A blog to keep up on what's happening for teens at Brooks Memorial Library including: • new books • events • resources available • fun website suggestions • ... and more.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Cute Puppy Friday

It's only fair that we feature a cute puppy this week! And by the way... the Dewey Decimal Number for dogs is 636.7. It's not the only place to find a book about dogs, but it's a good starting point.
Also, do you know what a Wiki is? If not, try killing two birds with one stone and check out this Dog Wiki!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Banned Book Week

It's Banned Book Week this week. It's all about banned and challenged books. If you liked the voting that we did during the summer for Survivor Book Club, how about filling out another survey and vote for your favorite challenged book? Click here to vote and to help celebrate your freedom to read. I'll bet you'll be surprised at what books you find on the list!

Friday, September 22, 2006

TGIF - Time for a CKP (cute kitten picture)!!

And here it is!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Thank goodness for local spinach!

But there are other greens that are also good. This is a chance to try something new. Maybe you got on a health kick this summer with exercising and eating right? Keep up the good work!! Here's a site where you can find out more about those oh-so-healthy greens. There are even some recipes to try.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Banned Books Week

Did you know that next week is Banned Books Week?
Have you ever read a "banned book?" (What is a banned book, anyway?)(Who bans books???)
Here's one place to find out more.
Also, the American Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) have created a Banned Books Book Sense Top Ten, compiled from titles nominated by independent booksellers nationwide. It is an interesting list! Click here to find out if you have read any of them. I bet you have!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

It's not just manga!

Here's something else from Japan. This group is called the Marimba Ponies. You may need some plug-ins to view this clip! And you'll need the sound on to get the full impact. This comes to us via Yahoo, and yes this post is an experiment to see how video clips come out on the blog. If you can't watch it, you might want to consider if you are getting full use of your computer because these days there are a lot of interesting video clips to be seen... and heard!!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Why does the door have to stay open?

Some of you may be wondering about the "open door policy" in the Teen Room. Does the library not trust teens? Does the library want to spy on you? Is the library just plain stupid--because if they want less noise wouldn't it make sense to close that door???

The answer is none of the above. There is a very good reason why the door needs to stay open. And that reason is simply because the Young Adult (YA) fiction collection is housed in the room and needs to be ACCESSIBLE TO ALL.

Accessibility is a word that we hear a lot. It is a big deal to libraries and to the American Library Association. But what does that have to do with the door?

When a small group of people are in the Teen Room with the door closed it can appear INACCESSIBLE to other people. They may think there is something special going on and hesitate to enter. Or younger teens may feel intimidated about opening the door when older teens are in there. They lose out on their chance to browse and borrow reading material.

So this is why the door must stay open. Not because the library distrusts you or because the librarian is dying to spy on you, but because the library is VERY BIG on making sure that EVERYONE is able to get what they want to read!

And that's a GOOD thing!!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Geography - Cooler than you think

Just ran across a very cool geography site. Give it a try... lots of interesting stuff here. Who knew the National Geographic Society could come up with such great stuff!!