December 17, 2010

Last Techno Teens Blog Entry

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The Orange County Library System is headed in a new direction. We will be discontinuing the Techno Teens blog, but be sure to find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest teen happenings! Thank you for reading and posting to Techno Teens over the years. Later days, bloggers. Later days.


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BOOK REVIEW: Voss by David Ives

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Voss: How I Came to America and am Hero, Mostly
By: David Ives

Reviewed by Teen Volunteer: Taj Johnson, 16 years old

Vospop is an average 15-year-old, Sloblovian lad, Voss for short. Then on one day, Voss's crazy uncle Shpoont convinces him and his father to go live in America. Being how Slolovia is a small, poor country, the trio sneak on a boat importing black-market cheese-puffs. Unfortunately, the cheese puffs are owned by the Sloblovian crime lord, Bilias Upchuck.

When the trio, get to America after the long voyage living on cheese puffs, they realize that illegal Sloblovians are looked down upon. Voss is in need of a job. After he opens a door for teen business heiress Tiffany McBloomingdale (a rare act of chivalry), Voss becomes a butler for her. But soon Voss' Father gets sick and is checked into Pilgrims Paradise, a hotel that doesn't ask questions or has fees. Pilgrims Paradise was too good to be true and soon, Bogdown goes missing! Will Voss ever see his father again? Or find a way not to get "cored like apple" by Bilias Upchuck? Find out in Voss.

Voss was one of the best books I've ever read. The characters were unforgettable and creative. I would love to see it become a movie. Voss's broken English ( i.e. when he says ladders he means letters, dipp is deep, etc.) is something I've never seen before. The story is written by Voss to his Sloblovian friend, Meero. Voss is a terrific novel, I give it a 10/10 and recommend it to kids 12+.

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December 14, 2010

Check out the Teen Podcast!

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Listen to the newest podcast from our teens, Bradley and Emily, and be sure to subscribe to stay updated with all of the latest teen happenings at the library.

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December 8, 2010

Teen Annual Bash!

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Calling all teens! This celebration is all about YOU and your participation in our library programs and services. TLC volunteers will be recognized and honored. All teens ages 13-18 are invited to attend. The fun happen at the Orlando Public Library in Library Central on Wednesday, December 22, 3:30 p.m. We'll see you there!

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December 7, 2010

Teen Voices Meeting Notes

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Meeting Notes for November 2010

I. Business:

Volunteer Bash - December 22, 3:30 p.m.

• "How to Train Your Volunteer" was chosen as the slogan for the event to go along with the Medieval theme.
• We will play Human Bingo for our icebreaker.
• Teens will participate in a Medieval Quest fashioned after "The Amazing Race." Each team will check in at five stations, complete a task at each, then receive a clue for the next station.
• Upon completing their quest, each team will be invited to participate in the King's Feast (refreshments).
• An Award Banquet will follow where volunteer awards will be given.
• The event will end with dancing at the Grand Ball.

CSLP Teen Video:

The Collaborative Summer Library Program, which is a nationwide summer reading collaboration among libraries is sponsoring a teen video contest using the 2011 theme of "You Are Here." Teen voices will be creating an entry and we have decided to use the concept of a mall directory - You Are Here and expanding it to real life. You are here now as a teen, where are you going?

Script writing will begin at the December meeting.

II. Upcoming Events:

Upcoming events and contests were discussed and all members were encouraged to attend programs and participate in contests.

Next meeting is scheduled for December 23, 6 p.m. in Club Central

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December 3, 2010

Teen Talent Show 2010

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WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Orlando Public Library, Library Central

WHAT: The Teen Talent Show! Give it your best shot to show us what's HOT at the Teen Talent Show! We are looking for talented and creative performers to act out skits, sing, play music, dance, perform comedy or anything in between. The Library won't rest until we've seen the best, so teens bring it on! Prizes will be awarded to the winners! If you would like to perform, call 407.835.7323. Ages 13-18.

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November 16, 2010

AUTHOR VISIT: Mitali Perkins

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Come meet the author of Bamboo People and several award-winning books for young adults. Mitali Perkins answered some questions by our resident teens Bradley and Emily. Come meet the author at the Orlando Public Library in Library Central on Thursday, November 18 at 10 a.m.

10 Questions for Mitali Perkins:

Q: Do you enjoy being an author?
A: Love it, love it, love it.

Q: Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
A: I read, play tennis, and hike with my Labrador Retrievers. I also love to travel, and fortunately or unfortunately, love to taste new foods while I travel.

Q: Did you always want to be an author?
A: No, but I always scribbled stories and loved to read.

Q: How did you become an author?
A: I'll tell you guys all about it when I come.

Q: What is it like to be an author?
A: Hard work, but some glitz and glam. It's a blast.

Q: What is your favorite book you've written and why?
A: That's like asking a parent, "Who is your favorite child?" They're too close to me so I see their flaws. I love them all, but they all drive me crazy, too.

Q: What was your childhood like?
A: You're going to hear all about it if you come to my talk. Basically, it was odd.

