Teens’ Top Ten “where teens voice their choice for their favorite books” is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Books are nominated by members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year from the end of August to Mid-September. Voting opens on August 22 this year at www.ala.org/teenstopten The winners are announced during Teen Read Week in October.
The list of nominations can be found here, with links to their availability here at the Chicopee Public Library. In the young adult section, you’ll see bookmarks with instructions for voting and the full list of nominations sticking out of our copies of the nominated books. These same bookmarks are also available near the circulation desk.
This year’s nominees include:
click a book cover above to check the book’s availability in the library catalog.
Summer Reading is coming up in June. This year’s theme is “You Are Here.” If you start in Massachusetts, you can travel anywhere in books. The Massachusetts winner of the You Are Here Teen Video Challenge was just announced. Remi Lamothe of Palmer won $250, and $100 for his library for this video promoting summer reading:
And here’s another video made by Pembroke, MA resident Zach Johnston.
Next year’s summer reading video challenge will begin in the fall. Will you make a winning video for 2012?
David Levithan takes you inside the secret thoughts of various characters who all attend the same high school in this series of interconnected stories in free verse. In a short 210 pages we meet teens in love, teens trying to figure out how to relate and how to connect with each other. We meet “the girl who is in love with Holden Caulfield. The boy who wants to be strong who falls for the girl who’s convinced she needs to be weak. The girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have. The two boys teetering on the brink of their first anniversary. And everyone in between.” We meet Jed, the kind of magic boy who connects with everyone by showing up on the fringes of so many stories. These poems are lovely secrets.
Happy Monday, Everyone! Here are four interesting things you want to know about:
To kick off National Library Week a bunch of local librarians had a flash freeze mob at the Holyoke Mall on Sunday. 75 people froze in place reading a book, leaving mall goers to wonder, “What are they doing?” Check out this video:
Spring break is right around the corner. On Wednesday April 20 at 1:00, professional artist, Andy Fish, will be here giving a presentation on manga art and a drawing lesson. If you like manga, if you like drawing, or if you just want to do something different with your Wednesday, you should definitely check this out. Learn more about Andy here: http://www.hebsandfish.com/Andy.html
Figment.com continues their celebration of School Library Month, with another contest.
This week’s writing prompt is: Romance happens in unusual places. Write a story or poem in fewer than 750 words (short and sweet!) about two people who meet in an unusual or downright bizarre location.
This week’s judge is Alyson Noel, author of the Immortals series (Evermore, Blue Moon, etc.)For more info and to enter this contest, go here: http://blog.figment.com/category/contests/
A classroom full of teens in a Bronx High School discover poetry while studying the Harlem Renaissance. As each student writes and shares their poetry, they learn about themselves and their classmates. The story is told in short chapters from a variety of different voices. Each chapter includes a bit about the character from his or her point of view and a poem he or she wrote. These teens are struggling with everything from stereotypes to poverty to teen parenthood to discovering their own identities. This book has something for everyone.
In addition to being National Poetry Month, April is also School Library Month. To celebrate this, the American Association of School Librarians is partnering with Figment.com, a free online community for teens to create, discover, and share new reading and writing, to present four writing contests over four weeks. Each contest will begin with a writing prompt for a different genre of fiction, on each Monday this month. This week’s contest is contemporary fiction and will be judged by Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay.
The writing prompt is: Write a story or poem in fewer than 750 words (short and sweet!) that takes place in the course of one day; somewhere in the story you must include original lyrics. This means that you must include lyrics that you’ve written.
For more detailed instructions on how to enter, go here.
If you decide to enter, let me know. I would love to read your story. You can send me an email at email@example.com
Check back next Monday for a new writing prompt.
Figment is also really cool because it has interviews with authors and sneak peaks from books, like this one: Blake Nelson’s Recovery Road. If you like what you see, you can check this book out of the library, or place a hold through the library catalog.
In addition to these two programs, I will be linking poems and other poetry related things all month here on the website and on our Facebook Page. If you love poetry, stop by and say so, or friend the Facebook page and post on the wall!
Aliera Carstairs is a fencer. She trains every day after school and on weekends, too, hoping to go to Nationals. Her Saturday afternoons are reserved for table top role playing with her cousin. Between school, fencing, and spending time with her cousin, Aliera is pretty busy. She doesn’t really fit in with any particular group at school, and until recently she’s liked that just fine. Until recently, when she met Avery Castle, the beautiful new boy who gets assigned as her lab partner in biology. Avery asks Aliera on a date, and she rearranges her schedule to meet him at Grand Central Station. Then, things start getting weird. With her fencing mask on, Aliera can see all kinds of strange people, and creatures… are these, faeries? What she thought was a fake plastic gem on the end of her fencing foil might be a ruby from the Seellie Court? And what’s really going on with Avery?
Come watch this laugh-out-loud funny special effects spectacle from last summer. Jay Baruchel plays Dave, a geeky guy who loves science and never gave much thought to magic. Nicholas Cage plays Balthazar a hundreds of years old sorcerer who shows up to train Dave as his apprentice. This movie has action, humor, explosions, old man shoes, Tesla coils, and even a little romance.
Balthazar: “This is the Merlin Circle. It focuses your energy. Helps you master new spells. It is where you will learn the Art. Step inside, you leave everything else behind. Once you enter, there is no going back. ” Dave: “So I should probably pee first?”
Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond Blake’s world turns upside down. The nameless woman with the snake tattoo is not just another assignment. “That’s my mom!,” gasps Marissa.
Saturated self-portrait: Blake, nice guy, class clown, always trying to get a laugh, not sure where to focus.
Contrast. Shannon, Blake’s GF. Total Babe. Marissa, just a friend and fellow photographer. Shannon loves him; Marissa needs him. How is he supposed to frame them in one shot?
Chiaroscuro. Lightdark. Marissa again, overexposed. Crash and burn.
Talk about negative space.
- from the inside front flap of Flash Burnout.
Blake is a photographer. Blake is a guy caught between two girls. Blake is a comedian. Blake is someone you’re going to want to meet.
Flash Burnout won the William C. Morris Young Adult Fiction Debut Award last year. Author L.K. Madigan passed away last month, leaving behind this and only one other novel. She was very talented and the book world will miss her. Honor her by picking up this book.