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Bank of America Student Leader Program

Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders® Program has recognized more than 2,000 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
·         A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.
·         The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 12-17, 2015. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with kno…

2015 Golden Globe Nominations

Best Drama "Boyhood" "Foxcatcher" "The Imitation Game" "Selma" "The Theory of Everything"
Best Comedy "Birdman" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Into the Woods" "Pride" "St. Vincent"
Best Director Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Ava Duvernay, "Selma" David Fincher, "Gone Girl" Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Best Actress in a Drama Jennifer Aniston, "Cake" Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"
Best Actor in a Drama Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" David Oyelowo, "Selma" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
Best Actor in a Mu…

Morris Award Finalists Announced

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. Here are this year's finalists:

The Carnival at Bray written by Jessie Ann Foley In 1993, the grunge movement is at its height and Maggie Lynch is living comfortably in Chicago, near Nanny Ei and Uncle Kevin, her musical guru. After her impulsive mother marries and moves the family to a tiny Irish village, Maggie struggles to adjust to the changing world around her. 

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim written by E.K. Johnston Owen is training to be a dragon slayer, a crucial job in a world where dragons bring death and destruction. With help from their friends and family, Owen and his bard Siobhan seek the source of a growing dragon threat.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces written by Isabel Quintero, Aspiring poet Gabi Hernandez is having a complicated senior year: One of her best frie…

Star Wars:The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

It comes out in theatres next December, but here's the first official teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie!


NaNoWriMo stands for the National Novel Writing Month. Participants begins working towards writing a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.

There is one for for young writers: NaNoWriMo. The site connects you to other young writers, read pep talks from authors, find links to writing resources, and more.

If the task of writing that many pages seems daunting or you aren't a writer, librarians and readers in the past have done what they dub NaNoReMo, where they pledge to read 1500 pages for the month.

Daniel Radcliffe raps!

Wow. Did you guys know that Daniel Radcliffe can rap? Check this out!

Teens Top Ten Finalists Announced

Here are the top 10 titles as decided by teens across the country:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Splintered by A.G. Howard
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner 

National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Award finalists for the Young People’s Literature category were announced October 15, whittled down to five from last month’s announcement of ten contenders from the longlist. The longlists and finalists were each chosen by a panel of five writers and literary experts.

The winners will be announced on November 19.
The five finalist titles are:
Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
John Corey Whaley, Noggin
Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened

2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominees Announced

he Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced their nominations for the 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) list.  BFYA is an annual list chosen by a committee of YALSA members, which seeks to present librarians and young adult readers with the best of young adult fiction published in America within the last sixteen months. The nominations for the 2015 BFYA list are as follows: §The Crossoverby Kwame Alexander §The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond §The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson §Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout §Never Ending by Martyn Bedford §Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman §Torn Away by Jennifer Brown §Caminarby Skila Brown §