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Want to Volunteer at the Library this Summer?

April 15, 2009 by Karrie


Would you like to sign up excited kids for the Summer Reading Program and help them record their summer reading with stickers and stamps? How about entering information into the computer for summer reading statistics? You could also help with shelving kids’ paperbacks and dvd’s and keep the youth section of the library in order. If this sounds like fun to you, go to the branch library of your choice and sign up to be a SUMMER READING VOLUNTEER. You’ll gain volunteer credit hours and experience while having fun (and we’ll treat you to a party at the end of the summer)! Come join us!

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Volunteer Fun

April 03, 2009 by Karrie

Summer's coming - time to Volunteer!
Check with your local branch or your school library to get the forms you need to fill out to become a Summer Reading Volunteer...or print from here: We'll be starting the signup on April 15th.

In celebration of Volunteers, be sure to watch for the "Continuing Adventures of Library Girl & Volunteer Boy" which is coming soon to the LCL Teen Page. The movie will have a very different look this it is being filmed entirely by members of the Teen Advisory Board. That's right, we're a bit less 'professional' this year, and a bit more 'youtube-esque'. But the script is a hoot, and the outtakes are even funnier.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE AN EXTRA IN THE FILM ... show up at Gere Branch Library (2400 So. 56th St.) on Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 and ask for Sarah or Diane. You'll need a parent to sign a permission slip for you to be filmed, and you can join the ARMY OF ZOMBIES!! Snacks and goofy fun are planned. Hope to see you there!!

-- Sarah

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Like Romances?

April 01, 2009 by Karrie

Would you be interested in being on the first-ever romance novel teen panel? The School Library Journal reports that beginning in April, Harlequin will be launching its own Teen imprint, hosted by BFF Quin. Go to the Harlequin site and with parental sign-off, you can become a part of the panel discussions, receive books to discuss on the panel and become a romance aficionado!


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Good Teen Movies

March 19, 2009 by Karrie

I know that Twilight is coming out on DVD soon.  But are there any other great teen movies that have recently been released on DVD?  How about any great movies that are currently in the theaters?  Spring Break is coming up next week and we're all gonna need something to watch.  Tell me what's good out there!

- Karrie

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Book Review

March 14, 2009 by Karrie

HEY  -  I just read a great new book, Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  You may have enjoyed her Gregor the Overlander series and this is even better!  Can you imagine being on a survivor TV show where it’s a fight to the death – and you are selected and forced to participate by a yearly lottery of teens only?  YIKES!  It really is creepy and suspenseful, but has friendship and a little romance besides.  Get your hands on it and give it a try.  You’ll be right there with 16 year old Katniss the whole way!  (If you like this you’ll also want to read Surviving Antarctica:  Reality TV 2083.)

Check out all the new YA (young adult) books @ your library!


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Rain Barrels

March 06, 2009 by Karrie

Hey guys, check it out! Gere's Teen Advisory Board has been hard at work creating one of the Rain Barrels to be displayed all over Lincoln through the month of March. They will then be auctioned off on April 18th to support the scholarship fund which will allow kids to attend Adventure and Extreme Nature Camp at Pioneers Park Nature Center.

Take a look at the website,, and take a look for the displays at Anderson, Bennet Martin, Gere, South, Eiseley and Walt, as well as around town at various local businesses.

And think about having a rain barrel in your yard! Spring is coming - the time to go green is at hand!

-- Sarah

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Closing Library Branches -- Your Opinion

March 02, 2009 by Karrie

There has been lots of talk lately, on the news and in the paper about closing two branches of the Lincoln City Libraries: South Branch and Bethany Branch.  In tough economic times everyone has to make some tough decisions.  I'd like to know what you think.  Here is what was written in the Lincoln Journal Star:

The Library Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to propose closing the Bethany and South branch libraries  when members met to finalize their budget proposal on Tuesday.

Under the proposed budget, the board also recommends cutting the equivalent of 13.75 full-time employees. Those positions would come from libraries where hours were cut. A seniority system would determine who would lose their jobs.

The board was asked to submit a proposal that cut current spending by 9 percent, which means a decrease of about $781,022, including lost revenues, said Pat Leach, director of Lincoln City Libraries.

Board member Marlene Cupp, who voted against the proposal, said it bothered her that two areas of the city could be without libraries.

“But I’m more bothered that it diminishes the opportunities for children to use the library,” Cupp said.

On Monday afternoon, a group of Sheridan Elementary fourth-graders protested the possible closing of the South Branch outside the library at 27th and South streets.

“I would say the tragedy would be if we proposed closing libraries and nobody cared,” Leach said. “Apathy would be horrible.”

If funds become available, Leach said, the board will ask that the two branches remain open.

