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Hello everybody! 

Thanks for visiting the Teens @ CCPL&IC blog. 

This blog started in 2007 as an outlet for announcing and highlighting all things teens happening at the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in Fayetteville, NC, including upcoming events, relevant news and updates, book and movie reviews, and photo sharing (though the bulk of our pictures are located on our teen Flickr pages). 

As of February 2011, this blog will no longer be updated.  Please visit our Teen Space on Facebook, the CCPLIC YouTube account, and the teen library website for information, highlights, and upcoming events.

Thanks for reading!

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Hello all,

The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has transitioned to a new catalog. 

Older links in this blog that take you to our website to reserve an item will no longer work.  Please visit our site www.cumberland.lib.nc.us and click on “Find a Book” to access the new catalog.

Thank you!



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Monday night Paragraph 3, the teen writing club at the Headquarters Library, hosted Dwayne Morgan, the 15 year old author of Destiny Star

 He gave us a wonderful synopsis of his book and it’s forthcoming sequel, Fate’s Eclipse, and then talked about how he came up with the idea in the first place.  He even shared a funny anecdotes about early readers not believing that he was the actual writer of the work. 

We talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing, what he’s encountered as he’s promoted his work, and how he’s been received as a teen author.

Hey, teens can write great fiction!  Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, S. E. Hinton, Christopher Paolini, Ned Vizzini…all published as teens.

It was great having Dwayne visit our library and inspire our group with his achievement.  

Thanks Dwayne,


…and there are lots of resources at the library to help with your noveling needs, aspiring teen authors:

Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer, Ellen Potter, and Matt Phelan

A teen’s guide to getting published by Jessica Dunn & Danielle Dunn

Full guide here: Paragraph 3 club resources (10-10 rev)  (PDF) Resources and books available to help teen authors write and publish their work.

For more on Dwayne, check out this article in The News Reporter .

..and guess what comes up next month?  NaNoWriMo!!!  Yay!  Check our calendar for write-in events.

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Hurricanes Diane and Earl tango over the Atlantic (August 29, 2010)

(Image by NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team)

Okay, all together now.  We can DO this. 

“Double rainbow, double rainbow, double rainbow! 

Puppies and kittens and teenagers in cosplay!”

Earl, Earl go away, come again some…NO, just go away!

We’ve already had our flood (thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna), and we’ve been through our fire…wasn’t this year supposed to have been a plague of some sort?  Peeper frogs, perhaps?

Okay.  So here’s the deal.  If you’re on the coast, you might want to batten down the hatches  .   Librari-Con will go on as scheduled unless County offices are closed, but since we should be saying “Goodbye, Earl” early Friday morning according to NOAA, I think we’ll have ourselves a wonderful time on Saturday.  No worries!  🙂

See you at the Con,




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Prior to the elections in November 2008, my library facilitated a talk by guest speaker Leonard Pitts, Jr., a syndicated news columnist, entitled: Owning What You Know: The Decline of Reason in Politics and Public Discourse

I think it was especially prescient, considering the manner in which serious issues are being discussed these days — issues that affect all of us (regardless of one’s age, race, creed, gender, civic affiliation, sexual orientation, income tax bracket, or political party).

Open a newspaper, read a magazine, turn on the tv or go online to the news outlet of your choice and you can see for yourself how some vocal and demonstrative portions of the American public choose to have “discourse”:  town hall meetings being disrupted, protestors holding signs that compare political leaders to nazis and saying with great certainty that current policies being debated are akin to socialism (though if pressed, I wonder how many could define the term and clearly express why they believe it to be a negative thing – bonus points if they don’t invoke Hitler, Mussolini, or Mao), YouTube is flooded with clips of outrage, anger, sadness, and fear (some real, some fabricated), and statistics, facts, and figures are being reported, distorted, or spun, depending on the motivation of the source. 

This is a library blog for teens, not a stump for any particular point of view, however, I feel compelled to offer some advice and resources for making sense of the chaotic “24-hour news cycle.”

Get your information from multiple sources – you wouldn’t write a paper for school with only one book as a reference, so don’t settle for a single source when it comes to being an informed citizen.  Even if you aren’t old enough to vote, you should be aware of the decisions being made today that will affect your future. 

Know who is responsible for the information you read or hear.  In other words, consider the source, their qualifications, and their motives.    

When you hear someone repeat a quote or give a reference to a speech, study, or poll…LOOK IT UP!  There are a lot of online fact-checking resources for just this type of thing or you can go right to the source: federal government (executive, legislative, and judicial branches); medical information; studies and reports on issues in the news , etc.  At the very least, “Google” the name of the organization that is being referenced.

Make use of resources provided by the public library including databases of magazine and newspaper articles and websites such as CQ Researcher (available through NC LIVE; contact your nearest branch for assistance logging in or contact a library in the county or state where you reside) which provides information and documentation on more than one side of any given issue.

In order to have a reasonable conversation, the participants in that conversation need to know what they’re talking about. 

Be informed.  Be aware of what is going on in your town, state, country and world.  Be part of the “public discourse,” and own what you know.



…and just so it’s clear, opinions expressed in this post – or anywhere in this blog, for that matter – belong to the person expressing them (in this case, me) and are not authorized by or intended to represent the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center. 


