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. A Short Story in Teen Book Covers
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 Privacy & Google Freedom to Read Statement or the Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records on our Policies page. See? We're watching out for you.
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. Strandbeests: Beach creatures
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. International Geocaching Day Read more
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. Brains, fans, and Faith Hicks Read more
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 Jane Austen's Fight Club 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.