PLS Teens eNewsletter- February 2011 - Love & History

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  Dear Visitor,  

Both St. Valentine and Black History are the focus of February, and your hometown libraries have events celebrating both occasions.

As you enjoy candied hearts or chocolates, check out these books that celebrate the past and present achievements of African Americans.



Hometown Libraries

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  hometown events  
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Big Read

For the 5th annual Big Read, PLS is holding a songwriting competition to promote Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and honor the Vietnam War era. Contestants are encouraged to compose music and lyrics that represent the novel or time period. Submit an original song by February 22, 2011 and you could win $250. Check out the Big Read website for more details and entry form.

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Black History Month

Feb. 5 @ all day - African Drumming - Noble
African Drummer Damon Frazier will share the historical and cultural impact of African drums as well as providing a musical performance.

Feb. 9 @ 11 a.m. - Gospel Brunch - Moore
Christopher Jones sings gospel classics that celebrate the contribution of Black gospel music to American culture. Also enjoy food and fellowship. Register online or call 793-5100.

Feb. 13 @ 2 p.m. - African American Read-In - Norman
Featured readers, local authors, and other special guests celebrate and honor African American history and literature.

Feb. 27 @ 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. - Crowns Tea - Norman
Wear a hat and have tea to honor African American church tradition. Loaner hats available at door. Free ticket required to attend. Get tickets starting Feb. 13 @ 4 p.m. For info call 701-2620.

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Teen Events

Feb. 9 - Something for Everyone - Newcastle
3:45 p.m. - Crafters can make a fun sweetheart craft
4:00 p.m. - Book lovers can join the tween (Dear Austin by Elvira Woodruff) or teen (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) book clubs' discussions

Feb. 23 @ 3:45 p.m. - Wired Wednesday - Newcastle
Come with your friends to play the Wii games, Guitar Hero, and DDR

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  book spotlight  

2011 Young Adult Book Awards


Michael L. Printz Award:
* Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

* Nothing by Janne Teller
* Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
* Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
* Stolen by Lucy Christopher


William C. Morris Award:
* The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston

* Hush by Eishes Chayil
* Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
* Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
   by Lish McBride
* Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber


Margaret A. Edwards Award:
* Terry Pratchett, author


Book Review

written by Lilli Thal
reveiwed by Mark H.

If you like realistic, action oriented medieval pieces, you'd should really like this book. If you get a particularly sly smile on your face at the idea of jesters, then you should love this book.

Imagine if your father's greatest enemy, a neighboring king, enslaved you and made you the apprentice of a mean-spirited jester. The only thing keeping you alive is the malice-filled mirth the king takes out of your suffering. The jester, Mimus, is an amazing character. He really makes the book…not that he is necessarily heroic, or, rather, even a good person, but he is a great character.

This is definitely one of the better written teen books. The world is realistic, the characters go through believable emotional stress, the adventure is tense, and the prince is a character you can root for. A really good read for medieval-themed fans.


Non-Fiction Spotlight

Hey, Get a Job: A Teen Guide to Getting and Keeping a Job
by Jennie Withers

Hey, Get a Job! covers information on getting and keeping a job for teens and other first time workers. It includes: labor laws for minors, creative ways to find jobs; completing an application, cover letter and resume correctly; preparing for the interview; previewing post hire procedures; knowing workplace expectations; understanding a good versus bad employer; managing hard earned money; and getting answers to frequently asked questions.

  New Books

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