Friday, July 24, 2015

Why I love firefighters and Registration for Lego Mania

Hey Guys,

I hope your week went well. It's Friday again and that means it's time for a recap of our week here.

Asheboro Fire Department

I don't know if you guys know this about me, but I am the son and brother of firefighters. That means that I grew up in the culture of firefighters and it's definitely in my blood. So when the big red engine (brand new, by the way) pulled up in front of the library, I had such a thrill of excitement.
The thing that was really surprising, though, was that I felt so at ease around these brave fire fighters, and I was able to ask tons of questions, and they continued to answer them. They like public exposure, mainly, because they want people to understand how important it is to be safe and thoughtful about fire and electricity.
Also, they would love nothing better than to never have to go on a fire or accident call again.

If you missed it, I'll have a Smoke Jumper coming possibly in September to talk about forest fires, and more. I think you'll like that.

Registration for Lego Mania

Okay guys, we're definitely getting down to the wire, and there aren't many of you registered. You really need to register this year, to participate. You can register up until 2 p.m. on Friday, 7/31, but after that, you will not be able to play.
Please keep in mind that you need to be ten or older, this year, but that we will have our regular Lego Free Build on Friday at four, so you can play then too.

Video Blog and Mini Blog

Have you been watching my videos?  If so, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and like the videos. I'm trying to get my stats up, and you guys can help.

Also, if there is a book you want me to review, a topic you want me to discuss, or if there are other things you'd like me to do videos on, please let me know in the comments section, either of the videos, or below, or you can send them to me at

Well, that's all for this week. I hope you have a great weekend. Look for the mini vlog on Monday, and keep reading and submitting your minutes!


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Time for a little fire dousing

Hey Guys,

I'm back from a lovely week off of work, and I'm ready to finish up these last two weeks of Summer Reading!

Fire dousing

A few months ago, an old abandoned house on Salisbury Street was condemned and set to be burned down by the Asheboro Fire Department. They call this a controlled burn, since the set the fire carefully, and the carefully monitor the burn. It provides productive practice for the firemen and emergency services, and it is a formidable example of what happens when a house burns down.

I decided, after that, that I would ask the Asheboro Fire Department to do a few examples of what they do when they put out a fire, because, we forget how dangerous and powerful a fire can be.
So, they are coming this Thursday, to do a demonstration and talk about fire safety.
Don't miss this program!

Lego Mania!

We're getting close! If you want to participate, this year, please make sure you get registered. You have to be 10 and you have to be registered! It's going to be great!

Vlog Coming up

I've been doing little weekly mini-vlogs, and I think I'll continue those, for a while, even after Summer Reading, just to talk about things that we have coming up in the month. It will also be a way for me to sort of keep engaged during the week.
Also, this week, my Vlog book Review will be coming, so keep an eye out for that.

That's about all! I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation!

We'll see you next week!


Friday, July 10, 2015

End of week four, Legos, Firemen and vacation for me

Hey guys,

We had a great week, this week.  I had nearly 80 kids for the Lego World program for the Ramseur Public Library, which is a record turn out, for me, with the exception of Lego Mania. But, more on that in a bit.

The Teen Librarian gets to go where?

I know it's hard to believe, but, yes, even I need a vacation now and then. That means you won't see me at all next week, but that will not affect anything for you. We won't have any special guests or programming but you can still read, log your minutes and write reviews. I'll be back for the following week and the second to last week of Summer Reading, and there will be a mini-vlog, my main vlog book review and the Asheboro Fire Department will be here to do a fire dousing demonstration and talk about fire safety. Definitely not to be missed.

Lego Mania and other things.

Lego Mania is on July 31, this year. Here's the deal, you need to register. I'm not going to accept teens who show up without registering. That's going to be a heartbreak, so bug your folks to call for you or call yourself and register.
Also, you have to be 10 or older, so, please plan to attend the free build later that day, if you're not ten yet.
That reminds me, Lego Mania this year, will be our 7th! I think that this year will be the best, so far, so I hope that you can make it. Register by calling 336-318-6803.

No volunteering

There will be no volunteering this coming week, so if you're scheduled, please don't worry, we can catch up your hours during the following week.

I hope you have a great week, and I hope you're enjoying your summer!

See you soon,


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Independence Day!

Hey Guys!

Well, this week flew by and for us in the Library, even though it's Thursday, it's really Friday. That means it's time to wrap up the week with the weekly post.

Library Closed

Because of the holiday, the library will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, July 6.
There were no TeenZone Summer Reading events this week, but those will resume next week as well. Stay tuned for another mini-vlog about what's coming.

Independence Day column

If you read the Courier-Tribune, or your parents do, you may want to check out my article about Libraries and Independence Day in today's (Thursday, July 2) edition. Or you can swing by the library and check it out there.

Safety first

Okay, my yearly lecture on being safe on the holiday. Don't play with fireworks without adult supervision.
Please remember to wear sunblock and bug spray, and be safe. Just because we're celebrating, that is no reason to do dangerous things.
Also, if you go to the beach, be sure to stay out of the water. There've been a lot of Shark attacks, this year so far.

Okay, I think that this is about it. Have fun, be safe, and be ready to continue with Summer Reading!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Independence Day week, Vlog issues and coming events.

