Reviews and Blog Posts: Teens

The wrap-up list

by Steven Arntson

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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.

Creative teens + technology = ideaLAB!

Image courtesy of DeviantArt user Jakusczon

This last week brought terrific news: the Community Technology Center at the Denver Public Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Colorado State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services! The grant will fund the creation of what we’re calling the ideaLAB, a digital creation space just for teens.

The purpose of the ideaLAB is to provide a space where Denver youth have access to professional-level equipment and software, creating a positive, safe after-school space where teens can become producers of digital media. In the lab, you can create and record your own music; film, edit, and produce your own videos; make your own video games and distribute them online; create digital art and photo manipulations and print them out in color; create 3-D models for animation and games; and much more.

Free the Books! Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Image by Charlie Corrigan

Did you know that over 11,000 books have been challenged since Banned Books Week began in 1982? Celebrate your freedom to read and check out a banned book today!

The library enthusiastically supports an individuals freedom to choose what they read and to express their own unique opinions. Having multiple viewpoints available to you is a fundamental right that libraries work hard to protect.

What is your favorite banned book? Some famous banned books include:

2012 Teen Read Week Sticker Contest

It Came From the Library

Calling all teen artists - enter our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!

Teen Read Week is October 14-20 this year and the theme is "It Came From the Library." One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week!

The Rules

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