Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

This book was a wonderful twist on the typical idea of witches and wizards; dark and light, 
and love. The people with magic are called Casters, and have different forms of power, some more powerful. Because of a curse placed upon the Duchannes’ family, on their sixteenth birthday they either become Dark or Light, and they have no choice which one they get. Lena is a Duchannes, and Ethan Wate gets sucked into her world of magic, saving him from his monotonous life in a small southern town. With Ethan, can Lena choose her fate, or will she be claimed by the Dark?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Zen Doodle Art program

Zen Doodle Art

Ignite the doodling bug inside you! Explore techniques of zen doodle, zentangle and more with Pat Mescher as she demonstrates this hot new trend. Make your own doodle art creation.

Ages 12-17, No registration
Saturday 1:30-2:30pm

Jan 18
College Hill

Monday, December 16, 2013

Catching Fire Movie

Recently, I saw the Catching Fire movie. It was amazing and followed the book very well. In the movie, there was more character development, even with the new characters, like Finnick and Johanna Mason. I also liked the amount of emotion that the characters had. Johanna had a lot of anger towards the Capitol. Finnick had sadness and desperation to survive and see Annie again. Peeta felt that Katniss had to survive rather than him because he thought that she had more to live for. Katniss felt guilty because she wanted to keep Peeta safe, but she also had hope that she could stop The Hunger Games. I give this movie 10 out of 10 stars and I hope you can see it soon!
"Hope is the only thing stronger than fear"
-President Snow

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Teen Advisory Board meeting this Tuesday!

Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Tuesday, Dec 17th from 4-5:30 pm at the College Hill Library.

Attend a meeting and join TAB to get volunteer credit for promoting library services to teens at the Westminster Public Libraries:
  • Advise, plan, and participate in teen programs.
  • Post reviews and teen news on the Teen Underground blog/website.
  • Promote teen reading and news by creating bulletin boards and displays in the Teen Underground areas.
  • Recommend materials for the young adult collection.
Ages 12-17. No registration.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Teen Dungeons & Dragons club meeting this Saturday

Our next meeting is Saturday, Dec 14th.

July-December 2013:  The World of Lynneoch
-Drop in and try your hand at adventuring!
-Take on the role of a heroic character of fantasy in a world of monsters, magic and destiny!
-We have a variety of characters to choose from...look forward to seeing you!

Ages 12-17

Future Dates: 2nd Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm at College Hill

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dairy Queen

This story is about a simple farm girl named D.J Shwenk who learns that it is better to speak up and do what you want even if you might be ridiculed. At the beginning of the summer, she is aware that in front of her is a long few months of farm work all by herself, with her dad’s injury. Suddenly, an old friend of the family and also a rival school football coach comes to them and asks them to get their quarterback Brian Nelson some discipline.  The responsibility, it seems, just as always, falls to D.J. Throughout the summer they grow closer, but what will happen to their friendship when D.J decides she wants to play football at her own school… against Brian?

Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 National Book Award Young People’s Literature

WINNER: Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck

Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone
Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints

The 2013 National Book Award winners were announced in November. Read an award-winning book...reserve your copy today!

Click here for a list of past National Book Award Young People's Literature winners.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pulseit.com presents 31 days of FREE reads!

For the month of December at midnight ET, pulseit.com will feature a different book each day to read for free for just 24 hours. Which means 31 books in 31 days! 

Plus, you can enter to win all of the books on Pulseit.com

Not a member? Pulseit is an online community for anyone that loves teen books! It’s where you can read free teen books and exclusive excerpts, heart comments, books and content that you love, and share your reviews on books, your ideas, and more. Plus – it’s free to join & participate! (from teen.simonandschuster.com)

Enter our Video the Library contest and you could win $250

If you live or attend school (grades 6-12) in Westminster, showcase your filmmaking talents by creating a short video about why the Westminster Public Library is fun and cool and you could win $250! Visit www2.westminsterlibrary.org/videothelibrary for more information and register today!

Inklings teen writers' club meeting this Tuesday!

Inklings Teen Writers' Club Meeting
Teens meet each month to share their writing, receive feedback and practice writing prompts. Our next meeting is Tuesday, Dec 3rd!

Ages 12-17, No registration

Future meetings:1st Tuesday each month 4-6pm at College Hill

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Catcher in the Rye

Warning: Appropriate for 15+...if you are below 15 and want to read it, you should first ask your parent for permission. 
Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. It revolves around Holden Caulfield, a 16 years old teenagers. After experienced extreme loss, he became criticized of the adult world, saying that everyone is "phony" and create a barrier to protect himself. I recommend this book because it describe the difficulties, the chocies, and the fears of a growing up teenager. Though it was written in 1950s', the issues that were described in the book still exist to this day. It is an interesting book and it promotes a different view of the teenager world.  

House of Hades

House of Hades, the fourth book of Heroes of Olympus written by Rick Riordan. After fallen into Tartarus, Percy and Annabeth struggle to stay alive and reunite with their friends. The demigods without Annabeth and Percy, faced unprecedented difficulties. The internal conflicts, the difficult choices, the betrayal of friend, are series of exciting and heart-throbbing adventure. I don't want to say too much to spoil the book and I recommend this book to everyone. It is fun, thrilling and awesome.     

Top Ten Anime/Manga

1. Rain by Yoshino Takumi and Sumikawa Megumi  
2. Bleach by Kubo Tite 
3. Naruto by Kishimoto Masashi 
4. Fairy Tail by Mashima Hiro 
5. Guilty Crown by Yoshino Hiroyuki  
6. Kuroko no Basket by Fujimaki Tadatoshi 
7. Last Game by Amano Shinobu
8. AKB0048- EPISODE 0 by Miasa Rin 
9. Stardust Wink by Haruta Nana 
10. CRASH! by Fujiwara Yuka 

Friday, November 22, 2013

How to Win NaNoWriMo

Winning for NaNoWriMo starts on November 25!

Here's all the information you need to be sure your brilliant work gets officially validated:

The start time for validating your word count to win NaNoWriMo is November 25 at 12:00 AM.

The deadline for validating your word count to win NaNoWriMo is November 30 at 11:59 PM.

To validate your word count, copy-and-paste the entire text of your novel into the Word Count Validator. If your count meets or exceeds your goal, you have won NaNoWriMo! You should see a page just for you, stocked with winner goodies.

Sometimes, the Word Count Validator disagrees with the word count provided by your word-processing program. If the Word Count Validator has shaved off enough words to prevent you from winning, you may add random text (see below) or simply duplicate a section of your novel before pasting it in again.

If you're handwriting your novel, you will still need to validate your word count to win. The best way to do this is to use a random text generator to simulate your word count. You can then paste that into the Word Count Validator.

If you plan to continue working through November 30, be sure you've updated your time zone. We want you to have all the noveling hours you need.

Passwords for the publishing offer will be available after December 10. If you have won, look for a password on your winner's page.

Congratulations on all your hard work so far. You should be proud no matter what your word count! Please consult the FAQs or contact us if you have any questions about the winning process.
Chris Angotti
YWP Director

Monday, November 18, 2013

2014 Colorado Blue Spruce Award VOTE!

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner - adults do not vote.

All votes must be submitted by January 15, 2014!    Here's how....

  • Paper VOTE BALLOTS are located in Teen Underground at both the College Hill Library and Irving Street Library.
  • Only teens and tweens (grades 6-12) are allowed to vote.
  • Participants must read 3 books in order to vote.
  • Participants are allowed to nominate any book published in the last 5 years for the 2015 award.

  • Click here to see the list of nominated titles to check out from the library and READ.

    Enjoy watching this animoto video of the 2014 nominees:

    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    Website of the Month for November!!


    This awesome website has loads of amazing recipes, games, crafts, and decorations for the month of November.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and this website will help if you want to throw a party or feast with friends and family!  Have a Happy and Joyful November!

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    The Road

    The Road
    This book is about a post-apocalyptic world and how a man and his son survive it. The author wrote this book as a story to his son, which can either be seen as strange, or loving. The apocalypse occurred before the boy was born, and the origin of the apocalypse is never stated. The setting of the book is along ‘the road’, the road that they walk along the entire novel. This new world is not a good place to live in; the sun is obscured with ash and it is extremely cold because of the lack of sunlight, though the most horrible thing though is the other people they meet along the way… 

    (best for high school readers) 

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Pictures from our Catching Fire Party on Saturday

    We had a great turnout! Teens participated in four contests: parachuting a spile down to Katniss, a Catching Fire trivia quiz, an edible plants quiz, and a target contest. 1st prize was a gold AMC movie pass and a Hunger Games dvd. 2nd prize was a gold AMC movie pass. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all of the teens who attended!

    We created a target on the first floor of the library

    Then we parachuted a spile down to Katniss from the second floor of the library

    We showcased Hunger Games read-a-likes

    Teens made a paracord survival braclet

    We had food from the Hunger Games

    More food from the Hunger Games
    Teens targeted different districts to earn the most points

    Saturday, November 9, 2013


    November is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month!

      NaNoWriMo is a seat-of-your-pants online writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. The Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals. Sign up at http://ywp.nanowrimo.org.

    If you are participating, we have a button for you, and we would like to add your name to our progress poster in Teen Underground. Email Hollie hbrossea@cityofwestminster.us to find out more.

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Special Teen Advisory Board meeting this Saturday!

    Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is Saturday, Nov 9th from 1-2:30 pm at the College Hill Library.

    TAB members will help with the Catching Fire Party!

    Ages 12-17. No registration.

    Future meeting dates:
    Tuesday, 4-5:30pm: Dec 17

    Teen Dungeons & Dragons club meeting this Saturday!

    Our next meeting is Saturday, Nov 9th.

    July-December 2013:  The World of Lynneoch
    -Drop in and try your hand at adventuring!
    -Take on the role of a heroic character of fantasy in a world of monsters, magic and destiny!
    -We have a variety of characters to choose from...look forward to seeing you!

    Ages 12-17

    Future Dates: 2nd Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm at College Hill
    Dec 14

    Our Catching Fire Party is this Saturday!

    Celebrate the upcoming release of the second Hunger Games movie and attend our Catching Fire Party! Test your Hunger Games skills and knowledge for a chance to win prizes. Make a paracord survival gadget to take home with you!

    Ages 12-17, No registration
    Saturday 1-2:30pm
    Nov 9
    College Hill

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    Tuesday, November 5, 2013


    This is story of a girl l who just wants to be accepted by her peers; despite the fact her mother is a religious fanatic. However, after a traumatic incident in the girls’ locker room, things start to change for Carrie, it seems for the better. She gets telekinetic powers and she gets asked to the prom. Even though she knows it is a form of atonement for what happened, she still is hopeful. This is false hope though, because the end of the book is the worst and best part at the same time, because Carrie has finally had enough and decides to exact her revenge. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys a mild horror story with really lifelike and characters who no matter what they do, you can relate to.

    (most suitable for high school readers)