READ THIS NOW: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL


You know what I think, Bits and Bramblers? I think those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” are here. But if you’re not a fan of hazy days with 100° heat (er…are there fans of hazy days with 100° heat?! Honestly?!) we’ve got lots for you to do here at the library. Like…I don’t know, let’s say…our Teen Summer Library Program.

But I don’t have to tell you about THAT, do I, Bits and Bramblers? You’re all ridiculously smart and generally awesome, and you’ve probably already completed the program, right?! You read 500 pages, and earned your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble. You’ve read 100 pages, and earned your $8 gift card to Target, and you’re automatically entered in our grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch. Right? RIGHT?!

Okay, if you haven’t registered for the program yet, you’ve still got time. Just go to your faaaaavorite library location, and sign up today. I can even help you earn some quick pages–295 pages, to be exact. All you have to do is read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Now…from the title alone, the book sounds like it will make you cry, and you will feel miserable for days after finishing it. It may make you cry. I’ll give you that. But I promise you’ll also laugh–in fact, I promise you’ll laugh waaaaaaay more than you’ll cry. So what are you waiting for? Check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, ask about the Teen Summer Reading Program, and read ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRLTODAY!
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ROAD TRIP!: COSI


The days are long, and you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, Bits and Bramblers. I mean, you’ve already finished the Teen Summer Reading Program (right? RIGHT?!) Why not grab some snacks, climb in the car, and head out on a ROAD TRIP! For the day. Maybe not so much of a road trip. A Day Trip, I guess. Which is cool, because there are a lot of places here in Ohio you should visit.

Like, for instance, the Center of Science and Industry…which you may know as COSI. Okay, okay…so you may be thinking “That place is for kids,” but…I think you’re seriously underestimating the amount of awesome that’s located in that building. I mean…who wouldn’t want to use ” one of three interactive simulator stations” to “bring Space Shuttle Discovery in for a smooth landing, guide a lunar module down to the moon’s cratered surface, or walk in space to retrieve an ailing Hubble Space Telescope?” or “Make high-tech industrial robots disco dance?” Or watch a movie on something called the Extreme Screen Theater?!

See what I mean? How is that not awesome? Who says when you get older science has to be all…you know…forming a hypothesis, and…erosion, and…other boring stuff? And if we’ve learned anything from Sheldon Cooper, it’s that science is awesome. So grab some books or music from your faaaaaavorite library, and head to COSI. Oh, and did I mention there are rats that play basketball? Because there are rats playing basketball
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READ THIS NOW: ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE


Soooooo, Bits and Bramblers…are you done with the Teen Summer Reading Program? Read your 1000 pages? Picked up your gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Target? Keeping your fingers crossed we’ll pick your name in our Grand Prize Drawing, and you’ll be the winner of a Kindle Touch?!
That’s what I thought.

But just in case you…you know, haven’t registered for our Teen Summer Reading Program, you still have time. Seriously, head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, and sign up today! While you’re there, you’ll have to load up on awesome books to help you reach your 1,000 page goal. Luckily, I can help you there…in fact, I can help you knock exactly 354 pages off that total.

Haaaaaaave you read All These Things I’ve Done? Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not Anya Balachine. She finds herself in an absolutely horrible position, and has to make a choice: will she pick love, and stay with her boyfriend Win…or will she choose to help her family? That’s a hard enough decision to make, but…what if by “family,” what I mean is…”organized crime family?” You know…mobsters.

Check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaavorite library location, grab some Teen Summer Library Reading Program entry forms, and check out All These Things I’ve Done!
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Road Trip!: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


It’s hot out there, Bits and Bramblers. It’s that unbearable, humid, sizzling kind of hot that makes you forget why you hate snow so much. So what can you do when it’s so hot outside? Well…how about climbing in the car with some snacks and cool drinks and taking a ROAD TRIP?! A mini-road trip. A day trip, I guess, because there are a ton of cool places around Ohio you can visit.

Like the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Did you know that the Zoo opened in 1927? And that “Jungle” Jack Hannah started as the Zoo Director in 1978? And that the Zoo has different zones or regions, like the African Forest, Asia Quest, and North America? And they also have what might be the best thing in the entire world on a hot and sticky day: a water park, called Zoombezi Bay.

What’s not to love? Grab some books or music from your faaaaaavorite library, escape from the heat at the zoo…and see some amazing animals! (Like the sting ray. Check out this cool new exhibit at the zoo. Not only can you touch a real sting ray…you can even feed one!)
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READ THIS NOW: THIS DARK ENDEAVOR


So…you’ve nearly read your 1000 pages for the Teen Summer Library Program, right?! I mean, over 700 of you signed up in the first which, which is just…made of awesome. Now…if you haven’t signed up, I won’t lecture you (much, anyway,) but I will remind you that you can register at your faaaaavorite library location. You read, you earn cool prizes. What’s not to like?) If you’re still working on those 1000 pages, I can help you out. In fact, I’ve got a great way for you to knock exactly 304 pages off that total.

Haaaave you read This Dark Endeavor? Now, I’m not going to lie…the book is pretty dark, and if you’re squeamish, there are a few pages you might want to…skim through. It’s the story of Victor Frankenstein, and his twin brother, Konrad. Aaaah, that’s a familiar name, right? Frankenstein? Well, this is a prequel to the classic Mary Shelley novel. In it, you’ll learn how Victor Frankenstein became…well…Victor Frankenstein (and you’ll be ready when the book’s sequel, Such Wicked Intent, comes out at the end of August!)

