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 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!

YouTube of John and Hank Green at Carnegie Hall

If you weren’t able to make it to Carnegie Hall this past Tuesday–or Central Library, either, where we streamed the event–you can click on the picture of John Green below to see a YouTube video of his and brother Hank’s “An Evening of Awesome.”

As soon as the video begins, click where it says SKIP TO THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOW! Or, if those words don’t appear, drag yourself forward 35 minutes and 10 seconds.

YA2U Contest

“Why won’t a book tour make a stop in my hometown?” Ever asked that question? Well, read this! Several YA authors are hosting a contest – everyone gets to put in whatever city they most want us to go to, and whatever town has the most votes, will get an exclusive tour stop from all five of us!

And that’s not all – they’re also hosting another contest where, if you help them spread the word, they’ll give you ten signed books, all the books that the authors have published so far!

You can find the full details of the project by clicking here or on the YA2U poster, and you can also go ahead and enter your hometown (Indianapolis, right?) for the win and help spread the word. There’s also lots of cool features on the site, including downloadable posters (consider putting them up in your school or library! [ask first, duh] More votes = a better chance for you to win!) and other tips on how to win.

TL;DR: you could win a tour stop in your hometown from five award-winning and best-selling YA authors or ten signed books direct from the authors! Sounds fun, yes?

Life after The Hunger Games

If You Liked “The Hunger Games”…


Now that you’ve fallen in love with the trilogy, you may be wondering what to read next. The staff of the Lawrence Public Library–that’s in Lawrence, Kansas, not our Lawrence Branch–has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements.

1984 Gathering Blue The Handmaid's Tale Fahrenheit 451 Neuromancer Brave New World Across the Universe The Adoration of Jenna Fox The House of the Scorpion Feed Ender's Game Epic Candor The Line Variant Little Brother The Kindling The Masque of the Red Death Eve Unwind The Declaration Delirium Wither Bumped Incarceron Matched The Selection Birthmarked America Pacifica Ashfall Ashes, Ashes Blood Red Road The Carbon Diaries Life as We Knew It Under the Never Sky Enclave The Diary of Pelly D Cherry Heaven Shatter Me The Supernaturalist The Maze Runner Legend Divergent Article 5 The Knife of Never Letting Go The Bar Code Tattoo Uglies The Scorpio Races Graceling Cinder