Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Tonight we held an event to celebrate the upcoming January release of the third sisterhood book. We took the sacred vow of the sisterhood, found our sisterhood soulmates through an online quiz, ate sisterhood snacks, and wrote about our best friends on a pair of jeans for the teen corner. Then, we spent a long time making recycled denim purses! First we sewed the bottoms together. Then, we decorated the front with denim cut-outs, patches, and buttons. Finally, we braided strips of denim and safety-pinned them on for the handle. Giselle and Lisa each won a book of friendship quizzes and a pair of socks that looked like jeans. Everyone took home a handout of websites and a few friendship quizzes from Discovery Girls magazine, as well as their fabulous purses!

If you missed this event, don't worry! You can still participate in the sisterhood by reading the books by Ann Brashares:
*The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
*The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
*Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

You can also check out these websites:
The official publisher’s website has tons of stuff, including contests, an excerpt of the third book, and a quiz to find out which of the sisterhood girls you are most like!
Find out about the sisterhood movie, which will be released in July 2005. The cast includes Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), America Ferrera, and Blake Lively as the four friends of the Sisterhood.
At this site, you can take at least 10 different quizzes about the first two books that were created by other readers!
Find a list of great denim crafts on this site. Make purses, lunchbags, book covers, and more out of old jeans. Plus, find out how to decorate your newer jeans with embroidery, bleaching, and homemade patches!


Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

Tonight we held our first major single-elimination Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament, with 24 participants and 3 judges. Everyone played well and enjoyed themselves. The competition heated up as we moved down through the brackets, leaving Jimmy, Tariq, and Christophre as the finalists. After several intense rounds, Tariq was victorious. All three of the top contenders won packs of cards from Thai and a copy of City of Light, City of Dark by Avi and Brian Floca. Additionally, Tariq won more cards and a copy of the Guiness Book of World Records 2005 for coming in first! Check out the photos below.


Writers' Workshop

Sign-ups for Writers' Workshop are going on now!! It will be held on Monday afternoons through the winter and spring from 3:30-5:00, beginning on January 24. Many of the teens who participated in the fall have been published in the News of Delaware County newspaper this month, and we hope to continue this trend! Also, we will be working on finishing pieces of writing to submit to other newspapers and magazines that accept teen writing submissions.

All kinds of writers are welcome...bring your own writing that you are working on or write short pieces during the workshop!


Dance Dance Revolution

Show your moves at our XBox DDR night! We are going to project the game onto the wall so that four people can dance at a time. Warm up and have fun, then enter our mini-tournament to see who is the best dancer. There is only room for 11 more participants at this event because sign ups are going on now! You need to return a signed permission slip to attend.


Book Group Notes

The YA Book Discussion Group met today to discuss Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman. Everyone thought the book was fun and recommended it to friends, and even teachers! First, we went to an online Mafia Name Generator to get appropriate names. We discussed the book's many humorous situations, how parents influence our lives, and whether you can be both honest and involved in organized crime. We also checked out Gordon Korman's website at http://www.gordonkorman.com!

The group voted to read Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman for our next meeting on January 13.

You can join the book group any time! Just let me know, and I will order you a book.


Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament

Prepare your decks...

Join members of the Yu-Gi-Oh Club for a tournament on Tuesday, December 28, from 6:30 to 8:30. All participants must be in grades 6 to 12. Sign-ups are going on now, and only 32 slots are available. You must sign up and return a permission slip to attend (even if you are a club member).

We will be playing by the official tournament rules, which can be read at http://www.upperdeckentertainment.com/yugioh/train.asp. Since we will be playing the advanced version of the game, the banned, limited, and semi-limited card rules will be enforced. Get this list at http://www.upperdeckentertainment.com/yugioh/forb_advanced.aspx.

Get more information and a permission slip at the desk in the children's library.


Winter Schedule Announced

I have been busy planning the winter teen events, with some help from the new Teen Advisory Board. Here is the current version of the schedule, but it is subject to change! Remember, these events are for people in grades 6 through 12.


Writers’ Workshop
Mondays, 3:30 to 5:00
Beginning January 24

Go beyond writing short stories, poems, and reports for school. Learn how to write in many new genres, hear guest speakers, and GET PUBLISHED!!
Registration begins December 27.

Knitting Club
Tuesdays, 3:45 to 4:45
January 18 through April 12

Except March 22
You may not be a Hollywood star, but you can learn to knit like one. Join this trendy club and make your own accessories.
Registration is ongoing, but club size is limited!

Cartooning Club
Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30
Beginning January 5

Drop in and work on your artistic skills, characters, and storylines with Sarah, the resident artist. Try the monthly art challenges and get your work displayed in the library.
No registration.

Trading Card Game (TCG) Club
Fridays 4:00 to 5:30
Beginning January 7

Do you play Yu-Gi-Oh? Magic the Gathering? Duel Masters? .Hack? MegaMan NT Warrior? Join the TCG club to meet new players, learn new strategies, and practice your gaming skills. Bring your own cards.
Registration is ongoing, but club size is limited!
Permission slip required.


YA Book Discussion Group
Second Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:00
January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12

Get free books and free food. What could be better!?
Registration is required one month before attending.

DDR Dance Party & Contest
Friday, January 21 from 7:00 to 8:30
Show your moves at our X-Box Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) night! We will project the game onto a screen so that four people can dance at a time. Warm up and have fun, then enter our mini-tournament to see who is the best dancer.
Registration begins December 20.
Permission slip required.

Time Warp Night
Friday, March 4 from 7:00 to 8:30
Go back to the 70s and 80s with games, trivia, movies, music, and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best clothes, so come dressed to impress!
Brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board.
Registration begins February 7.

The Pharaoh’s Curse Mystery Night
Friday, April 22 from 7:00 to 8:30
Shortly after being crowned “Queen of the Nile” at the senior prom, Amara Fahdi was found unconscious at the bottom of a staircase. Was it attempted murder, or just an innocent fall? Play the role of a suspect or a detective to try to solve this case.
Brought to you by the Teen Advisory Board.
Registration begins March 21.
Permission slip required.

Teen Advisory Board
The job of a Teen Advisory Board is to help choose materials for the Teen Corner, to assist in planning events, to help raise money for teen programs and projects, and generally have fun. Plus, it looks good on your college applications! We meet once per month, but the dates and times vary. Please email Gretchen Ipock at grrllibrarian@yahoo.com or call her at Sellers Library (610-789-4440) to join.