Poetry and Art Contest

•September 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

River of Words is a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of WATERSHEDS. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover. The 2011 program deadline is December 1, 2010 and winners will be announced in late spring 2011. The contest is open to any child in the world, from 5-19 years of age. Older students must have not yet completed high school. There is no charge to enter. You can find contest information, flyers and more at www.michigan.gov/mcfb or www.riverofwords.org. Winners receive prizes.

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Letters about Literature

•September 23, 2010 • 1 Comment

Letters about Literature is a national reading-writing contest that invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives. This program gives students the opportunity to reflect deeply on a book. As readers, they come to understand how literature is more than assignment, but also a life changing experience. You can find contest information, curriculum materials and more at www.michigan.gov/mcfb or www.lettersaboutliterature.org. Winners receive cash prizes for themselves and their community or school library. The deadline for submissions is December 10, 2010. Winners will be announced in spring 2011.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read: September 25-October 2, 2010

•September 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

10 Most Challenged Books of 2009

1. ttyl, ttfn and l8r, g8r Series
by Lauren Myracle

Chronicles, in IM format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie and Angela.

Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group and drugs.

2. And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

Reasons:homosexuality.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, anti-family, offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, drugs and suicide.

To Kill a Mockingbird 4. To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

This timeless classic is told through the voice of a young girl named Scout as she observes her neighborhood and family embroiled in a black man’s battle for justice, defended by her father, an attorney.

Reasons: racism, offensive language and unsuited to age group.

Twilight Saga 5. Twilight Saga
by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint and unsuited to age group.

The Catcher in the Rye 6. The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.

Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language and unsuited to age group.

My Sister's Keeper 7. My Sister’s Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Kate begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body.

Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide and violence.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things 8.The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
by Carolyn Mackler

Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language and unsuited to age group.

9. The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

Set in the period between the world wars, this novel tells of two sisters, their trials and their survival.

Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language and unsuited to age group.

The Chocolate War 10. The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language and unsuited to age group.

Source: American Library Association

One Book, One Twitter

•June 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Cool idea, any teens want to give it a shot?!?! http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6728381.html?nid=3270

Teen Productions Summer 2010

•May 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Origami Teen Production

July 6th – 8th 2010 2pm-5pm Room 205 call (810) 249-2569 to register

Join Dan Martin, to learn the folding secrets of origami. All supplies provided.

Create your own Digital Movie

July 6th-8th & 13th-15th 2010 2pm-5pm Computer Lab call (810) 249-2569 to register

Join Ian Munsell in learning the basics to developing your own digital movie. All supplies provided. This is one course spanning two weeks!

Re-Cycled Crafts Teen Production

July 13th-15th 2010 2pm-5pm Room 205 call (810) 249-2569 to register

Join Mecedea Shriver in learning how to bring out your crafty side! All supplies provided.

Young Writers Teen Production

July 20th – 22nd 2010 2pm-5pm Room 205 call (810) 249-2569 to register

Join writer and storyteller Alfreda Harris in discovering the creativity and the writer in you!

Call (810) 249-2569 today to register for all teen productions!

2010 Best Books for Young Adults

•May 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestbooksya/bbya2010.cfm

2009 Best Books for Young Adults

•August 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/bestbooksya/09bbya.cfm

Click above for the complete list.