Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Winners of 2015 Summer Teen Video Challenge

The Summer Reading theme for 2015 is "Unmask!" - coordinating with the overall "Every Hero Has a Story" theme of superheroes, both in fiction and in real life.
The Collaborative Summer Library Program holds a video challenge every year for teens to make a video to go along with the theme. Here is a link to the winners:

Teen Video Challenge

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ALA Media Awards Announced

 Here are the winners that may be of interest to teens - if there's something you'd like to read that we don't own, let me know! (The Newbery winners are all great!)

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA)  announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.
A list of all the 2015 award winners follows:
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
“The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander, is the 2015 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Two Newbery Honor Books also were named:
“El Deafo” by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.
“Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
“Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
Three King Author Honor Books were selected:
Kwame Alexander for “The Crossover,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing.
Marilyn Nelson for “How I Discovered Poetry,” illustrated by Hadley Hooper and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Books (USA) LLC.
Kekla Magoon for “How It Went Down,” published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC. 


Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“I’ll Give You the Sun,” written by Jandy Nelson, is the 2015 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, a Penguin Random House Company.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named:
“And We Stay,” by Jenny Hubbard, and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., a Penguin Random House Company.
“The Carnival at Bray,” by Jessie Ann Foley, and published by Elephant Rock Books.
“Grasshopper Jungle,” by Andrew Smith, and published by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, a Penguin Random House Company.
“This One Summer,” by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, and published by First Second.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
“A BOY AND A JAGUAR” written by Alan Rabinowitz, illustrated by Catia Chien and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.
“RAIN REIGN” written by Ann M. Martin and published by A FEIWEL AND FRIENDS BOOK, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13).
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Girls Like Us,” written by Gail Giles and published by Candlewick Press.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“Bellweather Rhapsody,” by Kate Racculia, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
“Bingo’s Run,” by James A. Levine, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
“Confessions,” by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
“Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng, published by The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
“Lock In,” by John Scalzi, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
“The Martian,”  by Andy Weir, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
“The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice,” by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles, published by TED Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“Those Who Wish Me Dead,” by Michael Koryta, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
“Wolf in White Van,” by John Darnielle, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
The 2015 winner is Sharon M. Draper, author of more than 20 books, including: “Tears of a Tiger” (1994), “Forged by Fire” (1997), “Darkness Before Dawn” (2001), “Battle of Jericho” (2004), “Copper Sun” (2006), and “November Blues” (2007), all published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” written by Jen Bryant, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Five Sibert Honor Books were named:
“Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
“The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia,” written by Candace Fleming, and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
“Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker,” written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by Chronicle Books LLC.
“Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands,” written and illustrated by Katherine Roy, and published by David Macaulay Studio, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.
“Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
“This Day in June,” written by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten and published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association, is the winner of the 2015 Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award.
Three Honor Books were selected:
“Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out,” by Susan Kuklin, photographed by Susan Kuklin and published by Candlewick Press.
“I’ll give you the sun,” written by Jandy Nelson, published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
“Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress,” written by Christine Baldacchino, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant, published by Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
“Gabi, a Girl in Pieces,” written by Isabel Quintero, is the 2015 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Cinco Puntos Press.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
“The Carnival at Bray” written by Jessie Ann Foley and published by Elephant Rock Books.
“The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim” written by E.K. Johnston and published by Carolrhoda Lab™, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group.
“The Scar Boys” written by Len Vlahos and published by Egmont Publishing.
“The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” written by Leslye Walton and published by Candlewick Press.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek,” written by Maya Van Wagenen, is the 2015 Excellence winner. The book is published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Four other books were finalists for the award:
“Laughing at My Nightmare” written by Shane Burcaw, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group.
“The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia” written by Candace Fleming, and published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.
“Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won!” written by Emily Arnold McCully, and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.
“The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights” written by Steve Sheinkin, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A $500 Prize, wow!

I'm so excited to tell you about how one of our great Teen patrons won $500 for the Library! Read on...
In honor of YALSA’s Teen Read Week™, held every October, author Donna Labermeier sponsored a contest for 6th – 12th graders to win money for themselves and their Library. Marlborough resident Sophie Caplan, age 13, entered the contest and won third prize in her category! The contest had something for every talent and interest – whether you liked acting, writing, public speaking, art, film‐making, music and more. Sophie made a book trailer based on the author’s first book, The Healers. Here is a link to her video on YouTube: 
YouTube Book Trailer

In addition to winning $500 for herself, Sophie won $500 for the Richmond Library. The Library also received the second book in the author’s Healers Trilogy. The money will be put toward Teen materials and/or programs. Thanks to Sophie for being so creative and for thinking of us! 

More on the Healers book:
"They live in separate countries and don't know each other, but three teenage heroes share an astounding destiny: they were born to heal the world...They are “The Healers”.
With the guidance of an old master named Agostino, the three teenagers embark on separate missions around the globe to vanquish the planet's darkest forces. Koemi saves people from self‐destruction. Harata thwarts would‐be terrorists. Eleanor helps others grow their natural psychic abilities. Individually, The Healers are powerful agents of good. Working together as a group, who knows what unimaginable energy might be unleashed?!
The question is, what drives the villainous Venceslao, who is on a mission to capture the three Healers and others like them, then harness their talents for his own malevolent purposes? It will be up to The Healers to find a way to stop this deadly adversary in time to save all of humankind from utter annihilation."

