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Looking Forward

When I was in high school, I was always looking forward: to graduation (read: getting out of high school), to college, to life after college, or sometimes just to summer vacation.

Here at the library,  we’re looking forward, too. To summer reading. We’ve already started to plan for Teen Summer Reading, including programs. Which of course led me to look even farther ahead,  past summer reading and summer programs, and I thought it might be a good time to ask you guys:

What programs would you like to see in the future? (Like an appearance by a favorite author or a mehndi tattoo program.)

What would you like to see on this blog? (Like more information about new CDs available at the library.)

What would you like to see on the teen pages of this website? (Like a web page where you could post your poems, short stories, essays, etc?)

Believe it or not, there is more teen stuff on the website than the Blog of Awesome (awesome as it is)! Click on the virtual Teen Lounge, where you’ll find links to pages created just for you, including the Stuff to Listen To page  and the Express Yourself page.

So please, let us know what you’d like to see here, on the rest of our website, and at the library! Granted, we won’t be able to offer everything you’d like. A personal appearance by Robert Pattinson?  Dream on. A performance by Lil Wayne? Only after I first book Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to play Metropolitan Square.

But DO let us know what you’d like to see  on the library website and at the library. Post a comment or come to the next Teen Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, March 25th from 4 to 5. (In the Teen Lounge on the 3rd floor of the library.)


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Downloadable Audiobooks!

The library has this awesome new service called My Media Mall. Has anyone tried it yet? It’s super cool! You can check out up to 5 audiobooks at a time, download them on your computer, and some of them can be transfered to you iPod! I love it. Even the Twilight series is available to download and listen to. You can search by things that are iPod compatible, or the top checkouts. You can put holds on items so when they become available you can check them out, just like you would normally do. It’s really easy to do. The one catch- you have to be a DPPL cardmember to use it.  Belong to Niles? That’s okay, Niles has the service too! You only have to access it through their webpage. Now just look go to here for more info, or when you’re at home looking at the library catalog and see something that says electronic resource just click on the link and it’ll take you to the My Media Mall page. Check it out!

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Happy Valentine’s!

Since Valentine’s Day is a couple of days away, and the library is still running the “What’s your favorite love story?” contest until the 15th, I thought I’d bring the question out here!

Now your answers in the comments section won’t get you a chance to win (sorry!). But I thought it would be fun to see what everyone’s favorite love story/ies is/are. And if you hate love stories, this is your chance to tear them apart!

*BTW, there’s a whole bunch of events happening at the library on Saturday. Romance authors, CHOCOLATE TASTING, romance movie marathon, did I mention the chocolate? Visit to learn more!

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Quick Things

Our first TAB meeting of the new school year will be coming up semi-soon: September 20th. That’s right, we’re going back to Saturdays! Tell all your friends, and those of you reading this who are now college students but still have friends in HS tell them they should join up 🙂 Try and think of some topics that you think we should talk about: what we should do this year; what books we should be ordering more of; etc. I know that I want to talk about summer reading (and I have some ideas), Teen Read Week which will be happening in October, a volunteering opportunity for TAB members, and I forget what else.  Battle of the Books pre-planning?

The new Teen Lounge site is up! What do you guys think about it? I think it’s pretty rockin’. I love the animation that starts off the page. I’m interested in any good links that you guys use, for studying or for fun. If you have any good ones post them below.

The Teen Lounge is going to be getting 2 new magazines next year: Game Informer and (the most exciting!) Shojo Beat. Shojo Beat is an AWESOME magazine with chapters of shojo manga. Like one month will have chapter one of a new manga, chapter 3 of one they’ve been continuing, etc. The issue I bought had a chapter of Vampire Knight! It’s really cute. I think you guys will like it. I love reading it.

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NEW TAB Title for our Wonderful Blog!

We have decide it is time to rename our beautiful Blog. As you can see it already has a new background as a start in it’s transformation.
So we ask that you (the reader) suggest a new name… all options are open. I personally like the I Heart Edward Blog but then again you may not. So your mission which you will accept is to post a new Blog name and why you think we should pick it.

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Help us test our new Web site – please

Hey. This is Karen the Web Services Librarian at DPPL. We are working on a new design for our Web site. The new home page is ready for usability testing, which just means – when people look at it, can they find what they need? We need people to help us test it. Testing will take place on evenings and weekends. It won’t take very long and you’ll get some gifts for helping us – probably a gift card to a local coffee shop and maybe a Flash drive. Stuff like that. If you are interested, please email me at
Give me your full name (not just a screen name) and let me know you’d like to help test our new site. Soon we will be ready to design the new teen section of the site, too, and I know I will want your opinions on that, too — but for right now, we’re working on the home page. Help us out! Thanks.

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New Books!

Well, perhaps more accurately, this post isn’t just about new books, but the best way to find new books in the High School Collection. Some people at the library put together these awesome one click searches, as you can see here. In the column New In The Library and third from the top is New Teen Fiction. Just click on that to see all of our latest books. Simple eh?

On the list of the newest ones to come out, I can’t wait to read:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Sounds super intense.
Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster. A choose your own adventure type book- but in the settings of Jane Austen novels.
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. Superheroes and villians. Fun.

See anything that catches your eye? Or what’s on your to read list? I’d like to know!


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