Reviews and Blog Posts: Teens

KIDS & TEENS: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS!

CBW 2013 poster by Brian Selznick

Hey Kids and Teens - let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite books and authors from 2012 in the Children's Choice Book Awards. Children's Book Week is coming up in May, and as part of the celebration, the Children's Book Council gives out awards to popular authors. The Denver Public Library owns all of the titles that have been nominated, so start reading now - voting starts today!

Children's Book Week is May 13-19 and celebrates books for young people of all ages. While the Children's Book Week website has all kinds of good stuff on it, like a cool search-and-find bookmark by Grace Lin and the Children's Book Week poster by Brian Selznick, but my favorite part is voting for the best books. The Children's Choice Book Awards honor books for Kindergarten - High School.

The sweet revenge of Celia Door

by Karen Finneyfrock

DPL Rating:
3

Is revenge really that sweet? Join poet Celia Door during her freshman year at Hershey High. She was bullied in middle school, by one girl in particular, and she's changed her whole persona over the summer and is determined to get public, humiliating revenge on her tormentors. But then she...

LEGO® Building Contest Judging Rescheduled for March 30

building block

The Building Contest Judging has been rescheduled for:

Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will also be fun activities across the hall in the Level 7 Meeting Room!

If you need additional information, please contact the branch where you entered the contest.

The theme of the 2013 contest was Building Books.

Participants chose a favorite book and made a LEGO® design based on a scene, character or even the cover of the book! Entries were accepted in four categories: Preschool-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-12th grade or Family.

 

Thank You to Our Prize Sponsors:

The wrap-up list

by Steven Arntson

DPL Rating:
4

Gabriela has received a letter from her Death, Hercule. She has one week left to live, and not much she can do about it. She is allowed to submit a wrap-up list, things she'd like to do before she goes. She can also ask for a Pardon, which she'll only...

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for Kids & Teens

Puffling Patrol by Ted Lewin

As the year begins to draw to a close and the holiday season swings into full gear, children's librarians from around the Denver Public Library system are putting together lists of their very favorite books for kids and teens, published in 2012. These books are sure to dazzle and delight, educate and engage, and make for happy readers throughout the year.

Books for the Very Youngest:

Do Cows Meow? by Selena Yoon.  Baby's favorite animals are featured in brilliant colors with giant flaps that lift and teach animal sounds.

Murder Mystery Night: Book Fair of Death!

During Teen Read Week, the Green Valley Ranch Teen Advisory Board (GVR TAB) hosted the first ever after hours Murder Mystery Night.

The Green Valley Ranch Library closed on Friday evening, then re-opened their doors later that night to allow registered teens back into the library for this special event.  TAB members (and a few GVR staff members!) assumed the roles of the characters in the Book Fair of Death! and gave a fantastic performance.  Teens enjoyed refreshments while they questioned suspects, examined evidence and attempted to solve the mystery of who killed best-selling author Emily Thornton.  The first three teens who correctly identified the killer and the weapon that was used, won pri

Butter

by Erin Jade Lange

DPL Rating:
4

Butter is so obese that he doesn't even get teased at school any more--he is invisible. He has an online relationship with Anna, who has no idea who he really is, a few friends from FitFab, where he goes every summer, and his saxophone, which he turns to for comfort...

Check Out the New Teen Blogs on Evolver

Create and Connect

The Denver Public Library's Teen Blogs have moved to the new Evolver teen website. There are blogs about topics just for teens, and teens can sign up for a blog account and contribute to Evolver too!

If writing a blog isn't your thing, you can submit art, poetry, videos, book lists, reviews and more. See how easy it is for teens to contribute to Evolver!

October is Anti-Bullying Month--Are You Ready to Take a Stand?

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October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.

Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?

The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.

Writing Workshop for Teens!

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Do you love to write? Do you dream of seeing your stories in print?

Here's your chance to learn more about the writing process. We're hosting a writing workshop that is just for teens (ages 12-18) with award winning author, Laura Resau, author of 7 books including The Queen of Water, Red Glass, and The Indigo Notebook. Laura will teach her Creating Vivid Characters workshop using various activities.

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