Figment

Figment is a new social networking community geared towards teens with a focus on all things surrounding creative writing. Share your own writings, connect with other teen authors, find book reviews, read interviews of your favorite authors, participate in writing contests, and more. Check it out and sign up at www.figment.com.

ScholarGamers.com

Check out this cool new website www.scholargamers.com.  Basically, it is a website for students, 13 and over,  to compete for college scholarship money by playing online video games. Competition rounds repeat every 45 days.  The first round began November 1st, but you can get in on the action mid-December.  The site is free to register and play.  Sounds like a great excuse to play video games to me.

Pumpkin Carving Contests

Got carving skills?  Check out one of these great Teen Pumpkin Carving contest at a library near you.  Teens will have one hour to carve pumpkins. When they are finished, pictures will be taken of each pumpkin and posted for the public to cast a vote. Prizes will be given out to the top three pumpkins. Pumpkins are provided.

Cloverdale Library
Wednesday, October 20th @ 2:30 PM

Rohnert Park Library
Tuesday, October 26th @ 3:00 PM

Rincon Valley Library
Tuesday October 26th @ 3:30 PM

Hope to see you there!

Teen Read Week

Celebrate Teen Read Week October 17 – 23, 2010. Visit your local library and check out many great books just waiting to be read.  What genre do you read? Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian, Paranormal, Mystery, Realistic, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction. Whatever the genre or subject, we have something for you!   

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

If you don't already have a library card, now is the time to get one. September is National Library Card Sign-Up month. Don't be caught without it!

52 Ways to Use Your Card. One for each week of the year!

  1. Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library.
  2. Update your MySpace page.
  3. Research new job opportunities.
  4. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
  5. Learn about local candidates for office.
  6. Pick up voter registration information.
  7. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
  8. Pick up a DVD.
  9. Get wireless access.
  10. Participate in a community forum. 
  11. Find out how to navigate the Internet.
  12. Prepare your resume.
  13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
  14. Get a list of community organizations.
  15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
  16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
  17. Join a book discussion group.
  18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
  19. Get homework help.
  20. Look up all kinds of health information.
  21. Research the purchase of a new car.
  22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  23. Call the reference desk if you have a question.
  24. Research your term paper.
  25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
  26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
  27. Check your stock portfolio.
  28. Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
  29. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
  30. See a new art exhibit.
  31. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
  32. Find a new recipe.
  33. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
  34. Make photocopies.
  35. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
  36. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
  37. Take a computer class.
  38. Hear a poetry reading.
  39. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
  40. Enjoy a concert.
  41. Trace your family tree.
  42. Check out a special collection of rare books.
  43. Check out a legal question or issue.
  44. Find out how to file a consumer complaint.
  45. Learn about home improvement.
  46. Borrow some sheet music.
  47. Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog.
  48. Find the latest romance paperback.
  49. Pick up tax forms.
  50. Connect with other people in the community.
  51. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.
  52. Read a newspaper from another country.

Vote now for 2010 Teens’ Top Ten

 

      Catching Fire

Ballots are open for the 2010 Teens Top Ten. Voting is now open through Sept. 17, 2010. Click on the link and cast your vote for your favorite Young Adult Books today. http://www.ala.org/teenstopten!

Nominees were chosen by teens from fifteen teen book groups from across the U.S.  Winners will be announced at http://www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.

These are just a few of this year's 23 nominees. Check out the full list at http://www.ala.org/teenstopten.


 

ANIMOTO – A digital resource not to be missed!

Do you take loads of digital pictures or videos that just sit on your computer? Would you like to add some pizazz to your photo slideshows?  Do you want to create a presentation that will wow your teacher?  Now, you can upload your photos and videos to create unique and attention grabbing videos with www.animoto.com. No experience required! Animoto does all of the hard work for you.  Upload your media, add text, choose your background music, and submit.  In a matter of minutes, you will be amazed with the result.  The site is free for a short 30-second video or you can pay per video or for a yearly subscription, allowing for more creative options and longer videos.  Head over to www.animoto.com and check it out!