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Golden Globe Nominees

The nominations were for the Golden Globe Awards were recently announced. Here is the list:
MOTION PICTURES Best Picture, Drama:
"12 Years a Slave"
"Captain Phillips"
"Rush" Best Picture,Musical or Comedy:
"American Hustle"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"The Wolf of Wall Street" Best Director:
Alfonso CuarĂ³n, "Gravity"
Paul Greengrass, "Captain Phillips"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle" Best Actor, Drama:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Idris Elba, "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom"
Tom Hanks, "Captain Phillips"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost" Best Actress, Drama:
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, &q…

2014 Grammy Award Nominees

The Grammy Award Nominees were announced last night. If you missed it, here's the list:

Record of the Year • "Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams • "Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons • "Royals" — Lorde • "Locked Out Of Heaven" — Bruno Mars • "Blurred Lines" — Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Album of the Year • "The Blessed Unrest" — Sara Bareilles • "Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk • "Good Kid, M.A.A.DCity" — Kendrick Lamar • "The Heist" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis • "Red" — Taylor Swift
Song of the Year • "Just Give Me a Reason" - Pink, Jeff Bhasker and Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink featuring Nate Ruess) • "Locked Out of Heaven" — Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, songwriters (Bruno Mars) • "Roar" — Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee and Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry) • "Royals" — Ella Yelich O'Co…

Nerdlution (Nerd + Resolution)

The basic premise is starting tomorrow, Monday, December 2, (though some of us have started early), pick one thing or many things you want to commit to doing over the next 50 days. We were thinking it’s something you do every day, but really it’s up to you. The focus here is making a change that matters. There really are no rules. There is only community, support, and love for making and doing good things.

 A Very, Very Important #Nerdlution FAQ •
Can I just pick one thing? A: If it makes you happy.
Can I pick 5 things? A: If it makes you happy.
 Is it okay if it is not fitness related? A: If it makes you happy.
 Is it okay if it is reading related? A: If it makes you happy.
Is it okay if I’m really, really scared but really, really inspired? A: If it makes you happy.
Is it okay to only do something 3 times per week and something else 2 times per week? A: If it makes you happy.
 If I mess up and miss a day, can I make it up another day? A: If it makes you happy.
 If I mess up, can I j…

Catching Fire Sesame Street Style

This is so funny!

Divergent Trailer!

Teens Top Tenn Announced!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced the official 2013 Teens’ Top Ten titles.
Voting for the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten took place from Aug. 15 through Teen Read Week, Oct. 13- 19, with more than 32,000 votes cast. This year, there were 28 nominees that competed for the “top ten” list.
The official 2013 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:
"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein "The False Prince" by Jennifer A. Nielsen "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry "Poison Princess" by Kresley Cole "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater "Crewel" by Gennifer Albin "Every Day" by David Levithan "Kill Me Softly" by Sarah Cross
"Butter" by Erin Jade Lange

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - EXCLUSIVE Final Trailer


Ask Divergent Author Veronica Roth Your Questions

Calling all factions! Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent trilogy and mini-marshmallow enthusiast, will be doing  a Google+ Hangout on Monday, October 28, at 5 p.m. ET.

Up for discussion: Allegiant (proper warning: Spoilers will abound, so steer clear if you haven’t yet read the book), the forthcoming Divergent movie, and, of course, your own burning questions.

Zombie Survival Kit (Teen Read Week)

This week is Teen Read Week. The them for this year is "Seek the Unknown." Last night, a group of teens and I met up to read Zombie Haiku, make zombie felties, and create a list of items we think one would need in case of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Here's our list:

Fireman's gear
Beekeeper's mask
Sharpened boomerang
Medicine (including bandages, rubbing alcohol, band-aids)
Duct Tape
Extra backpack
Baseball bat

What would you add to our list? Make sure to check out the books on our display in the Teen Scene during the week.


Sparticl is a new web and mobile service for teens, a collection of the very best the web has to offer in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. Sparticl includes answers to science questions, images, videos, games, and hands-on activities, all curated by a team of experts. But it's also a place where teens play a critical part – ranking content, sharing it, and recommending new content, all the while earning points and badges.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Monday, October 7 is World Day of Bullying Prevention.  Wear a blue shirt in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying.

In addition, here are some resources about bullying:

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

National Education Association's Site

PACER National Bullying Prevention Center

Stomp Out Bullying

YA Online Scavenger Hunt

The YA Scavenger Hunt is a biannual online event that promotes collaboration between YA authors from different publishing houses, offering fans an opportunity to see the latest and greatest in young adult literature. During the hunt, we showcase exclusive bonus material, give readers access to top secret insider information, and offer fabulous prizes and giveaways for zealous YA fans.

 To join in, go to the Scavenger Hunt Site

Scholastic Art & Writing Award

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. 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 more information on the categories and how to submit, go to the Scholastic Award site.

Banned Books Week

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. Therefore, we do not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges.

Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material; 1,291 challenges due to "offensive language"; 989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group"; 619 challenged due to "violence"' and 361 challe…

Halloween ComicFest

Comic shops are great destinations for Halloween and we want to give you a reason to visit your local comic shop! 14 Comic Book Publishers are producing 22 special edition comic books that will be available for free when you visit your local participating comic shop on Oct 26th - 27th.
The local store that is participating this year is:
BLU PLANET COMICS & GAMES 509 Central Avenue Massapequa, NY, 11758
(631) 565-7005

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Below is a list of phone numbers and websites to go to if you need someone to talk to:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline  1-800-273-8255

National Hopeline Network   1-800-784-2733

Teen Line  1-800-852-8336

Long Island Crisis Center   679-1111

Youthline  1-877-968-8454

Trevor Project

To Write Love on Her Arms

Crisis Chat


I'm Alive

You Matter

Divergent Trailer

In case you missed it during the VMA's, here's the trailer for the upcoming movie.

I Have a Dream Speech Anniversary

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke these words:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds…

Teens Top Ten Voting Now Open!

Teens can now vote for their favorite titles through Oct. 19 from the 28 nominees that were announced back in April.  Teens can vote for up to three of their favorite titles from the nominees. The 10 nominations that receive the most votes will be named the official titles of the 2013 Teens' Top Ten. The winners will be announced during the week of October 21. Vote for your favorite book at the Teen Top Ten Website

New Catching Fire trailer!

I can't wait until November!

Cool Site to Check Out

Khan Academy
Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

Eyebombing Challenge

Eyebombing Challenge

What is eyebombing? Eyebombing is the act of setting googly eyes on inanimate things in the public space. Here are the challenge guidelines:

1. Eyes must be self stick googly eyes, NOT stickers
2. Photo must be original work of a teen in grades 6-12
3. Photo must be taken in a public space
4. Eyes should be removed after the photo is taken

Submit your photo with your name to and I'll post them here!

Here's a sample:

Teen Summer Writing Contest

Teen Summer Writing Contest


Presented By: Barbara Bush Branch Library & LSC - Tomball Community Library

CATEGORIES Category 1A - Poetry: Ages 12-15 or Grades 6-8 Category 1B - Short Story: Ages 12-15 or Grades 6-8
Category 2A - Poetry: Ages 15-18 or Grades 9-12 Category 2B - Short Story: Ages 15-18 or Grades 9-12

Entries will be Judged Based on the Following Criteria  Originality  Use of Language  Technical Skill

1ST PRIZE $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

2ND PRIZE $15 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

3ND PRIZE $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

EVERYONE Gets a Certificate!