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Calling All Teens!

Summer is in full swing, and if you’ve got teenagers at home, they’re likely taking full advantage of their new found freedom.  Sleeping in, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and soaking up the sun!  Inevitably though, that wonderful sense of freedom quickly turns to boredom, and those same teenagers start looking for something to keep them busy.  A new challenge.  Something to inspire them.

Well, the library may just be the answer!  Our online Teen Summer Reading Club is a great way for teens to explore their creativity, with contests for writers, artists, photographers and book lovers.  Club membership is open to all teens in Grades 7 though 12, and in order to register, teens simply need to create an account on our teen website, Booked!  From there, members can post their creative work to our website, for all to enjoy, and at the end of the summer, the best of the best in each contest category will win an awesome prize!

If teens are looking for something to do with a few friends, the library also has a ton of really cool programs!  Like Scratch Programming!  Teens will learn the basics of the popular programming language Scratch, and spend the day creating, collaborating, and discovering endless possibilities while designing a video game or animated story.  Or our Words Out Loud program!  Teens will join local slam legend Steve Locke to explore tools of communication and creativity by writing new poems and practicing sharing them in their own unique, authentic voice.

And of course, as always, the library has an amazing collection of books for teens to explore.  Summer is the perfect opportunity for kicking back with a good book — no grueling book report required!  Check out these amazing books for some chill poolside reading!

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place. She may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her twin brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands.

Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
In a future defined by environmental devastation and the all-seeing EcoPanopticon, Rowan, an illegal second child, rebels against an impossible choice by escaping her home for a night of both friendship and tragedy.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win–unless her stepsisters get there first… Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake–until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.





Canadian Stories Week in Manitoba

Believe it or not, Manitoba has a great literary tradition. Did you know that we launched the first Canadian Reader’s Choice Award for kids? Waaaayyyy back in 1990, it was the International Year of Literacy and Winnipeg Public Library along with several other organizations thought it would be a great idea to try to encourage children in grades 5 through 8 to read Canadian books and vote for their favorite. Why tweens? Because that is the time when children transition to reading independently. Just like learning to ride a bike, you need to travel on familiar territory and keep practising until you get the hang of it. Reading can be challenging for kids and with that thought in mind, MYRCA was created to make reading fun.

After all, voting for a favorite book is fun! Every May, readers are presented with a long list of 18 Canadian titles. Throughout the year, kids can read their way through the 2016 nominees. As long as tweens read 3 books, they are eligible to vote in March. No fees required. http://www.myrca.ca/voting-procedures/

This year, MYRCA wanted to have a huge 25th anniversary bash. “Let’s bring in 3 authors instead of just one,” they said. “Let’s have book tours,” they said. “Let’s have readings in the Winnipeg Public Library,” they said. “Let’s have a Speed-Date-with-an-Author dinner,” they said. “Let’s ask SAGE to have a Canadian Stories Theme,” they said. “Let’s get Ace Burpee,” I said.

Yes, over here in the MYRCA committee, we dream big.

But we also work hard. Winnipeg Public Library, Winnipeg Children’s Literature Roundtable (WCLR)   and Manitoba School Library Association (MSLA)  partnered with the MYRCA committee to plan a week’s worth of events for all levels of interest. We decided to bring in our winner, David Carroll, and both honour book winners, Kelley Armstrong and Tom Earle. Winnipeg Public Library hosted all three at the Millennium Library and 3 more in the branches; Carol Matas,  Larry Verstraete and Jennifer Dance. Rural school visits were organized for our local authors. The WCLR’s Authors at the Round Table Dinner gave authors and fans of all ages, a chance to mingle together. MSLA hosted all the authors for teachers on their professional development day, SAGE. And MYRCA hosted the most ambitious Award Ceremony in its history. We even got Ace Burpee!

Hard to believe it’s all over. After over a year of planning, countless meetings, thousands of emails, fundraising and worrying… you wonder, was it worth it?

