October 26, 2012
This time of year is perfect for fantasy lovers! With Halloween around the corner, readers can easily transform into their favorite book character. For Harry Potter fans, it can be a tie, black gown and thick glasses. For Hunger Games followers, a bow and arrow in simple clothes may do (unless you can figure out a safe way to ignite a dress!). What about a little white powder and black eyeliner for a fashionable zombie? Maybe SewLolita’s Coraline doll (based on Neil Gaiman’s novel by the same name) will serve as inspiration. What other creative things could you do to turn a book character into a Halloween costume?
October 12, 2012
Fall has begun with chilly nights and autumn leaves and of course, the North Carolina State Fair! One of my favorite books about fairs (beside Charlotte’s Web) is Squashed by Joan Bauer. A witty story set in rural Iowa, 16 year old Ellie has big plans: to grow the biggest pumpkin in the state (and lose 20 pounds). It’s part love story, part comedy with all sorts of fun characters mixed it. Pick it up for a relaxing read this fall.
And if you go to the fair, just be sure to check out who grew the largest pumpkin at this year’s fair!
June 23, 2011
*This blog post got Greta tickets in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*
Emma by Jane Austen
Although perhaps not Jane Austen’s most well-known book (Pride and Prejudice claims that spot), it was definitely one of her best. If you think of Jane Austen as being boring and old-fashioned, think again. Her books (including this one) are actually quite funny, once you get into them. It was interesting to get to know each of the colorful characters, and the story (which has a lot of twists and turns, romance, mystery and intrigue, etc.) has a good message, too. I highly recommend Emma as an exciting look into another time. (Sometimes the plot to these things can be a little tricky; try watching the 1995 movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow to help you sort things out.)
June 20, 2011
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld is one of the Teens’ Top Ten nominations for 2011.
Reviewed by Cheenu T.
This book is a sequel in a trilogy and the first book is called Leviathan. For those who haven’t read the first book, the setting is a futuristic replication of WWI. The archduke of Ferdinand is assassinated, sparking a war between Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, and Great Britain. The factions (the Allies and the Axis powers) have different war weapons. The Allies (Great Britain, France, Russia, etc.) use genetically modified animals to the point of making whales into flying airships. The Axis powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, etc.) use steam-powered machines that vary in size, from small four-legged scout vehicles to enormous eight-legged fortresses. Read the rest of this entry »
December 18, 2010
Winning $100 for a hundred word essay sounds pretty awesome to me! Respond to the question: “How does technology make the world a better place?” Check out the contest and rules on www.tweentribune.com
July 7, 2010
Here is another winning entry from the East Regional Library’s Iron Chef Challenge event. Try this amazing recipe for a special summer dessert. It’s sure to impress!
Best Presentation: Coconut Custard with Toasted Pineapple
Prepared by Catherine C., 17
Ingredients: 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil; 6 tbs sweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 c for garnish, lightly toasted; 2 c heavy cream; 1/2 c milk; 1/2 c canned cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez); 6 tbs sugar; 1/2 vanilla bean, split in 1/2 lengthwise; 3 egg yolks; 2 eggs; 1/2 tsp vanilla extract; 2 tsp confectioners’ sugar
Directions: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using your fingers, very lightly grease 6 (4-ounce) custard cups or ramekins with vegetable oil. Place 1 tbs of the toasted coconut in each ramekin. Place the ramekins inside a roasting pan and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of the cream, the milk, cream of coconut, sugar, and vanilla bean halves and their seeds. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Read the rest of this entry »
July 2, 2010
Teens cooled off this week at the East Regional Library with delicious treats created for this summer’s Iron Chef Challenge. Over ten teens made a dish or drink using pineapple, the secret ingredient! Three awards and prizes were given for the Best Tasting, Most Creative and Best Presentation. All teens in attendance earned tickets for the Teen Summer Reading Contest!
Best Tasting: Tropical Slushy
Created by Daniel M. , 16
1 cup Sunny D, 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1 can mandarin oranges, 1 Hawaiian Punch Sugar Free Lemon Berry Squeeze Singles, Splenda, and ice.
Prepare: Pour ingredients into a blender. Add Splenda, Sunny D and ice to adjust to your taste and desired consistency. Serve immediately!
What kind of things have you been cooking up this summer to stay cool?
May 19, 2010
If you’ve read the book Peak by Roland Smith, you know about the boy whose dad wanted him to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest (the highest mountain in all seven continents). It looks like that story has come to life.
According to the New York Times, Jordan Romero is attempting that mission! He left base camp with his father on Saturday. Read The New York Times article about this amazing story and let us know what you think about it!
Would you want to attempt it? What would your parents say? What would life be after? What challenges do you think he will face?
May 18, 2010
Little Pretty Liars, the popular series by Sara Shepard, is premiering on TV on June 8 on ABC Family. I enjoyed reading the first book. One friend mysteriously disappears and is assumed to have died. When her friends start get messages (very specific messages) from her, everything gets shaken up. It’s a fun book – especially good for the beach this summer! I am wondering how the series will look on TV!
What are your ideas? Would it be like Desperate Housewives, where the dead character narrates the story? Have you seen the trailers and TV promos?
March 11, 2010
One eligible teen from each branch won a $15 iTunes gift card! One teen won a fantastic new pair of Skullcandy headphones! Congratulations to…
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February 18, 2010
Have you filled out the most recent customer service survey? If not, do it now! Let your voice be heard. It’s for anyone age 12 or older. It will be accessible until Feb. 28!
November 19, 2009
This sounds awesome!
Okay, so if you are an Alex Rider fan and love dreaming up all sorts of cool gadgets, here is your chance to shine. Note: James Bond’s Q better watch out!
How to Enter
To enter in the Alex Rider Dream Gadget Contest, click on the “Enter Here” link below. The contest is open to entrants ages 8-18. If you are under 14 years old, you will need to provide your parent/guardian’s email address so they can provide consent for you to enter the contest. The entry form will ask for a description of your dream gadget, as well as a Flickr URL that links to a schematic (diagram, drawing, photo, etc). As well as filling out the form, we ask you to post any schematic images to the Alex Rider Flickr Group
What are you waiting for, Enter Here!
Grand Prize (one winner):
- A signed collection of hardcover Alex Rider novels
- iPod nano with a personalized message from author Anthony Horowitz
- A backpack full of goodies and gadgets from the Maker Shed
- The opportunity to have the winner’s dream gadget produced in MAKE Labs and featured on Make: Online
Runner-Up Prize (two winners):
- A signed hardcover copy of Crocodile Tears
- An Alex Rider t-shirt
October 22, 2009
Did you ever see the movie The Breakfast Club? Alt Ed is a lot like the movie, but even better! Alt Ed is actually the last chance counseling class before getting kicked out of school. The six students who are forced to attend the class represent all of the cliques in school. The issues of social status, homophobia, ugly rumors, sexism, and intolerance create incredible tension. You will definitely be able to identify some people you know in this story. If you like realistic fiction and want something that takes place in a high school, this might be the book for you!
October 20, 2009
After the recent mishaps of the boy in the silver balloon, you might want to give Peak a chance. Climbing tall buildings probably isn’t a good idea as 14 year old Peak quickly finds out. To keep him out of trouble, Peak ventures to Mount Everest with plans to be the youngest person to climb the top of the world.