ACLD Teen Scene

{April 13, 2009}   Spring Break Teen Tech Program

It was a huge success and lots of fun! Thanks to everyone who came, played, and filled out surveys to let us know what you think.

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On Friday, April 10 from 3-5 pm, we’ll set up the Wii in Meeting Room A.  We’ll also have laptops set up so you can check your email, update your MySpace page, or play computer games while you wait.

We’ll be showing Twilight, the movie based on the popular book by Stephenie Meyers on Tuesday, April 14 at 6 pm in Meeting Room A.

The Twilight Book Club will be meeting again on Tuesday, April 21 from 6-7 pm in the Foundation Room.  They’ll be discussing The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce.  Ms. Pierce will be there to answer questions and sign books.

On Wednesday, April 22, we’ll be showing the latest movie in our Teen Movie Series.  It’s an Academy Award winning animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki: “After stumbling into the spirit world, Chihiro sees her parents turned into pigs. Forced to work in a bath house for the gods and spirits, the resourceful Chihiro struggles to free herself and lift the curse upon her family”.  We’ll be showing it at 5:30 pm in the Story Hour Room.

{March 27, 2009}   Twilight book club

Twilight book clubThis past Tuesday night, our Twilight Book Club met at the Downtown Library to discuss the first book in Stephenie Meyers’ popular Twilight Saga.  Jennifer, our new teen librarian, baked “Vampire Bites” cupcakes and made Twilight-themed buttons for everyone to take home.

The next book the club will be discussing is The Darkangel, the first in the Darkangel Trilogy by our own Meredith Ann Pierce.

If you’re interested in joining the Twilight Book Club or want to start your own book club, talk to Jennifer:, 334-3941.

{March 16, 2009}   Teen Tech Week program

Teen Tech Week logoOur Teen Tech Week program last Friday was a huge success!  We had teens from all over Gainesville drop by.  They played Guitar Hero III and Wii Sports, surfed the web at our laptop station, and made duct tape cell phone cases.

We want to say thanks to all the teens who made our program so much fun.  To those of you who couldn’t make it, don’t worry; we’re planning on having more teen programs in the future.  Let us know in the comments what programs you’d like us to have.

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{March 6, 2009}   Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week logoTeen Tech Week is Mar. 8-14 this year and to celebrate, we’re introducing new services and programs just for teens.  One of them is this blog.  Here’s where you can find out about upcoming events and hot new books, movies, and music.

We also want to hear what YOU have to say.  We’ll be conducting polls and surveys and we hope you’ll take the time to give us some feedback.  You can also leave a comment or even chat with us (see our Meebo widget on the right?).

That’s not all we have planned for this blog.  We want it to be a place where we, the library, and you, our teen patrons, can share recommendations and talk about our favorite things.  We’ll be showing off stuff that we make, like video book talks and book trailers, podcasts, photos, and more, and we want you to show off what you can do, too.

That brings me to another new program that I’m really excited about: our Teen Tech Workshop series.  Don’t know how to make a video, podcast, or show off your photos online?  Come to our workshops and learn how.  We’re having our first two workshops on Friday, Mar. 13 from 3-5 pm.  You can learn how to design your own computer game using free software and decorate your MySpace profile.  We’ll post a schedule for the rest of our workshops soon.  If you have any suggestions for a workshop, let us know.

In addition to this blog, you can keep up with what’s going on in the ACLD on our MySpace page and follow us on Twitter.

So, stop by the downtown library on Friday, March 13 from 3-5 pm.  We’re down on the first floor.  In addition to the workshops, we’ll have our Wii set up, and there will be music and duct tape crafts (make a case for your cell or iPod).  Hope to see you there!

One more thing: we want to take pictures of everyone having fun at our Teen Tech program and share them on the blog and MySpace page.  We need your parents permission, though, so if you want us to post photos of you on our sites, please have them fill out and sign this release form and bring it with you.

{March 6, 2009}   Neal Shusterman was here

Neal Shusterman and me The Friends of the Library brought Neal Shusterman to Alachua County.  He visited a bunch of middle and high schools (was yours one of them?) and he stopped by the downtown library last night.

He did a question and answer session; I asked him about his favorite books and authors.  He told us that he used to be really into Roald Dahl, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  When he was in middle school he read a lot of Stephen King; he couldn’t sleep with the lights out for weeks after he read The Shining!  In college, his favorites were Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving; he loved A Prayer for Owen Meany.  A couple of recent books that he recommends are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  He’s also a fan of Orson Scott Card (they’re friends!).

The book club from Williston High School came to see Mr. Shusterman.  They took a picture with him and got an autographed Everlost poster.  Speaking of Everlost, he’s about to start writing the third book in the Skinjacker trilogy.  He also told us that he’ll be writing another Antsy book.

If you missed Mr. Shusterman, sorry!  The good news is, we usually have a couple of authors visit each year.  If there’s anyone you’d like us to bring to Alachua County, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.  Comment on this blog or our MySpace page, email us at, call us at 352.334.3941, or visit us at the downtown library.

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