Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The very first ever TeenZone Vlog!

Hey Guys!

I'm so excited! It's taken months of gruesome self education and editing, but I've finally got the very first video up on TeenZone's YouTube channel. It's a condensed overview of John Czop's program from January.

You can see it here.

There's not much more to say other than WHEW! I'm glad that's done! On to the next one!

Be sure to leave your comments on the vlog, ideas for more and share this. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the Asheboro Library TeenZone Vlog for more, coming soon!


Friday, February 27, 2015

What the heck is a Junior MC and other bits of wisdom

Hey guys!

Happy snowy Friday to you.

Snow and other pain.

I know you all are pretty thrilled at all the snow days recently, and I get it. I used to love them, until I realized how much more of our vacations, like spring break and so on, got eaten up by them. In my own experience school got extended into the summer. So there was a point at which if I saw a snowflake, it meant that instead of getting out of school on June 8th, we would have to go until June 15th. That actually happened one year.

But anyway, I’m hoping that things are holding up well for you, and instead of focusing on losing your spring break, I am here with some distractions for you.

Junior MC?

Sounds like a hamburger, doesn't it? Actually it’s Emcee or Master of Ceremonies. Tomorrow night is the Friends of the Library Trivia night, and myself and the Children’s Librarian Amy were chosen to be the hosts or emcees. She is the main Emcee. I’m just comedy relief but this responsibility was entitled junior emcee. It just sounds funny to me. Especially that I am older than Amy by several years. I should be senior emcee of comedy relief. Or something.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to it, in a lot of ways. I love trivia and I love to make jokes. So, this is right up my alley.

Lunch and Learn
John Czop at his recent
Lunch and Learn at the
Randolph Arts Guild.

This last Wednesday, I was invited to go to a Lunch and Learn offered by the Randolph Arts Guild featuring the one and only John Czop. It was great because a lot of his portfolio work that was spread out on the table for his even in January was actually up on the Sara Smith Self Gallery walls. We all sat in a nice cozy set up in the middle and he told us his history, answered some questions and we all snacked. It was a lot of fun. Johnny is one of our good pals, and I’m glad he has been able to be a part of the TeenZone experience.

That’s about all for this week.
Hang in there, school will be back in session soon.

Happy Friday,


Coming up next week

Music in the classroom month

Understanding the midweek complaint.

Time off.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pottery Slam Mania!

Hey Guys,

I know that I said I would be writing more for this post, but today was a busy day and I really didn’t have a chance to do too much more than take a couple of pictures and one bit of video, too. There will be more video filmed by our very own TeenZoner, Aby coming soon.
So, I hope that you will enjoy these, as a taste and the bit of video and hopefully, once I get the Czop vlog finished, I’ll do up a quick Pottery Slam! vlog.

This was by far the best one ever, and I’m really thrilled.


These are the clay nuggets for throwing.

Joseph is showing how to set the nugget on the wheel.

Alexa Modderno ready for the program to start. 

Brooke Avery was really happy to teach.

Joseph waiting patiently for the teens to arrive.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bananas for Scale; Teen Tech Week and World Peace

[EDIT:] This platform resisted my attempts to upload this blog on Friday, so I had to do some wrench work. Here's last week's blog. Sorry for the wait!

Hey guys,

A few years ago, someone made a meme that showed a thing, I can't remember what, and it had a banana in the picture to give the scale of the object some reference.
I have never liked bananas, and so, I am offended that that is unanimously the fruit for scale measurements.
I would prefer we use apples from now on. Deal?

Teen Tech Week

Coming up in March, we will be celebrating TTW which is a weeklong look at how your age group uses technology, both in school and out of it, to make this a world worth living in.
I will be at Asheboro High School in conjunction with this celebration with our Library Lego collection, so feel free to stop by and build something. I hope to see you there.

Whirled Peas

I have often wondered if there was ever a time when there wasn't some conflict or conflagration in the world. Has there ever been even just a moment when no one was fighting? I am old enough to remember the first war in Iraq and I was in middle school at that time, and I thought that maybe that would be the end of it. I won't tell you how many years ago that was, but it was long enough ago that there should have been some rational end to the fighting by now.
If you were in charge and had the power to do it, what would you do to stop the fights and battles and wars in our world today? Leave your ideas in the comments.

That's all for this week. Happy Weekend!

Next Time

Pottery Slam! pictures
Favorite comic strips.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Your favorite three historical personages.

Hey guys, Happy weekend.

Library Shelfies.

So, a few weeks ago, the New York Public Library held an online even where they encouraged their patrons to take selfies in front of their books shelves. The idea caught on with several other libraries around the country as well. Including here.
So, here’s my proposal: when you’re here, take a shelfie, by your favorite display, or your favorite spot in or around the library. Send it via facebook messenger to the Randolph County Public Library Facebook page. We’ll review them, and, with your permission, post them to the page and Twitter. Even better, you might find your shelfie here.
Have fun with it!

