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MARCH 31, 2010
Teen "Story" Time
Remember the simple joy of being read to? Teens are invited to the Standley Lake Library this spring break to enjoy a different kind of storytime. Sit back, relax and listen to short stories read aloud.

Reservations are not required. Since space is limited, participants are encouraged to arrive early.

Standley Lake Library
4-5 p.m. Monday, April 5

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


MARCH 30, 2010
Break Out of Boredom This Spring Break!
YAY! You're out of school for a whole week! What are you going to do with yourself? If you've got nothing planned, the Library has some options for you. 

Belmar Library
Stained Glass Jars
2:30 pm Tuesday, March 30
Recycle old jars into stained glass

Columbine Library
Magazine Bowls
1:30 pm Tuesday, March 30
Make your own useable bowl using old magazines

Gaming Afternoon
1:30 pm Thursday, April 1
Wii, Xbox and Beatles Rock Band! Bring your own games if you want!

Standley Lake Library
Zombie Project Runway
3-4:30pm Tuesday, March 30
Design a zombie costume and perform a fashion show. Guest judges will choose the most creative and undead costume.

Teen "Story" Time
3-4:30pm Monday, April 5
Sit back, relax, and listen to short stories read aloud.

C'mon and join us! You know you want to!

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posted by Nikki, Columbine Library


MARCH 26, 2010
Dinosaur Ballet
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If 45 seconds is too long, just watch from 35-40 for a LOL!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


MARCH 26, 2010
Teen Time: Zombie Project Runway
Zombie Project RunwayBraaains! Braaains! Fashion!
3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30
Standley Lake Library

Dust off your best funeral shrouds and burial suits for a feet-shufflin'-good time at Standley Lake Library. Teens will form teams to design the best zombie costume and perform a fashion show with their undead creations. A panel of guest judges will choose the most creative and ghoulish costumes.

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

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


MARCH 23, 2010
For Those Who Like to EAT!
So, who wants to feel better, be smarter, and live longer? You do! Do you know eating a variety of just 14 foods can do all that? WebMD says they'll even put you in a better mood! These foods are so powerful they are called "superfoods." Give 'em a try!
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Brocolli
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt

Looking for more information? Try checking out these books:

Superfoods RxSuperfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods that will Change Your Life

The Complete Superfoods Cookbook


Just love to cook? Try these out:

Cooking Up a StormCooking Up a Storm

Real Food, Real Fast

Big Snacks, Little Meals

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posted by Shelly, Arvada Library


MARCH 19, 2010
We love this video!
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If you don't get this, watch the Black Eyed Peas perform for Oprah for the reference

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


MARCH 18, 2010
And the Oscar goes to...
Oscar statuesIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the way to win Best Picture is to adapt a book into a movie. In fact, 40 of the past 82 winners have been adaptations. Those are pretty good odds. In honor of the 82nd Academy Awards, here is some info on upcoming movies that are based on books. These particular movies probably won't win any awards, but we're looking forward to seeing them anyway!

Coming to theaters...eventually

The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz
I know, those of you in the know are thinking: Old news, Drew Barrymore's Flower Films and Alloy Entertainment have been signed on to this project since October 2006. However, RJ Cutler (who directed The September Issue has now signed on to direct. Shooting is supposed to start this summer in the Hamptons.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Thanks to the success of Dear John, word is that Screen Gems has fast-tracked the Uglies movie for release sometime in 2011. What does Dear John have to do with anything? Screen Gems is known for horror and sci-fi flicks, but now that the gamble on the rom-dram has paid off...

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Catherine Fisher's dystopian novel of a futuristic prison with a mind of its own was released in the UK in 2007. It was just released in US last month, and a sequel, Sapphique, is due next January. Hugh Jackman's company is attached to produce the film version for Fox 2000.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Disney Channel Original Movie is scheduled to premiere in late fall 2010. Fans are getting excited. Check out these fan trailers for the movie:

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posted by Jenny, Golden Library


MARCH 15, 2010
Photo Scavenger Hunt Winners!
Teen Tech Week has come and gone and now it's time to announce the winners of the Photo Scavenger Hunt contest! You voted, we counted, and the winners are...

1st place

1st Place Collage

Snapshots by Dominique Silverman, 16

2nd place

2nd Place Collage

Clear by Natalie Tarazar, 16

3rd place

3rd Place Collage

EMILY by Emily Maya, 17

Congratulations to our winners!

