Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Win a $150 with Best Video!

Division of Library and Information Services

2015 CSLP Teen Video Challenge  
Since 2011, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), working with member states, has been soliciting amateur videos produced by teenagers, to serve as the official CSLP sanctioned summer reading teen videos. The purpose of the teen video contest is to give teens the opportunity to make videos that encourage the use of public libraries and promote reading all summer long.

Teens who create a video promoting summer reading at the public library, including their interpretation of the 2015 CSLP teen slogan, "Unmask," can win $150, and their library will receive prizes worth at least $50 from CSLP and Upstart. Videos can be created individually or as a team. The winning video from Florida will become one of the official Teen Public Service Announcements for the National 2015 CSLP Summer Reading Program.      

The deadline for entries is March 2, 2015. The application and Teen Video Challenge Model Release Form are available online. For more information, visit the CSLP website or contact Jana Fine.     

Jana Fine 
Youth Services Consultant
Bureau of Library Development
Division of Library and Information Services

Monday, July 7, 2014

Free Audiobook Downloads

In an effort to whet your teen appetites for the audiobook experience, you're being offered a month of free downloads. Two a week, and the titles are an interesting mix. Here's what's offered the first week in July. Check out the site for more offerings.

Free Audiobook Downloads


Monday, June 2, 2014

Teen Reads 2014-2015 are in! Order away!

Florida Teens Read Nominees 2014-2015

The following titles are nominated for the Florida Teens Read Award.  Your vote determines the winner!
Author: Rick Yancey
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
After losing her mother and grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, Laurel moves to another town and becomes a methamphetamine addict.
Author: Cat Winters
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Author: Matt de la Pena
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.
Author: Zoe Marriott
Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume, who is able to re-create herself in any form, is destined to use her skills to steal the heart of a prince in a revenge plot.
Author: David Klass and Perry Klass
When Jerry Downing, star quarterback in a small football town, gets a second chance after his drunk driving had serious consequences, Carla Jensen, top reporter for the school newspaper, invites him to join her in writing a blog, mainly about sports.
Author: Blaine Harden
A dramatic account by one of the few survivors born in North Korea's infamous political prison camps describes the brutal conditions that have forced prisoners to turn on one another, his witness to his family's executions and his harrowing escape. 
Author: Sharon Flake
Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.
Author: Jody Casella
Consumed by guilt and secrets about his twin brother's death, Marsh Windsor is looking for a thin space--a place where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to cross over--in hopes of setting things right.
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Seventeen-year-old Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins an elite group of criminal profilers at the FBI in order to help solve cold cases.
Author: Swati Avasthi
Acting out superhero fantasies on the streets and rooftops of Chicago, best friends Corey, Holly, and Savitri are shattered by a murderous act of violence that leaves two of them disillusioned and unable to move on.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer is Almost HERE!

Gulf Beaches Library is planning on being THE GIVER this year. We're having a drawing to give away a Kindle and gift cards again this year to the teen who qualifies to enter by turning in a book report. (The good news is that all three Brown children have already won so they won't be Maze Runners
in this contest.)  This contest will last all summer long, so the Fault Will be in Our Stars if we don't get some reading done.  
You say, "If I Stay?" What if I'm traveling this summer? Just send me a message through this blog and I'll still count your 30 word book report.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sunshine States Are In and I'm reading them...Still Waiting on Teen Reads

I've read:
Doll Bones: Genuinely creepy.  Doll Bones! I'm already afraid of dolls, with their weird glass eyes. Ish
Small as an Elephant: Think a book about an eleven year old kid being abandoned by his manic depressive mom in a national park might make for good reading? You'd be right! Loved it!
Ungifted: This is the one I'm going to buy in audio because it is soooo funny you will want to be reading it out loud and sharing it with other people. Loved it!
The Lions of Little Rock: Excellent tale, well told. Integration in Arkansas. Again, I just really enjoyed it.
Dead City: Zombies in New York. I know, I know, I'm not into zombies either. I mean, they're so dumb, no room for character development there! But these zombies are different. They were created by a mining accident at the turn of the century and they live among the New Yorkers, managing to pass themselves off most of the time. Our heroes and heroines are zombie slayers. More of a sci fi outing than paranormal. I've ordered the sequel and I'm eager to read it.
Endangered: You get a big download from this book, including a lot of how-to about raising bonobos (they're like chimpanzees only nicer), survival tips, and a lot of reasons to cross the Democratic Republic of the Congo off your list of vacation wish list.  This would be a great read for a family reading group discussion. Lots of real life here, and the narrator is refreshingly honest with a wry overtone in observations of the very terrible world she finds herself in. Because this is a book about a fourteen year old American girl who finds herself in the midst of Congo style warfare, which looks a lot like country-wide terrorism.