Who are your three favorite people and what would you eat for dinner with them?

That’s a big title, huh?
The outpouring from my friends was huge. The question was, if you could have dinner with your favorite three historical figures, who would they be, and what would dinner be.
Hands down, the best response was from my niece, who said, “Elizabeth B├íthory, Vlad Tepes III and Anne Boleyn Conversation topics: Women in politics, standards of beauty today vs during their lifetimes and rare forms of torture (bc you cant hang with Vlad and not talk about impaling people!) What would our meal be? Rare filet mignon (obvi), string fries and red velvet cake! Now that would be an interesting night!!”

I posed who my three would be, though it changes from week to week, depending on what I’m reading. But, this was what I included in my post: “Mozart, Voltaire and Churchill. I would like to get their perspectives on where humankind is now, based on their experiences.
Steak, taters and whatever they would like to have as a beverage.”
So, now, I ask you. Who are your three favorite historical personages, and what would you have for dinner if you could meet them?
Leave your answers in the comments, below.

Pottery Slam!

It’s that time again. We have secured our potters and we’re just waiting. Remember, it’s on Saturday, February 21st, from 12-2. There’s no registration, but get here early, so you can enjoy some time making your own pots.

Well, that’s about it. Have a great weekend.


Here’s what’s coming up.

Teen Tech Week

Visualize Whirled Peas.

I don’t like bananas, and why.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday fun and a little frightening.

Hey guys,

Happy Friday. The other week it was time for us to go to the store and upgrade our phones. Upgraded from the Galaxy S III to the Note 4. Quite a phone. Anyway, when we went to get our new phones, it was my lunch break, and so I decided to check out the new sandwich shop next door.
They have one of those amazing Coke machines there, like they have at some other burger places. It’s called the Coke Freestyle. You get to choose your main favorite soft drink and then you can add and mix and blend other flavors. I need one at my house and also one here at the library.

What was your favorite read of 2014?

I’m going to say that mine were Grasshopper Jungle: a history, by Andrew Smith, and Evil Librarian, by Michelle Knudsen, were just about my favorite two, though if I had to suggest two understudy reads, I’d say that In a Sunburned Land, by Bill Bryson, also was quite wonderful.
What about you? Have any favorite books that you loved? Post them in the comments.

What would have done?

A few days ago, Asheboro got put on the national stage again, as a woman’s recording of road rage went viral. You can read about the incident on several news sites. The woman reached into the car of a woman behind her, yelled, screamed and said some awful things. There was a child in the car that was attacked, and you can imagine that it frightened the poor kid.
I have been at the mercy of a few road rage incidents, and I’ve learned to button up the car and call 911. Some detractors of this video have said that woman should have called the police rather than filming the incident. The other side of the argument being, the woman who filmed the incident gave officers license plate information and admissible evidence against the assailant.
When it comes down to it, what would you have done? Recorded it, or called 911. Why?
Respond in our comments section.

That’s about all for this week. Lots coming soon, including the nearly edited Vlog!

Have a great Weekend.

Coming up...

Library Shelfies

Who are your three favorite historical individuals and what dinner would you have with them?

Pottery Slam!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Volunteering, the Majestic Mohawk and Things I cannot wait for.

Hey guys!

Saturday is here, and you may be sleeping but I just cannot wait for some things to happen, and here they are:

Star Wars VII
If you love Star Wars, and you know anything about how slow a year can go when you're looking forward to something, then you know that I'm in agony waiting for this movie. Also, i hope hope hope it doesn't suck.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
This should go without saying, really.

My Birthday
Okay, so, I'm an adult (physically, anyway) and I love my birthday dinners. But this year, I think that I'm more excited than usual, because for the last months, since I've been my current age (it's a double prime. How awful!) I've had an odd and very unpleasant number. So, next birthday, I'm back to being even. It matters.

I mean it, I love the summer. Even though I enjoy the cold!

Volunteer hours.

I have several time consuming jobs that need done. Don't worry, they're simple or even fun enough, but I am just too darn busy. If you're interested in doing a little volunteering, let me know by sending me an email to or call at (336)-318-6819 and make arrangements.
It'll be well worth your time!

Vikings and Mohawks

So, I've been watching the first two seasons of Vikings from the History Channel, and let me just say, it's the best darn show on TV, and that includes Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Not to say that I don't like either of those shows, I do. But for a small-budget gig, Vikings is really knocking it out of the part.
I especially like Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lodbrok) and his mohawk. It never occurred to me that vikings would have mohawks. I would never get a mohawk, but I tell you, if it was ever the case that we were somehow thrust back to those days, I might consider it.

Well, that's about all I have for right now, Have a great weekend.


Things to come:

Why there should be a Magic Coke machine in every place in the world

What's your favorite book from 2014?

How would you have reacted?