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How'd it go?

It's hard to believe but summer is over...and that means Youth Read is too. We'd love to hear what you thought about the challenges, website, and prizes so that we can make it even better next year! Please take a few minutes and give us:

your feedback

Youth Read is finished, but the fun doesn't have to end - you can still show us your creative side with Teens Create, tell us what you're reading for our Teen Picks list, and keep an eye on the Teen Zone Blog for future challenges and contests.

There's Still Time...

clockThere are no new challenges this week but you still have a ltitle time - all entries must be in by August 31st to be eligible for the grand prizes of $250, $150, and $75 mall gift cards.

To enter you must have completed at least one challenge from each week of Youth Read - check your submissions and if you don't see all nine weeks there, you can go back to the week(s) you're missing and complete a challenge now.

It's been a crazy and terrific summer and you guys have really wowed us with your creativity and talent! Thanks to all of you for taking part, and please help us make Youth Read even better next year by giving us:

your feedback

When Youth Read is over, the fun doesn't have to end - you can still show us your creative side with Teens Create, tell us what you're reading for our Teen Picks list, and keep an eye on the Teen Zone Blog for future challenges and contests.

Week 9: The End

This is the perfect time to go back and make sure you have at least one entry from each week! That means at least one from Week 1, at least one from Week 2, and so on right up to (and including) this week. All entries must be in by August 31st to qualify for the grand prize draws.

KatOxymoronic, Roxy Doodlebug, Carter A Sieben, Green, Lauren, & lilskell - you have all won draws in the last few weeks but we're having a hard time contacting you - please email us at teenservices@calgarypubliclibrary.com to claim your prizes!

photobomb

Challenge 1: Photoshopped

Just like this! Some of you have already created some pretty hilarious pictures for Youth Read this year, but we'd like to REALLY see your skills. Here are your options:

1. Use a photo (from the Public Domain, not one of yourself or any other minors under 18) and alter it so that it is suddenly an advertisement for the Calgary Public Library.

2. Pop a picture of someone into a different, totally unexpected picture (again, this can't be a picture of you or anyone you know).

Challenge 2: Summer Scenes

What’s your favourite thing about summer? Draw us a picture, take a photo, or just tell us about the very best summer moments of your life.

Challenge 3: Cool Schools

I know you don't want to think about it, but the school year is almost upon us. Fiction is full of unusual schools offering strange subjects…ever wished you could take Transfiguration at Hogwarts, sing your heart out at McKinley High, or study Advanced Encryption at the Gallagher Academy? Summer is almost over but daydream a little longer and tell us - what subject do you wish they taught at your school?

bonus prizeChallenge 4: Read!

Bonus Prize Challenge! Complete this challenge for a chance to win a Kobo mini e-reader.

The school year is almost here – so hurry up and read something fun before you have to return to your textbooks! But don't weigh your backpack down - grab a free e-book from the library through our Overdrive or Freading services. Try one of these books featuring schools more interesting than yours:

i'd tell you i love youh.i.v.e.the agencyvampire academywinter knights

If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.

Week 8: Geek Week

KatOxymoronic, Roxy Doodlebug, Carter A Sieben, Green, doodles@500, & Sukhjeet - you have all won draws in the last few weeks but we're having a hard time contacting you - please email us at teenservices@calgarypubliclibrary.com to claim your prizes!

margo bookfacesteve jobs bookfaceborn confused

bonus prizeChallenge 1: Face It

Bonus Prize Challenge! Complete this challenge for a chance to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S instant camera this week.

Ever wanted to be a cover girl (or boy)? Here’s your chance to picture yourself as a literary masterpiece. Just take a bookface picture of yourself or a friend, like the ones above (hint – try the biographies if you’re stuck, or check out this list on goodreads.com). Easy to do, but hard to do well!

nerds

Challenge 2: Fanfic

Write us a short scene featuring your favourite characters.

Challenge 3: Read!

Books to the ceiling
Books to the sky
My piles of books are a mile high
How I love them
How I need them
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.

- Books To the Ceiling by Arnold Lobel

Don’t wait for your beard to grow – READ! If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

Challenge 4: What’s Your Geek?

It’s time to let your geeky side shine! Your geek = anything that you can (and usually do) geek out about. One of our favourite YA authors, John Green, said it best (see the pic-->) - so be unironically enthusiastic and tell us (in words, video or pictures) what it is that you're passionate about. (Some of our geeks, in no particular order, are tabletop games, Doctor Who, LEGO, and Alpha Flight. Yes, Alpha Flight.)

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.

Week 7: Hadouken!

KatOxymoronic, Roxy Doodlebug, Em, Carter A Sieben, and Green - you have all won draws in the last few weeks but we're having a hard time contacting you - please email us at teenservices@calgarypubliclibrary.com to claim your prizes!

hadouken

Challenge 1: Hadouken!

What’s better than video games? Game-inspired memes, of course! Challenge yourself Street Fighter style and make your very own hadouken pic like the one to the left. Check out all of these if you need inspiration. (Side note: vadering pics and other photo memes are also welcome).

