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Who Chooses What You Read?

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

Freedom to Read Week happens every year and is a chance for us all to think about our right to choose what we read. Every year our right to read what we want to is challenged in many ways. Books are often banned, reporters lose their jobs because of opinions they are expressing, and often material is not even published or purchased because of its content. So, we are holding a contest to celebrate the freedom to read!

Here are the rules:

Express your thoughts on the freedom to read with words, film or graphic arts.

Choose one of the following methods:

Make a poster: draw, paint, or use photography and other graphic arts (8 ½ x 14” or 11 x 17”)

Write: a poem, short story, or essay (max. 300 words)

Create a film: (3 min. or less)

All content must be original, except for short, cited quotations.

Criteria:
1. Persuade an audience and support your point of view.
2. Use techniques of form effectively to engage an audience.

Contest is open to Calgary students in Grades 7 – 9. Include your name, school, grade, and telephone number with your entry. Enter by email: freedomtoread@calgarypubliclibrary.com AND upload to Teens Create (http://www.calgarypubliclibrary.com/teenscreate); OR submit your hardcopy to any Calgary Public Library location. One entry per person. Entries must be received no later than Wednesday February 9th 2011.

And of course...there will be prizes!

Presenting...the Central 2nd Saturday SLAM!

by Jilliane Yawney - 0 Comment(s)

First of all, let's talk about SLAM!

SLAM is a poetry competition. Poets bring 3 works that are timed to be exactly 3 minutes in length. They recite these works to an audience and a panel of judges, selected from the audience, gives them a 'grade.' There are 3 rounds of recitation and judging, after which a winner is selected!

I know, I know, you're thinking poetry?! Reciting poetry out loud?!! Judging?!!!

Let me promise you, this is not your grandmother's poetry.

A poetry SLAM! brings poetry to a whole new level--a beat-packed, crowd-cheering, performance-based, energy-filled level. A poetry SLAM! is about rhythm and expression. A poetry SLAM! is performance art that is fun for the performer and the audience. Let me repeat: this is not your grandmother's poetry (no offence, grandma).

Now if you're not into competition, no problem. You can come, listen, cheer, and judge. As I said, the audience is integral to the success of SLAM!

But if you do want to compete, here's how:

Bring 3 poems, each of them no longer than 3 minutes. You may not get to perform them all, but bring them just in case...and...get ready to SLAM!

Upcomming Youth SLAM!s

February 12 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

March 12, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2nd floor Central Library

Write Now!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Upcoming...Open Mic Night

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Open Mic Night

This is your chance to try out your new poem, play your new song, do your stand-up comedy routine, show off your mad dancing skills. You name it. It is open mic night. And it is FREE.

When: November 16 from 7-8 pm

Where:Louise Riley Library - 1904-14 Ave NW

Local teen bands to check out!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

This is my first time posting on the teen blog, and as a way of letting you know what I'm about, I'm going to write about something that I'm really interested in.

I’ve been helping out with all ages music shows in Calgary for a while now, and thought that I would share some of my favorite local-under-18 bands. This is a only a small selection of teen bands who play in Calgary and if I don’t mention your favorite, or a band you play in, then message me with the myspace link and let me know what I’m missing out on.

For those of you who already go to all-ages shows, I'm really looking forward to hearing who your favorite under -18 bands are.

And for those of you who have never been to an all ages show, then holy smokes, welcome to your cheat-sheet of rad, all-ages live music in Calgary.

Most of these guys (and gal) play shows pretty regularly and probably have something coming up in the near future, check the myspace links for tracks, updates and show postings.

Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order.

Faux Fur

http://www.myspace.com/fauxfurfakefur

Jean Sebastien (brains behind Faux Fur / Priests and countless other projects that he is probably cooking up somewhere) is totally hustling right now. He plays a ton of shows, releases a ton of material and even has his own label called Yew Nork records .

Kumon Plaza

http://www.myspace.com/kumonplaza

Whoa dance party! Dylan makes electronic music that gets people clapping, dancing and remembering how much they loved that old Legend of Zelda soundtrack. He is from Edmonton, but plays in Calgary a lot and is building a big group of fans down here.

