Friday, June 22, 2007

Guitar Hero

Wednesday we had about 30 teens show up to either compete in or watch our Guitar Hero tournament. Here are a couple of pictures!

Second and first place-- our Guitar Heroes!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Read & Feed: Peaches

Oops- I totally forgot to bring the camera to the book discussion today! We met at Crossroads Coffee right by the library and enjoyed a sandwich tray, fancy coffee drinks and lively discussion about this month's book, Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson. To be honest, I hated this book when I started it, but it won me over by the end and I think I might read the sequel now. Here's the cover and a synopsis-

Synopsis- Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.

Hope you'll join us at the July Read & Feed where we'll be discussing A Heart Divided by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Teen Writer's Group

Today was the Teen Writer's Group meeting and 10 teens turned out to share their writing and have it critiqued by other teens. Here are some pictures taken between readings!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Blood and Chocolate

Around 30 teens showed up to watch Blood and Chocolate today at the HQ library. The movie is based on the teen book of the same name by Annette Curtis Klause. Here are couple of photos- one during the movie and one of a few teens who stayed after so I could take their picture for the blog!

A Murderous Melodrama

Here is a photo of teen detectives in action at our recent murder mystery!


Thursday, June 07, 2007

The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle

I've been lucky enough to read two books lately that I've really loved. The first, Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr, I wrote about a few days ago. The second I just finished this past weekend. It's called The God of Animals and is by first time author Aryn Kyle. I heard about it on a podcast (teen author John Green and his brother Hank's Brotherhood 2.0 podcast to be exact. Aryn is Hank's neighbor.) and even though it is technically an adult book (but narrated by a 12 year old girl) and I hate the cover (I know, I know), the writing is awesome. I laughed, I cried, etc. Here's a pic of the cover (judge for yourself) and a summary from the publisher-

When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's troubles -- a depressed, bedridden mother; a reticent, overworked father; and a run-down horse ranch. As the hottest summer in fifteen years unfolds and bills pile up, Alice is torn between dreams of escaping the loneliness of her duty-filled life and a longing to help her father mend their family and the ranch. To make ends meet, the Winstons board the pampered horses of rich neighbors, and for the first time Alice confronts the power and security that class and wealth provide. As her family and their well-being become intertwined with the lives of their clients, Alice is drawn into an adult world of secrets and hard truths, and soon discovers that people -- including herself -- can be cruel, can lie and cheat, and every once in a while, can do something heartbreaking and selfless. Ultimately, Alice and her family must weather a devastating betrayal and a shocking, violent series of events that will test their love and prove the power of forgiveness.

Teen Room @ HQ

For those of you who've never been to the Headquarters library and seen our awesome teen room, here are some pictures so you can experience it vicariously!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Photobook: Spartanburg 2007


Photobook: Spartanburg 2007 officially started Friday! All 50 cameras are in the hands of 50 Spartanburg teens and we're excited to see what they deem photo-worthy!

Friday, June 01, 2007

T-shirt Pillows

We made pillows out of t-shirts yesterday at HQ. Here are some pics of a few of the final products!