Happy authors

You would have to ask the kids whose bright, shining, happy faces were beaming wildly with joy at meeting the authors whose books they loved. You would have to ask the teachers who rely on the MYRCA list every year to find great Canadian books for their classes. You would have to ask the authors who are ridiculously proud to be chosen by their readers for this award. You only need to search #MYRCA25 or #Cdnstoriesweek on Twitter to see for yourselves.

This year’s MYRCA winner was David Carroll for the novel Ultra.

In it, Quinn is running the longest race of his young life and he faces many obstacles. But, like his author, Quinn is determined to stay positive. Never give up! Always believe that you can do better!  Don’t let those little voices in your head bring you down! David’s inspiring and uplifting message was appreciated by everyone he met, including Ace Burpee. Ace’s reaction upon finding out that David can repeat sentences backwards, was to test it out. True Story! Clearly pleased that David had such an awesome hidden talent, Ace’s reaction was: “I have to hang out with writers more often.”

Happy David and Ace

Yes, you do Ace. And to all those kids who asked “how can I become a writer?” I think David Carroll’s answer was perfect: “have interesting friends.” Here at WPL, we have really interesting, supportive, fearless friends. Friends who dedicate their volunteer time to working for a common goal: literacy! When partnerships work out as well as they did last week, Manitoba wins!  And we can all be immensely proud of that.


Listening to Voices of Transgender Youth

Transgender Pride flag

Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Jenna Talackova, Chaz Bono, Laura Jane Grace… Open and proud transgender people have been receiving a lot of press lately.  These transgender celebrities have publicly faced personal challenges in relation to their gender identities and many regard them as role models for transgender youth.

But we know far less about transgender teens themselves.  What are the challenges they face?  How might they be different from those encountered by popular celebrity adults?  What do they want the world to know about their experiences?

Beyond Magenta: Transgender teens Speak OutBeyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin provides readers with some helpful answers to these key questions.  This acclaimed book profiles six trans teens.  It gives readers a good look into their lives and the wide range of experiences they face.  Their accounts are honest, raw, heart-wrenching and inspiring.

Why is this book an important read?  Because of its truth.  It challenges some of our most strongly-held assumptions.  Contrary to what “gender reveal” parties would have you believe, (perceived) biological sex does not determine gender.  Traditionally, society has been quick to assign gender to a newborn when it is actually impossible to confirm it at such a young age. Many children are raised in accordance with socially-constructed norms based on their genitalia, restricting opportunities for non-conforming kids to be their authentic selves.  Strict gender categories are adhered to without thinking simply because they are familiar.  These categories can simplify our social interactions and maintain order.  But they don’t tell the whole story.  The interviewees in this book – and transgender people the world over – challenge these prevalent misconceptions.

Intersex Flag

In Beyond Magenta, the stories of teenage trans interviewees are told using their own voices.  Kuklin pieced together narratives from interview transcripts and collaborated with the teens in the editing process.  Their diverse experiences and perspectives help readers to understand that there is no one or “right” way to be transgender.  Some of the teens profiled have transitioned to various degrees within the gender binary (woman/man); one of the teens is gender non-conforming; another identifies as intersex.  Two use the pronoun “they.” These accounts are honest and moving and help to broaden perspectives and understanding of the experiences and challenges facing transgender youth, the greater transgender community, their allies and their loved ones.


While the intended audience is young adults, this is a beneficial read for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of social diversity and to gain insight into the lives of transgender people.  In Beyond Magenta, Kuklin asked Dr. Manel Silva, the Clinical Director of the HOTT (Health Outreach to Teens) Program, “What causes a person to be transgender?” She answered, “I think the question should be flipped around: What’s the cause for assuming that one’s gender identity has to be the one that you are born with? …when you hear the same stories over and over again, from people from all over the world, you start realizing that transgender is not an anomaly.  It’s part of the spectrum of people’s realities.  Then you stop wondering about the cause and you start realizing it’s a part of reality.”  (The Williams Institute estimates that more than one in 350 American adults are transgender.)

To finish up, here’s a wise, yet simple, observation from an interviewee, Mariah, “Everyone goes through one kind of transition or another.  We go through transitions every day.”

