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MAY 31, 2011
Digital Art Competition

Infiniti Digital Art Competition

Are you creative? Do you excel at creating digital works of art? Check out this digital art competition hosted by the design magazine designboom and Infiniti. This contest is free to enter. Infiniti is looking for some creative digital artwork to be displayed in new INFINITI Centres across Europe. The winning entry will also be awarded a 10,000 (currency English pounds) prize!

Submission deadline is July 8th. Check out this blog post at 4YA about the competition and click here for more complete details and contest rules.  

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library

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MAY 29, 2011
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens coverI can’t wait to read this new book! Here’s the premise: a plane full of 50 beauty queen contestants crashes on a deserted island and has to figure out how to survive. This is from the blurb on the cover: “What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program—or wrestle snakes to the ground?” Oh, and that may look like a bullet sash she’s wearing on the cover, but it’s actually made of lipstick!

This book just came in this week, so hurry up and reserve your copy!

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posted by Jessie, Columbine Library

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MAY 27, 2011
Read It

This video won the Teen Tech Week contest at the Allen County Public Library in Indiana. We love it.

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Summer Reading starts June 1st! What will you read?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 27, 2011
More letters and authors
Did you notice our theme this week? It was mostly an accident, I just noticed we had a selection of letter related ideas for blog posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed it! Here is the last one, and this one is interactive!

Has a book changed your life? The California Center for the Book runs an annual contest for students to write a letter to an author telling how their book changed their view of the world. The winning entries are simply amazing.

Who would you write to?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 26, 2011
Letters to the Children of Troy (Public Library)
Letter from Dr. SuessIn 1970, Troy Public Library hired their first children’s librarian, Marguerite Hart. She wrote to dozens of famous people and asked them to write a letter to the children of Troy about the importance of libraries. The letters have been posted online for your enjoyment.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 25, 2011
Love Notes… at school?

Photo Credit: 9News

A mysterious student at Bauder Elementary School in Fort Collins has been leaving anonymous notes around school. They are happy notes, intended to make the reader smile.

What a simple way to spread the love! Wouldn’t it be neat if that happened at your school? (Hint hint! If you were to do something similar, we would love to see photos!)

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 24, 2011
Letters to a Publisher
Children’s book publisher Klaus Flugge has been receiving letters from authors and illustrated for decades.  The Guardian has published his favorite decorated envelopes.

My favorite is #13.  What’s yours?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake library

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MAY 23, 2011
It's a Book!

It's a Book!

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MAY 21, 2011
National Renewable Energy Lab

Did you know that the National Renewable Energy Lab is headquartered in Golden?  Vice President Biden just stopped in for a visit this last week.  NREL scientists are doing some innovative things with renewable energy including: developing advanced vehicles and fuels, building more reliable wind turbines, and exploring biomass, geothermal, solar and hydrogen energy sources.   The crane they used to build the wind turbine is one of the largest in the world!

Do you have a science project coming up?  Visit the NREL website student resources section to get some great ideas and research resources!

 

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MAY 20, 2011
Rainy days

Rupert doing a puzzle 

With all this rain, Rupert had to get into a puzzle.

What did you do?  Did you go see Thor?

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posted by Amy, Edgewater Library

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MAY 19, 2011
Calling all art lovers!

Check out this cool blog from The Phillips Collection, a museum in Washington D.C.!

Located at 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 this museum is a great place to visit. But even if you don’t make it to D.C., you can learn more about the museum’s collection by visiting the museum website and by keeping up with their blog.

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library

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MAY 18, 2011
Teen Summer Reading Program

Coming soon to a library near you!! We have a great program planned for this year. Here are the basics:

The program runs from June 1st to July 31st.  Each library will be hosting a variety of FREE fun programs including: chocolate tasting, rhythmic drumming, Breakbeat dancing, craft project to build a wind spinner or a dream catcher and book swaps.
 
How do I join?
Visit your local Jefferson County Public Library and ask to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program!
 
