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MARCH 31, 2011
Want to know when the next book arrives?

Here is a compiled list of the most highly anticipated books for April 2011. Keep looking for these titles to be added to our catalog and get your name on the list!

 
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (sequel to If I Stay)
Carmen by Walter Dean Myers
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Emperor of Nihon-jaL by John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice #10)
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Faerie Winter by Janni Simner
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Eona by Alison Goodman (sequel to Eon)
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Red Glove by Holly Black
Plague by Michael Grant
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #4)
Stay by Deb Caletti

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 30, 2011
Cupcake Baking meets Blood and Gore

To prepare for the Monster Cupcake workshops in April, you may want to check out a new book, Zombie Cupcakes, by Zilly Rosen. 

 Using this book, you could be the next winner on The Cupcake Wars and host your own fang-filled, eyeball-popping, scream of a party! Have fun!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 29, 2011
Library Video Contest

Do you love your library?  Want to win some money for your favorite library?  The American Library Association is hosting a video contest "Why I Love My Library"  The first place prize is $3,000 dollars for your public or school library.  Teens ages 13-18 may enter a 1-3 minute video by April 18th.  Don't you love your library?

 

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 28, 2011
The Black Hole
The Black Hole

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 27, 2011
In Memoriam: Diana Wynne Jones

One of my favorite authors passed away yesterday.  Diana Wynne Jones has been writing fantasy stories for decades and I've loved everything I've read by her.  She was 76.

 

cover of Howl's Moving CastleMy favorite of her's is Howl's Moving Castle, about a fairy tale land and a girl, Sophie, who knows that as the eldest sister, she will do nothing more with her life than run the family hat shop.  Then she is turned into an old hag by a witch and finds herself with a job as a housecleaner in the infamous Moving Castle, serving the biggest bad guy of the land - Howl.  But, like Sophie under her hag curse, Howl is more than he seems on the outside.  This story is laugh out loud funny, sweet, poignant, and quite entertaining all at once.  I mean - the castle moves around!  How is that not interesting??

cover of DogsbodyMy other favorite book by Jones is Dogsbody, which is completely different.  This is a science fiction story about Sirus, the dog star (yes, he's really a star... in a dog's body) who is on Earth on a mission to save the universe.  This is a dog with personality!  I remember a passage where he realized he had a tail and how it wagged when he was happy.  I've always wondered if my (real) dogs are aware of their tails like Sirus was.

Thank you for the stories, Diana.  You will be missed.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 26, 2011
Science Saturday
It’s week two of Science Saturday. What is Science Saturday? It is little known or interesting scientific facts that we explore each Saturday. 
 
Today’s topic: Creepy Crawly Bugs
 
 
 
Did you know?
 
A bed bug will drink seven times its own body weight in blood.
 
Mosquitos spit stops blood from clotting and also makes you itch.
 
Ticks have no eyes.
 
Tree slugs can climb trees to the height of 30 feet.
 
A dung beetle can lift a ball of dung that is 850 times its own weight.
 
Want to know more about bugs? Check our online database International Wildlife.

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 25, 2011
How would you draw the Wizard of Oz?
This (college level) class got the assignment to redesign the cover and important inside pages of a copy of The Wizard of Oz

This one is my favorite:

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 24, 2011
Book Review: Mad Love

Hi Teens,

Mad Love coverI read a new book that just came in called Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors. I really enjoyed this book which is more than a love story. The main character Alice Amorous also has to deal with the difficulties of her mother having bi-polar disease. This book is about community, imagination, dealing with loss, and, yes, there is a love story…
 
Give this book a try and post your comment here!

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library

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MARCH 23, 2011
New Books

Some of the new books that just arrived for teens!

Soccerland by Beth Choat
Flora Dupre strives to play soccer for the U.S.A. in her Mom’s memory. Flora leaves her close-knit family in Maine to tryout at the International Sports Academy. Will Flora be able to hold her own? Will a family tragedy cause her to rethink the meaning of soccer in her life?Rembering Green cover

 Remembering Green by Lesley Beake
In the year 2200 global warming has covered most of the Earth in sea. The Tekkies, living securely on a fortified island, have dwindling supplies. The Tekkies need a sacrifice to obtain fresh water. An African girl with her lion cub, Saa, still carries the old knowledge, but she is determined to thwart the Tekkies.
 
