Read Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Steven Kellogg, a tribute to the 20 students and six staff members who died that day. The snowflakes represent the joyous children that we all remember, and hope and renewal.
In this competition, a young person writes a letter to an author that he or she admires, as though she or he were having a conversation with the author. The letter should be about a piece of fiction or poetry that affected the young person in some way. It should be personal but persuasive, explaining how the author’s work changed the youth’s view of hiself or herself or of the world. This program encourages reading, writing, art and personal reflection.
The contest is open to students enrolled during the 2013-2014 school year. There are three competition levels: Level 1 (Grades 4-6; by January 10); Level 2 (Grades 7-8; by January 10); and Level 3 (Grades 9-12; by December 10). Statewide winners each receive a cash award, and are then eligible to compete at the national level where there will be one winner who will receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one National Honor per competition level to receive a $200 cash award this year.
Letters must be submitted by January 10, using the required entry coupon (also available in the Troy Library’s Youth area.)
The 2013 National Book Awards were announced recently. The winner in the young people's category is The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. This intriguing story follows twelve-year-old Summer and her family through a summer filled with tumultuous events. Strong characterizations and emotional exploration drive this captivating novel.
The full list of 2013 National Book Award titles in the young people's category are available from the Troy Public Library. Come in and check out all these great selections!
The children of Troy have spoken, and we have a winner! The Troy Public Library Youth Department received a total of 160 votes in our election to name the Library octopus. We hereby declare Mr. Tentacles the officially elected name.
Thank you all for each choosing your favorite name. We received many different votes for all four choices, and even one write-in vote. Here are the results:
Mr. Tentacles: 43%
Bobo (write-in): 1%
Be sure to visit the Youth Reference Desk to congratulate our octopus on his new name!
The Troy Public Library offers many electronic resources to help students be successful in school. Brainfuse is one of these. This eResource lets students interact with live tutors for homework and skills building assistance, as well as take grade level and national practice tests, such as the ACT and SAT. Brainfuse also includes a "Writing Lab" where students can get feedback on writing assignments. To use these features you will need to set up an account on the Brainfuse site simply by creating a user name and password.
To access Brainfuse, click on the link above or select "eResources" from our Library Links on the left of this page. Then select the "Children and Teens" link. When accessing this eResource from home, you will also need to type in your Troy Library card number.
The ROBOS, a First Lego League team of Bemis and Boulan Park Schools in Troy, are taking part in this year's First Lego League Challenge, Nature's Fury.
This challenge involves seeking solutions to the problems caused by aerthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. The team has worked collaboratively and creatively to determine what technology, forms of communication, and methods could best alleviate issues resulting from such a disaster.
The ROBOS will perform a 10-minute play on Saturday, November 23, at 2 pm, in the Troy Library's Youth Services Department that explains their solution.
See you there!