PLS Teens eNewsletter - April 2013 - Poems, Art, & Big Read

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"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."
- Robert Frost



The April 2013 newsletter is full of information for events at the library. Learn about the 2013 Big Read, Old School by Tobias Wolff, check out some movies based on books that will be released in April, and learn all about a cool art competition sponsored by the US House of Representatives that you may be able to enter and win!


Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Participation in the contest is at the discretion of each Member office. Please contact your representative to confirm your district’s participation and obtain specific guidance.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

How To Enter:


Hometown Libraries

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Big Read 2013 takes the reader to New England in the early 1960s, through the Tobias Wolff novel Old School

This coming of age story follows a young man trying to find his place and fulfill his dreams of being a writer. Through his development, themes of tradition, class, and self-identity are explored. Old School is a novel that celebrates American literature while it tells a heartwarming coming of age story.

You won't want to miss the chance to hear Tobias Wolff speak about his work on April 25.

  book spotlight  


Books featuring cheating:

Books set in boarding schools:



Odd Thomas
In theaters April 5 (not yet rated)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Nico Tortorella

Based on The Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz



Jurassic Park 3D
In theaters April 5 (rated PG-13)

Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

Based on Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

  hometown events  

Newcastle Public Library

April 11 @ 4 p.m. - Book Club End of Year Celebration: Teens and tweens join forces to celebrate and discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Refreshments provided.

April 17 @ 3:30 p.m. - Old School Games: In celebration of the Big Read play “Old School” games such as checkers, marbles, jump rope, jacks etc…

Norman Public Library

April 2 @ 5 p.m. - People vs. Boardom: Journey together through a fantasy realm to discover treasure, fight monsters, and triumph over adversity in the dark night. A variety of 20 tables will be open. New and experienced players welcome. Food provided.

April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 @ 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Tuesday Tutors: University of Oklahoma students work one-on-one with students to provide assistance with any school subject or assignment. Tutors are open first-come, first-served. No registration required.

April 25 @ 6 p.m. - 17th Annual Poetry Celebration: Entrants wil read their poems. Winners of the contest will be announced at the end of the celebration. The poetry writing contest is open to 6th grade - adult. All poems are judged anonymously by judges from outside the library. Entry forms are available at the Information Desk. Contestants may enter up to 3 poems each. Entry forms cannot be mailed. The deadline for entries is April 12th. Call the library at 701-2620 to learn more.

April 30 @ 1 p.m. - MMORPG: Learn all about Massively-Multiplayer Online Roll-Playing Games such as World of Warcraft. Register at the library, by calling 701-2696, or online.

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