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The call is coming from inside the house…

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Technology.

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.)


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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Teen Tech Week: Nice linkage, dude

Posted on March 11th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Technology, Web sites to watch.

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,, 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! ——–>



Teen Tech Week: We’re so jazzed that we’re already thinking about next year

Posted on March 10th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Technology.

teen tech week, mix and mash @ your library, is march 6-12, %2011.

So, as I posted earlier this week, this year’s TTW theme is Mix & Mash. And guess what? Next year’s theme is *already* up for a vote! The finalists are ESC @ your library, FYI @ your library, and Geek Out @ your library.

Got a favorite? Libraries wanna know what you think! Who doesn’t love filling out a survey? VOTE HERE!


Teen Tech Week: What do you call a book display with no books on it?

Posted on March 9th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Technology.

Behold, our March book display in the Teen Center! It may look a little odd, because, well, there are no books standing on it…at least, not in the usual sense! But there are screenshots of some of our e-books, plus info on how to use them. Yep, the library has e-books (and e-audiobooks!), and best of all, they’re FREE!

The WPL site has a page just for getting started with eBooks.

  • What Does the Library Offer?
    Books, audiobooks, read-alongs, movies or music
  • That you can…
    Read, listen to or watch
  • Using your….
    Computer, eBook reader, MP3 player, smartphone or tablet PC
  • You use your library card and can check out an e-book title just like a regular book, then read it on your computer or transfer it to a mobile device or e-reader! Pretty awesome, eh?


    Teen Tech Week: What the heck is a Narrika?

    Posted on March 8th, 2011 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Events, Technology, Words & Writing.

    In honor of Teen Tech Week, Figment is hosting a Steampunk Apparatus Contest. The winning apparatus (invented by Figmenter Fiona Plunkett) was just announced…

    Narrika: A dark colored belt made of iron that was twirled into many loops and has pockets of air that can be tapped open. It has raised ridges that have spiky spheres on the end and gears inside that are always at work, constantly whirring.

    …which means that the writing contest is ON!

    Write a short story (in 750 words or fewer) in which this device is used. The device doesn’t need to feature super-prominently, but it must be in there! Notice that we haven’t told you the purpose of the device — you have to come up with that. Your entry can be in any genre.

    The prize? A NOOK e-reader! How sweet is that?! So get writing! The deadline is Friday, March 11 at 9PM EST. (If you’re a little confused about steampunk, check out some details!)

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    Teen Tech Week: Zombies invade classic literature

    Posted on March 7th, 2011 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Technology.

    Well, I can hardly believe it, but it’s already the second week of March, which means it’s already Teen Tech Week! Across the country, thousands of libraries are celebrating the technology they have available for teens.

    In honor of %2011′s theme, Mix & Mash, we begin the week with a handy-dandy online list of some of those odd books you may have seen around…in which classic characters cross paths with monsters that definitely weren’t part of the original book! Yep, these “monster mashup” books are a hot new genre right now. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Android Karenina? Yep, we’ve got those!

    What do YOU think would make a good monster mashup classic?


    Blu-ray has landed!

    Posted on February 28th, 2011 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Movies, Technology.

    Breaking news! Today marks the first day that WPL has offered movies on Blu-ray! Here’s what we’ve got so far. (You can also search “blu-ray” in the library catalog.)

    For those who use Blu-ray…how do you like it? Better picture/sound, etc.? Do you think it is worth a special player, since they won’t play in a regular DVD player?


    That lady is not going to take your ticket.

    Posted on February 4th, 2011 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Books, Technology.

    OK, how many of you have read the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson, in which five teens are turned into DHIs — Daylight Hologram Images — to be hosts at Disney Land? In the books, things get a little weird when the teens fall asleep and “wake up” inside Disney…as their DHI selves. It’s an excellent sci-fi adventure if you haven’t read it, but here’s the reason I’m posting about it: it seems to be starting to come true.

    Manchester International Airport has recently added holograms of two real employees, John and Julie. They remind customers not to take liquids on the plane. Alas, they cannot respond or take your ticket, even though some customers have tried to get their attention before realizing they’re talking to a hologram!

    Now the question is…will John and Julie wake up as their hologram selves and have special powers in the airport at night?! I’m sure Ridley Pearson would hope so. :)


    Brawl tournament TOMORROW!

    Posted on December 21st, 2010 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming, Technology.

    Calling all SSBB players! We’re hosting a tournament at the library tomorrow, 1-5 pm! There will be prizes! Get all the details here. See you there!


    Help the Library win!

    Posted on November 17th, 2010 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Books, Technology.

    Check this out! Playaway, who makes our awesome mp3-player audiobooks, is sponsoring a photo contest — and we’re a finalist! Vote here by entering your email address!



    Invisibility cloak…now possible?

    Posted on February 17th, 2009 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Books, Technology.

    Harry goes invisible

    Whenever I read articles like Invisible Cloak Closer Than Ever to Reality, I usually think two thoughts: 1) I can’t believe the amazing advances of science, and 2) I can’t believe there are people whose *job* is to try to make something invisible. Where can I apply for that job?! Anyway, for those of you Harry Potter fans who thought Harry’s special cloak was a thing of fantasy, read on:

    An invisibility cloak for visible light could be made within six months, say scientists from Duke University, who, in a new paper published today in Science, explain how to hide objects from a dramatically extended range of wave lengths. “I think that within six months it’s certainly viable [a cloak for visible light],” said David Smith, a professor at Duke University and author of the Science paper.

    What do you think? Is there anything else in a supposed “fantasy” book or movie that you’ve seen become reality, or that you really hope will become possible?


    This post is so book.

    Posted on December 4th, 2008 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Technology, Words & Writing.

    If you use predictive text messaging, you’ll get a kick out of this story from The Times Online:

    Jeffrey Stark from London writes: “A colleague recently noticed that her teenage son and his friends were using the word ‘book’ as a term of approval, as in ‘that T-shirt is really book’. She wondered why. It transpires that if you text the word ‘cool’, predictive texting turns it into ‘book’. Being lazy teenagers they would rather change the meaning of the word than hit the options button.”

    Does your predictive texting change “cool” to “book”? Either way…this is a great development for fans of books and libraries! ;)


    You know you want to.

    Posted on March 11th, 2008 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Random Fun, Technology, Web sites to watch.

    This one’s just for fun. Click here and wait to see what happens.


    I love technology, Part 5

    Posted on March 7th, 2008 by Becky.
    Categories: All posts, Events, Gaming, Technology.

    As Teen Tech Week draws to a close (sniff!), remember that you don’t need a special celebration just to enjoy all the technology goodness that the library has to offer. I am, of course, referring to stuff like…

    – Upcoming gaming tournaments (Super Smash Bros, March 22); bookmark our online Events Calendar, because new events are added all the time!

    – NEW! The Ohio eBook Project — now you can download audiobooks, ebooks, music and video right from your computer! Plenty of teen titles are available. This is a great option for those who don’t like to read print books — or for when that book your teacher assigned is all checked out and the book report is due tomorrow…

    – Finally, when you think you’ve done everything, run down the 25 ways to celebrate Teen Tech Week. Bet you haven’t tried them all yet.

    And BTW, this stuff is going to haunt the next person who says “I’m bored!” at the library. You think you want to try saying that to me? Go on. I dare you. ;)