What: The Colorado State Library wants you to create a PSA promoting the 2014 summer reading theme, "Spark a Reaction."
Who: Colorado teens 13 - 18
Why: Put that video camera in your library to great use!
How: Have fun and be creative creating a 30 - 90 second video encouraging other teens to read. Use "Spark a Reaction" as your theme. Entry form here!
Deadline: February 21, 2014
You could win $275 and an award for your library!
And the Winners are...drumroll, please...
*The Koelbel Whovians (Syndey, Megan, Gwyneth, & Anna) for their life-sized Dalek and Doctor Who cosplay
*Matt Y. & Owen D. for their life-sized Tardis and Doctor Who video
*Sydney T. from Smoky Hill for her model of the Argo II from Heroes of Olympus
*Grayson from Koelbel for her Chell (from the videogame Portal) cosplay
*Kaitlyn from Smoky Hill for her American Girls Polymer Clay creations
*Kristina H. from Southglenn for her chalk drawing of Katniss
*Victoria from Southglenn for her Avatar: The Last Airbender fan fiction
*Zach from Smoky Hill for his Zelda Dark Master Sword
*Emma N. from Southglenn for her Tardis cosplay
*Elijah from SmokyHill for his Doctor Who box with a Gallifreyan quote about libraries
*Everett Sutton from Koelbel for his percussion performance
*Hannah from Koelbel for her Lord of the Rings fan fiction
*Aamir from Castlewood for his Lego Candy Machine
*Robyn & Robert from Smoky Hill for their Batman themed pumpkins and lanterns
We want to thank everyone who entered the Geek Out contest. You are all awesome! We had more than 75 fantastic entries and all of our judges had a truly difficult task. Stay tuned…we’ll be posting pictures of all of our amazing entries soon!
Use your library card to access any of our databases. We've got online info for your research paper or project or for finding the next great book to read. Let us know if you need help!
The Smoky Hill Library has a 3D printer on display. And if you're a Minecraft fan, it's been printing some very familiar green guys...
Some are on order, some are newly arrived, and some are just really hot - these books are flying off our shelves!
Banned Books week is the last week of September each year.
Below are Young Adult books that have made it into the top 10 most challenged in 2012. In honor of our First Amendment, if you've read any of these, comment below with why you think people think it should be banned and whether you agree or disagree.
For more information about banned books, visit the American Library Association or the Banned Books FaceBook page.
In the mood for a great romance? Check out this list--we're sure to have one that meets your style.
"Steampunk is an eclectic world of cogs and rivets. It is airships, goggles and steam. It is romance. It is traveling on clouds and diving beneath rugged waves. It is adventure. -Aether Emporium"
Find some Steampunk books.
Ready to read adult books but not sure what won't bore your to tears or have a protagonist who's as old as your grandma? Try some of these adult books teens might enjoy.