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NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Introducing Amy Denniff, Teen Librarian at Edgewater Library
My six-word memoir is “I follow where books lead me.” 

Amy in High SchoolHere I am in high school








Amy this past summer!And, here I am now, after the TEEN Summer Reading CHALLENGE and dyeing my hair BLUE! I really love it and am contemplating my next color-definitely purple first, but then maybe bright red????



Questions I have been asked…and ask me MORE anytime!

Favorite Teen Book
Then: probably Pride and Prejudice or Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret. Oh, and Go Ask Alice.
Now: Hunger Games, anything by Louise Rennison, The Book Thief and so many more!

Favorite Movie
Then: Empire Strikes Back, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Now: Departures, SLC Punk!, Immortal Beloved, Grave of the Fireflies, Ponyo

Furthest I Was from Home
Then: Taxco, Mexico
Now: Scotland

Favorite Candy
Then: Hot Tamales
Now: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Favorite Band
Then: Sex Pistols, The Clash
Now: The Killers, The Ting Tings, NIN

Manga FaceThis is my manga face!

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posted by Amy, Edgewater Library


NOVEMBER 29, 2010
Nicholas Tesla, genius inventor
The History of Nikola Tesla - A Short Story
Who says you can't learn something on YouTube?

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


NOVEMBER 23, 2010
Six-word phrases are the best!
Six-word Memoirs by Teens Famous & ObscureI Can’t Keep My Own Secrets is a compilation of 600 six-word phrases from 600 real teenagers, all ages 13 to 19. The idea is originally from Ernest Hemingway, who was challenged to write a story in merely six words. He returned the challenge with, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” People have been fascinated with the idea of six-word phrase since. So, SMITH magazine in recent years asked adult authors to send in their six-word quotes about their life and it sparked a movement across the country. Schools, teachers, and readers of literature became intrigued with the few-word-long quotes. When SMITH learned of its success, they asked teenagers to continue the trend and send in their quotes. This book is an absolute must read. It is fast, but deeply moving and an insight to people’s lives everywhere. It is amazing how much someone can say in six words. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

What’s your six-word-story?

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posted by Stephanie, Belmar Library


NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Victor Borge plays Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
(It's not nearly as boring as you assume.)

Victor Borge

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


NOVEMBER 18, 2010
The 2010 JHunt Award
A few years ago, a group of teens, librarians, teachers, and parents on an email list called Adbooks (teens can join!) decided they didn't like the official award winners and they would make their own award for the best teen book of the year. They named the award the JHunt after Jonathan Hunt, a librarian who is influencial in the world of teen librarians.

This is the short list of nominated titles for the 2010 JHunt Award:

Before I Fall Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

Revolution Revolution
by Jennifer Donnelly


A Conspiracy Of Kings A Conspiracy Of Kings
by Megan Whalen Turner


Finnikin Of The Rock Finnikin Of The Rock
by Melina Marchetta

Incarceron Incarceron
by Catherine Fisher


Before I Fall Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi


They Called Themselves The KKK They Called Themselves The KKK
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Members of the email list will discuss and vote on these books until three remain, and then choose a winner on January 9th.

Have you read any of these books? What do you like or dislike about any of them? Which would you choose as the best book of the year? What book would you prefer to see on this nominees list?

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posted by Nikki, Columbine Library


NOVEMBER 16, 2010
You can be a winner! is sponsoring a contest for teens!

RevolutionAre you a fan of Jennifer Donnelly’s book, A Northern Light? If so, you will be happy to know that she has another book that just came out called Revolution. The story spans centuries and continents, and explores the world of genetics. You can win a copy of your very own if you enter the contest by Dec. 15!

Read more and enter the contest!

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library


NOVEMBER 12, 2010
The History of Rap
The History of Rap by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
Do you love hip-hop, Jimmy Fallon or Justin Timberlake? Last week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy, Justin, and The Roots doing a pretty amazing medley of the biggest hip-hop hits of the past 30 years. Check it out!

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Teen Time at Standley Lake - Duct Tape Crafts!
Duct Tape CraftsSo much duct tape, so little time. Come and explore your creative side with a roll of duct tape. Teens can drop by the Standley Lake Library to learn how to make simple duct tape crafts.

4-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15
Standley Lake Library

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


NOVEMBER 9, 2010
November at Belmar

Belmar Library

For the month of November, you will see a display of my favorite books in Belmar’s Teen Lounge. Inside each book, you’ll find a bookmark that has three questions for you to answer:  

  1. Did you like the book?
  2. Why or why not?
  3. Recommend a book for Allison and the other teen librarians to read.

Please fill out the bookmark and return it with the book.

I can’t wait to read your thoughts on my favorite books. Plus, I’ll share your recommendations with all the librarians.

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library


NOVEMBER 5, 2010
Argh! Paper cut!
The Flyer Guy
Do not watch this one alone in the dark.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


NOVEMBER 2, 2010
November is NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writing Month)
For those aspiring writers out there, we have a program at the Library this month called Writing Workshop for Teens. This fun and hands on program will be run by two real live authors! 

Another related program is Book Covers Redux. At this program you will get to take a yucky book cover you don’t like (Ewww!) and redo it with something you do like (New!).

And just for fun, check out this cool website!

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posted by Rene, Evergreen Library


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