Tumblebook Cloud is here!

What’s Tumblebook Cloud?   It’s an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.  We have a growing collection of Read-Alongs of Core Curriculum titles such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, and The Great Gatsby. Plus, our enhanced novels include chapter/plot summaries, character sketches, and quizzes. In addition all of our books allow you to highlight portions of a book and add notes! Sweet!  Go to our downloadables page  to use your library card to get these free eBooks for anywhere and anytime.

–Michael Perry

Blackout Poetry!

blackout2Looking for a fun way to end National Poetry Month? Why not try your hand at some blackout poetry? It’s really easy to do, and all you need is an old book you don’t want to read anymore, or old newspaper pages–not library books or newspapers, please–and a black permanent marker.

The creative process can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Use your marker to draw an outline around the word(s) you would like to use in your poem, and then black out the rest.

For more examples, follow the links:
Blackout Poetry on Pinterest
Newspaper Blackout 

We want to see your blackout poetry!
Click here to submit your blackout poetry to the Teen Scene Blog.

-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!!!

gdoodle2

–Michael Perry

Just a little bit more, please!

Do you have a favorite series of books? Perhaps you have a favorite author? Did you know that even though you’ve read EVERY BOOK published, you might STILL be missing out on stories and content? I’ve got one word for you.

“E-novellas”

What are e-novellas? Glad you asked. They are short to mid-length ebooks that give you a chance to read snapshots of story from minor characters, events from a different character’s perspective, mini-prequels and mini-sequels. You won’t find them in book form. They are great for filling in the gaps when you’re waiting for the next book to be published. We like to read them when we aren’t quite ready to move on from our last novel to the next or if we finish the current novel and we’re not yet ready to sleep.

They’re kind of cool, actually. You need an ereader, computer or smartphone to read them, though. If you need help with that, call 275-4500, our call-a-tinker ebook helpline and we’ll get you up and running.

Here’s a small list to get you started. We’ll offer more later!

Happy reading!

Sophie Jordan – Firelight series
Firelight

Firelight

Vanish

 

Vanish

Hidden

 

Hidden

 

 

And now, the e-novella:BREATHLESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Plum – Die for Me series

Die for Me

 

Die for Me

Until I Die

 

Until I Die

If I Should Die

 

If I Should Die

 

 

 

The e-novella: DIE FOR HER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Dennard – Something Strange and Deadly series

Something Strange and Deadly

 

Something Strange and Deadly

A Darkness Strange and Lovely

 

A Darkness Strange and Lovely

 

 

 

A DAWN MOST WICKED

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robison Wells – Blackout series

Blackout

 

Blackout

 

 

 

GOING DARK  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiera Cass

The Selection

 

The Selection

The Elite

 

The Elite

 

 

 

THE PRINCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me

 

Shatter Me

Unravel Me

 

Unravel Me

 

 

 

DESTROY ME

 

 

 

 

 

–Janet Spaulding, Michael Perry

It’s Teen Tech Week!

techdatesWe’re celebrating TTW 2013 with free ear buds! Stop by any branch and pick up a TTW questionnaire (or print one here). We’re highlighting different online services of the library this year. Like what? Well, did you know that you can download music legally and for free from our Freegal site? If you have a smartphone or a tablet, we offer over 50,000 book titles from our e-collection for you to download and read or listen. Our ilibrary.org gateway site gives you access to thousands of biographies, articles, encyclopedias and databases. What’s that? You could use some help with your homework? We have that covered with our Homework Help service. And there is much, much more.

Take a few minutes, explore the online services that the Library offers, write down your answers and turn the completed form in to a librarian. We’ll give you a free set of ear buds. Maybe you can listen to that music you just downloaded from us.

And don’t forget to check out all of the different events that are happening at different library branches. (Check out our earlier Teen Tech post for a schedule.) We’re offering MuVChat (text messages that appear on screen while you are watching a movie), Your Gourmet Girlfriends (make some nommish snackage for movie night) and Gamer Jewelry workshops (take a d20 and create something wearable).

Explore the Library today!