Teen Top Ten Nominees

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YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) has released the nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.
Check out some of the nominees. (View the complete listing of nominees here!)

 

Sky on Fire

 

Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

A group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two — one group heading to Denver airport on a repaired school bus, the other remaining in the Sanctuary trying to rebuild the community they lost. But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters.

 

 

Teardrop

 

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Since Eureka’s mother drowned, she wishes she were dead too, but after discovering that an ancient book is more than a story Eureka begins to believe that Ander is right about her being involved in strange things–and in grave danger.

 

 

 

 

Splintered

 

Splintered by A.G. Howard

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

 

 

 

The Testing

 

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

 

 

 

 

The Eye of Minds

 

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

 

Which ones would YOU vote for? Would you recommend these to your friends? Let us know in the comments below.

–sent by Michelle Frost

Google Doodle Contest 2014, or Make Some Cash for College and Be Famous, Too!

Google Doodle? What’s that?

Have you ever visited Google.com and noticed that there is some artwork there in place of the word “Google”? That’s a “Google Doodle” and usually celebrates a famous person’s birthday, a particular event or a cultural icon. Famous people have included Harriet Tubman, Leon Foucault, and Maurice Sendak. A Doodle has been made for the first day of summer, National Library Week, and the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. There’s even been one for Star Trek.

Every year, Google hold a contest for kids in grade K-12. All you have to do is print out the application form, doodle your version of the Google logo based off this year’s theme and submit it online or by mail. State prizes are $5000. National prizes are $50,000. More details are here: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/faq.html

This year’s theme is “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Here’s the site: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/ The deadline for your submission is March 20th, 2014. So go on, download the form and give it your best! What will your Doodle look like?

To get you inspired, here’s last year’s Doodle. It was done by Sabina Brady, 17. Good luck!!!

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–Michael Perry

Teen Tech Week 2014

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It’s almost March again! Bring on the sun! Bring on the rain! Bring on the warmer temperatures! Bring on the DIY Tech classes at the Library! Yep!! During the month of March, we’re celebrating the American Library Association’s DIY Tech Tech Week at the library. Not only will you be able to attend some pretty sweet workshops at your local branch, but there’s a great event happening at Central Library, too. And did we mention two free iPod Touches and free 1GB USB wrist bands? Read on…..

Central Library first: Saturday, March 8 from 11-3 p.m., we are going all out with various Tech Art Crafts, a real 3D printer demonstration and you can listen to author Mike Mullin give a presentation on how taekwondo is like writing (complete with book sales and signings!).

Branch workshop details:

DIY Switchcraft - Learn about switches and other components of electrical circuits while you make your very own set of bracelets that light up when you place them next to each other!

DIY Comics – Find out about the basics of creating a drawing a comic. You can bring your own characters to life and turn ideas into stories. You’ll leave with your own six-page comic book.

DIY Permaculture – Learn how to work with nature instead of against it, about sustainable living and make your own solar cooker.

Protect Your Tech with Duct Tape – You’ll create your own protective cover for a favorite piece of portable technology.

3D Printing – Find out about all the great things that can be made on a 3D printer.

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What about the iPod Touches? And the USB bracelets? We didn’t forget… There will be a system wide drawing for two iPod Touches and every branch will give away a copy of one of Mike Mullin’s books. And be sure to ask about the Teen Tech Week puzzle. Solve it and you’ll get a cool 1GB USB wrist band.

 

See you at the Library!

 

– Michael Perry

 

The Michael L. Printz Award – 2014

It’s award season. You’ve heard of the Oscars and the Golden Globes for movies and TV. Then you’ve got the Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards, even the MTV Music Awards for music. But did you know there is an award for the best Young Adult book?
It’s called the Michael L. Printz Award. It “honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting”* which was today.

So, who is this Michael Printz? He was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and was involved with YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). He had a passion for books and reading.

Here’s this year’s winner and honor books. Which have you read? Let us know in the comments below.

Printz Award winner –
Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

 

 

Honor –

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Large Print

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable audiobook

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Maggot Moon
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Navigating Early

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable e-book

Downloadable audiobook

 

*from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz

– Michael Perry