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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War of the Books

February 21, 2012

Valerie - 2nd row, black jacket, reddish hair / Renee - 2nd row on Valerie's left, pale dress, demonically glowering eyes / Myself - first row, red dress

I am a proud vocal member of the Eva Perry Library’s Mock Printz book club. We read the YA books published each year, and inform the world which one the official committee should award that year’s Printz Medal to. You have never seen such cheerful militancy.

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2011 Student Poetry Contest: Winners

April 13, 2011

The winners for Wake County Public Libraries 2011 Student Poetry Contest have been announced!  Click the Pirate Kraken above to find out who won!

Who Won?

April 15, 2010

You’ve been dying to find out who won our 2010 Teen Poetry Contest, right?  Well, the wait is over.  For a list of winners, please visit the WCPL Teens’ website.  Once we have gained permission from our winners, the winning poems will be found on the website as well.

If you would like to hear the poems read aloud by their authors, consider joining us on Sunday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. for our awards ceremony and reception.  The event will take place at the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh.  No signup is required for the event!

Finally, a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who entered our contest this year.  We had over 500 entries from students in more than 60 Wake County public, private and home schools.  Keep writing, and consider entering again next year, okay?!

~Katy @ Cameron Village Regional Library

Fantasy Road Trip Contest

May 28, 2009

Listening Library is sponsoring the Fantasy Road Trip Contest! Create videos based on an imaginary road trip with characters from one of three great fantasy series by Libba Bray, Tamora Pierce, and Rick Riordan! (Note: this is not a Wake County sponsored contest)

#1. Have fun and be creative!

The more you use your imagination, the better—songs, animation, sock puppets, whatever inspires you!

#2. Take on the challenge.

For your video to be eligible, you must find a way to include these things:

  • a reference to Florida
  • a reference to audiobooks
  • a clip of dialogue from the audio you’ve chosen (we’ve made these clips for you, you can download them below to use in your video)

Try to stump us—find an inventive way to use these elements in your entries (it doesn’t have to be a literal translation). The contest video has them too, did you find them?

#3. Post your entry on YouTube.

The contest will open for entries on June 1st. Please check back here for details on how to post your video so that it will be considered. Videos submitted incorrectly or before 6/1/2009 will not be considered.

#4. The fine print…

Ok, everyone, here’s the 411: to enter you must be between the ages of 13-18 and a legal resident of the United States. The contest will open for entries June 1-August 17, 2009.. Winners will be selected and notified by August 31, 2009 by YouTube message. One winner will be chosen for each author category (the participating authors will choose the winning video for their category) and will receive: 1 8GB iPod touch and a collection of audiobooks signed by the author. Videos less than 30 seconds or greater than 5 minutes in length or containing profanity or inappropriate content will be disqualified.

WINNERS: Authors will judge the videos, each picking a winner (for a total of three), who will receive an 8GB iPod Touch and a collection of signed audiobooks.

DATES: The contest will be open from June 1-August 17

Got Published!

May 12, 2009


Two teens from Zebulon got published in Teen Ink! Check out a copy at your library. If you can’t find it, ask a librarian or visit the website!

You can comment on articles and also vote for your favorites. See what Teen Ink RAW is all about too. 

They need your submissions too!

Everyone can submit art, essays, reviews of tv shows, movies, music and books, poetry, college reviews! Include your name, birth year, address, phone #, school name, email and English teacher’s name. If it’s art – write the info on the back.  Pretty cool! Wouldn’t that look great when you apply to college? You can submit it online at or by emailing

Winners of the Poetry Contest

April 10, 2009

The winners of the Wake County teen poetry contest have been announced.  There were 227 entries this year, so the competition was tight.  Congratulations to all the winners and all of the brave teens who were willing to put their writing out to be evaluated.  We are very proud of you.  The winners and runners up will be invited to read their poems at a poetry reading at the Cameron Village Library on Sunday, April 26th at 2 pm.  We invite everyone to join us.


“The Championship Game” by Kaitlyn Jewkes – Salem Middle – 6th Grade
“Airport Delay” by Maddie Hren – Ligon Middle – 7th Grade
“Society’s Gate” by Emily Driver – Homeschooled – 8th Grade
“Crank” by Crews LaGrand – Panther Creek High – 9th Grade
“If Personals Were Poems” by Karina McCorkle – Enloe High – 10th Grade
“The Archer” by Michael Seebold – Keystone National High School – 11th Grade
“Just Push Play” by Chase Batchelor – Leesville Road High – 12th Grade

Honorable Mentions:

“The Real Hero” by Mackenzie Thorley – West Cary Middle – 6th Grade
“Rezak” by Hayley McHugh – Heritage Middle – 7th Grade
“The Moon” by Bridget Irish – ICDRC  – 9th Grade
“The Concert Hall” by Joanna Jourdan – Fuquay-Varina High – 10th Grade
“Enveloping Universes” by Justin Adams – Leesville Road High – 11th Grade
“Unconventional Sestina” by Sarah Brady – Holly Springs High – 12th Grade

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