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by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Freaky Crazy

If you haven't noticed, the bloggers here in the Teen Zone get pretty freakin' psyched about books. And there's one coming out on Tuesday that has us positively tingling. It's called "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", and I have literally had my copy on hold from the second I heard about it.

Inspired by the freaky and crazy photography that came out of the Victorian Era, author Ransom Riggs pulled together some of the weirdest ones he could find, and wove a story around them.

It's about sixteen-year-old Jacob's discovery of an abandoned building that used to house children of extraordinary --and possibly dangerous-- talents. It's been labelled "tense", "moving", and "wondrously strange" and even though the book hasn't been released to the public yet, 20th Century Fox has already scooped the movie rights.

So here's the deal:

We're so excited about this book, we're going to start giving it away for free! We have several copies available to be won through the TEENS CREATE portion of this website.

There are two ways to submit an entry:

1) Create an image of the weird and wonderful. You're free to use digital photo-editing tools, but why not try playing around with perspective and exposure the way the Victorians used to? They loved things like carnival freak shows, fairies, and the paranormal.

2) Write a limerick as a caption to one of the photos in the image above! For example:

"There once was a man so balding,

That the back of his head was appaling.

He'd cover it with paint

(which attractive, it ain't)

and it earned him some awful name-calling."

Believe me, it won't be hard to write one that's better than that.

Once you've created your entry, all you have to do is log-in to TEENS CREATE, and upload your image or your limerick. Make sure you indicate somewhere in the title that it's an entry for "The fReAkY cRaZy Contest".

The contest closes June 16th, so you have about two weeks to get cracking. Once we have all of your submissions, we'll enter them in the draw for the book prizes. We'll inform everyone shortly after that who the winners are!

And just in case you guys need some paranormalic, steam-punky, or down-right creepy reads to tide you over until this one comes out, check out these:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Graphic Novel Cirque du Freak Leviathan The Hunchback Assignments Clockwork Angel

I love Kung FUUUUUUU!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Skadooosh!Hey all!

CPL’s Movie Maniacs Blog is holding a contest giving away free tickets to KUNG FU PANDA 2!! All you have to do is follow this link to the Movie Maniacs page, where they ask you to leave a comment naming any ONE person who voice-acted in the first movie (it’s almost TOO easy). Don’t forget to leave a name and number they can reach you at!

Win a copy of 'Shaken' by Eric Walters

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

Eric Walters is coming to Calgary Public Library on April 15th!

To celebrate, we're giving away a free copy of his recent book Shaken.

To win, be the 3rd person to email cplteenservices@gmail.com and name 4 books written by Eric Walters!

A "Beast" of a Contest!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

"Beastly", the new movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer was released Friday, ranking 3rd in Box Office Hits for the weekend. If you haven't heard already, it's the modern re-telling of 'Beauty and the Beast', and it's getting some really great reviews. What's more, all our copies (and E-Copies) of the original book keep whizzing off the shelves, so put yours on hold now!

CPL's TeenZone Blog, Movie Maniacs Blog and Interact PR are teaming up to bring you one 'beast' of a contest to celebrate the release of the movie!

To win one of our book prizes, just comment on this blog post with the title of one OTHER novel by 'Beastly' author Alex Flinn, which you can find through the library catalogue. Make sure to leave your full name (the one you use for your Library Card) so we can contact you and get you your prize!

You can also come to Crowfoot Library, Shawnessy Library, or the 2nd Floors at Central and Fish Creek Libraries this weekend (March 11-13), to pick up some cool 'Beastly' swag, including posters, notebooks, and some phenomenal bag charms! Come to the desk and say "BEASTLY" -- prizes will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

We be Slammin'

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

There once was a woman in Calgary,

She was OUTRAGEOUS, her name was Sheri-D

She made jokes 'bout her age,

brought her dog on the stage,

and now we all love Slam Poetry.

(Sheri-D Wilson @ The Calgary Spoken Word Fesitival. Photo by James Tworow)

Sheri-D would hate that. She would absolutely loathe it. It's too "lalalalalalalalala" and not enough "ZWEEEEEEEP deepee DA de zoop DWA da". Sheri-D Wilson, called "The Mama of Dada" (well, she certainly is surreal...) is one of Calgary's most successful spoken word poets. AND NOW (imagine this next part as if I were a radio-announcer) FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY (okay, back to normal), she is appearing at CPL's "2nd Saturday Slam" -- a series of workshops and competitions taking place on the second Saturday of every month.

Last week, youth from around the city came to the Central Library for a two-hour long workshop with Sheri-D and Tyler Perry, teammates from the Calgary Spoken Word Society. Participants received constructive (if slightly psychotic) criticism about their poetry and lyrical stylings that was well-worth the trip downtown: One guy had to translate, ON THE SPOT, every other line of his poem into his native Creole and then SING IT to a room full of people. It was suggested to another girl that she re-write her intensely emotional and angry poem as if it were a love letter. Yet another poet had to read her work as if it were a children's storybook -- Sheri-D sat on the side acting like a three-year-old to help the artist visualize the scenario better. Feedback was as entertaining for the audience as I'm sure it was enlightening and frustrating for the performers.

