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Make A Mother's Day Gift At The Library!

Need a gift for mom but don't have any cash? Teens in grades 7 through 12 can come decorate a vase and fill it with a bouquet for Mother’s Day on Saturday May 8th at 1:00PM. Registration is required!

Boys Scouts Introduce Video Game Badge

The Boys Scouts of America have introduced a new ability badge for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts to earn for displaying an understanding and ability with computer and videogames.

Earning the full badge includes selecting a game with a suitable rating, comparing two different systems, planning and participating in a family games tournament and teaching a friend or adult how to play a new game.

Video Games Are Going Green

Ubisoft is starting a new environmental initiative by no longer including paper game manuals in XBox 360 or PS3 games, instead these manuals will be available online. Ubisoft said, "internal data shows that producing one ton of paper used in its game manuals consumes around two tons of wood from 13 trees, with a net energy of 28 million BTUs — the average heating and energy for one home per year." But that isn't all they are doing to be more 'green'. Ubisoft is also partnering with Technimark to make new games cases that are made of 100% recycled materials.

No Tutoring This Week

The NHS tutors will not be here this week (they need a break, too).

However, they will resume their regular schedule starting Tuesday April 13th! If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
  • Monday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Tuesday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Wednesday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Thursday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk

Twilight Fans Rejoice!

You didn't think it was really over, did you?! Stephenie Meyer is revisiting Forks with a new book called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. Bree Tanner, introduced in Eclipse, is a newborn vampire and part of the newborn army who tangle with the Cullins. Her story promises to be exciting, mysterious, and dangerous. This is certainly a must-read for Twilight Hardcores!

Don't Forget to Vote!

It's that time again! The Thumbs Up! ballot is here.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by the Teen Services Division of MLA to an author for an outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. "Teen" for the award's purpose is someone between 12-18 years of age. The book must appeal to this age group, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

Sony Move Motion Controller

Sony has unveiled a motion controller for the Playstation 3, an answer to the Wiimote. The "Move" is a rectangular controller made to be comfortable in the hand with a glowing plastic ball on the top that tracks the player's motion. Sony is promising big things for the new controller, including a whole new gaming experience. Not to be outdone, Microsoft is expected to come out with a motion controller in time for this years holiday shopping season.

Leviathan, Have You Read It?!

Leviathan, the newest book from Scott Westerfeld, is all about an alternative history. It is the ultimate face-off between the German Clankers with their advanced machinery and the British Darwinists with their crossbred animals. Steampunk writing at its best, this book is certain to take you for an adventure.

In honor of Teen Tech Week, join the discussion here and post a question, response, or review of Leviathan to be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Rumors of Nintendo New Console Hardware?

It looks like all the buzz about the next generation Wii console and new Nintendo hand held systems is just talk at this point. In an interview with Gamespot, Nintendo of America marketing head Cammie Dunaway denies any notion of new console hardware coming in the next year. However, she did say, "Part of Nintendo’s heritage is to always be looking at innovation, and to always start working on the next hardware every time we launch a platform, so we’ll have it ready when the time is right."

No Tutoring This Week, But They Will Be Back!

The NHS tutors will not be here this week (they need a break too). However, they will resume their regular schedule starting Tuesday February 23rd!

If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
Monday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone

Need More Information About College?

MatchCollege.com is an excellent free website that helps you find the information you need about college, financial aid, tuition, admissions, and more. This website also lists the top careers (librarian came in respectfully at #141), and gives information related to salary, job condition, and employee satisfaction. Chosing a college can be a hard decision, but this website gives you plenty of information to make the choice a little easier.

Looking For Information About College?

Braintrack.com has a full database of colleges and universities. Not only can you search by school, but also by location or career. This website also has plenty of helpful articles about financial aid, transferring, and even college student stories. The best part about Braintrack is that it's free!

Valentine's Day Is Right Around The Corner!

If you are looking for a way to get your romantic juices flowing or just looking for a good story with a happy ending, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti might be just what you need. If it isn't quite what you are looking for, check out the list of young adult love stories.

Teen ALA Schneider Family Award

The Schneider Family Book Award is a National Award which honors an author for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. This year's winner is Marcelo And The Real World by Francisco Stark. This book is a poignant and fun story about Marcelo, a high-functioning autistic teenager, who works in the mail room of his father's law firm for the summer. This book is not only an award winner but a must read for all teen literature lovers!

A Dog Named Zelda

I often visit a blog called HardestLevel. It is a great video game blog with lots of reviews and interesting posts about gamer culture. Today I stumbled on a post about naming pets after video game characters. The author has a dog he named "Zelda". Many others posted, that they too had named their pets after video game characters. So, this got me wondering, have any of you named your pets after games or game characters?