Challenge 2: Write something

Yes, it’s that easy. You guys have sent in tons of great writing this summer and we want to see more – so write us a poem, a (very) short story, a letter, or anything at all.

bonus prizeChallenge 3: Dress It Up

Bonus Prize Challenge! Complete this challenge for a chance to win Cineplex Odeon movie passes & snacks for you and 3 friends.

The Catching Fire movie is coming out this fall, and as you all know Cinna’s costume designs are a big part of the story (Girl on Fire anyone?). You're a new designer for the games, so show us your stuff by creating an outfit for one of the tributes – draw it, or if you’re really ambitious, make the real deal and send us a picture. If you’re not a Hunger Games fan, feel free to design an outfit for any character you like!

Challenge 4: Read!

Remember, reading for five hours is always an option. Not sure what to read? Try these great books that were turned into movies:

scott pilgrim 1tfiosnick & norah's infinite playliststardustperks of being a wallflower

If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.


Week 6: Mix It Up

KatOxymoronic, Roxy Doodlebug, Em, S.PuppyCreature, and Kenzie - you have all won draws in the last few weeks but we're having a hard time contacting you - please email us at teenservices@calgarypubliclibrary.com to claim your prizes!

boy readingChallenge 1: Read!

Notes on the Art of Poetry by Dylan Thomas

I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words…
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.

In other words, read!
If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

Challenge 2: Draw Something.

Anything – we know there are some talented artists among you so show us something amazing. Hand drawn, digital, painted – any medium you like.

Challenge 3: Author-ity

Do you ever think about the people who write your favourite books? Ever imagine having afternoon tea with Jane Austen, horseback riding with S.E. Hinton, or fighting worldsuck with John Green? Here's your chance to tell us all the details of your meeting with any author, living or dead.

bonus prizeChallenge 4: Literary Mixtape

Bonus Prize Challenge! This week, complete this challenge for a chance to win a sweet set of Skullcandy Hesh 2 headphones.

OK, so most of you weren’t even born when cassette tapes began to vanish; they lost out to CDs and later to digital technology, and with good reason. So why are we still nostalgic about mixtapes? I think it’s because of the effort you had to put into them – the person getting the tape knew you really cared, because getting the tape just right was a huge pain! (Alex explains the process and gives an example here if you’re curious.) Now, we’re not going to make you record songs from the radio, or send us an obsolete magnetic recording medium – just make a playlist of ten or so songs for your favourite character. But - just like a mixtape, make sure you put a little heart into it.

mixtape

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.


Week 5: The Zombies are Coming!

KatOxymoronic, Mohammad Ehab, Roxy Doodlebug, and Kenzie - you have all won draws in the last few weeks but we're having a hard time contacting you - please email us at teenservices@calgarypubliclibrary.com to claim your prizes!

bonus prize challenge

zombie sock monkey

Challenge 1: Zombify!

Bonus Prize Challenge! One of this week’s zombifiers will win an epic zombie prize pack.

Did anyone notice the zombie invasion this past weekend? Luckily that was just practice for the zombie apocalypse but it reminded us of the importance of good camouflage when the time comes. So here’s the challenge: show us your best zombie version of something - take a pic of yourself in your best zombie makeup, or make or draw or write us a zombified version of anything at all (like Steve the Zombie Sock Monkey – stuffie & pic by Mandy Jouan).

Challenge 2: Txt us

Who has time for full sentences anymore? Write us a story or conversation in text-message style or as a series of post-it notes. This is probably also good practice for the zombie apocalypse, since you'll need to communicate quickly with surviving friends and family - but your story doesn't necessarily have to be zombie-themed.

Challenge 3: RAK

Let’s focus on the living for a minute and make the world a better place (before the undead rise and it all falls apart). Here’s the challenge: perform a random act of kindness this week – big or small, anything at all, just make sure you put some heart into it – and then tell us about it.

Challenge 4: Read!

It’s good for your braaaaaaains…

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If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.


Week 4: Unplug

unplugedChallenge 1: Unplugged

Our lives are so wrapped up in technology, it's easy to forget there once was a time when these little glowing squares didn't completely mediate our experience of life. Who’s to say that those days are gone forever? So here's the challenge: for just one day turn off your phone, log off facebook, leave your ipod at home. Now, take a deep breath...what will you do today? Tell us all about your experience!

Challenge 2: Read!

Need something to fill the time while you take our unplugged challenge? What did we actually do before we had smartphones? Put down your ipod and pick up a book – and don’t worry, you can still get tech support if you need it. If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

Challenge 3: How To

Everyone has a hidden talent or odd hobby, and here’s where you can let it shine. Teach us how to do something cool - a magic trick, how to play the guitar, how to say "where's the toilet" in Japanese (it's "to-ee-lay wa doko des ka”) - anything at all. If you’re stumped, borrow a nonfiction book and learn how to do something, then show or tell us what you learned.

bonus prizeChallenge 4: Mapmaking

Bonus Prize Challenge! I solemnly swear that one mapmaker this week will win an amazing replica of Harry Potter's Marauder's Map.

