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Doodle for Google contest!


Do you like to draw? Do you have a dream of something big you'd like to do? Enter this contest to redesign the Google.com logo, and you could win a $15,000 scholarship and technology money for your school, among other prizes. All of the details are here. Get doodling and good luck!

Best Book of the Year?

Cover image Ship Breaker has won the Michael L. Printz Award for 2011. That means a committee of librarians voted it the best young adult book of the year. I've read it, and I liked it--it's an action-packed adventure set in a future where kids eke out a living by stripping wire from abandoned oil tankers-- but what do YOU think? These 4 books won Printz Honor awards:

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Check them  out and see for yourself! What was your favorite book of 2010?

Lifesize Monopoly winners

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Congratulations to Dylan Kohut, Carter Kline, Austin & Grant Morris, and Mikey Dianetti, who won our two games of Lifesize Monopoly! Everyone had a ton of fun, and the new Speed Die made things even more interesting. See more photos here. Thanks to everyone who played this year! Check out Under The Boardwalk for info on the new Monopoly documentary film, too.

Essay contest: Win a scholarship!


High school juniors and seniors (including homeschoolers) can enter this Student Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by Penguin Publishing, and try for one of 5 $1,000 scholarships for college! Plus the winner receives a Signet Classic Library set for their school or public library. Entries due by April 14, 2011. Details at the website. Get writing and good luck!

What was your favorite book of 2010?

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Nominate your favorite book of 2010 at teenreads.com for the Children's Book Council Teen Choice Book of the Year. The book has to have been published new in 2010, so if it was a paperback, be sure to check the original publication date on Amazon.com or our library catalog.

Don't you want to be on Boardwalk?

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Come watch or play our Lifesize Monopoly games on Dec. 30! Spend your holiday break on Boardwalk! You become the hat, the car, or token of your choice, as you walk around our room-size playing "board." Roll giant dice--including the new SPEED DIE--and buy properties, land in Jail, do everything as in the regular game but at LIFE SIZE! Sign up with a friend to play on a team of 2 players, or be randomly assigned to a team.  The 12:30 game for 3rd-5th graders is filled up, but there's still room at 3:00 p.m. for 6th grade & up.

New websites for Teen Writers


Since our Young Writer's Group has had to disband for a few months, I thought I'd share 2 other sources for teen writers. Figment is a new online community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all there. Browse an extensive library of creative writing. Compose and store your writing all in one place.

Calling all Ohio teen readers: VOTE!

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Now is the time to vote for your choice among the five nominees for Teen Buckeye Book Award! These are books chosen by other teens as their favorites of the year. Voting runs through Nov. 10. Go to http://www.bcbookaward.info/teens/vote.html to cast your vote, as often as you like! The titles are:

The Death of Jayson Porter, by Jaime Adoff

JUST ANOTHER HERO by Sharon Draper

HUNTED: WHITEOUT by Walter Sorrells

INK EXCHANGE (Wicked Lovely) by Melissa Marr

TEMPTED (House of Night Novels) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Time to Pick Up Photos!


Our photo contest is over, and the photos have been taken down. If you entered the contest, you may now come in and pick up your photos at the Information Desk on the first floor. Thank you again, everyone, for entering and making our contest such a success! We'll be holding another contest next summer!

Cool Books for Fall

Gosh, where did the summer get to? As you settle into a  new school year, try to take time out for some fun reading, too! Here are some recent books you might like:

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