Thursday, April 30, 2009

Celebrate Safe!

Prom Night, Grad Night, and Graduation are some of the most anticipated times in a teen's life. But all the fun and celebration comes with some dangers, too. Check out these tips from the Hillsborough County Criminal Justice Liason to help you stay during these special occasions.

Making Event Plans
• Make sure you have a safe plan for the evening.
• Have a responsible, trusted person available for a safe ride home or in case there is an emergency.
• Discuss your plan with friends and family. Remind each other about responsible decisionmaking and confronting peer pressure.
• Practice and discuss answers you can use to get yourself out of an uncomfortable situation.
• Learn the warning signs for alcohol-poisoning and drug intoxication. Then be prepared to call 9-1-1 for assistance and immediate treatment if a friend exhibits those signs.
• Remember to charge your cell phone.

Getting Ready to Go
• Be sure to have your cell phone with you.
• Be sure to have printed copies of the directions with you.

Getting There and Home Safely
• Know where you are going and drive on well-lit roads. Along the way, pay attention to where
you are.
• After your red light turns green, wait a second before pulling into the intersection.
• Keep an eye on oncoming drivers - impaired drivers tend to drive towards light.
• Make sure your date/driver does not drink any alcohol.
• Keep the radio volume turned down low enough that your driver can concentrate on getting you to and from the fun and festivities.
• If your plans change call your parents and let them know.
• Do not allow anyone in your car or limo that has alcohol, drugs, or weapons. It is dangerous and everyone in the car is at risk.
• Trust your instincts – if you feel threatened, endangered or uncomfortable, call someone and
leave immediately.

And don't forget to HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Live Rock Concert

Place: Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library
Date / Time: May 28, 2009 - 7:00pm

Place: SouthShore Regional Library
Date / Time: June 4th, 2009 - 3:00pm

SouthShore Regional Library & Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library are proud to bring you ENVY. They were the winners of the Hillsborough County Teenage Battle of the Bands contest. ENVY has many local fans in the area so be sure to check out this fantastic rock band.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Maximum Ride in Manga?

James Patterson has been very busy. He's got a new website!

This site is host for 3 teen book series, Maximum Ride, Daniel X and Witch and Wizard.

It has great hints, tips, and other fun stuff.

You can also get a look at Maximum Ride in Manga (The Angel Experiment), Maximum Ride videos, and read the prologue to Daniel X. There is more stuff but you just got to see for yourself.

Check Out Maximum Ride Books from your library.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Maximum Ride: School's out forever
Maximum Ride: Final Warning
These books are available in Paper, CD and Down-loadable Audio.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day is today!

No matter who or where you are, there are many ways to honor our planet today. Check out these Earth Day links for more events and ideas.

- Earth Day Network

- Environmental Protection Agency

- US Government Earth Day Portal

- Earth Day Crafts and Games

Take care of our planet, so that she can take care of us!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wizard Rock Returns!

Saturday June 27, 2009
John F. Germany Library

Back by popular demand, Wizard Rock is back at the library. The Remus Lupins and The Whomping Willows will entertain muggles and wizards alike with their Harry Potter-influenced tunes while doing a live podcast for the award-winning PotterCast.