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Thursday, May 22, 2014



  BRAIN TEASER
Want to test your intelligence skills? Want to prove that you're smarter than the rest? Try your hand at my brainteaser. When you think you've got it, type your answer in the comment box. If you're the first person to guess it right, you may just earn yourself a spot on our Wall of Fame (near the Youth Services Desk) and a piece of candy! :D
                       

                                                         CIRCUS



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

postheadericon 2014 LEGO CONTEST!

Photo: LEGO Creation Contest
 The Bartlesville Public Library is hosting its 5th Annual LEGO Creation Contest.  Sign up now at the library’s Youth Services Department!
 To participate, contestants must find a picture (online, in a magazine, taken with a camera, etc.) and then duplicate that picture in LEGOs.  The picture can be of anything, but the LEGO creation must stay within the size requirements listed on the registration form.
 The contest is free to all and will be divided into three age groups: Kindergarten through 4th grade, 5th grade through 8th grade, and 9th grade through adult.  First, second and third place will be awarded in each category with one overall grand prize being awarded.  Winners will receive LEGO products and ribbons.
 Contestants will build their LEGO creations at home using their own LEGOs.  They will then drop off their entries at the upstairs meeting room of the library on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The room will be closed at 11:00 am to allow judging to take place.  
 Public viewing will begin that same day at 1:30pm, with an awards ceremony being held at 2:00pm.  Winning entries will be displayed in the lobby of the library from May 11th  through May 16th.
 “This is a much-anticipated event every year,” says Laura Pryce, Youth Services librarian.  “It’s great to see the amazing and original ideas that the participants come up with!”  To register, come by the Youth Services Desk at the Bartlesville Public Library or call 918-338-4170 for more information.


LEGO Creation Contest

                The Bartlesville Public Library is hosting its 5th Annual LEGO Creation Contest.  Sign up now at the library’s Youth Services Department!

                To participate, contestants must find a picture (online, in a magazine, taken with a camera, etc.) and then duplicate that picture in LEGOs.  The picture can be of anything, but the LEGO creation must stay within the size requirements listed on the registration form.

                The contest is free to all and will be divided into three age groups: Kindergarten through 4th grade, 5th grade through 8th grade, and 9th grade through adult.  First, second and third place will be awarded in each category with one overall grand prize being awarded.  Winners will receive LEGO products and ribbons.

                Contestants will build their LEGO creations at home using their own LEGOs.  They will then drop off their entries at the upstairs meeting room of the library on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The room will be closed at 11:00 am to allow judging to take place.

                Public viewing will begin that same day at 1:30pm, with an awards ceremony being held at 2:00pm.  Winning entries will be displayed in the lobby of the library from May 11th t through May 16th.

                “This is a much-anticipated event every year,” says Laura Pryce, Youth Services librarian.  “It’s great to see the amazing and original ideas that the participants come up with!”  To register, come by the Youth Services Desk at the Bartlesville Public Library or call 918-338-4170 for more information.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

postheadericon SUMMER ACADEMIES...APPLY EARLY!


Thirty-one FREE Summer Academies will be held this summer at 20 different Oklahoma colleges and universities.  These math, science & technology academies are facilitated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and are for state residents who will be entering 8th-12th grade in the fall of 2014.  Highlights and subject areas include:  biomedical sciences, aviation, robotics, meteorology, engineering and more!  Go to https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Plan_for_College/Summer_Academies/_default.aspx
Saturday, January 25, 2014

postheadericon Valentine Mug Cake- Delish!



Are you looking for an insta-delish dessert to share with a BBF or your significant other?  This is an easy fun idea and you only need some basic cooking ingredients and two mugs or pretty paper cups.
I came upon this fun idea as I was paging through the newest issue of GL magazine.  In the Food by Brittany Taylor you will find a recipe for a Sno-Ball Mug Cake.  This can be found on page 77 of the February/March 2014, Vol. 20, Issue 4 located in the Youth Services Department of the Bartlesville Public Library.

Add colored coconut on top to add pizazz by combining a handful of shredded coconut and a drop of liquid food coloring in a Ziploc bag.  Knead to spread the color, then sprinkle it on.

You can also find great mug cake ideas and recipes in a book we have here at the Bartlesville Public Library.  The title to this book is: 101 recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes: Single-Serving Snacks in less than 10 Minutes by Stacy J. Miller.

This book can be found in the adult non-fiction section of the Bartlesville Public Library.  Check it out!
Thursday, January 09, 2014

postheadericon MICHAEL VEY by Richard Paul Evans









Check out this new series Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans!   This is a seven book series of which three are available to be checked out and read at our Bartlesville Public Library.  The final four books in the series have not yet been released; but as soon as they are available we will have them in our library.  One appealing aspect of this series is this is an adventure story about hope, loyalty, courage, and a son's love for his mother.  I especially enjoy this kind of YA series in a time when so many book in the YA genre are very dark and violent.  The characters are realistic and likable and the stories have you on the edge of your seat while you are totally engrossed in the adventures.

