Multicultural Author Visit!

Join us for an amazing author event on August 17, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm! To wrap up our summer theme of One World, Many Stories, Pennsylvania authors Marie Lamba, Josh Berk, and Allison Whittenberg will all be a part of a discussion on multicultural teen fiction. This event is made possible by a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The program will be held in the adult library, so all are welcome to attend.

All of the authors will be available for book signing after the event. Bring your wallets (or your parents with their wallets) because book sales will be provided by Children's Book World from Haverford. They take cash and credit!

Want to read the books before the event? Check them out of the library! Allison Whittenberg is the author of Sweet Thang, Hollywood and Maine, Life Is Fine, and Tutored. Josh Berk is the author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. Marie Lamba is the author of What I Meant... and Over My Head.
You don't have to register for this event, but anyone can accept our Facebook invitation!


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 6

We have five more winners at Sellers this week, plus one from the county!  Go us!!  Continue turning in those slips, because we still have four weeks to go in the summer reading program.

Here are this week's winners:

Zainab, grade 9
won a hardcover book, a stretchy book cover, and candy.

Talia, grade 8
won a hardcover book, locker magnets, and candy.

Mashfi, grade 8
won a hardcover book, a card game, and candy.

Teferi, grade 7
won a signed copy of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and candy.

Sarah, grade 9
won a gift certificate for a free 16” cheese pizza from Jano’s Italian Pizza Kitchen in Drexel Hill.

Zahra, grade 6
won an iPod Shuffle from the Delaware County Library System in the county-wide drawing.


License Plate Journals

Last Friday, 21 teens showed up for our summer journal workshop.  We made journals out of old license plates!  (Big thanks to my dad for the donation of some old license plates from his basement!)  It was really simple.  We just hooked them together with some report rings. The hardest part was punching the holes in the paper to fit inside; everyone's hands got really tired.  We created special title pages with stickers and drawings, then broke them in with some writing.

Special thanks to Nitha and Caitlin, library grads who love to write.  They helped me out with the event, and each taught a writing exercise to the group!  Caitlin had everyone brainstorm three characters, three settings, and three props, and then use at least one of them to write a paragraph.  Nitha talked about different kinds of haiku and had people write their own.  I talked about six-word memoirs, and gave away some copies of I Can't Keep My Own Secrets while people worked on telling a story in six words.  We definitely had some creative writers in the group, and it was fun to hear everyone read their work aloud. 

I have some leftover supplies, so look for this project at Craft Closet Cleanout in August!  And, if you have some license plates of your own hanging around, try this easy License Plate Memo Board.

 Cleaning the license plates--very important!

 Assembling the journals and making title pages.



Outdoor Art: Button Jewelry

Last Wednesday, 19 teens showed up for our outdoor craft program.  This is smaller than previous weeks, but that's probably because of the heat!  It definitely wasn't because of the projects--they were really cute.  We made button and bead bracelets, button jumble earrings, and knotted button necklaces.  The earrings were especially awesome.

Thanks to Katie, Amie, Kimberly, and Emily for helping with set-up and staying for the whole time.  Special thanks to Asa for jumping in to help clean up.  There is no craft next week, but come back on August 3 to make magnets.  See you then!

 Everyone was concentrating!

 A cute pair of button earrings

 Jasmine adapted her necklace into an anklet!

Want to make more stuff with buttons?  Try these:


Still More New Books

More donations are coming through processing, so look for these on the teen fiction shelves:
  • Waking Up to Boys by Hailey Abbott
  • Dark Moon by Steve Feasey (WEREling series)
  • The Devil's Breath by David Gilman
  • Ivy by Julie Hearn
  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick)
  • The Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov
  • First Test by Tamora Pierce (Protector of the Small series)
  • Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (Protector of the Small series)
  • Page by Tamora Pierce (Protector of the Small series)
  • Squire by Tamora Pierce (Protector of the Small series)


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 5

This week, five more lucky winners got prizes in the teen summer reading program!  We are only halfway through the summer, so you still have plenty of time to participate.  Keep those slips coming!!

Philip, grade 6
won a hardcover book, a free Mini Blizzard coupon, and candy.

Noella, grade 10
won a hardcover book, cupcake magnets, and candy.

Rihanatou, grade 9
won an Uno game, an anklet, and candy.

Samantha, grade 6
won a journal, mini gel pens, and candy.

Joey, grade 6
won two tickets to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary.