As a society, let’s work to expand our understanding of “normal” and provide trans youth with the acceptance and support they need during some of the most difficult times in their lives.  Beyond Magenta is a perfect starting point to raise awareness about the reality of the lives of transgender people and to encourage a perspective free of misconceptions.


TeenSRC 2014 – Time For Some Summer Fun!


The end of June always means big things for Winnipeg Public Library’s Teen services, because it marks the start of our Teen Summer Reading Club (TeenSRC) and the start of our busiest time of the year. From now until the end of August, we’ve got 20 teen programs, 8 weekly trivia contests, six summer-long creative contests and a whole bunch of prizes to give away.


The mainstay of the Teen Summer Reading club is our 8 weekly newsletters. Each Monday, we send out an email to all of our TeenSRC members with book picks, upcoming events and of course, that week’s trivia question. Everyone who answers our trivia question correctly (assuming they meet the eligibility requirements – must be a teen ages 13-17 and must be able to pick up the prize at one of our WPL locations) is entered in our random draw for that week’s prize. If you know of any teens who are big musical theatre fans, tell them to register NOW because next week’s prize includes tickets to the Broadway Across Canada production of Wicked at the Centennial Concert Hall!

For teens who want to spend the summer reading, we’ve got 17  hand-picked booklists full of fresh new titles in every reading category imaginable. Browse the lists on the SRC website or pin & save your favorites from our Pinterest page.


Of course, the crowing star of each SRC year (in our opinion, at least) is the summer-long creative contests.


Each year, we ask teens to submit stories, poetry, artwork, photography and book reviews and then pick a winner and honourable mention (chosen by a panel of judges). Each year the quality of work that we see just astounds us. Head over to the teen Mash Up page to see what our SRC members have come up with so far!

Looking forward to another great year of TeenSRC!




Make May a Myrca Month

If you have a tween reader and are looking for new books to quench their thirst, here are some recommendations taken from the new 2015 MYRCA shortlist.

pugglyofspudFor fans of Dr Seuss: In an updated version of the Emperor’s New Clothes, Robert Paul Weston has given us a masterful example of literary prowess perfect for reading aloud to a classroom of tweens. Written entirely in verse, Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff is a cautionary tale about vanity, perfect for the Lady Gaga generation. Princess Francesca wants nothing more than to than curl up on a pillow, in her pajamas and read books all day long. But the Kingdom of Spiff is ruled by fashion and everyone is expected to dress up for the ball. When Prince Puggly is invited to the extravaganza, will he become a social pariah because of his unfashionable attire?

For dog lovers: Reminiscent of 101 Dalmatians, The Metro Dogs of Moscow by Rachelle Delaney follows the adventures of JR, a Jack Russell terrier whose human is a Canadian ambassador stationed in Moscow. Their cleaning lady has a habit of leaving the living room window open and JR takes full advantage of his newfound freedom. In his daily escapades, he meets snobby embassy dogs who actually like being on leash and scruffy stray dogs living underground in the Moscow subway. When JR discovers that his new friends are being dognapped, he decides he must solve the mystery any way he can!

For fans of the Warriors series: In The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, author Charles DeLint has teamed up with illustrator Charles Vess to create a coming of age tale about the power of choice. Lillian lives with her aunt in a little cabin on the edge of a wood teaming with mystical creatures. One day, as she is searching for fairies, she gets bitten by a venomous snake and slowly begins to die. Even though it is forbidden, the wild cats decide to use their magic to save Lillian’s life. When she wakes, Lillian is happy to be alive, but is devastated to learn she has been transformed into a kitten. Her only hope rests with the Old Possum-Witch who may have magic powerful enough to transform her back into a girl.

