Teen video contest offers prize money

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

Teens aged 13-18 — individually or in teams — are invited to enter a nationwide video contest to promote Colorado libraries’ 2013 summer reading programs. The winning video will net its teen creator(s) a cash prize of $275, plus prizes worth $125 for their local library.

The Colorado 2013 Teen Video Challenge is sponsored by the Colorado State Library and is open to legal U.S. residents who are residents of Colorado. Your video must be 30-90 seconds long, promote the 2013 summer reading theme, “Beneath the Surface,” and encourage teens to read and use libraries this summer. It should be generic, promoting libraries in general, not naming your local Sisson Library.

This is the first year that your Sisson Library and other Colorado libraries are participating in this national contest. There will be one winning video from each participating state.

You can get entry forms and more information from a flyer at the library, or go to www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/SummerReading/TeenVidContest.htm. The deadline for submitting videos and the required forms is Feb. 20.

High-tech training

Our popular free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Jan. 17) from 3–5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m.–noon and Thursday, Jan. 24, from 3–5 p.m. Bring your devices and tech questions to Cody.  We also have a formal training session that requires advance registration for space reasons: Next Friday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m.-noon is a workshop on blog and website basics where you will learn how to create a basic blog or website.

Art fun for kids

Kids in the first through third grades are invited to “Art Attack” tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 18) from 2-3 p.m. for some hands-on art and fun.

Teen game fun

Seventh–12th graders are invited to a Teen Sports Gaming session from 2–3:30 p.m. next Friday, Jan. 25, and every fourth Friday of the month. Join us for all-sports electronic gaming and snacks.

 Spanish class

Join Roberta Strickland for a free, weekly, five-week conversational Spanish class that started on Jan. 9 and will continue for three more Wednesdays from 4:30–5:30 p.m. The signup sheet at the library allows for 30 participants.

Books on CD

“Notorious Nineteen” by Janet Evanovich is the latest in the mystery series featuring Stephanie Plum.

“The Black Box” by Michael Connelly is the latest in the series featuring LAPD’s Harry Bosch. “Shiver” by Karen Robards is a mystery featuring a repo woman named Samantha Jones. “The Forgotten” by David Baldacci is a mystery set in Paradise, Florida. “Collateral Damage” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series. “Private London” by James Patterson and Mark Pearson features the world-famous Private detection agency. “Two Graves” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child begins with the news that FBI agent Pendergast is alive, not murdered. “Running Wild” by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is the first book in a steamy new contemporary western romance series.

Thrillers, adventure

“The Intercept” by Dick Wolf is the first in a new thriller series featuring NYPD Detective Jeremy Fisk about a possible terrorist threat set days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero.


“The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor” by Jake Tapper, ABC senior White House correspondent, takes you inside one of the most remote American military bases in Afghanistan. “America Again” by Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert offers thoughts on how America can pull itself back from the brink to regain its greatness. “Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution” by Rebecca Stott examines the contributions of many evolutionists across continents and centuries before Darwin.

Large print

“A Rocky Mountain Christmas” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is about a train trapped by an avalanche in Colorado. “Roy and Lillie: A Love Story” by Loren D. Estleman is the fictionalized true story of two people in love who never met. ”Dakota Lawman: Last Stand at Sweet Sorrow” by Bill Brooks in a western set in the Dakota territories. “Land of Strangers” by Ray Hogan contains two western stories.

Thanks to donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Jerry Rohwer and Charles Schildhauer.

Quotable quote

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician, historian and social critic.


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This story was posted on January 17, 2013.