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2018 Battle of the Books

Every year, Hancock County Public Library’s Teen Services hosts Battle of the Books. Schools from around the county are invited to form a team of 8th and 9th graders to participate in a trivia-style competition that covers 10 books that are chosen by the Teen Services Librarian.

 
If your team wins Battle, bragging rights will not be the only prize you take home. The winning team gets to take the traveling Battle of the Books trophy to keep until next year. Also, each team member’s name will be etched on a plate that will be added to the Teen Room Battle of the Books plaque. In addition, each member of the winning team will also get to take home a gift card and a prize book.

 
This year’s competition will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. If you are currently in 8th or 9th grade and are interested in participating, either contact the Teen Services Librarian through the Teen Services contact form or talk to your school’s Battle of the Book coach.

 

2018 Battle Books

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Christmas Stockings for Children at Hancock Hope House

On November 21, we decorated 40 stockings. Due to the generous donations of stocking stuffers by our teens and their families, we even had enough to stuff them all.

 

The decorated stockings lined up to dry.

 

Bags of stocking stuffers ready to be stuffed into some stockings.

 

Today (12/11/17), I delivered the stuffed stockings to the Hancock Hope House. Cindy said that any stockings that are not used at the Hope House will be given to kids at the soup kitchen.

Cindy Miller from the Hope House receiving the Christmas Stockings

A huge thank you to those of you who came out to decorate and donated items to put in the stockings. You have brought some Christmas joy to a child this season!

Teens Create Plush Monsters

 Yesterday, the teens created plush monsters. Not only did they show their creativity by creating some truly unique monsters, but they aplush monsterslso learned to sew buttons and different types of stitches.

If you missed out but still want to make your own monster, I have put the instructions below! Just click on the image to make it larger.

 

Instructions to creating your own monster

 

In case you are like me and unfamiliar with the stitches mentioned, I have put the instructions for those here:

 

Teen Anime & Manga Club – October

This month we watched Glass Fleet, which is about the start of a revolution in the dark reaches of space to free people oppressed by the aristocracy.

Glass Fleet Cover

If you liked Glass Fleet, check out some of these anime titles from our collection!
Last Exile
Cowboy Bebop

Do you know of other anime or manga titles that are similar to Glass Fleet? Put them in the comments!

Don’t miss the next Teen Anime and Manga Club on Thursday, November 30 from 4pm to 5pm!

P.S. Not finding the newest volumes of your favorite anime or manga titles at the library? Request them here!

Teens Learn Basic First Aid

hancock regional hospital logoOn October 19th, Adam, Jason, and Jocelyn from Hancock Regional Hospital came to the library to teach our teens some basic first aid. They taught them what they should do if they are with someone who is passed out, choking, bleeding, or having an allergic reaction. Because of those awesome instructors, the library has some teens that will know what to do in some crisis situations.

 

 

photo collage of first aid class

If you missed this program or are interested in more information on this topic, you can visit Hancock Regional Hospital online or contact Jocelyn, the AHA Training Center Coordinator, at jsturgill@hancockregional.org.