Violets are blue.
(Oh, no. Not a poem.)
I’ve written this blog.
Just for you.
April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, I’m going to share with you a few silly poems from our mass collection of poetry. The first and silliest poet that comes to mind is Shel Silverstein. This Chicago native began writing when he was very young and although he was also performer and a recording artist, he is best known for his silly poems for children. Here is my favorite.
Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird
And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.
If you’re a bird, be an early bird –
But if you’re a worm, sleep late.
Sometimes you can take an old rhyme to surprising places like the book Whatever Happened to Humpty Dumpty? by David T. Greenberg.
There Was an Old Woman
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe;
She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread,
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
Did things work out for that mom and her kids?
Sadly, the answer is no, ma’am,
For a giant stuck his foot in the shoe
And now they’re all in a toe jam.
Feeling poetic? Visit one of our library branches all through the month of April to create your own Black Out Poetry. The best poems will be posted anonymously on our Teen blog. If you need a little inspiration check out these books on poetry or visit the American and English Literature Collection database to search for your favorite poem.
Teen Tech Week celebrates the great nonprint resources and services that we offer. Our branches provide programs such as ACT test taking tips, Crafter Dark, creative writing programs, even an online book club.
You don’t even need to come into the library to use some of our items! We offer: eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, music, movies, and tv shows. All of the items are either available to stream or download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
During March, take a quick survey to be entered into a drawing for a FitBug ORB Activity Tracker! This wearable tech tracks your activity (including your steps, calories burned, distance and sleep) day and night. Stop by a branch for a paper copy or take the survey online. Enter as many times as you’d like between March 9-29!
Also during the month, come into any of our branches for some hands on crafting with a DIY Media Sleeve and a Chinese take-out box.
Star Trek fans, take our Star Trek Trivia Quiz online or in a branch. One lucky fan will win a Tribble!
Do you frequently envision yourself sitting in the captain’s chair of a great star ship? Do you stop at every doorway and make a whoosh sound before entering? Have you ever shaved your eyebrows and drawn them in at an angle like Dr. Spock? If yes, then you my friend, are a trekkie.
There’s no need to be ashamed. Wear your one piece, original Star Trek: Enterprise red jumpsuit with pride. You’re not alone. Trekkies have been making a comeback in both books and movies.
Just recently theaters have seen the release of a new brand of Star Trek in Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness starring Chris Pine as the new Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. These films have drawn new audiences and appeased many old fans of the show, but if you enjoy these blockbusters, might I suggest checking out a few of the older shows including the original Star Trek, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager.
Join us for a movie (PG-13), activity, and snack at the Bethel Branch on Wednesday, March 12 at 3:30pm. This month we’ll learn how to make our own alien ooze. Signed permission form is required to attend. Register by visiting the branch, calling 734-2619, or online.
Come join other teens and get in the game at the Felicity Branch on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3:00pm! Test your skills and up the fun with our variety of games including our life-sized Candy Land game, Corn Hole, and lots of other exciting card & board games. For ages 12-18. For more information call the library at 876-4134.
Bring your friends for a movie, pizza and craft night at the Owensville Branch on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30pm. We will be making memory chains and creating memory chains while watching a movie based on the popular book series, “Beautiful Creatures”. Attendees ages 13-18 can call the library at 732-9138 for more information or to register.
Learn how to make marshmallows soar through the air by building your own handheld catapults at the New Richmond Branch on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:45pm. We’ll use rubber bands, tongue depressors, and a few office supplies to build our catapults. Test your aim, but if you don’t want to munch marshmallows…we’ve got you covered with loads of other snacks!
For more information or to register, stop by the branch or call 553-0570. Or register online.
Books about catapults.
Come to the Milford-Miami Township Branch on Friday, Feb. 7, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and join us for a movie, play games, make a bracelet, try your hand at origami, create a henna tattoo or make a Valentine. Register online.
February is Library Lovers Month. To celebrate, we’re giving away some books. Go here and finish the sentence “I love my library because _____” and you’ll be entered into a random drawing for a bag of books. Enter any time during the month of February. Enter as many times as you’d like! We’ll announce a winner on March 3. Good luck!
After finishing the fabulous Theatre Illuminata Trilogy, I realized I was a little rusty on my plays. A lot of the books I’ve read lately give references to the classics, but with this series set in a theater with characters practically living and breathing Shakespeare, I noticed plenty of references to things I read in school. And plenty of things I’d only heard about but never read. It was time to fix that.
While browsing the library’s collection of classic literature, I noticed the ever-present cliff-notes and other study guides printed in order to help people “translate” Shakespearean and other forms of Ye Olde English listed along with the originals; then I discovered an entire collection of Shakespeare plays had been made into manga!
Since the main character of the series that sparked my newfound interest in Shakespeare is named Beatrice, I went first for the play with the character she is named after: Much Ado About Nothing. This manga version uses direct quotes from the play, and while there is a short summary in the back, rather than relying on paragraphs of footnotes to parse through the text, you use the pictures to get the gist of the story. With this light introduction to the story, I’m looking forward to reading the original text and knowing a little bit of what’s in store. Not to mention the art was just plain fun to look at!
During my search I found comic book versions of other classics, like The Iliad and Pride and Prejudice, biographies of historical figures like Amelia Earhart and Anne Frank, and even an action-packed comics version of the Bible! Mixed in with the superhero comics and manga, just waiting to help you with your required reading for school. Instead of taking shortcuts with cliff-notes and Wikipedia, why not try some comics?
…But seriously, read the originals too. You might end up liking them, especially with a visual already in your head! And then the next time you read a book with a character talking about Cathy and Heathcliff, or see a chapter beginning with a quote from The Odyssey, you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about!
Movies today seem to be chalk full of meaningful close-ups. You know the ones. They are usually pasted up on the screen following a bit of dramatic music in case you didn’t get the hint. Well I don’t know about you, but when I see an extreme close up of an actor’s nose hair it does more for my funny bone than my tear ducts. Here are a few of my favorite close-ups, complete with snarky captions (with help from Eric K.)
For other great close-up fun visit our “I Know You Are But What Am I” teen contest starting June 1st and enter to win a Bubble Wrap Keychain, where the bubble popping fun never ends.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the summer reading program. You guys totally amazed and impressed me with all of your reviews and comments.
The winner of the laptop is Molly from the New Richmond Branch – congrats to her!
We’re going to have a couple of new contests starting in September so stay tuned!
Take part in our summer reading program by showing us your artistic side.
Make a comment here sharing some creative writing and get entered into a prize drawing. You can also write a review to be entered into the drawing.
Include what branch you go to most often.
Did I mention there are prizes involved??
You can also submit original artwork at your local branch to be entered into the prize drawings.
Take part in our summer reading program by telling us what you think.
Make a comment here reviewing a book, magazine, CD or movie and get entered into a drawing for a prize.
Include the following:
- Title of what you’re reviewing
- Your rant or rave
- What branch you go to most often
Did I mention there are prizes involved??