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OCTOBER 29, 2010
Halloween is Tomorrow! Yikes!
Still looking for a last minute Halloween costume or some simple greusome make-up tips? Well, our very own Arra from the Lakewood Library is here to help!

Check-out the segment she did on Channel 9 on how you can use supplies you probably have in the kitchen to create some nasty scabs, warts and more!

(c) KUSA

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posted by Bethany


OCTOBER 26, 2010
Teen Time: Ghoulology
Teen Time: GhoulologyLearn how to make cool Halloween props and costume bits – including fake blood and slime – from materials you can find around the house! Wear old clothes - this stuff is gross!

Standley Lake Library
7-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 27

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posted by Nikki, Columbine Library


OCTOBER 22, 2010
What librarians do when the library is closed.
The Masters of Library Science
At the New Hanover County Library, anyway.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


OCTOBER 19, 2010
Define Chibi?
According to the Urban Dictionary, there are a few definitions, but in the anime and manga world it is a small character that is super cute.

Like this little creature:





Draw a Chibi?
Manga for the Beginner: Chibis by Christopher HartIt’s easy. Check out a new book called Manga for the Beginner: Chibis by Christopher Hart.  With this book you will learn the basics of drawing chibi characters, then follow step-by-step instructions to draw specific chibi characters, and even better learn how to animate your chibi characters!


Bring in your chibi characters to show the teen services librarians. We’d love to see them!

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posted by Allison, Belmar Library


OCTOBER 15, 2010
Inside Insides
MRI of an Apple
What does an MRI of an apple look like? Give this a minute to load fully - well worth the wait. There's more here.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


OCTOBER 14, 2010
Introducing Jenna, Teen Librarian at Standley Lake Library
Jenna getting her hair dyed!Favorite Teen Book
Currently my favorite of 2010 is Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

Favorite Teen Book from the past
The book that got me into teen literature (which later got me into being a teen librarian) was Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. And all the sequels. 

Favorite all time tv show
Firefly! It’s a space opera sci-fi western sort of thing. You totally should watch it. The whole series is only 12 hours long! 

Favorite sport to watch
Jugging. Okay, this one I have to ‘splain. I am part of a club that reenacts medieval times with boffer weapons. Jugging is our team sport. For an overview, see the movie Blood of Heroes, which came out in 1989 and starred Rutger Howard. (Our version isn’t nearly that bloody…) 

Favorite sport to do

Favorite food to make
Eggs. Omlets, fried, soufflés, etc. 

Favorite food
Eggs. (Did you see that coming?)

Places outside the U.S. I would like to go
Oh, all of them. 

Places I have lived
This one is kind of boring for me – Akron, Ohio until I was 2, Arvada, Colorado ever since. Except for a six-month exchange to Sydney, Australia when I was in high school! Oh, and I went to college in Fort Collins for four years, but I wouldn’t call it home. 

Jenna's turtleDo I have a pet?
Yes. A lot of them. (Only one is turtle shaped.)

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


OCTOBER 12, 2010
By teens, for teens
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants… But not quite…These girls thought up a great way to stay in touch!

My friend and I have been trying it out so that we can keep up-to-date on what is happening in each other’s lives. If you have a friend that you want to send a letter to or lives far away and you want to keep talking – try this idea!

My friend and I actually both live near each other, but we thought it would be fun to give this a try. We found a pair of pants that fit us both, a cheap pair from a thrift store for around $5, and started sending them to each other. We write on the pants with different colors of thin sharpies. We write a couple of sentences about that time that we had the pants, usually a week or two, and tell about anything from homecoming to falling down the stairs. We have made our own set of rules, which includes actually WEARING the pants. Yes, we do wear pants with writing on them to the mall or school. This also includes dating the entries and doodling a little bit around our entry. We also like to include little knick-knacks from times we spent together or something cool that we might have found that week, like a foreign coin. Another thing that we think is nifty is if one person is doing something fun one week that they have the jeans with them.

If your parent’s aren’t so cool with you writing on the jeans, write your entries on a piece of notebook paper or in a notebook that travels with the pants. If you decided to use the notebook paper, have your friend keep the letter you sent and you can keep theirs! If you put in a notebook then you can have both sets and can keep the rules on the inside cover.

This is just one way to keep in touch with someone you don’t see all that often. So far it’s worked out really well for my friend and I, who usually don’t talk unless we’re at family get-togethers. Just a few things to keep in mind – make sure the pants fit both or all of you, you make your own UNIQUE set of rules, and that you have fun and keep in touch. Because that’s what this idea is based on!

