Inkpop – for aspiring authors…

3 02 2010

Do you have dreams of being a writer someday? Have you been looking for feedback on your work? Well, look no further!

Major publisher HarperCollins has just launched an online community called Inkpop that brings together teen lit hopefuls with readers and publishing professionals. The social networking site aims to “spotlight aspiring authors and the readers who provide the positive springboard for feedback.” Not only that, but there is an editorial board who will read those pieces that get the most votes and decide who will ultimately land a publishing contract. Very awesome.


Holiday Gifts for Teens

10 12 2009

The Daily Grommet Blog has compiled their own Gift Guide for Teens with some pretty interesting ideas on it. Here are some of my favorites:

Slacklining is the sport of walking a small, flat nylon rope between two points. It is practiced in the backyard, on college campuses and city parks, and even 3000 feet above the ground.” All I have to say is – sounds awesome.

Are you constantly dropping your phone, iPod or PDA? Then the OtterBox is for you. This little guy is designed to protect like nothing else – with rugged good looks to boot 🙂

This is probably my favorite thing on the whole list. I just love the idea of being able to make your own soda (or seltzer if that’s your thing). With SodaStream, you just use regular tap water, add some flavor and BAM! The little magic thingy adds the bubbles. Pretty cool.

So, what are you guys asking for this year, hmmmm?

Create your own book cover…

3 11 2009

Judging a book by it’s cover – yes, it’s something we ALL do. But have you ever read a book with a lame cover and thought that you totally could have done a better job designing it?

Well, now’s your chance. You can “Create Your Debut YA Cover” and post it for the world to see over at the 100 Scope Notes blog. There is already a gallery where other people have done the same. So, show us what you got!

Need some advice?

6 10 2009

We all need advice sometimes, but we don’t always know where to go for it.

That’s where ‘Hey Josh‘ comes in. Josh Shipp is a teen advice guru who runs a site where he passes on practical, hands-on, real-world experience to the thousands of teens who ask for his help. Abandoned and abused as a child and raised in foster care, Josh has taken his past of hurt and neglect, turned it around, and used it as a catalyst for helping others.

In addition to his website, Josh also has a YouTube channel (obviously). So check him out and see what you think!

What’s your opinion?

16 09 2009

yellingDo you have an opinion on issues like politics, health care reform, world affairs or sports? I’m sure you do and your 9th grade social studies class is not always the most exciting place to share.

Check out Next Gen Journal, a site where teens and twentysomethings are writing original essays outlining their thoughts and opinions on these topics and more. And if you have something to share on world events, this is the place to be heard 🙂

Looking for something fun to do this summer?

11 06 2009

hennaCheck out the free events happening at all the libraries in Prince George’s County this summer as part of the Summer Reading Program…

You’ll find:

  • Gaming
  • Mehndi and Body Art
  • Manga and Comic Drawing
  • Jewelry Making
  • and more!!

CupcakeDecoratingSo don’t forget — if you’re registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, every time you attend a library event, you get entered into a drawing for a prize! It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Summer Reading 2009

2 06 2009

Sneed Spot 8Summer Reading 2009 is here! I know you are all excited – please try and contain yourselves…

In the past, when you signed up for Summer Reading, you got a reading log (had to read 4 books) and when you turned it in received a small prize — usually a pencil, bookmark or something like that. Well, you all told us that didn’t really get you excited to participate and this year we listened to you.

Here are your options for participating this summer:

  1. Read 2 books
  2. Read 1 book and write a review
  3. Attend a library program

Easy enought, right? Every time you do one of these things, you get entered into a drawing for a prize. And the prizes are… $25 Visa gift cards and 2 Nintendo Wiis. Quite an improvement over pencils and bookmarks.

So, get to registering, people. Here’s the link. Happy Summer Reading!