Thursday, April 22, 2010

Build It @ the Library

Join us for our first ever Legos party this Sunday, April 25, from 1:30-3 pm in the Community Room. We'll provide the blocks to play with at the party. In addition, a local Robotics team will be on hand to provide demonstrations of their creations! What will you build?

Monday, April 19, 2010

You Chose

The Younger Readers Choice Award winners have been announced. Young readers from Oregon to Alaska read and voted for the following:

4th-6th graders Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
7th-9th graders Schooled by Gordon Korman
10th-12th graders City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Kiddos, I have read all three, and I approve of your voting. Good books all around! Next year Oregon will be hosting their own Choice Awards, so bring on the books and start reading!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What adults should start learning from kids...

I recently came across this video of incredible child author Adora Svitak speaking about how childhood optimism, innovation and creativity is our key to a successful future. In her talk, Spitak illustrates that kids thrive in a collaborative environment, and that adults should aspire to trust them and be receptive to their ideas. So how many adults in your life, when setting rules for you, have asked if you have any rules for them? What a genius idea. Adora's talk reminds me of something easily forgotten from the cynical perspective of an adult: Kids' fantastical ideas are not unrealistic. Rather, they are coming from great big brains that have not yet learned a bunch of impassible limitations, and that is incredibly powerful. Check out the video and Svitak's Blog.

Monday, April 12, 2010

More Book Spine Poetry

Here's my attempt:
I'm really missing punctuation. Do you think it would work if I put an Emily Dickinson volume where there should be an ellipsis? Trust me, for an English major, that joke is hilarious.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fowler Media Fair Projects on Display

They're here...
And there...
Media Fair's on display!
Here it is!
Hippity, hoppity.

Hmm, I wonder if I've ever quoted Dumbo before. Anyway, come to the Young Adult Room to see a few fabulous Fowler Middle School media projects on display! I am particularly fond of the partially eviscerated sheep.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Poetry--Book Spine Edition

Get creative with your books...create poetry using the words on the spine. Here's my attempt using only Young Adult New Fiction (the fourth book is Awakening). Give it a try and send us your poetry! 
Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the idea!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The new edition of Scratched is here!

Come by the library to pick up your copy of the spring issue of Scratched, our zine created by teens, for teens. This issue features lots of original art, writing and tips for a peaceful planet. You can find the zine in the Young Adult Room on the shelf above the music CDs. You will not want to miss the "10 Things You Will Probably Never Have on a To-do List" list. Hmm a NOT to-do list...Let's see:

1) Teach your grandmother to suck eggs
2) Martinize your shorts
3) ...Got suggestions for the list? Then comment on this blog post.

* The image above depicts Stimpson J. Cat of Ren and Stimpy, one of the best cartoons ever (which I just flagrantly plagiarized), drawn and created by John Kricfalusi.



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