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November 2009

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  • Facebook, Internet, Library Serf

    For Your Friends’ Eyes Only

    19.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on For Your Friends’ Eyes Only

    Further to this post we did earlier about Facebook and privacy, if you’re wanting to keep your Facebook page between yourself and your friends here’s a helpful tutorial on changing your settings so that the whole world and its dog can’t see who you’re playing Scrabble with:

    (Thanks to Magalie for putting this together!)

  • Competition, Simon, Writing

    2009 Short short story comp PRIZES

    18.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on 2009 Short short story comp PRIZES

    We announced this year’s Short Short Story Competition (maybe it will be an annual thing!) yesterday. There are some great prizes and here are some photos of them.
    These are the books:

    And inside them is … Darren Shan’s signature! I want them but I can’t as one of you guys will get to win them.

    Only authors are allowed to write in books! And sometimes librarians.

    And as well as the books there is a t-shirt and a bunch of movie passes to see Cirque Du Freak : The Vampire’s Assistant when it opens on January 7th 2010.

    ssscprizes2Here’s a photo of the lot! Thanks, Paramount!

    All this could be yours! Only if you enter the competition. All the details are here.


    [Ed: some of the bunch of movie passes will go to excellent short stories that weren’t the winner but were fabulous anyway]

  • Roberto B., Sport

    Caught Football Fever?

    17.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Caught Football Fever?

    wellington_phoenix_jpg_4ad4721e8fWas watching the All Whites big win on the weekend so exciting that you can’t possibly wait until the World Cup in South Africa to get your football fix? If the answer is “yes” here is a suggestion; go to a Phoenix game.

    There are six current All Whites in the squad (including Teen Blog fave Leo Bertos), passionate and vocal fans, and the handsomest uniforms in the A-League. What better way is there to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than watching some quality football and shouting loudly? And it’s cheap too, tickets start at $17 for students.

    Also, keep up to date with the happenings in the world of football with the libraries’ magazine selection here.

  • Competition, Library Serf

    2009 Short Short Story Competition

    17.11.09 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    Update: the competition is now closed. Tune in some time early next year to find out who won.


    Are you aged somewhere between 13 and 18? Can you write a good short story?

    It’s back! The 2009 Short Short Story Competition is here: write an excellent short short story and you could win a Cirque du Freak prize pack, including signed copies of the first six books in The Saga of Darren Shan series, a limited edition t-shirt and movie passes (thanks to the people at Paramount). It’s a fantastic prize, and it’s all very simple really.

    So what do you have to do? Write a short story, not more than 350 words (it can be as short as you like), that includes each of the following three words (think outside the box: is the word a noun only, or can it be used another way? Can it be added to, for example -ish or -ed?):

    1. paramount
    2. freak
    3. violet

    Your story can be about anything. We will be particularly impressed if:

    • – the story is well written and grammatically correct
    • – the three things listed above are well concealed in the story
    • – the story has a clever twist or point of interest.

    Send your stories to teenblog@wcl.govt.nz before 5pm on Monday 21 December 2009. Please include your name and your library card number (very important!). The winner will be announced early in the new year.

    Small print:
    You must be aged between 13 and 18 to enter 12 and 18 to enter. You must also be a Wellington City Libraries member. Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into etc etc., although we do like getting emails and comments. The winning story and any others that are particularly special will be published on the teen blog, so if you send a story in be prepared for it to be published.

    Good luck!

    Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, in cinemas January 7 2010. Go to www.thevampiresassistant.co.nz for movie info.

  • Adrienne, Reviews

    More world-ending goodness

    13.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on More world-ending goodness

    Phoenix Files

    The Phoenix Files by Chris Morphew is another end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-is-nigh series that kept me guessing. It’s not your usual armageddon story…

    Phoenix is a picture-perfect town in the middle of nowhere built by the Shackleton Co-operative to accommodate its employees. The town is brand new, high-tech and immaculate. It seems all too good to be true…

    On the first day of school in Phoenix, Luke, Peter and Jordan are drawn together by a series of strange events. Together they uncover the reason behind Phoenix’s existence.

    The countdown has started… There are only 100 days left until the entire human race is destroyed, leaving only Phoenix to survive. Luke and his friends must find out what’s going on and stop them before it’s too late.

    The first of The Phoenix Files series ‘Arrival’ is in the library, with the sequel ‘Contact’ arriving in Jan/Feb 2010.

  • Events, Library Serf

    Have your say

    13.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Have your say

    Been to any of the following this year?
    – Almost Amazing Race
    – Urban Survival Series
    – Twilight Trivia Night

    Read the teen blog?

    Have feedback for us, or suggestions for 2010?

    We would love to hear from you over some yummy food!

    Thursday 3rd of December – Central Library staff room @ 4pm
    Text 021 227 8222 or email Ella, ella.martin@wcc.govt.nz, to register (so she knows numbers)

  • Exclusive academies for rich kids who form cliques, Fantasy, Grimm, New

    Some more of the truckload of new books

    12.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some more of the truckload of new books

    Still going.

