Friday, May 22, 2015

WOW! I want a drone! TeenZone Advisory Committee interviews and Old Glory!

Hey guys,

I had planned on doing a follow up of the really Awesome ShyHound demonstration by Josh Hogan yeasterday, (Thursday, May 21) but I'm so excited I just may fall over.

Does it look awesome? Yes.
First, let me just say, if you missed it for some reason, no worries. Josh and Ben are going to become friends of the TeenZone. In other words, they're going to be back. A lot.
I believe, (and Josh helped me to see it this way), that drones are going to be much more prevalent in the very near future. Significant uses for this technology are nearly endless, and I really think that we need to have as much contact with this sort of thing as possible. How would you use a drone? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Drone demonstration
This little thing is amazing!

Josh did an outside demonstration and an indoor demonstration as well. He shot a lot of raw footage, and he's going to share that with me so that we can integrate some of it into this blog and the TeenZone Vlog.
I got to help, because his partner was  unable to be here, so I downloaded the app to my phone and got to control the camera aspect of the whole thing. It was awesome. Needless to say, I want one!
We will be sharing some of that footage as soon as Josh gets it to us.
Be on the lookout for that!

TZAC Interviews

I've been hearing some good things, and I have one or two people signed up for these interviews coming on May 28th (Next Thursday) but there's still time and we still need about five more people.
If you're not sure you can manage this during summer, or you don't think you're old enough (eighth grade to twelfth, rising seventh graders are welcome) don't worry. I'll make a special appointment if you can't make the interviews and I'll make adjustments as needed.
If you're interested, just shoot me an email at or call at 336-318-6819.

Summer Reading registration a week away!

The TeenZone Summer Reading registration begins on Monday, June 1st. You have to register in order to be entered to win a weekly prize bag and two grand prizes, so, please be sure to do that.
Summer Reading begins on Wednesday June 10th.

Remember, John Czop is coming, there will be an Aikido demonstration, a fire fighter demonstration, a K-9 event and much more, so please go to our calendar and mark down those dates. I'll have them on the teen page at as well.

This flag is called Old Glory.
Memorial Day weekend!

Remind your folks to hang up Old Glory (that's  what we call the American Flag) and heat up the grill! We're having a full fledged three day weekend here! It's officially (at least according to municipal events) summer. Public pools are going to be open next week, and the weather is fine. I love summertime!
The library will be closed on Monday, May 25th in honor of those people who served our country in the armed forces and gave their lives.
We'll be back open on Tuesday, May 26th. See you then.

Have a very safe holiday weekend; counting down the days until Summer Vacation right along with you!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

SKYHOUND! TZAC! Summer Reading!

Hey guys,

I'm really excited. Next week on Thursday, May 21st, SkyHound is coming to do a demonstration.
Who is SkyHound? Well, SkyHound is made up of Ben Hogan and Josh Harless. They have a quadcopter drone and they use it to take HD videos and photos from way up on high. They are going to do an indoor and outdoor demonstration, and will talk about the rise of drones and quadcopters and answer your questions about it. This is a free event, but I have a feeling that the reading room will fill up fast.


If you've been following my column or the TeenZone Vlog, you may have heard about the TeenZone Advisory Committee. We're doing a membership interview on May 28th at 5 p.m. I know school is wrapping up and that you are all probably out of your minds with excitement to be free of it. However, this is a great and fun opportunity and we really need your help and input.
If you're interested, or want to find out more, call 336-318-6819 or send an email to

Summer Reading!

Summer Reading registration begins on June 1 and officially starts on June 10. I'm still not going to reveal everything, but John Czop will be holding an introductory comics drawing class, there will be a K-9 police demonstration, Aikido presentation, Firetruck event and MUCH more. Don't forget, there will also be prize bags and Grand Prizes and the 7th Annual LEGO Mania.

Stay tuned for more!

Well, that's about it for this week. Have a great weekend!

The TeenZone Vlog is coming up, too, so be watchful for that! A big review of one of my favorite books, so far this year!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Summer Reading on it's way.

Hey Guys,

Well, I've been working on getting the TeenZone's Summer Reading events set up. I'm excited to tell you that we're going to have a really exciting summer. However, I'm not going to say too much, because there are going to be some interesting surprises.

