Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hunger Games All Night Movie Night Lock-In - Friday, March 20!

What better way to spring into spring than to have an all night teen lock-in at the library in honor of The Hunger Games?  The fun will begin at 5:30 pm just before Alexander County Library closes on Friday night, March 20.  

There will be great food, fun games, cosplay, watching all 3 movies released thus far, and the best part?  Filming your own endings! Everyone can get their production teams together including screen writers, directors, actors, and set designers.  


We will wrap up the party by 8 am, Saturday morning, March 21.

Be sure to reserve your spot! Call me at 

828-632-4058, Facebook, or email me at mhager@alexandercountync.gov by March 16.



Also, Ms. Duncan, Ms. Is, and I have extended the submission date for The Alexander Muse another week due to our cra-cra weather.  There hasn't been a full week of school around here in weeks.  

Alexander County high school teens now have until March 9th to get their prose, poetry, photography and 2 dimensional art works entered.  There will be prizes in all categories! For submission guidelines go to http://thealexandermuse.blogspot.com/ .  While you're there, check out the online edition of the 2014 Alexander Muse.

Teen Poetry Happens will have their last meeting of the year at Rocky Face Mountain Park on Tuesday, March 10 - weather willing.  That might be difficult as we have seen!  Yikes!

Transportation will be provided.  Simply contact me at the above info if you want to go.  

March obviously has a lot going on - including an Easter egg hunt for the littles at Matheson Park on the very last day of it - March 31 at 10 am - so be sure to check the March calendar at the library's website - alexanderlibrary.org

Take care and hope to see you at the library!
Mel

Friday, February 13, 2015

YAYAs, Teen Poetry Happens, and The Alexander Muse - Lots of Great Things In Store

Hi Everyone,

I've been hopping since the beginning of the new year and our teen programs have been hopping right along with me.

The YAYAs met in January to discuss a new favorite book for me - Every Day by David Levithan.  In the young adult novel, "A" is a being that wakes up each day in a new teenager's body; sometimes a girl, sometimes a boy, sometimes heterosexual, sometimes not.  

Levithan's amazing storytelling takes "A" into situations with piercing insight. The reader cannot help but feel how each body operates, from being obese and unable to go up stairs easily to drop dead gorgeous with all eyes on them. Some known for smarts, some known for brawn.  All a challenge for "A" to navigate through properly for a day.

The rub comes when "A" is inside a football player named Justin whose girlfriend, Rhiannon, rocks his world.  Suddenly, this being that tries so hard to not interfere in the lives taken over, wants to stay to be near Rhiannon.  "A's" efforts are Herculean, taking otherwise normal teens and making them skip school, drive great distances, and go to parties, just to be near Rhiannon.

The YAYAs definitely gave it a thumbs up - with caution.  One said  "If you like your heart stomped on, it's great!" But aren't some of the best books and movies tearjerkers?  And the question of what is "A"? Like Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, is it a parasite?  The YAYAs had a lot of interesting theories.  You get a glimpse he/she's not alone in the "take over a life for a day" existence.  All the more to make a sequel to be excited about. Another Day hits the shelves in August 2015.


Teen Poetry Happens got in the loving spirit for their February meeting with Ode poetry.  Check out some of their neat creations.

“Ode to My Milk” by Jeremiah Webb

O Milk,
my drink of choice
that goes down my throat
so soft and moist. 
You go well with cookies
and that is just fine.
But to drink with my Ramen
is truly divine! 
Always remember , this much to be true
if McDonald’s had a milk dispenser,
know I would pick you.

“Ode to My Blanket” by Berenice Reyes

Warmth and comfort,
oh, you make me so happy.
Wittle, wittle blanket
you are mine.

“Ode to Books” by Hayley Bucknum

Hard backs, paperbacks
with crispy paper in between.
Old and new, bound in blue,
the only entertainment I need.
Different worlds with different lives,
so many to choose from  - fantasy
to fiction, mystery and romance.
Lives to be lived in limited page time.
If you’re ever looking for me
you’ll find me under the trees
with my nose between pages
or between worlds.
You can never tell…

“Ode to Music” by Julia Webb

Some people like music,
some people don’t.
I don’t like music,
I love music.
Music helps me think,
it helps me cry. 
It helps me smile,
it helps me live on.
I believe music
is the medicine
everyone needs!

“Ode to Jealousy” by Sarah Johnson

‘Tis an ode to jealousy,
for without jealousy,
our world would cease to exist.

Without the will to covet
we would not reach for the stars,
would not try as hard.
For without jealousy
our love would fail
because our love life scale
would appear to have lower degrees.