You will get a tally to keep track of your reading, great coupons and lots of information about fun summer events. Don’t forget to bring your tally to the library every time you visit to report your reading hours!

How does it work?
Read for 8 hours to complete the program and you get a free book on book award day (link this to EK) that you can keep forever! If you can't come on book award day, you have until the end of August to choose your book.
 
For every 8 hours you read, you can enter a drawing to win one of our 8 grand prizes at the end of the summer. Prize choices include a digital camera, Nano, or E-book reader.
 
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
Read for 16 hours and you can enter a drawing to come to an after hours Games Night!
 
Read to help your community! If Jeffco teens read a total of 85,000 (or more!!) hours the teen librarians will volunteer at the Jeffco Action Center. 

Want to know more?  Stop in and visit with your local teen librarian.

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MAY 17, 2011
2011 Teen Art Contest winners (at Denver Public Library)

The Denver Public Library holds a contest each year for teens to design posters and bookmarks to advertise their summer reading program. The winners this year are spectacular so we thought you might want to see them.

Do you think we should do a similar contest?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 16, 2011
Parkour anyone?

Parkour - Tempest Freerunning Academy

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MAY 15, 2011
Standley Lake Teen Time Program

Teen Time logo

Join us for a book Teen Time extravaganza!  In preparation for summer reading, Jenna will attempt to tell you about 100 books in 50 minutes!  This should be entertaining!  You'll leave with a list of books to read for fun this summer.

Wednesday, May 18
7:00-8:00pm
Standley Lake Library

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 14, 2011
Flood!!

Did you know that floods were the natural disaster that caused the highest number of deaths and most costly property damage in the 20th century? We all need water to survive but sometimes it can be deadly.  CNN reported the current flood along the Mississippi River could cause $5 billion in losses. There are many different kinds of floods. The most common is regional, for example, floods related to ice melt or hurricanes. Other types of floods include flash floods, ice-jam floods, storm-surge floods, dam-failure floods, and debris, landslide, and mudflow floods.

 
Here is a list of some of the most deadly floods in 2010:
            July - Pakistan – 1,600 to 2,000 dead
            May – Southern China – 1,072 dead
            April – Rio de Janeiro – 201 dead
            November – Columbia 138 dead
            May – Tennessee – 31 dead
 
Want to know more? Try our Science in Context database.

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MAY 13, 2011
Gotta love the Interwebz!

Photo credit: Matt Dunham/AP

Did you see the frowning flower girl in all the Royal Wedding kiss pictures? She certainly stole the show.. and now she has her own meme! What pictures would you add her to?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 12, 2011
Benefit for Outdoor Lab
Aaron Skoff Photographics logoPhotographer Aaron Skoff has a photography show in the Dayton Memorial Library at Regis University this month. All sales proceeds will go to the Jefferson County Public Schools Outdoor Labs Foundation.

Mr. Skoff says that he attended Windy Peak Outdoor Lab when he was a 6th grader and that’s where he took his first photography class. Even if you can’t purchase a photo, it would be fun to go look.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 11, 2011
Teen Choice Book of the Year!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson coverTeens voted and the winner has been announced! 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan has won the Teen Choice Book of the Year Award, sponsored by the Children's Book Council.

This book was one of my favorites last year!  Congratulations to John Green and David Levithan!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 10, 2011
Tweet your Senator
Today is National Library Legislative Day, where we celebrate all the wonderful things about libraries and tell our elected officials to keep supporting libraries. What can you do to help support your library? It’s easy…just tweet or email your senator and tell him / her how much your library means to you.   The American Library Association has created an interactive map to find your local senator.

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library

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MAY 9, 2011
Dear Santa...
Backyard Roller Coaster
I want this for Christmas! (I'm saying it early because this isn't something Santa can set up in one night. Even if he is magic.)

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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MAY 8, 2011
Featuring Author Holly Black!
Tithe coverI recently read Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside by Holly Black and really enjoyed the series. Although Valiant was not exactly a sequel to Tithe both books had characters in common. Both Tithe and Valiant directly relate to Ironside, the final book. To get the full effect it is best to read all three.
 
