Summer Reading Game Leader Board

Casper 2830
skettybug 2490
poptart 2140
renadheartalilimy 1870
Castiel 1640
Katniss 1410
Sandar 1330
M.V. 1070
Façade 1050
S.H. 880
R.S 880
Ash Arizona 860
Ayden 790
Anonymous 4 730
Cody 720
onein1,000,000 660
Anonymous 2 500
K.W. 470
Kiil 440
Anonymous 1 420
Kara 390
D.K 240
N.P. 160
Anonymous 3 110

I used initials for people who didn’t create a game name.  People who didn’t fill out the front of their scorecards became anonymous.  

 

NaNoWriMo Teen Corkboard Shared Novel

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Okay… Here goes… The teen novel crafted by many hands over the month of November.

 

The HOOONK of a car horn launched me out of my seat.  Okay, okay, I thought, regaining my composure as I stepped on the gas.  So what had I been daydreaming about?  I had a lot going on.  School, friends, stuff happens.  But since I’m on my way to the hospital, I thought, compose yourself.  Ed wouldn’t benefit from seeing me like this.  I pictured his ginger hair, his blue eyes, his freckles.  Just last week, everything was fine.  We were spending as much time as possible together.  Now there he was laying in the hospital bed.  I felt helpless, not being able to do anything.  I walked over to his bedside table and took a live petal from the plant.  his mother had probably already been by.

 

I’m an orphan.  I had an orphan buddy, but we was really my brother.  I want him to change for he has been the same for 9 years.  Anyway, brothers are fleas or leeches.  Although sometimes, it can be very rewarding to…

 

Why do we run from the truth?  Maybe because once we accept it, you can never unaccept it.  Maybe that’s why life is so hard.  Because all we do is run from the truth.  

 

I went to Sherman Holmes Elementary School in Washington.  Most people called me a freak.  I didn’t say much to stop the incessant bullying treatment I was given.  I just bent my head and took the blows inflicted upon me.  Of course I didn’t say anything.  No one says anything.  No one wants to help you. It’s almost like the world is a secret.  But let’s not get into that depressing stuff…

Duct!

DUCT poster

 

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s all sorts of cool stuff you can make out of duct tape!  And we’ll be making some of them!  Here are some of the cool ideas we’ve seen online that we could make on Monday:

These could easily be made into earrings

These could easily be made into earrings

A Re-usable coffee sleeve

A Re-usable coffee sleeve

Cookie Monster re-usable lunch bag

A Cookie Monster re-usable lunch bag

Pockets that can double as phone-holders

Pockets that can double as phone-holders

Seriously, the possibilities are endless.
Plus we have this giant box of tape for you to use:

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We’ll also have velcro and earring hooks around to help make your crafts as complex as you’d like.
So join us, won’t you?

 

 

 

 

Game Over

Well, our Summer Reading Game has officially come to an end.

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We’ve had a good game!  And we picked our winners for our two grand prizes yesterday:

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Ooh, exciting!
(So exciting our camera couldn’t stay focused!)

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Pulling Game names for the Bloggie

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Our winners! Sunny Sea got the Nexus and Madame Red got the Bloggie!

It’s been fun gaming with you and hopefully next year we’ll have more prizes, more players, and more fun competitions.

Our prize store will be open next week on Monday and Tuesday, so if you’ve got points that you either still need to redeem or still need to be given to you stop by and we’ll get your squared away.

For those of you who might be curious, here’s how our final scoreboard looked:

Game Name Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Doug Style 320 820 1140
xxxTechiexxx 2890 20 2910
Gnoxious 0 20 20
MLaursen 1810 1050 2860
KendallVZ 1785 395 2180
*DLVZ* 1975 20 1995
K_Ortiz(: 0 20 20
SuperSenior 0 20 20
Sunny Sea 1310 850 2160
Flaca 0 20 20
L4Ortiz 0 20 20
MACOML 0 20 20
Terminator 410 20 430
MIIL 0 520 520
Sunny Side 0 20 20
Feskamy 0 20 20
Rexycj 0 20 20
Candy143 0 20 20
AGEgotswag 0 20 20
Keviannelle 0 20 20
gohawks! 710 570 1280
Daisy Rue 700 0 700
TheEndofTime 0 20 20
*duplicategamename 0 20 20
AKBallin’ 0 20 20
TrickseyHobbites 0 20 20
Taggy55 0 20 20
Scole 0 20 20
KoolBri 0 20 20
MaizeyMae 0 20 20
Madame Red 3610 20 3630
* 0 20 20
McLemore 0 0 0

♪ This is the end… ♪

Well, today is our giant Hunger Games Water fight in Maiben park, and it’s our official wrap-up to the Summer Reading Game.  

And what an epic wrap-up it should be!  

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After a giant battle of squirt guns and water balloons only one tribute will be left standing and we’ll be giving the full set of Hunger Games novels and a gift certificate to the AMC theaters to our victor.  Everyone who comes will have a great time, and all attendees get an extra 100 points to spend in our Summer Game Store PLUS an entry into the drawing for our grand prizes: A Nexus 7 tablet and a Sony Bloggie videocamera!

Now, onward to the leaderboard!  We had a lot more people turn in game passes this week, and we’ll be accepting them until next Monday night.  After the points are totaled up we’ll draw out of a hat on Tuesday and contact our winners right afterward!  

