Hi - this is the teen librarian saying hello. If you'd like to blog for the library, let me know via the contact form at the bottom of the page. Then send me your ideas, thoughts, reviews - and I'll post them here!
Hi, everyone! Take a look at the photo album to see some the the stuff we did this summer. There's lots going on this month as well. For example:
Yes, thanks to the director, the Friends of the Library, and your friendly neighborhood teen librarian, we've got a new Wii U and a couple of very cool new games. Af the moment, game club meets every Friday after school, and new members are welcome. New members are also welcome at digital film club - our first meeting is tomorrow - and we're starting a game designer's club, too. The members will probably focus on Minecraft; that's Wednesday afternoons. We're planning other makerspace -type programs, too, including a Chinese cooking class, a jewelry-making workshop especially for teens, and more drop-in crafts. If there's anything you especially would like to do, or if you've got any questions or comments, just contact me or comment below. See you at the library!
Congratulations to all the class of 2013! I hope all your plans and dreams will lead to great things. Congratulations, also to all the award winners from the Byram Hills school system: the middle schoolers who did so well in the French exams, the high school students working on science projects, the winners of the film award below, and these students who won a juried art show. Congratulations to all of you and to all the kids who participated actively in sports, academics, arts, and theatre this year.
The school year may be over, but there's still lots happening in the library. Everyone between 10 and 19 years old can join the summer reading club to get free posters and prizes - and to share reviews with your friends. Just click on the link in the sidebar to find out more. We've also got a summer film series (the Batman films, starting with Batman Begins on July 12), a visit from Jerry Schneider, the bat and butterfly man, who's coming down from Vermont to tell us all about bats, and crafts for teens and tweens. Give me a cal or an email and click on the "what's new" link to find out more. See you in the library!
Go to this link to read the story! Three local teens - two from Byram HIlls and one from Danbury - will have their films shown at the Greenwich library on May 5. If you're in the area, why not take a look? The movies sound really interesting! Congratulations to the winners - and I hope some film club members may enter next year!
Norma Chang is coming back to the library to give another of her great cooking classes! Learn how to cook chicken stir fry and then share a meal with your friends! Enrollment is limited, so please call the library to sign up. You need to be at least ten years old to take part in the class. It starts at 3:30 on Friday, April 19.
Our local teens have been busy! Here's an article about some talented 7th and 8th graders who have been learning about applied science - and winning prizes with their skills. Congratulations to all the participants!
You know what happens on April 1? Yeah, yeah - people play pranks on other people; it's April fool's day. But, in addition, we'll be getting something new in the library. Local teen Dani Kravette will be dropping off a box. She and her brother Jordan are looking for donations for kids who might not be able to afford gear for camp. It's a great cause and they've done it for years, so check out the box and pick up something to put in it so a poor kid can have fun this summer!
Another really nice article about some enterprising students from Armonk. These kids are just in elementary school and they're doing something wonderful! It's called the Pinwheel project. Read all about it here:
The Armonk Daily voice reported on two Juniors, Terence Carthy and Nick Cioffoletti, who are doing fantastic work collecting supplies for the troops in Afghanistan. You can read all about it here!
More good news about Byram HIlls students - twelve talented artists have their work on display at the Katonah museum of art. The exhibit will run till the end of this week. Read all about it here!
Congratulations to Byram Hills senior Brett Roston! He's one of only four students in the nation to win the neuroscience award. You can read all about it in the Armonk Daily voice, at this link:
In other news, don't forget that Game club and Homework club are ongoing, Homework club meets every Thursday afternoon, between 3:30 and 5:00; more middle school students and high school tutors are welcome! And game club meets every Friday at 3:00. See you at the library!
Tolkien fans who can't wait to see the movie - come celebrate the Hobbit in the North Castle Library. We still have plenty of room, especially for teen volunteers. Our book party kicks off at 3:30 on Friday, December 7. Just contact me or call the library to sign up or to volunteer!
