Monday, August 04, 2014

Meet Tiffany!

There’s a new face at the Woodruff Library! Meet Tiffany, our newest Teen Assistant.

EDUCATION:  Bachelor of Arts in English from Converse College

FAMILY:  Mother, father, older brother, seven (!!) cats, and a dog named Annie

HOBBIES:  Reading and writing, travel, photography, comedy, playing with any and all of my pets, hiking, swimming, scrapbooking and other crafty things, and watching more TV and movies than is probably good for me

FAVORITE QUOTE:  "I am no coward, but I am so strong."  -Meriwether Lewis

FAVORITE TEEN BOOKS:  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (and everything else by him), the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

FAVORITE NON-TEEN BOOKS:  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company by Brian Hall, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and anything by Ellen Raskin

RECENTLY READ:  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

WHY YOU WANT TO WORK WITH TEENS:  Despite what they may think now, being a teenager is kind of the best: it's okay to explore who you are and what you want from your life, and to be shamelessly excited and enthusiastic things.  Also, many of the most fun and sometimes the best books are geared towards teens, and I'd love to help them discover these books and all that books can teach them about being good people.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Photobook Begins June 2nd!

Photobook is a fun annual project that invites teens to explore and take pictures of Spartanburg County! One-time use cameras are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to 50 local teens each summer. The disposable cameras level the playing field and challenge teens to get creative and take great photos with no zoom feature and no instant gratification. It’s possible!

Winning photos will be selected in the following categories:

  • ·         Best Overall Photo
  • ·         Best Spartanburg-specific Photo
  • ·         Most Unusual Photo

The winners will each receive a $75 Barnes & Noble gift card. Cameras will be available starting June 2nd in the Teen Room or online at Cameras will be checked out to teens’ library cards and are due by June 30th.

One photo from each camera will be on display at the Headquarters Library during the month of September, and an opening reception will be held in honor of the photographers.

Teen Summer Reading Begins June 2nd!

Summer means reading for fun and what’s better than that? Getting prizes for reading, of course! Start by signing up for Teen Summer Reading at any SCPL location, then read and attend teen events for a total of ten hours to complete a card. For your first one, you’ll receive a Coffee Bar voucher for a coffee or hot chocolate and an official TSR T-shirt!

Your card will also be entered in weekly drawings for awesome prizes, like Regal Cinemas and Barnes & Noble gift cards, and into grand prize drawings for a PlayStation 4 or a touchscreen laptop!

You’re encouraged to complete as many cards as possible throughout the summer for multiple entries in all prize drawings. Additionally, you can review books read during TSR to earn more entries in the weekly drawings! The fun lasts June 2nd-July 31st and is for teens ages 12-18 or entering grades 7-12. Sign up and make your reading count!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meet Kristen!

There’s a new face at the Headquarters Library, too! Introducing Kristen!

Hometown: Inman, South Carolina
Education and Work Background: I'm about to graduate Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. I've worked at several awesome places so far, including the library, GameStop and a movie theatre.
Family: My family includes my mother, father, younger brother, step mom, 2 step brothers, a step sister, and my Pomeranian Moxie.
Hobbies: Surfing the web, playing with my puppy, playing video games, watching Netflix and reading, of course.
Favorite Quote: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should." - Acheron from Sherilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series
Favorite Teen Books: Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley, Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
Favorite Non-Teen Books: The Black Jewel Series by Anne Bishop, First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Recently Read: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones, Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Why You Want to Work With Teens: The teen department is truly where I feel at home. I've grown up in this department and working anywhere else just pales in comparison.




Meet Leslie!

There’s a new face at the Landrum Library! Meet Leslie, our newest Teen Services Assistant!

Hometown: Roebuck, SC

Education and Work Background: B.A. in German from Furman University, Spirit Halloween; Buck’s Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp

Family: Mom, Dad, Sister, Beautiful Kitten (Chairman Meow)

Hobbies: Reading, Sewing, Embroidery, Painting

Favorite Quote: “You can draw water out of a water-well,” said the Hatter, “so I think you could draw treacle out of a treacle well—Eh, stupid?” Mad Hatter, Alice

Favorite Teen Books: Tanith Lee’s Wolf Quartet; A Matter of Profit by Hilari Bell; Star Crossed and Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth Bunce; Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe; Megan Whalen Turner’s Thief series

Favorite Non-Teen Books: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Recently Read: American Gods by Neil Gaiman, A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

Why You Want to Work With Teens: I love teen literature and proving to teens that there’s no such thing as not liking to read.