‘Tis an ode to jealousy,
for without jealousy,
our world would cease to exist.

We are excited about our final TPH meeting which will be at Rocky Face Mountain on March 10 - weather willing.  Transportation will be provided from the high school and the library.  Just contact me at the library at 828-632-4058 for details.  

We are counting down the days for accepting submissions for the 2015 Alexander Muse teen art and literary magazine.  North Carolina poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, has agreed to adjudicate the poetry division and we are grateful he has added us to his busy calendar.

All poetry, short story prose, and photography should be submitted in a digital format.  Art (which must be two dimensional) may be dropped by Alexander County Library or to Robbin Isenhour Stewart at Alexander Central High School.  

The contest is open to all Alexander County high school students - regardless of educational institution.  This means the alternative school, private, boarding, or home schools.

Short stories should contain 500 words or less.  Poems should not have more than 40 lines. Students may submit as many items in as many categories as they wish, but may only place in one category.  Content should be suitable for all ages.

The last day to submit items for consideration is March 2, 2015.  There are prizes and a chance to be published in high school, so get creative, Alexander County teens!

And have a Happy Valentine's Day full of love!
Mel

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Alexander Muse Submission Details and The Future Is Us - Teen Poetry Happens Creates Works About What Life Might Hold

The new year gives us a chance to think about resolutions, futures, and a fresh start in life.  Teen Poetry Happens teens met on Tuesday, January 13 to create works using pens, pencils, markers, blackout poetry, and poetry out loud to get juices flowing.

This poem by the first Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Sara Teasdale, is a reminder that we should give all we can to loveliness - and that should include the arts.

"Barter" by Sara Teasdale

Life has loveliness to sell,
      All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
      Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.


Life has loveliness to sell,
      Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
      Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.


Spend all you have for loveliness,
      Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
      Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

Here are the artistic pieces of loveliness the teens created at the meeting.


"Roots" by Julia Webb


“Hearts of Stone” by Sarah Johnson

Your heart is solid
An impenetrable shell
Surrounding your soul.
I want to win your love,
But it seems impossible.
I try so hard.
I want to fill the hole
She left in your heart.
I want to show you
That love still exists
In this world.


"Steppin' Out" by Berenice Reyes



“Future With A Pen” by Kira Call

I hold the pen in my hand, feeling it glide smoothly across the blank page before me.  The words slide freely onto the blinding white of the paper.  

I pause, the pen hovering over the blank space, so open, susceptible to ideas; waiting in eager yet painful silence with bated breath.  I wait for words to come, for the deep black of the ink to scratch the markings known as letters across its face.

I find myself pondering the future, wonder what will come, what I myself will become.  Doubt fills my being, slinking down into my core.  It hides in the mysterious darkness around me.  Can I achieve my dreams, or will the ocean of chaos that is the world drown me?  Will the words that haunt me through the days, consuming so much of my being, continue to flow throughout my life?

Or will they dry up, never to appear again? This possibility scares me. Strikes fear into my heart, rending it in two.

I shake myself, pulling back from the abyss, with all of its dark and endless questions, all of its negative outcomes. 

There are good things, too.  Good outcomes that accompany the bad.  I could easily continue to write my entire life, growing and changing along with my talent. Forge new friendships, create new stories.  As long as I have this ability, this chance, this opportunity, I can make it through my future.  I can take what comes.

"Eye of the Beholder" by Janah Bucknum

We are now accepting submissions for the 2015 Alexander Muse teen art and literary magazine.  North Carolina poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, has agreed to adjudicate the poetry division and we are grateful he has added us to his busy calendar.

All poetry, short story prose, and photography should be submitted in a digital format.  Art (which must be two dimensional) may be dropped by Alexander County Library or to Robbin Isenhour Stewart at Alexander Central High School.  

The contest is open to all Alexander County high school students - regardless of educational institution.  This means the alternative school, private, boarding, or home schools.

Short stories should contain 500 words or less.  Poems should not have more than 40 lines. Students may submit as many items in as many categories as they wish, but may only place in one category.  Content should be suitable for all ages.

The last day to submit items for consideration is March 2, 2015.  There are prizes and a chance to be published in high school, so get creative, Alexander County teens!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ring In The Season with Teen Poetry Happens!

Happy Holidays!

We simply could not break with tradition. For our holiday tune this year, we offer yet another bell song. In the past we have created versions of "Carol of the Bells" and "Silver Bells".  This year, what better one to add to the mix than "Jingle Bells"?  