In Tithe, the main character Kaye, discovers she is a faerie with a quest to fulfill. Along the way, she meets Roiben, but will he be friend or foe? In the next book Valiant, 17-year-old Valerie Russell ends up getting mixed up in some faerie business when she runs away to New York City. This book has new characters from the first book, but Roiben does make an appearance in the end. In the third book, Ironside, the reader sees the characters from the first book and the second book. Will Roiben and Kaye work out their differences? Will good triumph over evil in Faerie? One of the things I enjoyed most about this series was the way in which the author wove in the modern world with Faerie. I also liked the way the characters and stories of Tithe and Valiant came together in the third book Ironside.
 
White Cat coverMore recently I read White Cat (Curse Workers Series #1). The world in which Cassel lives is populated by some people who can curse others merely by touching another person with their bare hand. As a result, everyone in this society wears gloves for protection. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers and believes without a doubt that he does not have that ability. He is, however, a master con artist. As he delves into a con to get back into school after having been suspended, he starts discovering things about his family, himself, and what really happened to his friend, Lila.
 
I have just started the second book in the Curse Workers Series,Red Glove. Right at the beginning in Red Glove Cassel is being recruited by the FBI and a crime boss! I am curious to find out what he will decide.
 
So pick up some books by Holly Black and see what you think! Then chat with Holly Black on Good Reads from May 9th – 13th!

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library

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MAY 8, 2011
Science Saturday

Going to the Moon

It's up in the sky every night but how much do we really know about our little orbiting pal?  Here are some quick facts about the moon.  Next time you are out at night be sure to give the globe in the sky a closer look.

  • The average orbiting speed of the moon is .63 miles per second
  • The moon has only 16% of the gravitational pull as the Earth
  • The moon is thought to have been formed when a Mars sized lump of rock hit the Earth 4.5 billion years ago
  • Mainly, only one side of the moon ever faces the earth
  • There are traces of helium, neon, hydrogen and argon in the Moon's atmosphere.
  • The average surface temperature of the moon is -9.4 degrees Fahrenheit

Want to know more?  Look in our online library database Science Online

 

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MAY 6, 2011
Book Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Sisters Red coverThis updated version of The Little Red Riding Hood tells the story of two sisters, Scarlett and Rose. Their grandmother is brutally killed by a werewolf when they are young, and they spend the next several years learning how to hunt and kill werewolves to protect themselves and those around them. The wolves are especially attracted to teenage girls, which puts Scarlett and Rose in the perfect position to lure them in. The better to kill you with, my dear!

 
The next book, Sweetly, comes out this fall. It’s a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, so watch for that one as well!

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MAY 5, 2011
(He isn't really Harry Potter.)
Daniel RadcliffeHave you ever wondered what Daniel Radcliffe has been up to since Harry Potter? Apparently he will star in a film adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghost tale A Woman in Black. Check out Daniel Radcliffe in action in the movie trailer.

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library

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MAY 4, 2011
Free Comic Book Day
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is this weekend! 

On Saturday, May 7th, you may visit a local comic book store and receive a free comic book. Yes, that’s what I said, A FREE COMIC BOOK. 

It’s easy to find a participating store in your neck of the woods. 

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library

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MAY 3, 2011
Want to know when the next book arrives?
Here is a compiled list of the most highly anticipated book for May 2011. Keep looking for these titles to be added to our catalog and get your name on the list!

Beauty Queens CoverWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready (sequel to Shade)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Illusions by Aprilynne Pike (Wings book #3)
Bite Club by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires book 10)
The Warlock by Michael Scott (Nicholas Flamel)

Want more?

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posted by Jeffco Teen Librarians

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MAY 2, 2011
Yay Lakewood High!

Lakewood High School LipDub
Check out this amazing video Lakewood High School has created. It was featured on 9News and we hear Katy Perry has linked to it on her Facebook page! Good job guys!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library

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