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Virtual Career Fair: Personal Trainer

Name: Manny
Position:Body Transformation Specialist, Xpress Boot Camps in Farmingdale New York

How did you get your job: I created this position for myself because I have always enjoyed working out and staying fit, and I noticed that most folks were struggling to achieve their goals.I had plenty of experience helping people get in shape from previous profession and this saw this as a great opportunity to be my own boss.

Desribe a day (or week) in your job: A week in my job consists of preparing workouts for my clients, following up on their weekly progress and writing articles and emails to keep my clients focused and motivated.I usually get to the gym at 6am most mornings and start with my own workout followed by my group classes and personal training clients.

Advice for teens in doing your job: My advice for any teen interested in following my steps is to go out and get certified by a national certifying organization then get certified in first aid and CPR in the event of an emergency.S…

Virtual Career Fair: High School Teacher

First Name and Position: Esther, High School Teacher

Degree (if any): Masters of Education, University of Houston

What made you decide on your profession: I thought it would be easy! Hahahahaha!

How did you get your job: I started teaching in Houston.At the time, there were many openings and an education degree was not required in Texas.In NY, a master degree is required.

Describe a day (or week) in your job: A typical day will involve the following: 5 teaching periods, 1 lunch which you finish in 10 minutes so you can do other things, 1 duty period in which you ask teenagers for a pass to be in the hallway and are met with a variety of responses, and 2 “off” periods in which you are supposed to accomplish the following: phone calls home, meetings with deans, meetings with counselors, copying your materials, lesson planning, grading, collaborating with your colleagues, entering grades into the computer, checking your email, filling out forms, “data collection” and providing extra help for…

Teen Book Review: Lincoln's Last Days

Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly Review
by J. H.

Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly is an excellent book.It is a book about the last few days of President Lincoln's life.It went into a lot of details about the events surrounding his assassination.The author was so good in describing the event that I felt like I was in Ford's Theatre.It helped me understand the time period because everything in the book is in order and they tell you the dates of the events in the book. The book also had a lot of illustrations to help you understand what happened during that time.

I wish there were more books like this that described different events in history.It was very interesting and I enjoyed reading about it.I enjoyed learning about this historic event and President Lincoln's life and death.I am sure you will also find this book both interesting and informative.You should pick up a copy of this book at our library!

Virtual Career Fair: YA Author Jen Calonita

First Name and Position:Jen Calonita, author of young adult fiction novels like Secrets of My Hollywood Life

Degree (if any): Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College where I majored in communications

What made you decide on your profession: I’ve always loved to write and knew I wanted to be a writer. I thought I’d just work in newspapers and magazines. The author part came much later!

How did you get your job: I highly advise an internship. I got one during college at a teen magazine and it gave me a great perspective on what it would be like to actually do that job. As for being an author, I would suggest taking as many writing classes as you can.

Describe a day (or week) in your job: It depends on the day. Some days I can write for five or six hours, other days it is two. I like to have dedicated writing days so I can really focus on my work.

Advice for teens interested in doing your job:  Read as much as you can as often as you can. It’s a great resource and will broaden your mind on dif…

Virtual Career Fair: Makeup Artist/Actor

Name: Nathan Johnson, Make Up Artist, Actor and Writer in NYC
Degree: Masters Degree, Classical Acting, ColumbiaUniversity

What made you decide on your profession: Acting, writing and beauty have always been a passion of mine, so it was an obvious choice.

How did you get your job: After leaving my small town in MA, I came to the big city to study acting. I was fortunate to work with many great talents and to land some pretty great roles (One life to Live, The Party Planner with David Tutera, My Big Gay Italian Wedding). All through my acting career, beauty kept knocking on my door. Whenever I was in a show, 7 times out of 10, they would learn that I had a talent for make up and it would lead to my designing and/or applying the make up to my cast mates. Eventually, I started working with celebrities. At present, my work has graced the faces of 300+ celebrities, ranging from Lea Michele and Paula Abdul to Paul McCartney and Alicia Keyes. I was the artist on two seasons of Project Runway an…

Virtual Career Fair: Casting Director

First Name and Position: Danielle, Casting Director at Aufiero/Horn Casting

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
What made you decide on your profession: I have always loved the entertainment industry and have always paid attention to casting and why certain actors get certain roles.  Casting has always intrigued me.
How did you get your job: I started as an intern in a small casting office and got experience and moved up quickly. After moving to LA and working on some bigger projects, I started my own business two years ago and my partner and I have been keeping busy ever since.
Describe a day (or week) in your job: Every day is different. I spend my days auditioning actors, talking to agents, managing expectations and trying to make sure everyone involved in a project is seeing the cast that they envision. We also have a lot of administrative duties as well including scheduling audition sessions, filing paperwork, and the phone can sometimes ring off the hook. It’s a fast paced environment and…

