Reviews and Blog Posts: Teens

First Annual Battle of the Books Sets the Bar High at Byers!

Jenuine, Aleia, and Nayah S. at Byers Branch Library

Summer of Reading 2013 started off in a flurry of excitement at the Byers Branch on 7th and Santa Fe. Since the Denver Public Library began the program before children were released from school for the summer, there was no delay in igniting their excitement to start reading!

This year, we wanted to do something different—something to show our community that even though we’re a small branch, we can achieve great things by working together.

We began the summer in an impassioned attempt to win the ice cream party that the Mayor offered to the branch with the greatest increase in registrations in the first two weeks. Our staff and community rallied together, and although we did not win, we came in third overall with 418 registrations as compared to 277 last year (that’s 150% of last year’s total for that time)! 

Zine much?

book cover for Whatcha Mean What is a Zine?

July is National Zine Month and the ideal time to make a zine (pronounced "zeen"). Hand-made and about anything you can imagine, zines allow you an uncensored voice. Yes, you control all aspects of the content, design and distribution.

Creating a basic zine is easy! Start with your idea, paper, a writing/drawing tool, and create. Once you have what you want to say down on paper, head over to a photocopier. My favorite how-to zine book, Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?, steps you through the zine process from "Should I staple?" to "Where do I leave my zine for others to enjoy?"

Do You Have a Poem in Your Pocket?

Poem in Your Pocket display

April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration:

Poets.org has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!

The(Probably) Awesome book club is indeed AWESOME!

these people had no problem getting out. just sayin'

We had our first meeting on Saturday (where were you?! It was only like 7 inches of snow!) and I think I can officially say that the (probably) can be changed to CAPS LOCK AWESOME! We talked about what kinds of books we like and everyone had read something that no one else had, which was super cool.

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Burnham Hoyt book club room at the Central Library. We’re reading Glow by Amy Ryan. If you want to join us, read the book and come hang out. We’ll have coffee and donuts. If you don’t get a chance to read the book in time but want to join the book club, come by anyway. We’ll be picking books for the next sessions plus talking about the book we read. I’m pretty sure no one bites.

KIDS & TEENS: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS!

CBW 2013 poster by Brian Selznick

Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2012 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, the Children's Book Council gives out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so start reading now - voting starts today!

Children's Book Week is May 13-19 and celebrates books for young people of all ages. While the Children's Book Week website has all kinds of good stuff on it, like a cool search-and-find bookmark by Grace Lin and the Children's Book Week poster by Brian Selznick, but my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School.

The sweet revenge of Celia Door

by Karen Finneyfrock

Reviewer Rating:
3

Is revenge really that sweet? Join poet Celia Door during her freshman year at Hershey High. She was bullied in middle school, by one girl in particular, and she's changed her whole persona over the summer and is determined to get public, humiliating revenge on her tormentors. But then she...

LEGO® Building Contest Judging Rescheduled for March 30

building block

The Building Contest Judging has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!

If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.

The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.

Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.

 

Thank You to Our Prize Sponsors:

The wrap-up list

by Steven Arntson

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gabriela has received a letter from her Death, Hercule. She has one week left to live, and not much she can do about it. She is allowed to submit a wrap-up list, things she'd like to do before she goes. She can also ask for a Pardon, which she'll only...

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

Puffling Patrol by Ted Lewin

As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for kids and teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.

Books for the Very Youngest:

Do Cows Meow? by Selena Yoon.  Baby's favorite animals are featured in brilliant colors with giant flaps that lift and teach animal sounds.

Murder Mystery Night: Book Fair of Death!

During Teen Read Week, the Green Valley Ranch Teen Advisory Board (GVR TAB) hosted the first ever after hours Murder Mystery Night.

The Green Valley Ranch Library closed on Friday evening, then re-opened their doors later that night to allow registered teens back into the library for this special event.  TAB members (and a few GVR staff members!) assumed the roles of the characters in the Book Fair of Death! and gave a fantastic performance.  Teens enjoyed refreshments while they questioned suspects, examined evidence and attempted to solve the mystery of who killed best-selling author Emily Thornton.  The first three teens who correctly identified the killer and the weapon that was used, won pri

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