PLS Teens - May 2013 - Summer Reading

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The May 2013 newsletter is full of information for events at the library. Learn about award winning books, check out some movies based on books that will be released in May, and explore the wonderful world of comics on Free Comic Book Day!


The winners of the 2013 Sequoyah Book Awards and the Young Adult Oklahoma Book Award have been announced recently! Go ahead and take a look at these award-winning books at your hometown library.

The winner of the Young Adult Oklahoma Book Award was The Immortal Von B. by M. Scott Carter.

When Josie Brunswick has to move to Europe so her father can head a secret genetics program for a mysterious global corporation, she thinks life couldn't get any worse. Then her mother dies. Music becomes her reason to live, until an accident in her father's lab produces something that will send her on a mad adventure throughout Vienna and through time.

The winner of the 2013 Intermediate Sequoyah Book Award was After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick.

Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.

Finally, the winner of the 2013 High School Sequoyah Book Award was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

Additionally, the Sequoyah Book Award nominees for 2014 have been announced. To view the masterlist for an Intermediate school or reading level, click here. To view the masterlist for a High School reading level, click here.Teens who are interested in these literary works will have a full year to read whichever books catch their eyes, and voting for the most popular book in each category will take place early next year.


Hometown Libraries

Southwest Oklahoma City

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Library Closings

May 26 & 27: All libraries closed for Memorial Day

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Come into your hometown library and check out a book from the Teen Collection on Saturday, May 4 and receive a free comic, while supplies last.

Comics are provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Toy and Action Figure Museum, Speeding Bullet Books and Comics, Wizards Games, and Bibliotech Books and Comics.

The comic book stores will also be giving away comics. Be sure to join us and get involved in the comic book world if you're interested!


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If you're looking for some great titles, try these selections from the American Library Assosiation's Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2013 list:



The Great Gatsby
In theaters May 10 (PG-13)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton

Based on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Iron Man 3
In theaters May 3(rated PG-13)

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce

Based on the Iron Man series

  hometown events  

Newcastle Public Library

May 16 @ 4 p.m. - Teen Volunteer Orientation: Teens who would like to volunteer to help with the Summer Reading Programs need to come to the orientation to be informed on our proceedures and to sign up.

Norman Public Library

May 7 @ 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.

May 7 &14 @ 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.

May 14, 23, & 28 @ 5 p.m. and May 18 @ 2 p.m. - Norman Volunteer Summer Orientation: Children's Department: Teens wanting to volunteer in the Children's Department must attend one Summer Orientation training. Applications are available at the Children's Desk and must be completed before training. Age requirements have changed so contact the Children's Department at 701-2630 with questions.

May 14 & 23 @ 6 p.m. and May 18 & 29 @ 2 p.m. -Norman Teen Volunteer Summer Training: All teenagers wanting volunteer at the Norman Public Library in the Teen/Adult Department must attend a summer training. Applications are available at the Information Desk and MUST be submitted before the training. Application requirements have changed. Please contact Rebecca Spence at 701-2620 with questions.

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It's that time of year again! The Summer Reading Program is quickly approaching, and there will be kick-off events starting later this month. Feel free to stop by at the following events and join in on the summer fun. We'll have a blast!

May 24 - SOKC Summer Reading Kick-Off @ 2 PM:  Dig into reading! Start your summer with a come-and-go construction-themed kick-off event including games, treats, and a chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.

May 29 - Shawnee Teen Summer Reading Program Kickoff @ 2 PM: The Shawnee Library will be kicking off their teen summer reading program "Beneath the Surface" with a funfilled afternoon of activities ranging from creating underground art to deep sea treasures. Registration for the summer teen program, ages 12 through 17, will also begin. Teen programs are held Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 in June and July.

May 30 - Moore Summer Reading Program Kickoff @ 10 AM: Come join us at the Moore Public Library for our annual Summer Reading Program Kick Off Parade and Party! The parade will begin at City Hall and make its way to the library, where there will be crafts, snacks, activities, and Summer Reading Program sign-ups.

May 30 - McLoud Summer Reading Program Kickoff @ 11 AM: Come join us at the Board of Education Building for some summer reading fun!

May 30 - Tecumseh Summer Reading Program Kicko @ 2 PM: Dig into reading at our big kickoff for the summer! Children, teens, and adults can enroll for the summer reading program and join the fun. We'll have games, crafts, balloons, music, and things that dig in the dirt. Dig for dinosaur bones and treasure! Make a dirt pie that is yummy to eat! Tons of fun for all ages!

May 31 - Purcell Summer Reading Program Kickoff @ 10 AM: Dig into Reading this summer at the Purcell Public Library's Kick-off event. Make a dirt painting with Karla Beatty from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Then register for the Summer Reading Program, get a free book and bag with goodies, and enjoy a snow cone.

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