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Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:01pm A Short Story in Teen Book Covers

It's no secret that teen books over the past several years have become more popular with older (and younger) readers.  And as the popularity has grown, the books themselves have gotten longer, become series, and gotten some serious cover makeovers. 
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Feb. 25, 2012 at 3:40pm Privacy & Google

We take privacy pretty seriously in the library world.  We believe in your right to freely access information, online and in print.  And we're not going to share your list of checked out books, DVDs, and CDs.  Don't believe me?  Take a little time to read the Freedom to Read Statement or the Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records on our Policies page.  See?  We're watching out for you.

I'm sure that lately you've seen the little pop-up whenever you've used Google, reminding you that their privacy policy will soon be changing.  You can read up on it, but it's not the easiest document to understand.  This policy will be implemented on March 1st, but it will affect searching you've done online prior to that.  To test this, I signed in to my Google account and was shocked to see that Google had saved searches I had performed many, many years ago.  It was kind of a neat trip down memory lane - remember that obsession with Final Fantasy 8?  Google does.  It was also pretty creepy - I mean I didn't even have a Google account then.  Do I really want people to know what sort of research I was doing for fun or for school all these years?  And do I want to be judged by those searches?  Think a little of some of the random searches you've done online over the past month (not to mention years) and try to imagine how those could be interpreted by someone who doesn't know you.
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Sep. 13, 2011 at 2:59pm Strandbeests: Beach creatures

I think that, out of all the different types of patrons we get at the library, teens tend to be the most environmentally-conscious.  I'm not saying that every teen we get is responsible with their recycling - I know I've spent my fair share of time picking up plastic bottles after the school crowd has left the library.  But I think that, on the whole, they tend to be more aware of the different options out there for reducing waste and reusing items.  They also have an eye for repurposing items.  And so I thought it would be fun to share this video about about Theo Jansen's Strandbeest.
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Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:58am International Geocaching Day

Back in July, we had a geocaching program for teens, introducing many to a great hobby that combines technology with exercise.  If you haven't heard of geocaching before, let me explain.  A quick description would be that it's a high-tech treasure hunt.  A longer description... well, I would suggestion watching this two minute video. Read more

Oct. 19, 2010 at 2:19pm Brains, fans, and Faith Hicks

I always have trouble getting into fan fiction.  Maybe it's because I feel a little like I'm cheating on the author.  Or maybe it's that the writing style I love so very, very much just isn't reproduced as well as I had hoped.  Or maybe I just can't reconcile the strange situations fan fiction creates.  What I do like, however, are fan comics. Read more

Aug. 3, 2010 at 2:15pm Jane Austen's Fight Club

You might not know it, but librarians like to share literary jokes and library videos.  Okay, it sounds kind of lame when I type it out, but it's still true.  I have enjoyed watching the escapades of the ninja librarian, destroying people for talking on their cell phones and answering reference questions in a puff of smoke.  I have owned a Rex Libris poster, threatening punks who fail to turn in their books.  And I keep up on my Unshelved comics.  And so, in keeping with this tradition, last week I was called into the office of another librarian so she could show me the lasted combo of Jane Austen and pop culture... Jane Austen's Fight Club.
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Mar. 11, 2010 at 1:25pm FTW!

I love free stuff... free posters, free samples, free t-shirts... but maybe more than any other freebie, I love a free book.  Especially when it's a book that hasn't yet hit the shelves.  Now you've got a chance to get your own freebie.... Read more

Jan. 26, 2010 at 1:36pm Simply Haiti

As someone who works with teens and also spends a lot of time online, I found this website/project of interest.  A local high school senior, Alex Herbig from Mountlake Terrace High School, had just started his senior project two days before the quake hit Haiti.  His project, Simply Haiti, focused on relief for Haiti. Read more