Reading Corps is back in action!

June 8, 2015

Is it a bird?

A plane?

No, it’s Reading Corps!

reading corps summer 2015

reading corps summer 2015

We’re back with new reviews, so stay tuned for some awesome summer reading recommendations.

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Poetry Contest Winners

April 9, 2012

The winners of this year’s poetry contest have been announced! Head over to our Contest page to see who won. Thanks to everyone who entered, and we hope to read more of your fabulous poems next year!


The End (or is it?)

March 16, 2012

That’s it! The submission deadline has come and gone, and the Poetry Contest is closed! I hope everyone got their poems in on time. Now comes the hard part…waiting.

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Our Poetry Contest is Almost Over!

March 13, 2012

Only two days left to submit your poems!

Refill your coffee, break out your rough draft, and polish up those final versions: the end of the contest is almost here!

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Teen Poetry Contest: Judges and Prizes

March 5, 2012

Still working on your poems? If you haven’t finished polishing your entry for the Teen Poetry Contest, don’t worry! There’s still time! You can still review the guidelines and submit your entries here.

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

If you have finished, then you may be interested to know that your poem will soon be judged by a real-life YA author. That’s right, Melissa Walker will be one of the judges tasked with reading all the submissions and choosing a winner. If you’ve submitted your poem already, why not pick up one of Melissa’s books to read while you wait? You can place a hold on them through our online catalog. You can also learn more about Melissa at her website, or follow her on Twitter!

Haven’t even started your poem? Maybe you just need a little motivation. How about some fabulous prizes? The winner of our Teen Poetry Contest will receive a $50 gift card from Empire Eats Restaurants. Love great pasta? Authentic Lebanese? Smokey BBQ? Steaming coffee? Five great restaurants means five great choices!

So get writing! Find your inspiration (and find it quick) because you’ve only got until March 15 to enter. Good luck!


Enter our Teen Poetry Contest!

February 1, 2012

Our 7th annual Teen Poetry Contest is officially open for submissions!

Love to write? Love the library? Feeling inspired?

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How to Get Organized for School

September 14, 2011

Welcome back to school! While I’m definitely going to miss the summer, it’s time to get back to the (less relaxing) schedule of more work than play. To help keep track of your seemingly never-ending list of tasks, I’ve come up with a few tips that have worked really well for me.

1)   Use a planner! 

A planner can be your best friend during the year if you really stick with it. I recommend finding one that shows you a full monthly calendar so you can schedule long-term projects and that has daily planning pages. My personal favorite is the Franklin Covey planner,

which lets you change the pages each month (to keep the planner really light) and each year (so you don’t have to keep repurchasing entirely new planners). I think it is absolutely amazing since you can personalize the pages, choose whether you want weekly planning pages, monthly planning pages, and/or daily planning pages, and use the same planner every year. The planners also have places for any stray papers, your credit cards, and pens! Read the rest of this entry »


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