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Come check out the new "Viking Lounge" in the library, where you can relax and read by the fireplace.
Could you use $500?
Attention Vikings--could you use an extra $500? Do you like to read? Then come by the library to pick up a copy of one of the Silicon Valley Reads titles today!
This year's fiction selection is Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore has been described as a gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.
The nonfiction selection is The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains, by Nicholas Carr. Is Google making us stupid? When Nicholas Carr posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic essay, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?
There are two contests, both with cold, hard CASH as the prize:
1. Read one (or both) of the books, then write a 500-word essay on this topic: Is technology changing the way you read and access information? Is that good or bad? The essay contest is open to both teens and adults (yes, that means teachers, too!). First place for one teen and one adult submission is $500 each--that's $1 per word! Second place earns $300 for one teen and one adult. Submissions are due by March 17, 2014. For more information or to submit your essay, click here.
2. Write a poem following these guidelines:
(Choose One or More):
a. Write a poem about reading, writing, poetry, books and how one of these (or more) is made new by the use of technology or in the age of technology
b. Write a poem using technology as part of the process. Use hyperlinks, video, photos or music as part of the poem’s form
c. Write a poem from the point of view of a piece of technology: a phone, a computer, a game, a robot, a television, etc. What does technology think about human nature?
3 grand prize winners in each division (adult, high school, and middle school) will be awarded $350; 3 second prize winners in each division will be awarded $200.
Submissions are due by March 17, 2014. For more information or to submit your poem, click here.
Make your voice heard!
Teenreads wants to know--what are your five favorite books from 2013? To nominate a book, follow this link. The top 5 titles will then be in the running for the Teen Choice Book of the Year. Voting closes January 31, 2014.
Do you like books? Do you like free stuff? Well, here are a few opportunities for you to win FREE BOOKS just by becoming involved in Teen Reads!
First, enter to win the Holiday Bundle of Cheer book set. Five luck winners will be awarded a copy of each of the featured titles and some festive goodies. This year's featured titles are:
- THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
- MAYBE ONE DAY by Melissa Kantor
- THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner
- PAWN by Aimee Carter
- PUSHED by Corrine Jackson
- THE REGISTRY by Shannon Stoker
- SIX MONTHS LATER by Natalie D. Richards
Willing to take a survey on book covers? Click here, and you could win one of 75 free YA books! By taking the survey, you can enter to win one of the following books: STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson, THE EYE OF MINDS by James Dashner, TEARDROP by Lauren Kate, ERAGON 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Christopher Paolini, THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena, FATES by Lanie Bross, TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan, ALLIANCE by Mark Frost, ACID by Emma Pass and ENDERS by Lissa Price. The deadline is Nov. 30.
Finally, if you are interested in becoming a regular contributor to the Teen Reads site, you can apply to be on their Teen Board. Click here to learn more and fill out the application, which is due by Dec. 9.
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