Teen Read Week is next week!

Posted by kacates on October 14, 2011


Did you know that the American Library Association dedicates a whole week just to teens and their reading? Well, they do, and this year Teen Read Week will be held from October 16-22. We’ve got a few things up our sleeves to celebrate here at NPL.

First, make sure to keep an eye on this blog for a new post every day during the week. I’ll be highlighting all kinds of great reads for teens, as well as opportunities for teens to hang out and get involved at the Normal Public Library.

Second, we’re having a “Guess the Title” competition, for a chance to win some more great prizes. If you find yourself in the NPL teen section next week, look around for the posted pictures of popular teen books published in the last few years. We’ve removed the author’s name and the title. If you think you can guess what the books are, stop by the front desk to pick up an entry form to fill out. At the end of the week, we’ll do a drawing from the correct answers to pick our prize winners!

Of course, in addition to our Teen Read Week contest, we’ve always got lots of great books and reading suggestions for teens, both here at the library and on our website. Just stop in and ask for me (I’m Kristi, your friendly teen librarian) or pick up a booklet full of reading suggestions from the teen area. Or, if you’d rather check things out online, go here for all the great reading ideas you could possibly want. Happy reading!

Get your write on in November

Posted by kacates on November 3, 2010

I know we have a lot of teen writers out there, and November is full of great opportunities for you guys.  First off, is anyone else out there doing NaNoWriMo?  For those who have never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is a huge writing challenge that happens every November.  You can sign up for free online, and from November 1 through 30 you write like crazy until you've got at least 50,000 pages of a novel.  Quality goes out the window – the goal here is quantity and speed.  It's a great kick in the pants for those out there who, like me, keep saying they're going to write more but never get around to it.  And even though we're already a few days into November, it's not too late to sign up!

(P.S. – If you think this sounds like fun but aren't too sure about a 50,000-word goal when there are other important things like, you know, school to worry about, you can sign up for the Young Writers Program, which allows you to set a goal that works for you)

Another fun option for teen writers is the Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest 2010.  If you're over the age of 13 and have at least 250 words of an original young adult novel written, you can send them in for a chance at getting your entire novel read and critiqued by a literary agent, plus a free 10-week writing course.  Other winners might get free commentary on their submissions by editors at some of the biggest YA publishers, or a free copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults, by Regina Brooks.

And finally, even if you're not quite ready to try your hand at NaNoWriMo or a writing contest yet, don't forget there's always our Teen Writers' Workshop here at NPL!  Our next meeting is this coming Monday, November 8, from 4 to 5.  Bring whatever you're working on and come ready to do some fun exercises with fellow writers.

Awesome YA author contest

Posted by kacates on July 9, 2010

The YA author Cindy Pon, who wrote the wonderful fantasy Silver Phoenix (pictured above), set in ancient China and featuring the kick-butt heroine Ai Ling, is offering a great contest on her blog.  She's giving away a collection of YA fiction featuring protagonists of color.   All you have to do for a chance to win is spread the word – post the contest info on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc., and then link back to your post on Cindy's blog before Wednesday, July 14.  I'm entering for the library.  We have most of the books in our collection already, but we can always use multiple copies, or perhaps I'll consider doing a giveaway of my own if we win.

Here are the books she's giving away: