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Teen Summer Reading 2013 Kickoff Party

Friday, June 7, 2013; 5:30 pm

Headquarters – “The Ballroom” (1st Floor)

Ages 11-15

Break out your best dress, suit and tie.  Join us for refreshments and dancing at our official “prom” kicking off the YA Summer Reading Program.  Come walk the Red Carpet (5:30 pm to 6:30 pm) like the celebrity you are and stick around for a special announcement.  While the event is free, you must RSVP through one of the outlets below.

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CarolineKennedy_NLW13_SkyscraperYA@AL (Young Adults @ Augusta Library) is pleased to offer the following activities in honor of National Library Week 2013.  Unless otherwise noted, all activities will take place in the YA Area on the 2nd floor of Headquarters and are for youth ages 11 to 17 years old.  Parents and guardians in attendance must be “chaperoned” by a YA.


Monday, April 15-Silent Library Afterschool Marathon-2:00 pm – 5:00 pm-Continuous viewing of the game show Silent Library.

Tuesday, April 16-Anime Day-3:00 pm – 5:00 pm-Snacks and viewing of the movie Bleach: Memories of Nobody.

Wednesday, April 17-Database Demonstrations-3:00 pm- 5:00 pm-Continuous demonstrations of the new, free databases accessible from the ECGRL website.

Thursday, April 18-Teen Literature Day-2:00 pm – 5:00 pm-Come out and add the name of your favorite book to our YA Book Chain. One lucky “linker” will win a YA Literature Prize Pack.

Friday, April 19-Open Mic Night Poetry Slam-6:30 pm – 8:30 pm-Come ready to participate with Lady Vee DaPoet in presenting your own original poems and spoken word skits.  Entry Forms will be available as this is the last opportunity to submit poems to the ECGRL YA National Poetry Month Contest 2013.



Join us on Friday, April 19th, as noted area personality Lady Vee DaPoet hosts a poetry slam for our young adults in honor of National Poetry Month.  Come on out and try your latest piece on a captive audience.  Thinking about entering ECGRL’s YA National Poetry Month 2013 contest?  You can submit your entries at this event.  Spoken Word or Written Word, get some objective feedback on your creative thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact: 706-821-2108 or ya@ecgrl.org.


Much has been made lately of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book and organization, Lean In.  Are their recommendations right for every woman in the working world?  How should young adult females take this information and apply it to their own situations and future aspirations?  Why are women being told to lean in and not stand up?  In the conversation, many may have missed a very important point made on the organization’s website.

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Multimedia mogul Tyra Banks attributes her leaning abilities and “Top Model” persona to one person, “the world’s most helpful librarian.”

Stop by your local library and ask a librarian to help you chart you future.  It worked for Tyra – Leaning, Standing and Catwalking!



In addition to being the founder and owner of the multimedia company, Bankable Productions, a former Supermodel and the orginator of the television franchise, America’s Next Top Model, Ms. Banks is the author of the YA novel, Modelland.

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ECGRL is accepting submissions of original poetry written by area youth for the YA National Poetry Month 2013 contest from April 1st through April 19th by email, mail, Survey Monkey and at the Headquarters Library Information Desk (2nd Floor). There are three (3) Age Divisions: 11-12, 13-15, 16-17 and two (2) Formats for judging: Spoken Word and Written Word. All Spoken Word participants are required to submit a written version of their piece. Entrants then have the option to perform live or submit a taped performance of their piece to staff prior to the event date. The three Spoken Word winners will perform at the Awards Program on Friday, April 26 at Headquarters at 5:30pm where certificates will be awarded to all entrants and winners will receive prizes.

1. Contest is for grades 6-12 (11 to 17 year olds) only.
2. Poems can be typed, written or artistically drawn with the student’s name, phone number, email address, grade, age, school and name of English teacher at the top of each page of the poem. Submissions lacking this information are subject to disqualification.
3. Submissions found not to be original material will be immediately disqualified.
4. Poems will be judged by staff on adherence to guidelines, originality and creativity.
5. Submissions can by entered on the back of this form, hand delivered or emailed to ya@ecgrl.org by 5:30pm on Friday, April 19, 2013. Multiple entries per writer are permitted but must include all entry information. Address mailed entries to:

YA Librarian
Headquarters Library
East Central Georgia Regional Library System
823 Telfair Street
Augusta, GA 30901

6. Instructors and Media Specialists wishing to submit multiple entries on behalf of their students should contact the YA Librarian by close of business on Friday, April 19, 2013 to discuss drop-off or pick up arrangements.
7. All entrants are eligible to receive Participation Letters to give to their English teachers by emailing a letter request including all of the entry information required above to ya@ecgrl.org.

Winners will be announced and receive certificates, medals and a special surprise at the Monthly After Hours Scavenger Hunt and Awards Program on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:30pm at the Headquarters Library.


The Survey Monkey Entry Form Link:


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TTW13_Skyscraper_FINALTeen Tech Week 2013 is off to an exciting start.  We’ve got a surprise “Techie” Skyping in to talk to our teens on Wednesday.  The big deal is on Friday, March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm here at Headquarters.  Come on out as Rolling Video Games Augusta brings the party with Wipeout! and Halo.  Up to 16 gamers at a time will challenege each other for the Grand Prize and bragging rights.  Bring a group of 4 to play in the team competition or play as an individual.  We’ll bring the technology; you bring the fun!

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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JWMDR7N.  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 http://teens.ecgrl.org.


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 NoKidHungry2@strength.org.  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


Return of the

YA Ghost Story Writing Contest

 Story Submission Period: October 1 – 19, 2012



 It Came From The Library: Dare to…read for the fun of it!

October 14-20, 2012