Coping with Tragedy

The recent events in Connecticut have upset us all. Here are some tips from websites that can help you when things go wrong in your life or in the world:
From the Women's  & Children's Health Network of Australia
Feelings after a tragedy
Shock and disbelief. "That can't be real". Denial and disbelief are ways we cope immediately after hearing about a tragedy. This is a way of not becoming totally overwhelmed by the tragedy.
Numb. It can even seem like you feel nothing. The tragedy was so shocking that you feel none of your emotions are working at all.
Scared. Feeling afraid for your safety is a normal reaction to news of a tragedy. When there is a natural disaster such as a bushfire, earthquake or tsunami, or someone is killed in a car accident or murdered, or terrorists attack someone, or there is a war, it is normal to think twice about how safe you are. Being worried about the future is another common reaction. "What will the world turn out like?" &qu…

Teen Review of "Lincoln"

Worthy of a Monument
by C.T.

Packed with award-winning actors and directed by Spielberg, Lincoln offers a riveting look inside the office of the 16th president. Set during the President’s last four months in office, the film focuses on the struggle to preserve the union and end the bloody Civil War as well as enact the 13th Amendment with a strong opposition. Not only does the film paint the portrait of Lincoln the President, it also shows him as a father, a husband, and a comical story-teller.
            Daniel Day-Lewis does not just play Lincoln, he becomes him as his acting extends beyond mimicry. His uncanny resemblance only adds to his mastery of the character. With his slouched posture, deep-in-thought demeanor, and command of his words, Day-Lewis’ performance is well worth its praise. Other outstanding performances were those of Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as radical abolitionist, Thaddeus Stevens.
            Along with a grand depiction of Lincol…

Virtual Career Fair: Office Manager

First Name and Position: Stephanie - office manager
Degree: Bachelors degree
What made you decide on your profession: I decided on my current profession because of my love for numbers and independence.
How did you get your job: I got my current job through an ad on Craigslist
Describe a day in your job: A day in my job consists of handling all office duties.Accounts receivables, payables, bookkeeping, monitoring of all accounts, secretarial duties, etc.

Advice for teens: My advice for teens is to realize what they love in life the most and incorporate that into a feasible profession.It is hard right now as it is to find employment, but happiness is key.

Virtual Career Fair: CPA

Michele Frontino – CPA. I work out of my home office. I also visit various clients and work at their offices.

Degree: I have a BBA with a concentration in Accounting from Adelphi University
What made you decide on your profession: I knew that I wanted to go into the business field. I was always good with numbers. I like having the interaction with different people all of the time. All of those things added up to becoming an accountant. Once I started working at a public accounting firm, I realized that I wanted to get my CPA certification.

How did you get your job: Adelphi had a great placement for soon to be accounting graduates. The Accounting Society and faculty would arrange for “office visits” during the summer. We also had many opportunities to meet with recruiters during the year at various events. We would tell the placement office what firms we were interested in and they would submit our resumes. If you were granted an interview, the first interview was held on campus. Any addi…

Virtual Career Fair: Newspaper Reporter

First Name and Position : Alfonso, reporter for Newsday.

Degree : Bachelor’s degree in studio art from Queens College, master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
What made you decide on your profession: I’ve always enjoyed writing and broadcasting, and began takingjournalism classes in college because I was considering working in radio. I excelled in the journalism program and upon my graduation, I was offered a summer internship at Newsday. I quickly realized that working as a newspaper reporter could be a very exciting and fulfilling job (if not a lucrative one.) It allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people, experience a lot of exciting things, and express myself creatively.

How did you get your job: I worked hard during that summer internship with the hope that I would land a two-year internship, which paid better and was usually a path to a fulltime job. I didn’t get the two-year internship at first, but did have my internship extended for a few months. I kept worki…

Virtual Career Fair: Chiropractor

Name: Dr. Walter F. Priestley – Chiropractor

Degree: B.A. – Stony Brook University  D.C. – New YorkChiropracticCollege D.I.C.C.P. – PalmerCollege

What made you decide on your profession: I wanted to go into the Marine Corps and be a Pilot; I ended up breaking my ankle one month before OfficerTraining School . I learned about Chiropractic from my brother that year. I visited his practice, went to a few seminars on Chiropractic and thought that I would be good at it, make some money, help some people and have some fun.
How did you get your job: In 1988, I started on a shoe string, 26 years old, no money, no patients and no place to work. I borrowed some money from my parents and I sub-leased some  part-time office space from another Doctor, worked side jobs, solicited new patients everywhere I went i.e. parties, bars, the beach, the park, family gatherings, at my side jobs, mailings. Eventually, I started making money and building my practice, then it snowballed from there.

