Monday, November 23, 2015

American Music Award Winners

The American Music Awards aired last night. In case you missed it, here is a list of the winners:

Artist of the Year:  One Direction

Song of the Year: "Blank Space," Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Ed Sheeran

Favorite Pop/Rock Album: 1989, Taylor Swift

Favorite Soul/R&B Album: Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd

Favorite Country Duo or Group: Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Country Album: Anything Goes, Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group: One Direction

Favorite Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist: Casting Crowns

Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist: Calvin Harris

Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Male Artist: Luke Bryan

Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect 2

Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album: The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj

New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's: Sam Hunt

Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Ariana Grande

Favorite Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood

Collaboration of the Year Un-Leashed by T-Mobile: "Where Are Ü Now," Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber

Favorite Alternative Rock Artist: Fall Out Boy

Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd

Saturday, November 7, 2015

TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

The 2015-2016 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has begun and, now, there are even more chances to win!

Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous. You have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. Create a 30-60 second video for your fellow teen drivers that highlights the importance of safe teen driving and you could win $15,000, or one of 14 other prizes!

The Prizes Are:
1st Place: $15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery film crew to reshoot your video into a TV-ready PSA!
2nd Place: $10,000 and a behind-the-scenes trip to a Velocity show taping
3rd Place: $7,500
People's Choice: $5,000 and a behind-the-scenes trip a Velocity show taping
4th Place - 10th Place: $2,500

Four Regional Winners: $1,000

Enter by March 7 for your chance to win.

For how to submit your entry, go to the TeenDrive365 page.

Friday, October 30, 2015

How Some Halloween Traditions Were Created

Tomorrow is Halloween. I thought I'd share how some of the things we do for the holiday were originated.

Trick or Treating: In olden times, it was believed that during Samhain, the veil between our world and the spirit world was thinnest, and that the ghosts of the deceased could mingle with the living. The superstition was that the visiting ghosts could disguise themselves in human form, such as a beggar, and knock on your door during Samhain asking for money or food. If you turned them away empty-handed, you risked receiving the wrath of the spirit and being cursed or haunted.
Another Celtic myth was that dressing up as a ghoul would fool the evil spirits into thinking that you were one of them so that they would not try to take your soul. In the U.S., trick-or-treating became a customary Halloween tradition around the late 1950s, after it was brought over by Irish immigrants in the early 1900s.

The traditional Halloween colors of orange and black actually stem from the pagan celebration of autumn and the harvest, with orange symbolizing the colors of the crops and turning leaves, while black marks the "death" of summer and the changing season. Over time, green, purple and yellow have also been introduced into the color scheme of Halloween decorations

People would also carve out turnips and rutabagas, and place embers in them to ward off the evil spirits. This glowing predecessor to the pumpkin Jack O'Lantern, would keep the souls of the dead away.

The Celts believed that the veil between this world and the next was thinnest at this time of year. Friends and relatives who had died would often return, with their souls inhabiting an animal - often a black cat. Black cats have remained a symbol of Halloween down to the present time.

It’s likely that bats were present at the earliest celebrations of proto-Halloween, not just symbolically but literally. As part of Samhain, the Celts lit large bonfires, which attracted insects. The insects, in turn, attracted bats, which soon became associated with the festival. Medieval folklore expanded upon the spooky connotation of bats with a number of superstitions built around the idea that bats were the harbingers of death.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Teens Top Ten Announced

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten.
Teens all over the world voted starting Aug.15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 18-24, 2015). Altogether, over 27,000 votes were cast for the 24 nominees.
The official 2015 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:
  1. "The Shadow Throne" by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic)
  2.  "I Become Shadow" by Joe Shine. (Soho Teen)
  3. "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before" by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster)
  4. "My Life with the Walter Boys" by Ali Novak. (Sourcebooks)
  5. "Heir of Fire" by Sarah J. Maas. (Bloomsbury)
  6. "The Bane Chronicles" by Cassandra Clare. (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  7. "The Young Elites" by Marie Lu. (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons)
  8. "The Kiss of Deception" by Mary E. Pearson. (Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company)
  9. "Since You’ve Been Gone" by Morgan Matson. (Simon & Schuster)
  10. "The Geography of You and Me" by Jennifer E. Smith. (Hachette/Poppy)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

National Chocolate Day

Today is National Chocolate Day. Here are some interesting chocolate facts to help you celebrate:

Hershey’s produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses--every day.