If you’d like to write a post for the Teen Blog, get in touch with your local Teen Services Librarian.

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posted by Stephanie, Belmar Library patron


OCTOBER 8, 2010
How to be alone.
How To Be Alone
Do you struggle to just sit and think sometimes? I do! This video really struck a chord for me.

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posted by Jenna, Standley Lake Library


OCTOBER 5, 2010
Are You a Writer?
And a middle school student (6th, 7th, or 8th grade)? 

If so, Lauren Myracle, author of TTYL, l8r, g8r and Peace Love and Baby Ducks, wants to read your original short story!

Entries must be mailed by Oct. 15, 2010!

Finalists will be honored at an event featuring Lauren Myracle on Jan. 8, 2011!

Entry Form
Contest Rules
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posted by Jenny, Golden Library


OCTOBER 2, 2010
A Banned Book Bundle!
Killer Kids?   

Silent to the BoneSilent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg
Branwell Zamborska's mother died when he was a baby. His father has always been devoted to him. But Dr. Zamborska recently got re-married, and now he has a new baby sister, Nikki. Nikki is in the hospital. She's got severe brain injuries and it's entirely possible that she'll die. Only Branwell and the pretty British nanny, Vivian, were home when Nikki was hurt, and Vivian insists that Bran must've shaken the baby. Branwell is in custody in the Behavioral Center and evidence is being gathered against him. Bran's best friend, Connor, doesn't think Branwell is capable of hurting Nikki, but Branwell isn't talking. It's not that he won't, he can't. Can Connor break his silence, and maybe save his life? This is an amazing mystery about family, guilt, shame, and the power of friendship.

The Killer's CousinThe Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin
It's no secret that 17-year-old David's girlfriend, Emily, has died. And it's no secret that it was David's fault. But even though David was acquitted of her murder, he must leave his hometown to finish high school away from the accusing eyes of his former friends and neighbors. But life in the attic of his estranged aunt and uncle is no safe haven. David's11-year-old cousin, Lily, is one of the creepiest little girls I've ever encountered, fictional or otherwise. The more time David spends with her, the weirder things get, and David is forced to face his past in order to figure out his future.

The Rag and Bone ShopThe Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier
Inspector Trent has been brought in by the authorities to interrogate the prime suspect in the brutal murder of a seven-year-old girl. He is renown for getting confessions from suspects, and this is an increasingly high profile case; one of the victim's classmates is the granddaughter of a U.S. Senator who has promised to pave the Inspector's way to the big time if Trent can tie this case up quickly. The suspect is 12-year-old Jason Dorrant. He's an outsider, an awkward boy who considered fussy little Alicia Bartlett his friend. He's also the last person to see her alive. This is a powerful story about ambition, perception and truth. And the twist ending is chilling!

If you like psychological murder mysteries, check these books out. They've been challenged for various reasons, most often because the content isn't considered suitable for young people. But young people have been known to be pretty horrific to one another and there's certainly nothing in these books that you can't find on prime-time network TV. Or the news, for that matter. Remember, this is your country; your world. I'll read what I like, and you do the same (and when we're reading the same thing, let's totally talk about it!). Please make sure we always have that right. Fight censorship.

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posted by Jenny, Golden Library


OCTOBER 1, 2010
My Top Five Most SURPRISING Banned Books
Webster's DictionaryMerriam Webster and American Heritage Dictionary
The Merriam Webster was banned in a California elementary school in January 2010 for its definition of oral sex, deeming it not age appropriate.

My Sister's KeeperMy Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Banned for sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide, violence.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Banned in January 2010 by the Texas Board of Education because the author has the same name as a Marxist theorist, and no one checked to find out if they were actually the same person.

TwilightTwilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group



Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal SnoggingAngus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Areas of the book are considered by some to be inappropriate, perhaps condoning behavior that they do not wish their children to engage in. There are also references to lesbianism, erections and pornography.


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posted by Amy, Edgewater Library


OCTOBER 1, 2010
Where are we going with technology?

What will the future look like? Is more technology a good thing or a bad thing? These are all questions raised in the book Feed by M.T. Anderson. In this futuristic novel Anderson has created a world where the Internet is now an implant in your brain giving you a constant 'Feed' of information.
Feed: by M.T. Anderson
I love this book and couldn't stop thinking about it after I finished reading it. Some people don't love this book as much as I do and I respect their opinions. The thing I don't respect is when they try to stop other people from being able to read this book. What would a future look like if we start letting other people tell us what we can and cannot read? Where do we draw the line?

Feed has been challenged in 2008 in Vancouver, WA Middle School libraries.

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posted by Arra, Lakewood Library


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