February at the Library

BY A TEEN ADVISORY GROUP MEMBER:


It’s that time of year again, where there is love in the air! If you’re like me then you also don’t care. Luckily the Library may have a few programs to get your mind of V-day, so may I present to you… the FEBRUARY BRIEFING!february-clip-art-whimsical-cartoon-text-doodle-month-44872747

Some things you may look forward to:

 

Gaming Unplugged: February 12th from 2-4 PM

Bibliomaniacs: February 15th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Spring Lock-in- FANDOMiCON: February 17th from 5-8 PM

Middle School Book Club: February 20th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Teen Advisory Group: February 22nd from 4:30-5:30 PM

The spring lock-in is this month! FANDOMiCON, a lock-in devoted to all your favorite fandoms. We will play games, eat pizza, and have fun, so bring your friends! (Note: You have to turn in a permission slip with your parent’s signature to come to the lock-in. Get one here.)

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– Anyway, we’ll have a blast so I hope to see you there!

Signing out, Chidinma

 

 

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December at the Library!

Happy holidays everyone! It’s Chidinma with the weather. It’s cold.

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Actually, I’m here for….

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THE DECEMBER BRIEFING!!!


Some events to look forward to:

High School Anime: December 3rd from 1-4:30 PM

Middle School Anime: December 7th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Random Fandom- Chronicles of Narnia: December 8th from 4-5:30 PM

Gaming Unplugged: December 11th from 2-4 PM

Teen Writing Group: December 14th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Middle School Book Club: December 19th from 4:30-5:30 PM

Bibliomaniacs: December 21st from 4:30-5:30 PM

Bibliomaniacs is right when we get out for the holidays, so I expect to see you guys then! There is no TAG during December, and the next meeting will be in January.

Enjoy the break, because it’s the last you’ll get this year.

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Signing out, Chidinma.

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What Does the Library Mean?

teen-panorama_editWhen you think of a library, what pops into your brain? Do you think about books? What about resources? Maybe you think of the annual Summer Reading Club.

The Flower Mound Public Library means “life, love, happiness, Heather and Jennie [two youth librarians; also sponsors of the Teen Advisory Group],” according to Harshini Cormaty, a freshman at the University of Texas in Dallas. Anne Marie Kluthe said that the library is “a great place to study… but a greater place to get distracted by a bunch of books instead.”

But if you look at Merriam-Webster, a library is “a place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow.” Sure, the library does hold such items, but it also holds so much more. A regular at the FMPL would know that the library has more than mere books and videos within its confines. It holds adventure, fun, relaxation, and a safe place. But how does it have all that? Perhaps we should explore what the local library has to offer to teenagers.

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Teen Writing Group 

Teen Writing Group is always lots of fun because you get to talk to other people writing stories like you. We had a prompt at the beginning of the meeting about the location on your GPS changing and there was someone there waiting for you. No one has the exact same style of writing so it was cool seeing how our minds would take this. Somehow we ended up with a few Doctor Who references, but as they say great minds think alike. After that we got to work. Heather passed out character charts for us to develop our characters. All in all, it was a great meeting. Hope you come to the next one!

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 6 Months Away!

Yeah yeah, I know, that’s a long time. The author list doesn’t even come out until November or December, so why are you bringing it up now?

Wait. Okay, let me backtrack. You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is a yearly event in Irving, Texas. A bunch of authors show up (like, 50+ of ’em) and they get put in groups for decisions based around their books. And we get to watch! Admission is free, AND they do book signings afterwards (also free).

Some reasonable famous authors have showed up in the past. So. Great.

I have a crazy amount of books signed because of this. Wanna see?

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The book where you can’t see the spines I got signed elsewhere. So yeah, it’s a pretty decent portion of my  collection.

Now, the reason I’m bringing this up so early is because they have some volunteer options to help get things ready starting this November. You can get some book swag and volunteer hours and meet other book lovers.

You can find the details at http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/bffs/

In the coming months I’ll be sure to update you on the NTTBF, but until then, hope to see you in Irving!

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Insert the Theme Music from Law & Order Here

rffingerprintIn case you don’t know, Law & Order is a show that’s been on for a billion years, it’s almost always playing on USA at any time of day, and your favorite actor has probably made an appearance on it at some point.

