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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,

Missy

…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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Librari-Con 2010 Convention Brochure

See you at the Con!  🙂

Always,

Missy

UPDATE:

Anime Viewing starts at 10 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.
(hosted by volunteers from SRPE)
Shakugan no Shana
Last Exile 
Pokemon 
FMA Brotherhood 
Sgt Frog 
tegami bachi 
Moribito 
KaKuRenBo

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Hello everyone!  You’re invited to the 4th annual Librari-Con!

There will be anime viewing, panels and forums, an Artists Alley, a Chibi Corner, a Manga Lounge, a Cosplay Runway, and activities for everyone.  This year we’re welcoming back special guests Kaysha Siemens, Eldanis Studios (featured artist), local artist Danny Hirajeta, Iron Clown Studios, and The Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers

Snow Wildsmith, blogger for School Library Journal’s “Good Comics for Kids” column, joins us for a forum, along with many other talented guests and artists.  See our website for a complete listing and for more convention details including cosplay guidelines  and prop restrictions.

See you at the Con!

Always,

Missy

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Have you ever read a Fantasy Romantic Comedy and thought:  who puts a clumsy Cyclops in a relationship with the Princess Udashika of Helaisissia, the most beautiful and civilized planet in the Kythera Star System?   If you think you can weave a better yarn, here’s your chance to precipitately plunge parrying people’s prodigious potential to prevail. In other words, your submission could be the best!

Collaborate with other writers to create a 4000 word Fantasy Romantic Comedy short story over an eight week period beginning September 1st and ending on October 31, 2009.  You may submit a new segment every week to continue the story. The completed story will be posted online and printed & distributed free throughout the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center system.

Follow the linky bits for the complete submission guidelines, the story so far, and some useful definitions of fantasy romance and romantic comedy.

Credit for the cool lead-in goes to program’s main instigator Larry Gavin.

Come play!   🙂

Missy 

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…because Danny never has his on when I see him.  He has been known to wear hats, though:

Danny Hirajeta - Write Here, Right Now - Halloween 2008

Danny Hirajeta (aka Iron Clown Studios) is a regular guest at the North Regional Branch teen writing club, Write Here, Right Now, and he graciously created artwork for this year’s Librari-Con. 

robot libby - sm

He was recently interviewed for The Fayetteville Feed (read it here), and if you’d like to meet him and check out his artwork first hand, make sure to stop by Artist’s Alley on September 5th. 

It’s always nice to be able to promote someone who shares their time and talent with the library and the teens that we serve.  Thank you, Danny! 

Always,
Missy

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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!

Always,

Missy

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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

 

www.gickr.com

Make an animated GIF from your pictures.

 gickr-gif-animator

www.glogster.com

Think collages but without the glue.

glogster

www.imagechef.com

Turn words into shapes.

image-chef1

www.wordle.net

Make beautiful word clouds.

wordle

www.yoyogames.com/make 

Make your very own computer game.

yoyo-games

 

…’cause teen tech week is EVERY week. 

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

Awesome.  J

Always,

Missy

 

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