Thursday, December 29, 2011

Teens' Top Ten

Your favorite books are here and ready for checkout! YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has compiled a list of the top ten books voted as 2011's best by teens. Get your free bookmark with the list and look for books with the orange "Teens' Top Ten" sticker on the spine. For more information, click on this link: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NaNoWriMo for Young Writers

Do you enjoy writing? Are you writing a novel? Do you aspire to write a novel? November is NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month)! You can check out all of the excitement at http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/. And if you need a quiet (somewhat) space to let your creative juices flow and receive encouragement, come to the Springfield Town Library anytime in November. Refreshments to keep you going will be served Monday, November 14 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Of course, you are always welcome at the library, whether you are writing, reading, using a computer, or just hanging out (quietly, please).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Writing Contest

The Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Center for the Book invite young readers in grades 4 – 12 to participate in Letters About Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, of any genre—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.

There are three competition levels: Level I for children in grades 4 through 6; Level II for grades 7 and 8, Level III, grades 9 - 12.

State winners, announced in March each year, receive a $50 gift certificate to Target as well as a prize from the local sponsoring organizations. National winners, announced in late April, receive additional prizes and earn for their school or community library LAL Reading Promotion Grants valued at thousands of dollars.

LAL focuses on reader response and reflective writing. The program provides free teaching materials, including lesson plans, writing samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips--all downloadable through the program’s website at http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org.
Submissions must be postmarked by January 6, 2012. For information about entering the contest, visit http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org. You can also email questions to the Vermont Center for the Book at wendy@mothergooseprograms.org or to the Department of Libraries at grace.greene@state.vt.us

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Facebook Site for Teens

Thisisteen is a new Facebook site launched by Scholastic where teens can interact with friends and authors plus:
Participate in weekly author Q&As
Check out event listings
Find book suggestions based on their interests
Explore videos and events
Check out the comprehensive author and book gallery, and book finder
click here www.facebook.com/thisisteen or on the logo to the right.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vote for your Favorites!

Cast your vote for the Teens Top Ten now through September 15! Visit www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/teenstopten.cfm
The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 16-22.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Like to Read? Like to Write?

YARN (Young Adult Review network) is a website for you: http://www.yareview.net/

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Download Free Audiobooks!

Teens are invited to download two free audiobooks each week from Sync now through August 17. Click here for more information: www.audiobooksync.com

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Scream, You Scream ...

...we all scream for ice cream! All ages are invited to "Ice Cream, a Story, and a Movie" Wednesday, July 6 at 10:00 am at the library. See you!

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's Time!

Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program NOW! There's something for EVERYONE, no matter how young or old!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Green Mountain Books

Can't decide which one to read first? Want an overview of them all? Thanks to Sam Maskell of the Rockingham Free Public Library, you can be introduced to each book by clicking
http://prezi.com/hpvvjk17_fmx/gmba-2011/ . Have fun!

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's Almost Time ...

... to sign up for the Summer Reading Program! Register in person or online all day, every day beginning Monday, June 20. Check out the Summer Calendar of events for teens and tweens and the Summer reading Club Blog--just click on the links under "Things You Must See!" (below, right). It promises to be a summer full of fun!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Winner!

Graceling by Kristen Cashore is the winner of the Green Mountain Book Award for 2010-2011. The 2011-2012 selections are now available. If you would like to nominate a book for the 2012-2013 season, tell Cheryl.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's Official!

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass has won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Save the Date!

Magician Tom Joyce will present a Magic Workshop at the Springfield Town Library on Tuesday, July 26 at 1:00. Kids entering grades 4 and up are invited to attend this free program. Learn some magic tricks and amaze your friends and family.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Never Cry Wolf

Are vampire love stories becoming ho hum? Have werewolves lost their howl and banshees their scream? Get a grip on reality and read and/or listen to a classic called Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. This true (yes true) tale of adventure will fascinate you long after the fairy dust has settled.

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Fellow Americans...

The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush compiled by Michael Waldman is an inspiring book that you can check out in honor of President's Day. An informative read is George Washington: an Illustrated Biography by the master young people's biographer, David Adler. But if you thirst for adventure, read Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson. You know the beginning and the ending, but I'll bet you don't know all of the exciting in-betweens!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Love STINKS Chocolate Fest

Drown your Valentine's Day sorrows in chocolate and a funny movie Friday, February 11 at 6:30 pm. Teens, tweens, and adults are invited to dip into foundue, sample varieties of chocolate, and much more. There will even be silly door prizes (including the official Love Stinks CD). What better way to spend a Friday evening?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Are you a fan of the wild?

Do you enjoy watching (or maybe even participating in) extreme sports? Then you're sure to enjoy The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, showing at the Lebanon Opera House on February 2. It's something I look forward to every year. The films are awesome. You can view the trailer on You Tube at http://youtube.com/user/TheBanffCentre#p/u/1/vP_Lipjc1Gc . Incredible!