Thanksgiving: Nom Nom Nom

Now that you’re a teen, you may want to help out with Thanksgiving dinner. The library has cook books just for you! Click here. 
Also, a recipe to get you started:

Yum, Yum Dessert

Ingredients:
1 10oz (maybe 12 oz) bag of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
1 10oz (maybe 12 oz) bag of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
Saltine crackers
Cocoa Krispies cereal
Toffee bits
1 box of Jiffy white cake mix

Directions:
On a baking sheet, lay out the saltines end to end covering the entire pan.  Melt the dark chocolate chips in a mixing bowl – this can be done in a microwave (see tips below).  Be sure the microwave-safe bowl is dry.  Pour the melted chocolate on top of the saltines and spread out.   Sprinkle Cocoa Krispies on top of the chocolate.  Place pan into the fridge for 5 minutes, to cool.  Melt white chocolate in the same way.  Add 1 cup of white cake mix to the melted white chocolate.   Mix together well.  This will create a very thick mixture – you may need to add a little water…heat to help the water absorb and thin the mixture a bit – this part is a bit tricky.
Drizzle mixture out over the dark chocolate and crackers.  Sprinkle toffee bits on top, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (or at least until hard).

Break into pieces to eat.   You’ll need to use your hands, because it will be really hard.

Store leftovers in the fridge, otherwise the dessert will melt and get messy!

Have fun!

For tips for melting chocolate in the microwave visit:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2144789_melt-chocolate-chips-microwave.html

Contributed, taste tested and teen approved by Jeanine Fox (and her daughter) from the infoZone.
Do you have a great recipe to share? Please add it in the comments!

10 Reasons to See Breaking Dawn, and 10 Reasons Not to

Twilight
Breaking Dawn Pt. 1, the fourth film in the Twilight saga, opens on November 18th-
Below are the top ten reasons you should buy a ticket-
Below that are the top ten reasons why you shouldn’t buy a ticket.

 

 

New MoonTop Ten Reasons to see Breaking Dawn:
 
1. Robert Pattinson without a shirt on!
2. Your girlfriend will be there
3. Because Bella and Edward will last way longer than 72 days
4. Edward likes to watch Bella sleep
5. You love weddings!
6. Jacob is hot
7. The Twilight Saga is the Romeo and Juliet of Generation Y
8. Stephenie Meyer > J.K. Rowling
9. Sparkly vampires!
10. In the end, everyone lives happily ever after
 
EclipseTop Ten Reasons not to see Breaking Dawn:
 
1. Robert Pattinson without a shirt on
2. Your mother will be there
3. The Royal Wedding was enough for you
4. Edward is a total stalker
5. You hate weddings!
6. Jacob is hot for an unborn child
7. The Twilight Saga is so not the Romeo and Juliet of Generation Y
8. J.K. Rowling > Stephenie Meyer
9. Real vampires don’t sparkle
10. In the end, Buffy should slay Edward

Do you have a suggestion for either list? Please comment! (Make sure you wouldn’t be ashamed if your mom read it!)

Also, check out a couple of reader reviews for the Twilight books-

these books are totally AWESOME!they are like my favorite books ever!(besides the pjato series because those books are awesome to) — pjatolover99

Twilight is a spell-binding story made up of miraculous characters and an intriguing outlook on fantasized creatures. I would recommend this book to just about any child over the age of ten. Make sure you have your parent’s permission before you set out into Stephanie’s amazing realm, some of this material is not suitable for immature children. When you are done with the first book, there are also many others in the series and I reccommend all of the others just as strongly, sincerely sam.

Back to School 2

School is back in session, so your daytime activities are covered. But what about after school? If you are like many teens, you head to your neighborhood library branch to meet up with friends and to use the computers. Next time you find yourself waiting to get online, ask whether the library has any board games. Many of them have a terrific assortment of games for patrons to play. Within the Indianapolis Public Library, there are librarians who are game gurus and who are eager to share unique games with you. A couple even attended and presented at the recent Gen Con Indy 2011 and may have some surprises up their sleeves!

For more organized play, Fountain Square Library offers a “Family Game Night” once a month. The next one is Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. And College Avenue is presenting “Youth Night,” that same evening, at 6:00 p.m. Looking further ahead, add Southport’s “Family Game Day” to your calendar. It is Saturday, October 1st, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

When gaming at the library, just remember not to shout “I WIN!” too loudly.

July 4th

July 4th is a nice summer holiday to enjoy doing things like swimming, cook outs, riding bikes or hiking, camping, small vacation to state parks or Fireworks. What does July 4th really mean? (http://www.ask.com/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

Are some of our ideas about the Fourth incorrect? (http://hnn.us/articles/132.html)

And here’s History.com on the Fourth. (http://www.history.com/topics/july-4th)

What else does July 4 remind you of? Summer is half way over, a reminder of it being or continues to get hotter and sometimes dryer, school will be starting in another month to six weeks, and have you participated in any of the Summer Reading Program activities at your local library?

July 4th quiz and other activities:
http://parentingteens.about.com/b/2010/07/01/july-4-th-fun-for-teens.htm

http://www.suite101.com/content/fun-teen-activities-for-july-4th-a254497

http://www.holidayinsights.com/july4/index.htm

Tutor.com To Go

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Tutor.com To Go is now available in the Apple App Store to give you mobile access to Tutor.com’s library of online lessons, worksheets, videos, and test-prep resources at anytime. In the afternoon and evenings you can also connect with live online tutors. The new service gives you access from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. (They say an app for Android is coming.)

Here’s how you do it:

Use your IndyPL library card number and PIN to set up a tutor.com account. The tutor.com username/email and password is what you will use to access Tutor.com To Go on your phone.

1. To get started, set up your tutor.com account. Go to http://www.indypl.org. Click on “Homework Help”. Enter your library card and PIN number.

Homework Help at indypl.org

2. When the tutor.com page opens, Click on “Create an Account”. Enter your name, email address and a password. (Remember your password - you will need it to login to Tutor.com To Go.)

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3.  Now that you have your Tutor.com account set up go to iTunes and download the Tutor.com To Go App on your iTouch, iPhone or iPad. It’s Free. Sign in using your username/email and password. Now you can get to all kinds of homework help right from your phone!