Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving, the New World and Monday Mini-Vlogs

Hey Guys,

So this coming week, there will be no TeenZone events or volunteering, so if you're visiting you'll know. Also, no Monday Mini-vlog.

The New World

There has been a lot of disagreement on what the first Europeans who came here experienced, exactly. Many of us, thanks to our school books, see in our minds, Pilgrims sitting around a large table laden with turkeys and all kinds of food.
In actuality, some historians think that the first "feast" was actually quite spare and that the Pilgrims would not only have most likely died of starvation without intervention by the Indians, but maybe wouldn't have survived the winter.
The idea of Thanksgiving is actually quite ancient. The first pilgrims were landing here in the 1600s. This first meal that we recognize was the result of terribly hard work by those pilgrims. They had to do a lot in order to have the harvest and it wasn't easy.
Abraham Lincoln was the president that made the recognition of their hard work and sacrifice a national and federal holiday.
It's pretty impressive, if you ask me, that people came to this new land and eked out an existence out of almost nothing. I think that that is a great reason to be thankful.

The meal!

I love this time of year. I love to eat Thanksgiving dinner and I'm always happy to be with my family. What are your favorite parts of this time of year? Let me know in the comments section below.

Hope you all have a wonderful, safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the long weekend. See you in the first week of December!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Attention to decoration!

Hey Guys!

This coming Thursday, please join us for a holiday decoration party in the TeenZone. I'm hoping we can deck the halls and have some fun making holiday shaped ornaments and other seasonal accoutrements to make the TeenZone more in the spirit. There will be some snacks and maybe some holiday music, so be sure to join us for this.

Thanks to the straightners. 

Thanks to Stephanie, Larissa and Maira, three volunteers who have been helping to shelve books, the TeenZone's shelves have been looking spectacular. They've redecorated the display cases and made everything look fantastic. I'm really thrilled with their help and it's made my job much easier. Thanks, ladies!

Gone for the turkey

Okay, so not this week, but the following week I'll not be here at all. That means that there will be no Monday Mini-vlog that week. But look for our regular monthly vlog that week, as i'll post that and schedule it this week.

Well, guys that's it for this week. I'll see you in the Monday Mini-vlog this coming Monday.


Friday, November 6, 2015

November and all that it implies

Hey Guys!

I just got back from a career day at a local middle school and it was a lot of fun. I showed them my Monday mini-vlog and also gave them an introduction to my online services. They were pretty excited about all that, for sure.
I am always happy to talk about what we do here at the library, because I realize that no matter how often I go online or in public or in the paper, people may still not know what we do, or at least all of what we do.

The end of an era?

So, I've been watching my stats here online for this blog and the number of readers has gone down pretty consistently over the last few months.
That means, one way or another, that you all aren't reading my blog anymore. That's fine, as far as I'm concerned, if this is no longer an appropriate format, I'll switch it up.

I just want to get your ideas about what it is that I could do differently. What do you want me to write about? Are you more interested in our video blogs? If so, what topics would you like to hear from me?

Let me know in the comments section, below.

Almost 2016

I know we have a few weeks left, but we're now on the other side of the year. And soo, with the holidays and so on, we'll be thinking about 2016. What are you hopes and plans for the rest of this year? What was the best part of the year, for you?

I want to hear about all of this and more, so put your thoughts in the comments section below.

Well, that's all for this week. Stay tuned for our Monday Mini-vlog and let me know what you want to talk about this coming week.

Have a great and safe weekend!


Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween is upon us! Clocks back!

Hey guys,

Well, tomorrow is Halloween. There's a bunch going on downtown and it's always a fun night.
Just remember to be safe and make good decisions. Only go to houses that have their lights on or are obviously open. If you're going with friends, make sure a parent or adult knows where you're going, how long you'll be and when you are going to be back.

Each year all over the country, law enforcement officers and others help to make sure that young people are safe as they march out in scary garb to get treats. Use your common sense and be safe and have fun.

