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Friday, October 28, 2011

Gaming for Good



Teens in Park Falls raised $375 for St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield by doing what they love best. On October 15, they played video games for 24 hours in the library, and raised pledges for the Children's Miracle Network as part of Extra Life 2011.


The intrepid youth services librarian Matthew White his teen team Book Force survived on junk food and video games for 24 hours and were able to make a real contribution to the community at the same time. Matthew is very excited about this project, and would love to see it initiated in other libraries. He'd be happy to talk with you about it if you contact him at white @ parkfallslibrary.org.

Gamers take a quick break for a photo shoot--2 other participants were missing for part of the day. "The people pictured are, from left to right: William Sanden, Andrew Mancl, Tyler Bushman, Liz Pritzl, and Daniel Johnson. Also participating, but not pictured, were foreign exchange students Gent Gjuta and Hamza Khan - they had another commitment for part of the evening and weren't there when I took the pictures."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Andrea Cremer with Prescott teens

The Prescott Public Library hosted a teen author event with Andrea Cremer, of Minneapolis, a rising star in the world of teen lit. Andrea is the author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, and Bloodrose (Jan. 2012). Her werewolf adventure/romance series features very strong female characters. The "pack" behaviors exhibited by Cremer's characters are particularly engaging for teens, and was one of 2011's Teen's Top Ten (voted on by teens during Teen Read Week).

The library worked with Joan Simon, Media Specialist at the Prescott High School, to organize and promote the author event. Joan runs a student book club at the high school and chose Nightshade as the club's October selection. This not only created a ready-made audience for the author event, but assured that the teens came with lots of questions.

Andrea spoke about her writing for 15 minutes, then answered teens' questions for the next 45 minutes. She is young and cool and loves interacting with teens. The teens were so excited to meet the author of a popular book and were full of questions about the book and about her writing process. One teen even brought cupcakes, a sign of real devotion!



We also ran a book poster/book cover design contest during Teen Read Week and promoted it simultaneously with the author event. Contest entries were hung in our meeting room during the event for everyone to see.

Although our audience was small, the energy level was high and the teens were very comfortable asking questions.