Teen Blog

04/09/2010 - 4:19pm

National Library Week is April 11-17, and this year's honorary chair is author Neil Gaiman, recent winner of the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book.  Check out his main web site, www.neilgaiman.com, and his web site for younger readers, www.mousecircus.com. Neil writes for all audiences - check out some of his books for teens.

Neil Gaiman loves libraries & we love him back! Kinda have a crush actually ...

Everyday during National Library week we'll be posting a Neil Gaiman related video on our teen Facebook page.

Here's a taste of what's to come - a great interview with Neil at home!

Celebrate with these National Library Week happenings:

Food for Fines - Monday, April 12 - Sunday, April 18:
Help local families in need and get a break on your fines. Find out more.

Celebrate National Library Workers Day - Tuesday, April 13:
Want to make our day? Just tell a library employee how much you love the library!

Celebrate "Support Teen Literature Day" - Thursday, April 15:
There's more to teen lit than Harry Potter and Twilight. Stop by your library and ask our young adult librarians for a recommendation or two or three ... they know their stuff!

Spring Book Sale - Saturday, April 17 - Wednesday, April 21:
... and the cherry on top ... our BIG spring book sale starts Saturday, April 17 (Friends of the Library preview Friday, April 16). Don't miss it!

01/25/2012 - 11:54am

View the winning entries from our Teen Tech Week Video Contest held in March 2010.

First Place: Libraries are Doggone fun!

The first place winner received a Flip video camera.

03/25/2010 - 6:34pm

If you enjoy romance, here are some titles you may like:

Confessions of a NOT IT Girl by Melissa Kantor.

High school senior Jan Miller is convinced she's destined for the world's least fabulous life because she doesn't have IT. But, maybe, just maybe, being a Not It Girl will turn out to have some major rewards.

Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw.

Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.

03/25/2010 - 3:56pm

It was awesome! Were you there? It was on Friday, March 12, 7-9 pm. It was in the Headquarters theater.

Thanks to all the musicians and, hey, you can check them out on MySpace Music: Proof by Assertion, Ambulance Review, and 52 Foreign Dumpsters! (You all were great and you know it!)

Check out this video of Proof by Assertion at Salem Church last August.

You can also see The Ambulance Review performing "No Way!" Says FAA on MySpace.

Fans, you were great, too! Wouldn't be a show without you all! Mark your calendars for the next show at Headquarters: Friday, June 11

03/23/2010 - 4:00am

 “He was not sure exactly when he became a child of the forest,” but 13 year-old Samuel, the hero of Gary Paulsen’s new book Woods Runner,  has a profound gift for hunting and understanding “sign” in the wild. Not only does Samuel supply meat for his parents, but he is the main hunter for the frontier community in which he lives.

Samuel is part of two worlds – the green world of the forest, “unimaginably vast, impenetrable, mysterious and dark,” and the world of civilization, of shelter and books and contemplation. On the frontier of western Pennsylvania, life is rigorous, brutal, and often violent.  Samuel’s life as hunter and provider seems peaceful, until the fateful day when he is out hunting and smells “wrong” smoke on the wind from the direction of his home. He fears that something has happened to his parents, and runs the eight miles home in a panic.
03/22/2010 - 11:29am

We seek heat in the dark cold winter night. Sleeping, we dream of warm air, beaches, and jungles. Imagine growing up in such a place, an island: not wearing shoes until the 6th grade; not seeing snow until you were 19, (and away from home). Some people call Hawaii paradise; Graham Salisbury called Hawaii home. The islands and surrounding waters are the locale for his compelling stories and novels.
 

03/16/2010 - 3:27pm

Teen Tech Week may be officially over, but our Teen Video Contest is only at its halfway point. While it's been widely advertised that winners’ videos will be featured on our library website, we just found out that Best Buy has also generously donated some incredible prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Flip video camera, second place a $100 gift card to Best Buy, and third place an official library t-shirt.

04/27/2010 - 2:43pm

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.

Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three originial poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter.

The winners are chosen (anonymously) by University of Mary Washington professor and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Claudia Emerson.

Entries are accepted online between April 1 - 15.
Winners are selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

03/11/2010 - 12:44pm

Enjoy this trailer for "Legend of the Guardians," the animated movie covering the first three books in Kathryn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole series!  The movie will be in theaters September 24th!