It's teen read week, and we're celebrating with an author visit (tomorrow at 3:30) and a Dr. Who marathon (starting Friday at 3:00). But I'd also like to share a neat video that's all about the magic of reading. It's called "Georgian Legend", and, if any of you are members of the Sounis community on livejournal, you've probably seen it. If not - enjoy! As well as a magical book, there's a really neat dance with daggers.
At the beginning, for those who don't speak French, the grandpa says, "Well, children. At that book again?" The boy then reads, "Within these pages you will discover the legends of Georgia." At the end, the grandpa says, "Stop playing with that book. It's time to eat."
Teen read week is coming up, and we've got a couple of events you might like to attend. First - Mariam's a normal girl from the suburbs of New York. She thinks getting arrested at a party is absolutely the worst thing that can happen to her - but that's before her parents ship her off to stay with her Egyptian grandmother. And THAT'S before the protests start-
REBELS BY ACCIDENT is a terrific story for everyone who likes realism, stories of friendship, humor, family stories, and adventure and romance. That should be a lot of people! Author Patricia Dunn will be coming to tell us about her book and how she came to write it. She'll be at the library on Thursday, October 18 at 3:30
On Friday, we have another guest - in a manner of speaking. Jelly babies! Custard and fish fingers! Blue lemonade! Maybe even a tardis? Yes - we're planning a Who marathon from 3:00 to 9:00. All whovians of all ages are invited! So come and celebrate teen read week at the North Castle Library!
Yes, school's started again. If it's sad that summer's over, it's happy news that all our usual school year fun is starting again. Yes, I said fun! We'll have more pages of "The Quest for Truth" soon. In the meantime, you can win raffle prizes if you've joined the summer reading club. Our ice cream party and prize giving will be on Friday, September 21 at 3:30. And game club is starting up, too, on Wednesday, September 19, while we have our first meeting of film club on the 18th at 6:00. We're looking for new members, so, if you like to fool around with film, come and join us! There's lots of interesting stuff to film in the library right now, as you can see from the little clip below.
If you haven't come to a concert at the library yet, why not give it a try? We've have wizard rockers, jazz of all kinds, classical - you name it! We've had high school students and folks in their 80s - and even a couple of young kids. If we haven't had the kind of music you love best, why not suggest a band, or offer to play yourself? We LOVE talented teens. These guys were also awesome.
So here's the teen librarian again, just reminding all our readers of our two great programs for the month of August. We've got Talons! A wild bird experience coming on Saturday - yes, that's tomorrow. :) If you love animals, you shouldn't miss this. Kids actually get to hold the falcons, or so I'm told, and you can also experience the tunnel of wings. If you want to know what that is, come to Whippoorwill Hall tomorrow at 3:00. It'll be great!
A week from today, we also have a tie-dye t-shirt workshop. It's free and open to all teens and tweens, but you do need to bring a clean cotton shirt and sign up in the teen room. Oh-
Yes, I forgot. Construction is happening. But don't let this-
scare you off! We are open, and the programs are happening. Come see this:
and make one of these!
Well, we all had a great time last Tuesday, even though the weather was cloudier than expected. There was just one problem - it was still light. So, on Tuesday, July 10, we'll be starting the meeting at 7:30 in the magazine room. Hopefully we'll have both clear skies and darkness for viewing when we get outside. New members are still welcome!
I'm happy to report that the hawks will be visiting us, after all. The show will take place on Saturday, August 4, at 3:00. It will be in Whippoorwill Hall. If you love animals, be sure to mark your calendars for this one!
And, if you love science and the night sky, you can still join junior astronomy club! We had a GREAT first meeting last Tuesday. The only downside was that it was too cloudy to use the telescope, but clear weather is forecast for this coming Tuesday. So why not look in on the club if you're around? It starts at 7:00 p.m.
See you at the library!
I'm sure I wasn't alone in looking forward to the visiting hawks and owls. But they aren't able to get here today because their van broke down. So we are going to try to reschedule. I'll let you know the new date as soon as I have it.
Keep looking up!
The teen librarian
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