If you haven't yet, take a look at at this month's TeenZOne "SCARY" vlog.

Turning the clocks back

It's that time of year again, guys. I'm telling you that it's one of my favorite. We get one extra hour this year and so, you can sleep in even longer on Sunday.

Don't forget that Saturday before you head off to nightmare land, set your clocks back one hour.
It will get darker much more quickly after school, but, it's going to be a bit brighter in the morning.

That's all for this week. I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Instagram, fueling for the future and coming this next week.

Hey guys,

So, I finally did it. I made a TeenZone Instagram account. If you're on Instagram (you had better be!) then you can follow us @asheborolibraryteenzone. I'm going to put more and more pictures up and I'm still working on connecting the account to the library's Facebook and Twitter, so please be sure to like and follow us.
Also, do find the Monday Mini-vlogs on YouTube and like and subscribe.

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...

So, I'm making an executive decision: Our book discussion club has not flown. I mean, there have been several of you who have expressed interest, but for whatever reason, time or day of the week have not really had much appeal.

Beginning in the new year, I'll be having book talks on assignments, either at the high school or the middle schools. This will be in coordination with your teachers, so if you're having trouble understanding the assignments, or if you're having trouble reading the book, you can come to the TeenZone study-up event and get a little help and context. I'm going to work on making this for an incentive. I'll either make it so that you get extra credit for attending, or maybe get a homework pass for it.


So, this coming Thursday, come dressed to impress in our halloween costume. There will be snacks and a pageant of sorts to decide who has the best costume. There will be prizes for the winner and the top three runners up, so be sure to give it your all.

Okay, well that's it, guys.
Remember to check out the October "SCARY" vlog coming up this week and be sure to tune in to the Monday Mini-vlog coming up on Monday at 6 p.m.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Another Week!

Hey guys,

I've been really enjoying the warmish weather, but after today, it's going to cool down!

Coming up this month

So, this week, we won't have any TeenZone activities, but I'm going to be going around and interviewing  you guys using the library and asking you some questions. Here are those questions for you, in case you're not here. Feel free to answer inthe comments, or you can always send me an email at

  • How often do you come to the library in an average week
  • Other than borrowing books, what do you use the library for? (homework, hang with friends, etc)
  • How did you find out that the library has free WiFi?
  • What library or teen events have you attended in the last month?
  • What could the library be doing better?

Those are the basic questions. I'll be bringing around some snacks and drinks, too, so be on the lookout for me

Blog, Vlog and Mini-vlog

I'm working on coming up with ideas for my October Vlog and topics to discuss in the mini-vlogs. If you have something you want me to discuss, either in depth, or just briefly, let me know in the comments, or send me an email.

I'm pretty open to discuss anything and I'm interested in hearing what you guys think.

Well, that's about all for this week. Have a great and safe weekend!


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Banned Books Week, and Back to Work

Hey Guys,

Well, as you know I've been off for a couple of days, it has been very relaxing and I feel refreshed. I'm looking forward to getting back into it, and we will have a Monday Mini-blog again this coming week.

Banned Books Week

Have you been talking about banned books in your classes, or with your friends? Have you taken a moment to swing by the library and see our display in the TeenZone? I'm pretty stoked, because the column I wrote about Banned Books Week for our local paper was read and tweeted and shared by the American Library Association and their Office of Intellectual Freedom. That's pretty exciting, because they're based out of Chicago. Seeing as it is a local column, that's a very cool nod.

October events coming up

Drop by this coming Thursday, October 8th for a scary book discussion. We can talk about what scary books you've read, or been too afraid to read. I may have snacks, so this will be a good thing to show up for. I'm going to change the book discussion up in November and I want to get some input from you all, so let me know if you are interested in continuing or doing something different, in the comments section below.

Well, that's all for this week guys, but I hope you had a good but rainy week.