Hot Reads in the Summertime

It’s been nice and warm out recently, and there’s nothing quite as nice as soaking up some sunshine while reading a new book.  
A book that *gasp* isn’t assigned reading.  

Sometimes finding something good to read is tricky, though.  But never fear, your librarians are here!

Here are the top 23 YA books for the year, nominated by teens who know a thing or two about good books:

Not only can you check many of these titles out from our stacks (or download the ebooks from home using your library card!), but starting August 15th you’ll be able to vote on your favorite titles and get the book a coveted American Library Association endorsement!  

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Cool, huh?  

Anyway, on to the leaderboard!

Game Name Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Doug Style 120 520 640
xxxTechiexxx 1090 20 1110
Gnoxious 0 0 0
MLaursen 1810 1050 2860
KendallVZ 725 120 845
*DNZ* 605 20 625
K_Ortiz(: 0 0 0
SuperSenior 0 0 0
Sunny Sea 1310 750 2060
Flaca 0 0 0
L4Ortiz 0 0 0
MACOML 0 0 0
Terminator 410 0 410
MIIL 0 500 500
Sunny Side 0 0 0
Feskamy 0 0 0
Rexycj 0 0 0
TheEndofTime 0 0 0
* 0 0 0
AKBallin’ 0 0 0
TrickseyHobbites 0 0 0
Taggy55 0 0 0
Scole 0 0 0
KoolBri 0 0 0
MaizeyMae 0 0 0
Madame Red 300 0 300

It’s looking like a few people are going to get to clean out our prize store… better start getting in your reading logs, everyone!  

You know you’re a zombie when…

1-  You start craving brains for breakfast… and lunch…

2- You’ve broken both your legs, so you just crawl everywhere instead.

3- You give your blog posts almost exactly the same title twice in one month.

4- You no longer feel heat or cold, just hunger.

Guess which one of these zombie symptoms I’ve come down with recently.

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Oh well.  Onto the scoreboard!

Game Name Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Doug Style 120 520 640
xxxTechiexxx 730 20 750
Gnoxious 0 0 0
MLaursen 1810 550 2360
KendallVZ 725 120 845
*DNZ* 605 20 625
K_Ortiz(: 0 0 0
SuperSenior 0 0 0
Sunny Sea 1310 300 1610
Flaca 0 0 0
L4Ortiz 0 0 0
MACOML 0 0 0
Terminator 410 0 410
MIIL 0 0 0
Sunny Side 0 0 0
Feskamy 0 0 0
TheEndofTime 0 0 0
* 0 0 0
AKBallin’ 0 0 0
TrickseyHobbites 0 0 0
Taggy55 0 0 0
Scole 0 0 0
KoolBri 0 0 0
MaizeyMae 0 0 0
Madame Red 300 0 300

We’ve still got a lot of people out there who haven’t turned in any of their scorecards… perhaps they were infected at our zombie event last week.  I know some of you earned points coming to the event, so be sure you make a note of it on your Summer Reading Game scorecards when you turn them in to get the points you deserve!

By the way, our Zombie Survival Scavenger hunt was AWESOME!  We had over 200 people show up to participate and everyone had a screaming good time.  Who knows, maybe we’ll even be able to make it an annual event…

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Our Teen Advisory Group will be putting together a video documenting the event, so stay tuned for more updates and photos from that event!

Our Creepiest Cupcake Competition: Vote for your favorite here!

1.  Braaaaaains…

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2. A creature showing braaaaains..

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3. A bloody eyeball

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4.  Snakey McSnakerson

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5. Zombie Hand rising from the earth

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6. A… blob guy.

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7.  I think we decided to call this a scrambled Yin-Yang…

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8. A bloody gravesite

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9.  A very sad, bloody clown

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10. A severed finger

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11. Bloody Big-top

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12.  A Blue Moon

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HERE:

We Owe Our Monday to Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson died on Sunday.  And the news broke yesterday right as we were busy decorating creepy cupcakes and watching his famous movie, I Am Legend.

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Here’s a great article about his life, death, and the work he created:  http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/24/195317782/author-richard-matheson-i-am-legend-writer-dies-at-87

Well, Mister Matheson, we thank you for giving our brains such rich, imaginative fodder for all these years.

*sigh*

Anyway, moving on, here are the leaderboards for this week!

