Friday, August 21, 2015

School Open Houses, My Favorite films and coming next week.

Hey Guys!

Well, I'm so tired, but I'm also really excited. We spent the last two days running to all the school open houses and I'm telling you I'm so ready to see you all more frequently, now that school will be back in session.
We gave out a ton of new library cards and we got to meet a lot of parents, and brother and sister. Lots of new faces.
However, I know that some of you, like it was for me, are not looking forward to going back, this year. Well, I get that, but I want to remind you that no matter what, your teachers will take good care of you and you'll get back into it in no time.
And of course, you can always come here to relax, work on homework, play video games, have a book discussion or get help from me on projects. I'm looking forward to some cool events coming up and I'll talk about those on next week's Monday Mini-vlog.

My Favorite Movies

I don't know if you all talk about this, but one of the most fun things for me to do with my pals is to talk about what movies we like best.
This is not easy, because there are A) so many movies to choose from; and B) so many of them are awesome.
I have compile many lists of favorites, over the years. My favorites, based on genre, like Sci-Fi and Western and War movie, etc. My favorites based on writing and script and of course, my favorites, just because I love them to pieces.

So I've decided to share with you my top five favorites films in the "Of All Time" selection for me.

Here they are, but by all means let me know what you think and which ones you've seen, liked or hate in the comments.

5. The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King (taken as a whole, if it were all one film, I'd say all three, but this is just the best of the three.)
4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3.The 13th Warrior
2. The Empire Strikes Back
1. Tombstone

Well, what do you think? Think I'm dumb? Let me know in the comments and as always I'd love to hear your top fives.

That's about all for this week. See you all on the Monday Mini-vlog. Have a perfect weekend!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Grand Prizes, finally and Star Trek Reschedule.

Hey Guys,

I know that I said that the Grand Prizes announcements would be this past week. I have to say, that I've had a hugely difficult time making the choices. If I could I would give every single one of you a grand prize. However, I've made my decisions, and tough as it was, it's time. I'll email the individuals and mention their names on Monday afternoon on the Monday Mini-Vlog and on the Library Facebook page, so look for that.

Star Trek rescheduled

Due to a series of scheduling calamities, the Star Trek presentation with Shane Bryson has been rescheduled to August 27th at 7 p.m. If you were planning on joining us for this, pay attention to our Facebook and Twitter feed, to remind you and put the date and time in your calendars. This threatens to be an awesome presentation.

Video Game afternoon? Sure!

I know that a Wii is a little outdated, but with the big Smart Screen in the Meeting Room, I feel that it will be quite lively. Join us for an afternoon of video game play, on the 18th, at 2.

Teen Librarian Abroad.

This coming week, you may get a chance to see me out and about at one the many school open houses, if you attend Asheboro City Schools. This is a prime time to speak up and say hello, ask questions, get a library card, if you need one, and so on. I look forward to seeing you all at one of the Middle Schools or the High School.

What are you reading?

I'm interested in knowing what you guys are reading, right now, and enjoying. If you feel up to the challenge, write the title and author in the comments below and tell us a little bit about what you liked.
We will mention some of these comments at the next TZAC Book discussion, as well.

Well, that's about it for now, guys. Have a great weekend!


Friday, August 7, 2015

To Boldly Go and more

Hey Guys!

I have always loved Star Trek, in all of its iterations. I don't know what it is about the show, or the universe that it is set in, but there is something wonderful about a society whose main goal is search and discovery of the galaxy.
That's why I'm really excited about the event we're having this coming Tuesday, where my friend Shane Bryson will be talking about how much of an influence Star Trek has had on our society, in many ways. It is going to be great.
Whether you like Star Trek, are a Trekker, or if you're interested in knowing more, I know that you will enjoy Shane's presentation called "To Boldly Go..."

Prize issues

Do to some issues I had tabulating final reading logs numbers, I'll be selecting the Two Grand Prize winners on Monday, not today.

What are you reading?

It's going to be soon time to head back to school, which I know is a bummer for some of you. I know that you've done some reading throughout the summer, (based on reading logs and so on) and I want to know what you've been reading and why. In the comments, if you want, share some of your favorite books or books you would read again; books you'd like to read the rest of the books in that series, and so on.
I'm excited to know what, if any, of the books I've reviewed on the TeenZone Vlog are things you have also enjoyed.
You can share them here, or you can send me an email at

Well, that's about all for this week.
Have a fun weekend.


Friday, July 31, 2015

The last week of Summer Reading, Lego Mania and the final prizes

Hey Guys!

Well, Summer Reading has come to a close. After Lego Mania today, it will be at an end.
I will be accepting final submissions of minutes and reviews, until Monday, August 3rd. At which point I'll begin to tabulate the final information.
I will make the drawings for The Grand Prizes on the 7th, which is Next Friday!

Lego Mania Today!

So, today's the big day! If you haven't registered, now's the time. Call us at 318-6803, and get your name on the list. Remember you have to be at least 10 years old to participate, but we will still be having the Lego Free Build, too, this afternoon, so don't worry.
I hope you're ready for a great time!

What's coming next

So, now that Summer Reading is over, we'll be getting back into a more regular routine, however, I'm going to continue to make weekly mini-vlogs for you, so you know what's going on, and I'll be sure to highlight the upcoming events, as we go.

I will also be using this blog to talk more about books once again and things that are more library related. I'll still talk about what's coming, but  that will primarily be on the weekly vlog. Also, we'll still have our monthly book review, and hopefully, our TZAC members will be making some videos too.

Well, that's about it for this week. I'll see you at Lego Mania!


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,