Summer Reading Challenge Entries Accepted Starting TODAY

Today is the day.

You picked up a challenge envelope and read a book you may never have tried before.

Starting TODAY you can turn in your Summer Reading challenge sheet at either Library’s Information Desk. You’ll take home a book for your personal reading stash AND be entered in the prize drawing for that Amazon gift card. Woo hoo!

P.S. Don’t forget your contact info. No Contact Info = No Entry in Prize Drawing.

Read on, my friends, read on.

Going for the gold

The United States is leading the 2010 Winter Olympics medal count with 18 medals…6 of which are gold! woo hoo! Head over to the official Olympics site to see:

We’re only about halfway through the games so to check out the remaining competitions:

  • watch live online – you must have cable, satellite or IPTV (like Verizon FiOS or ATT U-verse) in partnership with NBC
  • go to the NBC TV Listings to see when YOUR favorite events will be shown!
    • It’s gonna ask for your ZIP code and your TV provider. If you don’t have cable or satellite just scroll down to broadcast if you use an antenna.

How to help Haiti from your cell phone

You can donate $10.00 to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief by texting “Haiti” to 90999. It’s that simple, but check below to be sure your cell phone provider is participating. Ask your parents permission first if you don’t pay your own cell phone bill. 100% of the donation will go to support the relief efforts in Haiti. You can check out the giving state by state on the American Red Cross blog.

This should be the correct list of cell phone providers participating (according to the Mobile Giving Foundation FAQ):

  • Verizon Wireless
  • AT&T Mobility
  • Sprint/Nextel,
  • T-Mobile USA,
  • US Cellular
  • Cricket Communications
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Cellular South

Want a little Strange in your day?

Emily the Strange The lost days coverEmily the Strange that is. You all know her. Some of you may love her; others may hate her. Not that she would care what YOU think. Emily finally stepped out of the graphic novel pages and into her first novel, Emily the Strange: the lost days. She’s lost her memory and wakes up with only her diary to try and figure out who she is, where she is, and everything else about her life!

If you’re looking for some Strange without leaving your keyboard try online games like:

Or head over to the fan participation section for:

And that’s just a taste of Emily online. Don’t forget to check out the Emily the Strange graphic novels at the library for some more Strange in your day.

Simply the best

The American Library Association announced the 5 finalists for the 2010 William C. Morris Debut Award for the best teen book by a first time author. The Carrollton Public Library owns 2 of the 5:

Lo, Malinda. Ash.
In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King’s Huntress whom she loves.
Ash by Malinda Ho
Madigan, L. K. Flash burnout.
Fifteen-year-old amateur photographer Blake gains self-awareness through his relationships with a girlfriend and a friend who he helps come to terms with her feelings about her homeless, methamphetamine-addicted mother.
Flash burnout by L.K. Madigan

We don’t own the other 3 finalists…yet…but they may be at your school library:

  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • The Everafter by Amy Huntley
  • hold still by Nina LaCour

Comment and let us know what YOU think!