For fans of Percy Jackson: If your tweens have watched the movie Thor once too many times, try Loki’s Wolves, a new series written by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr. It is the first in a series that uses Norse mythology as inspiration. Set in North Dakota, 13 year old Matt knows that he is the descendant of Thor and isn’t surprised when the town names him as champion. Now he must team up with friends Fen and Laurie to try and prevent the end of the world, Ragnarok. Will they find Thor’s hammer and shield before they are hunted down by Loki’s wolves? Curious tweens can check out the website devoted to the series: http://www.blackwellpages.com/

urgle_cover_largeFor fans of The Hobbit: If your teens have read the Hunger Games series and aren’t yet sick of apocalyptic fiction, Urgle by Meaghan McIsaac is a very original take on the Lord of the Flies. A society of boys is living on the edge of the volcanic Ikkuma pit. When a baby is abandoned, one boy must accept responsibility for him and raise him until he is independent enough to raise a baby of his own. Urgle is known as Useless for his inability to properly raise his younger brother Cubby. Not only is Urgle small and unable to hunt like the others, Cubby is sensitive and gets picked on for being a “mother-seeker”. When a strange man appears, hunted and wounded, the Ikkuma boys are amazed; no man has ever returned to the pit! Curious, Urgle notices things about the man that worry him, but when Cubby is attacked and dragged off by wild goblins, Urgle must learn to trust the stranger so that he may find Cubby before it’s too late.

For fans of The Fault in our Stars: Teresa Toten’s The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is one of those books whose subject matter may seem uninteresting but whose characters are so realistic that you want to reach out and hug them. 14-year-old Adam is trapped in many ways. Not only does he suffer from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), his younger step-brother, Sweetie is exhibiting the same symptoms and his mother has been receiving threatening letters which she refuses to discuss. Adam finds solace in room 13B where he goes to weekly support group meetings. There he meets Robyn and falls instantly in love with her. Will Adam find the courage to face the truth about himself, his family and the girl he loves? Keep a box of tissues handy, you might need them!

MYRCA is the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award which aims to pair readers with great Canadian fiction. Any child, resident of Manitoba may vote for their favorite book as long as they have read 5 from the pre-selected Shortlist of nominees. For more information go to www.myrca.ca, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @MyrcAward.

Some titles are not yet available, please check back soon to get your copy or download them through OverDrive.

Happy reading!


Books-to-Movies: activities for the whole family

Imagine creating your own movie set design, costumes, and soundtracks based on your favorite children’s books! It can be done simply by tapping the energy and creativity of your own family. The holiday season is a great time to share some extra time with your family, and what better way to spend that time, than by reading and discussing a delightful book together.

Wizard of OzNot long ago I was at the movies with my husband, who is very generous in that he doesn’t mind accompanying me to watch films based on children’s books.  Of course, I can hardly say no when he asks me to return the favour when he wants to catch the newest action flick. While waiting for the main event to begin, we dutifully watched the numerous trailers advertising the soon to be released films; I thought to myself that someone in Hollywood must have a library card. Almost all of the trailers that were shown had a tie-in to a children’s or young adult book. Impressed as I am that children’s literature is making it to the big screen, I do realize that this is not a new concept. I myself grew up watching movies based on children’s literature such as Mary Poppins, and The Wizard of Oz, along with the occasional Disney feature based on fairy tales. I was mesmerized by these productions in their full colour splendor, and definitely aware that these spectacular visions came from the pages of a book.

Today, the release of a new film occurs much more often than in the 60’s (now I’ve dated myself). Excitement over a new release is escalated as all of the kids seem to know which book is going to become a movie. I have found that the children who participate in our library programs that are based on popular titles know the books inside and out. They know every detail about each of the characters, they can quote key speeches from the text, and they can answer all of the questions in the trivia games. Most of these children have a vision as to what they will expect from the film that was created based on their favorite books. And sometimes they are disappointed, as their vision is different from that of the director and the resulting program.

MED0001103But you can change all of that by gathering your family to read a story together. Continue the benefits of this family time to discuss the book; whether or not you liked all of the characters, would you have come to the same conclusion, in the same way? Also take the time to imagine possible sets, costuming and background noise. Bring out some paper and coloured pencils or crayons and draw out some of your brilliant ideas.

Family Reading TogetherWhat are the benefits of this activity? Well, besides the valuable time that you are spending together with your family, everybody gets a chance to use their imaginations, to develop and express opinions, to learn new vocabulary, and to get creative. To help in developing reading skills, everyone can take a turn in reading the book with respect to reading levels. Reading together is also a great idea for reluctant readers as they will learn about and enjoy the magic of books in a comforting environment. This is a family activity that everyone can share in.

