The most heavily-used technology in the library is no doubt that wondrous thing that some people call teh Interwebs.
But as any cat will tell you, it’s not always easy to find what you want in this tangled web. That’s when librarians come to the rescue! We’ve done a lot to make our Web site, www.westervillelibrary.org, handy for those who suffer Internet overload — from our Explore guides (which bundle together all the best books, websites, videos and more to help you get started) to our Online Collections (databases that leave Google in the dust).
And just for you, dear TeenScene readers, we’ve put together a fabulous collections of links on the right side of this blog, connecting you to all the best in Homework Help, Books, Health & Safety, and more. Take a look! ——–>
Ohio students! Did you know YOU (yes, you!) can nominate a book to win a special state award? Ohio is the only state to have a statewide book award program nominated and voted on exclusively by students! How cool is that?!
The %2011 Teen Buckeye Book Award accepts nominations from students in grades 9-12, and if you aren’t in high school yet, you’ll vote in the Buckeye Children’s Book Award. Think of your favorite book published in the last 2 years by an American author, and go to one of the links above to nominate it. Then, get all your friends to do the same so your book has the best chance of winning!
Nominations are due by March 10, so get on it!
Have you guys heard about this?! Google recently launched Art Project, which lets you see artwork at museums worldwide, in incredible close-up detail. You can even “create and share your own collection of masterpieces”! And — this is my favorite part — 17 pieces have been photographed in a 7 billion pixel (or gigapixel) version. 7 billion pixels!!! In real museums you can’t get that close to a famous old painting, in case you sneeze or breath on it. But this way, you can pore over every brush stroke.
This Visitor’s Guide video will show you the ropes:
Have you seen this adorable video? It’s made by local librarians from SaveOhioLibraries.com. Anyone who’s looking for a job, and/or wondering what the public library can do for them, should check it out! (And so should anyone who loves kittens. I mean, how can you resist kittens?!)
Alert reader (and writer!) novelwriter just pointed me to this awesome new site, Figment. What is Figment, you ask?
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
You can make your own profile to post writing and get feedback, discuss with others on the forum and blog, and find out about cool new stuff! I especially like how it’s about reading as much as writing — the two are so related!
Are you a Naruto fan? Alert librarian Mickie spotted this cool Naruto desktop customization set — so every time you’re on the computer, you can show off your fandom
And of course, check out the library’s Naruto selection while you’re at it!
^ This fall one is perfect for October!
Those of y’all who read this blog (all three of you!) may have noticed the more sporadic posts lately. I have a confession to make: I’ve been cheating on this blog with…Facebook. Yes, everything you’ve heard is true. FB’s email alerts, comment conversations, the quick picture/link posting abilities, and the ability to connect with teen library users who I know in real life, have all conspired to keep my attention more than WordPress.
I’m resolving to be a better blogger, but in the meantime, you can find me and my frequent updates about the library, teen books, teen programs, and Teen Volunteering at www.facebook.com/beckythelibrarian (update: that link doesn’t seem to be working, so you can always search me by Becky O’Neil too).
Fess up…you know you’re addicted to online games. All you have to do is start one and then it becomes a competition of unstoppable proportions…you just need ONE MORE TRY and you will WIN (err, maybe that’s just what happens to me when I play Solitaire!). So how cool is it that there is now a way to get your fix AND donate to a good cause?
We’ve partnered with GamesThatGive, a new website that generates money for charity (us) when you play their free online games:
- Bubble Burst (kind of like snood)
- Word Search
- Drull (cool puzzle game)
How does it work? Sponsors advertise on the games, and 70% of every dollar they spend goes to Do Something! Check out GamesThatGive.net and tell some friends about this fun new way to help Do Something change the world.
Sounds cool, huh? I’ll be checking it out just as soon as I beat Solitaire…
This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is all about expressing yourself. With the proposed cuts to library funding, now is the time to make your voice heard!
What does the library mean to you? A safe place to hang out after school? Somewhere you can go for help with your homework? Your only source for new books? The first place you could access the Internet?
Let your local legislators know how important the library is to you! Email Governor Strickland today, or contact the following state representatives to share your thoughts. You can make a difference!
Not sure what to write? Check out this sample letter.
Senator Bill Harris, President of the Senate
Senator David Goodman, 3rd District
Representative Kevin Bacon, 21st District
Representative Marian Harris, 19th District
Representative Nancy Garland, %20th District
Representative Kris Jordan, 2nd District
Do you remember reading one of the most famous picture books, Where the Wild Things Are, when you were little? I do!! I’m super-excited to see this trailer for the upcoming live-action movie. I didn’t think it was possible to make a full-length movie from such a simple picture book, but this looks too cool to miss:
Sorry for the long delay in posting, everyone! Hope you had a great winter break, snow day, Groundhog Day, and whatever else has kept you busy so far in %2009.
Things have been busy at the Library, too: seen our new web site??
The new design offers all the same stuff, plus a new catalog for searching, tons of cool Explore guides, and lots of ways to follow us online (check us out if you use delicious, Flickr, MySpace, GoodReads, SlideShare, or Twitter!).
Leave a comment and tell us what you think: the good, the bad, and the ugly (hopefully not TOO ugly! )
What’s the POA, you ask? It’s the Protection of Animals web site, and it was started by animal<3, a local Westerville teen and Library Teen Volunteer.
Hi! Here is a great website my friend and I made discussing animal rights. You can join our group by going to the Contact Us page. We will gladly accept!
Thanks for the tip, animal<3! Visit the site today!
Alert reader (thanks, Dave Barry, for that phrase) and guest blogger Novelwriter65 discovered the web site Flamingnet Book Reviews.
Flamingnet’s mission is to promote reading among young adults; making reading more fun by highlighting books that young adults may enjoy and fostering literacy through charitable work.
Its founder was only in 5th grade when he started writing book reviews, and you too can apply on the site to be a Student Reviewer for Flamingnet!
If book reviewing’s your thing, don’t forget you can also post reviews on the WPL web site by clicking “Write a Review” on the left of any item that you find in the catalog. Post early and post often — we love to hear from you! You can also find the Library and many of our librarians posting to www.goodreads.com.
Thanks, Novelwriter65, for the tip!
Have you ever said “that’s so gay!”? Or heard your friends saying it? The site ThinkB4YouSpeak.com challenges you to say something that’s original, unique, and not negative. The English language is huge, so show off your vocab and express your opinion without dissing a whole group of people!
Also, never underestimate the power of an invented word (talk about unique!). I give points to “awesometastic” and “craptacular.” Got any other ideas for replacing “that’s so gay”? Comment me!