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!



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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It’s Summer Library Time!


Do you like to read? Do you like awesome prizes? Does the idea of reading cool books and winning awesome prizes sound good?

Then you should definitely register for our Teen Summer Library Program.

How does it work, you ask? Check out this movie. It’ll explain everything…

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Did you get all that? Are you sure? Here’s a quick overview…

  • Register at any M/RCPL Location.
  • Read a book, drop a slip in the box.
  • Check your totals in the Teen Binder
  • Read 500 Pages, earn a $5 gift card to Barnes & Noble
  • Read 1000 Pages, earn a $8 card to Target
  • Read 1000 Pages, and you’re automatically entered in our Grand Prize Drawing to Win a Kindle Touch

It couldn’t be easier. Or awesomer. And we haven’t even talked about the cool programs, or the Teen Games yet. We’ll tell you more about that later, but in the meantime…well, what are you waiting for? Head to your faaaaaavorite library location and REGISTER TODAY!



The Countdown to Summer Begins!


…I know you, Bits and Bramblers. You’re counting down. There are only so many days of school left, right? And you’ve got this three day weekend coming up…you can almost taste the sweet freedom of summer. Sweet, stay-up-super-late, do-fun-things, go-fun-places summer. And I don’t blame you, not one bit. Just don’t forget what makes summer at your library so special.

Thaaaaaaaat’s right, it’s almost time for the TEEN SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM! What could possibly be better than reading books, and winning cool prizes? Now…we’ll give you more details on the Summer Library Program later (like how it works, when you can register, and HOW AWESOME THE GRAND PRIZE IS.)

Until then, you’ve got school stuff to worry about, right? Tests, papers, projects, and all that stuff. But soon—very, very soon—it’ll be time to read cool books, go see new movies, and find cool games on the internet. And as always, Bits and Bramblers, we’ll be here to help you with that.

In the meantime…get back to work! Unless, of course, you’re not quite done with this tiny break you took, because you’ve been working so hard on homework. You do deserve, a little break, Bits and Bramblers. So watch this video, and then, BACK TO WORK. But don’t worry…the countdown continues!
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‘Twas the _____________ Before Christmas…


…and all through the (NOUN) not a (TYPE OF ANIMAL) was stirring, not even a…

You see we’re going with this, right?

Good. Because let’s be honest, Bits and Bramblers, fill-in-the-blanks games are awesome. And always, always funny. It might be the only thing in the universe that makes adjectives and adverbs fun. Next to old school School House Rock, obviously.

And because fill-in-the-blanks games are so awesome, we’ve created the ‘TWAS THE __________ BEFORE CHRISTMAS CONTEST!

Thaaaaat’s right, all you have to do is pick up an entry form at your faaaaaavorite library during the month of December, fill it out, and turn it in to your faaaaaaavorite librarian. Not only does that automatically enter you to win FREE GIFT CERTIFICATES TO CINEMARK, but you might see your very own Fill-in-the-Blank story here @ Bits and Brambles!

So…what are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? Head to your (ADJECTIVE) library in December and grab a (NOUN) and get writing!

Oh, and…not that you need it or anything (because you, Bits and Bramblers, are all wicked smart,) but just in case you don’t have your English book with you, here’s a refresher course in the parts of speech, so you’re not getting your adverbs and action verbs all tangled. Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I think you’re ready. So get ready to fill in the blanks for your chance to win!



Back to…*sigh…*




Labor Day is officially over, Bits and Bramblers. Which means, I guess, summer is over, too. And you know those first few days of school, where you get to see a lot of people you didn’t see over the summer, and it’s kind of fun? Well…those are over, too. *sigh*

Okay, so…now that I’ve completely depressed you, I’ll give you some good news. It’s LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH! You know what that means, right? Well, let me put it in Back-to-School terms for you. Haaaaaaaave you used our Research Databases? Here’s a few reasons why you might want to start…

  • Have a book report due? If you have a library card, you can use our awesome literature and biography databases from the comfort of your very own home.
  • Science homework got you down? You can find everything from tutorials to science fair project ideas with our science databasesif you have your library card.
  • Need recent magazine and newspaper articles about a particular topic? If you have your library card, try EBSCOHost…you’ll find everything you need and more!

…See where I’m going with this, Bits and Bramblers? Even though going back to school is totally depressing, having your library card will help. Not only can you access these databases, don’t forget about our books and DVDS (and, you know…your favorite librarians.) We’re totally here for you—and everything is that much better if you have your library card.

And speaking of your favorite librarians…it probably goes without saying that we love our library cards. In fact, we love them SO MUCH, we took our picture with them. Check it out!
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You Were Here. And That Makes Us Happy.


Okay, so the Teen Summer Library Program has been over for a couple weeks now, and your favorite librarians are still catching their breath. It was another great summer, wasn’t it, Bits and Bramblers? Now, we have a few people to thank…

Thank you to everyone who registered for the program, and who read their 1000 pages and won awesome prizes.

Thanks to everyone who came to our programs, and made Air Stomp Rockets, Bubble T-Shirts, and dancing around during Zumbatomic.

And thanks for loving your library, ’cause we love you right back…see?
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Read This Now: Born to Rock


We’re getting down to the wire, Bits and Bramblers! You have exactly…ten days, eight hours, and thirty-nine minutes to finishing reading your 1000 pages for the Teen Summer Reading Program (actually it’s less than that, really—the Teen Zone Countdown should help you figure out the exact amount of time.)

Seriously, though…you’d better get moving if you want to win fabulous prizes, like a Target Gift Card. And remember, you’ll be automatically entered in our Grand Prize Drawing to win an iPod Shuffle. But if you’re…oh, let’s say 261 pages short, head to your faaaavorite library, grab a copy of Born to Rock by Gordon Korman, and READ IT NOW. But first, check out this book trailer…
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…Okay, so NOW you can head to your faaaaaaavorite library, grab a copy of Born to Rock, and READ IT NOW! Get moving Bits and Bramblers…the clock is ticking!



READ THIS NOW: The Truth About Forever


Ahhhhhh…summer is great, isn’t it Bits and Bramblers? By now you’ve finished reading your 1000 pages in our Teen Summer Library Program, claimed by your prizes and—what’s that, Bits and Bramblers? Some of you aren’t done reading your 1000 pages? Some of you haven’t even registered for the program?!

…It’s okay. I swear, it is. It’s still possible to register for the program at your faaaaaavorite M/RCPL location. And you have until July 30th to read 1000 pages—which might seem like a lot, but it’s also totally doable.

In fact, I can help you knock 374 pages off that total, because you should totally read The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen, RIGHT NOW. Check out our book trailer…
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…and now, head to your faaaaavorite library, register for the Teen Summer Reading Program (if you haven’t already,) grab a copy of The Truth About Forever, and READ IT NOW!



Ohio’s Big Adventure: Week Five


Okay, so…the mail was running a little bit late due to the Fourth of July last week, but we got another postcard from our wandering orangutan!

Remember, last week he was at the Butler Branch, and before that, the Crestview Branch, and before that…again, are you starting to see a pattern here? (Hinthinthinthinthint.)

So Bits and Bramblers, anyone know where Ohio was this (er…last) week?!
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Keep watching the M/RCPL Facebook page for updates, and stay tuned to see where Ohio ends up NEXT (er…later this) week!