Saturday, October 05, 2013

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Seek the Unknown @ The Library: Teen Read Week (October 13-19th)

Teen Read Week is almost here, and we’re celebrating by holding three fun contests throughout the month of October! Entry forms for all contests can be picked up at any SCPL location.

Candy Counting Contest: We’ve placed jars stuffed with candy at each of our 10 branches. Correctly guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar at your branch (or come the closest), and you could win all the candy AND a $20 Regal Cinema gift card!

Design a Bookmark Contest: Create a bookmark using the Teen Read Week theme—“Seek the Unknown @ the Library”—and you could win a $100 gift card to Michael’s! The winning design will be professionally printed and distributed at all SCPL locations. 

-       To be eligible to win, participating teens, or someone living at the teen’s permanent residence, must be a full-privilege Spartanburg County Public Library cardholder.  
-       Design can be full color and must be 1.5” x 7” and include the 2013 Teen Read Week theme. Digital entries must be 300 dpi and saved as a .jpg, .pdf, .tiff, or .eps.  
-       Entries need to be accompanied by the artist’s name, address, phone #, age and grade in school, and can be turned in to any Spartanburg County Public Library location or emailed to  
-       Entries will be judged based on originality, use of theme, and design. The contest ends October 31st, and the winner will be announced in November. 

Seek The Unknown: A curiously unusual book titled The Unknown is hidden in plain sight in the teen collection at each branch. Seek The Unknown, then follow the directions within to win a sweet treat!

Teen Book Review: Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Emily March is tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe one thing she’d change about a classic novel, Little Women is an easy choice. After all, if Emily can’t fix things in her own family, she might as well bring a little justice to the other March sisters. But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s world of the March sisters, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won’t be as easy as she thought.—adapted from inside cover 

This book showed a lot of imagination and really got you thinking! How can you decide between saving sweet Beth or marrying Jo to Laurie? Or worse, what if you're in love with Laurie yourself? Little Women and Me etches a nice picture in your mind, giving you an idea of what living in the March sisters’ time period must have felt like. Something new and exciting was always happening, and it must be noted that the jealousy between Emily and her newfound sister Jo was so lifelike, you could relate to it perfectly! I liked this book because it gave you an idea of how you would fit into such an environment. The feelings expressed were so real you almost felt like they were talking about you! I also thought it was interesting how the author wrote such feeling and personality into each character. I really think you would enjoy reading this book if you love adventures, romance, emotions, decisions and plenty of vivid imagination!

Reviewed by Israel Long, age 14