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Thank You, FMPL

Recently, I won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for Texas and the President’s Volunteer Service Award for my work at the Flower Mound Public Library with TAG, so I thought it would be appropriate to write a “thank you” note to the place that has greatly impacted my life. Beware: It’s super sappy.

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Finally a Blog Post About the North Texas Teen Book Festival

By Anne Marie
Teen Advisory Group member

Right, so I’ve been pushing this blog post off because they haven’t released the panels, because that is a big part of me planning my trip. Well, they released it THIS WEEK, so I guess it’s time for me to get going.

What I know that’s relevant:

1) The festival will take place on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. They have some instructions on how to get there here.

2) There will be 75 authors. Last year there were just over 80, so I think they realized that 75 is their cap.

3) They finally released the panels. You can find it here. It should be noted that this is the most up to date. You should have the panel you really want to go to, and then a second panel you want to go to in case the first one fills up. They will be passing out a booklet with the panels in it, but they printed them weeks ago and now they are out of date. My suggestion: print your own and bring it.

4) It is free to get in, go to panels, and to have you books signed. That being said, there are a few things to pay for:

–Parking. It is $8 per a vehicle. If you are carpooling, be a good person and chip in for it.

–Books. In order to fund the festival, you are asking that you buy one book there for every two books you bring. They are often already signed (which is pretty cool of them), and it is through Half Price Books so the books are reasonably priced. The list of books and prices can be found here. They will accept cash, credit, and debit, but since their machines won’t be connected to the network they cannot accept gift cards.

–Food. It should be noted that you cannot eat inside, but you will be able to leave the building and come back. You can buy food food there (prices here), but I just bring a lunchbox because everything that might have a line will. And it will be long.

5) Odd Authors. There are several of what I call “odd authors” this year. These are the authors that have weird rules for getting books signed. I didn’t feel like rewriting everything, so here’s a screenshot of the rules as well as the information for speed dating.

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Oh, and here’s the twitter page. There is some information there that isn’t on the website, which is here. (I sure do like using “here” a lot, huh?)

 

Anyways, sorry this came out so late this year, and I hope everyone has a good, safe time this year and meets a lot of cool book nerds.

 

–Anne Marie

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Let’s Review: The Scarlet Letter

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President

*Late Night TV Announcer* Aaaaand welcome back to the blog, your favorite, Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right, I’m back y’all! To celebrate, I have my next edition of AP English III reads, The Scarlet Letter. Granted, I was supposed to write this a long, long time ago, but school (amiright?). Anyways, here we go!!

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Let’s Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member

Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a review! Maybe it’s because I haven’t had the time to read (yay for junior year).

However, I finally had the opportunity to crack open a book and read with little interruptions during winter break, and let me tell you: THAT ISH FEELS GOOD.

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Sorry, my inner book nerd is coming out.

Before I start gushing about this book, let’s marvel at its beautiful cover.

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Ok, I’ll stop drooling.

Warcross follows a bounty hunter and hacker named Emika Chen. The story is in the first person perspective, so you get insight of Emi’s thoughts and feelings. There is this elusive billionaire named Hideo Tanaka, who invented a pair of glasses and program that makes AR seamless, when he was 13 (he’s 21 at the start of the story). Basically, when you put on those pair of glasses, you can’t tell you’re in an artificial reality because it’s that good. The program/game, called Warcross, became part of everyday life. Since the game is so popular, they hold world championships, and Emi glitched into the first round. Rather than get arrested, Hideo calls her over to Tokyo to fix a security problem he’s been noticing. While investigating, Emika begins to realize that not everything is exactly what it seems.

I can’t say much about the story without spoiling something but it’s action-packed and will keep you at the edge of your seat (or wherever you normally read). Continue reading

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Probably the Weirdest Fandom I’ve Encountered (which is saying a lot) | Night Vale Random Fandom

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member

Hi howdy hello everyone! Long time no see. February is right around the corner (I can’t believe we’re already a month into 2018) which means another Random Fandom!

All you Night Vale fans rejoice! We are finally doing a Welcome to Night Vale Random Fandom!

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Now, like a lot of the fandoms we cover, I don’t know too much about it. I read a couple chapters of the book that the creators wrote, but that’s about all I know, so forgive me if I make any mistakes.

You know the drill!

Overview

Who: you and all your friends
What: Night Vale Random Fandom
When: Thursday, February 8 (4:00 – 5:30 pm)
Where: Flower Mound Public Library in the Program Room (near the restrooms)
3030 Broadmoor Ln.
Flower Mound, TX 75022

Just remember: You don’t have to be in the fandom to come to the Random Fandom events. We try and plan out activities that both people in and out of the fandom will enjoy and understand.

Speaking of activities, we planned a jam-packed hour and a half for those of you who decide to attend!

A couple ground rules before you enter:

1. Just know that pretend mountains don’t exist.
2. You must hail the Glow Cloud when its (?) name is mentioned

Not too hard, now is it?

(Author’s note: I don’t know what the Glow Cloud is and I’m not about to assume its gender so it will remain an “it” to me until someone explains to me what it is.)