The winning entries were selected by popular vote during Teen Tech Week. They will also be recognized on the library website and in some library locations. We received so many fabulous entries by some very talented young artists and we would like to thank everyone who created an entry for the Photo Scavenger Hunt contest.

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posted by JCPL Teen Librarians


MARCH 9, 2010
Arrrrrrrrgh! Braaaaains!
ZombiesIt seems like zombies are the next big thing. I guess we’re getting tired of vampires and werewolves. There have been some fantastic zombie books lately that you may enjoy.

If zombies were real…

Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Blood is really warm.
It’s like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.
A man keeping a haiku journal is turned into a zombie and continues his horrible haikus with a new theme. Laugh-out-loud funny and vaguely gross.

World War Z by Max Brooks
This is a collection of interviews done after the end of the zombie apocalypse, examining how the war began to how it was ended. Here’s a hint – the humans won, but just barely. I highly recommend the audiobook which has various narrators reading the different interviews and gives it a feel that is just a touch too real. Brooks also wrote a fabulous guide to living with zombies - The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Although they never say “zombie” in this book, the “unconsecrated” beyond the gates are definitely just that. This is what life could be like if we had not won World War Z, with the few remaining humans living in a small fenced community. Until they break down the fence. Part zombies, but also part adventure and romance and road trip, this is a delightful story about survival and secrets revealed.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols by Michael P. Spradlin
A delightful little book with all your favorite Christmas songs rewritten with a zombie theme. Perfect for singing around the crackling fire with your zombified friends.

Zombies in our stories…

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
If you love Austen and zombies, this is the perfect book for you! The classic story has been retold to include zombies. Elizabeth Bennet is a zombie hunter in competition with her Mr. Darcy, a rival monster hunter.


Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Phoebe is a typical Goth high school student. She ends up dating a “living impaired” boy (read: zombie) and finds the world is full of prejudice and hate for their relationship.

Zombie Blondes by Brian James
Zombie cheerleaders. ‘Nuff said.

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
Alley has a firm rule of not dating the undead no matter what…but somehow she still ends up caught between her zombie boyfriend and her vampire crush.

Love is Hell by Melissa Marr
Five short stories about love, the undead and the supernatural. You’ll have to read it to see where the zombies come in.

What did I miss? What zombie books do you recommend?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake


MARCH 6, 2010
Let the voting begin!
Teen Tech Week is finally here! That means it's time to get a look at the entries for the online Photo Scavenger Hunt contest! Throughout February local teens have been putting their artistic skill and tech savvy to work taking pictures and creating digital photo collages. Click on the link below to view their photographic masterpieces and vote for your favorite.

Vote Now!

Voting will be open only during Teen Tech Week, March 7-13. The three entries that receive the most votes will be recognized and displayed on this blog, the teen website, and in some library locations. Good luck to all of the fabulous entries!

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posted by JCPL Teen Librarians


MARCH 4, 2010
Are the "Classics" all that bad?
book jacketBeowulf
So you have to read Beowulf? By next Monday?! How about reading a version that will be understandable and, dare we say it, exciting?

Try reading Beowulf , illustrated and retold by Penelope Hicks.

Or if you're in a real hurry, Beowulf, the graphic novel adaptation by Gareth Hinds just might be what you need.

book jacketShakespeare
If you're puzzled by Shakespeare, there are several ways to figure him out.

You could try Manga Shakespeare, and see As You Like It come alive in this exciting format.

Or the No Fear Shakespeare graphic novel version of Hamlet.

Of course, if you're in a real hurry, read the Graphic Classics, like this version of Macbeth.

book jacketTo Kill a Mockingbird
Everyone has to read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. If you're not sure what the big deal is, try reading The story behind Harper Lee's To kill a Mockingbird to understand more about it.

If you need some help understanding the story itself, read all about it using Cliffs Notes from NetLibrary, which you can access online with just your library card.

book jacketEdgar Allen Poe
What happens if Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado is checked out from the library and your report is due in a couple of days? Try downloading it onto your iPod or MP3 player so you can hear the creepiness as it happens.

book jacketThe Canterbury Tales
What's up with The Canterbury Tales? It's so difficult to understand in the original English, but if you read it as translated and adapted by Peter Ackroyd, it's actually an interesting story! Who knew?!

The graphic version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Marcia Williams is short and sweet, and gives you the basics.

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posted by Tisha, Evergreen Library


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