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School Library Journal Battle of the Books

It's that time of year again: the brackets are up for School Library Journal's Battle of the Books.

Here are the brackets:

Volunteer Opportunity for Authors Unlimited Event

Event Information:
Authors Unlimited will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. This free event is brought to you by the public libraries of Suffolk County and St. Joseph’s College. The mission of Authors Unlimited is to celebrate reading by connecting teens and authors. Teens in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to apply to become an Authors Unlimited volunteer. As a volunteer, you will be paired with an author and will stay with that author throughout the day.
To be selected as an Authors Unlimited volunteer you must be available from 9:00AM-4:00PM on Saturday, April 27, 2013. You must have your own transportation to and from St. Joseph’s College, 155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY 11772.

Volunteering is your commitment. In the case of an emergency or illness, you (not your parent) are expected to call Ms. Doherty at The Commack Branch (631) 543-0998 as soon as possible so we can find a replacement volunteer.
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Summer Maker Camp

Maker Camp is a six week online summer camp for teens which features how-to instruction to complete 30 awesome projects in 30 days.

This year, Maker Camp is scheduled for July 8 - August 16

To be a part, all you have to do is sign up for Google + and follow MAKE

Every day of the camp, a new project will be posted. Most materials are household items or are readily available ot the supermarket.

Check out the Makezine website later in the year for updates

Grammy Winners

In case you missed the awards last night, here's a list of some of the people who took home a Grammy last night:
Record Of The YearSomebody That I Used To Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra Album Of The YearBabel - Mumford & Sons Song Of The YearWe Are Young - Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (fun. Featuring Janelle MonĂ¡e) Best New Artistfun.
Best Pop Solo Performance Set Fire To The Rain [Live] - Adele Best Pop Duo/Group PerformanceSomebody That I Used To Know - Gotye Featuring Kimbra Best Pop Vocal AlbumStronger - Kelly Clarkson

Best Dance Recording Bangarang - Skrillex Featuring Sirah Best Dance/Electronica AlbumBangarang - Skrillex Best Rock Performance Lonely Boy - The Black Keys Best Hard Rock/Metal PerformanceLove Bites (So Do I) - Halestorm Best Rock SongLonely Boy - Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys) Best Rock AlbumEl Camino - The Black Keys Best Alternative Music AlbumMaking Mirrors - Gotye Best R&B Perfo…

Hasbro Community Action Hero Contest

Do you know a young person between the ages of 5 and 18 who has done remarkable community service in the past 12 months? GenerationOn is now accepting nominations for the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award! Nominations will be accepted until February 20, 2013 at 5pm EST. The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers who show that you are never too young to make a difference in your local or global community.  Hasbro Children’s Fund and generationOn will celebrate five young people between the ages of 5 and 18 for their extraordinary community service and volunteer activities at a special recognition event in New York City and award each winner a $1,000 educational scholarship. A Hasbro Community Action Hero is a young person who makes an extraordinary mark on the world through service. The nominee's achievements must demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:   Outstanding service to one's local, national or global community   Extr…

James Patterson Writing Contest

Inspired by The Kiss, the latest entry in James Patterson’s #1 best-selling Witch & Wizard series: Write a story, 500 words or less, about a relationship that no one approves of. One grand-prize winner will receive a 16GB iPad mini, loaded with a full collection of James Patterson’s teen books (four Witch & Wizard books, eight Maximum Ride books, and the first in his new series, Confessions of a Murder Suspect), as well as $500 cash. Plus, the winning story will be featured on James Patterson’s young-adult website and the winner will get a personal Facebook shout-out from James himself! All entries must be submitted by February 26, 2013 at 11:59:59 ET.  Any time between now and March 11, 2013, at 11:59:59 ET, vote for your favorite stories by "hearting" them. You can heart as many stories as you like. The 200 most-hearted entries will be judged by James Patterson’s publisher, Little, Brown. One grand-prize winner will be announced in or around July 2013.

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Superbowl Ads

I watch the Superbowl every year. Sometimes there's a team playing that I root for, most of the times I pick a side and simply enjoy the game.

Like most other people, I also watch for the Ads. There's usually one every year that chokes me up. This year, there were two. If you missed it, here they are:

The first one is narrated by Oprah and celebrates the men & women in the Armed Services Yes, it's a commercial for Jeep, but it was so much more than that. Since I had two family members in the Air Force, these always hold a deeper meaning for me.

The second one is a Budweiser ad. Anytime they have an ad with the Clydesdale horses, I tend to get teary and this year's ad was no different.

Have you seen any other ads you really liked? Did you see any you didn't? Let me know!