Archive for July, 2007


July 17, 2007

Mystery filled the air as teens uncovered secrets about themselves.  Different personality tests measured qualities such as friendship and integrity.  Teens were ‘psyched out’ when they found out their scores on certain tests.

Marsha and Kim, Cliffdale


Cliffdale Anime Club 

July 25, 2007 Cliffdale branch

Teens watched three episodes of the notorious mystery anime, Case Closed.  Teens enjoyed the humor and detective work of Jimmy Kudo.  Everyone was interested in the upcoming art contest and Librari-Con.  For more information, see the Calendar of Events.

Marsha, Jen, (Cliffdale) and Katherine (North Regional)


Pizza & Books


July 24, 2007; East Regional branch

Teens enjoyed pizza and a lively discussion of Flush by Carl Hiaasen.


Fear Factor @ your library

July 23, 2007; Bordeaux branch

Teens competed in one of five elimination rounds to reach the final “Gross Out” table. 

Carry the most dog biscuits from point A to point B (one at a time, in your mouth, while crawling)

Eat two Twinkies in the fastest time (one normal, one filled with cottage cheese)

Transfer the most live crickets from a plastic carrier to a cup (keeping them alive, squished crickets didn’t count)

Root around in whipped cream while blindfolded to find a piece of bubble gum and be the first to blow a bubble (no hands allowed and the sugar made the gum extremely hard to chew!)

Bob for the most apples floating in a disgusting brine of soup, tomato sauce, baked beans, and guacamole

These fearless individuals then advanced to the difficult portion of the competition.  J

Our overall winner, Gideon, age 14, blew the competition away, being the first to eat, and keep down, a fine meal of quail’s eggs, souse meat (head cheese), pickled okra, dried Asian shrimp, and leeche fruit.


All grossed-out audience members and participants availed themselves of the lovely refreshments, too: blood-red kool-aid, mystery meat (spam), and pretzels and warm snot (cheese dip with green food coloring).

Missy, AYSC – Headquarters branch 


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 4th Friday: Teen Open Mic

July 27, 2007; Headquarters Library

17 acts entertained the large crowds.  Teens sang karaoke versions of popular songs, a couple of talented individuals sang a capella, bands played acoustic versions of cover songs, individuals read poetry and prose selections, an hilarious stand-up act had everyone laughing and playing along, and a dance troupe stomped the stage with their original routine.

Missy, AYSC – Headquarters branch

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Please check the calendar of events for more teen programs at the library.

Hope everyone had a good time this summer!



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Anime Headquarters: Case Closed

June 11, 2007

Anime Headquarters welcomed 11 teens to this mystery themed anime showing.  We watched trailers from ADVfilms and episodes from Case Closed.  The teens had a good time watching the show, drawing, and trying to fold the perfect origami frogs, fish, and ninja stars.

Missy, AYSC – Headquarters branch


Teens@NRL Anime Club

June 12, 2007

50 teens avidly watched the newly released Naruto OVA (original video animation) Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village.  The teens were so enthralled that there was total silence in the room except for the movie. 

Katharine, North Regional branch


Anime Mystery @ Hope Mills

June 19, 2007

27 real, live teenagers gathered at Hope Mills Library on June 19th for its second-ever Anime extravaganza. We watched some episodes of Case Closed and Oh My Goddess!, ate cookies, and had a great time. In the words of one particularly enthusiastic attendee, ‘It…was…awesome.’

Vicki, Hope Mills branch


Bordeaux Anime Fan Club

June 26, 2007

Bordeaux’s Anime Club Kickoff was a success!  Only 10-12 teens were expected to show up, but a whopping 45 attended this first club event!  Jennifer, from the North Regional branch, and Missy, the Assistant Youth Services Coordinator, were on hand to help out.  Everyone had a good time talking anime and manga, watching episodes of Black Cat and FullMetal Alchemist, drawing favorite characters and creating original manga, looking through back issues of Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump magazines, folding origami, and picking up cool handouts and giveaways.  Some teens submitted their drawings to Kohnee, the children’s librarian and teen contact at the Bordeaux branch, to be displayed in the teen section and throughout the library.  The teens’ program evaluations were overwhelmingly positive, and it looks like this will become a popular monthly club for teenagers at the Bordeaux branch.

Missy, AYSC – Headquarters, and Kohnee, Bordeaux branch


Please check the calendar of events for anime club programs @ your library.


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Teen Mystery Dinner Theater 

June 21, 2007

 Wow!  49 teens had a great time attending the Mystery Dinner Theater held at the North Regional branch.   The Teen Theater group took the main character parts, and dropped hints and clues during our picnic dinner as to the identity of the vampire.  The room was decorated to look like a picnic, and picnic food was served.  After the denouement, we all sang happy birthday to rock star Killian Killagan, and ate the incredibly yummy cakes provided by NRL staff and parents.

Katharine, North Regional branch 

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Fear Factor: Cliffdale edition

June 19, 2007


The Cliffdale branch was crawling with fun Tuesday night, proving that Fear Factor programs have become a favorite amongst the teens here.  The teens enjoyed the different “stunts” they had to endure just to be the winner of their event and the move on to the final competition.  After ingesting 100-year-old eggs and a sea slug smoothie, one contestant actually requested the remaining cow tongue at the end of the competition to take home!  Yuck!

Keri and Kim, Cliffdale branch

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Write Here, Right Now

June 7, 2007

(North Regional Branch – the program formerly known as Teen Voices) – 17 teens joined our professional authors and artists for our writing and drawing group.  Everyone really enjoyed the anatomy portion of the drawing lesson where they learned that the head is 1/6 of the total body height, then ran around measuring everyone! Teens were then given an assignment to draw a 4 panel manga story to bring to the next meeting on July 12, to start on our NRL Manga which we hope to publish in November. (This program is now known as Write Here, Right Now since everyone thought Teen Voices was a singing group. LOL)

Katharine, North Regional branch

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