South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Teen Tech Month–Around the Internet Part 2

It’s still Teen Tech Month here are the South Kingstown Public Library! Last week we highlighted some programs and apps to help with photo and video editing. This week–time killers! These are all short (yet sometimes addicting) way to have some fun and kill some time or boredom.

fantastic-logo Fantastic Contraption
If you build it…will it run? In Fantastic Contraption you build a machine from simple parts to move objects from the start area into a goal area. There’s physics involved but don’t worry, build your machine, press the start button and watch what happens! The simple controls and step-by-step tutorial will have you building fantastic contraptions in no time! Play for free online or download the app. Can’t get enough? Try Fantastic Contraption 2!
Cute_OverloadCute Overload
There are cute animal pictures all over the Internet, but Cute Overload just might have some of the best. I mean, look at these guys! cuteoverloadbunnyAnd just in case you need an excuse to go “Awwwwww, it’s so cute!!!”, the magazine Popular Science recently reported that a study in Japan showed that looking at cute animal pictures can improve concentration skills!
sixwordmemoirsSix Word Memoirs
Can you tell a story in six words? Using the same brevity that is needed for Twitter, Six Word Memoirs is a project started by SmithTeens. Browse topics ranging such as life, love, happiness, and more! See what others have written, and add your own. They also sponsor weekly caption contests.
sixwordbookWant more? Check out the book I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs From the Famous and Obscure.
My six word memoir of the day? “Need more sleep. Not enough coffee.” (Hey, it’s Monday.)
30_seconds30 Second Bunny Theater is home to 30 Second Bunny Theater…in which a troupe of bunnies parodies a collection of movies by re-enacting them in 30 seconds, more or less…
Watch Jaws, Jurassic Park, Napolean Dynamite, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, and more! New videos are added all the time.
Also, be sure to scroll down and click on The Birchbark Heroes! You’ll be glad you did.
bubble-wrapVirtual Bubble Wrap
Sometimes, you need to let off some stress. While actually popping bubble wrap is definitely more satisfying, this virtual version is still pretty fun.

Finally, how do you keep up with everything happening out there on the Internet? You still have until the end of the week to fill out our Teen Tech Survey–we’ll be randomly choosing a few completed surveys and giving away some prizes!

Look for the Teen Tech Survey in the Teen Area of the Peace Dale Library or print one up now! Fill it out, drop it off in the box in the Teen Area of library.

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March Is Teen Tech Month


March 10th-March 16th is Teen Tech Week but the library will be celebrating all month long!

Each week on the blog we’ll be sharing book reviews by teens, video book trailers, and websites. From books, to movies, to games, to creating your own online content, there will be something for everyone.

The Teen Page of the library’s website has gotten a face lift–be sure to check out the all-new Teen Books and Reading section. Here you’ll find what’s new in books, book suggestions, and information on how to download e-books. The library webpage also has links to free online tutoring help and SAT practice tests.

And while it’s been said a million times before, it never hurts to have some reminders about staying safe online. Don’t share too much personal information—always stop and think who will see what you post about yourself. Avoid cyber bullying—don’t write it, don’t share it, and if you see it, let a trusted adult know about it. It may seem harmless or funny, but it isn’t. Especially to the person it’s about. Look in the library’s teen area for information and tips.

super8Finally, don’t forget the Teen Film Club for grades 7 and up will be meeting at the Peace Dale Library on Wednesday, March 13 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. We’ll be watching Super 8 (PG-13). They’ll be plenty of popcorn and thrills to go around. And while you are there, don’t forget to fill out the Teen Tech Survey located in the Teen Area of the library. Fill one out (or print one up now), drop it in the box—we’ll randomly pull out a few for prize giveaways!

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Teen Read Week Teen Choice Awards

“It Came From the Library”
Teen Read Week October 14-20

To celebrate Teen Read Week, the South Kingstown Public Library is holding our own Teen Choice Awards! However, we don’t want to know just your favorite book. We want to know more:

What book should be made into a movie?
What book has the best cover?
What book has the best “bad guy”?

Between September 17 and October 12, visit any South Kingstown Public Library branch and fill out your ballot.

The teen choice winners will be announced on Saturday, October 20th at our Teen Read Week Read-a-Thon Celebration!

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Last Chance! The End is Almost Here!

The end is getting near! Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, August 4th is the last day to check in for summer reading and turn in any book reviews!!!

Then join us for the Teen Summer Finale on Wednesday, August 8th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Peace Dale Library. There will be pizza, zombie survival games, trivia, crafts (both of the zombie and non-zombie nature!), prizes…oh yes, there will be prizes!

Come see if you won a prize in our raffle! Maybe you are a the lucky Kindle winner! And if you’ve been away all summer, never fear! There will be prizes to be won that day, and free books for everyone! Don’t miss it!

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Scavenger Hunts and Teen Tech Month!

The South Kingstown Public Library will be celebrating Teen Tech Week, a nationwide initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year’s theme, Geek Out @ your library is aimed at teens to encourage them to take advantage of the technology at libraries for educational and recreational information.

Free computer access, downloadable E-Books, book suggestions, tutoring help and more! Discover all the things the library has to offer through technology to help you meet your information needs. Also be sure to check out the Peace Dale Library teen area for information and tips about staying safe online.

And of course…there is the Teen Tech Month Online Scavenger Hunt!

The questions are below, or you can stop in at any of our branches and pick up a paper entry blank. Use the library website ( and Teen Blog to answer the questions. By March 28th, drop off answers at any South Kingstown Public Library branch or email them along with your name and phone number and grade to Entries with at least 7 correct answers will be entered into a prize drawing! Good Luck!

