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Archive for October 7th, 2008

Discover New Frontiers with Reading!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 7, 2008

Why not extend Teen Read Week with the WrestleMania Reading Challenge? YALSA has joined with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) to reach reluctant teens and to keep them reading past Teen Read Week. The WWE is providing prizes as incentives to readers. If you read ten books between October 12 and January 12, you get a free subscription to the new WWE Kids Magazine. You can also submit a bookmark for an opportunity to win a WWE DVD. Fifteen regional bookmark winners will win $2,000 for their library (get those entries in, guys!!!!) and a trip to Houston to see Wrestlemania XXV. The ten national finalists will win ringside seats at Wrestlemania! There is also an essay contest on the topic “Why Wrestlemania got me reading.” Essay winners at the local level get a prize. Five regional high school essay winners will win $2,000 for their library, a trip to Orlando to see WrestleMania XXIV and the chance to compete to be the WrestleMania Reading Challenge National Champion. In Orlando the national finalists will compete for the National Reading Challenge Title and a ring-side seat at WrestleMania. The high school competition is comprised of questions from Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena, which contestants are required to read. For more info, visit the YALSA Wrestlemania wiki site.

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Celebrate Teen Read Week!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 7, 2008

Next week, October 12-18, is Teen Read Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association. Teen Read Week is directed at teens, parents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and other interested adults. “Read for the Fun of It” is the primary theme of Teen Read Week, but the sub-theme changes each year. This year’s sub-theme is “Books with Bite.” This theme promotes a variety of books along the “bite” theme, from vampires to cooking to technology (bytes). You can also join the readergirlz as they celebrate Teen Read Week every night on their live chat at the readergirlz forum on MySpace. Their themes are multicultural bites, verse bites, contemporary bites, fantasy bites, and gothic bites, with a list of Creekview favorite authors. Stop by the media center (or your local public library) to check out a Book with Bite and celebrate Teen Read Week!

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Blatant Bibliophiles Meeting Friday, October 10 at 8!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 7, 2008

The Blatant Bibliophiles will meet Friday, October 10 at 8:00 A.M. in the media center. Of course refreshments will be served. What were you thinking? Be sure to bring ideas about what you would like to do this year. In case you didn’t notice, we just added a new page to the blog so that you can add book reviews directly to the blog page since we didn’t have great participation last year with review writing on our LibraryThing page. What do you want the club to do this year? OK, besides eat? Next week is Teen Read Week, so be thinking about something fun to do! See you Friday!

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Check Out the 2008 Poets Forum from the Academy of American Poets in NYC

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 7, 2008

Our friends at The Academy of American Poets are hosting a Poets Forum in New York City November 6-8. The Forum will include a series of public events investigating issues central to contemporary American poetry. In-depth discussions with distinguished poets, readings, and walking tours through literary New York will be included. The price of an all-events pass is $110.00. There will be discussions and readings with such luminaries as Frank Bidart, Victor Herández Cruz, Louise Glück, Lyn Hejinian, Sharon Olds, Ron Padgett, Carl Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, Gary Snyder, Gerald Stern, Susan Stewart, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and C. K. Williams. Other participants will include Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Lucie Brock-Broido, Jordan Davis, Timothy Donnelly, Eamon Grennan, Major Jackson, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, James Longenbach, Cate Marvin, Cecily Parks, Claudia Rankine, Tracy K. Smith, and Tom Thompson. Walking tours will explore the literary history of the West Village, Harlem, Walt Whitman’s SoHo, Brooklyn, and the Museum of Modern Art. Tour guides include poets Anselm Berrigan, Jordan Davis, Cate Marvin, Tracy K. Smith, and Tom Thompson. The Poetry Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, November 7 at 7 P.M. with a reception to follow. Reading and reception for the new fall issue of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets will be held Saturday, November 8 at 8 P.M. All meeting times are subject to change. Visit the website of The Academy of American Poets for further details.

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