Will by Maria Boyd
Will is encouraged by Mr. Armstrong to be in the combined musical with Lakeside Girls’ in order to work off some trouble Will has managed to get into. Will it be death by high school musical?
 
Selling Hope by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
It’s May 1910 and Halley’s Comet will be passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. Thirteen year old Hope and her father are part of a vaudeville troupe passing through Chicago. Hope is desperate to get out of the vaudeville life and have a ‘normal’ life. Will her plan work?

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library

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MARCH 22, 2011
Arra - Teen Librarian at Lakewood
Some trivia about me
 
  • Favorite Teen Book: Feed by M.T. Anderson. I can’t stop thinking about this book.
  • Favorite Teen Book from the past: The Blue Swordor anything by Robin McKinley. 
  • Favorite all time movie: Sooo many choices…I think I have to go with the Pride and Prejudice mini-series put out by the BBC. The mother in that is very amusing.
  • Favorite sport to watch: Iron Chef (Is this a sport?)
  • Favorite sport to do: Hiking!  
  • Favorite food to make: Anything where I can lick the beaters or cut out cookies.
  • Favorite food: Anything with chocolate 
  • Places outside the U.S. I would like to go: Anyplace with a sandy beach that I can sit on and read!!
  • Places I have lived (not necessarily in order): Omaha NE, Pensacola FL, Memphis TN, Seward NE (Very very very tiny town but had a great Dairy Queen), Lincoln, NE, Evanston IL (just north of Chicago), Champaign IL, and Edgewater CO.
  •  Do I have a pet? Not really, I have six chickens who live in my backyard and provide me with tasty eggs.

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 21, 2011
Wind and Mr. Ug
Mobius Story: wind and Mr. Ug

To fully appreciate this video, you will need the following supplies:

A piece of paper
Scissors
Scotch tape
Markers (optional)

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 18, 2011
Hunger Games: The Movie

Hunger Games coverYes, it is official; The Wrap reported they are going to make a movie trilogy from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. 

Jennifer Lawrence has been chosen for the part of Katniss and Gary Ross, from Seabiscuit, is set to direct. The film is scheduled to be released on March 23, 2012. 

I can’t wait!!!!! Who do you think should play Peeta?

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 17, 2011
Video swap at Teen Time

Last night at the Standley Lake Teen Time we had a video swap.  We pulled up YouTube and took turns finding videos we enjoyed for the group to watch.  It was much fun!  Here are some of the videos we enjoyed:

CSAP Baby

Ninja Cat

The Mean Kitty Song

Sneezing Panda Baby

Othello Rap

Fox In Socks really fast

Straight No Chaser's 12 Days of Christmas

Silent Monks Singing Halleluia

Hey There Harry Potter

Jaron and the Long Road to Love's Pray for You

Charlie the Unicorn

Venetian Princess' Outer Space

David After Dentist

What video did we miss?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 16, 2011
A.V. Undercover
Acoustic Guitar
 
Over several weeks, 25 bands cover 25 songs. Watch the videos!
 
The covers from last year are awesome!

 

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library

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MARCH 15, 2011
How to draw Mario
How to draw Mario
I apologize in advance if this song gets stuck in your head and all you can do all day is draw little Mario heads on your homework.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 15, 2011
Hunger Games movie news

Hunger Games coverHey Teens!

 
Are you anxiously awaiting the movie The Hunger Games?
 
There has been some speculation on which actresses are vying for the role of Katniss.
 
Who do you think should play the role of Katniss and why?

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library

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MARCH 13, 2011
Standley Lake Teen Times resume this week
Standley Lake Teen Times, our monthly teens-only program, is starting up again.  Teen Times will be held every 3rd Wednesday at 7pm at the Standley Lake Library.  The topics will be a surprise - but you'll have fun!

This month Teen Time will be Wednesday, March 16, at 7pm.  Here is your clue about the topic (drum roll please!): Now would be a good time to brush up on your favorite online videos.

