Archive for April, 2008

Teen Room Opens This Thursday!! Tell Your Friends!

Starting this Thursday, May 1, the Teen Room will be open after school hours. For the month of May the rrom will be open Monday – Thursday after school until 9pm. Friday it will be open until 5pm.

Everyone who wants to use the gaming equipment will have to go through a brief new user orientation so that you will know where to sign up for the games time limits, etc. Also, you will need your library card in order to use the games, so bring it with you! Don’t have one? No problem! Sign up for one at the circulation desk.

The room will not be available for teen use when planned programs, like Teen Movie Lounge or book clubs, are taking place. So check out the May calendar (in my previous post) to see when programs are happening and the room won’t be available!

Otherwise, come on in, chill out, study, check out the featured book shelf, and use our Wii and Xboxes! And just in case I haven’t blabbed enough about what games we have, here’s the list:

Wii Sports
Super Mario Galazy
Guitar Hero

Rock Band
Forza 2 Racing (3 copies)

*Remember, you must have your library card with you in order to use the gaming systems.
Don’t forget to tell all your friends! See you in the Teen Room.

-Kelly (Teen Librarian)


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May Programs in the Teen Reading Room

Here at the library we know that school and spring sports are beginning to wind down. If you have free time, come on over to the Teen Reading Room. We’ll be having weekly Teen Movie Lounge and Game On! events all month long! Don’t forget about our teen book clubs! Or the Twilight party to celebrate the release of the first Chapter of Breaking Dawn, the final book in the Twilight saga.

Check out the May calendar and read below for event details.


Teen Movie Lounge
We’ll watch popular movies, movies that were books first, and documentaries, like Planet Earth. It will be almost like you’re at the movie theater, with our surround sound system and large projection wall!

When: Every Thursday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Ages: Grades 7-12
*Please register at the Circulation Desk.

Game On! Tweens
An open gaming session. This is nothing like your at-home gaming setup! Play Rock Band or Wii Sports with your friends on our enormous plasma TV or sit in one of our three booths, each of which has its own Xbox!

When: Every Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21, & 28
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Ages: Grades 6-8

Game On! Teens
An open gaming session. This is nothing like your at-home gaming setup! Play Rock Band or Wii Sports with your friends on our enormous plasma TV or sit in one of our three booths, each of which has its own Xbox!

When: Every Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21, & 28
Time: 6-8:30pm
Ages: Grades 8-12

Books & Bites Book Club
When: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Ages: Grades 9-12
*Please register at the Circulation Desk.

Get Graphic! Graphic Novel Book Club
When: Thursday, May 22
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Ages: Grades 9-12
*Please register at the Circulation Desk.

Breaking Dawn: The First Chapter Party
Come celebrate the release of Stephenie Meyer’s special edition of Eclipse. This edition will have the first chapter of Breaking Dawn, the final book in the Twilight series, printed in it. Join us as we read aloud this first, and long awaited, chapter, eat Twilight-inspired snacks, make Cullen body glitter, and test your Twilight trivia!

When: Saturday, May 31
Time: 2-4pm
Ages: Grades 7-12
*Registration is required and limited to 25 teens. Please sign up at the Circulation Desk.

*All programs are subject to change or cancellation if book shelves are being installed in the Teen Reading Room. Check back for updates or cancellations.*

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Upcoming Teen Programs!

Get Graphic Book Club 

Ages:  Grades 9-12

When:  April 24, May 22, June 26

Day/Time:  Fourth Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Where:  Teen Reading Room


Are you a graphic novel and comic fiend, like me?  Have you read a few, but still don’t know how you feel about this format?  Don’t know what the fuss is all about?  Whatever your answer, join me for Get Graphic a new book club.  We’ll read classic, groundbreaking, alternative, and mainstream graphic novels.  We can all read the same title or you can pick one of your choosing and then share your reaction to it with the group.  


The choice is yours, and remember with great power comes great responsibility! 



Have a title suggestion?  Email me, Kelly, at  






Game On! Community Night

Ages:  All ages.

When:  Wednesday, April 30

Time:  6:00-8:45pm




Everyone is invited to attend this inaugural Game Night in the new Teen Reading Room.  Put those nimble fingers to use and shred during Guitar Hero III.  Flex your vocal chords with a Rock Band set.  Showcase your Wii Sports skills.  Tear up the track with Forza 2 Racing on one of our Xboxes.  Whether you come as a spectator or participant, this night at the library is sure to be unforgettable!  Age specific Game On! events are in the works, so come back for more.


Books & Bites Book Club

Ages:  Grades 9-12

When:  May 6, June 3

Day/Time:  First Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm


Are you tired of books with happy families, perfect couples, and happily ever after?  There is nothing wrong with these characterizations.  Many of you probably have some of these things in your lives.  However, nothing goes right all the time and that is why a book can be more powerful when the perfect things are mixed in with problems.  Join this discussion and share snacks as we explore current young adult literature.  Title and snack recommendations are encouraged. Again, email Kelly at


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Despite the ribbon cutting, the Teen Room is not open yet.

Although the new Teen Reading Room was open to the public on Sunday it is closed again.  New bookshelves are being installed around the room and until this construction is complete the Teen Room will be inaccessible.

Hopefully everyone who was at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday won’t forget how much fun they had using the gaming systems while they are waiting for the room to officially open!  While you are waiting, tell your friends about the new space and about this blog, which will keep you updated on the latest teen events!

Hordes of teens, tweens, and even younger children (everyone gest to come in on the first day!) experienced the new Teen Reading Room.  I was incredibly happy that the attendees were so good about taking turns and helping each other when someone wasn’t sure how to change the difficulty level on Rock Band or use the Xbox. 

Action photos coming soon.  (I thought I saved the newest photos to my flashdrive so I could upload them here at work, but I guess I messed up.)  Instead here’s a photo of a cake I made:

Turtle Birthday Cake

Special thanks go out to all the Youth Advisory Council members who were present to direct community members, answer questions, pass out refreshments, etc.  The day would have been a lot more difficult if this group had not been there!

Don’t worry, I’ll make a post when the room is open!

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Come see what the library has for you…and watch a movie while you’re here.

Join us on Thursday, April 17th to celebrate National Library Week with a film screening in the new Teen Reading Room (see flyer below).  Get here a little early to explore everything that’s in the new space.  Choose some books, magazines, DVDS, and CDs from our Young Adult collection to take home before the movie starts.

Film Screening.

The King of Kong is a documentary chronicling novice gamer Steve Wiebe’s attempts to beat the highest Donkey Kong score ever achieved.  The movie follows Wiebe from his Washington state home where he practices in his garage to a tournament in Hollywood, FL, where he attempts to play against the high score record holder.

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Teen Reading Room @ Peters Township Public Library

or those of you who may not know, and for those of you that do know, the Peters Township Public Library just finished an addition which added a 920 square foot space just for teens!

Glass doors separate this space from the rest of the library, so we won’t disturb other library patrons.

This new space has glittering, futuristic tables and stools and a retractable, ceiling screen for showing films.

A small kitchen area. A flat screen TV with Wii and Xbox consoles.

Three cafe-style booths, each with their own flat screen TV and Xboxes.  Get ready for some amazing programming and gaming tournaments!

And of course, there will be plenty of shelves for Young Adult materials.

Want a chance to play with these new gadgets? Come to the Teen Reading Room ribbon cutting ceremony this Sunday, April 13, at 2pm. And don’t forget to check back here frequently so you don’t miss the exciting programs we’re planning!

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