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Dear TeenScene, SRP 2012 Letters to the Editor…

Posted on June 13th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Well, Summer Reading %2012 is well under way and everyone is settling into their respective teams, humans, zombies, vampires and unicorns. Ok…actually, not everyone is settling in so nicely. I have received enough letters to the editor that we here at the Westerville Public Library feel that it is necessary to create an advice column to answer questions, provide clarification and put some nasty rumors to rest.

Do you have questions or comments about our Own the Night program? E-mail me at and I’ll get you some answers…

Dear TeenScene,
I am trying to log more hours, but being a zombie, it kind of sucks that my eyeballs fell out a while ago.  Well, technically one got eaten by my best-pal-turned-zombie dog and the other one is in my pocket, just in case.  I still want to participate in the summer reading program though, is it ok if I listen to audiobooks instead of reading? You know, at least until I no longer have ears and stuff. Any suggestions?


Dear ZombieBob,
That must be frustrating for you! Audiobooks are just the ticket! Listening to books is a great way to log hours. You can listen to books on CD, e-books on your device or even check out a Playaway that comes equipped with earbuds and an extra battery! Just…uh…wipe the earbuds off before you return them…with disinfectant…n’kay?

Librarian Mickie

Dear TeenScene,
Could someone remind Team Zombie to quit using body parts as book marks?  IT. IS. UBER.GROSS!

Shelley, Team Human

Dear Shelley,
Wow! Yeah..we try to protect our books so that lots of people get to use them before they wear out. We librarians find some pretty crazy things used as bookmarks–wish we found crisp five dollar bills!
I would suggest making a cool comic crafty book mark or using your checkout slip as a bookmark–it even reminds you when you need to bring your book back!

Librarian Mickie

Dear TeenScene,
What I want to know is, why are you being so prejudiced against the lesser-known creatures? As a narwhal, I feel the need to speak up for myself and the other Unicorns of the Sea. We live in the ocean — the darkest depths! — and what is more “night-like” than the deepest ocean? If you would be willing to make the Narwhals honorary members of Team Unicorn, we’d be very appreciative, even if we can’t run and frolic in the fields and have stickers designed to look like us, with glitter and everything. (Glitter. Barf.) Or, if you can’t do that, can you at least recommend me some good books where characters deal with jealousy and envy? It’s, uh, for a friend.

A Narwhal

Dear A Narwhal,
Hey, don’t get yourself down–everyone is beautiful in his or her own way and who needs glittery stickers!? Have you ever seen a glittery librarian sticker–no, probably not. That’s ok..I’m still a rockstar and glitter is hard to vaccum up after storytime anyway. It’s all good. SO for your…uh…friend…here are some awesome books that deal with jealousy.

Librarian Mickie

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe's most dangerous enemy--Peter Pan--and falls in love with him.

Fifteen-year-old Tessa tries to be happy when her crush, Charlie, falls for her younger sister, Lulu, and it becomes easier after she begins a secret relationship with Jasper, a social outcast who lives next door to Tessa's best friend.

High school sophomore Ori Taylor, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in a nameless rock band, has always been known as the easily-overlooked younger brother of Del, a high school sports star, but when Del suddenly returns home from college just as Ori is starting to gain some confidence in himself, Del expects everything to return to the way it used to be.

When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets.




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