The library board’s budget also included proposals to:

* Decrease expenditures on as many items as possible — from supplies to contracted services like snow removal or maintenance, Leach said.

* Close Bennett Martin Public Library one day a week.

* Schedule four fewer hours a week at the Anderson, Walt and Eiseley branches.

If money becomes available, the board’s first priority would be to restore the Bethany and South libraries to 24 hours a week (six four-hour days or three eight-hour days, for instance), Leach said. The second priority is to keep Bennett Martin open seven days a week; next is restoring the hours cut at Anderson, Walt and Eiseley; and finally, restoring full service hours at Bethany and South.

This is by no means a done deal, Leach said. The mayor still has to approve a budget, which the City Council will vote on in August.

“A lot could change between now and August,” she said.

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Step Team Program at Bennett Martin Library

February 20, 2009 by Karrie

What do you know about step teams? Have you been a member or know a member of a step team? Have you ever tried doing step yourself? If you are interested in step, come to the Bennett Martin Public Library on Saturday, March 14, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., when the North Star High School step team will give a demo of step, tell about their group's history and give some basic step lessons.


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Did you see it?

January 22, 2009 by Karrie
WOW! What a week! Do you realize that we are living through a time that will have its own chapter in the history books? I can’t imagine how exciting it would have been to be in D.C. on Tuesday and see the inauguration in person. My friend Emily was there with a group from SouthWest (and millions of others) and she said it was awesome! Did you watch any of the inaugural balls on TV? The “Neighborhood Ball” was crazy enough to be a New Year’s Eve party! - and it looks like President Obama can dance! Let us hear what you think about all the inaugural festivities.  

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American Idol Returns

January 15, 2009 by Karrie
American Idol started back up this week.  Although I absolutely love the show, I don't care for these opening weeks where all we see is auditions.  I did make myself watch a little last night though, and saw that there were (at least) two people from Nebraska audtioning.  Both of them were bad, and didn't make it to Hollywood.  What do you guys think about the new judge, Kara?  She seems good.  Do you think she'll be a good addition to the show, or not?  And do you like watching the auditions.  Do you think that it's mean that they put all the bad people on there just so we can make fun of them?  I heard that ratings were down this year from last year.  Are you still watching?  Do you know anyone who auditioned?

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January 12, 2009 by Karrie

We heard on the local news that some students from Lincoln will be attending some Inaugural events. If you are in that group we would like to hear from you! Give us all the details!

If you are not going to the Presidential Inauguration, tell us what you are thinking about this history-making event. If you could go, which aspects of this event would be of most interest to you?


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Best Gifts

December 28, 2008 by Karrie
Now I know that the holidays are supposed to be about giving and doing good and stuff.  And I won't argue about that.  But just for today, I want to know, what was the best gift you got??

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Winter Break

December 12, 2008 by Karrie

Hey, Everybody! 

What are you going to do on your winter break?  If we get some snow there’s sledding or snowboarding.  How about taking your pet to visit Santa - maybe even get a photo taken!  Skate Zone should be busy.  Movies, anyone?  Don’t forget the cookie decorating party at Anderson Branch on the 18th.  Of course you can always curl up with a good book - and maybe some hot chocolate, mmmm!  What DO teens do in Lincoln when they’re on vacation?  Let everyone know your good ideas!


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Cookie Decorating Program

December 04, 2008 by Karrie

Is there anyone out there that's not too busy with school and the upcoming holidays and spending time with family and friends that might need something fun to do at your local library?  At the Anderson Brach, on Thursday, December 18th at 6:30pm, we are having a cookie decorating program.  All teens are welcome to come and decorate sugar cookies.  We'll have all the supplies you'll need; all you have to bring is some creativitiy.  You'll leave with an edible masterpiece.  But space is limited, so you have to sign up.   Call the Anderson library at 441-8540 or stop in and see us.  If you don't sign up ahead of time we won't have enough cookies for you. 

But all this talk of cookies leads me to a question... what is your favorite kind of holiday treat?  I really love Peanut Butter Balls..  You can't go wrong with Peanut Butter and Chocolate.  And do you have any special Holiday cookie making memories?  I always get together with my mom and some friends and make lots of cookies in December.  Anyone else like to bake?  We usually watch the movie It's a Wonderful Life while we are cooking.  I want to know your holiday traditions!

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A New First Family

November 25, 2008 by Karrie

The public has not been able to do any First Kid-watching for quite some time.

Are you excited to see kids at the White House again? Do you think it would be exciting to live in the White House, or do you feel bad for the kids since they didn't choose to be in the spot light?

And how 'bout the potential First Dog? What kind do you think they should get?


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