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JANUARY 31, 2011
We Have a Winner!
Wthout further ado, the winner of the 2011 Jefferson County Public Library’s Teen Blog Naming Contest is…


Crazy Readerz couldn't be here to accept the award but they'd first like to thank their moms! They'd also like to thank you, all of the voters who came to the blog to make sure your voices where heard. Crazy Readerz couldn't have done it without all of you!

Okay, seriously. We had a great response to our Blog Naming Contest. Thanks to all of you who voted. Please use the comments section to express the agony you are feeling about voting for a name that did not win. Or write and share the jubilation you feel over the Crazy Readerz victory. We are here for you!

And to those who voted for Tango Time with Tommy Two-Tone's Teen-Tantalizing Topics and Tutti-frutti Toffee, do you need to be institutionalized???

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posted by Nikki, Columbine Library


JANUARY 27, 2011
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I FallSam is a mean girl. She's one of the top four popular girls in her school, has been dating the cutest guy for years, and is literally on top of the world. But that night, after the party and after they humiliated Juliet Sykes (again), Sam dies in a car crash. And then she wakes up in the morning to do that day all over again.


This book has officially become my favorite book of 2010. There have been quite a few books published lately about girls in deadly situations, including Thirteen Reasons Why, Such a Pretty Girl, Living Dead Girl, and Everafter (all of which I loved) and this one is even better. I loved the journey Sam makes and the things she decides to not worry about, like the girl who needs that parking space.

That's my humble opinion - what did you think?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake


JANUARY 21, 2011
Save the library!

Save the Columbus Metropolitan Library!
This is a fan made video about voting for the Columbus Library in the 2010 election. (Good news - they won.) If you ever make something about JCPL, please let us know!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


JANUARY 20, 2011
Blog Naming Contest!
The suggestions are in! Tell us what we should call our blog. Vote on your favorite blog name now! The contest will be up until Jan. 28, then we’ll tally your votes and unveil the new name. Where? On the blog, of course!

Here are our possibilities:

Plugging in with the Jeffco Teens

Breaking Blog

Crazy Readerz

Name this Blog!

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posted by Nikki Columbine Library


JANUARY 19, 2011
Have you missed these great books from 2010?
Here is a list of some great reads that you may have missed from last year:

RevolutionRevolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman

They Called Themselves the KKK by Susan Bartoletti

Marbury LensThe Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith 

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Beat the Band by Don Calame

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Raised by WovlesRaised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Incarceron by Catherin Fisher

Before I FallBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver 

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Leviathan

And so many more! Ask your teen librarian for more great books from 2010.

What do you think we’ve missed on this list??

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posted by Nikki, Columbine Library


JANUARY 18, 2011
Belmar's Teen Services Librarian!
Allison as a KidIt may not always seem like it, but I do know my alphabet, really I do! I learned it a long time ago.

A is for Allison. That's me.

B is for Boston, Massachusetts, my homeland.

C is for Cooking, a favorite pastime.

D is for David. He's my older brother. We used to torment each other a lot but now we are good friends.

E is for Elephants. Aren't they awesome animals?

F is for le Français. I had to learn French as a kid and loved it so much that it was my major in college.

G is for Glee, a favorite television show.

H is for Howland. That's the last name of the pilgrim who fell off the Mayflower and was rescued. I am related to him.

I is for Iceland. I had a bet with my Dad when I was a kid: if I got all A's on my report card, he would take me to the Hard Rock Café in Reykjavik. I got the grades and he still hasn't paid up…

J is for James Franco. I can't help it; I have a bit of a crush!

K is for Kendall, my middle name. It is also the middle name of my mom, my grandfather, and a cousin. I like that we share it.

L is for Louie, my 13-year-old blind kitty cat.

M is for Melina Marchetta. She's a favorite author of mine.

N is for Nose. I stuck a green pea up my nose as a kid. The doctor removed it with the biggest tweezers known to humankind.

Allison and her FamilyO is for the Outdoors. I love to go hiking.

P is for Poetry. I am a very amateur poet.

Q is for Quokka. I'd love to go to Australia and see one of these!

R is for Ramona Quimby. I read all of her books about a zillion times when I was a kid!

S is for Scrabble. It's one of my favorite games next to Apples to Apples.

T is for Term Abroad. I spent part of my junior year of college in Hanoi, Vietnam.

U is for Unwind by Neal Shusterman. It's one of my favorite books.

V is for Valedictorian. Nope, I wasn't valedictorian of my senior class, but I did get voted "everybody's buddy."

