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This is the blog for the Hancock County Public Library teens (6th grade - age 19). Check it for news, information and more!

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2014

 

Hope you all have a fun Halloween! Get your fill of candy

and scary movies!

And remember to watch out for friends trying to sneak up behind you and scare you.

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Have a scary good day!

Sarah

 

 

Post your results below! I want to know what kind of MONSTERS you guys are! Hahaa
Sarah – aka Bride of Frankenstein

We had an awesome turnout for the Injustice: Gods Among Us tournament on Oct. 15! Thanks to all the ladies and gents who came out and battled in our double-elimination event.

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Big congrats to our tournament winners:

Caden (1st place): $25 GameStop gift card, $10 Chicago’s Pizza, retro Mountain Dew, tournament poster

Tyler (2nd place): $15 GameStop gift card, gaming snacks, retro Dew

Aden (3rd place): gaming snacks, retro Dew

 

Our next gaming event is Teen/Tween Gaming on Nov. 25, 4-6 @ Greenfield! More gaming tournaments are coming up in the coming months (Madden 15 & Super Smash Bros. Brawl @ Sugar Creek), so keep practicing!

 

Sarah

The votes are in, and the official Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Book List has been announced!

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA Row)
Splintered by A.G. Howard (YA How *2014-15 Eliot Rosewater Nominee*)
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (YA San)
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (YA Yan)
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (YA Lay)
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (YA Edw)
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (YA Cha)
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (YA San)
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (YA Bar)
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (YA Das)

I encourage you to check out a few if not all of the books on this list!

25 books were in the running for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten, and there are a few on the nominee list that are personal favorites of mine – Which I will also encourage you to read – As I have to several of you already. And to encourage you more, here are the book trailers for these AMAZING, LIFE CHANGING books. :)

 

Winger by Andrew Smith

 

 

 

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

 

 

 

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

 

 

I will help you find all of these ALL of these books and more! See you later when you load up on all of these awesome books.

Sarah

Lots of great stuff going on at both library branches after school today!

At Sugar Creek: ANIME CLUB, 3:30 – 5:30! We’re making bento boxes!

 

At Greenfield: TEEN/TWEEN GAMING, 4-6! Bambi (the undefeated champ) is ready to take on any challengers for Twister.

And I will be battling anyone who thinks they can beat me at Injustice: Gods Among Us.

(You’re going down..)  :)

 

See you after school!

Sarah

A big thank you to all who came out for our Author Fair yesterday! We had a great crowd for both the Children’s & Teen panels. You guys asked some great questions, and our authors offered great tips on writing, creating illustrations, publishing, and getting your work out into the world! I hope you all feel inspired to start creating your own stories. We’ll be doing a lot of writing programming at the library in November for National Novel Writing Month, and I hope you all will join us in the fun!

Sign up for free and participate in Young Writers Program of National Novel Writing Month here: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ - You can set your word count goal, find fellow writing friends, and keep your novel writing on track. It also gives you daily dares to include in your novel such as Your character’s piggy bank has been stolen, Make one of your characters purchase a costume, Include a parade or a circus in your next chapter, and many others.

Sarah S. and I will be participating in the adult program – writing 50,000 words!!

Start your outlines and developing those brilliant plots and characters, guys!

 

Sarah, currently thinking about what amazing story she will write :)

Hey there future NYT Bestselling Authors and Comic Artists!

As many of you already know, HCPL is holding our 1st Author Fair tomorrow on Saturday, October 18 , 10am – 3pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to chat with accomplished writers and comic creators about the writing process and tips on challenging yourself as a writer/ creator.

Author Fair Schedule:

Children’s panel: 10 – 11am

Book Sale: 11-noon

Teen Panel: 1-2pm

Book Sale: 2-3pm

We have excellent authors and comic creators on our teen panel, and I hope to see you all in the audience tomorrow! Here is our list:

Saundra Mitchell – Mistwalker, Wild, While You’re Away, The Elementals, The Sprinsweet, The Vespertine, Shadowed Summer

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Lee Cherolis & Ed Cho – Little Guardians comic series

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Sarah J. Schmitt – It’s A Wonderful Death coming October 2015

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Our stellar authors and comic creators will be answering questions from you, the audience, about their creative processes. Anyone interested in creative writing, drawing, and getting published should join us and ask as many questions as you can!

After the panel, head over to our book sale and pick up books and swag from our teen panelists. Thank you for supporting local authors!!

See you all TOMORROW! :)

Sarah (tomorrow’s teen panel moderator)

Hey Guys! So we have a ton of Culver’s Ice Cream Coupons in our coupon stash, and we’re giving them away TOMORROW. Come in and check out ANY YA MATERIAL and get a coupon for a free scoop of Culver’s ice cream!!

WHO DOESN’T

 

LOVE

FREE ICE CREAM?! :)

 

So come in tomorrow (Wednesday) and check out any YA material – This means comics, manga, fiction, non-fiction, DVD’s, audiobooks, AND video games!

Visit the Teen/ Children’s office to claim your prize.

See you tomorrow!
Sarah

Mind Blown!

October 12th, 2014

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Sarah, reading the combination of 26 letters in Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer

Yes – It’s finally here!! The Doctor Who FOUR HOUR MARATHON at HCPL! Join us from 3-7 as we watch fan favorite episodes and snack on The Doctor’s favorite foods.

Stop in as long as you’d like or stay for the whole time.

See you soon, Whovians!

Sarah