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Which came first, the poem or the egg?

Posted on April 5th, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Words & Writing.


Yes, it is National Poetry Month! And it is also that time of year when you can’t escape these:

“YES, that’s fantastic!” you say, “but what does that have to do with me? I am wasting valuable Facebook time reading this!” Well, friends, the poetry bunny has hopped by the teen room and left dozens of poetic eggs for you to crack open and use to express yourself.  But WAIT! That’s not all! We also have Mad Libs, special activities all month, and more Edgar Allan Poe than you can shake a Robert Frost at!

Stop by the teen room and write a poem, discover a poem on-line or listen to books with spoken word poetry! Don’t miss out on the fun or else…


ARC reviews are coming in! Woot!

Posted on March 31st, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Beta Books, Books, Events, Words & Writing.

Thanks to everyone who’s joined our Teen ARC Club, where we read advanced copies of books BEFORE they are published! Curious to know more? The details and available books are listed here – and you can always find this page on the right side of this blog, under “Pages.”

I’m super-excited that we’ve got two FANTASTIC reviews already — check them out in the comments section of the ARC page! The two books are on order in the library catalog — click the links in the reviews to reserve a copy!

Fun tidbit from our last meeting: we noticed most of the books said “Dedication TK.” Whoever this TK was, he (she?) was getting a lot of books dedicated to him. Well, leave it to Wikipedia to clear things up; “TK” is a publishing abbreviation meaning “to come.” Careful spellers out there, this may drive you as crazy as Kampgrounds of America does for me…

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OMG, that muffin top is…in the dictionary

Posted on March 29th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Words & Writing.

Did you guys read that the Oxford English Dictionary’s latest update includes online abbreviations such as OMG, LOL, and IMHO? You can also now find “muffin top” and “heart” (as in, ‘I <3 you’) in the ol’ OED.

My favorite tidbit is this one:

Dictionary compilers said that although the terms are associated with modern electronic communications, some are surprisingly old. The first confirmed use of “OMG” was in a letter in 1917.

1917! OMG, indeed! What do you think of the updates: is our language eroding thanks to all this txting…or just evolving as it always has?

For all you wordsmiths out there, check out WPL’s many dictionaries – ye olde OED, kids’ dictionaries, picture dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and more!



Posted on March 14th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Words & Writing.

Many of you are writers, and one of the most important and difficult choices you make is what to name your characters. Names are very important! What is it about the name “Voldemort” that makes you KNOW he is a bad guy? What is it about the name Bella or Katniss that works for those characters?

I always like to recommend that writers check out a baby name book to get some ideas flowing. Of course, this comes with the built-in distraction of looking up your own name and all of your friends’ names! When you’re ready to buckle down and start naming your characters to see what sticks, here’s a great post to make sure you’ve considered all the angles.

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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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Read books before they hit the shelves!!

Posted on March 4th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Words & Writing.

We are thrilled to announce our brand-new Teen ARC! Advanced Readers’ Club! Want to be the first to see new books? This is your chance to read books BEFORE they are published!! Here’s how to join:

1) Sign up online.

2) Stop in the Teen Center of the library to choose a book. First come, first served. (NOTE: Not all titles are appropriate for all ages. Use your best judgement to decide if a book is right for you.)

3) Read the book and share your thoughts! You can come to a monthly meeting at the library or share your thoughts online (or both!). Reviews will be posted here, so check back soon! Got questions? Email Becky.

Here are the ARCs we currently have:

book cover of   The Coven's Daughter   by  Lucy Jago


Figment: Write yourself in

Posted on December 13th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Web sites to watch, Words & Writing.

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!

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Jane Yolen makes me feel lazy

Posted on December 6th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Words & Writing.

Book news alert! Popular author Jane Yolen just completed her 300th book. Actually, by the time you read this, she will probably have written a couple more. Seriously, the woman cranks them out. And the craziest part? They’re all really good.

I found out about the 300-books achievement when looking up one of her new endeavors, Foiled, a graphic novel about a teen girl who loves the sport of fencing. But my favorite book of hers has to be The Devil’s Arithmetic, which tells the story of Hannah, who resents her Jewish heritage until she’s time-traveled back to a Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Have you read any books by Jane Yolen? Leave a comment and tell us!


Teen Read Week: Magnetic Poetry!

Posted on October 19th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Events, Words & Writing.

It’s Teen Read Week, libraries’ yearly weeklong celebration of teen reading! This year’s theme is Books With Beat, and we’ll be interpreting that theme all week long in our Teen Center. Stop by to see how!

First up, there’s the poetry connection. Beat poetry is the most obvious, but our teen section also has a ton of poetry of all kinds, including one of my favorites, novels in verse (think Ellen Hopkins’ style). If you’re a more hands-on person, then this week’s special magnetic poetry display is awaiting your creativity!


Book Nerd Paradise

Posted on July 1st, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Events, Guest blogger, Movies.

Happy July, everyone! I know I’ve been posting a lot of videos lately, but I couldn’t resist sharing this one, brought to my attention by alert reader novelwriter65. It’s from author John Green‘s trip to the American Library Association annual conference (and if you know librarians Marisa and Robin, ask if they got to see him!).

If you <3 John Green, either before or after watching this video, check out some of his books from the library


The smallest library in the world?

Posted on April 15th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Guest blogger, Random Fun.

Teen volunteer novelwriter saw this post online and shared it with us:

As both books and classic red phone booths are becoming a thing of the past, a village in Somerset, England has merged the two rare commodities.

The bright red old phone booth was purchased for just 1 pound and remodeled as the smallest library in the world. Residents line up to swap their already read books for new ones left by other patrons. Over 100 books and a variety of movies and music CDs are available at this tiny library.

What do you think? Would you visit this phone booth if it was your only library? Would you like a tiny library like this right around the corner from your house?  

Smallest library



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Book Spine Poetry

Posted on April 12th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Words & Writing.

Stop by the Teen Center to see April’s book display for National Poetry Month: Book Spine Poetry!

Read the spines as lines of a poem and see if you can put together a story in your mind. You can even build your own when you are here!

Book spine poetry

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Secret message?

Posted on April 16th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Guest blogger.

Guest blogger preetycrazybabe shares the following tidbit (thanks for sharing!):

Did you know that the FedEx logo has an arrow in it? Try to find it!

FedEx logo


Post from Dragid10 – finally posted!

Posted on April 15th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Guest blogger, Words & Writing.

Guest blogger Dragid10 from Write in the Middle wrote the following post to share, and I have forgotten to post it online for many weeks!! Sorry for the delay, and thanks for sharing, Dragid10!

OK, anime is awesomeriffic!

There once was a little boy. His name was Rick. He lived in a house that was burned down 75 years ago. He made friends. On Halloween they went to his house. But they didn’t see it. Rick slowly raised from the ground. He made them vampires. The end.


Skeleton Creek

Posted on April 14th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Books, Movies, Words & Writing.

I just finished reading Skeleton Creek, a new book with a creepy twist! Ryan is stuck in his room with a broken leg after a mysterious accident with his best friend Sarah. He fell when they were investigating a dredge, an old, abandoned machine in the woods of their hometown, Skeleton Creek. Now Ryan and Sarah have been forbidden by their parents to contact each other, but Sarah still manages to email Ryan some password-protected videos about what else she is discovering about the dredge. Ryan notes the passwords in his journal, and you, the reader, can go online to view Sarah’s videos. Be warned — some of them are quite spooky, and the ending will leave you hanging on desperately for the next book in the series!

Take a look at the book trailer: