Teen Read Week: Picture it @ Your Library®.

trwlogo2011Teen Read Week 2011 is coming. This year it is Picture it @ Your Library®.

Would you like to see one of your photos achieve semi-fame here on our blog or on the Teen Scene FB page ? Submit a picture of whatever you’re reading doing something interesting or placed somewhere interesting or Photoshop® your book into somewhere… interesting! Email it to library.teen.scene@gmail.com  and see it posted the week of October 16-22. If you like include a bit about yourself, why you like the book, your age and your first name. No pictures including faces, please- the legal stuff makes it tricksy. (Unless you want to blur them out, Cops-style.)

Here is our first pic from Scott, age 13:

He is reading Tales of H. P. Lovecraft right now and expects Cthulhu will be right behind the zombies in the apocalypse.

If you think your pic is epic, submit it to the national contest sponsored by YALSA.
Click here for the entry form.

Check back soon to see what’s happening at your library for Teen Read Week!

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge Form Available Here!

On the September 5th post about this year’s Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge (please click on that link, or on the broken links to the left, for details about how the program works), we announced that the necessary forms were available at library branches.

And that should still be so. But you can link to the form off that blogpost, now, or link to it right here, and print it off if you prefer.

Summer Jobs

Money, money, money, money! Do you need some? If you`re still in search of a summer job there are some good places to check. One of the best places to go is to the Library`s website. The Job Search Info Guide has some great websites that will help you search and locate jobs in your area.

Beyond.com is a site that has some great summer jobs listed. Some examples of summer related job searches are camp counselors and summer interns.

Another good site to check out is Snagajob.com. It`s known for having hourly positions. You can limit it to your zip code and they have a link on their home page you can click on that has only summer jobs.

There are other good sites for jobs and career help on the Infoguide, but if you`re looking for other options you can always try the Indy Star classifieds or Career Builder.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

How many of you have known your parents, grandparents, teachers or other people to say the above phrase?  Have you ever thought that as a weird or bizarre phrase to say?  How true is the above phrase today? 
Here are other things to get your mind a little thought or two:
April 17 Blah, Blah, Blah Day & National Cheeseball Day
April 22 National Jelly Bean Day
April 23 National Zucchini Bread Day & Take a Chance Day
April is also known as National Humor Month and National Pecan Month. 

I’m curious to know how and if these two National Months could be related to April 1 (April Fool’s Day). 
What are some other weird, bizarre, or unique things that you’ve heard, know of, or have as a tradition of some sort or another?  Please share these things on the Teen Scene Blog.


 Holiday Insights

 National Cheeseball Day

April Food Holidays


 Old Fashioned Zucchini Recipes 641.6562

Random House Book of Jokes and Anecdotes

Random House Book of Jokes and Anecdotes 808.7 1996











 Pecans: From Soup to Nuts

Pecans: From Soup to Nuts by Keith Courrege   641.6452 COU


About ten years ago, a librarian and a computer programmer teamed up to write a comic strip that follows the daily activities of the staff, patrons, and volunteers of the Mallville Public Library.  Gene Aubaum and Bill Barnes’ Unshelved (originally titled Overdue) comic strip delights and at times horrifies library workers by how close the strips are to actual library happenings.  In fact, Gene and Bill often use stories from real librarians when creating their comic action.

In August 2005 the Sunday editions of Unshelved became the Unshelved Book Club, a full-page full-color book recommendation presented in the form of a comic strip. Titles for the Book Club are selected based on the personal preference of Gene and Bill, and include all sorts of books from classic to steam punk, graphic to non-fiction.

Recently, Unshelved Book Club moved from Sunday to Friday appearences, and includes a section of Book Reviews.  Of course Gene and Bill provide reviews, but other reviewers include Flemtastic, a school librarian who especially enjoys fantasy novels, Gwen, a twelve-year-old who also loves fantasy, sixteen-year-old Moon Shadow who is in the process of writing a fantasy novel, Gene’s wife, Silver, who prefers audio-books so that she can exercise while reading,  Sharon Levin, a student and mother of two teenaged daughters, and Gene’s seven-year old daughter Gigi, and Bill’s nine-year old son Theo, both of whom like comics.  These recommendations are a great way to discover cutting-edge graphic novels, comics for sophisticated kids, overlooked fantasy titles, and a variety of other quirky and interesting reads.

Take a look at the website www.unshelved.com, or sign up to receive daily or weekly emails of the strips and immerse yourself in the wacky, twisted world of the public library or find the next-great-steam-punk-graphic-fantasy-novel for bedtime reading.