December 21, 2014

Teen Food Challenge @ TW

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Food Challenge grab 2Be a member of one of three teams whose challenge is to develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes — with ingredients we will only reveal to you at the competition! All teams will make a presentation to a judging panel (librarians), explaining the preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value and cost of the dish. You will learn new skills and a ton of stuff about food. We will also make sure you get plenty of snacks so you don’t go hungry while you cook.

Open to all middle and high school students. Register online, in person, or call 290-9200×5. I f you have any food allergies or concerns, please list them in the notes field of the registration page or call Adrienne Minock at 804-290-9200×5 when you sign up.

December 19, 2014

What does it take to become Bilbo, Legolas or Gandalf?

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Stephen Colbert finds out. Or, at least he finds out how much makeup it takes….
(Please note, there is one instance of of PG-13 language.)

December 17, 2014

Northside TAB Recommends … Books & Movies for Winter Break

by LisaTheLibrarian

With the movie released a while back, TAB recommends the excellent The Book Thief, narrated none other than Death himself. Chronicling the story of a young girl in Germany, at a time when Nazi rule was at its height, Death narrates her life and her struggles against anti-Semitic and anti-reading Germany.

In The Glass Castle, a three-year-old girl catches on fire, wearing a tutu, cookin’ some hot dogs. Her life is then explored in detail, as she flees from tax collectors around the country, as her parents have no care for money. TAB also recommends the Maximum Ride series, which has now drawn to a close.

In imageHeck: Where the Bad Kids GoDale E. Basye tells the wacky story of Milton and Marlo Fauster, who die prematurely in a marshmallow bear accident. They then proceed through the nine rings of “Heck”, a veritable hell for all the naughty children, tweens, and teens of the world. An excellent parody of Dante’s Divine Comedy, this nine-books series is definitely worth a look for anyone who loves humor, wit, the Bible, and breaking the third wall.

Also definitely check out the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit series, The Battle of the Five Armies, and Mockingjay Part One. On the more serious side, The Theory of Everything showcases the story of Stephen Hawking we’ve never seen- between him and his wife before ALS struck him. Big Hero 6 is also recommended for the family.

For the manga and anime fans out there (looking at you James, this is Madoc) our very own AJ recommends Word TriggerSeraph of the Endand All You Need is KillHope you enjoyed our picks, and be sure to tune in next time!

After much discussion in our Teen Advisory Board meeting, we can also recommend HCPLTeenScene on Instagram as our preferred way to follow the library.

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December 17, 2014

Holiday Break Movie Matinee @ TU

by MandyTheLibrarian


Holiday Break Movie Matinee
Tuckahoe Area Library
Friday, January 2nd
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive showing of an all-ages hit film featuring your favorite characters and songs. Compete in winter-themed games and enter the prize drawing for a handheld snowball maker. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend, bring your little sister and brother, bring your grandma–everyone will have a great time! Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library. Rated PG, running time 109 minutes. Call 290-9142 for more information.


December 17, 2014

HCPL 2014 Teen Short, Short Story Contest — The winners are…

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Typewriter - tell us a story194 original short stories were submitted and we loved them all! Thank you to everyone that wrote for the contest. These stories gave us quick and intriguing glimpses of your creativity and we really enjoyed reading them.

1st place wins a $25 gift card from Target, 2nd and 3rd places get bragging rights!

1st Place:
House by Gracyn G., 10th grade, Twin Hickory Library

Bricks for fingernails and lights for eyes. Ribs of weathered wood groan and splinter as he grows, twisting, popping into place. Knuckles sprout grass, skin unravels to wallpaper, kneecaps split into wooden porch steps, familiar and inviting. He lays down by the road, alone, and names himself abandoned.

2nd Place:
Alzheimer’s by Grace M.,  10th grade, Dumbarton Library

“Wrong number, sir.”

He hung up, for the fifth time in a row. “Dammit,” he muttered to himself. He had to make this call. Dialing another number, he waited in apprehension.


“…I love you.”

“I know.”

“I have to tell you, before I start forgetting.”

“It isn’t your fault.”

3rd Place ( two stories tied for 3rd place):
Untitled by Miranda J., 10th grade, Twin Hickory Library

She’s out riding that old Schwinn bike with the bell and basket ornaments that make a girl feel confident about herself. She knew every contour of the pavement like a lover. The boys followed her around the cul-de-sac but they could never kiss her like the pavement does.

3rd Place ( two stories tied for 3rd place):
Squandered Life by Alex S., 7th grade, Twin Hickory Library

“Hoot. Hoot.” There’s an owl out my window. He’s grasping a note in his talons. I grab the message from the owl. It’s in code!? I devote my life to deciphering it. Then, in the last seconds of my life, I realize it said, “Hoot. Hoot.”

Congratulations to all our winners!