Family Watching Television TogetherAs a treat, make a point of borrowing a copy of the movie version of the book that you have shared from your local library branch. Make it a special evening, call it family film night, have some pizza or home-popped popcorn, or whatever works for you. You can continue the conversation by comparing the movie to your own conversations and drawings.

Here are some great ideas to get you imaginations going. These books and movies are both fun to read and fun to watch; some are classics, and some are contemporary titles. Enjoy!

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (all of them)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief & Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


Tamara Heads the Children’s and Teen Section at Millennium Library.

Gearing up for summer – Youth Programming Teaser!!

Not that we’d know it from the weather we’re having, but summer is almost upon us!  Switching out wardrobes and jackets, heading out for more walks, dusting off the bicycles and – yes – making plans for how to keep kids and teens busy during 2 months of lazy, hazy days.

Here at Winnipeg Public Library we’re thinking about that last one a lot (so hopefully you can think about it a bit less!).  Our July/August @ the Library newsletter will hit our website later this month (hardcopies just after that) and I can tell you that the Teen, Tween (ages 9-12), and Children’s sections are jam-packed with programming options.

goAt the heart of our programming for children (ages 0-12) is all the fun that goes along with our roll-out of the TD Summer Reading Club (registration begins June 24th).  Have a look at the national site for a taste of the theme (Go!) for this year’s programming and a peek at the great artwork created by artist Matt James. (Check out I Know Here by Laurel Croza to see some of Matt’s illustration work.)

For teens (ages 13-17) we have something designed by us especially for them:  Teen SRC – a completely on-line summer reading club experience comes complete with chances for teens to win a ton of great prizes by showing off their creative talents.  Last year over 200 teens across the city registered and checked in with us throughout the summer and we’re looking to reach even more this year.

Early bird registration for Teen SRC is open right now.  Teens that register by June 28 will be entered in a prize draw.

Stay tuned to this space later this month for the complete low-down on summer programming and great tips for preventing summer learning loss.  “See” you then!

– Monique

Teen Lit on the Silver Screen

A new study by Bowker Market Research just served to confirm something that a lot of us already knew: Many of the readers buying books aimed at the teen market are no longer teenagers.  But the numbers are more dramatic than we may have guessed.  According to the Bowker study, 55% of customers who buy young adult books are 18 or older.

Not surprisingly, there has also been a flurry of movie releases that began their lives as teen books.  Movie-makers have taken note of this growing market of teen lit readers, and they are cashing in on the hordes of us who will flock to the theatres just to watch our beloved heroes and heroines brought to life on the silver screen — especially because the 20- and 30-somethings who’ve read the books have the cash flow to do so!

The undeniable successes of Twilight and The Hunger Games as feature films has given directors and producers the confidence to invest in teen lit screenplays….and the proof is in the lengthy list of upcoming releases!  Check out these soon-to-be flicks!  Just be sure to read the book first!!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (book by Stephen Chbosky)
15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, copes with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.
Release date: September 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (book by Stephanie Meyer)
After the birth of Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) daughter Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Release date: November 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (book by J.R.R. Tolkein) 
A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.
Release date: December 2012

The Seventh Son (book by Joseph Delaney)
An 18th century adventure story centered on young Thomas (Ben Barnes), who is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.
Release date: February 2013

Beautiful Creatures (book by Kami Garcia)
A supernatural drama centered on a local teenager, Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and the mysterious new girl in town, Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), who uncover dark secrets about their respective families.
Release date: February 2013

Ender’s Game (book by Orson Scott Card)
70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
Release date: March 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (book by Cassandra Clare)
When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.
Release date: August 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (book by Suzanne Collins)
The continuing adventures of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), which take place in a futuristic dystopian world, as she prepares for the Quarter Quell.
Release date: November 2013

TeenSRC 2012: Contests, Prizes and More!

