Posted on February 26th, 2013 by Mickie.
Everyone has a story to tell…learn to tell yours through photographic art. In this workshop, you will learn about what makes a photograph good, and how images can tell amazing stories. Participants will be given cameras to use to photograph their story, then will be shown how to edit those photos for display. Photo stories will be displayed in the Library meeting rooms for the month of March…just in time for Teen Tech Week March 10-16!
Posted on January 4th, 2013 by Mickie.
Every New Year people all over the world watch a big sparkly ball drop, eat snack foods, make resolutions and change their online passwords….wait, what? Yes, you heard me correctly–now is the time to clean up your interwebs! Change your passwords every six months to protect yourself online. You already know better than to share passwords with your friends, but do you know how to create a super strong password that is also easy to remember?
Can’t wait to get your hands on the super anticipated Halo 4? I know many of you are pretty darn excited and have lots of questions about what is going to happen with Master Chief and the gang… Will Cortana go rampant? What will humanity and the UNSC *do* with all that Forerunner technology?
Sorry–I don’t have the answers, but I can suggest some books to read while you wait!
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.
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!
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!
- Download an ebook or audiobook from your library.
- Download our mobile app and try it out!
- Visit your library’s webpage.
- Blog about a library book or program.
- Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads (did you know WPL has an account?), LibraryThing or Shelfari.
- Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
- Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
- Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
- Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
- 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?
- Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
- Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
- Start a Teen Tech Club at your school or public library.
- Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
- Watch some anime or start an anime club at your library.
- Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
- Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.
- Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.
- Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.
- Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
- Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.
- Learn how to use some new software.
- Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
- Create a database of something you want to organize.
- Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account.
Did you guys see that R.L. Stine recently tweeted a mini horror story? You may know his name from the Goosebumps series, but did you also know he’s an Ohio dude? You can find out more about his hometown roots in a biography.
Personally, I’m intrigued by Twitter storytelling. It’s abbreviated, so it has to get right to the point, and you can ratchet up the suspense of a horror story by choosing where you cut off the words and how long you wait to post the next installment — much like cliffhanger chapter endings. Then again, you could look at it as a writer’s cop-out. What do you think?
Did you guys hear that over the weekend, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie debuted on Facebook? That’s right:
For $10, fans will be able watch the movie and chat with its stars in real time. The model represents a new sort of social cinema that, while not widespread, appears poised to become a potentially major trend.
What do you make of this? Would you pay money to watch a film on Facebook, or would you rather pay the same money for a big-screen, sitting-with-friends-and-popcorn experience? Will this be a good development (independent films can get more exposure) or bad (more chance for piracy)?
Happily, our library movies are still free to check out! Did you know that we have feeds of the newest and latest Blu-Rays, DVDs, and TV shows at the library? There’s even a feed for the Coming Soon stuff, so you can be first on the reserve list! When you next tear yourself off of Facebook, be sure to take a look!
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).
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!
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!
Anyone have big plans for the long weekend? As a heads-up, the library will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. If you’re going on any trips (or anticipating a boring, rainy weekend at home), you may want to have some Playaways close at hand. Nothing like an audiobook to make the hours fly by! Have a great weekend, everyone!
Stumbled across this really cool fan-made book trailer for Unwind, by Neal Shusterman (which more than one person has told me to read ASAP!). If you’ve read the book, what do you think? Does this trailer do it justice?
A lot of you may have heard of Playaways by now — those cute little audio players that have a whole book already loaded on each one! Just press play and hear an entire book read out loud to you. They’re perfect for walks to school, bus rides, summer trips, or some pre-bedtime listening. Ours come with earbuds, or you can use your own!
To see a complete list of our books in Playaway format, just search the word “playaway” in the library catalog. To narrow down to J Fiction titles such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and 39 Clues, search “playaway juvenile fiction.” And to narrow down to just your favorite teen titles, such as Twilight and Mockingjay, try “playaway young adult.”
Of course, any time you search for a title, you can type the word “playaway” in the search box along with the title. If you get a result, bingo! You can press play, slip it in your pocket, and enjoy!
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!).
Courtesy of: Schools.com
We recently got the giggles watching these old cell phone commercials. I think this one may be my favorite:
In addition to pondering how a phone of that size was ever considered “portable,” I also thought about a couple book-related tidbits I’ve recently heard about cell phones. The idea of reading novels on your cell phone, which was popular in Japan even before phones became smart, was always incredible to me. And then I read that Lauren Oliver wrote all of Before I Fall ON HER BLACKBERRY. This astounds me and also makes my thumbs and eyes hurt.
So now that phones have morphed into pocket-size as opposed to brick-size, do you do any reading or writing on yours? Or do you prefer full-size paper, screen, or ye olde booke?
(P.S. For those who recognize the title of this post…here you go.)