Great Big Service Project – a slight change of plans

The Great Big Service Project continues this week! Since the last time we talked about it, we made a minor alteration to the way we’re doing the project.

We are STILL making cards for Operation Write Home. However, instead of making cards that troops send home to their families, we will manly focus on making cards for the troops themselves!

These AnyHero cards are just another way to thank a person who is serving his or her country overseas. You can write anything from “Thank you,” to a sweet poem to a longer letter of support and encouragement.

Why did we make the change? AnyHero cards allow you to practice the creativity that we know you all are bursting with. If you’re like me and not too confident about your card making skills you can focus on the writing side. Artsy and fartsy? You can focus on making the cards. Want some variety? Make a card and fill the inside with your own words! There are options for everyone!

So please join us at our next card making session. Stop by anytime between 5:00pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 10 at the Josey Ranch Lake Library. We’ll be in the Storytime Room. Hope to see you there!

Great Big Service Project

I am so excited to share the deatils of the Great Big Service Project!

The Teen Great Big Service Project is an opportunity for Carrollton teens to earn community service hours. It’s a drop in kind program—no registration required.

 The service project will actually span several weeks it will take place at the Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake (1700 Keller Springs Road) from 5:00-7:30pm on the following dates:

  • April 3
  • April 10
  • April 17

For this, our very first service project, we will be making blank greeting cards for an organization called Operation Write Home. Operation Write Home’s mission is Operation Write Hometo support “our nation’s armed forces by sending handmade blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as ‘AnyHero’ cards of gratitude to encourage them.” To view the kinds of cards that are being sent out via Operation Write home check out the Gallery.

There are so many wonderful organizations out there it was difficult to choose one to work with! As someone who grew up with a lot of military kids and who has had multiple loved ones deployed several times, I thought this was a great cause to launch our first annual Teen Great Big Service Project. The troops appear to love them too. Check out the Hero Blog for their testimonials.

I hope you’ll join us! If you have any questions, leave us a comment. Personally, I can’t wait!

Reading suggestions in your inbox

We’ve been busy. I know what you’re going to say, “Yeah, right. Excuses, excuses.” It’s true, I swear! One of the things we’ve been busy doing is getting something called NextReads off the ground.

NextReads newsletters are yet another way to find out about new books coming to the library. On top of that, each newsletter also features various topics such as Mysteries or Graphic Novels or books that other authors recommend. We are terribly excited about it. It’s yet another way to show off all the awesome stuff we have AND get reading suggestions for your next good book. =)

Intrigued? Visit this page to see the newsletter choices: After you create an account, you’ll start receiving newsletters in your inbox!

Check out Teen Scene October 2011 to see what you’ll be getting if you sign up for the Teen Scene Newsletter.

What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know!

The finish line…

Hello, everyone! We are getting so close to the finish line.

Today is the big Summer Soiree so everyone who submitted a review before today (August 18) should have already received a party invitation.

Summer Reading at the library officially ends this Friday. We’ll still be accepting reviews until then, but just know you’ll already have missed the party!

However, all is not lost! Since I’ve been such a slacker about the badges and such, stay tuned for more about that. I’m determined to get those badges to you somehow!

Thanks all, for playing! If you have any feedback on the Race Around the World Reading, please let us know!

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Christy P.
Anabella M.
Sarah T.
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Sarah T.
Marlee V.
Mahtob K.

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Extreme pavement art

One of the many perks of working at a library is that you get to see many of the new books before they hit the shelf. I was perusing the new titles today and came across an amazing book featuring the works pavement artist Julian Beever.

Pavement chalk artist by Julian Beever
As you can see, he’s a pavement chalk artist. His drawings seem to spring off the sidewalk! I could have spent hours studying the different pictures, trying to figure out how he does what he does. You can always put the book on hold (click on the picture to go to the library catalog) but if you want to see a sneak preview of his work, check out this Squidoo article on him.