Michael Vey : the prisoner of cell 25Michael Vey, the main character of the series, has the ability to shock people through direct contact or conduction.  When Michael's best friends, Ostin Liss and cheerleader Taylor Ridley, make an accidental discovery, the trio learn that there are other electric children and someone out there is hunting them.  After Michael's mother is kidnapped, Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends to combat the powerful Elgin and free his mother.


These books can be found in the Youth Services YA section of our Bartlesville Public Library.  The first book of the series:  Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 is on the Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist for 2014: therefore, will be found with the other Intermediate Sequoyah books on display.  The next two:  Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgin and Michael Vey: Battle of the Ampere, can be found in the YA section under Evans, Richard Paul.  Check these out!!



Thursday, November 14, 2013

postheadericon Teens Can be Thankful for NEW Books at the BPL!

November is a month when most of us are more aware of just what we are thankful for. But, every day I am especially grateful for new books at the Bartlesville Public Library! Right now there are some really cool new Young Adult books on display near Youth Services that all of you should really check out. And here are just some of the new titles available: QB 1 by Mike Lupica
Rags and Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales
Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Goddess: a Starcrossed Novel by Josephine Angelini
The Land of Opium by Nancy Farmer
Survivors: Darkness Falls by Erin Hunter
Now I'll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nowhere but Up by Pattie Mallette
Saturday, October 05, 2013

postheadericon UNLEASH YOUR INNER GOOD WITCH by Laura Greenback



The October/November issue of GL Magazine is another great issue that we currently have at Youth Services in the Bartlesville Public Library.  It has helpful hints on how to look amazing, how to get your dream hair, and a favorite of mine - how to unleash your inner good witch: 8 ways to cast a spell this Halloween!

Written by Laura Greenback, this article will help you scare up some charm and have people completely captivated with ya...no magic potion required!  The following are some of the suggestions she has for being that charming new you:

  1. One suggestion she gives is dipping into your confidence cauldron.  Make an extra effort at portraying yourself as powerful by smiling, standing tall and speaking so that people can hear you.  Even if you are shy or scared do your best at connecting with people and making new friends.
  2. Spread the love by beaming happy vibes and being very upbeat and positive.
  3. Charm 'em with your chatter by making others feel special and important.
  4. Be a good listener!  Be interested in what others like and what they are doing.
  5. Use your memory skills as magic by pulling up something at a later conversation that they are interested in.
  6. Sincerely compliment the person you are conversing with.
  7. Be genuinely sweet to everyone.
  8. Be there for people in order to build their trust.





Sunday, September 15, 2013

postheadericon DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos



This book is brilliant...simply brilliant!  What more can I say?  Jack Gantos tells a delightful story that is a little bit history, a little bit mystery, and a little bit of a gothic comedy  And interestingly enough, the main character in this book is named Jack Gantos!

Summer is just beginning for Jack when he manages to get himself grounded for life.  But life gets very exciting for this young teen as his mother loans him out to an eccentric elderly neighbor lady who needs his help typewriting obituaries for the local paper.  Jack is then launched into adventure after strange adventure which will keep you on the edge of your seat and often laughing out loud.

Anyone growing up in a small town will relate to this story; however not any town could be as delightfully weird as Norvelt!  Teenagers enjoying a little gore now and then will be enchanted by Jack's embarrassing problem of blood spewing out of his nose whenever anything exciting or upsetting happens.  And this tends to happen on just about every other page in the book!

Not only is this book by Jack Gantos a winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature; but the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.  It is also on the Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist for 2014.  You can find this book on display at the Bartlesville Public Library in Youth Services where the Intermediate Sequoyah Books are located.  Check it out!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

postheadericon ADDIE ON THE INSIDE by James Howe



If you enjoyed reading The Misfits and Totally Joe by James Howe, you need to read the companion, Addie on the Inside.  This is the third story that takes place in Paintbrush Falls about a 7th grade girl and her struggles with the middle school years.  Addie Carle is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes obnoxious; but I admire her struggle of fighting her way out of the box that society puts her in. 

This book is not only written in thought-provoking verse; but is humorous, holds your attention, and is easily read.  Another interesting tidbit is that The Misfits, to which Addie on the inside is a companion, was the inspiration for No Name-Calling Week, a project for schools, sponsored annually by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, in collaboration with more than forty national organizations. 

You will find this book where the 2014  Intermediate Sequoyah Books are displayed in the Youth Services department of the Bartlesville Public Library.  Check it out!

Monday, August 12, 2013

postheadericon THE RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen




Jessica Carlisle lives to run.  It is her passion in life.  She starts every day with a five mile run with her dog Sherlock and is a star on her school track team.  But her world is turned upside down with a tragic accident that kills one of her team mates and leaves Jessica with a crushed leg that requires amputation.

I found this book to be quite inspirational and empowering. Therefore, I highly recommend this teen read that is heart-warming and filled with hope.  You will find yourself relating to Jessica and cheering her on to the finish line.  Wendelin Van Draanen has once again written an outstanding teen novel that is not only a 2014 Intermediate Sequoyah book but has won the Schneider Family Book Award.  Check it out!!