Hey guys,

Well, we've had a busy couple of weeks for sure and the Summer is flying by!

Independence Day

So this coming week is a holiday week for the library. We will have lots of staff on vacation and we'll not be having any TeenZone events. Also, the library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. There will be no prizes this week either, but you can still submit your reading minutes, reviews and so on. Just remember that we'll be back and ready to go on July 6!
Have a really fun and safe fourth of July, and be sure to wear sun protection!

TeenZone Vlog

I'm pretty sure the only thing keeping me from screaming is the fact that we work in a library...
I've been working on trying to upload my Vlog review of a book I'm very excited about. I used a different camera and it crashed my movie editing software. We're probably going to get a better software, but that won't be for a few weeks. I'm going to be trying again, so stay tuned.

Coming events.

Remember that Bob Langston is coming to speak about conservation and planting trees on July 9 and the following week we'll be having a refreshing opportunity to meet with the Asheboro Fire department and see a fire dousing demonstration!
Also, July 7 is when registration for the 7th Annual Lego Mania will begin!
We're on our mid Summer break, but we have loads of cool stuff coming up, so stay tuned.

Remember, if you have any questions, or recommendations for books you'd like me to review for you in the Vlog, let me know in the comments section below, or you can email it to

Well, I think that's about it for the week! Have a fun, safe and very happy Fourth of July!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Second Week of Summer Reading, Registration and K-9 Event.

Hey Guys!

Wow, what a week!

If you were able to get by the Library this week, you've noticed that it is way busier now. We've given away huge numbers of library cards, people are borrowing like crazy and things are hopping.

K-9 Demo

If you were able to make it out for the K-9 event, this week, in the TeenZone, you know that it was a huge success. We had a bunch of people show up and Sal and Officer Baird did a great job explaining exactly what it is they do for a living. I'll have more about it in the June Vlog, so stay tuned for that.

Officer Baird describes the knife proof
vest that Sal has to wear  when on duty.

One of our TeenZone Advisory Committee members volunteers to
wear a 'bite jacket'. Armor that officers wear for training.

Officer Sal, the Asheboro Police Department's only K-9 officer, currently.

Registration issues.

Okay, now I did mention this is my mini-vlog for the week, which is here, but I think I need to be a bit more clear.
If you registered for Summer Reading in person at the library, you're fine and can skip to the next part.
If you have been logging your minutes but haven't registered online or in person, you need to do that, so that your minutes count and I can get you a prize bag, if you're the winner.
The book reviews are anonymous, so I cannot tell by them, who wins and how to contact you.
The registration gives me your email address.
I presently have one prize bag waiting, because at the point in the week when I make the announcement, no one had registered yet.
So I now have a bit of a pile up...

The next announcement will be in next week's mini-vlog, so I'll be naming TWO winners then.
Sorry for the confusion!

Next week!
Well, John Czop is coming and it's going to be a great program, but you have to register. I have zero names on the list, for this event, so remember to call 336-318-6803 to get your name on the list. There is a wait-list, but I cannot guarantee that you'll get in if you wait!

Well, that's about it for this week. I'll see you all in the next mini-vlog and stay tuned for the June vlog, coming soon.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

This week's winner and Asheboro Aikido!

Hey Guys!

Wow! We had a very busy first week of Summer Reading! If you didn't make it out to the Aikido of Asheboro presentation on Thursday, you really missed something special. It was a really great experience and I have to say, I learned something, for sure.

Sensei, Scott Hager demonstrating some defensive moves.
The really cool aspect of Aikido is that unlike other martial arts, it is designed to keep both the person who is attacking and the person attacked, safe. Really an amazing philosophy behind it too, in my opinion.
Scott and his crew are coming back, this summer, too, to do another demo for the Children's Room, so if you missed Thursday, you get a second shot.

Coming Next.

Well, school is out, and most of you have had a chance to recuperate from the busy week. This week, we're having Officer Adam Baird and his dog Sal from Asheboro Police Department do a demonstration, on Thursday, at 4 p.m. This is another event, not to be missed.
As a gesture of kindness, I'll add another name to the prize bag bowl, for any one that attends this program. That means, even if you're not reading or doing reviews, you can still get a prize, just for showing up. Not a bad gig.

This week's Prize Bag winner.

There is a slight issue that we need to clear up before I can pull a name from the bowl.
There are tons of logged readings, and I'm really excited about that. However, only a few people on the reading log list registered. You have to be registered to be selected. Even if you've been submitting times, you have to be registered.
Please go here, and click the REGISTER button.

The prize bag is ready, for one lucky individual. Please go register, as soon as you can, to be counted!
As soon as I have those registrations on hand, I'll send an email to the lucky winner and post a video about it.

TZAC Meeting

This Monday, June 15, at 4, the TeenZone Advisory Committee will be meeting. We've had a great deal of interest in our TZAC, an I'm looking forward to our first meeting. We've got a lot to talk about, so if you've got something you would like us to address, please put it in the comments below, or send them to I'll compile them and we'll discuss in the committee, and then I'll let you know what we decide.

That's about it.
Hope you guys will make it to the K-9 program. It's going to be great!