Teen Blog

Pick your favorite pumpkin @ Salem Church Library!

Come vote for your favorite of the 3 pumpkins that library staff members decorated. There's "Some Pig," a tie in with Charlotte's Web, a Day of the Dead jack-o-lantern, and a howdy partner cowboy pumpkin. This is just one of the many fun things you can do @ your local library.

Write On!

This month, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20th to be the National Day on Writing. The National Writing Day Project is sponsored by NCTE--National Council of Teachers of English. Check out their site for the National Gallery of Writing where you can submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, audio, video, and artwork. The gallery will open to the world on October 20 so now is the time to get going. The site features an online tutorial to aid you when making your submissions.

Lit Bistro @ Porter

Hi everyone ...the newly reworked Lit Bistro is in full swing for the Fall.  Our first meeting was in September...but don't worry if you missed that one because there is plenty of room for everyone.

What is Lit Bistro???? I'm glad you asked...Lit Bistro is a fusion of 2 other programs...Book Chat and Lit Bistro. 

There is no assigned reading.  It is a group of teens who meet once a month and talk about any books they want to...that is it.

Lightning Thief Trailer

I blogged a few weeks ago about the Percy Jackson and The New Olympians series (click here to read). The first book, The Lightning Thief, is being made into a movie, due to be released February 2010. Here's a new trailer for the movie, and it looks awesome:

The Ruins of Gorlan: The Start of a Must-Read Series

Will is small for his age and can climb a tree quicker and higher than any of his Ward mates. He hopes to be accepted into Battleschool on Choosing Day so he can become a hero like his father, whom Will never knew. Will is an orphan, left on the steps of Castle Redmont's ward, and Choosing Day is the opportunity each ward has to be apprenticed to a master craftsman. 

Porter Exhibit: African American Trailblazers in Virginia History

October 5-30

The Library of Virginia, with support from Capital One, is pleased to honor eight distinguished Virginians as African American Trailblazers for their contributions to the state and nation. Through education, advocacy, entertainment, or armed rebellion, these individuals demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned for better lives for themselves and their people.

The honorees are Dangerfield Newby, Evelyn Butts, Amaza Meredith, Claudia Whitworth, Oliver White Hill, John Cephas, Edna Lewis, and Leland Melvin. Find out more about each trailblazer by visiting the Library of Virginia web site.

England Run Branch Taking Shape

England Run, our newest branch in Stafford County, is taking shape. See recent photos of the construction. 
England Run is located at the intersection of Plantation Drive and Lyons Boulevard, and is scheduled to open in fall 2010. 

See the England Run branch page for more information.

Wicked Lovely Movie in the Works

Universal Pictures is going to make a movie based on Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. (See our library catalog for more books and short stories by Melissa Marr.)

Read Melissa's thoughts about the film deal in her blog.   

Visit the Harper Teen site for more about the series beginning with Wicked Lovely, including more book trailers and an interview with Melissa Marr. 

Check out the book trailer for Wicked Lovely below:

Another Flower Gone: Good-bye to Mary Travers

A daughter of union organizers, Mary grew up in Greenwich Village and while only a teenager sang backup for the legendary Pete Seeger. Today, her clear, warm vocals on songs written by Seeger and Bob Dylan remind us of the softer aspects of 1960s social struggle. "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Blowin' in the Wind" are still favorites for youth groups.

"The Vampire Diaries" hits the small screen

The CW Network recently premiered  "The Vampire Diaries," a show based on the series by the same name written by  L. J. Smith.