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Writing Contest for All Ages


October 1-31, 2014

Do you love to write? Is creativity your middle name? If so, consider entering Arapahoe Library District’s Writing Contest. The contest is for all ages, from kindergarteners through adults. Pick up an entry form at any ALD branch or download and print an entry form. Prizes include Barnes & Noble gift cards and writing-inspired gift bags.

For more information and contest rules, visit http://arapahoelibraries.org/writing-contest.


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Autumn Authors Series


Write your story! Get inspired by professional writers and authors presenting a variety of writing workshops. Meet some of your favorite authors and chat with them about their writing experiences at the Teen Author Open House on Oct. 11th from 2-4pm at Smoky Hill Library.

For more information on the Autumn Author Series or to view a full list of authors, visit http://arapahoelibraries.org/autumn-author-series


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Geek Out Contest


It's the time again! Represent your fandom (book, show, sport, person, anything!) in a creative and fun manner. We encourage all creative contributions from written formats like stories or poetry to visual formats like art, cosplay, cakes to digital formats like website design, videos, or whatever you come up with! Need ideas? Visit aldteens.tumblr.com for some awesome examples.

Entries accepted between October 1-31

More information available
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Contest Guidelines FAQ (PDF Document)
Official Contest Entry Form (PDF Document)


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Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Application


The Teen Advisory Board is the voice of teens. Share your ideas for programs, help make book trailers, provide content for the website, work on community projects and meet other teens while earning volunteer hours and having FUN.

Arapahoe Library District TAB Application


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New and popular


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Some are on order, some are newly arrived, and some are just really hot - these books are flying off our shelves!



Personalized Reading Lists for Teens


teen personalized reading lists

Want some suggestions of books to read?

It's easy! Tell us what you like on this form and we'll send you back some recommendations.



Teen Research Databases


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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!


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Minecraft Creepers



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...



Banned Books Week


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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.



Fall in Love with these books


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In the mood for a great romance? Check out this list--we're sure to have one that meets your style.


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