Monthly Archives: August 2010


And we have our winners of the 2010 Teen Summer Reading Challenge!

Winner of the Sony HD digital camcorder:
Malynne Small

Winner of the $75 Stone Road Mall gift certificate:
Isaac Hirtle

Winner of the $50 Galaxy movie passes:
Cassie Bolen

Congratulations to the three of you!

And congratulations to everyone who participated this year. The final numbers are in. This year we had 356 participants cross-county, read and/or listened to 2504 books, for a total of 57 hours of audiobooks listened to and 664 928 pages read.

Keep watching this space for more WCL teen programming updates as we start to think about what our plans and ideas are for next year! Remember, if you have any ideas or suggestions for programming you’d like to see especially for teens, leave us a comment or talk to your nearest librarian.

Thanks for a great summer, and keep on reading!

Last day for ballot entry!

Today’s the very last day to enter ballots for the TSRC. If you’ve been saving up ballots all summer, they have to be in to your branch before the branch closes otherwise they don’t count!

The draw for the grand prizes will take place next week, and if you’re a winner we’ll give you a call to let you know. We’ll also post the names of the winners here when we’ve got it all sorted out.

Another appeal: if you’ve been participating this summer, please let us know how it’s gone, even if it’s just to say “it’s perfect the way it is!” We can’t improve things if we don’t know that they need to be improved.

Good luck, and good reading for your last three, four or five hours of the 2010 Teen Summer Reading Challenge!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

[review submitted by Kayley]

Katniss Everdeen lives in the poor area of District 12, a part of the country Panem formerly known as North America, which is ruled by the far-off city called the Capitol. Ever year, each District (their are 12 Districts in total scattered in various places around the Capitol) must pick 2 tributes, a boy and a girl to send to the Capitol’s Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are considered a sport in the Capitol because all 24 tributes are put into an isolated arena and attempt to kill eachother. The whole event is televised to all the Districts and people from the Capitol bet on who they think will win. To be the last one alive is considered an honor and by winning you aquire a lifetimes supply of food and an enormous amount of money.

16-year-old Katniss steps forward as a volunteer when her little sister Primrose is chosen along with Peeta Mellark, a baker’s son from the richer part of District 12, to participate in the Games.

Peeta and Katniss are taken to the Capitol and interviewed and rated on estimated ability to win the Games.

Then, during his final interview before the Games begin, Peeta announces his undying love towards Katniss. What is Katniss going to do! How can she kill him now that he has declaired his love for her? Especially when loving him back may be the only way to survive the Games.

I really liked this book! I usually tend to skim through descriptions until the dialogue but the author always kept it interesting and simple to understand. I loved the characters from the Capitol and the other tributes as well as the idea of “futuristic north America’ and the country of Panem.

Tell us what you thought!

The third incarnation of the Teen Summer Reading Challenge is coming to a close. Now it’s time to do a little soul-searching. We like the fact that it’s a low-key way for participants to enjoy reading and maybe get an extra thing or two out of it (besides the satisfaction of being awesome, of course) but there’s always room for improvement. The following poll includes a couple of ideas, but if you don’t see anything on there that hits you the right way, drop a comment to let us know what we can do to make your summer reading experience even better next year. Thanks for your feedback!

One week left!

Time flies when you’re reading, doesn’t it? There’s only one week left in the 2010 Teen Summer Reading Challenge. The last day for entering ballots this year is Saturday, August 14, so make sure you get yours in! Especially since we’re behind last year’s page count significantly… we still need roughly 300 000 pages to match last year’s 715 000 page mark. Perhaps a Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, or J.K. Rowling novel is your choice for this week? The librarians are cheering you on!

In blog news, if you haven’t seen yet, we had an author drop by to comment on a review of one of her books! Good things happen when you speak up. We’ll continue taking reviews for the next couple of weeks even after the official challenge closes (maybe the very last book you read for the challenge is the one you have to say something about). Also, if you have any comments about or ideas for the SRC, anything you’d like to see change or something new, let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear your feedback.