Outdoor Art: Handmade Gift Tags

Last Wednesday, 26 people showed up to make gift tags at our outdoor craft table.  This project was easy and the results were cute!  All we did was cut the pictures out of old greeting cards, glue them on cardstock, and add a string to each one.  Of course, we had fancy scissors and shaped hole punches to make it more exciting.  Everyone had fun choosing their pictures, and most people made a whole bag of gift tags. 

The weather threatened us a few times with mists and sprinkles, but luckily we didn't have to pack up and run like last week!  Special thanks to Kaitlyn who came to help set up and Sarah E. who didn't mind being drafted, and cheers to everyone who helped pack up at the end.


Yet More New Books

More donated books are coming through processing, so here's what you can find on the shelf now:
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (additional copy)
  • Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (additional copy)
  • Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires series)
  • The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires series)
  • Fade Out by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires series)
  • Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires series)
  • Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires series)
  • Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires series)
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Torment by Lauren Kate (Fallen series)
  • Pirates by Celia Rees (replacement copy)
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman (additional copy)


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 4

We have five new winners this week at our library, plus one from the county.  Keep turning in your summer reading slips...you could be next!!

Whitney, grade 12
won a hardcover book, an anklet, and candy.

Jalahan, grade 8
won a hardcover book, a stretchy book cover, and candy.

Kathy, grade 12
won candy and a copy of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist signed by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

Mallory, grade 7
won a gift certificate for a free 16” cheese pizza from Jano’s Italian Pizza Kitchen in Drexel Hill.

Annmarie, grade 6
won two tickets to visit the Battleship New Jersey.

Richard, grade 6
won a $25 gift card for iTunes from the Delaware County Library System in the county-wide drawing.


Outdoor Art: Stamped Shoelaces

We have done many tie-dyed shoelace crafts over the years, but this is the first time we ever tried stamping!  Thanks to librarian Ms. McDevitt for loaning us her creative homemade dot stampers.  By gluing a pony bead onto an unsharpened pencil, you get an open circle on one end and a full circle from the eraser on the other!  Just add permanent ink stamp pads, and you're set.  We also got out the Sharpies for anyone who wanted to add words or designs.  The shoelaces laces turned out really well!

It was another busy day at our craft tent...26 teens showed up before noon.  Unfortunately, it started raining right around then, so we grabbed all of our stuff and ran to the lobby.  Luckily for us, the room upstairs was free until 1:00, so everyone was able to finish their crafts.  However, people who showed up later weren't able to make shoelaces.  I do have more, so this craft may be available at Craft Closet Cleanout in August. 

Thanks to Anas, Emily, and Alissa, who helped set up the event.  I also appreciate everyone who helped take all of the supplies, tables, chairs, and tent into the lobby when the rain started, and who helped deliver them back to the barn when the rain let up.  See you all next week...hope for better weather!

 Outside, before the rain...

 Emily's awesome shoelace design.

Invading the library's Board Room to get out of the rain!


Further New Books

The awesome donation books are getting processed,  and here are the items we put on the shelf today!

  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (additional copy)
  • The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • Teach Me by R. A. Nelson
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush series)
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (replacement copy)
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini (replacement copy)
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini (additional copy)
  • Sorceress by Celia Reese
  • Sovay by Celia Rees
  • Draw Super Manga! by David Okum


We Can't Stop Getting New Books!

A pile of things just came through processing, and a huge and awesome box of donations is in the works.  Here's what you can find on the shelves already:

  • Boy Crazy by Hailey Abbott
  • Forbidden Boy by Hailey Abbott
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (two additional copies)
  • Flip by Martyn Bedford
  • Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel (replacement copy)
  • Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors
  • Dragons' Domain:  The Ultimate Dragon Painting Workshop by Bog Eggleton
  • Vampire Game, volumes 2 and 15, by Judal
  • Jing:  King of Bandits, volumes 1 and 6, by Yuichi Kumakura
  • Vampire Kisses:  Blood Relatives, volumes 1-3, by Ellen Schreiber (replacement copies)
  • Level Up by Gene Luen Yang


Teen Summer Reading Winners, Week 3

The teen summer reading program is off to an amazing start!  Keep those slips coming...there are seven more weeks of prizes from Sellers, plus you could win one of the prizes in the Delaware County teen drawing!!

Here are this week's winners:

Saranjeet, grade 9
won a hardcover book, UDHS silly bands, and candy.

Amber, grade 6
won a hardcover book, mini gel pens, and candy.

Alvin, grade 8
won a copy of 12 Brown Boys signed by Omar Tyree and candy.

Genevieve, grade 11
won a $10 gift card to GameStop.

Brendan, grade 6
won five free games of bowling at Sproul Lanes.