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

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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

“Hunting the Haunted” – A Teen Read Week “Seek the Unknown” event

Do ghosts roam the halls of Central Library after the lights go out? Find out this October 19th at a very special AFTER HOURS event just for teens! Part of the Teen Read Week’s theme of Seek the Unknown, it’s called “Hunting the Haunted”, and it all happens from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Central Library.

Please call 275-4119 to register for this event at Central.

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First, we have GHOST TOURS of the Library. Yep, real actual tours that reveal strange, unexplained happenings and sighting in the Library over the last 140 years. You’ll get to see places in the Library that are normally closed to the public. Like a hidden staircase and more!

What? That’s not enough? We’ve got more! We have Jeff Belanger, from the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” speaking from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. He will be sharing his haunting tales for everyone to hear.

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! Yep, we’ll have the movie playing from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Since you can’t actually call them, we have the next best thing. It’s called MuVChat; it’s like a cross between Twitter and Mystery Science Theater 3000. You text comments, jokes, pithy observations or just random stuff, and it all appears on the screen for everyone to see.

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More? What about tarot cards? Crafts? And even more paranormal activities! What else will you be able to see, do and learn about? Come to the Central Library on October 19th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. and “Seek the Unknown”!

If you can’t get to the event, look up other happenings at branches near you. We’ve got Haunted Indianapolis, more MuVChat showings of Ghostbusters, and even Tarot Card Art Workshops!

Have a great October and we’ll see you at the Library!