Archive for May, 2011
Congrats to Anna Hagen, Joy Moore, and Johnathon Robinson for winning first, second, and third place, respectively, for our annual teen poetry writing contest!
Olympic Sonnet: Anna Hagen
The champion’s torch, having circled the world,
Glitters off the medals; silver, gold–
Then, on white fields of fair play unfurled,
Gleam multicolored circles, inter-rolled.
The least tame part of nature, flames of fire,
Becomes the symbol of man’s discipline.
Though limbs and laurel crowns will fade and tire
There still burns bright hot desire to win.
This Olympic torch ignites youth’s dreams,
Both fueling them and using them for fuel.
Tests of human prowess kindle themes
Of nation’s friendship and wonder’s renewal.
Rise up strength of every country, color, face,
Carry toward fiery hope and run the race.
Life: Joy Moore
Life is a beautiful tapestry of pain,
And we are the crimson threads
colliding through it
The rest is blackness to wrench your soul
And just enough white to skewer your hopes.
It better be one hell of a picture.
And all I can see is my chest,
with a scar stitched-up
where my heart should be.
I meant to keep it safe this time.
I really did.
But you, my left-handed siren,
snuck your sharp dagger past me.
And when I least expected it,
you cut out my heart
and began to devour it
right in front of me.
So I just lie in a pool of blood and tears
motionless, staring at you
through a haze of grey.
The Eagle: Johnathon Robinson
I used to be the eagle
My wings were strong, and my heart free
I rode my storms defiant and proud
There was a fire you could see in me
But then it happened
My own got lost
I tried to find her
Whatever the cost
But there was no finding her or saving the day
She was hurt on the ground
And there she stayed
I’ve realized since then
I’m not as strong or proud or free
As I used to be
Her wings are broken
And the only reason I fly now
Is because there still is that hope.
It’s happened! GPL has gotten rid of their Young Adult Audiobooks on cassette and will be introducing the new version of the audiobook: playaways.
Playaways are easy to use and don’t require any special equipment (except earbuds/headphones). The entire book is read to you on a ready, pocket-sized device.
To learn more about playaways, visit http://playaway.com/
To learn more about how to use playaways, visit http://library.playaway.com/library-resources/getting-started#how-to-play (then click on “View the How-to-Play Demo”) and/or view the additional informational pdf file at http://library.playaway.com/files/getting-started/How-to-Play-Standard.pdf
Look for the playaways starting June 1st! (Which is also the first day of the Teen Summer Reading Experience!)