This week is Banned Books Week. Click here to visit the official Banned Books Week webpage, and celebrate your freedom to read! Something really cool that is happening this week is ALA’s Virtual Read-Out. There’s a Youtube Channel where you can view celebrities and people like you reading out loud from their favorite banned books. Click here to find the channel on Youtube. Some videos even include authors discussing their own works that have been banned or reading from their favorite banned books. Check out a few of the videos below:
Starting today, each week SYNC will be offering 2 FREE audiobooks to download. One will be a current teen title and the other will be its classic counterpart. This week it is Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver paired with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
You can also text synca to 258237 to get alerts about the FREE titles.
Reachout.com is a new website for teens that provides resources to help you deal with hard issues or problems that come up in life. On the website you’ll find fact sheets like the one for Challenging Negative Self Talk. These fact sheets are helpful if you are dealing with a problem, or if you have a friend or family member with a problem and you want to learn more. There’s also real stories from other teens posted in writing or as videos. You’ll also find the reachout.com blog, a link to their Twitter feed and Facebook page, and a Get Help page that gives you contacts and other resources for getting help now.
May is Mental Health Awareness month, so there’s a lot going on at reachout.com right now. One thing that I think is pretty cool is the Reach Out Reads page. YALSA teamed up with reachout.com to provide a reading list of books on specific topics that might help teens learn more or deal with problems. There’s also a lineup of author chats for the entire month, so be sure to check out reachout.com and find the books featured on the site at the Library.
The first Saturday in May is the largest one-day comic book giveaway, so stop by the Library and get your free comic book. To celebrate Free Comic Book Day we are joining participating comic book shops across North America (including Comix Revolution) and around the world to give away comic books absolutely free, no strings attached. Visit the Fiction/AV/Teen or Youth Services desks to pick up a free comic book. (Limit one per person while supplies last.) Fill out a raffle slip and you could also win a gift card to Comix Revolution. Comic books generously donated by Comix Revolution.
This week is Teen Tech Week at the Library! A week long celebration of teens and technology at the Library. Stop in and checkout video games, movies, music, audiobooks, Playaways, and books about technology and then complete our Celebrity Photo Mix and Match puzzle and you could win a Cappanari’s gift card. Gift card winners will be drawn at the end of Teen Tech Week. Also, if you want to make your own Celebrity Photo Mix, we will display it in the Library.
Click here to download the puzzle or pick one up at the Library and turn it in to the Fiction/AV/Teen for your chance to win!
Female fashion models who work with the designers in Project Runway throughout the season are also in the competition. Each week, as the number of designers dwindle, the number of models are also reduced, with one model remaining at the end. Models are randomly pre-assigned to a designer during the first challenge, and from the second challenge onwards, the designers will have an opportunity to pick the model they wish to work with. This usually happens during the start of every episode save for the first, with the winner of the previous challenge receiving first pick, and the other designers picking models in order through host Heidi Klum’s random draw of large red shirt buttons with their names stored in a black velvet bag. Though, there are times when only the winning designer will be given the choice to pick with the following choices: either keep his or her previous model, take the losing designer’s model from the last challenge, or switch models with another competing designer.
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Edited to add: Kieryn posted about her experience at Starbucks in Mount Prospect!!
Date: Monday, 6/14/2010 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
For Students and Teens in grades 6 – 12.
Yes, just 15 and a published author. What’s that like? How did it happen? Ask her yourself when she comes to Starbucks (One West Rand Road) to read from her recently published novel, Rain. Released as an e-book (think Kindle) and available in hardcover this August, Rain is a mystery with break-ins, abductions, narrow escapes, and stolen birth certificates.
Kieryn is the youngest teen author to work with Echelon Press in the Young Adult category. She is a high school freshman (though she actually wrote the story when she was 13) who enjoys the normal stuff: writing, school, her yellow lab and black cat, spending time with friends, and chocolate. Talk to her about her pitch session with the publisher, the editing process (is it anything like English class?), and how she came up with the idea for the book. Advanced copies of her printed book will be available for purchase.
This program is presented by the Mount Prospect Public Library and will be held at the Starbucks at One West Rand Road, just down Kensington from Prospect High School.
Check out Kieryn’s youtube video!