Teen Summer Reading Club 2012

Hope everyone’s enjoying their summer so far! Here at Winnipeg Public Library we’re so excited to say that we’ve already received tons of entries for our TeenSRC summer-long contests and weekly quizzes!

So you may be asking what exactly is TeenSRC? It’s the 2012 Online Teen Summer Reading Club! It runs July 3 – August 26th, and is open exclusively to teens ages 13-17. TeenSRC is *THE* place to be for quizzes, contests, book suggestions, and fun things to do in Winnipeg all summer long! When teens sign up with an email address on our ‘JOIN THE CLUB’ page, they’ll be joining a group of other teens from across Winnipeg who also love to read, talk about books and share that love with other people!

What do you get for signing up?

Join the Club*8 Weekly Newsletters*

Every Monday you will receive an e-newsletter in your inbox. Each newsletter includes:

  • Weekly trivia contest (you have until the following Sunday at midnight to answer the question and 1 winner will receive a prize each week) 
  • The latest entries for the 4 summer-long contests
  • Suggestions for what to read next
  • A listing of upcoming teen programs and events

What do I read next?


This summer, we’ve put together a huge array of booklists of all sorts of genres and styles. We’ve included tons of new books but also many classics, series lists, ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, manga and more! Check ‘em out!  You’re bound to find something of interest!

Fun Stuff to Do*Fun Stuff to Do*

There’s always cool stuff for teens to do in and around Winnipeg, both in our library branches and around the city. Check out our nifty calendar of summer activities for great ideas for keeping busy and making the most of the summer!

Enter to win*4 Summer-Long Contests*

There are also 4 summer-long contests that you can enter this summer. Enter any of the contests as many times as you like! Get creative and show of your love of books or show off your creative talents. And if you  see a book review, top ten list or mash up on Booked  that you  like, don’t be shy to post your thoughts and comments either!

Best Book Review Contest (entries are posted to Reviews): We want you to tell us about a great book that you’ve read! Give us the good, the bad, and the ugly — whether you loved it, or hated it — and voice your opinion! It can be a book you just read, or a book you read a while ago. Just write a review, and share it with the world.

Best Top Ten “Read-Alike” list (entries are posted to  Top Tens): This summer, we want you to give us a top ten list of awesome read-alikes. Pick one of your favourite books, and then tell us about 9 other books that are similar in some way.  The list is up to you! The formula is simple: If you like (this book) then you’ll probably like (these books). Just don’t forget to tell us why!

Best Photography/Artwork Contest (entries are posted to  The Mashup):  Grab your camera, or pick up a paintbrush, and share with us what makes Manitoba “home” to you. Get in touch with your artistic side, and send us your best photo or original piece of artwork – and don’t forget, we want you to tell us WHY the photo/artwork is significant to you. Don’t leave us guessing!

Best Short Story/Poem Contest (entries are posted to  The Mashup): This summer, we want you to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard), and tap into your creative side. Whether you end up writing a short story or a poem, we want to read your stuff! So go ahead, write about anything you want, and send it to us! We’re certain that Manitoba’s next great author is out there somewhere!

All contest submissions must be posted on our teen website, Booked. The best entries will be selected after August 26th, and the winner of the contest will receive an awesome prize pack!

Summer-long Contests – Rules and Regulations: Beginning July 3rd you can start submitting entries for the 4 Summer-Long Contests. All entries are submitted online to the Booked website. Submissions will be judged based on quality and creativity. The best entry will be selected after August 26th, and the winner of the contest will be notified by e-mail. The winner will receive a prize to be picked up at one of our 20 library branches. Participants may enter as often as they like. There is no limit to the number of entries each person may submit. The contest is open to teens ages 13-17. Children aged 12 and under are welcome to enroll in our Children’s Summer Reading Program. Staff of Winnipeg Public Library and their immediate family are not eligible to win prizes.

Prizes & WinnersBEST OF ALL… *All* contest entries (both from weekly quizzes and summer-long contest entries) will be entered in a final Grand Prize draw at the end of the summer. Check out our PRIZES page for details on what you can win!