Game Name

Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Doug Style 320 620 940
xxxTechiexxx 2890 20 2910
Gnoxious 0 20 20
MLaursen 1810 1050 2860
KendallVZ 1785 395 2180
*DLVZ* 1975 20 1995
K_Ortiz(: 0 20 20
SuperSenior 0 20 20
Sunny Sea 1310 750 2060
Flaca 0 20 20
L4Ortiz 0 20 20
MACOML 0 20 20
Terminator 410 20 430
MIIL 0 520 520
Sunny Side 0 20 20
Feskamy 0 20 20
Rexycj 0 20 20
Candy143 0 20 20
AGEgotswag 0 20 20
Keviannelle 0 20 20
gohawks! 710 570 1280
Daisy Rue 700 0 700
TheEndofTime 0 20 20
*duplicategamename 0 20 20
AKBallin’ 0 20 20
TrickseyHobbites 0 20 20
Taggy55 0 20 20
Scole 0 20 20
KoolBri 0 20 20
MaizeyMae 0 20 20
Madame Red 3610 20 3630
* 0 20 20
McLemore 0 0

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Leaderboard!

Here are the updated point totals for our Summer Reading Game!

Game Name Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Doug Style 120 520 640
xxxTechiexxx 1650 20 1670
Gnoxious 0 20 20
MLaursen 1810 1050 2860
KendallVZ 1785 220 2005
*DLVZ* 1765 20 1785
K_Ortiz(: 0 20 20
SuperSenior 0 20 20
Sunny Sea 1310 750 2060
Flaca 0 20 20
L4Ortiz 0 20 20
MACOML 0 20 20
Terminator 410 20 430
MIIL 0 520 520
Sunny Side 0 20 20
Feskamy 0 20 20
Rexycj 0 20 20
Candy143 0 20 20
AGEgotswag 0 20 20
Keviannelle 0 20 20
TheEndofTime 0 20 20
*duplicategamename 0 20 20
AKBallin’ 0 20 20
TrickseyHobbites 0 20 20
Taggy55 0 20 20
Scole 0 20 20
KoolBri 0 20 20
MaizeyMae 0 20 20
Madame Red 2570 20 2590
* 0 20 20
McLemore 0 0 0

 

You can also earn an extra 50 points if you fill out our quick 4-question survey about the Teen library space here:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YXTKJ3G

Do Octopuses Live in Trees?

One of the activities you could earn points for completing in this week’s Summer Reading Game was to look up the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus online and tell us what you think of this creature and how you can help save it.

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Chances are if you plugged “Pacific Northwest tree octopus” into Google (or maybe Bing or Yahoo if you’re a rebel) you probably saw a website which gave a rather detailed description of this creature and had all sorts of information available about it there.

But, if you were to look at the bottom of the homepage you would find that the site was authored by one man and had the following disclaimer at the bottom of the page:

“This site is not associated with any school or educational organization,
other than the Kelvinic University branch of the Wild Haggis Conservation Society.”  

Hmm… that sounds a bit odd.  Especially if you know that haggis is a traditional Scottish food made from sheep entrails that are chopped up with spices and oatmeal and are usually served after being boiled inside a sheep’s stomach.  So conserving “wild haggis” is clearly not something that’s actually possible.

Another clue that this website might not be valid?  All the links on the site return you to a different part of the same http://zapatopi.net/ domain.  Legitimate websites for wildlife conservation will have a multitude of links containing different kinds of information, they will tell you specifically about their organization and what they accomplish with their research or funding, and you can cross-reference their website with other reputable sites and find the same information.

But perhaps the biggest clue that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is not a real animal should be the second or third search result that is returned, which is the Wikipedia entry for the creature.  The first line of the entry – which you see a preview of in the search result list – states, “The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is an Internet hoax created in 1998 by Lyle Zapato.”  Ah-ha!  Now that makes sense.

So what can we learn from this?

 #1-People on the internet lie.  Think critically about what you read online and don’t trust websites just because they “sound right.”

Be sure to think about things critically

Be sure to think about things critically

#2 – Skim at least the first page of your search results and see if the sources you’re looking at seem to agree with other reputable websites.  (Sure, Wikipedia isn’t always 100% accurate, but it’s actually fact-checked quite frequently and the citations at the end of each article can usually help you find further information on a subject.)

#3- Look at the website domain: does it end in .net or .com?  Be sure to cross-check that information elsewhere before you decide it’s right.  If the website is a .gov or .org site it’s less likely that it will be a hoax, but it’s not completely impossible.  In the words of Maynard James Keenan, “Think for yourself, question authority.”  Always question whether or not the person or entity online that claims to be an authority is actually legit.

Moustacheables Display

Our teen area just got an awesome new display put up, and we need your help to make it even better.Image

 

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You get the idea.  Come decorate!
Also, if there is a particular book cover you think needs to be moustached, let us know and we’ll add it to the wall for you!

Following the Leaders…

Here are the updated point totals for this week!

Game Name Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Doug Style 120 520 640
xxxTechiexxx 1650 20 1670
Gnoxious 0 20 20
MLaursen 1810 1050 2860
KendallVZ 1285 220 1505
*DNZ* 1315 20 1335
K_Ortiz(: 0 20 20
SuperSenior 0 20 20
Sunny Sea 1310 750 2060
Flaca 0 20 20
L4Ortiz 0 20 20
MACOML 0 20 20
Terminator 410 20 430
MIIL 0 520 520
Sunny Side 0 20 20
Feskamy 0 20 20
Rexycj 0 20 20
Candy143 0 20 20
AGEgotswag 0 20 20
Keviannelle 0 20 20
TheEndofTime 0 20 20
*duplicategamename 0 20 20
AKBallin’ 0 20 20
TrickseyHobbites 0 20 20
Taggy55 0 20 20
Scole 0 20 20
KoolBri 0 20 20
MaizeyMae 0 20 20
Madame Red 1400 20 1420
* 0 20 20
McLemore 0 0 0

Did you know you can earn 100 points for creating your own image related to our Beneath the Surface Reading theme?  Gamer KendallVZ did this week!  Check out their entry:

An underwater library!

An underwater library!