Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced the 2013 Award Winners and Honor books this week. Read an Award-Winning Book today!

In Darkness by Nick Lake
2013 Michael L. Printz Award for Literary Excellence in YA literature

2013 Excellence in YA Nonfiction Award

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
2013 William C. Morris Debut Award

Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
2013 Schneider Award for expression of a disability experience

by Benjamin Alire Saenz
2013 Pura Belpre Award for Latino cultural experience

Find these 2013 award-winning and more honor books in the College Hill Library's Teen Award Display or place a hold by clicking on a title. Find past winners on our Award Booklists.

Check out ALA's 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, too!

Beautiful Creatures Contest

Celebrate the release of the movie based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl by taking our Beautiful Creatures quiz in the teen underground area of either library. Enter into a random drawing for a free book!

February 1-28
Ages 12-17

Teen Volunteer Fair

Mark your calendars! Our teen volunteer fair is coming up on Saturday, March 16th at the College Hill Library.

Need experience or community service hours? Want to get involved and help your community? Attend our fair to meet representatives from local organizations with volunteer opportunities for you!

Ages 12-17
No registration
1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Midsummer Station: Owl City

If you enjoy “Fireflies” or “Good Time (featuring Carly Rae Jepsen)”, then you’ll enjoy Owl City’s CD, Midsummer Station. It keeps to the electronica music that Adam Young is so good at making. It is upbeat and energetic and just plain relaxing. I only wish there were more songs on the CD. (But to get that you can always listen to his other fantastic CDs).

Westminster's Youth Advisory Panel update


Being a member of the Youth Advisory Panel for Westminster, I am able to help a lot around Westminster, especially through volunteer events. One of which happened this month. Three Saturdays ago, we volunteered at the Have-A-Heart organization. There we were able to give out food, clothes, and toys to families in need who live right here in Westminster. It was amazing to see that we were able to make a difference in our community and there are many more volunteer opportunities to come!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Attend our next Teen Advisory Board meeting!

Our next Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting is this Tuesday at College Hill Library from 4-5:30 pm.

Attend a meeting if you're interested in joining our TAB and getting 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.
Bring a completed Teen Advisory Board application to your first meeting.

Ages 12-17. No registration.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Delirium by Lauren Oliver TV Series!

Check out the Delirium series here at the Westminster Public Library!
Requiem, the Delirium Trilogy finale - coming to the library in March.
See Lauren Oliver April 6 at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference.


So… I have a confession to make. I’ve been keeping a secret from you guys. I know it’s bad to keep secrets, but I wanted to make sure everything was final before I made this announcement. So now I am SO HAPPY to finally tell you all that a pilot for DELIRIUM has been ordered by the Fox Network! That’s right, DELIRIUM might be coming to you soon as a TV SERIES!
The deal is that Fox, which initially optioned the books for film, decided that due to the complexity of all the side plots and characters, the Delirium series might be better suited for TV, as we’d have a chance to explore all of those elements. I am super psyched because that has always been my preference (for those of you that have read some of my interviews, you know that I LOVE anything that can be done while in pajamas, such as writing and watching television!)/ We’ve been assembling all the moving parts to make that happen over the past few months.
I know that some of you are concerned that a TV show will be “untrue” to the books, due to the need to add content in order to flesh out the story to a full season. Never fear! Look, the books will always be the books. No adaptation, either for film or TV, will or can completely replicate and remain faithful to them—it’s a totally different art form! I like to think of this as a new riff, a new interpretation of the story I’ve written. TV, more so than novel writing, is a collaborative art form (although there is plenty of collaboration between me and my editor!). The talented people writing the DELIRIUM TV show aren’t trying to take anything away from the story, their goal is to add and expand, and give us all more time with the characters that we love. The wonderful thing about an expansive medium like television is that there is the time and space to explore smaller elements of the story and the world that would have detracted from the momentum of a novel. Think of how much Julian we’ll get! Think of how much Alex we’ll see! I, personally, will be thrilled to see these characters come to life on the small screen.
I hope that this makes you as happy as it’s made me! :)  Lauren

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

John Green Events Age Update

Just wanted to let everyone know that we're now allowing all ages to participate in the streaming event tonight and the Ultimate John Green Trivia challenge this weekend.

Sorry for the confusion!

Monday, January 14, 2013

John Green Events Update

John & Hank Green: An Evening of Awesome
We will stream this Carnegie Hall event live at College Hill on Tuesday, January 15th in room L107 at 5pm. No registration. All Ages.

John Green Ultimate Trivia Challenge
Head to the Teen Underground area at College Hill Library this Saturday, January 19th or Sunday, January 20th and complete the John Green Ultimate Trivia Challenge. Place your answers in the ballot box and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 22nd! All Ages.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dungeons & Dragons Club

To sign up for our next role-playing adventure, come and experience a short quest and draw for the 6 available slots for the upcoming 5 months play this Saturday, January 12th from 1-4pm at College Hill.
Future game-play dates: Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11

Ages 12-17

Monday, January 7, 2013

Inklings Teen Writers' Club Meeting

Our next Inklings meeting is Tuesday, January 8th from 4-6pm at the College Hill Library.
Teens meet each month to share their writing, receive feedback, and practice writing prompts.
Ages 12-17, No registration.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Music Mania Contest

Enter our Music Mania contest!
Guess the correct artists in our mix-and-match contest. Enter into a random drawing to win a free book in the Teen Underground area of either library.
Age 12-17, January

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vote by January 15!

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.

Ballots are available in the Teen Underground area at both the College Hill and Irving Street libraries. To cast your vote you must:
  • be a student in grades 6th-12th
  • read at least 3 nominated books
Don't foget to nominate titles for next year. (Books must be published in the last 5 years.)

You can see the nominated titles here.

John Green Events

John and Hank Green: An Evening of Awesome – LIVE from Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, January 15 at 5pm MST

John and Hank Green, with special guests the Mountain Goats, will celebrate the anniversary of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS with a one-time event at Carnegie Hall. This event will be livestreamed through the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, and we are inviting fans from all over the country to join in the fun.

Ultimate John Green Trivia Challenge Saturday, January 19 – Sunday, January 20

Penguin invites John Green fans across the country to participate in the “Ultimate John Green Trivia Challenge.” Come to the College Hill Library after "An Evening of Awesome" to see how well you do with this challenge.