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                                    …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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Sneak counter-attack!  Go little stickman, go!

We had lots of fun at North Regional last Thursday (12/4/08) at the teen Holiday DIY program, and so I thought I share some pics of my glass votive craft.  The teens had lots of great ideas including using masking tape to make stencils and then spraying the glass with “frost,” and painting holiday patterns (one girl created a really cool candy cane motif).

The next teen crafty programs are December 16 at the East Regional branch (glass ornaments, program starts at 5:45 pm) and December 20th at the Cliffdale branch (various crafts, program starts at 3 pm, registration is required for this one).

Join us for some crafty fun!  …and beware of stickmen tossing snowballs! 🙂



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You’re burning up!  YOU’RE ON FIRE! 

Oh wait, no…that was the library!  It’s like a children’s game of Hot and Cold gone bad, ya know?

Early Saturday morning, a fire broke out in a lower level office of the Headquarters Library

Unfortunately, the smoke damage is forcing us to cancel all Headquarters’ programming through the end of the year, which means that the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo and the Young Writer’s Program) meeting for Paragraph 3, the Headquarter’s teens’ writing club, the Gaming and Teens Engaged @ HQU game night in December, and the anime clubs for November and December will not be meeting.

…but never fear, my friends, because teen authors are invited and encouraged to come to the Write Here, Right Now  teen writing club at the North Regional Branch (I’ll be there to hang out, write, and talk, too – ml), to participate in the NaNoWriMo activites or just to work on their regular stories or artwork (Thursday, November 6, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm).

…and anime and manga enthusiasts are welcome at the 5 other anime clubs around the library system, and there is gaming at each branch as well.  Check it out!

Here’s the official word about what happened/what is happening:  🙂

Attention!! Due to an early morning fire on Saturday, October 25, that caused smoke damage in the building, the Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Lane will be closed for an indeterminate length of time. Books should be returned to any of the library system’s six other locations.

At this time, we do not anticipate having meeting or conference rooms available through the end of year. If you have a meeting room or conference room booked to use at Headquarters Library between now and the end of the year, you need to call one of the other locations to see if they have a room available.

The November 10 event featuring Leonard Pitts is still scheduled. Check out our web site for more information.

All programs scheduled at the Headquarters Library have been canceled through the end of the year.

Thank you all for your patience.  If you have questions about teen programs, please contact the respective branches.  More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.



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…it’s all over but the shouting: Yay!  Wh00t!  Alright, NAPTIME! 

oh, wait, that last one’s probably just me.  🙂  

Well folks, we almost got swept away and we had a couple of artists and presenters who couldn’t make it at the last minute which meant that we had to cancel or replace some panels and workshops…

Tropical Storm Hanna caused the park behind the library to flood...no picnics today.              

…but we persevered, broke out the umbrellas for a bit, and had a great day after all!

Check out the fun on our teen Flickr page!

Librari-Con 2008 pics

Librari-Con 2008 pics

I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make Librari-Con 2008 possible: my partner-in-crime-and-teen-services, Katharine, The Anime Arsenal, special guests The Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, Nick Capiot, Will Hays, and Robert “Dr. Gonzo” Wicker, the members of SRPE, all of the talented folks who inhabited Artists’ Alley, our teen volunteers a.k.a. “the minions,” and the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center’s staff, administration, and our Friends of the Library.

Planning is already underway for Librari-Con 2009…comments and suggestions are always welcome, although there is just this one thing:

*Please note, we are a public library, not a restaurant.  Several patrons have already “suggested” that we give away free food.  Great, fine, wonderful suggestion…never gonna happen…not if you still want summer reading club prizes, video game programs, or refreshments at anime club meetings.*  OK – getting off the soapbox now.  All OTHER suggestions and comments are welcome.  🙂

Were you here?  Did you have a good time?

Peace and pocky, ya’ll. 

Oh, almost forgot!  Check out the great pics taken by the 501st! 

Mini-Vader is my favorite!



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Welcome Otaku! 

Welcome library visitors! 

Welcome bewildered yet indulgent parents!

Once again we’re having a party called Librari-ConHanna never actually became a hurricane, just a piddly, little tropical storm which was no match for the anime, manga, and graphic novel fans who’ve descended upon our library!  A little rain…a little wind…no worries.  Mass quantities of teens and assorted other folks of all ages, in various stages of cosplay, are hanging out, browsing tons of great art, reading manga, drawing their own stuff, folding origami, and snapping pictures right and left.

The sun is shining and the show is on the road!  Members from the 501st Legion are back in strength…this year Lord Vader brought numerous reinforcements from his Storm and Sand Troopers to the notorious Boba Fett.  Princess Leia even managed to sneak in as Boushh, an Ubese bounty hunter, much like she did when she attempted to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hut.  I’m happy to report that she was not captured.  🙂

Artists’ Alley is hopping…local artists and special guests artist Nick Capiot and voice actors Will Hays and Robert “Dr. Gonzo” Wicker are having a great time talking to new fans of all ages, sharing their art and selling their wares.

There’s still time to check out all the action…the Cosplay Runway starts at 2:30 and the forums go until 3:30!  Hope to see you here!

I’ll be posting Librari-Con 2008 pictures on our Flickr page earlier next week, so check back!



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