W is for Waterloo, Belgium. I called it home from 6th through 9th grade.

X is for Xanadu. One of the WORST/BEST movies ever!

Y is for "You have to read this book!" One of the sentences I probably say most often.

Z is for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I love giraffes and this is the best place to see them!

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library


JANUARY 14, 2011
If you send an author a sock…
This is Maggie Stiefvater, who writes books about werewolves and kissing… and sometimes homicidal fairies.

Things I Never Expected Readers To Put In Their Letters
 Want more from Maggie? This is her talk about how bad teens become famous people, given to an audience at NASA.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


JANUARY 13, 2011
Award Winning Books
The American Library Association’s awards for teen literature have been announced. 

Michael L. Printz Award (for the best teen book of the year)

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Winner: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Margaret A. Edwards Award (for lifetime contribution in writing for young adults)
Winner: Terry Pratchett
Robert F. Sibert Award (for the most distinguished informational book)
Honors: Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca; and Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman.
William C. Morris Award (honoring a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens)
Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award (for books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience)
Winner: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, narrated by Bahni Turpin
Honors: Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman, narrated by Katherine Kellgren; The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, narrated by Nick Podehl; Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering; and will grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan, narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl.
Schneider Family Book Award (for exemplifying the disability experience)
Best middle school book winner: After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Pura Belpré Author Award (for a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience)

JHunt Award

Winner: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


JANUARY 11, 2011
Invent an Instrument
Blue Man Group!

The Blue Man Group is holding a national Invent an Instrument contest for grades 5-9 through Feb. 15. They have amazing prizes that 25 people will win. The Grand Prize is a trip for 4 to New York City and $5,000! See their website for details on how to enter and prize details.

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posted by Shelly, Arvada Library


JANUARY 7, 2011
Fan made Hunger Games trailer
Library Girl (original song)
We are seriously impressed with this trailer, made so the actors could audition for the upcoming movie.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


JANUARY 6, 2011
JB or JB?
Justin Bieber
Jonas Brothers


"He sucks!" "He hasn’t gone through puberty!" Or, "The sad thing is I think he did!" These are SOME of the comments you hear most teenagers say about JB. Yes, Justin Bieber. Most who have a decent taste in music would consider his……tone, a little too high for his own good. But if you are a 12-13-year-old who is a total music virgin you can’t say that this JB is the greatest singer you've ever heard. Speaking of virgins… 

Then there's the other JB. Yes ladies, the Jonas Brothers; the triplet that makes up the perfect man. Kevin – the funny one. Joe – the cute one. And Nick – the sensitive one, as explained in a Hannah Montana episode. Sorry, guys, I'll have to criticize her looks at some other time.

Anyway, the other day, while I was talking to some of my friends at the Belmar Library Games Night, a question entered my thoughts. Who is better, Justin Bieber or Jonas Brothers? I know, I know. Why would I even think that!? But I dislike them so much that it's hard not to think about them. Well the thing is, I asked Allison (the awesome teen librarian) and all she could come up with was, "Who are they?" So I decided to weigh out all the possibilities. Well, here is the evidence:

Justin Bieber
He has somewhat of an attractive face. His hair is…blah! And his music just plain sucks! Sorry JB2! Go to OMG Facts and look at the fact that says that flipping your hair kills brain cells. Seriously kid! Quit it!

Jonas Brothers
Aside from the fact that three equals perfect, they are really not THAT great. The first mistake they made is the fact that they are still associated with Disney. This is a bad thing because as much fun as "Phineas And Ferb" is, most artists that come from there will not be able to survive with the big fish, the real actors.

Their second mistake is their music. Sure they have a couple of good songs, but if you want to start breaking away from only little kids liking your band then you need to begin to sound more like a rock band and less like a pop poser. Also, you're Hollywood stars! Please leave the purity rings at home unless you want to be the joke of the century!

So now my final decision…Drum rolls please…I will not tell you! My friend, if you thought it was going to be that simple to get an answer out of me then you're wrong. You will have to comment what YOU picked. So JB or JB???

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posted by Maria, Belmar Library Teen


JANUARY 5, 2011
Winter Fun!
Stockholm SkatersAre you looking for something fun to do with your friends? Check out the outdoor ice skating rinks below: 

Evergreen Lake
Scroll down to see hours and prices – plus the hotline for ice conditions

Belmar Ice Rink
Scroll down a bit and look on the right for hours and prices

Both rinks are close to libraries in case you have to check something in or out!

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library


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