Name Game Name Reading points Activity Points TOTAL
Justice Wise Doug Style 100 520 620
Amanda Lehr xxxTechiexxx 0 0 0
Grace Creedman Gnoxious 0 0 0
Mika Laursen MLaursen 1810 550 2360
Kendall Van Zanten KendallVZ 725 120 845
Danielle Van Zanten *DNZ* 605 20 625
Kali Ortiz K_Ortiz(: 0 0 0
Mayra Ramirez SuperSenior 0 0 0
Samantha Helgeson Sunny Sea 0 200 200
Ivy Ramirez Flaca 0 0 0
Liliana Ortiz L4Ortiz 0 0 0
Larissa Macomber MACOML 0 0 0
Mark Brooks Terminator 90 0 90
Timothy Miles MIIL 0 0 0
Arianna Brooks Sunny Side 0 0 0
Amy Feskova Feskamy 0 0 0
Kalynn Millager TheEndofTime 0 0 0
Andrew Langley * 0 0 0
Amanda  Killgo AKBallin’ 0 0 0
Mackenzie Sexton TrickseyHobbites 0 0 0
Tag Cole Taggy55 0 0 0
Spencer Cole Scole 0 0 0
Briana Warren KoolBri 0 0 0
Megan Jones MaizeyMae 0 0 0
Alexa Kissas Madame Red 300 0 300

If you’re missing points from this leaderboard don’t panic, just talk to me!  You can email (SarahL@ci.burlington.wa.us), post on our Facebook page, or even just comment on this blog post.

The next post will be photos from our Creepiest Cupcake decorating competition and, I have to say, some of them are pretty amazing.  Just wait and see!

The Game is Afoot!

It’s June 18th and the Summer Reading Game is officially going strong!  
Well, at least it sort of is.  I have a lot of people signed up with usernames and such, but so far only one person has brought their weekly log in to redeem their points and I’ve only received one email for any of the activities.  But it’s Tuesday and the last day of school today, so hopefully more people will come by and get themselves some points!  

The leaderboard so far is as follows:

Doug Style 0 0 0
xxxTechiexxx 0 0 0
Gnoxious 0 0 0
MLaursen 620 550 1170
KendallVZ 0 100 100
*DNZ* 0 0 0
K_Ortiz(: 0 0 0
SuperSenior 0 0 0
Sunny Sea 0 0 0
Flaca 0 0 0
L4Ortiz 0 0 0
MACOML 0 0 0
TheEndofTime 0 0 0
* 0 0 0
AKBallin’ 0 0 0
TrickseyHobbites 0 0 0

So yeah, let’s see those reading logs, people, and get this competition going!  

(Also, it’s worth noting here, you can totally turn reading logs in and do activities for past weeks and still earn the points.)

The Summer Reading Game is Afoot!

Welcome to Summer!  

Well, almost.  Chances are it doesn’t really *feel* like Summer to you until school ends next week.  But still… it’s SO CLOSE!  

In the meantime, try not to freak out waiting for classes to end.  Even though this is all I’m sure you’ll want to do:

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But, here at the Burlington Library, today marks the start of our Summer Reading Game where the teens of Burlington will get to earn points by reading (of course), completing various online tech activities, and coming to the awesome slew of events that we’ve got scheduled for this Summer including a Zombie Survival Scavenger Hunt and a Hunger-Games-Style water fight in Maiben park.  

No seriously, you’re going to earn Game Points by coming to a park and slaughtering your friends with water balloons. And for going through a maze full of zombies. And those points can result in prizes like ice cream or pizza or even in one of our grand prizes: a Google Nexus Tablet or a Sony Bloggie videocamera.  
Do I really need to twist your arm to get you to join us here? 

 

Back From the Dead…

It’s baaaack…

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Our Teen Blog, that is.  
And the Summer Reading Game!  This year everyone will have a chance at our two Grand Prizes: We’re giving away a Google Nexus tablet and a Sony Bloggie videocamera, and every 100 points you earn in the Summer Reading Game gets you an entry to the Grand Prize drawing for these sweet tech items.

We’ll have other prizes to earn along the way as well, but the Summer Reading Game store won’t actually open until July 1st, so you’ll have time to earn some points before you start cashing them in.

This blog will be your informational hub for week-by-week point totals for our Summer Reading Game – everyone that signs up for the Game will pick a Game ID and we will host a leaderboard here so that all players can see how they’re doing each week.  

We’ll also post topical tidbits about your weekly Tech activities here and maybe even provide hints to help you earn points faster.

So welcome!  And let the Summer Reading Game BEGIN!  

Decorate Your Space: Teen Library Contest

We have a new contest going on at the Burlington Public Library.  It’s called Decorate Your Space.  The idea is to come up with a design for the corkboard in the teen space.   The winner will actually get to decorate the board, and will win a $30 Gap Gift Card.

For this fall, the contest theme is…  It was a dark and stormy night.

 

There are links to the contest rules and the entry form below.

Decorate Your Space – About the Contest

Decorate Your Space Entry Form

 

Please call (360-755-0760) or email me if you have any questions… sarahl@ci.burlington.wa.us