Yesterday, teens at the Orange Branch Library created their very own "doodles" in cross stitch! The busy bee picture below was created by Teen Librarian Shanley. Check out the online events calendar to see what other teen programs are coming up this summer!
The Library is now also on Instagram! Follow us @delawarelibrary and tag any Gnomie pictures with #DCDLRoamingGnome!
The Seattle Public Library did something AMAZING to kick-off their Summer Reading Club. They gathered 2,131 books, 27 volunteers, and 112 slices of pizza all with one intent -- to break the world record for the world's longest book domino chain. See how they did below.
On Wednesday, June 12 the age 6-8 group at the Powell Branch Library will have their own Book Domino challenge. Stop by to see how they do!
When I was a teenager, summer vacation meant playing video games until midnight and sleeping in until two in the afternoon. Looking back on it, I wish I had taken advantage of that time to do something a little more memorable.
In case you feel like doing something unique this summer, we have all sorts of awesome books at the Library that can give you inspiration on what to do and how to do it. For instance, The Teenagers’ Guide to School Outside the Box can give you info on how to:
- Get an internship
- Become a mentor
- Study abroad
- Become an apprentice
Quick Cash for Teens provides 101 easy business ideas and explains how you can start being your own boss and making your own money.
And for all you hip and trendy people out there looking for a way to get creative, Indie Girl teaches you how to do all sorts of interesting things, such as:
- Start a band
- Publish a 'zine
- Hold a poetry slam
- Form a dance troupe
So check out all the cool stuff we have going on at the Library, get inspired, and make the most of your summer!
Consider "unplugging" ... after you watch this video. It's good for your brainsssss.
"You're Bruce Wayne, no, you're Batman because your cape is out!"
Tell us your favorite Fitness for Nerds quote in the comments. What other fitness moves would you have included in your own Fitness for Nerds video?
The movie version of Divergent doesn't come out for almost a year (March 2014), but the crew have already released a first peek. Read the article and name-that-scene in the comments!
Powell Branch Library teens made their own teen decorations in the Young Adult area of the Library in our Teen Makerspace program this week.
Teen Librarian Shanley with our Powell Teens and their sign "Teen Awesomeness Under Here" to be hung in the Young Adult area.
Hanging the flying books! Pretty awesome, right?
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
This statement is spoken by Hazel, the cancer-stricken protagonist in John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. While she speaks this line in reference to her favorite book, I could not help but think that it exactly sums up how I feel about this book.
The story follows sixteen-year-old Hazel, whose stage-four thyroid cancer has her connected to an oxygen tank. She attends a weekly “cancer kid support group” and it is there that she meets the handsome Augustus Waters, whose cancer is in remission. They soon become friends, and not long after that, they become more than friends. Together, Hazel and Augustus face the struggles that come with understanding life and death, and being in love in the midst of it all.
While this kind of plot could easily turn into a cheesy romance (Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk To Remember comes to mind), it doesn’t go there. These characters are real, and this story captures all aspects of what it is to be human. If you are looking for a book that is funny, raw, honest and touching, then The Fault In Our Stars is for you.
April is National Poetry Month. While not all of us are naturally gifted at meter and metaphors, there are still many ways to get creative with words. One such way is with “blackout poetry.” All you have to do is grab a marker and some kind of text—an old newspaper, a magazine article, or a page from a book (as long as it’s not a library book!). Choose words and phrases that you want the poem to be comprised of, then black out the rest. Instead of having to come up with the right words to say, you are creating poetry through the art of subtraction.
For more inspiration, check out Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon.
Congratulations to Wafflenator for snagging the top spot in the Library’s March Madness Gaming Tournament. Did you miss out on the spring Gaming Tournament but have what it takes to win it all next time around? Check back in September for our next 6-week tournament!
Wafflenator – 1700
Kip – 1500
Taco Chief – 1125
Sonic – 1000
CrazyMan44 – 750
Alex – 600
Rainbow Brite – 525
Juna Masa – 400
D Dog – 400
Dallas TP – 300
Princess Zelda – 200
MDB – 200
A Dog – 200
Shadow – 150
Kenijah – 150
Criptedinsidious – 75