Now on to the activities!

There is going to be a game online where you can try and survive being an intern. There will also be a round of Round Robin and Pin the Three Tails on the Cat. You can also expect to make your own Glow Cloud if you decide to attend. You will also have the opportunity to play a game called Shoot the Librarian.

(Author’s note: We will not be shooting the actual librarians who are running this program. It is a Mafia-type game.)

And what’s a Night Vale Random Fandom without having a couple episodes of the Night Vale podcast? A fellow TAG member is curating a playlist of his favorite episodes to play in the background.

There will also be a game called “Is this quote from Night Vale or social media?” where there will be a quote on the screen and you have to guess whether it’s from Night Vale or someone posted it on social media. Going on the theme of guessing, there will be a game of guess the NV character with vague clues where the person giving the description must give a generalized description of a character and the people on their team will try and guess who the character is. It’s almost like a combination of Taboo and Charades.

If guessing games are not your thing, then maybe a game of telephone and paranoia will be! We are also going to chant school fight songs in a circle because why the heck not? It doesn’t matter if you don’t know your school fight song (I don’t either) because there will be lyrics provided. There is going to be a scavenger hunt where you have to spot the angel hidden somewhere in the children/teen section of the library.

Are you interested in any of these activities? Then make sure to mark your calendars for the Night Vale Random Fandom and come visit us!

See you there!

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-Jessica, your friendly neighborhood bookworm

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Let’s Review: Wires and Nerve

By Ashley
Teen Advisory Group member

IMG_1293Hi! My name is Ashley, and I’m new to TAG so I thought that I’d take a few minutes to introduce myself. One thing that you need to know about me is that I love to read. I always have my nose in a book! Besides reading, I also like mythical creatures, dogs and cats, and a podcast called Welcome to Night Vale.

Anyway, everybody knows The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer, right? Well, she wrote a graphic novel called Wires and Nerve following Cinder’s (Selene’s) “sidekick,” Iko. Since most of the hybrid-wolf packs got away, Iko takes it upon herself to track them down and capture them. This is especially important that Iko does this because of the fact that she is an android, so she can’t get hurt.

However, if you didn’t like Iko as a character, you’re probably not going to like this book. After all, this book is a whole lot of Iko. She is a very feminine character. She likes clothes, shoes and net dramas, (though most of this is only mentioned and not shown). She also spends a LOT of her time daydreaming about boys.

Yet, Iko is left questioning her own humanity, misreading romantic tension with a royal guard calling her beautiful (or so she thinks), and having the pressure of finding all the hybrid wolves.

While I’m on the subject of Marissa Meyer, be sure to read her new book Renegades! Happy reading!

 

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Let’s Discuss: Is The Library Important?

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President

(Spoiler Alert: Yes it is.)

Nim again and this time, I’m not in a good mood.

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The best way to explain it is with a good old storytime. So gather around boys and girls, Nim’s about to rant!

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Reel Talk: Dead Poets Society

It’s been a hot minute since I posted anything (that “hot minute” being two years), and I have a new favorite movie (can you guess what it is?)!

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That’s right my dudes, I’m talking about the 1989 cult film, Dead Poets Society.

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Let’s Review: Twilight Breaking Dawn

By Anne
Teen Advisory Group member




I spent all of Thanksgiving break las year on this book. I bought a hardback copy of it at the Flower Mound Book Sale (the next on is on October 20-22— come check it out!) for the very affordable price of one dollar.
And I have to admit. I really tore through this book.
And yes, a year later is a terrible time to do a book review. I know.
Good thing this isn’t actually a book review.

But I wasn’t lying when I said I tore through the book, because I did.

Now why would I do this to a perfectly good copy of Twilight?

Well, for one thing, I needed a thick book, and I was not about to do it to a book I did not read or to Harry Potter (yes, I play favorites).
For another, there are plenty of copies around. My destroying of this book does not put the book population of Breaking Dawn at risk.
Finally, I’m a chess player. The cover is ascetically pleasing to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
(Also I did this one instead of the first one so people wouldn’t see the it on my bookcase and go “Oh, can I borrow thi— OH MY GOSH IT’S HOLLOW.”)

But it was really fun to make! I’ve always wanted a hollow book, and now it is even more special to me because I made it instead of just buying it somewhere.
I reused some of the paper in a school project for entrepreneurship.


And what I didn’t use for this, I recycled, don’t worry.

Oh! And see this quote?

I was actually going to use a different one (both quotes came from the book), but even though the other one was in the center of the page and this one wasn’t (although you can’t tell now), I cut the pages so unevenly that the relative center moved (you can see how uneven my wall is). I was lucky enough to see that this one fix was better.
Basically I use my book to hold candy, but if you want to make your own, I recommend Heather River’s blog on the subject. That’s the one I use. The Art of Manliness Has a pretty good one too, especially if you are trying to figure out the “why”s choosing to make a hollow book.

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Let’s Review: The Crucible

By Nim
Teen Advisory Group President


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I’m back! It’s time for another edition of “AP English III Novel Reviews”, with your host, Nim! Let’s get started.

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