It’s a cliché, but stories really do take you to other worlds! Normally these places serve the needs of the narrative, but what if you could take your time and dwell in certain areas of your favorite fictional places? What do these look like? Are there areas that need more exploring? Show us what they look like to you by drawing a map of an imaginary world or a journey you wish you could take - from a book, movie, game, or your own imagination.

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.

Week 3: Meanwhile at the Library...

meanwhile in Calgary

bonus prize challengeChallenge 1: Still Afloat!

Bonus Prize Challenge! Complete this challenge to win a t-shirt and some good karma too!

It’s been amazing to see Calgarians coming together to help the victims of the recent flooding - that community spirit is part of what we love about this great city! As you may have heard, the Central Library is facing a massive repair bill, and this challenge is a chance for you to help. Create a t-shirt design for the library - it can be flood-related, library-related, or related to nothing at all - it’s entirely up to you. Our guest judge, Paul from the Calgary Public Library Foundation, will choose his favourites and turn them into REAL t-shirts that we will sell to help the library’s flood recovery efforts. If we choose your design, you’ll get a free t-shirt with your design, and of course the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you helped us rebuild, book by book.

Thanks to Keli Pollock for letting us use her awesome pic!

Challenge 2: Alternate Ending

Is there anything more aggravating than working your way through a great book, only to have the conclusion completely disappoint you? Have you (silently or otherwise) yelled at the screen when a movie derailed right at the end? Well, you don't have to sit back and take it - do something about it! Write an alternate ending to your favorite flawed masterpiece that would make the author or director <cough> George Lucas <cough> weep with regret!

Challenge 3: Read!

First, find a great spot – in the shade under a tree, curled up in your room, or lounging by a lake (but not on a riverbank). Second, pick a great book – we can definitely help if you need some suggestions. Third, read read read read read! Five hours all at once or just a bit at a time – whatever works for you. If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

Challenge 4: And I Quote…

What's your favourite quotation? It can be from a book, movie, or game – anywhere at all – but it has to be something that genuinely moves you. The kind of quote you would get tattooed on your arm, or at least drawn on with a Sharpie. There’s a catch though – you have to show us, not just write it down. Turn your quote into a work of art – a drawing, photo, or typographic art like the one below. Just don’t get a tattoo and blame it on us!

Just a reminder - everything you submit to Youth Read should be your own original work! If you're just posting a picture you found online, please credit the original source.

my thoughts are starsYes!

(Carrie made this one)

long literary tattooNo.

(pic from mediabistro.com)

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.

Week 2: Cruel Love

Please note: Week 2 will continue until the end of July 9th so that everyone has a chance to submit their entries; new challenges will be posted July 10th! cruel love

Challenge 1: Book Spine Poetry

Cruel love/ burn my heart
Splintered / shards and ashes / fall like rain
All just glass / as I wake
Forsaken.
Somebody, please tell me who I am
Without you.

Stack them up, then read the titles. Got it? Go do it, and send us a pic of your epic book spine poem.

Challenge 2: Make Something!

Anything! Send us a photo of a DIY project you've made - crafting, sewing, cooking, woodworking, or whatever – and tell us all about it.

bonus prize

Challenge 3: Making Movies

Bonus Prize Challenge! Complete this challenge for a chance to win Cineplex Odeon movie passes & snacks for you and 3 friends.

Hollywood is making a ton of movies based on YA books lately, but somehow they never seem to make them fast enough! Seriously - how long do we have to wait for The Fault In Our Stars?! Make a movie poster for the book you wish was a movie, complete with your casting choices.

Challenge 4: Read!

Five books to fill your five hours:

will grayson coversplintered cover13 little blue envelopesshards and ashescurse of the gloamglozer cover
If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.


Week 1: Easy Does It

Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time for Youth Read!

We'll give you a choice of challenges each week — all you have to do is complete one or more. Let’s start things off easy in case your brain is still fried from finishing assignments or exams…

zelda opening

Challenge 1: Opening Lines

“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.” That’s the first line of The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, and it gives me shivers every time. What’s your favourite opening line? It can be from a book, movie, or even a game (geek points to you if you recognized the pic as the first line from the original, 8-bit Legend of Zelda).

Challenge 2: Summer Reading List

So many books, so little time! Make a list of the ten (or more!) books you can’t wait to read this summer.

Challenge 3: Read!

This one’s easy – all you have to do is read, whatever you want, wherever you want – we won’t judge. If you need some suggestions, check out our booklists or see what everyone else is reading this summer. Just let us know that you read for at least 5 hours and you’ll be entered in the draw.
If you choose this as your option, just select "Read" as your challenge when you're in the "submit a challenge" part of the site.

blue ribbonChallenge 4: George Speaks

Bonus Prize Challenge! Everyone who completes "George Speaks" this week will be entered in a bonus draw for a $50 mall gift card.

We know that you love books and want to share your favourites, and that’s what this challenge is all about. Visit one of our 18 library branches and tell the world about a book you adore – with a little help from George, the Youth Read unicorn. Print out this pdf file of George ready to shout your message, then cut out the bookmarks and follow the instructions. Once you’re done, take a picture of the book on the shelf at the library and submit it as proof.
Note: cardstock will work best, and your library branch will also have the bookmarks available if you can't print them at home.

When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.