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Dear TeenScene 2013

Posted on June 29th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Greetings intrepid readers and welcome to the 2013 edition of Dear TeenScene, the feature in which we answer all of your burning questions regarding all things summer reading club! Today we have a great collection of letters from readers near and far, human and non-human, the seemingly normal and the… well… strange. Without further ado, let’s get right to our first letter.


Dear TeenScene,

I am robot model D-3725. I have registered for your human teen summer reading program, but am not equipped with the appropriate optical scanners to complete the tasks required. Could I just download eBooks to my internal hard drive? It is much more efficient and will allow me to avoid the pesky problem of accidently destroying books with my laser cannon. The thing tends to let loose when I get upset. You should have seen the devastation when I read the Hunger Games series…


Robot Model D-3725

Dear Robot Model D-3725,

Wow…that’s quite a problem. You don’t happen to live anywhere near the library do ya? Or anywhere near civilization for that matter…Anyway, in answer to your first question, it is perfectly acceptable to read eBooks to earn Summer Reading Program hours (you are reading the books right? Not just downloading them to your brain…cause that’s kinda cheating). The library offers access to a wide selection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks through its website. As for your problem with your laser cannon, why don’t you try a book that will make you laugh, such as Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which also happens to be our Teen Book Challenge novel for the month of July. You can join us for pizza and conversation at the Teen Book Challenge meeting on July 30 after you read the book!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Hi! My name is Alice and I’m registered for the teen summer reading program. So here’s my problem, yesterday when I was reading by the riverbank, I got distracted by this really weird white rabbit who led me down this hole, where there was this large hall of doors, and then I shrank until I was really small, and then I grew until I was ginormous. I really didn’t like this so I cried a lot and I floated out of the hall in a sea of my tears. And then I met all of these really weird animals like a huge caterpillar and a cat with this crazy weird smile who would disappear… like magic! Then I went to this tea party with a weird man with a huge hat who kept telling me all of these lame jokes, and then I was playing croquet with this crazy queen who wanted to cut everyone’s head off. This queen was crazy, I mean really crazy. She put a man on trial for stealing her tarts. I mean really. And then, in the middle of the man’s trial, I kept growing and growing and growing until the queen wanted to cut my head off. And then I woke up…and yeah. Anyway, what I wanted to really ask is if you could recommend any books that would, like, not make me fall asleep?



Dear Alice,

…*blink*…*blink*….Okaaaaay. Well, from the state of your dreams, I would guess you have quite the vivid imagination. Why don’t you try a fantasy book like Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina or Sarah Cross’ Kill Me Softly. I think those should keep you awake!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Stupid human scum and your stupid human summer reading program. How exactly is a gnome, such as myself, supposed to participate in such a cockamamy thing as a summer reading program when your library insists on only providing your ridiculous human books?! It’s discrimination! Did you ever think about the fact that gnomes live underground? And that human books are twice the size of a full grown gnome?! And that we have to renovate the front door of our house every time we have to drag a book down there?! Not to mention the blatant offenses to gnomes found in the the selection of titles you insist on calling a library collection. Just yesterday I found a copy of a Harry Potter book on your shelves, a book that portrays gnomes as having no more intelligence than a pill bug! And then, if that weren’t bad enough, in a horrific display of gnome-abuse, the characters hurl gnomes across fields…like a dog’s chew toy! I demand that your human library address these offenses at once or else a gnome will never again walk through your doors!

Most angrily yours,

The Honorable Mr. Bimpni Fudwick


Dear Mr. Fudwick,

Okay, okay, I get your point. So we haven’t exactly been up to snuff on providing materials and services to gnomes. We get it. At least we’re trying. It just so happens that on the day of our Summer Reading Program Kick-off event we let a bunch of your friends free to roam the library and do you know what they did? ya? They hid all over the library and refused to come out! And don’t think I didn’t see you hiding behind the fiction shelves Mr. Fudwick. If you don’t want to be noticed you should wear a more inconspicuously colored hat! Also, I see you failed to mention that we made the gnome one of our mascots for our teen summer reading program teams. If you want to increase gnome awareness in the library why don’t you sign up for the teen summer reading program, join the gnome team, and show everyone what you gnomes are made of!

Happy Reading!


Dear TeenScene,

Greetings from the Arctic! I just wanted to drop a line to let you know how excited I am to be able to participate in your teen summer reading program via the Internet. Being a water bound narwhal with a love for reading can be difficult, especially when you are bound to the Arctic waters. Thankfully, I was able to get a crab friend of mine to rewire a tracking device that some scientists attached to me so that I am able to access the Internet. Cool, huh? Anyway, I wanted to seek your advice. I have been having some difficulty finding books that I am able to read without them getting destroyed by the freezing salt water, not to mention piercing them on my horn! Can you help me?