Keep an eye out for our poetry contest in the spring and stop by the Teen Writers Guild at Tuckahoe Library or Twin Hickory Library to hang out with other writers and play with words.

We had six judges for the contest. Special thanks to our guest judges Anne Soffee and Lollie George!

Anne Soffee, author of Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love andNerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking It in Hair Metal L.A.
Lollie George, Librarian at Holman Middle School
Adrienne Minock, Teen Service Librarian at Twin Hickory Library
Amanda Gianni, Teen Service Librarian at Fairfield Library
Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Children’s Librarian at Twin Hickory Library
Mandy Arnold, Teen Service Librarian at Tuckahoe Library

December 12, 2014

Holiday Craft-a-Thon @NP

by LisaTheLibrarian

Thanks to the Northside TABbers who helped at North Park Branch’s Craft-a-Thon! Library members of all ages had a terrific time!

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December 11, 2014

Teen Fav Awards – And the winners are…

by MandyTheLibrarian


The winners of the 2014 Teen Fav Awards were announced last night at simulcast ceremonies at Dumbarton, Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory Area Libraries. Check out the pictures on the Teen Scene Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who voted. And now for the big reveal…(drumroll)…here are your winners!

Fav Book: Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Fav Author: John Green

Fav Artist or Band: Maroon 5

Fav Song: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Fav TV Show: Big Bang Theory

Fav Movie: The Fault in Our Stars

Fav Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Fav Actor: Morgan Freeman

Fav Athlete: (tie) Lionel Messi and Michael Phelps

Fav Video Game: Mario Kart

Fav Store: Barnes & Noble

Fav Restaurant: Panera

Fav Social Media: Instagram

December 9, 2014

Read + Review — The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey

by MandyTheLibrarian


The Infinite Sea is about Zombie, Cassie, Sam, Dumbo, Ringer, Teacup, and Pound Cake, who are living in a post apocalyptic world. Aliens are trying to kill the remaining humans using carbon dioxide bombs and by using their spies called “Silencers”. The kids are waiting in an old broken down hotel for a friendly Silencer to come and give them information on survival. However most of the group believes that he is dead because the last they saw of him, he was on a spacecraft that blew up. This book is about the group of kids trying to hold their position at the hotel.

I thought that this book was well written because it includes very descriptive scenes and lots of action. The plot sets the writing up to be intense and suspenseful. The characters of this book are well characterized and go in-depth in extraordinary ways. I must say the cursing was not something that I enjoyed seeing in the book, but that is the only thing I have against this book. The Infinite Sea is for anyone who wants a thrill.

One memorable thing about this book is how the children have to have carbon dioxide detectors in their mouths to stay safe. It showed that the aliens had such brutal ways of killing the humans off.

four stars

Reviewed by Varun, grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library

December 8, 2014

Build a Robot with Our 3D Printer @ the Twin Hickory Library Digital Media Lab!

by AdrienneTheLibrarian


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Have any school projects where you need to create an object that has never before existed? Come use our new 3D printer at the Twin Hickory Library Digital Media Lab! If you have a Henrico County Library Card and a 3D design file, you can place a request for a 3D print job!

3D Printer

The Digital Media Lab has a MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D printer available for public use. If you’ve created something (via a program like Tinkercad) or downloaded something someone else designed (via a service like Thingiverse, where we found our adorable robot) you can request that it be printed.

Learn more about how to print your creation on our 3D printing page.

The Digital Media Lab is available for self-serve use by intermediate and advanced users and can be booked by Henrico County Public Library card holders ages 14 and above. Basic information about the Digital Media Lab resources can be provided by library staff. Staff may be available by appointment for more in depth assistance. Classes may be offered on the use of the hardware and software in the Digital Media Lab.

Follow this link and take a look at the Digital Media Lab use policy. Got questions? Call us (804-290-2900 x5) or email us!

December 6, 2014

Read + Review — Bleed Like Me, by Christa Desir

by MandyTheLibrarian


Ever since her parents adopted three brothers from the streets of Guatamala, seventeen-year-old Gannon has been invisible. For the past five years, every day has been a painful and lonely struggle for Gannon. Suddenly, her whole life changes when she meets Brooks, a broken and troubled young man. Brooks is the first person to ever truly see her, and as she plunges deeper into their relationship, Gannon is faced with the ultimate, life-changing decisions.

Bleed Like Me was a total page turner; I finished the whole book in one sitting! However, it does deal with very dark and serious issues. The characters were not admirable, but they were lovable nonetheless. Gannon’s love interest, Brooks, was a very mysterious character and he kept me interested in the story. I really enjoyed Desir’s writing style because it was so easy to understand and I was able to feel like I was part of the story.

The most memorable thing about the book was the intense relationship between Gannon and Brooks. I have never before read a book where the main character is in a codependent relationship, so it was very interesting for me.


Reviewed by Maryum, grade 11, Twin Hickory Area Library


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