Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Young Adult Book Awards

Looking for a good book? Try out some award winners from our lists below. You can click “Check Our Catalog” to find it at your local library. You can place a hold if they don’t have a copy or if it is checked-out. Ask your friendly local librarian if you need help placing holds.

ALA Top Ten Young Adult Books
Alex Award Winners
California Young Reader Medal: Young Adult
Jefferson Cup Awards
Margaret A. Edwards Award Winners
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Great Graphic Novels
Printz Awards
Schneider Family Book Award
Tayshas Reading List
Young Hoosier Book Award - Intermediate

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gotta Keep Reading!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

13th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands

So you're in a band, and your band is made of 100% pure awesome. Want to prove it... and maybe win some studio time?

The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation (PRC) Department is seeking bands to compete in the 13th Annual Teenage Battle of the Bands. Band members must be between the ages of 13 and 20. The Battle will be held in November at the Hillsborough County Fair, so you have plenty of time to practice and perfect your powers of rock.

If your band has what it takes, call Joe Soletti of PRC at 813.376.5778 to sign up.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Help create a bully-free community!

Hillsborough County needs teens to help create a bully-free community. Hillsborough County’s new Anti-bullying Youth Advisory Subcommittee is recruiting members to work with the County’s Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee (ABAC). 

The County’s newly-formed Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee has begun work to help stop bullying in Hillsborough County. The Bully Busters campaign is gaining strength and several projects are underway to bring more public awareness to the bullying problem in the county and help create a bully-free Hillsborough County.

Members of the Anti-Bullying Youth Advisory Subcommittee will be invited to participate in the monthly meetings of the ABAC and provide input into decisions. Subcommittee members will play a critical role in providing the ABAC members with a first-hand perspective on bullying and will help identify important issues around bullying in Hillsborough County.

Help create a change and have your voice heard. Anyone interested in applying for the Youth Subcommittee should call Callie Lackey, Children’s Services, at 813-264-3807 X120, or Carol Michel, Criminal Justice, at 813-276-2033.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Calling all Anime/Manga fans!

Can't get enough anime? Mad for manga? Want to meet other teens who share your obsession? Many HCPLC libraries now have anime and manga clubs where you can do just that. Club members watch new anime, talk about their favorite manga series, share their artwork, and more.

Upcoming Anime Club Meetings:

**TODAY!** Brandon Regional Library - Thursday, March 11 & April 8 at 5:00 PM

**TODAY!** Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library - Thursday, March 11 & April 8 at 5:30 PM

Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library - Wednesdays at 4:30 PM

Temple Terrace Public Library - Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 PM

78th Street Community Library - Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00 PM

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The 2010 Census count pays off in a big way for Hillsborough County students!

Win a $300 savings bond by participating in the Hillsborough County 2010 Census Essay Contest. The deadline for students to submit their essays is March 19.

A winner will be chosen from each of the following grade categories: Grades 3 - 5; Grades 6 - 8; Grades 9 - 12.

Students must follow the rules that apply for each of the grade categories, detailed below.

Grades 6 - 8
Theme - About the Census: What's It Like? It only takes 10 minutes to answer 10 questions!
  • Must be 150 - 200 words
  • Must be handwritten or typed, double-spaced and legible
  • Must include student's name, age, grade, school and essay title
  • Students must correctly use all of the following words at least once in their essays: CENSUS, DEMOGRAPHICS, HOUSEHOLD, PARTICIPATION, PRIVACY and RELUCTANT
Grades 9 - 12
Theme - About the Census: Numbers Tell A Story! Census numbers are the foundation of our democracy!
  • Must be 250 - 300 words
  • Must be typed and double-spaced
  • Must include student's name, age, grade, school and essay title
  • Students must correctly use all of the following words at least once in their essays: CENSUS, APPORTIONMENT, CONFIDENTIALITY, PROJECTIONS, REDISTRICTING and UNDERCOUNT
Essay winners will receive a $300 savings bond sponsored by Florida West Coast Credit Union, recognition plaque during an awards ceremony on April 1 and a Census T-shirt. Winners will be notified by March 25, 2010.

For more information about these contests, view the fliers found at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/census




Happy Teen Tech Week!

Get connected with HCPLC during Teen Tech Week, March 7-13!

Sure, the library has all of your favorite books and movies. But did you know that we offer...

... tutoring over IM, using the Live Homework Help service?

... downloadable audio books for your iPod?

... Wii and PS2 gaming (on a big screen, of course!) at our Game Zone programs?

... online SAT, ACT, and FCAT practice on the Learning Express database?

The best part? All of this stuff is free!

Explore hcplc.org to see what library technology can do for you, and click here to check out tech programs, gaming tournaments, and other teen events at your local library.