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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…






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