Duck brand Duct Tape has a “Stuck at Prom” scholarship contest, and %2008′s just began! Check out the past entries and the rules, then let your creativity loose!
For me, the most amazing part is a) all the colors (neon green?!), and b) making a guy’s suit out of tape!!
Ever tried the website Goodreads? It’s like MySpace for book lovers. You can post what you’re reading, who recommended it to you, and what you thought of it. Even better, you can see what your friends are reading, too!
The Westerville library has its very own profile — click here to see what we’ve all been reading:
Interested? Create your own profile and friend us!!
Speaking of being interactive, you can do more with technology and computers than just type “omg” about that thing that happened at school today.
There are also surveys (try this one about Teen Tech Week!), polls (answer the TeenScene poll at the right of the screen!), and of course, voting for your favorite whatever (Survivor and Idol fans, I’m looking at you). For this, I invite you to vote for a librarian! Local Children’s Librarian Jennifer Sechler is up for a great job with Disney…but only with enough votes!
The 39 Clues will include 10 books, 350 collectible cards, and an online game with prizes. The first book, Maze of Bones, will be written by Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series!). You can reserve your library copy right now!
Check out www.the39clues.com for a cool promotional video on how it all ties together. I’m verrrrry curious!
Thanks to Odderkid for the info!
In the category of addicting web sites, check out the vocabulary game www.freerice.com.
For each word you get right, we donate %20 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.
1 word = %20 grains; 5 words = 100 grains. The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose ads you see on the screen. Improve your vocabulary AND help the world?? I know your SAT scores can handle that!!
370,088,360 grains of rice were donated yesterday, and I also learned that a “zebu” is a kind of ox. WARNING: This game may make you smarter…
Calling all writers! November is here, and that means it’s National Novel Writing Month! Visit the web site to create an account (if you’re over 13), or if you’re under 13, be sure to check out their Young Writers Program, where you can find tips for writing block and a section called “Stump the Librarian” (hmm, I’m not sure how I feel about that!).
Can you write a whole novel in one month? It sure helps if others are trying right along with you!
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
…Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
If you’re participation in NaNoWriMo this year, leave a comment and tell us how it’s going!
Most of us probably write “Wash Me!” when we see a dirty car, but not Scott Wade. He’s got it down to an art. Check out his web site!
Thanks to Jordan for the link!
No, I’m not calling you ugly — I’m pointing you to this website, HeyUGLY.com, which is all about Unique, Gifted, Lovable You.
Before you think “cheesy!” go ahead and check it out. They’ve got a forum, songs with great lyrics, t-shirts, and celebrity quotes all about how it’s silly to stress about being the best-looking or the coolest. It’s good for a day when you need a self-esteem boost, or proof that you’re not the only one who feels like you do!
If you’re getting ready to take the SAT or ACT, check out this feature on the New York Times Learning Network: the test prep question of the day.
It gives you strategies and explanations for the daily questions.
My personal favorite is still Rock the SAT…
For those of you who work so hard on your French and Spanish homework…have you visited the site WordReference.com?
It’s a free online translation dictionary for French, Italian, and Spanish.
Of course, sometimes the trickiest part of another language is not the individual words, but phrases and expressions. That’s why you’ll love the Language Forums part of the site: message boards where learners and native speakers can have a conversation about common questions.
Check it out – it’s very helpful!
For those of y’all who love crafting, get a good online fix at www.craftster.org.
Craftster is a forum for people who love to make things but who are not inspired by cross-stitched home sweet home plaques and wooden boxes with ducks in bonnets…
Beware! It’s a vortex!!
And you can always check the Library calendar for upcoming meetings of our Teen Knit Club and other crafty goings-on.
Do you know how to make a craft? Comment and let me know — maybe you can have your own craft program at the Library (hint hint)!
Think you don’t have time to read? Think again! The Library is part of online book clubs, so sign up and start reading!
Each day we’ll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. During the week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday we start new books. Sign up and start reading!
Those who think they know the story of Ophelia and Hamlet can think again, because when bloody deeds turn the court of Elsinore into a place of treachery and madness, Ophelia alone will find the means to escape, with nothing more than the clothes on her back . . . and one very dangerous secret.
What would you write in a letter to your future self? Find out at this site, where you can create an email to send to the future (aka yourself at a future time). Click “view public entries” to read some of the entries (funny, hopeful, and sad) that people have written to themselves.
Future Me, I hope you have done a lot of cool travelling, finally finished writing that story, and learned to stop using air quotes so much when you talk.