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AUGUST 27, 2010
Where's Rob?
Where's Rob?
An experiment in social manipulation - this group of 6 people got a large number of people at a basketball game to join in searching for a missing man (Rob) who kept wandering by. ImprovEverywhere is a group that stages things like this and their videos are always entertaining.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


AUGUST 26, 2010
Junk Bands & Vampires
Junk Bands and Vampires
So, you've survived your first week of school and it looks like maybe, just maybe, you'll survive the coming school year.

Why not celebrate at the Museum of Contemporary Art? On Friday, August 27th, teens are invited to a FREE event called MIXED TASTE. It starts at 6:30 p.m. What will you do there? Listen to junk band music, eat awesome food, and make some cool art. But be careful, someone (a vampire perhaps?) may try to drink your blood...

Never been to the Museum of Contemporary Art before? It's time to check it out!

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library


AUGUST 24, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know. It came out today, but you're number 372 on the holds list, so what's there to get excited about? Well, I'm number 373, so you can be thankful you're not me (and do try not to spill too much stuff on the book before you give to me, please?). While we wait, I thought we could check out some of the books author Suzanne Collins told Entertainment Weekly are her favorites.

Far from the Madding CrowdFar from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
A headstrong young woman's life becomes entwined with three disparate men: A dashing soldier, a wealthy landowner and a sheep farmer. (This is where Katniss got her name!)

A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin are guided by unearthly strangers as they go on a journey through space and time to search for Meg's and Charles' scientist father who disappeared while experimenting with a new form of space travel.

A The Phantom TollboothThe Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers while finding a cure for his boredom.

A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Francie Nolan's family experience growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, 1902-1919.

19841984 by George Orwell
In a grim city and a terrifying country, where Big Brother is always Watching You and the Thought Police can practically read your mind, Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. He knows the Party's official image of the world is a fluid fiction. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

Lord of the FliesLord of the Flies by William Golding
The novel begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of boys, aged six to 12, on an isolated tropical island. The struggle to survive and impose order on their existence quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts.

GerminalGerminal by Emile Zola
Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.

The Heart is a Lonely HunterThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
In a small Georgia mill town during the Depression, four misfits form a group that revolves around a deaf-mute whose sole companion has been sent to an insane asylum.

Moveable FeastMoveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway's classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

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posted by Jenny, Golden Library


AUGUST 22, 2010
New Genre Bibliographies!

Are you looking for something new to read? Your favorite teen librarians have created all new reading lists for different topics.


Collect all 6 new genre bibliographies!!!!

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library


AUGUST 20, 2010
Crafting, anyone?
We've done a lot of crafts this summer in our various programs. We built fairy houses out of natural materials, altered our t-shirts, made disco balls, drew manga characters, wove hemp jewelry, and other stuff! What was your favorite project?

Here's a photo of all the projects I did this summer:
Crafts, anyone?

If you're really into crafts, there are some great resources to find new projects at the library. But they can be hard to find because "crafts" isn't a subject heading. The best way to search is to put in what you are specifically looking for - like "beading" or "sewing" or "jewelry."

Some general books of interest:

Crafty CreativityCrafty Creativity by Sue Barraclough - covers quite a few different types of crafts

AlternacraftsAlternacrafts by Jessica Vitkus - "20+ hi-style, lo-budget projects to make

Have Fun with Your Room: 28 cool projects for teensHave Fun with Your Room: 28 cool projects for teens by Lynette Jennings

Or you can just browse the shelf! Craft books of all types are found in the 740s. Ask a librarian to show you where.

You can also find plenty of inspiration (and direction) online!

Erica Domesek's TV Craft Club videos on YouTube are really good tutorials on a huge variety of pretty cool projects. is a huge community of crafters who post their own directions. This is a great place to start when looking for a specific project or something to do with a certain material. has tons of printable instructions written by the website's users.

Happy crafting!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


AUGUST 19, 2010
World's Quickest Personality Test
World's Quickest Personality Test
Did you see the puppy? (If not, watch it again but don’t close your eyes!)

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


AUGUST 18, 2010
Hair Color Competition
HELP!! Some libraries are still working to meet their goal for the Hair Color Competition and we only have until August 23rd to collect votes!!! Did you read 8 hours between June 1st and July 31st? (8 hours? C'mon. I'm sure you did.) Are you already signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Club: Read Renew Return, but didn't feel like finishing? What are you waiting for?!?!? Come in to your local library to report your reading, claim your FREE book, and vote for some CRAZY HAIR!!

Want to read more about what we plan to do?

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library


AUGUST 17, 2010
Listen up!
Have you ever listened to a book? Do you have an MP3 player or an i-pod? From now until the end of August SYNC is offering free downloads for popular and classic audio titles for teens. Need help getting started? Just call the library at 303-235-5275.

SYNC Audiobook schedule:
August 12 - August 18
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

August 19 - August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

August 26 - September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library


AUGUST 16, 2010
Do you like ghost stories? Try living one.
Morpheus Road: The Light Trailer
Did you love Bobby Pendragon? Did you know DJ MacHale, the author of Pendragon, is writing a new series? This is the trailer for The Light, the first book in the new Morpheus Road series.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


AUGUST 3, 2010
Has anyone noticed how many recent teen books have FIRE on the cover????

Ballad : A Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater Torched by April Henry Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott

Conspiracy 365. January by Gabrielle Lord The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith Grace by Elizabeth Scott

and where there is smoke there is... well you know.
I wonder if there are as many with water??? I need to make a book bundle with books on fire - have you checked out our book bundles????? Ask you teen librarian!

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posted by Amy, Edgewater Library



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