Inventors essay contest: win a laptop!

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Imagine your world in 2059. (I personally want to see flying cars.) Inventors Digest, the longest-running international magazine for independent inventors, is celebrating National Inventors Month in August (and Sept) with the “2059 Essay Contest.” It’s open to all U.S. middle and high school students ages 12 to 17. Essays need to say in 500 words or less what technology, tool, product or service will shape our lives in 50 years and why. Official rules and entry forms are here.

Battle of the Bands Finals

Our Battle of the Bands was a lot of fun, with great music by five bands from Stow, Hudson, and Twinsburg. You can see video of some of the bands here, and photos of the bands in action on our Teen Photos page. Congratulations to the winners, from Hudson, Karta Stella! they won five hours of free studio recording time from Harvest Recording in Streetsboro. Check them out (and our other bands) on their Myspace pages too.

Battle of the Bands Concert Videos

We have videos of a song each from the seven bands who competed in our Qualifying Concert for the upcoming Battle of the Bands: look at them on SMFPLTeenspace on YouTube. (Sorry they're a little shaky, I'm still learning how to use the camcorder :-) The Mix and Chil will be playing in Hudson this Saturday, come cheer them on!

Photo Contest results posted

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Our first ever Teen Photo Contest is over and we've got wonderful entries. One hundred and twelve of them, to be exact! See all of the photos on display in the library's magazine lounge thru Aug. 31. You can also see scans of the winning photos below. Congratulations to all our winners (there were $15, $20 and $25 cash prizes for 1st-3rd place) and thanks for entering! We'll definitely do this again next year.

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Download Scott Westerfeld's book UGLIES for free!

Scott Westerfeld has a new book coming this fall, Leviathan, and as a promotion for that, his publisher is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of the first book of the Uglies series! For a limited time, til Sept. 5, go to this website to download it to your computer.

Rock Star School really rocked!

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Once again we had an awesome Rock Star School concert, on July 31. Five newly formed bands played their first concert here, after rehearsing all summer at Sound Board Music. The bands were: NoMed, Violent Revulsion, StoneRock, The Mix, and Revolution Nine. See photos of the jammin' action at our Flickr Photo Gallery.

Missed it by THAT much!

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This year's Battle of the Books is over, and Stow-Munroe Falls' team made a heroic effort to beat Twinsburg on the very last, tie-breaking question--but alas, it was not to be. The final result: Twinsburg 420, Stow 410, Cuyahoga Falls 255. The game was very close all along, with Stow leading for most of the game, until the final minutes when Twinsburg caught up, tied the game, and managed to buzz in fastest on that crucial final question.

Book Video Contest winner announced!

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Keith Foster is the winner of our first ever Teen Book Video Contest--he's won a brand new Flip camcorder! Congratulations, Keith! Keith chose to make a video about the Chekhov play, The Seagull. His winning video can be viewed here.

Tie-Dying T-shirts

Want to spruce up your old white tshirts? tie-dye them! These teens came to our tie-dye program and squirted their way to cooler-looking clothes. Check out the "before" photos in the Teen Photos page. We'll post photos of their finished shirts later.

Creative Way to Use Audiocassettes

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Our recent Recycled Crafts program showed teens how to make a wallet out of an old audiocassette tape. With some felt, a zipper, and hot glue, we gave life to an old medium. Here are directions to do it yourself.Decorate them with stickers and markers.