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JANUARY 29, 2010
Teen Time: Legos
LegosMany brightly-colored bricks are definitely in your future. This February, teens can apply their building talents to mountains of Legos. Compete to see who can make the biggest and most mind-bending creation!

Standley Lake Library
3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5

Reservations are not required. Since space is limited, participants are encouraged to arrive early. All supplies will be provided.

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JANUARY 26, 2010
Make a Matchbox Treasure Chest at Lakewood Library's Teen Time

Matchbox Treasure ChestsLakewood Library kicks off its new Teen Time with an awesome DIY craft at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Teens can learn how to turn old matchboxes into colorful miniature treasure chests. While you design and shape your treasure box, discuss Twilight. Whether you love or hate the popular series, come in and share your opinion while making a new place to store your treasures!

Lakewood Library Teen Time will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m.

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JANUARY 25, 2010
Learn, Create, Share…WIN!
In honor of Teen Tech Week, we have created an online photo scavenger hunt contest! Creativity is required as you use our hints as your guide to find and photograph a variety of objects then turn your work into a photo collage. The fun begins Feb. 1 when we will release the full details of the contest on this blog. You’ll have one month to create your digital masterpiece and submit your entry by Feb. 28, then we’ll let you choose the winner! Voting begins on all qualified entries during Teen Tech Week - March 7-13.

Check back in a week to get all the details!

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JANUARY 21, 2010
2009 Awards for Teen Literature (Part 2)
Tuesday, we posted the first in a two-part blog about books that won nationally recognized awards last year. Here are some other awards for teen literature that were awarded in 2009. 

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award
The Morris Award honors a book written for teens by a first-time, previously unpublished author.
  
Book JacketAsh by Malinda Lo 
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Everafter by Amy Huntley
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Hold Still by Nina LaCour

 

Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
In addition to the full list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens, the committee chose the following as the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.

Book JacketJapan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan by Aimee Major Steinberger
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria and Warren Pleece
Sand Chronicles, V. 1-3 by Hinako Ashihara
Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne by Brian Clevinger and Steve Wegener
Real, V. 1-2 by Takehiko Inoue
Uzumaki, V.1 by Junki Ito
Pitch Black: Don’t be Skerd by Anthony Horton and Youme Landowne
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jilliam Tamaki
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
Cairo by G. Willow Wilson and M. K. Perker

Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given annually to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to teens.

Book JacketCity of Thieves by David Benioff
The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick
Finding Nouf by Zoë Ferraris
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Just After Sunset: Stories by Stephen King
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Over and Under by Todd Tucker
The Oxford Project by Stephen G. Bloom
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

Margaret A. Edwards Award
The Edwards Award honors an author and a specific work for significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens.

Laurie Halse Anderson is the winner of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Catalyst, Fever 1793, and Speak.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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JANUARY 19, 2010
2009 Awards for Teen Literature (Part 1)

Looking for a good book to read? This blog is the first of two which shares books that won nationally recognized awards in 2009. Ask a librarian if you need help deciding which ones are good for you and look for part two tomorrow.

book jacketThe book on this list most often is Nation by Terry Pratchett, which is also one of my favorites from last year. It is about how a native boy and a British girl find themselves and build a new society after a tsunami wipes out the boy’s island. It’s a laugh-out-loud adventure set in an alternative reality that is just slightly different than our own.

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
The Printz Award honors excellence in literature written for teens.

2009 Winner:

book jacketJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 

 

 

2009 Printz Honor Books
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, V. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner (Ask your librarian about voting next year).

2009 Winner:

book jacketEclipse by Stephenie Meyer

 

 

 

Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
In addition to the 86 titles selected for the full list of Best Books for Young Adults, the 2009 committee has selected the following as the ten best books for young adults.

book jacketIt's Complicated: The American Teenager by Robin Bowman
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Conner
Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
Baby by Joseph Monninger
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees

Teens' Top Ten
More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns as their favorite book in the 2009 Teens' Top Ten!

book jacketPaper Towns by John Green
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Wake by Lisa McMann
Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Come back tomorrow for more awards!

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JANUARY 14, 2010
4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Standley Lake Library
Magazine BowlsTeens can learn a fun and practical craft this January at the Standley Lake Library. Using old magazines and glue, make your own sturdy, useable bowls. You’ll never wonder what to do with your old magazines - and never go without a bowl - ever again!

Reservations are not required. Since space is limited, participants are encouraged to arrive early. All supplies will be provided.

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JANUARY 12, 2010
The post holiday blues
To be sung in a bluesy kinda way.

The holidays are ovah
I'm all worn out and blue

I have to go back to school
now I’m wonderin' what to do

The post holiday blues
Yeah...the post holiday bluuuues

I'm looking for excitement
But it's all behind me now

The days are cold and snowy
So I'll stay inside and read

Or maybe catch a movie
The one called Mr. Deeds

The post holiday blues
Yeah...the post holiday bluuuues

I'm looking for excitement
But it's all behind me now

I'm going to the library
To check out something fun.

I'll ask my teen librarian
Cause her hair's up in a bun.

The post holiday blues
Yeah...the post holiday bluuuues

I'm looking for excitement
But it's all behind me now
 

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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JANUARY 5, 2010
For my first blog I wanted to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
On New Years, I reflect on the year that has passed and commit to something I can do or change as a resolution. Most surveys say that 50 percent or fewer of us keep our resolutions; so I thought I would post some here with some ideas that the Library could help you with (and ask you to post some more)!!!

book jacket1. Get more exercise. You could offer to walk your family's dog or volunteer to walk your neighbor's dog. We also have cool DVDs like, "MTV Power Yoga," "Pilates Week- Five 15 Minute Workouts for the Busy Teen," and "77 Fun and Exciting Martial Arts Drills." You could also try listening to a Playaway while you walk or workout.

2. Read a book for FUN once a month! Our teen librarians have tons of ideas and we always have bibliographies and other great books and reading links on our web site.

3. Save a certain amount of money. On the Teens page on our web site you can find a section on money which has several sections on finances as well as how to buy differently. There are also great print resources like, "Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens" and "The Teen's Guide to Personal Finance."

book jacket4. Try new things!!!!!!! Parkour, RecyclingNovel WritingPhotographyAnime and more.

5. Helping others by volunteering. Check on our site - look for Teen Activism and Volunteering.

book jacket6. Prepare for the zombie apocalypse with "Zombies: A Field Guide to the Walking Dead," or "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

7. Take a practice test on our web site! Curious how you will do on the ACT? Take a timed test for free under Test Preparation on the Education section of our web site!

8. Cook dinner once a month... "Emeril's There's a Chef In My Soup" or "Clueless in the Kitchen".

9. Try listening to some "old school" music. Your library has thousands of CDs, and Prospector has thousands more. Check out a genre you have never listened to before - FOR FREE!

10. Submit comments to blog posts on the Library web site! Add something right now and check back every week! You can make it a better blog for everyone.

Add your resolutions in the comments section now!!!! Tell the WORLD your plan!

It's a TreeMy resolution is to take a photo every day.

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posted by Amy, Edgewater Library

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