An Eager Whale of a Reader


Dear AEWoaR,

I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the program! One question though…how exactly did a crab acquire the knowledge to rewire a tracking device?…And how are his skills with broadband? Because I haven’t been able to get Internet access for the last week and you seem to be getting it with no problem in the middle of the freaking Arctic Ocean! Just saying, if your crab friend is looking for some work… Anyway…as for your problem, you could try borrowing some eBooks or downloadable audiobooks. These can be accessed through the library website. I also have a book recommendation for you. Have you read After the Snow by S.D. Crockett? It’s a survival story that takes place in a future Ice Age. Given where you’re from, I thought you might like it.

Happy Reading


Well, that’s all the letters we have for today. Make sure to keep on reading and logging your hours to help your team win the SRC Most Reading Hours Logged Badge of Honor *trumpet sounds*. No really, this badge is awesome, check it out in the post below. You can also help your team compete by attending library programs and submitting a pic of yourself reading to any of the library’s social networking accounts. Have fun…and stay away from angry gnomes…and depressed robots…and drugs *cough* Alice *cough*…

Until next time…






New Team Challenges

Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Mickie.
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Robots took the first challenge…but you still have a chance to win!

Here’s how you can participate.

  • Attend a library program: Check our events calendar and come to an event. We’ll keep track of what team each attendee is on and the team with the most library program attendees will win a badge of honor!
  • Log your hours: Sign up for summer reading and start keeping track of the hours you have read. The team with the most logged hours is the winner! Not sure what to start reading? Look here.
  • Show us where are you reading: Take a picture of yourself reading and post it somewhere online–Twitter, Facebook, Instagram–wherever (or email and we’ll upload it for you. Tag the library in the photo and make sure you mention what team you are on. The team with the most pictures submitted will take the prize.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor. All challenges end on July 31, 2013

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Local Heroes Battle at the Library!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Last Monday, the Westerville Library hosted an earth-shattering game tournament.  10 brave contenders tried their hand at Injustice: Gods Among Us, which is a brand new game that pits DC superheroes and villains against one another in the style of Mortal Kombat.


The fights were epic and the contestants displayed super-human sportsmanship, but the championship battle came down to Andrew B. (playing as Superman) and Lucas H. (playing as Deathstroke the Terminator).  Both competitors played their best, but when the dust settled, Deathstroke stood victorious over Superman:  Lucas H. won the tournament!


A special thanks to our heroic runners-up: Adam, Caleb, Brant, Allen, Erik, Cole, Reynolds and Nathan.  And be sure to check out our new teen book display Marvel vs DC for more super hero adventures.



Congratulations Team ROBOT–winner of the book display Challenge!

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Way to go Team Robot–you had the most book recommendations on the teen books display! Enjoy your badge of honor.

There are still more challenges to win–here’s how:

  • Log hours in the Summer Reading Program.
  • Attend a library program.
  • Take a picture of yourself reading and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us and tell us what team you are on!

See you at the library!


Team Book Display Challenge is ending!

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Have you added a book to the teen display yet? This team challenge is almost over! Hurry in to the library and add a favorite book to our display–make sure to write your Summer Reading Team name on it!! The Team with the most books on the display will win our first team challenge badge of honor!  What are you waiting for!? Lead your team to victory!!

This challenge ends Monday, June 17! Act now!


New Beta Books Review from Courtney!

Posted on June 11th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Thanks Courtney for submitting your review! Want to review for our blog? Stop into the Teen Room and get the scoop on joining Beta Books!

Courtney reviewed Ink by Amanda Sun.  This book will be published on July 13…

What did you think of this book, Courtney?

After reading just the back cover of the book I thought it might be a bit cheesy, so I didn’t go into it with high expectations. However, I was very surprised to find a superb writing style and elaborate story behind the beautiful art on the cover. The main character was not a drone of the plot and expressed relatable emotions and chose actions that were realistic. There was a balance of negative and positive atmosphere which made the story very well rounded.

How would you rate it?

4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.

Cover Story: What did you think of the cover?

The reason I picked up the book in the first place was the interesting design. It’s straightforward, easy to navigate and artistically designed. As an artist myself the painting drew me in and caused my interest to peak.


Thanks Courtney! If you would like to be first in line for this book when it is published, click here to reserve your copy today!


Ahem….BETA Bookers!

Posted on June 10th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Look what just came in the mail….


Wonder what I am talking about? Check it out….


Team Results for Week One and TEAM CHALLENGE!!

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The Summer Reading Program TEEN TEAMS are off and RUNNING! Looks like Team Narwhal is an early favorite, but it is early days my friends!

Keep reading and send your team to VICTORY!

Your challenge for this week? Help build our TEEN BOOK DISPLAY!

Respond to this blog with YOUR NAME, Your TEAM NAME and an AWESOME BOOK TITLE that you suggest to other teen readers and I’ll add that book to the display OR come into the teen room and add the book yourself! The Team with the MOST SUBMITTED suggestions will win the challenge and have the BOOK DISPLAY badge of honor displayed on our TEAM WALL in the teen room….what are you waiting for? GO!!!!!!!