Monday, June 28, 2010

Keep cool this summer with teen video games & movies!

Sure, reading is great, but what else can you do at the library this summer? Why not meet your friends in the Teen Room to play video games at Game On?  Or drop into the Barrett Room for Flicks for Teens to watch recently-released films, snack on fresh popcorn and sip on ice-cold sodas? It’s all free and fun @ your library.

Escape the heat with these cool upcoming teen summer events:

Game On! Gaming Club for Teens:
Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution III
Thursday, July 1 from 1-5pm in the Teen Room

Flicks For Teens:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Friday, July 9th @ 6pm in the Barrett Room

See you there!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Teen DIY!

So far this month we’ve had two great DIY programs! First we had about 25 teens recycle old t-shirts into cool necklaces in the teen room.

Hard at work!

Some of the crafty teens pose with their necklaces for a group shot afterwards. 

Then last week over 30 teens showed up to tie dye t-shirts outside in the Bill Drake Amphitheater!

Most of the teens were finished by the time I had a chance to get the camera out, but imagine this shady area with about 25 more teens and you’ll get an idea what it was like.

I promise we had gloves! Dye is sneaky though and it gets EVERYWHERE. I still have some pink on one of my fingers! 

The next DIY program is Tuesday, June 29th @ 3pm in the teen room. We’ll be learning kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique. Hope you can join us!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Jennifer's Book Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan


          I will admit that I have never been a fan of the undead – not in movies or books. However, when I read Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I was fascinated by the world and characters. I was so fascinated that I was aching to be one of the first to read its new sequel, The Dead-Tossed Waves. 
          The Forest of Hands and Teeth introduced readers to the idea of a zombie apocalypse. Villages exist without knowledge of what exists beyond their borders except the Unconsecrated. The main character, Mary, does not feel content and begins searching for the ocean as she struggles to survive life outside of her village. Its sequel, The Dead-Tossed Waves, picks up several years after Mary’s story, and focuses on a world that is aware of its existence and others. This world is not nearly as sheltered as Mary’s; however, its teenagers do not seem to have the same sense of fear. As a result, the brazen behavior of the teenagers brings hurt and terror into the town.
         Told through the eyes of Gabry, Mary’s daughter, readers will enter a world that has stopped moving forward and is living with relics of the past. After the teenagers’ grave mistake, Gabry is left fleeing the coastal town in order to protect her love. But her escape is not easy – she encounters a strangely familiar boy who helps her along the way, as well as a bizarre religious cult. The adventure ends up causing Gabry hurt and confusion as she discovers she is not who she really thinks she is, and she begins questioning who she will become. The journey is thrilling and intense – it will make you hurry to the end to see just what happens. And the end will leave you begging for more!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Author Spotlight: Carrie Ryan


Carrie was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. After growing up in the south, she decided to attend Williams College. This is where she met her fiancée JP, who convinced Carrie to go to her first zombie movie. Carrie became fascinated by zombies, and after moving to Charlotte, decided to write a zombie novel. There are so many movies about the days and weeks after a zombie apocalypse, but Carrie wanted to know what happened much later—generations later, so she wrote The Forest of Hands and Teeth and its sequel, The Dead-Tossed Waves.


Read The Forest of Hands and Teeth for July’s read & feed,then attend the meeting on Monday, July 26th to discuss the book and meet Carrie Ryan!

*Author information and picture from

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Teen Summer Reading 2010

Go to any SCPL location to sign up and get started!

 Earn points by reading for an hour (books, manga, graphic novels or magazines) and attending teen events. Complete a game card by earning 10 points and receive a 2010 Teen Summer Reading t-shirt!

You’ll also be entered into drawings for weekly prize packages worth $100 and into grand prize drawings for a Kindle, a digital camera, or a Nintendo DSi XL!

Keep earning points and completing additional game cards to earn more entries in all drawings!

Completed book reviews are also entered into the weekly drawings for more chances to win!

Check out our events page to find out about the other awesome stuff we have planned for teens this summer!

teencentric pictures!

We had a great turnout at teencentric--thanks to all who came out and joined us! Sing Sing 76 sounded great, Tamora Pierce was amazing, and everyone had lots of fun! Check out some pictures from the event:

Sing Sing 76

Tamora Pierce

The LONG line for Tamora Pierce's book signing

Teen Services staff with Tamora Pierce