1. What days is the Peace Dale Library open until 8 P.M.?

2. Using the library website, what is the name of one teen booklist?

3. Using the library website, when is the next Anime/Manga Club meeting?

4. Using the library website, what hours is available for free online tutoring help? (Hint—look under the Homework Help link)

5. Click on the Download E-Books link. Select browse E-Book Fiction-Teen Fiction. What are three teen titles available for downloading?

6. Using the library catalog, who wrote the book The Juvie Three? What is the call number of this book? What is one other title this author has written?

7. Using the Teen Blog, what is the title you are most excited to read on the “New Items at the Library” page?

8. What was the 2011 Winner of the Rhode Island Teen Book Award?

9. What is one title that was reviewed by a teen on the Teen Blog?

10. What is the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Theme?

Remember, entries are due by March 28th at 5 p.m.

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Teen Read Week Book Quote Art Contest!

Teen Read Week Book Quote Art Contest
Open to Grades 7 and up!

Have a favorite teen book quote?
Like art or technology?

Celebrate Teen Read Week by creating an original picture or digital collage using the quote!

Submissions will be accepted September 7th-October 20th and will be on display for voting at the Peace Dale Library. Prizes will be awarded!

The Details:
*Entrants must be in Grades 7-12
*Entries must be no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches
*All work must be original and not violate copyright laws and contain appropriate language
*You may submit your entry two ways:

* Drop off your entry and fill out an entry blank at the Peace Dale Library
* Email your entry in an image file (.jpg or .gif) to

*Emailed entries should include: name, grade, phone number, book title, book author and page the quote can be found. By emailing your entry, you are agreeing that the work is original and doesn’t violate copyright laws. Emailed entries will be printed for display in the library.

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Teen Summer Program!

South Kingstown Library Teen Summer Program
July 5th—August 10th
Open to Grade 7 and up!

This summer is your chance to win in our Grand Prize Drawing!
I-Pod Shuffle! Nook E-Book Reader! Digital Camera! Gift certificates to Wakefield Books, El Fuego, Pier Pizza and Entertainment Cinema!

How can you win?

Read! Set your own timed reading goals! Each time you meet one, you get a coupon to a local business and two raffle tickets for our Grand Prize Drawing!
Review! In 100 words, tell others if you would recommend the book you are reading! Rather draw? Submit a picture inspired by the book. Submissions will be posted on the library’s Teen Blog and each one earns you raffle ticket! Forms are available at the library; or email your entry to
Visit! For every teen event you attend, you get two raffle tickets!

What events are we doing?

Peace Dale Library Events:
Wed. July 6th, 2-3 p.m. RI Museum of Art & Science: Animation Workshop
Interested in movies and animation? You will make a Victorian era animation & work in small groups making a stop-motion film.

Fri. July 8th 2-4 p.m. Anime/Manga Club Summer Special
In addition to drawing & watching anime, we’ll also be making candy sushi!

Wed. July 13th, 2-3 p.m. RI Museum of Art & Science: Sound Effects Workshop
Ever watch a movie or listen to an audio book and wonder… “How did they make that sound???” Now is your chance to find out!

Wed. July 20th, 2-4 p.m. Henna Tattoos

Wed. July 27th 2-4 p.m. Sharpie Tie Dye and Bleach Tee-Shirts
Design two unique shirts (or bandanas or hats or any white cotton clothing). Bring a white one for tie dying done with Sharpies & a dark one for spray bleach designs!

Wed. August 3rd, 2-4 p.m. Duct Tape-A-Palooza
What can you do with Duct tape? Make a wallet? Make a hat? Flip flops? Or maybe something completely different!

Kingston Free Library
Wed. July 13th, 11 a.m. RI Museum of Art & Science-Animation Workshop
Fri. July 29th, 11 a.m. Watercolor Painting Workshop with Pam Santos

Grand Finale @ The Peace Dale Library
Wed. August 10th 2-4 p.m.

Join us for games, ice cream and pizza! Get a free book!
Grand Prize Raffle Winners will be chosen!

Space is limited for some programs! For questions or registration, call the Peace Dale Library at 789-1555 or the Kingston Free Library at 783-8254!

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Rhode Island Teen Book Award Voting!

What was your favorite Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee this yea? Was it Scat, Florida missing teacher mystery by Carl Hiaasen? Was it the online gossip and cyberbullying tale, The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler? Scott Westerfeld’s science fiction adventure of the Leviathan? Or maybe it was the religious cult thriller The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams?

Whatever your favorite was, now is it the time to tell us! Stop by the Peace Dale Library by March 11th to cast your vote!

Need reminding of what all the nominees are? Visit the Rhode Island Teen Book Award website for a full list!

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Calling Writers!

Are you in grades 9-12?

Do you like to write?

If you answered yes to both of those, then the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers may be for you!

The Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Young Writers was created by the Seaman family in memory of their daughter and sister, a young poet. The CAS Award acknowledges excellence in teen writing in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit up to three works — either poems, stories, essays, or any combination (1,500-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction). There is a cash prize of $200 for each genre, and winners will be published in the print and online versions of student run Polyphony H.S. literary magazine. Deadline for entries is April 15, 2011.

For more information, visit the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards page on the Polyphony H.S. website.

Good Luck and Happy Writing!

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Vote Now!

What was your favorite book this year? Heist Society by Ally Carter? Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld? Maybe it was Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen? Or maybe it was something else?

Now through September 17th you can vote in the YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten of 2010!

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