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Have Fun, Win Prizes and Practice English!

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ESL Teen Talk is an awesome program at the Library for ESL teens from 10 - 14 years old. It's a fun and casual place to practice your English conversation skills.

There are NO tests and NO grades - just lots of fun games and activities! You may even win some prizes.

To register for ESL Teen Talk at your Library, click here! You can also give us a shout at 403-260-2620.

Goodbye Salinger

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J.D. Salinger, seen in this photo from 1951, lived a reclusive life in New Hampshire and shunned critical and media interest, giving his last interview in 1980.

J.D. Salinger, acclaimed author of Catcher in the Rye, died this past Wednesday.

You can read about Salinger here.

Celebrate his life (and Freedom to Read week) by reading Catcher in the Rye, which has been banned more times than I can count.

Angels are the New Vampires

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I'm sick of vampires. How about you? Even if you love them, maybe you've read all the good vampire fiction out there. Not to worry - there's a new supernatural being stealing hearts and souls in YA Fiction!

Angels seem to be popping up everywhere lately. Fallen angels are especially prevalent, possibly because they're rebels, which is always fun. If you're hankering for some heavenly (or not-so-heavenly) romance, try one of these!

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Fallen, by Lauren Kate

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Kissed by an Angel, by Elizabeth Chandler

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Eternal, by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Follow Us!

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If you want to hear about the hottest new books, movies, and contests for teens... follow us on Twitter!

https://twitter.com/CPLTeenZone

BONUS: You'll get a sneak-peek at what our NEW teen website is going to look like!

Win a Trip to Ottawa!

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If you're a writer or artist, you can win a trip to Ottawa and other prizes!

I'm talking about the Mathieu Da Costa Challenge, which celebrates diversity in Canada. All you have to do is enter a piece of writing or artwork which "celebrates the contributions made by Canadians of Aboriginal, African, or other backgrounds to the building of Canada."

The winners get an all-expenses paid trip to Ottawa, VIP seating at the Mathieu Da Costa Awards Ceremony, and other mystery prizes!

For details, ask at your Library or check the contest website: www.mathieudacosta.gc.ca.

Freedom to Read Contest

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Books are regularly challenged, banned and censored in Canada! See this post for more info on banned books.

February 21 - 27 is Freedom to Read Week, a time when we celebrate intellectual freedom - your right to read, write or view whatever you want.

And we're having a contest! Submit a short essay about your experiences with censorship (has a book been banned at your school?) or about what "freedom to read" means to you. Then win prizes!

Click here for details and the entry form!

1 Day Left - New Moon Contest!

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There is only one day left in the New Moon contest! The deadline is December 31 at midnight, so send your reviews, writing and art ASAP. You can enter up to 10 times!

Want to win the awesome New Moon prize pack pictured above? It's easy!

We are getting ready to launch a new Teen website for the Library. On this site, you'll be able to post reviews, art, and writing! But we need some stuff to put on the site for the launch. So send me your stuff, and you'll be entered to win!

The Rules:

1) For every item you send me, you will get one entry. You can send as many items as you want!

2) Reviews must be of books that the Library has in its collection (double check with the search). They should include the title and author of the book. They can be as long or short as you want, but you may want to mention plot, characters, and entertainment factor.

3) Other creative stuff: you also get one entry for each piece of art, photography, or writing (poetry, short stories, non-fiction) that you send!

4) Send your stuff to katie.edwards@calgarypubliclibrary.com by December 31 at midnight. Include your first name and your age.

Prizes:

Grand Prize: 3 full-size movie posters pictured above; keychain; buttons; New Moon tote bag (Bella and the Vamps on one side, Volturi seal on the other)

Second Prize: 3 full size movie posters pictured above; keychain

Third Prize: New Moon keychain

It's True!!

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YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) has released their list of this year's finalists for the Award of Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. If you are at Crowfoot Library, ask our very own Betsy Fraser about the books - she helped create the list!

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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

In the early 1960s, the doctor in charge of testing NASA’s astronauts decided to find out if female pilots were capable of passing the grueling qualification tests required of male pilots. Feasible? Yes. Allowed? No. All testing of women’s potential for the Mercury program was done outside NASA’s purview and without their permission. The reasons why will stun readers.

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Charles and Emma: the Darwin's Leap of Faith

After creating a list of the pros and cons of marriage, science-minded Charles Darwin chooses to marry his strictly religious first cousin. Little does he know that he is about to embark upon the most loving, creative, and intellectually important relationship of his life.

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Hoose recounts the largely untold story of Claudette Colvin, who was arrested and jailed at the age of 15 after refusing to relinquish her seat on a bus to a white woman. Interviews with Colvin create a vivid picture not only of the Montgomery bus boycott but also the Browder v. Gayle case, in which she was a key defendant. (This won the National Book Award!)

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The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous and Stupendous Life of the Showman P.T. Barnum

Thrill to the audacity! Gasp at the hucksterism! Come one, come all to the jaw-dropping, larger-than-life biography of expert humbugger, relentless curiosity seeker, and unparalleled showman P. T. Barnum.

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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

By presenting a detailed examination into the work of different types of forensic archaeology at excavations in both Jamestown, Virginia, and Colonial Maryland, readers are rewarded with both a picture of this fascinating work and an appreciation for what it contributes to our knowledge of history.

... So who do you think should win?

We Don't Have It: What Now?

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Sometimes, the Library doesn't have the book, CD, or DVD that you really want. What do you do?

Tell us! Your opinion counts, and we often end up buying the stuff you want!

AND if we buy the item you ask for, we'll automatically put it on hold for you when we get it. Aren't we nice?

To get to the "Suggest a Title" page, click here or go to our homepage and click on "Contact Us" and then "Suggest a title."

New Moon Contest!!

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Twilight Prize Pack

Want to win the awesome New Moon prize pack pictured above? It's easy!

We are getting ready to launch a new Teen website for the Library. On this site, you'll be able to post reviews, art, and writing! But we need some stuff to put on the site for the launch. So send me your stuff, and you'll be entered to win!

The Rules:

1) For every item you send me, you will get one entry. You can send as many items as you want!

2) Reviews must be of books that the Library has in its collection (double check with the search). They should include the title and author of the book. They can be as long or short as you want, but you may want to mention plot, characters, and entertainment factor.

3) Other creative stuff: you also get one entry for each piece of art, photography, or writing (poetry, short stories, non-fiction) that you send!

4) Send your stuff to katie.edwards@calgarypubliclibrary.com by December 31 at midnight. Include your first name and your age.

Prizes:

Grand Prize: 3 full-size movie posters pictured above; keychain; buttons; New Moon tote bag (Bella and the Vamps on one side, Volturi seal on the other)

Second Prize: 3 full size movie posters pictured above; keychain

Third Prize: New Moon keychain

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