Welcome all teens!

Hi from Cathy Kyle, the teen librarian here at Chili Library!

PLEASE! Go to our new site here for updated information about programs and more. I don’t update this blog anymore. Thanks everyone!

This is a place for teens to find out what’s happening in their library, what new books we have, or for you to just let us know how you’re feeling! Plus I might even find some other fascinating things to post about! Read below to see all the delightfulness I’m talking about!

If you ever have any questions, call me at 889-2200 or shoot me an email at catherine.kyle@libraryweb.org

Look below for all my real posts…

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Question time!

So guys. Should I continue my ever sporadic blog posts? Do you actually come and visit me here? OR should I focus energy on the Facebook page? Would you rather get information that way? So what say you? How do you think I should focus my energy? Is there something new that I don’t know about that is disgustingly awesome and much more accessible to you? Some people tell me that blogs are so 2009. Is that true? Let me know! I can’t do anything without your help!

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Where are you guys?

The music is hopping (seriously. they asked me to turn it down.) The microphone is turned on and ready for some singing. The floor is cleared for juggling, dancing or magic. All that is missing? YOU of course! I’ll wait a little longer for you, but if you’re not here by 7pm, my family awaits me! I can’t wait to hear you!

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Don’t forget to show off your mad skillz tomorrow!

Tomorrow evening from 6-9pm, we’ll be hosting our first (of many?) Open Mike Night!

Registration is not required. Come in and show off your musical, juggling, comedic, dancing (or anything else) talents! Performing is for teens ages 11 – 17, but anyone can listen, so make sure that your lyrics are appropriate for the whole family.

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Banned Books Week

I completely dropped the ball on this one. Banned Books Week is concluding tomorrow. Bummer. It runs September 24−October 1. If you haven’t talked about banned books in your English class, I would take a look at the American Library Association’s website of Banned/Challenged classics. Its quite fascinating. You can also check out banned books by year. Have you read any challenged books recently?

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Prepare to be amazed… by SCIENCE!

So what do you think? Is the kitty alive or dead? Or is the kitty even in the box?

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School has officially reared its ugly head

So its been a full week (and a little bit more) how are things going? Are you already sick of it? My son sure is, and he’s only six and in first grade. Unfortunately, he really is sick with a fever, so I don’t suggest using that to get out of school.

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Let’s celebrate Ray Bradbury’s birthday with a question

Ray Bradbury turned 91 last Monday.  The writer who says he was “raised in libraries” wrote a work of genius warning of a future in which books are so dangerous that they are  burned. Where did he write it? In a library, of course, at UCLA, working on a rented typewriter.”  (LA Times 8/25/11)

Reading this, I think that I received my first library card when I was five.  Ms. Borrie, the librarian, had to see that I could write my name.  She and the other librarians at the Highland Branch put up with my sisters and I going to the library daily for years and years. They gave us book recommendations, friendly smiles and wonderful programs. They encouraged and helped my sisters when we were in search of what to do with our lives. Two of us eventually became pages (shelving books) in high school and then clerks (checking out books) while we were in college. They were an integral part in helping us chose our careers. Librarians! I’m a teen librarian and my sister is an adult librarian. My youngest sister must have read books that were a lot more impressive than the ones her big sisters read because later in September she will be presenting her dissertation to her peers so that she can finally have her PhD in experimental Nuclear Physics. That’s right. Without libraries (and our parents) I don’t think that we could have ever gotten as far as we did.

Now it your turn! How about you guys?  Anyone feel like they’ve “raised in the library?” Anyone want to be raised in the library? What do you think your librarian should do that would help you and guide you along your way?

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