June 9, 2015

Summer Reading Club

by LisaTheLibrarian

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Read this summer and your brain won’t have such a hard time getting back to work in the fall. Read this summer, log your books online (here) as part of HCPL’s Summer Reading Club and you could win a branch-level prize of a four-pack of tickets to a race at RIR, OR the grand prize of a $50 gift card to your choice of Gamestop or Barnes & Noble! 

Every teen who reads and logs at least five books gets a sports pack!

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August 3, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 7 Winner

by MandyTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Jikai Z., grade 12, at Tuckahoe Area Library! Jikai’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Jikai will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 7 Prompt:
It’s your character’s first day at a new school. He or she wants to get a fresh start, develop a new identity. But in his or her homeroom, your character encounters someone he or she knows from summer camp.

Jikai’s Winning Story:
“It wasn’t one of those things you wish never, ever happened,” Alyssa said.

“What do you mean? I would totally want to be in your shoes. A first kiss? At summer camp? Sign me up!” Jamie disagreed.

“Come on, it was one of the grossest experiences of my life!” Alyssa retorted.

Out of the corner of her eye, she sees a boy, and not any boy- the boy. The boy she kissed was here at Staunton High with her and she still didn’t know his name. She was sure he told her at one point, but she forgot and it was all strange to her that he was in her school, in the flesh, sporting a very unattractive hairdo.

“Is that him?” Jamie asks Alyssa, whose shocked expression confirmed yes.

“What am I going to do? He’s here? And his hair cut?” Alyssa fake vomited and she grabbed Jamie’s hand and took her to the nearest girls’ restroom.

Once they were in the bathroom, Jamie came up with a definitive plan, “This is what you’re going to do. He probably forgot all about you and won’t bring it up. Then, you will accidently forget everything too and you will not talk to him, because if he sees you and he remembers, literally, the whole school will make you guys an item. In the chance that he does remember, you ask him his name and carry on. Keep calm and carry on. I repeat, keep calm and carry on.”

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

August 3, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 8

by MandyTheLibrarian

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
July 30, 2015

Babysitting Workshops in August

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

babysittingThe Henrico Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct two-day babysitting workshops at the North Park, Sandston and Varina Libraries. The workshops take place over two days, with a day in between. You MUST attend both days. The workshop will cover fun activities to do with children, making healthy snacks, handling emergencies, and the business of babysitting. Teens that finish the workshop will receive a tote bag and a certificate. Registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. Teens ages 12-18 can register online, in person or by calling 290-9000.

North Park Branch Library (290-9700)
Monday, August 3rd — 2:00-4:30 pm AND Wednesday, August 5th — 2:00-4:30 pm

Sandston Branch Library (290-9900)
Tuesday, August 11th — 2:00-4:30 pm AND Thursday, August 13th — 2:00-4:30 pm

Varina Branch Library (290-9800)
Wednesday, August 12th — 2:00-4:30 pm AND Friday, August 14th — 2:00-4:30 pm

July 30, 2015

Open Mic Nights in August

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

teen-open-mic-night-NO TWYou’ve got talent, teens! Now here’s your chance to prove it. Come perform for a live audience and bring your best dance moves, music, poetry, or other hidden talent to share. Performers will be entered in to win a $50 gift card from Barnes and Noble! Registration is required to perform, and the line-up will be first come, first served. This event is open to all teens in middle school and high school. Register online or call your library beginning July 1st.

Open Mic Night at Dumbarton Library
Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 pm. Call Adrienne Minock at 290-9400 x5 for more info.

Open Mic Night at Fairfield Library
Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm. Call Amanda Giannini at 290-9300 x5 for more info.

Open Mic Night at Tuckahoe Library
Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 pm. Call Mandy Arnold at 290-9100 x5 for more info.

July 27, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 6 Winner

by MandyTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Katie N., grade 9, at Glen Allen Library! Katie’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Katie will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 6 Prompt:
A campfire, a scream, and a small lie that gets bigger and bigger.

Katie’s Winning Story:
ʺDid you hear that?ʺ Jessica said suddenly looking up with wide eyes. ʺI swear something moved.ʺ

The ten of us were gathered around the fire roasting marshmallows.

