Archive for September 2012

TRW’12 Kickoff & Logo and Slogan Awards Reception

Sunday, October 14, 2012; 3:00 to 5:00pm

All Ages

This event is also our kickoff celebration for Teen Read Week 2012.  Join us as the winners of the YA@AL Logo and Slogan Contests are revealed.  Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served.


School’s Out In The Library

Thursday, October 18, 2012; Noon to 4:30pm

Ages 11-17

Today is an early dismissal day in Richmond County Schools.  While school is out, young adults will be in the library.  We’ll have a brief discussion about the history of American comic books and then we’ll watch one of the latest screen adaptations, The Avengers.


Zombie Sock Hop

Friday, October 19, 2012; 5:30 to 7:30pm

Ages 11-17

It Came From Outer Space is the campy movie we’ll be showing this evening in celebration of TRW’12 and its theme – It Came From The Library: Dare to read…for the fun of it.  In between laughing at the “special effects” in this black and white movie from the 1950’s, there will be trivia and dance contests that promise fun for everyone.


TRW’12 Book Swap & AE Session

Friday, October 19, 2012; 5:30 to 7:30pm

Ages 11-17

We’ll be participating via the internet with YA@AL at the Diamond Lakes Branch in the final TRW’12 event.  Bring personal copies of books to trade and your endings to some of your favorite teen-young adult books.  You can write them beforehand, rap them or just talk to the crowd off the top of your head about, say, how you will always be Team Jacob and why Bella should have dumped Edward two books ago.   Fun, creative and often insightful, you’ll have a great time exploring some intriguing alternatives to books you thought were over and done – until now.


– Other October Events –

Ghost Story Writing Contest Submission Period

Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 19, 2012

Ages 11-17

The library is accepting submissions from young authors ages 11 to 17 years old for the annual Ghost Story Writing Contest.  Guidelines for stories and submissions will be posted on Monday, October 1 on the Teen Blog and at  All submissions must be entered by close of business on Friday, October 19.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finalists at a reception on October 27, 2012. So, get you’re your quills and chills ready because, as YA@AL always says, you can’t win if you don’t play!


Study Hall

Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2012; 3:00 to 5:00pm

Ages 11-17

Wednesdays Study Hall is held in the YA Room on the 2nd Floor.  Come get assistance from the library staff with papers and projects.  Print material as well as online services like Galileo can provide sources that give a much more comprehensive view of your assigned subject.  Study Hall will show how to use these sources to your best advantage.


Monthly After Hours Scavenger Hunt

Friday, October 26, 2012; 5:30 to 7:30pm in the YA Room

Ages 11-17

We’ll have the whole place to ourselves again.  Win prizes by finding hidden objects in the library using a clue sheet.  Since school’s back in full swing and schedules have us all harried and hurried, this month’s theme is “Positive Attitude Month & World Kindness Week.”  Join us for a snack supper as we have a great…greater…THE greatest time.  All participants must be in the building before we close at 5:30pm.


Ghost Story Awards Program & Reception

Saturday, October 27, 2012; 3:00pm

All Ages

The winners of the Ghost Story Writing Contest will be announced, awards will be presented and refreshments will be served.  Bring friends and family.


Get Understanding Youth Speakers Series

Sunday, October 28, 2012; 3:00pm

Ages 11-17

The Get Understanding Youth Speakers Series is a monthly event at the Headquarters location that features issues and/or persons of interest to patrons aged 11 to 17 years old.  Speakers discuss hobbies, college/vocational planning or present community resources in a relatable way to and for teens.  For this month’s topic information, consult the library’s Teen Blog in October at


For more information, contact:

Kristin Eberhart

Young Adult Librarian

Headquarters Library-Augusta

East Central Georgia Regional Library System

823 Telfair Street

Augusta, Georgia  30901


 “In all your getting, get understanding.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Honoring young people in middle and high school for outstanding volunteer service to their communities.  You might win a sizable cash prize, a trip to Washington, D.C., and a chance to inspire other young people to get involved in volunteering. The application deadline is November 6.


Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest

Is your school, troop, sport team or club participating in Go Orange for No Kid Hungry and want to win up to $500?  Your group could win by participating in the Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest.  In 500 words or less, participants must answer the following question: “Why is ending childhood hunger in America important to you?”

To submit your essay, email your response and a photo of you or your group rocking the color orange to  Title your email “2012 Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest.” The contest opens September 9th at 12:01a.m. EST and closes September 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST.  When submitting your essay, be sure to include your full name and age.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three essays in two age categories: under the age of 15 and ages of 15-21.

  • First: $500 cash prize
  • Second: $250 cash prize
  • Third: $125 cash prize


DAR American History Essay Contest 2012: Theme – Forgotten Patriots Who Supported American Struggle for Independence

Focus on the groups, including African-American, Native-Americans, Hispanics and others who provided military, patriotic, and public service support of the American Revolution.  The contest is open to all students in 5th – 8th grades.

Dealine is November 9, 2012

For more information, call: Mrs. Mangelly at 706-798-1831


John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Students should use at least five varied sources such as newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews, including one non-internet source, to address the following topic: 

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a United States elected official that took place during or after 1956. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas.  Essay submissions for the 2013 contest will be accepted starting September 1, 2012. The contest deadline is Saturday, January 5, 2013

YA@AL is having a great time working with ya’ll!

Our Home School Open House generated some interesting dialogue among attendees in relation to the presentation, The Library for the College-Bound Student.  Home-schooled young people got to meet each other and have some stimulating conversation, while parents in attendance asked questions regarding the library’s resources and services that can support their individualized curriculums.  Another session is being planned for November if you missed this one, so keep checking back for dates and times.

An enthusiatic group of college prep students at Curtis Baptist School also benefitted from the presentation which was delivered in class on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  We look forward to greeting their members as they journey to the library for a follow-up visit intended to further reinforce the topics covered at their session.

The general public is encouraged to come hear the same presentation, The Library for the College-Bound Student, on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00pm at the September installment of the Get Understanding Speakers Series.  This informational series held one Sunday afternoon each month at the Headquarters location features issues and/or persons of interest to patrons aged 11 to 17 years old.  Speakers discuss hobbies, college/vocational planning or present on community resources in a relatable way to and for teens.  Upcoming sessions include healthy cooking and eating for teens and a discussion of the December holidays celebrated by various faiths represented in the CSRA.  While the topics are geared toward teens, it’s actually a great way for the whole family to spend an enjoyable and educational afternoon together at the library.

August Scavenger Hunters on the prowl.

Congratulations to Caleb, Fredreca & Joshua, our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place August Scavenger Hunt winners!  This month’s topic was Back to School.  As they excitedly searched throughout the closed library to find the answers to clues that helped complete their bingo cards,  High School Musical 3 provided the ultimate soundtrack for fun.  Who knew that Warren Buffet, the 3rd richest man in the world, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  Our hunters know now as most found the answer to this clue during their chase.  Everyone got prizes and food was enjoyed by all, so make sure you put September’s hunt on your calendar.  Friday, September 28th at 5:30pm is THE day and time you want to get stuck in the library.  Remember-you can’t win if you don’t play!

Keep checking back for periodic updates on what’s happening for ya’ll with YA@AL.  And that’s what’s up…

– Ms. Kris