swift‘s list (I happen to really like her choices!):

Big Bird’s Day on the Farm, by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow, Maggie Swanson (illustrator)

Girl With a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

What would be on YOUR “most influential books” list? Is there a book that helped make you who you are today?

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If you lived here…

Posted on June 29th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Web sites to watch.

Do you have a favorite fictional world? There’s a book being written called If You Lived Here: The Top 30 All Time Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Worlds, and it’s taking nominations right now for readers’ favorite second worlds. Hogwarts? Middle Earth? Narnia? What place would YOU nominate?

(hat tip to Bookshelves of Doom for the link!)

My favorite second worlds are usually the ones brought to life by an artist. Kazu Kibuishi creates some incredible worlds in his Amulet graphic novels:


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Admit it — you know you love voting for things

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Web sites to watch.

Heard about this? Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted, is inviting Ohioans to practice a little democracy prior to Election Day by electing the next “I Voted Today” sticker. In this particular election, you don’t have to be 18 to participate and you can vote as often as you like!

Visit the Elect Your Sticker page daily from now through August 8 to vote for your favorite from among six new designs. Then “endorse” your sticker by sharing it with your friends through Facebook and Twitter so they too can join in the fun. This was my pick:

What’s yours? The sticker that earns the popular vote will be the one distributed to Ohio voters at the polls this November 8, %2011! Curious about the real election process? Check out these books about elections and voting!

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ReachOut.com

Posted on April 26th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Web sites to watch.

Do you guys know about ReachOut.com? It’s a web site where teens can go to improve their understanding of mental health issues, as well as develop resilience and build coping skills.

Reachout.com has 4 key sections:

  • The Facts provides information on a range of mental health issues
  • Real Stories shares personal experiences with mental health issues from teens and young adults and how they got through these issues
  • Get Help provides information about how you might find the help you need
  • Add Your Voice presents opportunities for you to contribute content to ReachOut and have your opinions become part of the larger ReachOut community.

It’s really awesome and worth a look. They’ve also partnered with YALSA (a library organization focused on teens) to tie in these books that deal with many of these same mental health issues. The site is also sponsoring live author chats – check out the lineup!

How about you — are there any books that have helped you through a tough time, or opened your eyes to what other people may be going through?

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I just friended my college admissions officers on FB…

Posted on April 19th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Technology, Web sites to watch.

Surfing the interwebs today, we came across this infographic and tidbit about Facebook:

As Facebook has become more and more popular—if it were a country, it would be the third largest in the world—its use in the field of education has expanded, too. In fact, more than 80% of college admissions officers report using Facebook as part of their recruiting process.

Surprised? I was. Sure, I expected colleges to be putting ads on FB, and if you applied, they might look up your profile to see what you’re like. But sending friend requests to admissions officers? That’s a bold move! And what if your profile is set to private? If someone in your class has theirs visible to all, complete with pics of community service and links to sports wins, do they have a better chance of getting in? All interesting questions. As I was (coughcough) out of college before FB got big, this is a brave new world. Would love to hear the thoughts of the Class of %2011 (and beyond!).

Reading students like an open facebook, or how social media is reshaping college admissions
Courtesy of: Schools.com

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Coming soon to a book near you!

Posted on April 1st, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Books, Technology, Web sites to watch.

When you go to the movies or pop in a DVD do you skip the movie trailers or are you glued to the screen and making a mental list of what you MUST see next? What about book trailers–teaser clips made by readers or by publishers to introduce you to your next big read?

Some of these trailers are pretty simple and some are CRAZY beautiful and artistic like the one for the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but some…well…some strike us as total cheeseball.

So, friends, please observe exhibit A: Below you will see an Amazon description for a brand new YA book coming out in a few weeks from Ann Aguirre and then you’ll see the trailer–looks like they put some time and money into it! YOU TELL US: Does the trailer make you wanna read the book? Or does it make you wish it were a movie already? Is it cool or is it cheese? 

WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear–to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Now watch the book trailer….and tell us below what you think.

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