While the weather doesn’t show it, the calendar says that it is now May, and that means summer reading is on the way. You can go Beneath the Surface with this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program. Registration started May 1, so don’t wait to sign up! The official TSRP dates are from May 20 to July 31. You can begin logging your reviews May 21.
The Excelsior Springs Branch will be having their first Teen Advisory Group meeting this Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. This special committee will be for teens who are interested in being a voice of influence at MCPL. The mission and goals for the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will be chosen and voted upon by the participating teenagers, and the teens will also get to decide the number of service hours that can be earned each month. These service hours can also be used to fulfill A+ requirements or other community service hours.
I was so pleased to see our teens at Blue Ridge come out for Teen Movie Night last Friday! The kids got together, watched the movie, Beat Street, and tagged a mini subway car to kick off the Teen Summer Reading Program.
Let me be the first to say that these kids killed it! Our subway car was completely covered with throwies and tags, and I couldn’t be happier with hanging it in our teen area for all to see.
Now, as many of you already know, you get "Library Bucks" by reading and writing reviews of books. While writing the reviews may not hold a lot of appeal for many of you, it does not have to be a difficult task. We are not looking for a college level book report or an in-depth analysis. Here are some tips to help you crank out some good reviews:
June 14th marked a change in pace for the Liberty Branch. We hosted teens from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for our first Teen Lock-In. The theme was Zombie Tag, and it was a night to remember! The Library was decorated with posters and zombie items of all kinds. (Thanks to the North Independence Branch for their willingness to share props and gory table coverings.) At one point, we even discovered a couple of zombies peeking in our windows!
The days are getting shorter, school supplies are starting to show up at all the discount stores, and your parents are getting that edgy look in their eyes...you know what that means: it's almost time for school to start! Ok, all together, let's do one big *groan*.
We've gotten that out of the way, so let's focus on the positives: you get to see all your friends that have been MIA all summer, it's time to start looking for cute fall/winter fashions, and don't forget the return of your fav TV shows!
Oscar Wilde once said, “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” I couldn’t agree more. Over the month of January and into mid-February Mid-Continent Public Library hosted an art contest for teens focusing on creating original book covers. We had an incredible amount of entries for our first go round.
We're halfway through our Teen Summer Reading Program, and things are going great! The prizes this year are pretty awesome. I'm jealous of all the fantastic books you guys can win. Did you know you are eligible to win up to 12 books over the summer? By earning up to 25 Teen Bucks, that adds up fast. Don't forget that every review you write gets you another chance to win that Kindle Fire HDX. We're so excited to be giving away 31 this year. That's more than we've ever given away before, so your chances are better than ever!
It’s almost that time of year again when teens across the nation fill their backpacks up with school supplies and find out who their teachers will be. Some look forward to getting back into a routine of seeing their friends and having after school activities. Others dread having to sit in the classroom again and have homework piled upon them.
What better way to celebrate the start of another school year (or sadly say goodbye to summer vacation) than with a Teen Lock-In! Two opportunities are available this August: