Thursday, August 25, 2011

Annual Teenage Battle Of The Bands Now Accepting Registration

What: 14th Annual Teenage Battle of the Bands
When: Saturday, Oct. 15 from Noon - 11 p.m.
Where: Hillsborough County Fair, 4810 E. State Road 60 in Dover
Registration: $50 Entry Fee per Band by Oct. 7

The 14th Annual Teenage Battle of the Bands, hosted by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15. The event is scheduled from Noon – 11 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 4810 E. State Road 60 in Dover, five miles east of Brandon at the intersection of Sidney-Washer Road and Highway 60.

Bands can apply now for the competition that provides free studio time to the top two winners. The entry fee is $50 dollars per band and members must be between 13 and 20 years of age. Only one band member can be age 20. Styx of Fire was the winner of Battle of the Bands last year.

Contact Joe Soletti, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, for registration information at (813) 376-5778.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life

James Patterson has done it again. His new book "Middle School : The worst years of my life" already has people talking.

Visit the Website at

It is full of interactive enjoyment.

Read the first 20 chapters for free.

Download it to your iphone for more fun.

I haven't even read it yet, but I'm already excited.

It's an app

It's an eBook

It's an Audio Book

It's a comic.

So many choices...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Annual Teen Film Festival: Did you Win?

And the winner is .... Magic Chalk!! With a grand prize of a $200 gift card from Best Buy, Magic Chalk took home the gold at the first annual Teen Film Festival. The nominees include a film about a first date, a nerd, and many other creative adventures.

At the award show, the filmmakers, their friends, and family walked the red carpet, took celebrity photos, and enjoyed refreshments. A screen of the films followed with awards handed out for the best film in each category. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of the Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library.

Teens had two months to create, film, and edit their films, which were then judged by a committee of librarians. Start brainstorming ideas for next year's festival and you may be the next Teen Film Festival winner!

Check out the photos in our Flickr Photostream and the Videos on Studio 813.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jan Platt Library Teen Book Club :: Sabriel by Garth Nix

Do you love reading? Looking for something new? Join us for our monthly Teen Book Club. We read and talk about books selected by teens like you!

Join us for our first Teen Book Club meeting of the new school year. On Thursday, September 29th at 5:30pm we will be discussing Sabriel by Garth Nix at Jan Platt Library. Come join the discussion and help select future books for the group to read. Copies of the book are available at the Jan Platt Library for check out.

Come an hour earlier at 4:30 and join our Teen Advisory Board. Have a voice in creating library programs and recommending materials like graphic novels, manga, young adult fiction, and music. Help promote the library to other teens. TAB members earn community service hours toward graduation, scholarships and more!

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the randompower of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead.But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into the world.

Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful-and perhaps malevolent-spirit, and Touchstone, a younger Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories.

With threats on all sides and only each other to trust, the three must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death-and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hiddden destiny.

A tale of dark secrets, deep love, and dangerous magic, Sabriel introduces Garth Nix an exceptional new talent.

See what books our Book Club has read by checking out our bookshelf on Goodreads.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Teen Mural Project on Display at Ruskin Branch Library

A four-panel mural, created by South County area teens is on display at the Ruskin Branch library. The project was funded by the SouthShore and Ruskin FOL groups and through a grant received from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center. The mural was designed and created by teens with the guidance of Mike Parker, community arts facilitator and Laurie Burhop, art coordinator at the SouthShore Regional Library.

The mural depicts how we access information in the library. Each panel represents a different time period in history, beginning with hand-written manuscripts and ending with computers and technology. The mural is a wonderful piece of art. It says a lot about the teens in our community and their love for the library. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Ruskin Library and view the mural!