L&O aside, we love crime shows. There are so many of them, and they’re all the same but different. Whether the dead body is in LA, New York, Miami, Vegas, or Hawaii, we love the mystery and we love the characters. That’s why September’s Random Fandom celebrates the upcoming seasons of all crime shows.

BTW, Random Fandom is THURSDAY at 4 p.m. One of you will play the dead body, one of you will be the killer, and the rest of you will have to figure it out before you run out of time in this special murder mystery based on our favorite crime show characters.

If you need to get into the mood, go to your Netflix queue and watch a few episodes of CSI or NCIS, listen to the mystery of an actual crime on Serial, or check out one of these books: Continue reading

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September at Your Local Library!

To quote the great poet Silento in his memorable ‘poem’ Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), “You already know who it is.”

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Just kidding, it’s your neighborhood TAG president, Nim! Welcome to the new school year of 2016-2017! Hope the first week of school has been treating you well, unlike me. 😛 If your week is going well, I have more good news for you. If your week is not going so well, it’s going to start going well now.

IT’S TIME FOR THE SEPTEMBER BRIEFING!!!

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It’s making an appearance after months of hiatus, which I am very sorry about. High school can be rough (so check out the bulletin board in the teen section, and help your fellow teens survive high school!), and I learned that the hard way. Enough about negativity, let’s get to the positive news!!

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  • High School Anime: September 3rd from 1-4:30 PM
  • Middle School Anime: September 7th from 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Random Fandom- CRIME SHOWS: September 8th from 4-5:30 PM
  • Gaming Unplugged: September 11th from 2-4 PM
  • Teen Writing Group: September 14th from 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Middle School Book Club: September 19th from 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Bibliomaniacs: September September 21st from 4:30-5:30 PM
  • TAG: September 28th from 4:30-5:30 PM

 

We do have some new additions to the library programming!

  1. Gaming Unplugged: Come to the libraries every 2nd Sunday of the month to play games!
  2. Middle School Book Club: A book club for middle schoolers/ grades 6-8
  3. Bibliomaniacs: The high school/ grades 9-12 book club! No assignments; just come to talk, rant, and/or fangirl about the book you are currently reading!

 

That’s it, y’all! Be sure to attend the events [especially Random Fandom. You know I’ll be there sobbing over one particular show. ;)] and say hi to us! We’d love to see y’all there.

Also, comment down below about school and what crime shows you like. Maybe you might meet a fangirl of your show. 😀

YAYYY

Nim

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Happy Back to School Day!

Or Not-So-Happy Back to School Day, depending on your POV. The blog is back from its summer hiatus, so we’re starting off with an update of ALL THE THINGS.

taglogoThis Wednesday (8/24), 4:30-5:30

TAG, a.k.a. the Teen Advisory Group. If you’re not already in TAG, you can join at any time, but this Wednesday is the first meeting of the school year, and we’re talking about a lot, so it’s an important one to come to if you’re new. TAG plans Random Fandom every month, and you get volunteer hours if you need them, and all the cool kids will be there, and if you’re reading this, you’re cool and you should be there too. (Did the peer pressure work? Just checking.)

HS anime logoSaturday, September 3, 1-4:30

High School Anime (formerly known as Otaku Kyokai No Flower Mound) is open to freshmen and up. Watch movies, eat snacks, talk about cosplay and cons, geek out… you know, a normal Saturday 🙂 Screenings shown are for older audiences, so sorry, middle schoolers! Check out the next program below:

animedaze logoWednesday, September 7, 4:30-5:30

Watch short episodes of your favorite new and old shows, eat snacks, talk about cosplay and cons, and have fun! New this year, Anime Daze is open to everyone in grades 6-12, so if you feel like hanging out after school and watching anime, come join us!

Random Fandom logoThursday, September 8, 4-5:30

It’s all about the crime shows for September’s RANDOM FANDOM. CSI (and all its spin-offs), NCIS (and all its spin-offs), etc. We don’t know exactly what we’re doing yet, but that’s why you should come to TAG on Wednesday.

gaming unplugged logoSunday, September 11, 2-4

Come play games with us! We’ll have board and card games to choose from, or you can bring one from home with all of your closest friends/enemies to defeat them all in the game of your choice.