However, here are some tidbits for you.

Registration for Summer Reading will begin on Monday, June 1. I know school isn't over yet, but this gives a few days to get going on that. You have got to register to be able to be chosen for a prize bag or Grand Prize. (More on that soon)

Summer Reading begins on Wednesday June 10th! On that day, those of you who have registered can begin to submit your reading times. You can track your reading by 30 minute sections. So, if you read for thirty minutes, that's one 'Tick' on your reader chart. The more of those 'ticks' you have the more likely your name will be pulled for a prize bag at the end of the week.

You can also write reviews about the books you're reading and put them in a "thought bubble". These are anonymous (no one will know you wrote it) and some will be chosen to be put on display with the book you read to encourage other readers.

Enough! Talk about prizes!

Okay, so prize bags will be given to a random registered teen patron each week of Summer Reading. The bag will include some books, and a nifty earbud cord wrap, as well as some pins, bookmarks and other goodies.
The Grand Prizes, well, you'll just have to wait until later to find out more, but, it should be obvious, the more you read, the more likely you are to get them! I will only say that there are only two Grand Prize drawings and will be Grand!

Also, if you've watched the April Vlog, you know that there will be interviews for the TeenZone Advisory Committee coming up May 28th, which is a Thursday. You can watch the video here.

I'll have another book review for you in the coming weeks and look out for the May blog!


Monday, April 13, 2015


Hey Guys,

Maybe you saw it in the Courier-Tribune. Maybe someone mentioned it to you. Maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about.
In any case, it's time to talk about the Asheboro Library's TeenZone Advisory Committee or TZAC.

If you're in grades 8 to 12 and you have leadership skills that need testing, this is just for you.
The TZAC's main goal, of course, is to help me make sure that the library is more relevant. I'm hoping that if I can get 5-8 students who are willing to volunteer 2-3 hours a month, to help with devising new ways to reach teens in the community, to help with events, and to spread the word among their peers that we could really do something special for the TeenZone.

If this is something that you'd be interested in doing, you just need leave a comment, or email me at This is a great opportunity to spread your wings and develop new skills, friends and learn a lot more about the library.

And, did I mention, you may get a t-shirt?

Give this some thought. If you or someone you know wants to take a leap into the wonderful world of the TeenZone's TZAC, this is the time to do it. Interviews for positions on TZAC begin on Thursday May 28th at 5 p.m.

Hope to see you there.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bored? Try Board Games

Hey Guys,

Well, Spring has sprung, as they say. Yesterday, 3/20 was the official first day of Spring. Not that it affects most of us, who are indoors most of the day.
I remember when I was in school the only thing worse than having Spring Break eaten up by snow days was how far away June seemed.
This is the long, vast drag until summer.

Board Game Night

I'm creating an event where if you want to, you can just come to the library and play games. Nothing special. Apples to Apples, or Scattergories, chess or checkers. Play cards (don't gamble!)
Just show up and play some board games, to get you mind off of homework and the school.

Spring at the Library

This April, along with board games, we will reinstate the book discussion nights. These are great meetings where we eat pizza, and talk about our favorite books, or what we're currently reading. Look for the flyer at your school or ask your English teachers or librarians when it is. Also, as always, check up on the Teens page at

The first time in 1,00 years.

I was reading recently that the Icelanders are building their first temple to their religion and gods in a millenia. This is pretty col, because they just started it today and there was a nearly complete solar eclipse. I like to see cultures getting back to their roots. Iceland also has a new political party called The Pirate Party. You read the correctly. And about 38% of the young people in Iceland say they will vote for this more progressive and modern party which seeks to eliminate corruption.
Seems like a neat idea.

Well, that's all for now. Stay tuned, the next ALTZ Vlog is going up this week, and keep an eye out for the latest book markers.

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pi Day perfect for last day of Teen Tech Week.

Hey Guys!

Happy Pi Day! That's right, today is that one day when the date (as we write it) matches the digits of pi. In fact, this year is particularly special because at 9:26:36 and so on, it mirrors pi as long as you ignore the '0' in 2015. 
The history of Pi ( the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.) is pretty amazing, too and it gives us a glimpse into our understanding of mathematics as we know it, and use it to create a better world.