The Pwnguin

And don’t forget to visit the TeenSRC website throughout the summer to see what’s new on our SRC Mascot Adventures page! We’ve got an adorable penguin who’s volunteered to pose for TeenSRC and keep us up to date on all the fun stuff he gets up to over the summer… who knows where he’ll turn up next?

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Register today! And if you’re not a teen aged 13-17, pass the info along to someone who is!

Join the Club

Questions or comments? Send them to booked@winnipeg.ca!


Battle the Boredom Bug this Summer!

Teenagers.  If you’ve got one in your life, you know that the years between Barbie Dolls and bar hopping can be a tough stage in any adolescent’s life.  Heck, it can be a tough stage for anyone within a 12 foot radius of that adolescent.  Unpredictable moods, incomprehensible behavior, and oh the attitude.  But it’s not all angst and arguments.   In fact, there may even be moments when you are truly inspired by your teen.  After all, this is the next generation of thinkers, artists, scientists, social activists and entrepreneurs we’re talking about.  And yet, that old familiar refrain comes creeping back every summer, mere weeks after the last exam is written:  “I’m bored.”

Cue the library.  This summer, we’ve got fun on lockdown.  And when it comes to teens, we’ve got more than enough to keep them busy — no matter kind of teen you’ve got on your hands.

For the Book Lover!

This year, we’ve taken our Teen Summer Reading Club online, which means that our club is in session 24/7, all summer long.  To sign up for the club, just visit wpl-teens.winnipeg.ca, and tell your teen to register using their email address.  They’ll receive a weekly e-newsletter featuring quizzes, book picks, teen event listings and more.  We’re giving away great prize packs every week!  Teens can also enter our online summer contests by sending us their best photos/artwork, top ten must reads, short stories/poems, and book reviews – all of which will be posted on our website!  The best of the best in each category will also win a great prize.

For the social butterfly, we also have a few Teen Book Clubs that meet all year round to discuss some of the library’s hottest reads.  What a great way to make new friends, and discover some fabulous new books!

For the Go Getter!

If you’ve got a perennial go getter on your hands, why not encourage them to do a little volunteering?!  At the library, we’re always looking for teen volunteers – and summer is the perfect time of year to cram a bit of experience onto that resume.

This summer, we’re looking for teen volunteers to help out with Family Literacy Fun Days.  Volunteers will assist families with young children at activity stations, doing things like playing reading games and making simple book crafts.  So much fun! (Call 311 for more details).

We’re also looking to recruit a few new members to our library’s Youth Advisory Councils.  As YAC members, teens do things like plan and run teen programs, read and review books for the library’s newsletter, write blog posts for the library’s teen website, and provide feedback on design decisions for the library’s teen areas.

For the Teen Techie!

If your teen loves technology, we’ve got an awesome 3 day teen tech workshop that will cover basic and advanced techniques in photo editing using the open source GIMP software (GNU Image Manipulation Program). They’ll learn some cool application techniques such as creating animated gifs and best-practices for photo blogging.  (More info to come in our July/August newsletter.)

Or, get set for beachfront ereading, and let our staff show your teen how to effectively browse the eLibraries Manitoba eBook collection and get the most out of this free service!  They can fill up their iPad or eReader with free eBooks from the library, and never again be without a good book in their pocket. (Check for more info in our July/August newsletter.)

For the Creative Cat!

At the library, crafty is our middle name.  And if your teen has even a hint of Martha Stewart underneath that backwards ball cap, you’ll want to tell them about our craft workshops.  We’ll have them doing everything from making their own jewelry to sewing a mini felt mascot.  All free of charge!

For something a little bit edgier, but equally creative, check out our Piecebooks Program, led by Graffiti Gallery.  Piecebooks are a classic method for urban artists to share and collect artwork, and this summer, teens can learn urban art techniques, including urban writing, stencilling, and marker techniques as we create one of a kind works of art!  At the library?  Yes, at the library. (Again, check our July/August newsletter for details.)

So before the thought even comes to mind, battle the boredom bug this summer, and encourage your teen to participate in a few of the library’s many programs!  There’s bound to be something of interest for your teen!