Describe…

Virtual Career Fair: Project Manager/Architecture

First Name and Position: John. Project Manager at N2 Design + Architecture, P.C.
Degree:BA in Architecture @ NYIT
What made you decide on your profession?
Inspiration brought about by places I've been and experienced as well as places I've seen in books and television.I have no 'hero' that I looked up to as a kid... I just liked buildings, spaces, landscapes, etc. Architecture challenges you to think in four dimensions, so if one enjoys problem solving, it’s very gratifying.In addition, if you’re inclined to a mathematical vocation as well as an artistic one, architecture should be a great field for you.
How did you get your job?
When I graduated, I was approached by an engineer that taught at my school.He had said he shared an office with an architect who needed help.Within a couple of days I was behind a computer working at that office.Being that I was also good at technology (network admin and computer tech), it made it very easy for me to find gigs throughout my career.

Virtual Career Fair: Librarian

I am going to start sending a questionnaire to various people who work in many different occupations. I thought it would give you some insight as to what these people do on a daily basis and get you thinking about the career you want to have in the future. Of course, to make it easy, I started with me.


First Name and Position: Natalie. Head of Young Adult Services at Farmingdale Public Library
Degree: I have a MSLIS (Master of Science in Library & Information Science – yes you need a degree to be a librarian) and a MA (Master of Arts in English)
What made you decide on your profession?  I fell into my job. While in college, I studied to be a High School English teacher. During my last semester, I dropped out of the teaching program. With no idea what to do next, I decided to attend graduate school for my Master in English. While getting this degree, I learned about library school. I practically lived in the library & thought it would be a great career for me.
I planned to wor…

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American Music Award Winners

The 40th Annual American Music Awards aired last night. In case you missed it, here are the winners:


Artist of the year: Justin Bieber New artist of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry Pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber Pop/rock band, duo or group: Maroon 5 Pop/rock album: Justin Bieber, "Believe" Country female artist: Taylor Swift Country male artist: Luke Bryan Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum Country album: Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away" Rap/hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj Rap/hip-hop album: Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" Soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce Soul/R&B male artist: Usher Soul/R&B album: Rihanna, "Talk That Talk" Alternative rock artist: Linkin Park Adult contemporary artist: Adele Latin artist: Shakira Contemporary inspirational artist: tobyMac Electronic dance music artist: David Guetta

2012 Teens Top Ten Winners

The votes have been counted and here's what teens thought were the best 10 books of 2012:



1).   Roth, Veronica. Divergent
Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity
(peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society where
she must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards
independence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these
factions begins to fall apart?

2).  Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars.
 Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for
kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,”
they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the
wondrous ways of the universe.

3).  Lu, Marie.  Legend.
June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is
responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover
the governme…

2012 Cybils Award Nominations Now Open

The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year's best children's and young adult titles. Nominations open to the public on October 1st. Anyone may nominate one book per genre during the public nomination period. New this year, we are asking authors, publishers and publicists to wait until after the public nomination period ends to submit their own books.  This year, we’ve tried to make the form mobile-friendly, so you can use your phone to nominate if you prefer. To get the form, go to the Cybils Award site You may be required to enter your name and e-mail address to nominate titles.

Scholastic Art & Writing Award

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

For information on how to submit your work, go to the Award Site.

Categories include: Drawing, Film & Animation, Video Games, Sculpture, Humor Writing, Poetry, and Short Story.

The Alliance presents over $250,000 annually in awards and scholarships to top winners of the Awards and their teachers. National Medalist seniors are eligible to receive scholarships …

MTV VMA Award Winners

Last night, MTV aired their annual Video Music Awards. In case you missed it, here's a list of the winners:


Best video with a message -- Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"

Most share-worthy video -- One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

Best Electronic dance music video -- Calvin Harris, "Feel So Close"

Best pop video -- One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

Best male video -- Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"

Best hip-hop video -- Drake, "HYFR," featuring Lil Wayne

Best female video -- Nicki Minaj, "Starships"

Best rock video -- Coldplay, "Paradise"

Best new artist - One Direction

Video of the year - Rihanna, "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris

Best direction: M.I.A., "Bad Girls"

Best art direction: Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"

Best choreography: Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"

Best editing: Beyonce, "Countdown"

Best visual effects: Skrillex, "First of the Y…

Vote for YALSA's Teens Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online in August and September; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.


Here are the nominees:

2012 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations
Austen, Catherine
All Good Children.
Max, his sister Ally and their mother return home to Middleton to find Ally’s classmates
acting strange. It is the future, and the government has created a “vaccine” to make kids easier to teach- they are less rowdy, less likely to question, and willing to obey any direction. Max’s family has a choice: to be “vaccinated”, to flee their home, or stay and fight.
Bick, Ilsa Ashes.
Alex, Tom, and Ellie join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky. The pulse kills most of the world’s population and destroys all computer devices, but …

NPR's Top 100 YA Novels Survey

Recently, National Public Radio created a survey for their readers & listeners to vote for their favorite YA books of all time. More than 75,000 ballots were cast in the survey. Below is a  list of the top 100 winners.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry
12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams
13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery
15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
17. The Princess Bride, by William Golding
18. Lord of …