The English chocolate company Cadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.

In 1875, Swiss Daniel Peter discovered a way of mixing condensed milk, manufactured by his friend Henri Nestlé, with chocolate to create the first milk chocolate.

The first chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1937 by Ruth Wakefield who ran the “Toll House Inn.” The term “Toll House” is now legally a generic word for chocolate chip cookie. It is the most popular cookie worldwide and is the official cookie of Massachusetts.

In 2002, Marshall Field’s in Chicago made the largest box of chocolate. It had 90,090 Frango mint chocolates and weighed a whopping 3,326 pounds.

The largest chocolate bar ever manufactured was in Italy in 2000. The bar had a weight of 5,000 lbs.

Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate.

The Snickers bar was named after a horse the Mars family owned.

Percy Spence, a scientist working on WWII radar and weapons projects, happened to be a big fan of chocolate. After spending some time near a formidable device called a magnetron, he noticed the chocolate bar he’d been keeping in his pocket had turned to mush. He quickly put two and two together and realized magnetrons might be able to heat up food at incredibly fast rates, and voilà, the microwave oven was born.

The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to the bitter, spicy drink the Aztecs made from cacao beans.

The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Wakefield, sold her cookie recipe to Nestle in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Friday, October 16, 2015

National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalists Announced

The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. From a longlist of 10 titles, previously announced on September 14, five books were selected. The winners of the 66th annual National Books Awards will be presented at a November 18 ceremony in New York City.

The finalists in the Young People’s Literature category are:

Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish.

Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap.

Sheinkin, Steve. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War.

Shusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep

Stevenson, Noelle. Nimona. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October is National Stop Bullying Month

Books about Bullying

You can look at non-fiction bullying books in the call numbers 302.343 and 371.58

Fiction Books

Bock, Caroline. LIE.   YA FIC Bock
Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect eighteen-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy's actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully.

Butler, Dori Hillstead. The Truth about Truman School. YA FIC Butler; 6-8
Tired of being told what to write by the school newspaper's advisor, Zibby and her friend Amr start an underground newspaper online where everyone is free to post anything, but things spiral out of control when a cyberbully starts using the site to harrass one popular girl.

Cohen, Joshua. Leverage. YA FIC Cohen
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Crutcher, Chris.  Period 8.  YA FIC Crutcher
Period 8 has always been a safe haven and high school senior Paulie "The Bomb" Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school.

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories. SS Dear
Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection.

Hensley, Joy. Rites of Passage.  YA FIC Hensley
Sixteen-year-old Sam McKenna discovers that becoming one of the first girls to attend the revered Denmark Military Academy means living with a target on her back.

Koyczan, Shane. To This Day. YA Graphic FIC Koyczan
Expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience

Phillips, Susan. Burn. YA FIC Phillips
Bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron's anger and isolation grows, leading to deadly consequences. 

Ryder, Chris.  The Fourth Stall.  YA FIC Rylander; 6-8
Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results.

Sher, Emil. Young Man with Camera. YA FIC Sher
T lives in a precarious world with very few friends, abused by a trio of bullies he calls Joined at the Hip, and his main refuge is the camera which he uses to capture the unique way he sees the world--but when he photographs the boys attacking a homeless woman the images could lead to even more trouble, especially when the bullies threaten to hurt his only friend, Sean, if he tries to use the pictures against them.

Stella, Leslie. Permanent Record. YA FIC Stella
Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance

Summers, Courtney.  Some Girls Are. YA FIC Summers
Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.

For further information on what to do to stop bullying, you can go to the Stop Bullying website.