Posts Tagged ‘teens’

Why I Need My Library

Posted on February 10th, 2011 by Anna in Contests

How important is your library to you?

Do you go there after school to get your homework done? Do you use the library’s resources to help you write your paper? Or do you go to hang out with your friends? Do you participate in the free programs offered to you? Or do you devour all the fiction you can get your hands on?

Whatever the reason you need and love your library, the American Library Association (ALA) is asking teens to create a video explaining these reasons. Enter that video in their contest and you could win up to $3,000 for your library!

Here’s the youtube video they made to explain the contest: ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe8RfIi9–E

And here are the rules:

Make a video!

  • Gather your friends and put together an original 1-3 minute video about why you need your library.  Up to six people can work together to submit a video.
  • Pick your technique: Entries can be live-action, animation, machinima, or a combination of these.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video.
  • Read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Upload your video to YouTube

  • Upload the video to YouTube between January 11, 2011 and midnight April 18, 2011.
  • Be sure to tag your video with alaneedmylibrary15 if your designated videographer is between the ages of 13-15 or alaneedmylibrary18 if your designated videographer is between the ages of 16-18.

Mail in your entry form

  • One more thing: Don’t forget to mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible. 
  • Read the complete guidelines for more information.


From each age category (13-15 and 16-18):

  • Three 3rd place winners will receive $1,000 each for their selected libraries.
  • Two second place winners will receive $2,000 each for their selected libraries. 
  • One winner or group of winners will receive $3,000 for their selected library, plus $50 gift cards to an online bookseller for each individual member of the winning group (limit of 6 participants per group)

The Why I Need My Library Video Contest is an initiative of 2010-2011 ALA President Roberta Stevens to engage teenagers as library advocates.

For more information, contact whyIneedmylibrary@ala.org.


Teens, Tell the UN What’s Important to YOU!

Posted on December 7th, 2010 by Anna in News

From December 2 – 14, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations is accepting videos and written submissions from young people around the world who respond to the following question:

“What is the most vital challenge to international peace and security facing your generation? Tell the UN Security Council what issue you believe deserves more attention, and explain why it is important.”

 Selected submissions will be incorporated into the agenda of the Security Council event on December 21, which will be broadcast live via the web.

For more information, visit http://www.usun.state.gov/youth and follow Ambassador Rice at www.facebook.com/ambassadorrice and www.twitter.com/ambassadorrice.

Teen Book Review: Unsigned Hype

Posted on October 7th, 2010 by admin in Books, Reviews - Staff

unsigned hype book jacketUnsigned Hype” by Booker T. Mattison is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good book . The story is about the sudden up-rise of a 15 year old disk jockey who gets the chance of a lifetime when he reaches the finals of a very important contest . During the story , he will go thru a lot of bullying , love & he learns what it really means to be a man .
This is definitely a book that will inspire anyone to do anything that they set their mind out to accomplish .

I can personally relate to the character because I too , am a dj . There are many difficult challenges that must be overcome in order to achieve what you want to accomplish . The way the character accomplished his goals were staying true to himself & caring for the others that are around him . Because of that , I feel as thou this book connects with everyone who resides in an urban area . There is always going to be someone who hates on your success , this book simply proves that as long as you stay true , you’ll get thru any hardships that comes your way .

Kyle, age 17

Want to put a book review online? Give one to your local teen librarian today – or simply add a comment to this blog and we’ll grab it and publish your words!

HELP WANTED – School Year Jobs with the Boston Youth Fund – Apply Now!

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 by admin in Resources


The Boston Youth Fund (BYF) will be funding a limited number of school year positions at several community-based, faith-based and City of Boston Agencies. Jobs include childcare, administrative, tutoring, and many more. Boston Youth Fund school year jobs pay $8.00 per hour for a maximum of 10 hours per week.

School-Year Program Eligibility Requirements:

Teens interested in applying for BYF school-year employment must be:

  • 15 years old on or before Sunday November 14, 2010
  • Full-Time City of Boston resident
  • Currently enrolled in High School or a young person in a GED/alternative education program
  • Legally permitted to work in Massachusetts and the United States

Application Process:

  1. Review the list of worksites that are accepting school-year applications (see link below).
  2. Decide which worksite that you are interested in applying to.
  3. Download and complete the BYF application for school year employment.
  4. Bring the completed application to the worksite that you would like to apply to.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please review your application carefully before submitting it to a work location.
  6. Make sure to follow up with the worksite regarding an interview for the position.
  7. BYF Application Deadline is October 15, 2010.

Download & Print School-Year Job Application with a list of the BYF partners that will be accepting Boston Youth Fund Applications through October 15, 2010.

Boston Youth Zone

Vote for the top teen books of the last year

Posted on September 17th, 2010 by admin in Books, Contests


What do  you think were the top books written for teens in the last year?

CLICK HERE to go to the official ballot page and cast your vote!

Voting is only open for teens (age 12-18) – this is a Teen’s Choice Award! The books you can vote for were all nominated by members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

Voting closes today,  Sept. 17, 2010. Winners will be announced in a webcast at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23 that we’ll link to from this blog as well.

Here are the books on the list,  NOW GO VOTE!

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Fire by Kristin Cashore
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
City of Fire by Laurence Yep