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YA@AL’s Place is the area on the 2nd Floor of the Headquarters Library specifically designated for use by teens.  Check back frequently to see what new and exciting activities we have planned for YA@AL (Young Adults @ Augusta Library).  For more information, contact 706-821-2604 or eberhartk@arcpls.org.

Saturday, January 24th (UPDATED DATE)

10:00 am

Summer Camp Information Session
-Sponsored by JLJ Enterprises
(Ms. Kris won’t be there but TAG attendees will receive credit).

Saturday, January 31st

10:00 am til 5:00 pm
Summer Reading Video Filming
- Pizza lunch will be served.

Friday, February 13th

5:30 pm
Scavenger Hunt & African-American History Month Quiz Show

Saturday, February 14th

10:00 am
Summer Camp Information Session
-Sponsored by JLJ Enterprises

The local Rotary District 6920 competition will be held on Monday, February 23, 9:00 am on the first floor of the conference room of the Enterprise Mill located at 1450 Greene Street.  First, second and third place winners will be selected. Our Club may enter up to three contestants. Local prizes will be available.  The final speech will be given during the opening lunch session; time and place to be announced later.

Winners at the local level will have a chance to be selected for a $1,000 scholarship at the Zone competition scheduled for May 1‐3, 2015 in Augusta.  Rotary’s 2014 local winner was Emma Kate Few, a 10th grader from Davidson Fine Arts.  She competed at the Zone level and received a $1,000 scholarship.

Initiated in 1997 by Dublin Rotarian and Past District Governor, Preston Johnson, the District 6920 Rotary Speech Contest is a special project engaging Rotarians, educators, and students in a meaningful and rewarding opportunity for personal development of our nation’s future leaders. Originally named the   4‐ Way Test Speech Contest, the contest evolved over the years to focus on the current International President’s Annual Theme or the 4‐Way Test. The 4‐Way Test. Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

No matter which theme is used the basic premise remains: the speech contest requires students to research and learn about Rotary in preparing a short speech; in doing so, the students as well as all audience members receive an invaluable review of the great service which is Rotary.

Students should develop their speeches to fit within the 3 to 4 minute time constraint. Speeches less than three minutes or greater than four minutes will be progressively penalized in scoring. The short speech should be deliverable without the use of note cards or written copy but the student may utilize a few small note cards with limited words for reference if necessary.

Interested high school students, their teachers or parents may contact La Verne Gold at 706-724-5544, email, lgold@uwcsra.org .

Jan-Mar 2015 Schedule

The Librarians cover photo

Baird: “How did you know all that?”
Flynn: “I’m the Librarian.”




Be on the lookout for more information on this blog regarding dates, times and library locations for our Financial Aid Bootcamps for middle and high school students.

Until then, here’s some information on how a college grad paid off her student loans early, and how she thinks she could have done so sooner.



profiles in courage

For more information or to upload your essay:


President John F. Kennedy respected and admired acts of political courage. His book, Profiles in Courage, published in 1956, recounts the stories of eight U.S. Senators who risked their careers by taking public stands for unpopular positions. The Profile in Courage Award, presented each May by the Kennedy Library Foundation, honors elected officials who have demonstrated exceptional political courage.

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient. A “Profile in Courage” essay is a carefully researched recounting of a story: the story of how an elected official risked his or her career to take a stand based on the dictates of the public good, rather than the dictates of polls, interest groups or even constituents. The contest challenges high school students to discover new profiles in courage, and to research and write about acts of political courage that occurred after the 1956 publication of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.

The winner of the competitive annual contest is awarded a $10,000 prize and is invited to accept the award at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The student’s nominating teacher receives a John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 and is also invited to attend the Profile in Courage Award ceremony.  A second place winner receives $1,000 and up to five finalists each receive $500. All finalists receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage. The essay contest is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and generously supported by John Hancock Financial.

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest meets several National Standards in Social Studies and English and offers a meaningful opportunity for students to develop and enhance research, writing and critical thinking skills while they deepen their understanding and appreciation of politics and history.

Topic Guidelines

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 government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews 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.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

Visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest on Facebook!

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Young Adults @ Augusta Library Teen Advisory Group (YA@AL TAG) hosted a fun and festive local observance of International Games Day @ Your Library on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Donations of the the game Tapple and Yu-Gi-Oh cards galore from American Library Association partner companies supplemented TAG-chosen games like Just Dance, Uno, 4 Speed (aka “Velocity”) and Monopoly.  While most participants traveled from game to game, a few stuck with their tried and true favorites.  Such a great time was had by all, planning for the 2015 observance is already in the works with talk of organizing a Minecraft team to compete with other gamers as far away as Australia.  If you are 11 to 17 years old, keep your eyes and ears open for developments regarding next year’s observance and plan to join in on the fun.

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Who: YA@AL TAG (Young Adults @ Augusta Library Teen Advisory Group)

What: International Games Day @ Your Library

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ Noon-Until

Where: YA@AL’s Place – 2nd floor – Headquarters Library – 823 Telfair Street

Why: Fun!


Games on deck:

  1. Tapple
  2. Mario Karts or Just Dance
  3. Monopoly
  4. 4 Speed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFo6bQGWSCg)
  5. Uno
  6. Unspecified card game (ie: spades, War, etc.)
  7. TBA


YA@AL will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country on November 15, 2014, for the seventh annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ your library. Like so many other libraries across the country and around the world, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day please visit http://ilovelibraries.org/gaming.


Follow International Games Day on Twitter at @igamesday! Tweet your stories using the tag #igd14. Join the conversation on Facebook also.

Teens all over the world voted starting Aug. 15, with voting lasting through Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 12-18, 2014). Altogether, over 12,000 votes were cast for the 25 nominees.

The official 2014 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

  1. “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin)
  2. “Splintered” by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
  3. “The Rithmatist” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
  4. “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile)
  5. “Monument 14: Sky on Fire” by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
  6. “Earth Girl” by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
  7. “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  8. “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
  9. “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
  10. “The Eye of Minds” by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

Reprinted from: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/10/official-2014-teens-top-ten-titles-announced