The day was a complete blast, with advice that ranged from language lessons ("Observe the slight cliches..." Sheri-D says, "Poetry is Manipulation") to life lessons ("Empower yourself! Get mad! Take 'em down!"), and even included some words for your L.A. and English Teachers:

"If your teacher asks you 'What does this Poem mean?', you just give them my number and I'll teach them a thing or two about poetry. POEMS HAVE NO MEANINGS".

The next Saturday Slam will take place on March 12th from 1:00-2:30 in the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Library. This event will be an actual slam competition, and some exciting news was given to prepare us for it: The ultimate winner of the Second Saturday Slam series will be given a spot on the Calgary Slam Youth team, and a chance to go to finals in 2012 as an adult performer!

If you have any questions about Slam Poetry and Sheri-D's work in particular, you can check out her homepage. The links for the Calgary Spoken Word Society and Youth Slam can be found here or here. Any questions regarding the Second Saturday Slam series at the Library can be phoned in to (403) 260-2657 (Services for Children, Teens and Families). And if you want to get a jumpstart on your entry for the competition, check out resources like this one, this one and this one.

See you on the 12th!

Who Chooses What You Read?

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

Freedom to Read Week happens every year and is a chance for us all to think about our right to choose what we read. Every year our right to read what we want to is challenged in many ways. Books are often banned, reporters lose their jobs because of opinions they are expressing, and often material is not even published or purchased because of its content. So, we are holding a contest to celebrate the freedom to read!

Here are the rules:

Express your thoughts on the freedom to read with words, film or graphic arts.

Choose one of the following methods:

Make a poster: draw, paint, or use photography and other graphic arts (8 ½ x 14” or 11 x 17”)

Write: a poem, short story, or essay (max. 300 words)

Create a film: (3 min. or less)

All content must be original, except for short, cited quotations.

Criteria:
1. Persuade an audience and support your point of view.
2. Use techniques of form effectively to engage an audience.

Contest is open to Calgary students in Grades 7 – 9. Include your name, school, grade, and telephone number with your entry. Enter by email: freedomtoread@calgarypubliclibrary.com AND upload to Teens Create (http://www.calgarypubliclibrary.com/teenscreate); OR submit your hardcopy to any Calgary Public Library location. One entry per person. Entries must be received no later than Wednesday February 9th 2011.

And of course...there will be prizes!

Presenting...the Central 2nd Saturday SLAM!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

First of all, let's talk about SLAM!

SLAM is a poetry competition. Poets bring 3 works that are timed to be exactly 3 minutes in length. They recite these works to an audience and a panel of judges, selected from the audience, gives them a 'grade.' There are 3 rounds of recitation and judging, after which a winner is selected!

I know, I know, you're thinking poetry?! Reciting poetry out loud?!! Judging?!!!

Let me promise you, this is not your grandmother's poetry.

A poetry SLAM! brings poetry to a whole new level--a beat-packed, crowd-cheering, performance-based, energy-filled level. A poetry SLAM! is about rhythm and expression. A poetry SLAM! is performance art that is fun for the performer and the audience. Let me repeat: this is not your grandmother's poetry (no offence, grandma).

Now if you're not into competition, no problem. You can come, listen, cheer, and judge. As I said, the audience is integral to the success of SLAM!

But if you do want to compete, here's how:

Bring 3 poems, each of them no longer than 3 minutes. You may not get to perform them all, but bring them just in case...and...get ready to SLAM!

Upcomming Youth SLAM!s

February 12 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

March 12, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

One Book One Calgary One Contest!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

The Calgary Public Library challenges teens to a book trailer competition! Enter to win!

Step 1: Be part of a conversation - One Book One Calgary

What is One Book One Calgary? Well, it's big. Very big. Evenyone in Calgary - your mom, your sister, your grandfather - is going to be reading the same book, at the same time. To participate...

Step 2: Grab the book at your local library!

Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta is this year’s One Book One Calgary pick and it is full of quirky facts about Alberta’s mavericks – like did you know that Ralph Klein’s dad was a Stampede wrestler called ‘The Phantom’? To find out more, read the book and….

Step 3: Make a book trailer!

Just like a movie trailer, a book trailer is a short video that promotes a book. Try to keep your trailer no longer than 2 minutes, but otherwise be creative! Search online for book trailers to find examples and resources (click here and here for two awesome examples of Mavericks book trailers). In the book trailer show us your favourite Mavericks - and what you think is important, funny, or notable about Calgary as a city - and what makes us Mavericks. Then...

Step 4: Submit online and enter to win!

Upload your video to YouTube, or Google Video. Then, go to the library's Teens Create website, create an account and link your video to it for a chance to WIN! We're giving away iPod shuffles, iTunes gift cards - and much more. Contest ends November 30th at 11:59pm.

Got time? Join our Summer Reading Club...and win prizes!

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We’re giving away $500 in gift certificates as well as a bunch of books.

If you want to win these prizes just join our club, read, and complete some creative challenges.

Check it out at: www.calgarypubliclibrary.com/src2010

Contest runs from June 17th to August 24th

Tell me what your favorite books is

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Reading Outside

This summer we are having a teen summer reading club which means that you will get prizes for reading. We will give you more information about the club in June so stay tuned. In the meantime, I want you to email me your favorite books. As part of the summer reading club we are going to have a book survivor challenge. Basically, we’ll ‘send your books to the island’ and then every two weeks you can vote a book off the island and in the end we’ll know which book is the best. So—send me your favorite teen book! Email the title and author to jilliane.yawney@calgarypubliclibrary.com

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