From the author:
In Donna's own words, she says, "I sincerely hope that my readers will come away from these books with the realization that they have more power than they ever dreamed possible.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's a Wrap!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Teen Summer Reading Program! We had our largest number of registrants ever!
Special thanks to those of you who played some of our 'games'!

Here is a list of the WINNERS from the weekly drawings, as well as names of participants who earned the most 'raffle entries' and who didn't win a weekly prize - you can stop in and choose a runner-up prize or book from our Teen cart!

Weekly Winners
Week #1: Kylie D. (Starbucks gift card)
Week #2: Kara G. (3 Fellas Pizza gift cert.)
Week #3: Kaitlin N. (Jessica's Garden gift cert.)
Week #4: Adam W. (Colchester Cinemas gift cert.)
Week #5: Erin M. (Barnes & Noble gift card)

Grand Prize Winner: Anya V. (Amazon gift card)

Runner-Up Winners (book or prize from Teen Cart)
Khalia C.
Ryan D.
Natalie D.
Dante M.
Mary Grace O.
Maeve O.
Alexis P.
Reagan F.
Caitlyn L.
Isaiah V.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Games Update & Doodle Program

This is the last call for anyone interested in the Doodle Art program on Monday - if we don't get enough teens to sign up, we will have to cancel the program!!! So please call by Saturday!

Scientific Scavenger Hunt - 2 chances still available for our last clue post. Here it is:
Scientific Scavenger Hunt #3: 
Marlborough is home to a rather large, 83-acre oligotrophic mass with
low nutrient concentrations and low plant growth.
Go find it and take a selfie with it! Then stop in RML for a prize book and extra raffle entries.

POISONOUS THINGS THAT KILL YOU - FINAL WEEK
Clue for Week #5:
With 'Science' being the theme of the Summer, staff members Nancy M., Sandy, Aubrey and Christine were in charge of planning a great science program for the Library kids. They got together one night after hours here at RML to plan and make sure their experiments would work. After closing themselves in the storytime room to prevent any weird smells from getting into the rest of the Library, they started experimenting. After testing out their 'Fizz, Boom, Pop' reactions, they realized how late the time was. They quickly threw the chemicals and mixtures into the sink for cleanup, forgetting that you should never mix sodium hypochlorite and acetic acid together. Ever. Or your Fizz and Boom could cause your lungs to go 'Pop'!
What 2 common household products did they accidentally mix?

This is the last 'Posionous Things' clue - bring in your orange sheet with all 5 correct answers to earn 5 extra raffle entires in our weekly drawings!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Doodle Art & Games Update!

You asked for it so here it is! Staff member Heidi (the doodle art queen) is back with a Doodle Art program just for teens! She'll introduce you to doodling in magazines, and finding 'new' poetry in old books! 
Monday, July 28 at 1pm. Registration required, ages 12 & up.




Games Update:
Scientific Scavenger Hunt #3: 
Marlborough is home to a rather large, 83-acre oligotrophic mass with
low nutrient concentrations and low plant growth.
Go find it and take a selfie with it! Then stop in RML for a prize book and extra raffle entries.


POISONOUS THINGS THAT KILL YOU

Clue for Week #4:
Director Nancy Wood is a cyclist. Having recently organized RML's 90th Anniversary Bike Ride, she was looking for a relaxing ride through the wooded areas surrounding her home. Having recently been reading (she IS the Library Director ya know) a field guide to mushrooms, she decided to take a roadside water break and go in search of some to add to her dinner. She spent more time than she wanted to wandering around, and realized it was getting late and her doggies at home would be very hungry.
Just then, she spotted the white caps of what she thought was Agaricus campestris, commonly known in North America as the meadow mushroom. It is a widely eaten gilled mushroom closely related to the cultivated button mushroom known as Agaricus bisporus
But in her haste to get home, she grabbed another variety of mushroom that is not one you would want in your dinner. She actually cooked up Amanita bisporigera, of one of the most deadly poisonous mushrooms known to mycologists.
It's amatoxins cause gastrointestinal distress (diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain) after five to twelve hours. However, symptoms usually remit after that, and one might assume that the worst has passed without going to the hospital. By the time the symptoms get worse again, after a day or two, it's usually too late for the victim.
Luckily for Nancy, her doggies knew something was wrong when they smelled dinner cooking. Lizzie was just glad she wouldn't have to eat it, but Ruggles was smart enough to know to call 911, as Nancy had taught him.
What is Amanita bisporigera also known as?




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teen Program This Thursday!

This Thursday at 5pm we have a fun program for Teens ~ Kitchen Science! Join Ms Patty as she takes over the Senior Center kitchen to experiment with food and science! (She may even blow something up.)

Call us at 295-6210 to register, or go to our website at richmondlibrary.info and find the pink 'register now' button. Ages 12 & up.