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.
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
Games on deck:
- Mario Karts or Just Dance
- 4 Speed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFo6bQGWSCg)
- Unspecified card game (ie: spades, War, etc.)
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:
- “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin)
- “Splintered” by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
- “The Rithmatist” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
- “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile)
- “Monument 14: Sky on Fire” by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
- “Earth Girl” by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
- “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
- “Siege and Storm” by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
- “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
2014 Harvest-Teen Ghost/Suspense Story Writing Contest
It’s that time of the year again. We’re looking for teens with the writing habit to submit the cleverest ghost/suspense story they can dream up. Remember, gory doesn’t always make the story. Sometimes, the cleverest ghost is a stupid human who “would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky kids” who also happened to be really creative writers.
- Entries received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 1-22, 2014 by email to email@example.com will be considered.
- Submit up to 1500 words or 3 double spaced typed pages by email.
- There are 3 Age Groups: 11-12, 13-15, 16-17
- Prizes and medals will be awarded at the Harvest-Teen Party at the Headquarters Library on Friday, October 31st at 5:30 pm. You do not have to be present to win.
- All entries must be original works. Text MUST be submitted electronically and will be scanned through plagiarism software as part of the evaluation process.
- Header on each page MUST read as follows. Entries without full headers may be disqualified:
o First & Last Name:
o Parent/Guardian Phone:
Happy Harvest Writing!
photo compliments of http://scoobydoo.kidswb.com/
Follow the link below to watch a great piece about how easy it is to overcome barriers through reading, and why being called a “nerd” is now a cool thing.