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The Teen 3 Apples Book Award has been developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure, and to give the teens of New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books.
Each year teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13+) nominate their favorite book, creating a statewide ballot of fifteen of the most popular titles.
Nominations for the 2010 Teen 3 Apples Book Award are underway. Pick up a ballot at the Young Adult Services Desk to nominate your favorite. All nominations must be returned to the YA Librarians by October 20th.
Previous winners:
2009 TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer
2008 A CHILD CALLED IT by David Pelzer


Today is SUPPORT TEEN LITERATURE DAY in the USA. It was created in 2008 to be celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week. The purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens.
A major project of Teen Literature Day is OPERATION TEEN BOOK DROP.In 2008, YALSA and the readergirlz celebrated Support Teen Literature Day by working with twenty publishers to donate 10,000 books, which YALSA distributed to 12 children’s hospitals nationwide and in Canada so recuperating teens will have something great to read during their hospital stay. The results were so positive that YALSA and the readergirlz will do this again, along with Guys Lit Wire. In 2009, eighteen book publishers donated 8,000 books, which YALSA again distributed to several pediatric hospitals.
Learn more about the 2009 effort via this brief YouTube video
Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services


A FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS IN TEEN SECOND LIFE on Saturday, February 2, 2008 You can celebrate young adult books in virtual reality with other teens!
The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC),, and Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services are pleased to announce a very special event, “A Festival of Authors”, a virtual literary celebration that will take place on Saturday, February 2, from 10 am to 2 pm PST (1 pm – 5 pm EST), in Teen Second Life. This event will showcase a group of selected authors of young adult literature for a teen audience. There will also be avatar author appearances by Barry Lyga (10am PST/1pm EST), Marc Aronson (11am PST/2pm EST) , and Carol Baldwin(12pm PST/3pm EST) .
Teen Second Life ( is a 3D virtual world where teens can learn valuable 21st century skills and build a variety of developmental assets as they engage with their peers from all over the world, communicate in multiple media formats, and express their identities through their own virtual appearances.
Teens have helped construct a space for author exhibits with content provided by, including author photos, brief profiles, selected bibliographies, and links to other interesting information about the authors. Teens have helped select the authors they would like showcased. Writing, role playing, and anime/manga groups are just some of the teen-driven, literary-related groups within Teen Second Life.

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From March 4 to 10, 2007 the American Library Association is celebrating the first annual TEEN TECH WEEK. This week celebrates other formats for telling a story or educating, so I decided to take a listing from the pamphlet, MIXED MEDIA:Selected Audiobooks & Films for Young Adults. MIXED MEDIA can be picked up in the Young Adult Area.
I have selected a short film called GEORGE LUCAS IN LOVE. It was created in 1999 and is 8 1/2 minutes. It is a takeoff on the film “Shakespeare in Love,” which traces the “true” origins of the Star Wars saga to a young George Lucas suffering from writer’s block as he tries to complete his final screenplay for USC Film School.
To see the film go to, select Video, and type in George Lucas in Love. It’s fun to watch even if you are not a fan of Star Wars. RECOMMENDED FOR STAR WAR FANS AND GRADES 6 AND UP.
Mrs. Jackson
Head of Young Adult Services