“Are you sure? I don’t see anything.” Elaine said looking at her suspiciously.

“Of course.” Jessica said, annoyed. “Some monster is out there.”

The other campers looked at each other uneasily. I gave Jessica a questioning look. I hadn’t seen or heard anything. She winked at me. I hate it when she lies like this. But not everyone was fooled. The two boys sitting next to me were still looking at her with disbelief. One of them glanced at Elaine then stood up.

“I’m going to check it out.” David said, his voice determined.

Two minutes after he left a scream pierced the air. My eyes shot towards Jessica’s. She looked back at me, bewildered and alarmed. She didn’t know the source of the scream either.

“The monster probably ate him!” Jessica said. However apparently she wasn’t afraid to take advantage of it.

“Do you think it really was the thing you heard?” Elaine said, frightened. “Someone call a counselor!”

“Wait!” Jessica said nervously. “I mean we don’t really need to get a counselor right? I mean I was just kidding.”

Elaine narrowed her eyes. “You mean to say you were lying?” Jessica squirmed in her seat.

“Fine! I lied.” She admitted. Elaine smirked. David came out of the trees.

“Got ya!” David said laughing. The night ended with laughter all around.

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

July 27, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 7

by MandyTheLibrarian

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
July 25, 2015

July Teen Writers Guild @ TW – Author Visit!

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

The July Teen Writers Guild at Twin Hickory Library will have a little extra awesomeness (beyond our usual awesomeness of writing while eating cookies)! We will have a virtual visit (skype chat) with writer Anne Blankman. She’s written two great books — Prisoner of Night and Fog and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke  — both have received fantastic reviews. Anne will Skype with us and talk shop about being a professional writer.  We will also do writing sprints and eat cookies!

Teen Writers Guild @ Twin Hickory Library
Tuesday, July 28, 2015; 6-7pm (we may run a little past 7pm)

prisoner of night and fogConspiracy of blood and smoke

 

July 20, 2015

SUPER Bubbles @ TW

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

IMG_1259Make huge, amazing, SUPER bubbles at Twin Hickory Library!

Little kids shouldn’t get all the fun, so we’ll make super giant bubbles they could only dream about! You’ll make your own giant bubble wand and get plenty of time to practice your bubble making technique. We’ll send you home with your wand and some bubble recipes so you can keep blowing huge bubbles at home.

Tuesday, July 21st, 6:00 pm

20 tickets will be handed out for the program at the Children’s Desk, starting at 5:30 pm, 30 minutes before the program begins at 6:00 pm.
For teens, ages 12-18.

July 20, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 5 Winner

by MandyTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Vikram S., grade 8, at Tuckahoe Area Library! Vikram’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Howard will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 5 Prompt:
There is an ancient creature living under the school.

Vikram’s Winning Story:
The ground erupted! Dirty, dusty pieces of the floor flew everywhere.

“Run for your lives,” a boy yelled as the monstrosity emerged from the hole. It had the head of a boar with enormous fangs and the body of a man, it was the Rakshasa.

Most of the class was shocked at what they were seeing; but then Rakshasa let out a howling screech that snapped them out of there trance. Children began to run everywhere, but one boy named Jim remained calm. He thought to himself I can do this, I can escape this, all I have to is hide until this ancient creature goes away, so he hid under a desk, but that wasn’t enough. Rakshasa could smell his fear from a mile away.

So as Rakshasa went on the prowl, Jim was saying a silent prayer, “Please,” he mumbled, “If anyone can hear me, please help.”

As soon as the words left his mouth, Jim’s teacher, Mrs. Wright, kicked the door open.

Mrs. Wright looked terrified, but she still managed to stutter, “I don’t care what you are, but I won’t let you harm any of my students.”

Rakshasa turned toward her slowly and began to make his way to her, and just before he could strike, the school bell rang. It was too high-pitched for the Rakshasa and it flew back into the dark pit from which it came. Saved by the bell yet again!

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

July 20, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 6

by MandyTheLibrarian

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
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