Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dear people with eyes and brains,

That should include most of you (sorry if you were born without eyeballs, like my friends' cat). Okay, here's the thing. I was going through some of the summer reading reviews that many of you submitted, and they were good. Really good. So I got to thinking that we could definitely do something with this. I have, in my hot little hands, three Advanced Reading Copies (ARCS) for some of this Fall's best new teen fiction, and I want you to read and review it. A good, solid review usually clocks in at between 300 - 500 words, so keep that in mind if you decide to do this.
****SPOILER ALERT**** Yeah. Don't do that. Give away the ending and the coolest details in your review, and nobody will like you.

Alright. Genres up for grabs are:

Realistic Fiction with a bit of fantasy (an anorexic girl is tasked to become Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse).

Sports Fiction with a hint of mystery (Carl Deuker wrote it, so you know...good stuff!).

Historical Fiction with a heap o' seafaring awesomeness (two words: Jacky. Faber.).

So, if you think that you've got the writing chops for this one, shoot me an email (rmeehan@minlib.net). First come, first served.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The 1st! Ever! After! Hours! Video! Game! Night!

Got to admit - I'm sort of stoked for this one. I looovvveee video games, but wasn't allowed to play 'em as a kid. So I snuck them at my friends' houses...Sonic the Hedgehog...Super Mario Bros...Duck Hunt (and, yeah, I realized "outsmarting" the game by standing in front of the TV with the gun muzzle pressed to the screen wasn't exactly challenging myself). I'm still what they call a "button masher". No idea what I'm trying to make the controller do, but whatever it is, I'm trying to make it happen at high speeds.

So. Like the idea of a video game night? Sign up at the Reference Desk (teens ages 14 and up (or if you want to get all classroom-y, 8th grade through 12th grade) (Update!  Now open to 6th graders - 12th graders!! Woo-hoo!  Something to do on Friday!). Also, I'm looking for superstars who want to help me set this up. Specifically, we need another system and some games (we've got the Wii and a bunch of games coming from other libraries). Oh, and a good sized bunch of people. See me if you want to put up some fliers around town.

Junk food is definitely provided. Friday, Oct. 22nd from 6 - 8:30

Friday, September 3, 2010

It's almost as good as a gold vault of your very own...


So. The teen summer reading raffle winners have been announced (you lucky 40 will soon know who you are...). For gift cardy-ish prizes, (a.k.a. ones that can be stuffed into an envelope and stored at the Reference Desk), please head to the Reference Desk to claim your prize. The iPods are safely stowed away in my desk, so you'll need to ask for me at the Reference Desk. Now here's the important bit: YOU GOTTA, GOTTA, GOTTA GET YOUR PRIZE BEFORE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST. After that, I feed your prizes to the dragons. Yeah, that's right. Dragons.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Forget your 99 degree classrooms.


Seriously. We have air-conditioning. The guy fixed it today. But tonight's Open Mic Night and End Of Summer (no!) Reading Raffle should help you forget about your obscenely hot classrooms. Come hear some local talent and win oodles of free stuff. 7PM in the Community Room. Which is mostly subterranean and therefore cavelike and cool. Like a hobbit hole.