So…what are you waiting for? If you haven’t already, sign up for the Teen Summer Library Program. Then head to your faaaaavorite librarylocation, and check out This Dark Endeavor today!
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Road Trip!: Cedar Point


You know what, Bits and Bramblers? I’m a fan of road trips. Grab some good music, a pair of sunglasses…then all you have to do is make a quick stop for gas, and grab some snacks and sodas. Come on…it’s pretty much perfect. And you know what’s great about living in Ohio? If you want to do a mini-road trip—like a day trip? There are tons of super cool places you can go.

Like…Cedar Point. A lot of people say it’s the Best Amusement Park in the World, and it’s about an hour and a half from us. How cool is that?!

Did you know there are sixteen roller coasters, like the Top Thrill Dragster, which goes from 0 to 120 MPH in less than 4 seconds?! And if you’re…let’s say…not into roller coasters that go 120 MPH, there are plenty of calmer ones, along with other awesome rides, like the Skyhawk. Not to mention all the shows, and the food, and…well, let’s just say it’s totally worth the mini-road trip.

So…stop by your faaaaavorite library, check out some good music (or even some awesome books, if you’re not the driving type,) and hit the road. After all, riding the Maverick seems like a good day to spend the day, right?!
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READ THIS NOW: WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE


So, Bits and Bramblers, I’m assuming you’ve signed up for our Teen Summer Reading Program (what? you haven’t? What are you waiting for? You know about the cool prizes you earn JUST BY READING, RIGHT?! We’ve covered it? You know that if you finish the program, you go into the grand prize drawing to win a KINDLE TOUCH, RIGHT?! SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! SIGN UP, ALREADY!)

Okay, well…now that you’re all signed up, you’re trying to read 500 pages so you can earn your first gift card. Well, I can help you knock exactly 402 pages off that total. Haaaaaave you read What Happened to Goodbye? You should…check out this book trailer, then head to your faaaaaaavorite library location and get reading! You’ve got awesome prizes to earn!
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Be a Part of the Tweet-a-Thon!


Sooooooo…what are you reading this summer? Fun stuff? Assigned reading for school? Cool books that can earn you awesome prizes? (because we are doing that. Have you heard?)

Whatever you’re reading this summer, the New York Times wants to know about it. That’s why they’re holding a Tweet-a-Thon all day today!

All you have to do is log on to Twitter (assuming you have an account. If not, ask your parents’ permission to set up one!) and write a tweet–just don’t forget to use the hashtag #summerreading, okay? You can tweet about what you’re reading this summer, take a picture of your favorite book, even talk about your favorite quotes or characters. If it has to do with summer and reading, don’t be afraid to tweet it.

And you know the coolest part?! The New York Times will be re-broadcasting their favorite tweets. So…you could say that your tweet appeared on one of the New York Times pages! And then you’d be famous. A little famous. Well, you could definitely brag about it.

So what are you waiting for? Get reading, and Get Tweeting!



Grab Your Popcorn: Summer Blockbuster Edition


It’s (un)officially summer, Bits and Bramblers. And what’s better than spending a sweltering summer afternoon in an air-conditioned theater, watching an awesome movie with a cold drink, and buttery popcorn? Almost nothing. The answer is “almost nothing.” So check out these movies coming soon to a theater near you!

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First up, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now…if this movie is half as awesome as Seth Grahame-Smith’s book, this movie will be a whole lot of axe-wielding, vampire-killing awesome. Find out when it hits theaters on June 22nd:
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Next up, it’s The Amazing Spiderman. Look, I know it seems a little…er…strange, making a new Spiderman movie with an entirely new cast, but…the thing is? Spiderman will always be cool. The crazy stunts in this trailer prove it will be pretty…well, amazing. Get caught in the web when it opens July 3rd:
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Last but not least, it’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Poor Greg Haffley. Such miserable things happen to him, but…well, they’re just so fun to watch.See for yourself when the movie opens on August 3rd:
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Summer Library Program: Let’s Talk Teen Games!


All right, so…not ONLY can you register for the Teen Summer Library Program (which you’re done already, probably. If not…why? Why haven’t you registered? You don’t like reading books and winning prizes? HEAD TO YOUR FAAAAAVORITE LIBRARY AND SIGN UP!)

Okay, anyway…not only can you register for the program, but we’ll have a made-of-awesome TEEN GAME each week during the Summer Library Program. All you have to do is find the poster at your faaaaavorite library location, follow the instructions, and turn your game sheet in to your faaaaaavorite librarian. It’s just that easy. And every week, we’ll pick a winner, who wins an awesome prize, like gift certificates to McDonalds or Taco Bell. Seriously, what’s not to love?!

Now, a quick note…the Teen Game you see here–Animals with Insomnia–is the game going on this week at the Main Library. You may have a different game going on at your faaaaaavorite library location, but it works the exact same way. Play the game for your chance to win awesome prizes.

And in the meantime, here’s a little music to kick off our Summer Library Program. Any American Idol fans out there? Here’s this year’s winner, Phillip Phillips, singing “Stand By Me.” It’s awesome. I promise.
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