Monday, March 30, 2009

Two more book trailer entries!

You guys are doing such a great job! Let's see more entries!!

Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld

Far North by Will Hobbs

Check out all of the entries we've received so far!

How to Enter:
  • Create a video of a book trailer -- like a movie trailer, but for a book! Your video should be 30 seconds to 3 minutes long, and be about a teen book, or a book that teens enjoy, owned by Sno-Isle Libraries.

  • 2. Post your Book Trailer video to YouTube.

  • 3. Make sure your video post contains the tag: "snoisleteens"

  • 4. Enter this form below by April 15, 2009: ations/teenvideo/

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cool tool for making your book trailer

Thinking about entering our Book Trailer Contest, but frustrated by your lack of video capabilities? Not a problem! You can use this cool service to make your awesome trailer: Sprout

Sprout is the quick and easy way for anyone to build, publish, and manage widgets, mini-sites, mashups, banners and more. Any size, any number of pages. Include video, audio, images and newsfeeds and choose from dozens of pre-built components and web services.


Contest ends April 15th, so get creative and get going!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Skateboarding Library?

Ok, that's just, well, pretty darn awesome.

What do you think of a skate park right next to the library? Dream come true, or a total eyesore?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rising Star Creative Writing Competition

From The Nature of Words:

"The competition, now in its fourth year, is awarded at the annual literary festival, scheduled for November 4-8, 2009 in Bend, Oregon. Prizes will be awarded in fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry in two age categories, 15-18 and 19-25. Winning writers will receive a cash prize, inclusion of their winning entry in an anthology, recognition in an awards ceremony at the November festival, and a scholarship to one of The Nature of Words workshops in their winning genre."

  • The competition is open to writers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

  • Competition genres include poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction and literary non-fiction-nature essay.

  • The nature essay should offer a reflection on the natural world as it affects and informs the personal world. The writing should demonstrate close observation of nature, as well as the ability of the writer to extrapolate from that observation nature’s ability to instruct mankind.

  • All entrants must be a member of one of the eligible age categories: ages
    15-18 or ages 19-25.

  • Entries must be received in The Nature of Words email ( no later than 12 midnight on the submission date of June 10, 2009.

Full details available here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

So you think you can dance?

From Push to Talk:

"So you think you can dance? Here’s your chance to prove it!

To be in this Summer’s annual DANCE This performance in July at the Paramount Theatre you need to audition.

Go to Dance Fremont (4015 Stone Way North Seattle, WA 98103)
March 22, 2009, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Details: Seeking Intermediate to Advanced Modern/Ballet Dancers (ages 13-19) for DANCE This, an annual youth training and performance project produced by STG (Seattle Theatre Group). Selected dancers will perform on July 10-11, 2009 @ The Paramount Theatre in a contemporary piece by Sonia Dawkins (artistic director of SD Prism Dance Theatre and PNB modern dance faculty member and choreographer).

For more information about DANCE This, click here.

RSVP required: Email or call 206-467-5510, x1171."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chat with Author Mary Pearson about The Adoration of Jenna Fox!

Tonight, via the readergirlz blog, there will be a live chat with the author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Which, if you've at all talked to me about books in the last 9 months, you know I <3.Why do I heart it? Because:

"Jenna was in a coma for 18 months. When she wakes up she doesn't remember anything - or anyone. Not what happened to her. Not her parents. Not her grandmother. Soon little pieces of her memory start coming back, slowly, and with their return she begins to realize that the isolated world of Jenna Fox is not what it seems. As she slowly unravels what happened to her - and the implications of what was done to her - she finds that maybe it would have been better if she had never woken up from that coma at all."

(that's me, quoting from myself. It's lame, but why write it twice, right?)

There's lots of tension and it really made me think. I'd say more, but I don't want to give anything away. Anyway, I encourage you to attend the rgz chat! If you can't make tonight's chat, never fear, rgz features a different author every month! April will be ELLEN HOPKINS, author of CRANK, IDENTICAL, GLASS, GLASS and BURNED. (!!!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pride and Prejudice...gone wild?