The teens created art; took photos; strummed, banged, or shook an instrument; and sang to the popular song.  Hope you enjoy it - simply click on the link below. 

Hope you have a wonderful New Year, too!

Mel

Teen Poetry Happens "Jingle Bells"


Friday, December 12, 2014

Teen Poetry Happens Club Has Been A Creative Bunch This Season!



On November 25, 2014, TPH took a field trip to the Lucas Mansion of The Hiddenite Center to begin work on a poem in honor of the Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts Festival.  The festival occurred on September 27 and our October meeting would have been when we began work on the poem. Alas, the meeting had to be postponed because a funnel cloud twisted through the area that afternoon.  There's a poem in that...

Ah, but we made the trip to the mansion in November! The teens selected words written on the "poetry wall" that hung at the festival and began to fashion a poem.  


Some of the students created individual pieces from their favorite images.  


“King” By Kira Call

     Laughter tinkles across the air, filling the atmosphere with its melodious swell. Colors clash within the warm embrace of the sun vying for recognition, craving attention.  People mill about - some sharing the beautiful day with family, some with friends.  Others still wander alone. 
     It is the day of the festival; excitement and expectation fill the air, along with the pungent odors of sweat, the sweet alluring scent of food.  Art supplies everywhere, scattered about like a child’s forgotten toys, splashing their vibrant contents across the crowded surfaces; bleeding images wherever their paths cross.
       Today, creativity reigns, standing tall with his head held high, coinciding with his queen, the noble art of love and friendship.  Together, the two weave and combine, forming an aura of laughter, good times, and precious memories.

"Feast" by Jeremiah Webb

Under the blue skies and the spirited breeze, I stride steel toed down the pathway of tents.  Towering like a mighty oak, this is what I live for.  The overwhelming fog of scents I follow like a bloodhound.  I hear the horn in the distance as the people quicken just to be in arms-reach of un-foretold riches.  I walk. The tribe is preparing the mighty feast as the players play a song of victory, banging their heads as if under a guise. This is life: music, feasting, and the chance to be spontaneous.


“Festival” by Haley Bucknum

Blessed by beautiful weather
let nothing be wasted.
Horn through walkie-talkie
is the sign to start. 10K
today…even better than before.
Not all who wander are lost,
just remember to turn on the light.
Love as if it were free; creativity flowing,
all ages, love is growing.
Homemade, hometown,
smiles, friends and fun;
bouncy houses, bouncing high.
Falling flat is lots of fun!
Blue icee – cold, yummy,
makes my teeth feel funny.
Together we come and together we stay.
We enjoy each other’s company
until the end of the day.

We plan to complete the final poem and put it together with music and photography by the end of the school year.

More on our TPH December meeting next week! Have a great weekend!

Mel

Friday, November 7, 2014

Annual Storytime Halloween Parade an Adorable Blast!

Here are just a few of my favorite photos of the Halloween Parade through Taylorsville on Halloween, October 31, 2014!  We were lucky to have good weather that morning as the evening was rainy.  



Special thanks to: Alexander County Tax Office; Alexander County Register of Deeds, Ben Hines; Sheriff Chris Bowman; Clerk of Court, Danny Dyson; The Taylorsville Times; Taylorsville Police Department; Taylorsville Town Hall; Taylorsville Savings Bank; Alexander County Head Start and Alexander County Partnership for Children - and all of the staff folks who assisted them.  I also want to thank my awesome volunteers who assisted me - Courtney Gant & Lauren and Lilah Terrell.

Young adult volunteers make the world go round - at least in the library!  Thanks, ladies!











Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Collaborative Poem To Be Crafted From Hiddenite's Celebration of the Arts Festival

Hi All,

We were going to try to get together to create our TPH poem for The Hiddenite Center on Tuesday, October 21, but funnel clouds and threats of a deluge held us off.  The new date to go will be Tuesday, November 25 - 3:30 - 4:30 pm.  Contact me at the library at 828-632-4058 if you need transportation. A ride will be provided.


During the festival, Teen Poetry Happens manned a poetry wall and art wall so that folks of all ages could express themselves through words and art about the event.  Now, our job at TPH will be to take the myriad of words and create a poem.  Eventually, there will be a promotional video I'll put together using photos from the day.


On another note, Friday is Halloween and the annual Storytime Halloween Parade will hit the streets starting at the library at 10 am, October 31.  The weather is supposed to be superb, so I hope many folks will join us with their little ones!  I have teen volunteers helping with door holds and stroller management, so feel free to bring your baby buggies.

Happy Halloween!  See ya at the library!

Mel