In fact pi is relevant to us, because it describes a measurement of a shape that occurs most naturally in nature. A circle. Just think of how many things are circular in our world. Pi is pretty important.

Teen Tech Week

Did you learn anything specific this week about technology? Did you build or make something? We'd like to know. Share your experiences in the comments section.
And just because we talk about technology this week, doesn't mean you can't continue to learn and stretch and grow in this area. Don't forget to come and visit us to find out more about our online and physical resources.

3D Printer?

As you may have heard, the Asheboro Library has been toying with the idea of getting a 3D printer.
Okay, we actually submitted a request to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) when they had a program to send 3D printers to libraries. Unfortunately the response was so heavy that they could not possibly fulfill all the requests, and so, we are looking to get one on our own. Would you be interested in learning how to use a 3D printer? What would you make with it?

LED Throwie maker event

If you've been paying attention, you know that this Thursday at the library is going to be a big day.
We're making 'throwies' which are a watch battery, a powerful magnet and a 10mm LED all wrapped together in electricians tape. Then, you throw them at metal things. They stay lit for days and days and make light graffiti. Stay tuned for more.

See you guys next week! Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Teen Tech Week @your library

Hey guys,
Here's this week's newspaper column that I wrote for the Courier-Tribune.

The world of modern technology is not relegated to a sector solely for professional engineers, space scientists or military industry. In fact, thanks to nearly universal access to the Internet and online catalogs, hi-tech advances have become a far more local occurrence.
A young man, saddened by the cost of a prosthesis his neighbor needed, decided to research and design a working robotic hand. Using information from the Internet and a 3D printer and other servos and solenoids ordered online, he created a very hi-tech, fully functional prosthetic for his friend.
Another young man developed a robotic hand that can be moved via the brain using a wireless bluetooth device. The robotic hand’s movement still isn’t perfected, but it is quite a breakthrough, regardless.
Brain science now suggests that young people’s minds are not only more limber than their older human counterparts, but since they are digital natives --that is, having had longer and more established contact with digital technology than us-- they are also more agile in the world of digital tech. Undeterred by the cumbersome tendency older people may deal with as they adapt to the advances and changes in mainstream technology, they may also have the edge in being able to use that tech to make things that truly matter to society.
This is only one of several stories where teens have leapt the educational and technical proficiency barriers in order to make the world a better place.
With this in mind,  libraries in conjunction with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) celebrates Teen Tech Week this week.
Pillars of research and ideas in society, libraries are the source for learning in any given subject area. With the advent of online resources and “maker spaces,” libraries have gone a step further into the realm of technological possibility.
Libraries across the country are making 3D printers available to patrons for their own use, providing an opportunity for the concept to take on a physical shape.
Think of the benefits of having young, active minds creating technology relevant to society. The possibilities are endless.
Another point of Teen Tech Week is to educate young people about safe Internet use. Sadly, even in our more civilized day, there are still those who seek to prey upon the young via social media and online gaming. Bullying, too, is of great concern, on the Web. With this in mind, librarians strive to provide a safe place to use the internet while also encouraging safe use techniques.
By educating young people about the safe and responsible way to use the Internet, we begin to see far more savvy Internet surfers. Also, we promote efficient research options. Online database access means students are not solely dependent upon books with information that can become outdated far more quickly in light of the speed of recent technological advances.
Our NC Live databases are up to date and have huge curated collections for the technology enthusiast.
And finally, libraries are working to help enhance and solidify young thinkers by creating an awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths. We fully believe that learning does not stop at the end of the school day. We want to encourage the young person inspired by a chapter in his textbook on astrophysics to use our resources to learn and delve as deeply into that subject as they want.
And more than this, we want to empower young people to take the time to make the world what they believe it should be.
At the forefront of providing top-notch technological resources, librarians advocate for the safe use of technology and scientific resources by young people. That is what Teen Tech Week is all about.
The next time your young person is interested in developing 3D printed photovoltaic cells for use in providing solar power for low income homes in your community, send them to the library. And if you are uncertain about how to start the conversation about healthy and safe Social Media use, we are here to help.
Let your young person’s adventure into the world of making and discovering begin at the library.

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