TWG logoWednesday, September 14, 4:30-5:30

If you’re an aspiring author, a Wrimo, write fanfic, have a Wattpad, or just post drabbles to your Tumblr, join the Teen Writing Group! We do writing exercises that might make you a better writer, you can get feedback from your fellow writers, and we play storytelling games to squash our inner editors (and it’s possible we may be nerds.) Every meeting, you can enter the door prize to win a free book! (All of the books at the library are free, right, but this one you don’t have to bring back.)

MS Book Club logoMonday, September 19, 4:30-5:30

The book of the month is Holes by Louis Sachar. Pick up your copy from the Youth Services Desk to read before the meeting, and bring it with you to discuss. This book club is only for grades 6-8!

bibliomaniacs logoWednesday, September 21, 4:30-5:30

Bring your favorite book, the book you hate, the book you’re currently reading, or anything you want to talk/rant about! This book club has NO ASSIGNED READING! We’ll fancast our favorite characters and hang out. This book club is only for grades 9-12!

taglogoWednesday, September 28, 4:30-5:30

And then we’re back to TAG to plan the October Random Fandom and talk about the upcoming volunteer opportunities for Haunted Library!

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Let’s Review: Frederick Douglass

Next up in English III novels is a fairly short read in the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by you guessed it, Frederick Douglass. Published in 1845, it captures the plight of slaves during this time. Beaten, raped, killed, and separated from their families, some slaves such as Douglass resolved to escape in search for freedom. Douglass finally succeeded after failed attempts and moved North where he became a free man. His childhood was marked by unimaginable sufferings but he reminds us that other slaves had it much worse which hints at the true horrors of slavery.

Douglass also explains ways how white masters kept slaves subservient, and among them is lack of access to education. Realizing this, young Douglass taught himself to read and write with the help of neighborhood white boys who sympathized with his situation. He also exposes the hypocrisy of white slave owners: they profess their faith to God yet own fellow human beings. Religion was much debated during this time as many whites used the Bible to justify slavery; however, Douglass disproves this and supports his anti-slavery argument not only using religion but also logic and morals.

It was definitely meaningful and inspiring to read the story of such an incredible individual who overcame his barriers as a slave and established himself as an advocate for other suffering slaves like he had been. It is no understatement to say that the works of people like Douglass contributed to the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, and I am happy to say that Mr. Douglass lived to see this day in 1865.

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Let’s Review: The Scarlet Letter

Second on the list of English III literature is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne was on good terms with transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, but was a critic of the movement himself and held more pessimistic views on human nature. An interesting fact about Hawthorne’s ancestral lineage is that he was a descendant of John Hathorne, a leading voice in the Salem Witch Trials (and a minor character in The Crucible) and one of the only judges to never apologize for his actions sentencing “witches” to death. He was the reason Nathaniel Hawthorne decided to add a “w” to hide their relation, and The Scarlet Letter is seen as Hawthorne’s apology in his ancestor’s stead.

The novel is set in 17th century Boston, still a largely Puritan society. In the town lives young and beautiful Hester Prynne, who in the beginning of the novel is revealed to have committed adultery and is condemned by her entire community. Her punishment is wearing a scarlet “A” on her chest for the rest of her life and become an outcast in her Puritan society. She and her daughter, Pearl, live on the outskirts of town and learn to live in their own way. These two, especially Pearl, represent non-conformists to Puritan society. However, Hester’s kindness and good works ultimately lead to some respect and higher regards for her in the community. I won’t reveal the entire storyline here, but there are two men in Hester’s complicated love life: her former husband known as Roger Chillingworth and the reverend Dimmesdale. Both are inherently non-evil people, but both suffer from pain caused by sin, guilt, or revenge. The story of these two men and Hester and Pearl in this strictly Puritan society makes this novel a fairly enjoyable and interesting read (for an English class novel at least) and serves to highlight Hawthorne’s dislike and contempt for the hypocrisy of Puritan ideals that had caused the Salem Witch Trials during his ancestor’s time.

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