Next Program: Hunger Games Release Party

The Hunger Games Release Party
March 18, 2 p.m., Altenbach Room

The Hunger Games will have its first showing on March 23, 2012. Will you be there? Do you want a chance to win movie tickets, posters, and other HG items? Come to our release party on March 18 and celebrate what will hopefully be the biggest and best YA book-turned-movie in a long while! Stay tuned for more details of the party challenges we’ll be throwing down.

For teens ages 12-18.


Blue Spruce Award 2012 Nominees

Check out these nominees for the 2012 Blue Spruce awards, one of the only state awards chosen by teens. All you have to do to vote for the winner is read at least three of these books (you can always read more!), then find me at the library and tell me you want to vote. I will give you a ballot you can fill out right there. You have until January 13, 2012, so there’s still plenty of time (and I bet you’ve read a lot of these titles already).

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Click here to read summaries for these books

Twilight contest winners!

Here are the winners for the Twilight fan fiction contest:

First place: “Extended Family” by Sarah
Second place: “An Eye for Seth” by Maddy
Third place: [No Title] by Tyler

All the winners are being contacted directly by phone or e-mail. Thanks to everyone for participating —  we had fun reading the entries! Definitely keep writing and keep sending your stories out for contests and publications for young writers. (I’ll post some links for teen writers in the next day or two.)

Judges were local author Todd Fahnestock; Katie, a teen member of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, and myself. The judges’ comments will be available to the writers upon request.

Twilight Fan Fiction Contest Countdown

twilightWe have a new deadline for our Twilight fan fiction contest, but the earlier you get your stories in, the better. The new deadline is Monday, November 30. There are some really cool prizes to be had, including a full hardcover set of the Twilight novels, the Twilight movie on DVD, both movie soundtracks, and even the board games. But you can’t win if you don’t enter, so e-mail your submissions to me at, or drop them off at our reference desk. We have three wonderful judges standing by!

For full rules, go here.

Oct/Nov Programs Up

Important Updates: The deadline for the Twilight fan fiction contest has been extended to Monday, November 30.

Go here or click on the Programs tab at the top of the page to check out the new programs we have going on in October and November. We have a special effects make up workshop in October, held by a well-known professional who has worked on movies and on stage, and and a showing of the Twilight movie just before Halloween. In November, we have a Twilight fan fiction contest and two writing workshops by well-known authors. Please register for the special effects program, the writing workshops, and the movie showing by calling 303-762-2555 or stopping by the reference desk — this helps me know how much food to buy and how much space I need.

And the winner is . . .

This morning, I wrote the names of people who submitted reviews onto tiny sheets of paper, which I then folded even tinier, and asked a librarian colleague to do the honors. She pulled a name out of my proverbial hat to choose the winner of the entirely random book review drawing.

The March 2009 winner is: Justin W!

Justin will be notified of his victory and will get his choice from an array of prizes. His review of Gamer Girl, by Mari Mancusi, will be up on the blog soon.

Want to win? Keep reviewing, keep entering the contest, and you could get your chance — maybe even next month! Remember, you get an entry for each review you do, so plan accordingly.

Guitar Hero Tournament in March!

ttw09_logoThis year’s Teen Tech Week theme is Press Play @ Your Library, and what better way to celebrate that then with a gaming contest? On Saturday, March 14, we’ll be holding a no-holds-barred Guitar Hero tournament in the children’s room of the Englewood Public Library. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include food and drinks. Awesome prizes for the winner and first runner-up will be awarded at the end of the tournament.

Think you have what it takes? If you are between 12 and 18 years old, sign up by calling 303-762-2555 or stopping by the library’s reference desk. Tournament players will be limited to 16 people, so sign up early if you want a spot. There will be a waiting list in case of no-shows and a few times for free play before and after the tournament begins. And of course, we want a big, enthusiastic audience, so please come cheer them on even if you don’t want to play!

Schedule details and rules are posted here; flyers with the details will also be available in the library at the reference desk and in the Teen’s Cool Cafe.