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You’re here?  Why are you still here?!! 

Go look at the PICTURES!  🙂

& now there’s video of the COSPLAY RUNWAY! ( added 9-10-10)

Librari-Con 2010 Cosplay Runway: Part 1

Librari-Con 2010 Cosplay Runway: Part 2




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Calling all anime, manga, and graphic novel enthusiasts!

Once again we’re hosting a free anime mini-convention at Headquarters Library featuring fun activities, great local artists, and some very special, one might even say Imperial, guests.  🙂

Please check out the Librari-Con 2009 website and photos from last year’s fun and frivolity.

Come one, come all!



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There have been very few submissions for our Teen Tech Online Challenges event this month — actually, there have been none. 


HOWEVER, I choose to believe that lots of teens have tried out the Flickr toys and made hilarious/poignant/touching works of art which they have then shared with their friends and family. 


I do not do this because of any pesky facts or statistics — simply my general faith in creativity of teenaged-folk and my actual experiences with getting them to participate in activities and share their creations. 


Unless duct tape is involved.  That seems to bring them in. 

‘Cause it’s AWESOME!


So, because they [YOU!] did not come to me….

…I will come to them [YOU!]. 

Kinda like stalking.  But with software.


Here are some shiny linky-bits and fun stuff that I’ve found as I’ve skipped merrily down the road to he….um…to the park. 

I love parks.  Lots of trees.  They rock. 

Parks, that is, not necessarily the trees…unless they’re petrified…but that’s really rare….um. 


Right.  Here you go.  J



Make an animated GIF from your pictures.



Think collages but without the glue.



Turn words into shapes.



Make beautiful word clouds.



Make your very own computer game.



…’cause teen tech week is EVERY week. 

I guess this means that there’s joy to be found, after all. 

Awesome.  J




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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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We’ve got video game free play at the Headquarter’s Branch Library tonight (6:30-8 pm).  We’ll also have board games and card games.  Click here for more info. 

Hope you can make it, and keep an eye out for upcoming GATE (Gaming and Teens Engaged) programs at the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center location nearest you!



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How bad, how good, does it need to get?
How many losses? how much regret?
What chain reaction would cause an effect?
Makes you turn around
Makes you try to explain
Makes you forgive and forget,
Makes you change
Makes you change

Great song, folks: “Change” by Tracy Chapman from her album Where You Live (2005).


Change your wardrobe — Wield scissors, patches, and sewing skills* at one or more of the T-shirt Recycle programs at the North Regional, Spring Lake, and Hope Mills branches. *sewing skills optional – please bring your own t-shirt to style.

Lots of great books to check out: 99 ways to cut, sew, trim & tie your t-shirt into something special, by Faith Blakeney; T-shirt makeovers : 20 transformations for fabulous fashions, by Sistahs of Harlem; Tease : 50 inspired T-shirt transformations by superstars of art, craft & design, edited by Sarah Sockit; Generation T : 108 ways to transform a T-shirt, by Megan Nicolay; The ultimate T-shirt book : creating your own unique designs : batik, tie-dye painting, marbling, stamping, screen printing, by Deborah Morgenthal; and The great T-shirt book! : make your own spectacular, one-of-a-kind designs, by Carol Taylor.


Change the conversation — Take a deep breath and express yourself in poetry, rap, song, and dance at the teen open mic night being held at the Headquarters location on June 17th starting at 6:30 pm.

Change your body —  Incorporate the Dance Dance Revolution gaming programs at the Bordeaux and  Hope Mills branches into your summer workout.  🙂

Also consider: 15-minute workouts for dummies DVD [my personal choice :)], Fitting in Fitness : hundreds of simple ways to put more physical activity into your life by the American Heart Association  or one of many exercise related books and videos available to borrow.

Change your appearance — Become Inu-Yasha, Edward Elric, Naruto or one of many assorted ninja at one of the cosplay workshops at the Headquarters’ Bordeaux, and Hope Mills locations.

Try these titles: Fashion and style – The Tokyo look book : stylish to spectacular, goth to gyaru, sidewalk to catwalk by Philomena Keet with photographs by Yuri Manabe; Japanese pop culture – Mechademia 1 : emerging worlds of anime and manga and Mechademia 2 : networks of desire, both edited by Frenchy Lunning.

Change your skill set — Okay, this one is all for fun!  Join us for origami workshops at Headquarters, Cliffdale, Hope Mills, North Regional, and Spring Lake.  Visit East Regional in July to make a duct tape wallet, macracme bracelet or keychain, and try to make some interesting origami.   

There’s lots of books in our collection to check out before, during, and after these programs, too: Easy origami by Didier Boursin; Origami in action : paper toys that fly, flap, gobble, and inflate! by Robert J. Lang; Got tape? : roll out the fun with duct tape! : 25+ quick and easy duct tape projects for the whole family by Ellie Schiedermayer; Ductigami : the art of the tape by Joe Wilson; and Hemp jewelry by Judy Ann Sadler.


Check out Instructables.com for more “how-to’s”: duct tape wallets, origami, and hemp bracelets.  There are also some great ideas for recycled projects.

Here’s to a summer of change and discovery @ your library!

Hope to see ya at one of our programs!



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…what else are ya gonna do this summer?

I thought that this might be a good way to get everyone’s attention for this year’s Teen Summer Reading Club at the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center…did it work?  🙂

The uber-vague theme this time ’round, Metamorphosis @ your library, lets us play with a lot of different ideas this summer…and we’re doing it all for the teens! 

…well, and the teens’ parents

…and the children who will someday become teens

…okay, and yes, we’re doing it for ourselves!  But it’s so much fun!!!]

One definition of metamorphosis is transfiguration: a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

…it is also an album by Hilary Duff, but I’m not going there.  You can if you want to.  I’ll stay here.  Thanks.  Send me a post card.  🙂

So, here’s how to play:

From now until July 31, 2008, come visit any Cumberland County Public Library location and pick up a 2008 Teen Summer Reading Club booklet.

  1. Read 3 books (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, books on tape, or e-books.  No magazines.)
  2. List the titles, authors and rate whether or not you liked the book on the reading log located on the back cover of the Teen Summer Reading Club booklet.
  3. Remove the reading log from the booklet and bring it to any library location to receive a silver Transformation Pen. (One per person, while supplies last)  Pick up your first continuation log at this time (orange).
  4. Read three more books and list the titles and authors on the orange log. 
  5. Bring this completed log to any library location and receive a book bag.  (One per person, while supplies last)  Pick up your additional continuation logs at this time (green). 
  6. You may keep reading and filling out as many green continuation logs as you wish. 
  7. All logs that are returned to any Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center location by 9:00 pm on July 31, 2008 (one original log from the Summer Reading Club booklet, one orange continuation log, and any number of green continuation logs) are eligible for the local prize drawings and the grand prize drawing.



  1. Completed reading logs will be entered into a drawing at the branch library where they have been returned, for a chance to win gift certificates from Barnes & Noble (2 local winners will be chosen at each branch).
  2. Following the branch drawings, all completed reading logs will then be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Cross Creek Mall.
  3. The winner’s names will be posted on the library’s website at www.cumberland.lib.nc.us .
  4. Winners have two weeks to pick up their prizes after notification.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, Inc.


So, lots of reasons to visit the library this summer, along with some fun swag just for reading.  Check out the calendar of events for lots of teen programs this summer.  See you here!



       Transformer Pen             Teen Summer Reading Club logo

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