Q: How do you come up with new story ideas?
A: Tapping into the oddness of my childhood.

Q: What is your favorite food and why?
A: Anything my Mom makes because it's all fresh, and spicy, and healthy, and cooked with love.

Q: Would you mind sharing with us one of your most embarrassing moments?
A: Senior class day at the amusement park: I'd saved all my babysitting money to splurge on a new dress -- it was black, strapless, casual, and cute. When my friends and I got to the park, *the* hot girl in school was wearing the EXACT same dress (hers was two sizes smaller than mine and of course she looked ninety times better than me in it). I skulked around and hid behind different roller coasters and arcade games all day. The perfect ending to my life as a high school geek. College was much better--I highly recommend it.



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November 12, 2010

Teen Interns: Bradley & Emily

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Bradley and Emily are teen interns at the Orlando Public Library this school year, they work every Friday. Read little bit about them. You might just see them around!

My name is Bradley. I am 14 years old. This is my 4th week interning at the library . Interning at the Downtown library is fun. I shelve books and help people. May favorite book is Unwind by Neal Shusterman. I like this book because there is a lot of action, and every page has something new. My hobboes are hiking, camping, and rock climbing. Every now and then I go swimming, but mostly I spend time with my family.
-Bradley, 9th Grade

My name is Emily. I'm a high school student and an intern at the Downtown Library. I like to shop, text, and hang out with my friends. I really don't have a favorite book, but my favorite genre is fiction. My favorite movie is Cloverfield - I love anything with a thrill! My favorite bands are Fyleaf and Evanescence. After spending 4 weeks at the library, I have learned a lot I didn't know. For example, did you know that there is a whole section in the library just for photography books? I didn't! Interning is a whole new experience. There are a lot more responsibilities than if I simply went to school on Fridays. Interning is just like going to work. But, I have to say... it's so much more fun than going to school on Fridays! :)
-Emily, 9th Grade


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November 9, 2010

Animanga Reality Contest!

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Deadline for entries:
Monday, November 15
Official Contest Entry Form

Create your very own anime/manga character or comic strip. Draw your character, create the character traits and enter to win! Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Winners will be announced at the Animanga Mini-Con Party and a fan favorite winner will be chosen from our Facebook page. Pick up an entry form at any OCLS location. Ages 13-18.

*Orange County resident, Property owner, or Fee Library Card in good standing is required to enter.



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November 4, 2010

Can you Stump the Librarian?

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Teens, how often do you get the chance to stump your librarian? Here's your chance to join us for this challenge. Come test our skills and don't be too embarrassed when you get schooled by a librarian. Ages 13-18.

When and Where?
Orlando Public Library in Club Central:
Wednesday, November 17, 3:30 p.m.


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October 19, 2010

The Haunted Library

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Have you ever to a haunted library? Bring your stories and learn about library urban legends and more haunted happenings. This will all be happening downtown at Orlando Public Library in Club Central on Wednesday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. Ages 13 to 18.


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October 12, 2010

How to Survive an Alien Invasion

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Orlando Public Library, Club Central
Wednesday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Teens are you worried about getting whisked away on a UFO? Do you get that feeling we are being watched? What would you do if Aliens decided to invade? Stop by for tips and tricks on how to survive an alien invasion. And be sure to bring your friends! Blog ya later.


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October 9, 2010

Teen Voices Meeting Notes:

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Meeting Date: September 23, 2010

I. Icebreaker: Green Glass Door

II. Business:

Volunteer Bash - Teens discussed planning for the annual teen volunteer bash. This year's bash will be held on December 22, 3:30 p.m. and all teens are invited. Our TLC volunteers will be honored at this event. It was suggested that we use a Medieval theme with relays and improv style games, and popcorn for refreshments.

CSLP Video: The Collaborative Summer Library Program is sponsoring a teen video competition using next year's slogan, "You are Here". We discussed the possibility of participating and everyone agreed that they would like to participate. Final entries are due in march 2011. We are expecting more information soon regarding the competition.

2010-2011 Officers - We will be selecting officers for the 2010-2011 term at our October meeting.

III. Upcoming Events:

Upcoming events and contests were discussed and all members were encouraged to attend programs and participate in contests.

Next meeting is scheduled for October 28, 6 p.m. in Club Central.



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September 24, 2010

AUTHOR VISIT: Jaclyn Dolamore!

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Join the Sin Fronteras, the North Orange Branch teen book club for ages 13 to 18, for a discussion with young adult author, Jaclyn Dolamore. Dolamore is the author of Magic Under Glass, a fantasy of star-crossed lovers. Feel free to re-post for you and your friends. It's all happening at North Orange Branch on Wednesday, October 6th at 4p.m. See you there!


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September 21, 2010

How to Survive the Silent Library

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Are you able to remain SILENT at the Library? Teens, take on the challenge of completing tasks without saying a word! Contain your giggles, roaring laughs, and yelps and see if you can survive this Silent Library. Ages 13 to 18. Come check it out at the Orlando Public Library in Club Central on Wednesday, September 29, 3:30 p.m. And keep on bloggin'!


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