May 31, 2016

Summer Reading Club Begins June 1st!

by PattyTheLibrarian

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Sign up for summer reading starting June 1st at Henrico County Public Library!  This year’s theme is “Get In the Game!” and is all about games, fitness, and nutrition.  Visit henricolibrary.org/src to get started.

Your local library has all the books on your summer reading list, and lots of books in a wide variety of genres to fulfill your reading requirements and personal tastes!  This year we have incredible prizes lined up, and a wide array of amazing programs that can help you reach your reading goal!

Check out this promo video made by the Northwest Teen Advisory Board!

 

July 27, 2016

Summer Stories — Week 5 Winner

by AmandaTheLibrarian

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

Week 5 Prompt: You win a trip to the International Space Station as a Cosmic Student Ambassador. Tell us all about what you experience. Who do you meet?

Sophie’s Winning Story:
It went like this. I was a ghost. Not because I wanted to be a ghost, but because I was forced to be a ghost.
It had happened suddenly. One moment, I was being welcomed aboard the International Space Station, the first in a line of prestigious, over-achieving student ambassadors. The next moment, a was a ghost, ripped from my body by a corporeal manifestation of a possibly polluted alien life form. I now hung in the air, inches from the ceiling, my transparent tendrils of arms bleeding into each other like a Sunday morning fog.

My previous body tilted its head up and smiled at me. Pink hair, pink eyes, pink lips formed into an innocent smile. It was the only creature in the highly technological entrance hallway that seemed to notice my ethereal presence. Cameras flashed as it walked through the large chrome archway into a spacious dining area. A long table was set up for an intergalactic feast. That was supposed to be my feast.

It sat down next to a cute, north-eastern type girl, who immediately offered it a drink of pink lemonade. That was supposed to be my pink lemonade.
Everything except my new form was held in place by the false gravity resulting from the rotation of the station. As my ghastly body passed through the metallic ceiling, I looked down to see my old face. Pink lips mouthed the word. Goodbye.

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

July 27, 2016

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 6

by AmandaTheLibrarian


Every Wednesday now through August 10th, 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 20, 2016

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 5

by AmandaTheLibrarian


Every Wednesday now through August 10th, 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 19, 2016

Summer Stories — Week 4 Winner

by AmandaTheLibrarian

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

Week 4 Prompt: Your main character and their friends are walking through a neighborhood when they see an abandoned house. After getting up the nerve to check it out, they open the door…

Rebekah’s Winning Story:
“Come on Kensie!” my friends yell. “It’s abandoned, we aren’t going to get caught!” I roll my eyes, and say, “Haven’t you guys heard of haunted houses? Ghosts? Kids who go into abandoned houses never coming out again?” My argument apparently doesn’t concern my friends, because Joy grabs my arm, and drags me in. The floorboards creak under my feet. Spiderwebs glimmer in the light sneaking through the cracks in the wall.

Suddenly Joy screams. She plunges down through the floor. I hear a splat, then it’s still. One kid down, three more to go. Unconcerned, Robbie and Brittany continue on. I yell to their receding backs, “Let’s leave NOW, before something else happens!” Before they can turn, something else happens. Both suddenly crumple to the floor, moaning, “It’s the tail, the tail!” What tail? I wonder. Too late I find out. A bright pink scorpion stings me in the leg. The last thing I think is, I was the one who told them not to go in.

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

July 13, 2016

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 4

by AmandaTheLibrarian


Every Wednesday now through August 10th, 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 12, 2016

Summer Stories — Week 3 Winner

by AmandaTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Arjun T., grade 11, at Twin Hickory Area Library! Arjun’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Arjun will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 3 Prompt: You find out that you had a great aunt you never knew about who has died and left you a home in a foreign country…

Arjun’s Winning Story:
As I read my great-aunt’s will, I kept pondering my inclusion in it. Raised by a solitary uncle after my parents’ death, I never knew the rest of my family – Uncle Charlie never cared much for his relatives, and I guess it rubbed off on me. For the life of me, I couldn’t fathom why my great-aunt even mentioned me in the will, let alone leave me her house in Europe.
I walked out the lawyer’s office, still curious, but a little worried. As I mindlessly fiddled with my phone, my mind stayed fixed on the house as I wrestled with what to do next. The answer came surprisingly quickly, and within the next week, I was headed to Switzerland.

The little cottage stood at the top of a grassy knoll, surrounded by bucolic scenery. Relaxed, I opened the door and walked in. Unlike the rest of the house, the bedroom was the only area where there was no space to place anything. It was a spacious room, full of photos and images – many faces in the pictures were of my parents, Uncle Charlie, and some of which I believed to be my great aunt. Through the pictures, I started to learn more about my parents and their life. The voids which were in my heart through my whole life began to be filled with memories of my past. This new house gave me a new past, a new present, and a beginning to a new future.

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

July 6, 2016

Come get your laugh on at Libbie Mill Library!

by northparkteen

Improv Flier

We’re bringing improv comedy to Libbie Mill Library, people! We are hosting 3 improv comedy workshops this summer: Teens, Adults, and Children. The first of our improv workshops, the Teen workshop, is coming up on July 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register ASAP to guarantee your spot! We’ll be playing a number of short form comedy games that are played in improv theaters all over the country! Those who are interested need to have an open mind, a sense of humor, and a willingness to think outside the box! Let’s do this!

July 6, 2016

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 3

by AmandaTheLibrarian


Every Wednesday now through August 10th, 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 5, 2016

Summer Stories – Week 2 Winner

by AmandaTheLibrarian

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

Week 2 Prompt:
You find a very old, leather bound book at the library. It’s very worn and stained and has an odd, faintly spicy smell. It also has a lock on it. You ask the librarian about it and she looks at you very carefully and then, after looking to see that there is no one else around, she winks and hands you a very old key…

Andrea’s Winning Story:
Everyday after school I walked home and passed an old library that looked abandoned. One spring day, I decided to go into the library and see for myself how it looked. Walking into the neglected library, I saw nobody there except for a scrawny, elderly woman sitting at the front desk. Peering at me over her book, she dismissed my presence. I skimmed down the aisles as I looked for a booked that sparked my interest and then I saw it. I picked a ragged brown book with a chain that had a lock at the end of it off the dusty shelf. The book smelled of mold and old cheese. I fiddled with the lock to see if it would break, but nothing happened. Scanning the room I saw the librarian peering at me over her book. She quickly returned to reading once she had seen me glancing at her. Trying my best to be brave, I went up to the slender lady and asked her in a timid voice why this was the only book that had a lock on it. Reaching into the drawer, she handed me a small silver key. Anxious to see what was inside I scurried over to a table and hastily opened the book. Inside the book there were individual letters that were highlighted and it seemed to spell out a word. I recognized the letters spelled out my name! “What could this mean?” I asked myself. “Only one way to find out!”

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

June 29, 2016

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 2

by AmandaTheLibrarian


Every Wednesday now through August 10th, 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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