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 24, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 10 Winner

by AmandaTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Anna L., grade 6, at Glen Allen Branch Library! Anna’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Anna will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 10 Prompt:
And you thought trolls/dragons/fairies/unicorns didn’t exist… (Pick one or more mythical creatures to write about.)

Anna’s Winning Story:

Max, having finished his teacher’s creative writing assignment, leaned back in his desk chair. He had written about a mysterious ogre that terrorized the small town of Hartman. “Whew,” he said to himself. “I sure am glad that ogres are just mythology.” Suddenly, Max heard a scream that sounded awfully like his mom. Then, he saw a strange shadow at his window. “Oh no!” Max exclaimed, and ran into his closet. The ogre in his story might have come alive. He heard a bang at his door. Through the shutters on his door, Max saw a glint of green, a canvas sleeve.

“The boy. She said there was a boy!” the creature said gruffly. “Aha,” the ogre mumbled. “The other door.” It opened the closet door and Max helped.

Max woke with a start. “Wow, my story really is convincing!” he chuckled.

 

August 17, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 9 Winner

by AmandaTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Reenie T., grade 6, at Twin Hickory Area Library! Reenie’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Rennie will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 9 Prompt:
Your main character is on a road trip with his/her family. After returning from a restroom break, your character finds that his/her family is gone and they are on their own in a strange place.

Reenie’s Winning Story:
“Mom? Dad? Renee?” I called. “Is anybody there?”

I shivered. It was oddly chilly in here, even though right before I left for the bathroom, the restaurant was perfectly fine. The lights had been dim before, but now, they were off, flickering off and on repeatedly. The wooden walls, so fancy before now looked old, and decaying.

“Where am I?” I asked, my voice echoing through the empty halls.

I glanced over at the calendar by the receptionist desk which used to be gleaming mahogany a few minutes ago, but now was. 5015. Huh? Where was everybody? Where was I?
My eyes flicked over to the table, which used to be smooth jade with plates of delicious food. But now, it was dusty, no longer fine or grand as it used to be.
I was starving, so I headed into the kitchen.

Where the fridge must have been before, there was wires poking out, this way and that. The knives and plates were dirty, and the floor was covered in a layer of dust.
I closed my eyes, trying to ignore the hunger burning in my stomach. It felt queasy, so I ran to the bathroom, where I had been minutes ago.

The toilets, so clean before, were now moldy, and as I bent down to throw up, a strange feeling rippled over me. It was like my friend, Summer dragging me too fast through the crowd.
I stood up. The toilets were clean again.

“Autumn, what took so long?”

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

August 17, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 10

by MandyTheLibrarian

SummerStories

This is the last writing prompt of the contest! 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.
August 10, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 8 Winner

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Hannah A., grade 6, at Tuckahoe Area Library! Hannah’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Hannah will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 8 Prompt:
What is one of your bad habits? Invent a character who has the bad habit, but a much worse case of it than you have. Write a story where this habit gets your character into trouble.

Hannah’s Winning Story:

“Mr. Miller! This is going too far!” Hayden had forgotten his work… again. His English grade was already down to a D. Mrs. Morris didn’t know what to do. Hayden had a habit of forgetting and overlooking important things but remembering little details. Mrs. Morris made a list of things that he needed to turn in: ten essays and a permission slip for a field trip. Mrs. Morris was fed up. Hayden was fed up, too. He was tired of his small attention span. “Mrs. Morris,” Hayden began. “I will do my best to finish everything.” That’s what he always said. But something always stopped him. “You better, Mr. Miller. Or else you will be held back a grade. Do you understand?” said Mrs. Morris. “Yes, ma’am.” That evening, he had a long talk with his parents. They took away all his electronics and banned his pesky siblings that were always bothering him from going within twenty feet of him and talking. They had Hayden sit down in the study with nothing except paper and pencils and textbooks to do his work. Still, he ended up making origami. Monday rolled around and the principal said he would be held back. Suddenly, the famous author James Patterson walked into office and said to Hayden, “Hello. You must be Hayden Miller. I read your stories that you sent me and they’re amazing! Do you want to coauthor some of my books?” Hayden’s life was about to change tremendously.

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

August 10, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 9

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.
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.

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