Archive for February, 2009

                                    …we’re making CRAFTS!

January and February were very creative months for Cumberland County teens. 

Nuts, bolts, washers, cotter pins, and beads were cobbled together into hardware jewelry.  One teen even figured out how to make a pop tab bracelet just from looking at a picture (no instructions needed – yay, Patrick!).

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Mass quantities of duct tape were turned into oh-so-beautiful roses by more than 57 teens at the Bordeaux, Hope Mills, and East Regional Branches:




The directions that we used for the roses can be found here.

Check out more teen craft program pictures!

Wanna play? 

In celebration of Teen Tech Week 2009, the Spring Lake Branch is having a DIY: Techno Hardware workshop on Monday, March 9th starting at 4 pm.  Click on the link for registration information.  Make your own piece of wearable art from upcycled computer parts donated by local stores.

In celebration of The Big Read, join us at the East Regional Branch  on Tuesday, March 10th, and make your own unique version of the mysterious Maltese Falcon.  For more information and to reserve your spot, please follow the link: DIY for Teens: The Maltese Falcon.

Check our calendar for upcoming teen programs (FYI, we’ll be doing the duct tape roses again in early May just in time for Mother’s Day!).

Keep crafting! 



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Don’t myth the point…


Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan


12 year old Percy Jackson has just been kicked out of yet another boarding school, but it’s really not his fault.  Percy was only defending himself when his fault that his math teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.  Of course nobody believes Percy.  Heck, Percy doesn’t even know if he believes it himself.  That is, until the mythic Minotaur chases Percy to camp!  At Camp Half-Blood, Percy learns that his father is in fact a Greek God (although he’s not sure which God).  Then, right around the time that he comes to Camp Half-Blood, Zeus’s prize lightning bold goes missing, and Percy is the number one suspect!  Now Percy, along with his friends Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr) must find the lightning bolt within 10 days or else the Gods on Mount Olympus are gonna start an all out war.


Someone recommended this book to me a while go, when I looked at the back of the book, I looked at the person and handed the book back thinking “there’s no way that I’m going to read this.”  The person just handed the book back to me and guaranteed that I would like it.  I figured I would humor the them, so I read it and I have to admit, I absolutely loved it!  The book has some really great plot twists and the titles of the chapters are just so catchy.  “I become supreme lord of the bathroom” and “we take a zebra to Vegas”, how can you not be interested with chapters like that?  This is the first in a series (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) of five books, with the final book due out in May of 2009.

Jennifer is a youth services librarian at the North Regional Branch Library.

Thanks for posting, Jenn! -ml



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A Novel by Nancy Werlin


Lucy Scarborough is burdened by a family curse. She discovers that many generations ago, one of her relatives rejected the advances of an Elfin Knight. In his anger, the knight placed a curse on the Scarborough women. Each woman finds herself pregnant at 17 and forced to complete three impossible tasks. If the woman does not complete these tasks by the time she gives birth to her daughter, she will go insane. Now, at the age of 17, Lucy finds herself trying to complete the three impossible tasks before she meets a fate like all the other Scarborough women.

This story was actually inspired by a medieval ballad called “Scarborough Fair” (which can be traced back to a 17th century ballad called “The Elfin Knight”) which is given at the beginning of the book. The story itself is really great! It’s got a touch of romance, fantasy, drama, and even comedy. Fair warning, there is one scene where a character is raped, though not graphic, it is disturbing.

For those interested in knowing a bit more about the background of the ballad in the book, check out the hyperlinks on Scarborough Fair and Elfin Knight in the above paragraph. 

Jennifer is a youth services librarian at the North Regional Branch.  Thanks for posting, Jenn!

Also, if you have a minute, check out this really neat book trailer that Nancy is hosting on her site.  



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