Book Spotlight: Start It Up

 Start it Up by Kenrya Rankin

Are you interested in starting your own business but don't know how to get started?!?  This may be the book for you.  Start it Up is designed for teenagers who have the entrepreneur itch but doesn't know where to start.  Rankin divides the book into ten different chapters:

Entrepreneurial You:  Passion Isn't Just for Your Dating Life

Who's Got your Back?:  Establishing a Support System

Getting Serious:  Creating a Business Plan

The Technical Stuff:  Making your Business Official

Money Matters:  How to Amass and Protect your Fortune

Who's the Boss?:  How to Hire and Manage Your Crew

Extra, Extra:  Telling the World about Your Big Idea

Repeat Business:  Customer Service Rules

Doing Good:  Using Your Business to Improve the World

Now What?:  To Grow or Let it Go

This book has lots of extras too, great websites to help you get started in your new business.  Some websites highlighted in the book are:  YEAbiz stands for Young Entrepreneurs of America.  This website is dedicated to educating and motivating young entrepreneurs.  The U.S. Small Business Administration has a special site just for teens. 

Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 for "New Energy for a New Era".  (Chase's Calendar of Events, 2011). 

To help celebrate Earth Day try one of these green acts today:

Plant a tree 
Brush your teeth without running water
Commit to recycling in your home
Donate your clothes
Eat locally grown food
Start a garden
Use reusable grocery bags
Use green cleaning products

For more ideas:
The Little Green Book: 365 Ways to Love the Planet
by Joe Provey & Owen Lockwood

Here are some books to help you turn trash into crafts!

The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts
Eco Books:  Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin by Terry Taylor
Make It! by Jane Bull
Sneaky Green Uses for Everyday Things by Cy Tymony


For the complete list of "green" things to do please go to:

Book Spotlight: The Running Dream

 The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Review by:  Tiffany, Librarian, Rincon Valley & Sebastopol

Jessica is a runner.  She remembers the exact moment she discovered how much she enjoys running.  One day, however, all this comes to an end, when she is in a car accident and loses her leg.

Why I picked it up:  I was browsing the shelves for a new book when the title caught my eye.  I'm a runner and I enjoy reading about characters that enjoy the same activities that I do.  Plus, I have read other titles by Van Draanen and I enjoy her stories.

Why I finished it:  You get sucked into Jessica's story.  I really felt sorry for her and wanted to know that she would be okay.

I'd give it to:  Anyone who loves running.  It will help you when you are in the middle of a race or a long run and you need some motivation to keep going.


Stuck at Prom

Do you love duct tape?  Do you have BIG dreams of having the most unique prom dress?  If so you should check out the Stuck at Prom Duct tape contest.  Every year the Duck tape brand has a contest for the best prom dress made completely out of duct tape!  The winners receive a scholarship.  For details on how to enter go to:

Check out the website for some of last year's winners. 

You can vote for the best prom outfit starting Friday, June 17th.  Don't worry…we will remind you when the time comes!

Happy Taping!!!