Beginning Wednesdays in September from 3:00pm to 5:00pm is Study Hall in the YA Room on the 2nd Floor.  Reading a book that you think is “boring” for a class and want to get a fresh perspective?  Maybe you need to come up with an interesting social science project topic.  Looking for college information and scholarships? Come get assistance with papers and projects from library staff.  You’ve got to study anyway, so make it fun at Study Hall.

The hunts continue on Friday, August 31st at HQ!  Last month, we had nearly 20 Hunters join us for our beach-themed pizza party.  Since hunts start at 5:30pm, all participants must be in the YA Room at Headquarters prior to the close of the building.  Once this quest begins, it’s on!  Follow August’s clues on the back-to-school-themed guide sheets to win prizes galore.  All 11 to 17 year olds are welcome and we’re providing hot dogs and snacks as brain food.  Make sure to RSVP at ya@ecgrl.org or 706-821-2615 as to whether you are bringing teams of 2 or individuals to be paired with a partner.  Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Happy Hunting!

Home Schoolers should mark their calendars for Wednesday, August 29th at 10:30 am for the YA Home School Open House.  Meet in the YA Room on the 2nd floor of Headquarters and take a tour of the new library facility.  Get a preview of upcoming programming and opportunities the library is offering youth 11 to 17 years of age.  View the presentation, The Library for the College-Bound Student, and become aware of all the modern library has to offer the home schooling family.  Core reference material in print, interlibrary loan offerings, as well as online services like Galileo provide sources that give a much more comprehensive view of your child’s assigned subject.  Our Open House will show you how to use all of these resources to your best advantage.

 RSVP to Kristin Eberhart, YA Librarian, at 706-821-2615 or ya@ecgrl.org.

Check out the Friends’ Book Shop in the lobby for tons of books, fiction & nonfiction, including a homeschooling resource and parenting section.  Most books are only $2.00!  The shop will be open special hours for Wednesday’s Open House.

A contest seeking submissions for logo and slogan ideas is coming in September.  Young adults are encouraged to submit freehand or digital logos and/or a one sentence slogan that best represents the mission and spirit of YA@AL.  Entry forms are available online and will be available at all locations within the system by September 7.  The deadline for entries is September 30.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners at an announcement celebration in October during Teen Read Week.

 Links to enter each contest now can be found at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BWCW67G

Slogan Contest Entry

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTRW8CM

Logo Contest Entry

Teens interested in serving on the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) should submit their applications by September 30.  This group of 11 to 17 year olds will advise the library on the types of programming that will best benefit area youth.  Planning meetings are short (even Skyped, in some instances) and the major membership requirement is that youth show up to programs at either Headquarters or their local location ready to work AND have fun.  The first term runs from January to December of 2013, beginning with an Installation Reception this December.

To apply, pick up an application at your local ECGRL location beginning September 7, request one by emailing ya@ecgrl.org, or apply online at the following link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFQZPTD.

 Make sure you check out YA@AL this Fall!  It’s no longer just your parent’s library.

YA@AL (pronounced “Ya’ll!”) is a program of the Headquarters (Augusta) Library of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System.  The mission of the program is to provide exceptional service to local young adults (aged 11 to 17 years old) through the delivery of quality educational and recreational library media and programming.  The goal is for participants to positively identify their past experiences, nurture skillful decision-making in their current situation, and foster the development of advanced critical thinking skills that will serve them well throughout life.

Great YA@AL programming is specifically aimed at students ages 11-14, while Greater YA@AL is more appropriate for students ages 15-17.  Greatest YA@AL is aimed at all youth in this age bracket (and sometimes, even their parents/guardians).  The show will be taken on the road to other branches in the system and welcomes PINES cardholders from all over the CSRA to participate in most activities.

My name is Kristin Eberhart (Ms. Kris) and I am the new Young Adult (YA) Librarian at the Augusta Public Library.  While I am a recent graduate of the Valdosta State University MLIS (Masters in Library & Information Science) program, I have over 15 years of experience in Georgia libraries, primarily in the Atlanta area.  New to Augusta, I enjoy the city immensely, have been greeted with warmth and kindness by all I’ve met and look forward to doing great things with the exceptional young people living throughout the CSRA, especially our valued patrons of the ECGRL system.

Feel free to drop me a line at ya@ecgrl.org or 706-821-2615 if you have any questions, comments and/or suggestions for YA programming or book purchases.  I’m looking forward to hearing from all of YA@AL.

Tyden, Damaris & MauraAnd in this corner, coming from all participating ECGRL locations, weighing in at…well, that doesn’t matter.  What matters is that our competitors faced each other, the Just Dance Wii challenge and three of them stood on the Victor’s Stand (or behind the prize table in the meeting room).  Hailing from Friedman Branch and taking home $25.00 in 3rd Place prize money was Tyden, the only young man to rank in the Finals.  Go Tyden!  Our Silver Medal winner…I mean, 2nd Place prize winner of $50.00, was Damaris.  A strong competitor, she was barely edged out for 1st place and $100.00 by Maura.  Congrats to Maura and her whole family, who showed up nearly a dozen deep to support her efforts.  They say there’s strength in numbers; I’m sure Maura’s happy to be $100 stronger after her exhausting efforts in our competitions.

Great job YA@AL!

 

Friday, July 13th brought out the fiercest competitiors yet in this summer’s “Just Dance” Competition.  The game’s Versions 2, 3 and the MJ Experience really challenged this last group of dancers prior to the final dance event of the summer.  The victor was Maura who had just learned about the competition earlier that afternoon.  Congrats to Maura, who represents HQ in the Just Dance Tournament Grand Finale.

Dancers from all participating branches were scheduled to compete for the top prize of $100.00 at HQ in the Finale on Thursday, July 19.  Check back to see who took home the gold (or, in this case, the Benjamin).

Nancy Carver, Head of the Information Department at Headquarters, had a great time this summer travelling all over the ECGRL getting our young adults up and at’em at exciting karaoke events.  Everybody from Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”) to Journey (“Don’t Stop Believing”) spilled lyrics across the screen for our youth, helping them “own the night,” the mic and the spotlight at their respective libraries.  Headquarters, Friedman and Warren County locations had patrons literally singing with (and like) “Glee” during hours of light-hearted fun.

Make sure you check your This Month at the Library brochure to see if karaoke is coming to a branch near you.  And check out biographies on your favorite music stars in the process.  If you’re the next Carrie Underwood or Jennifer Hudson, we’d love to tell the world that your career all started at your local library.   (And we’d have the video for your E! True Hollywood Story to prove it. lol)

Katie, Vianca and Ms. Nancy didn’t stop believin’ at Warren County’s karaoke event.Katie, Vianca and Ms. Nancy didn't stop believin' at Warren County's karaoke event.