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May 19 2010

2010 Vacation Reading Program

by Nancy M

School might be out and summer vacation here, but that doesn’t mean your child should be taking a hiatus from reading and learning.  Yes, summer can be filled with camp, vacations, the pool, movies and sheer laziness (oh, how I miss those days) but kids who neglect reading for 3 months start off the next school year a lot worse off than those who don’t.

But do not fret, DeKalb County Public Libraries are here for you and your children! Every summer DCPL, along with libraries all across the country, offer the Vacation Reading Program. This year’s theme is Make a Splash—Read! and it is a  reading incentive program for children of all ages. Sign up begins on Saturday, May 22 and will continue through July 31. Visit any DeKalb County Public Library branch to sign up. You can view sign-up instructions and rules here.

Teens can get in on the action too by signing up for Make Waves @ Your Library, the Vacation Reading Program for young adults ages 13-17 years old. Sign up and keep track of your reading online here.

To kick off the Vacation Reading Program, we will host parties at the Dunwoody Library, Wesley-Chapel Library and Decatur Library. We will have fun activities for the whole family, including a magic show by Mr. Greggy! More information and a list of dates and times can be found on the Vacation Reading Program page.

Don’t forget to check out this summer’s FREE programs for children and teens in the events calendar.


Mar 3 2010

Teen Tech Week

by Nancy M

March 7-13 is Teen Tech Week, a national initiative that focuses on promoting libraries’ nonprint resources to teens. This annual event is sponsored by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association and this year they have chosen the theme Learn Create Share @ Your Library. This year’s aim is to remind teens and those that work with teens that the Library is a place to learn how to effectively, efficiently and safely use technology in order to help with school, future careers and more. And of course, knowing how to use technology can be lots of fun!

In celebration of Teen Tech Week, the Dunwoody Library will be having a Teen Internet Scavenger Hunt. Teens are encouraged to stop by the Dunwoody Library to pick up a list of questions to be answered using the Internet and the DeKalb County Public Library website and Reference Databases. Those who answer all questions correctly have a chance to win a cool prize! Please click here for more information.

The Brookhaven Library will be hosting Robots, Go! a fun and interactive program that allows teens to create actual working robots. Click here for more information.

And don’t forget to visit DeKalb County Public Library’s teen events calendar for a listing of teen events through the Spring. There are ongoing programs that are designed to acquaint teens with various technologies at many of the DeKalb County Public Library branches. Stop by the Chamblee Library or Flat Shoals Library for a Wii game night, or sign up to take a PowerPoint class at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library.

And most importantly, if you are struggling with anything from research to resumes to social networking, remember that your librarian is here to help! So stop by your local Library today to see how you can use technology @ your library.

Also: check out the Library’s new Teen website, available March 5.  It’s a completely re-designed website where you can find advice from the library’s own teen volunteers on what to read, watch, and listen to.  It’s also got many other things too, like polls, reviews, and homework help.

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Sep 2 2009

College Bound?

by Nancy M

ugaIt’s September and the halls of academia await. You’ve done everything you can to prepare—you have completed mountains of homework, passed exams, worked on becoming a well-rounded student, wrote essays and submitted applications. Now, with graduation and summer vacation behind you, you are about to embark upon your college days. Starting this new chapter in your life can be a little nerve-wracking, especially if you are leaving home for the first time. But if you have some time before college starts, pick up the following books from the Library. They can help prepare you for your first roommate experience, campus life, academic life and more.

dormroomThe Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz

majors 10 Best College Majors for Your Personality by Laurence Shatkin

gettingready Getting Ready for College by Polly Berent

If you want to impress your new college friends and professors, try expanding your horizons by reading some books from the list of Outstanding Books for the College Bound, created every year by the American Library Association. Most of these books can be found at your local DeKalb County Public Library.


Dunwoody Library’s summer Teen Digital Photography Contest is over and the results are in! The nearly thirty photos received by teens ages 13-17 years old were judged by staff on creativity and originality. Teens took pictures of a variety of subjects and the results were very impressive, making it a hard contest to judge! In the end, these were the top three photos chosen:

First place goes to 17 year old Lauren Wray’s Where Sky Meets Sky.


Second place goes to 14 year old Caroline Melton’s Through the Hole in the Leaf.


Third place goes to 16 year old Kevin Guebert and his entry, Floating in an Ocean.


Great job to all the teens who participated! You can view all of the entries on DeKalb County Public Library’s Flickr page.

Many thanks to the Friends of the Dunwoody Library for making this contest possible.


Jul 22 2009

Summer is not over yet!

by Nancy M

poster20color1The countdown is on with only 10 days left of the Vacation Reading Program! If you haven’t returned your reading logs for your prizes and raffle tickets, don’t fret, you have until closing on July 31st to do so.