One classic book that all sorts of people seem to love is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It has been made into many great movies, there are websites dedicated to it, and now there are a couple of cool variations coming out.

The first one I'm excited to see is a comic book version to be put out by Marvel Comics! How fun is that? There is a great article about it over at Newsarama: Pride, Prejudice and Comic Books: Talking to Nancy Butler .

The other spin-off I can't wait to read is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Talk about crazy mash-ups!

What is your favorite incarnation of this great classic?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hunger Games Contest - Meet the Author!


Tell us in 500 words or less how you would survive the Hunger Games for a
chance to win a private lunch with Suzanne Collins in NYC!
The Hunger Games and Catching Fire
  • A private lunch with Suzanne Collins at the Scholastic headquarters in New York City!
    (Travel, accommodations, and a $500 food allowance for the winner and a parent or guardian will be provided.)
  • A signed, personalized copy of THE HUNGER GAMES
  • A personalized Advanced Reader's Copy of CATCHING FIRE – the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy
  • A collectable mockingjay pin
    an Advanced Reader's Copy of 
    and a collectible mockingjay pin!
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest open to legal residents of the 50 United States
    and the District of Columbia between the ages of 12-17 as of May 15th, 2009.
    Void where prohibited. Come back March 16th for complete details and official rules.

ENTER HERE from March 16 through May 15.

via PW.

Monday, March 16, 2009

5 weeks of contests!

To celebrate the second annual readergirlz Teen Bookdrop, rgz is having a contest a week leading up to the event!

From the rgz blog:

"Here's the deal: each week from now until Support Teen Literature Day on April 16th, we'll be awarding a package of books to one winner. To enter, you just comment on our blog posts (comments on older posts count - a point for each comment!) and get an extra ten points for taking up the week's challenge. Get ten more any time by becoming one of our blog followers!"

For more ways to win go here!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Favorite Author

Ok, well, it's sorta true. I can't really say that I definitively have a favorite author, but I can say that Laurie Halse Anderson is one of very, very few authors whose books I not only read (every. single. one.) when they come out, I whose books I truly look forward to. For instance, her next title Wintergirls, is coming out on March 19th.

But why am I telling you all this? Especially since I just shared a video of this author last week? Because I just found an awesome podcast interview with her AND...

she's coming to Seattle. She'll be at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library on March 24th at 6:30pm. I can't go (which totally crushes me), but you should try. She's a great speaker. Learn more.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Our first 2009 Book Trailor Submission!

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (which is a totally great book!).

Thank you Jasmin from Oak Harbor! Good luck!

Check out Sno-Isle Teen's YouTube Channel.

To enter our Book Trailer Contest, and have a chance to be the grand prize winner of The Flip Mino camcorder! Plus, each library will award an "Infamous for Information" T-shirt for their favorite video.

How to Enter:
1. Create a video of a book trailer -- like a movie trailer, but for a book! Your video should be 30 seconds to 3 minutes long, and be about a teen book, or a book that teens enjoy, owned by Sno-Isle Libraries.
2. Post your Book Trailer video to YouTube.
3. Make sure your video post contains the tag: "snoisleteens"
4. Enter this form by April 15, 2009.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Teen Tech Month

In case you hadn't noticed already, here at Sno-Isle Libraries March is Teen Tech Month. This is the month when we celebrate cool technology trends and the teens who so often are the first to embrace them making a real impact on our world!

We have all kinds of great programs happening in the libraries this month including gaming, movies, DIY tech activities, and more! Check out the full list of programs here.

There is also a special Teen Tech Month booklist featuring some hot titles you might want to order today.

And don't have a chance to win a cool Flip video camera in our Book Trailer Contest.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Ten years ago Laurie Halse Anderson wrote a book that is now considered a classic of teen literature. I don't say classic with the dusty and boring connotation it often means to me; I say it in that SPEAK helped set the tone for quality and truth in the teen fiction explosion that soon followed. In my opinion. Anyway, SPEAK has touched many, many lives, and in honor of that and its ten-year anniversary, LHA wrote a poem of tribute to all those people who have wrote to her over the last decade to share how Melinda's story in SPEAK touched their lives.

Here is the video of her reading her poem:

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