Monday, January 31, 2011

February Teen Events @ Jan Platt Regional Library (South Tampa)

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I’m John and I’m a new Librarian at the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library in South Tampa. I'm writing today to tell you about our programs for teens (middle & high-school) at the library this month (February, 2011).

We just started a new Teen Advisory Board (aka TAB)!!! Our next TAB meeting is on Saturday February 26th at 3pm. Have ideas for teen events and clubs at the library? Bring them to share! Enjoy snacks, laughter and fun while planning events and creating videos, podcasts, photos and more. TAB members also earn community service hours toward graduation, scholarships and more! Click here for more info about what TABs do for the library and what TAB can do for you!

Directly after our TAB meeting we have our Teen Book Club (pick up your copy today @ Jan Platt Library!) We will be hanging out and discussing the first book in the Ranger's Apprentice series : The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.

"When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger."

Check out a copy today!

Our GameZone meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:15pm. Come hangout and play Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2 at the library on our large projection screens. Some of our video games titles are: Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Guitar Hero Series and Rock Band. See you after school for some gaming fun!

On Wednesdays, February 2nd and 15th from 4:30—5:30 pm we will have our Teen Anime/Manga Club will be meeting and screening Anime titles and talking about all things Anime/Manga.

On Alternate Wednesdays, February 9th and 23rd from 4:30 - 5:30 pm we have our Teen "Go" Board Game Club. Come learn and play one of the oldest games in the world: the ancient East Asian board game “Go.” A popular Anime/Manga series called “Hikaru No Go” has made many very curious about how to play the game. Now you can learn and play with your friends. The rules are simple, the strategy complex. Learn in minutes, play for a lifetime.

Go Links:
What Is the Game of Go? - from the American Go Association
The Interactive Way To Go - Interactive go problem database and community

Start reading Hikary No Go manga today! &
Pick up some flyers to share with your friends!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Teenz Ink: WINNERS!

The judges have spoken! Click on the banner to read the winning entries of our annual Teenz Ink short story contest. Close to 200 teens submitted stories this year. Thanks to everyone who participated, and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!


First Place: An Empty Sky by Kelsie Anthea Davis

Second Place: Vodka and Chapstick by Laura Rangel


First Place: Chased Through Time by Shira Hayes

Second Place: Yodeling Disaster by Kenza Holland

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bakuman. Volume 1, Dreams and reality / story by Tsugumi Ohba ; art by Takeshi Obata (Viz Media, 2010)

Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world? Moritaka is hesitant to seriously consider Akito's proposal because he knows how difficult reaching the professional level can be. Still, encouragement from persistent Akito and motivation from his crush push Moritaka to test his limits!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
“Ship Breaker,” written by Paolo Bacigalupi, is the 2011 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Stolen,” by Lucy Christopher and published by Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.; “Please Ignore Vera Dietz,” by A.S. King and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; “Revolver,” by Marcus Sedgwick and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; and “Nothing,” by Janne Teller and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

January 10, 2011
American Library Association announces youth media award winners

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Whatcha reading, punk?

Are you a science fiction fan? Did you know you may also be a punk?

There are a few different "---punk" subgroups within the sci-fi genre. Steampunk has grown in popularity recently. Steampunk novels mix the old with the new, usually referencing Victorian times and the invention of the steam engine -- think machines with clockwork pieces, dirigibles, gas lamps, and top hats. On the flip side, Cyberpunk books look into a fast-paced future, taking technology and pushing it to a whole new level. Cyberpunk books may feature robots, hackers -- think of movies likeThe Matrix or Blade Runner (which was based on a book, by the way). Finally, there's Biopunk, a subgenre that looks at the human body or biology as fodder for science fiction plots -- genetic engineering, cloning, etc.

Want to get punky? Check out our Sci-Fi Punks Goodreads shelf for a list of titles.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Try something new in the new year...

2011 is here! Start the new year right by trying something new (for free!) at your library.

Need to relax? Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, Thursday, January 6 @ 3:30 PM and Thursday, January 20 @ 6:30 PM.

We've got Yoga classes, too: Wednesday, January 12th at the SouthShore Regional Library and Wednesday, January 19th at the Bloomingdale Regional Library.

Tired of your same-old stuff? Trade your old stuff for some new stuff at the Teen Swap Meet, Saturday, January 15th at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. The swap starts at 3:00 PM.

Ladies, learn the art of self-defense starting this Saturday, January 8th @ 10:00 AM at the New Tampa Regional Library. Sign up for this three-week series is limited to 20 people.

Click here for the full calendar of upcoming teen events.