Archive | December, 2010

True Grit by Charles Portis from Unshelved

30 Dec


10 Best College Websites from

23 Dec

It’s the time of year when seniors are finishing college applications…. and juniors are realizing that within a few months at the latest, they’ll begin assembling their own personal ‘List’.  Blog writer Lynn O’Shaughnessy (The College Solution on has created her top-10 “Best College Websites”.  She has annotated the list, so you can first read a little blurb about each site.  Also, be sure to check out the Comments tab for some additional website suggestions and advice from her blog readers!

Have Your Say in the MA Teen Choice Book Awards

16 Dec

Calling all teens!  The Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Awards is extending the deadline for nominations for the 2010 MCTBA from 12/31/10 to Friday, January 7, 2011 — so there is plenty of time to nominate as many new YA book titles as you want!  All teens aged 13-18 are eligible to vote online at  This website is similar to the Summer Reading website: you must create an account on the site, and then use your User Name and password to log-in.  Once you are logged in, you can nominate every new title that you’ve enjoyed reading this year.   Then once the nominations are over, the top 5 books with the most nominations will be put on a ballot.  You will then have until March 15th to vote for your favorite book on the ballot.  The winning book will be announced on Support Teen Literature Day – April 14, 2011.

Fiction, nonfiction, manga – you name it!  If you liked it and it was published this year, you can nominate it! So create that log-in and let YOUR opinions be counted this year!

[The program is open to anyone who lives or goes to school in Massachusetts and is between 12-18 years old.  Note: you must be 13 or older to nominate/vote online.  If you are 12, you must use the printable form linked here; fill it out and mail it to: Milford Town Library, 80 Spruce St., Milford, MA  01757.]

Now THAT’s a cool Christmas tree!

13 Dec

NUC Christmas Tree @ Gleeson Library

NUC Christmas Tree @ Gleeson Library at USF

New Website for Teens with Literary Leanings

9 Dec

Figment is a free platform, where teens can both read and write fiction.  However, you’re not limited to uploading your prose from your computer– you can also write your novel on your cellphone!  Users of the site are invited to write novels, short stories, & poems, and to collaborate with other writers and give & receive feedback on the work posted on the site.  In addition, one of the site’s creators, Jacob Lewis, has said that he hopes Figment will serve as an opportunity for publishers to roam the Web site looking for fresh young talent, or promote their own authors by running book excerpts. Apparently several publishers have already signed on.  For example, Running Press Kids will provide an excerpt from “Purple Daze”, a historical novel for teens written by Sherry Shahan.  And Blake Nelson, bestselling author of GIRL (which was originally serialized in Sassy), is currently serializing his new book “Dream School” on the site.  On top of that, there are contests, forums, and a blog (which, among other things, posts author interviews and book reviews).  So check it out today!

Unshelved (comic strip) Book Club from 11/19/10: Plain Kate

1 Dec

Check out Plain Kate by Erin Bow at the Newton Free Library!

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