See you there!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 13, 2011
Japan's Tsunami

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Tsunami that hit Japan yesterday morning. Want to know more about Tsunamis and what makes them happen? Here are some websites to investigate:

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MARCH 11, 2011
Jeffco Open Space applications available at your library
Jeffco Open Space teensJefferson County Open Space has a Youth Works program that provides summer work for teenagers age 14 to 18.  There is an online application you can print or you can pick up a paper application at any Jefferson County Public Library.  The deadline for entry is March 31.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 10, 2011
We have a winner!

Our Teen Tech Week video contest has closed and we have a winner!  Soham has done a great job of showing how the library can help solve the summer boredoms.  We plan to use this video to help advertise the Summer Reading Club this year.  Thank y ou, Soham, for a great video!

 

Teen Video Contest
 

We did have another entry which we found amusing even if it didn't meet our guidelines and therefore is ineligible for our contest.  Thanks for sharing your video, Ingrid, Olivia, and Konrad!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 9, 2011
When you’ve Read all of the Books Worth Reading
Maria V. Kramer wrote this great blog post about webcomics that you just have to read!

We love the comic Unshelved because it's about libraries.  If you want to know what it's like to be a teen librarian, follow Dewey!

What's your favorite webcomic? 

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posted by Nikki, Columbine Library

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MARCH 8, 2011
The best talent show act ever
Girl speed reads Dr. Suess

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MARCH 5, 2011
Highly Anticipated Teen Books Coming out in March
Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
Shimmer by Alyson Noel
Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
I Am J by Cris Beam
Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Betrayal: Haunting Emma by Lee Nichols (sequel to Deception)
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (sequel to Hex Hall)
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (sequel to The Body Finder)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven) by Brandon Mull
 
Click on a title to get on the hold list for any of these books!

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posted by Nikki - Columbine Library

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MARCH 4, 2011
Halloween in March?
Are you into Horror movies? The Guardian posted their list of the 25 best horror films of all time. How many have you seen? Did they get it right?

www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/oct/22/horror

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posted by Nikki - Columbine Library

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MARCH 2, 2011
How high school on television and high school in real life are totally different!
For example, in real life high school:
  1. No one gets swirlied or slurpied
  2. People who hate you don’t ruin your life forever
  3. No one has a truly evil arch nemesis
  4. Everyone coexists, having friends in many friend groups
  5. There are no salad bars or swimming pools
  6. Girls eat
  7. No one has classmates who have superpowers
  8. Good athletes aren’t always attractive
  9. Nerds are not pathetic and useless
  10. No one is cool enough or rich enough to have a party for the entire school
And in high school on television:
  1. The lockers are HUGE!
  2. People always breakdance in front of the school and on the tables in the cafeteria
  3. Friend groups are clearly defined with no crossover
  4. Cheerleaders dress in uniform every day, both in school and out of school
  5. Chemistry class always involves goggles and mixing chemicals
  6. Everyone hates gym class
  7. Jocks and cheerleaders always date
  8. Parents are either your BFFs or your enemies
  9. Choreographed musical numbers happen every day in school
  10. Relationships always involve serious drama!
What inconsistencies do you see between high school in real life and high school on television and in the movies? Tell us in the comments.

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posted by Allison and the Dream Team, Belmar’s Teen Advisory Board.

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MARCH 1, 2011
Tweeting at the Oscars!!

There were 36.4 million tweets during Sunday night Oscar Awards. What were some of the more interesting tweets from the Oscars? Here are a few to start the discussion:

 James Franco video tweeting as he walked onto stage at the beginning.
 
Jeff Greenspoon: The Social Network wins Best Editing nod, while Facebook won't let you edit what you post. #hmm #Oscars
 
Conan Obrien: Watching the Oscars. Not crazy about the womb Natalie Portman's baby chose to wear
 
Peter Serafinowicz:  Now I can't WAIT for Hurt Locker 2: Hurter Locker
 
Mark Ruffalo: Happy to be a beautiful loser!
 
Steve Young: “What I’ve learned so far watching the Oscars. I need to buy nicer envelopes.

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