Friday, August 22, 2008

Road Trip (August/September 2008)

Titles include:

Defining Dulcie by Paul Acampora
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Hit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Night Road by A.M. Jenkins
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Train + Train
Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
How to Be Bad by Lockhart, Mylnowski, and Myracle
True Talents by David Lubar
Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler
Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
Finding Lubchenko by Michael Simmons
Zig Zag by Ellen Wittlinger

Thursday, August 21, 2008

scrabble down your fines

We have an excellent program at my library where kids 16 and under can read down their fines and fees. I have a teen who is in the midst of reading down more than $30 and he's been coming into the library a few days a week to tackle the sum. Yesterday he wanted to know if he could go on the Internet and I said "Yes, but we prefer you stay away from sites like MySpace." Next he asked if reading about sports was okay and I responded, "Yes, definitely." Then he eyed the board games on a cart next to me. "What about games. Can I play a game?" I laughed and said, "No." He thought for a moment and said, "How about Scrabble? That's a learning activity." As my friends know, I am completely nuts about Scrabble and still mourning the loss of Scrabulous, so I gave him the thumbs up.

And thus, Scrabble Down Your Fines was born.