Feeling the back to school blues creeping up on you? DeKalb County Public Libraries are still offering plenty of programs for children and teens. There is nothing like attending a Tween Chocolate Party, attending a magic show, or catching a free movie to lift those spirits! You can see a full list of programs offered through July here.

expressyourselfposterFor teens there is still time to enter Express Yourself contests, such as the digital photo contest at the Dunwoody Library, or the Lithonia-Davidson Library art contest. And don’t forget to log your reading hours online.

Enjoy the rest of summer!


Jul 8 2009

Feeling Listless?

by Nancy M

I think it’s safe to say that we are in the midst of the dog days of summer, so what better way to escape the heat and wile away the days than with a new book? While I do like to wander the stacks of the library looking for my next read, I have to say that I am more of a list girl. I love finding and perusing various book lists (and there are many out there) for something interesting to read. And yes, I like creating lists as well. If your child is in need of a new book, try checking this list of lists for his/her next great read.

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), put out by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has an extensive list of bibliographies for children and young adults with many different themes, including books to share with babies, recommended mysteries for kids and teens, and books for beginning readers, to name a few.

The American Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) puts out an annual notables list. Check out 2009’s list; there are many great books to be found. They also put out the list of current and past children’s award winners, including the Newbery and Caldecott Awards.

Check out New York Public Library’s list of 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know. Do you know all of them?

YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association has award winners and booklists, including the best in young adult books and books for reluctant readers.

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Mar 3 2009

The final countdown

by Heather S

There are only a few more days (17 if you trust my calculations) left to vote for the best book on the list of twenty candidates for the 2008-9 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.  If you need to review the candidates, check the Georgia Peach Book Award section on our teen web page.  Be sure to vote at your local library or school media center before March 13th!  And, if you want to participate in an exit poll, please post a comment letting us know what your favorite book on the list is!


Feb 9 2009

Book Swapping with the Teens

by Amanda L

A couple of Saturdays ago, the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) conducted a program for fellow teens. This was the first time that the TAB members created the idea for the program, organized it and ran it. For a first time attempt, it was very successful. There were close to twenty-five teens that participated.

What is the Teen Advisory Board, you may ask?  It is an opportunity for teens throughout DeKalb County to get together at the Library and give their opinions about books, movies, the teen portion of our website and programming at the Library for teens. The Board meets once a month on a Saturday. The teens that participate are eligible for volunteer hours.  If you are a teen and interested in joining, check out the information on the teen page.

So what was the program you may ask? It was a book swap.  The teens would bring in books that they no longer wanted to trade for new ones.  You would check in at the registration desk and get a ticket for each book that you were handing in. The books were then sorted by category.  You would then go around the room and select books that you wanted, up to the number that you brought. If you did not find enough books to swap, the teens gave credit for the next Book Swap. They hope to have one every three months or so.

I, personally, cannot wait to see what the next program TAB will be presenting. They have several in the works for the next six to nine months. Check the event calendar and your local branch for future programs. In the meanwhile, enjoy the pictures I took during the event.

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Dec 4 2008

Twilight: the movie

by Ginny C

We’ve talked about Breaking Dawn before it was released and after we’d had a chance to read it. So now let’s talk about the theatrical release of Twilight.

I will admit to thoroughly enjoying it. The acting, however, was sometimes excruciatingly bad and Carlyle’s make-up was awful. Those minor quibbles aside, I thought it was pretty good. It stayed true to the book, which I think some fans were worried about. And, Robert Pattinson made the perfect Edward in my opinion, although I know some people will disagree with that.

Now it’s your turn. Have you seen it? Did you see the midnight show on November 20 (like I did) or wait for a more reasonable time to see it? Did it meet your expectations? Did you catch author Stephenie Meyer’s cameo?


Nov 20 2008

Dear Diary

by Ginny C

J’nai’s post on Tuesday about journaling got me thinking about books for children and teens that are written in a diary format.  Its popularity as a format has grown recently due to several factors – they’re easy to read, they bring an immediacy to the characters and setting, etc.  Probably most important is that kids and young adults like them.  One of the most popular books to come out recently is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffly’s Journal and its sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, both by Jeff Kinney.  Both books have waiting lists and are a big hit with middle school age kids, especially boys who enjoy the humor and the cartoons that appear throughout the books.  Listing all the books the library owns would make for a very long list, so I’ll just list a few of my favorites.

Diary of a Worm by Dorren Cronin:  A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee: In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother’s departure, and make friends over the course of a tumultuous summer.

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman:  The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

And here are a couple for teens:

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flynn: Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

Planet Janet by Dyan Sheldon: Sixteen-year-old Janet Bandry keeps a diary as she deals with an annoying family, school, a quirky best friend, and trying to find herself through vegetarianism, literature, romance, and her “Dark Phase.”

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