    Almost Perfect, Brian Katcher (357 pages) – Logan begins a relationship with Sage, sort of, only to discover that she’s a boy (transgender). Obviously this is a major thing for him to work through: will he be able to maintain a friendship with her?

    First sentence: Everyone has that one line they swear they’ll never cross, the one thing they say they’ll never do.

    Demon Princess: Reign or Shine, Michelle Rowen (284 pages) – Nikki finds out that her absent father is the demon king of Shadowlands, so she follows the bearer of the news there to find out more (the bearer happens to be cute). As you’d expect with hereditary titles, her father’s keen for her to take the throne.

    First sentence: “That guy is staring at you.”

    Archenemy, Frank Beddor (370 pages) – the gripping conclusion to The Looking Glass Wars. Something strange is happening to Wonderland, and it’s not just Arch declaring himself king. Conundrums of evaporating puddles, shimmering portals, assassins, metamorphoses, action aplenty. The dude on the cover has got the coolest suit of armour and gun thingy ever.

    First sentence: Alyss of Wonderland raced up the front walk, using her imagination to unlock the door and turn the latch.

    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Nagaru Tanigawa (200 pages) – First published in Japan in 2003 and described as “the phenomenon that took Japan by storm” which is super cool. Haruhi and Kyon set up an after school club, as you do, all very usual. Unusually, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe.

    First sentence: The question of how long someone believed in Santa Claus is a worthless topic that would never come up in idle conversation.

    Punkzilla, Adam Rapp (244 pages) – Jamie, who is Punkzilla, embarks on a road trip to visit his brother who is dying of cancer. Along the way he catalogues, in epistolary fashion (letter writing), the gritty, freakish and interesting people he meets along the way.

    First sentence: Hey, I’m finally writing you back.

    One Wish, Leigh Brescia (311 pages) – An overweight teenager who determines to do something about this, and is largely successful, learns that the grass is not necessarily greener on the skinny and beautiful side of the fence, particularly when you go to great (dodgy) lengths for your new svelte body.

    First sentence: Nobody ever asks you if you want to be popular.

    Darke Academy: Secret Lives, Gabriella Poole (267 pages) – The first in a series which I’m going to describe merely by quoting the tagline on the cover (and you can do the rest): “You’ll be dying to join the chosen few.” Good news is the next book, Blood Ties, is less than six months away.

    First sentence: “Hey, is that you?”

    Tricks, Ellen Hopkins (625 pages) – A novel in verse, interweaving the stories of five different teenagers. Sounds clever, quite serious subject matter.

    First sentence: But do they know how / to craft fiction?

    Little Black Lies, Tish Cohen (305 pages) – Sara is at a new school in a new town, which seems like the perfect recipe for starting again and leaving behind her difficult past, especially with the help of a few fabrications of truth: popularity awaits. But then a dethroned popular girl starts getting suspicious.

    First sentence: “What the…?” Gripping the vinyl passenger seat of the VW bus, I try not to hit the window as my father takes a corner too fast in his rush not to be late for our first day at Boston’s illustrious Anton High School.

    That’s it for now. Yet more to come!

  • Competition, Movies, Violet Beauregarde

    Write a haiku and maybe get a poster, if you’re quick

    12.11.09 | Permalink | 6 Comments

    The cast of the Twilight films lead the polls (the best actor, best actress, break out actor, best film, and some others) for the 2010 People’s Choice Awards. The People’s Choice awards are voted for by the public (well, the US public), hence their name. They are awards chosen by people, for the people.

    I have two posters of the potential 2010 winner of best break out actor (as chosen by some people), Taylor Lautner, to give away! As much as I’d like to have them I simply haven’t the space for any more. If you want one write a haiku (explained here) about Taylor in the comments below. There are only two posters so the first two haiku will get one!  Eligible only for WCL YA cardholders. Please add your full name [we won’t publish your name]. The posters have folds in them sorry.

    Taylor Lautner plays
    a werewolf in highschool. So
    did Michael J. Fox.

  • Capt. Walker de Planck, Happenings, Wellington

    Act Right

    12.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Act Right

    [Click on the image for a larger image]

    NOTE: This has been delayed! It will now be on Sunday the 6th of December. So update your calendars.


  • Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    Some Music We Have Now

    12.11.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some Music We Have Now

    There are three new YA CDs on the catalogue. What are they? Look below…

    foo fightersGreatest Hits by the Foo Fighters is a one CD, one DVD collection of all of the hits they deem their greatest. Dave Grohl says in the liner notes “…it is a collection of songs that have defined our band’s identity to most people over the years.” A good starting point if you’re new to the Foo, but a nice overview for old fans too.

    Twilight doesn’t have anything to do with vampires, rather more to do with drum and bass. It’s a compilation put together by Concord Dawn to showcase the acts housed on the Uprising record label. If drum and bass is the genre you like best, then what are you doing? Come down and issue this right away!

    flight of the concordsBy now Flight Of The Conchords need no introduction, but this is kind of an introduction, so please ignore this needless sentence. I Told You I Was Freaky is the latest album from every Americans second favourite New Zealand-centric pop culture reference (behind Peter Jackson’s hobbit filled films).

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