Julianna Hindemith

http://www.myspace.com/juliannahindemithmusic

Juliana makes super nice acoustic songs and has a great stage presence, complete with her epic rock-chick-hair-flips. If you’re into folksy acoustic vibes, she is one to check out for sure.

Cartoon Violence

http://www.myspace.com/patrickstarnightlife

A favorite young Calgary band, these guys are really fun live and are super messy and loud. It looks like their myspace hasn’t been touched in a while, but if you see their name on a poster just go to the show!

Here on the Sun

http://www.myspace.com/hereonthesun

OK I’ll admit it. I love the Harmonica. Plus, any band who’s name makes HOTS as an acronym, has got something figured out. They’re playing a show on the 8th of October that should be awesome.

Teens Create Contest!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Feeling creative? Teens Create Button

Be sure to check out our new Teens Create website. From now until May 15 if you submit a piece of writing, photography, art or even a video to the website, we will not only post it online, but enter you into a draw for prizes!

If you have any questions about the contest please feel free to email us at teenzone@calgarypubliclibrary.com


Win a Trip to Ottawa!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Contest Logo

If you're a writer or artist, you can win a trip to Ottawa and other prizes!

I'm talking about the Mathieu Da Costa Challenge, which celebrates diversity in Canada. All you have to do is enter a piece of writing or artwork which "celebrates the contributions made by Canadians of Aboriginal, African, or other backgrounds to the building of Canada."

The winners get an all-expenses paid trip to Ottawa, VIP seating at the Mathieu Da Costa Awards Ceremony, and other mystery prizes!

For details, ask at your Library or check the contest website: www.mathieudacosta.gc.ca.

1 Day Left - New Moon Contest!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Twilight Prize Pack

There is only one day left in the New Moon contest! The deadline is December 31 at midnight, so send your reviews, writing and art ASAP. You can enter up to 10 times!

Want to win the awesome New Moon prize pack pictured above? It's easy!

We are getting ready to launch a new Teen website for the Library. On this site, you'll be able to post reviews, art, and writing! But we need some stuff to put on the site for the launch. So send me your stuff, and you'll be entered to win!

The Rules:

1) For every item you send me, you will get one entry. You can send as many items as you want!

2) Reviews must be of books that the Library has in its collection (double check with the search). They should include the title and author of the book. They can be as long or short as you want, but you may want to mention plot, characters, and entertainment factor.

3) Other creative stuff: you also get one entry for each piece of art, photography, or writing (poetry, short stories, non-fiction) that you send!

4) Send your stuff to katie.edwards@calgarypubliclibrary.com by December 31 at midnight. Include your first name and your age.

Prizes:

Grand Prize: 3 full-size movie posters pictured above; keychain; buttons; New Moon tote bag (Bella and the Vamps on one side, Volturi seal on the other)

Second Prize: 3 full size movie posters pictured above; keychain

Third Prize: New Moon keychain

New Moon Contest!!

by Alexandra May - 0 Comment(s)

Twilight Prize Pack

Want to win the awesome New Moon prize pack pictured above? It's easy!

We are getting ready to launch a new Teen website for the Library. On this site, you'll be able to post reviews, art, and writing! But we need some stuff to put on the site for the launch. So send me your stuff, and you'll be entered to win!

The Rules:

1) For every item you send me, you will get one entry. You can send as many items as you want!

2) Reviews must be of books that the Library has in its collection (double check with the search). They should include the title and author of the book. They can be as long or short as you want, but you may want to mention plot, characters, and entertainment factor.

3) Other creative stuff: you also get one entry for each piece of art, photography, or writing (poetry, short stories, non-fiction) that you send!

4) Send your stuff to katie.edwards@calgarypubliclibrary.com by December 31 at midnight. Include your first name and your age.

Prizes:

Grand Prize: 3 full-size movie posters pictured above; keychain; buttons; New Moon tote bag (Bella and the Vamps on one side, Volturi seal on the other)

Second Prize: 3 full size movie posters pictured above; keychain

Third Prize: New Moon keychain

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