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Upcoming Teen Programs!

24 Jul
minute to win it

Teen Summer Reading Program. Mon., July 30 @ 7 pm. Druker Auditorium.

mother-daughter book club

Mother-Daughter Book Club. August 16 @ 7:30 pm, Teen Area. We’ll be discussing Legend by Marie Lu.



Teen Essay Writing Contest!

18 Jul

One of the database we get (p4A Antiques Reference) is holding an essay writing contest! The first prize is valued at over $1,000 and includes a Nook Color e-reader, Barnes & Noble gift card and subscriptions to all of the websites, newspapers and catalogs produced by our sponsors! Contest begins June 15th, 2012 and entries may be submitted through August 15, 2012.

You have to write an essay on one of the following topics (vampire-killing kit?!?!):

~ an ancient mummified bird
~ a painting of Indians by Frank Tenney Johnson
~ an authentic vampire-killing kit
~ a pair of cased revolvers having belonged to Civil War General Benjamin Brice
~ an 18th-century Philadelphia chair
~ a 19th-century doll carved from a bedpost
~ a 17th-century Tibetan Buddha figure inset with gems

Video Contest! on “Why I Need My Library”

3 Mar

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), this contest invites teenagers ages 13-18 to create original videos of 1-3 minutes in length about why they feel “I need my Library.”  The videos can be live-action, animation, machinima or use a combination of techniques, and teens can work in groups of up to six.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video.

Read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Teens submit their original videos and compete in two age categories, 13-15 and 16-18, for prizes.  Winners will identify either their school library or their local public library as the beneficiary of the cash prizes:

From each age category (2 categories total):

  • Three 3rd place winners will receive $1000 each for their selected libraries
  • Two 2nd place winners will receive $2000 each for their selected libraries
  • One 1st place winner will receive $3000 for their selected library PLUS $50 gift cards to an online bookseller for each individual member of the winning group (limit of 6 participants per group)

Videos should be submitted to YouTube and tagged alaneedmylibrary 15 for entries in the age 13-15 category, and alaneedmylibrary 18 for entries in the age 16-18 category.  Teens must also mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible.

Contest entries also must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight April 18, 2011.  Full Contest Guidelines are available here.

Winning videos will be showcased on ALA websites and at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28).

Questions about the contest can be directed to

Contest: Doodle 4 Google

10 Feb

As announced a couple of weeks ago by Google, Doodle 4 Google is back again this year. Doodle 4 Google is a student drawing contest open to all K-12 students in the U.S. The contest asks students to create drawings, on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, that redesign the Google homepage logo while responding to the prompt “what I’d like to do someday.”

This year Google is increasing the opportunities to participate in the contest by allowing parents to register their children if they’re not registered through school. Students involved in The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Girl Scouts will also be able to register for Doodle 4 Google.

This year’s winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his or her school. Registration is open now and closes on March 2nd. All drawings must be submitted by March 16.

Contest! The 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now accepting Submissions!

24 Jan

Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in grades 7 – 12.  It is a symbol of excellence that can bolster resumes, college applications, and scholarship applications.  All National Award recipients earn a place on the National Recipient list.  Selected works will be featured in the National Catalog and The Best Teen Writing anthology.  Most importantly, winning a Scholastic Art & Writing Award offers the opportunity for scholarships.  At the regional level, award-winning seniors have access to more than $3.5 million in scholarships from local institutions.  At the national level, $10,000 scholarships are given to 15 graduating seniors who earn Portfolio Gold Medals, a select number of Portfolio Silver Medalists will earn $1,000 Notable Achievement Awards, and seniors who earn Portfolio Gold Medals or Portfolio Silver Medals can leverage partial to full-ride scholarships from a network of 60 arts universities and institutes, which annually earmark $3.9 million in financial aid.

To share your creative work with The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, you can go to and click “Register Now” to access the Scholastic Awards Online Registration System.  Here you’ll find out about the categories of art and writing, how to prepare your work, and your regional guidelines and deadlines.  You’ll have to know your school’s ZIP code to determine your regional program.

Generally, the answers to virtually all questions you might have about the entire process will be found in the site’s extensive FAQ page.

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.]

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!

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