Thursday, November 16, 2006

Local Writing Contest

The Associated Arts of Ocean Shores are holding another "Write on the Beach" Writer's conference in January. There is a student writing contest....check out the rules:

The Student Writing Contest Rules
Mail entries to:
Write on the Beach 2007-Contest EntryAssociated Arts of Ocean Shores
P.O.Box 2284Ocean Shores, WA 98569
1. Only previously unpublished works of 2500 words or less will be accepted. Entries may be extracts from longer pieces.
2. Manuscripts must be double-spaced, produced by word processor on white 20/24lb paper and in font size 12 point. No decorative fonts.
3. Poetry is limited to 3 poems (3 entries) per person. There is a maximum of 5 pages total per person. Each poem requires a separate entry fee.
4. The entry fee for students aged 18 years (or younger) is $5.00 per entry
5. To ensure confidentiality:
No author identification is to appear on any page of the manuscript.All manuscript pages must be numbered and titled in the top, right-hand corner. Write the author’s name, address, phone number and title of the entry on a 3"x5" white index card. Staple the index card to the front of the manuscript.
6. The judges’ decisions are final.
7. Deadline for submissions:Entries must be postmarked no later than December 29th 2006.
8. Prizes will be announced at the Saturday Awards Luncheon during the ‘Write on the Beach 2007’ conference.
9. Please keep a copy of your work. "Write on the Beach" cannot accept responsibility for unclaimed manuscripts. Pick up your manuscript(s) at the conference registration table. OR include an adequately stamped and sized self-addressed envelope with your submission.
For more info visit

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Did you like Ella Enchanted?

From Gail Carson Levine, the author of "Ella Enchanted" comes a new magical tale.."Fairest"
In a world in which elegance, beauty, and singing ability are revered, Aza is bulky, awkward, and homely. Her saving grace is that she can sing and has a gift of voice manipulation that she calls illusing. Through a chance meeting at her familys inn, a duchess invites Aza to act as her companion and accompany her to the palace to attend the kings wedding. When the beautiful new queen discovers Azas gift for throwing her voice and for mimicry, she sees a way of protecting her reputation and disguising her own lack of talent. Pressured by the womans threats upon her family, Aza deceives the court into believing that Ivi is a gifted singer. When the ruse is discovered, Aza is forced to flee the castle in order to save her life. Through her adventures, she discovers her own strength of character, learns about her true heritage, and decides that her physical appearance is not worthy of the stress and worry she has wasted on it.

A New Princess book!

This spring, Mia's determined to have a good time, despite the fact that the student government over which she presides is suddenly broke. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) Grandmère has an elaborate scheme to simultaneously raise money, catapult Mia to theatrical fame, and link her romantically with an eligible teen bachelor, not her boyfriend. It's no wonder that Michael, the love of her life, seems to think she's a psycho, or worse: not much fun. Is it possible that Mia, soon-to-be star of the stage, president of the student body, and future ruler of Genovia, doesn't know how to party?
This is volume 7 of the "Princess diary" books...We have most of the princess books at the library, and if we are missing one, we can order it for you.

SPECIALS just in

"Special circumstances" The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor -- frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary. And now she's been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.
The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more.
Still, it's easy to tune that out -- until Tally's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same.
This is the final volume in the three part "Uglies" trilogy.
We have volume one "Uglies" and Volume two "Pretties" in the library also. If you like science fiction and adventure, you are sure to like this trilogy!

Friday, September 15, 2006

New Non Fiction

"Changing bodies, changing lives" 3rd edition by
Ruth Bell

This book is designed to help teenagers make informed decisions about their lives, from questions about sex, love, friendship, and how your body works to dealing with problems at school and home and figuring out who you are. It's packed with illustrations, checklists, and resources for the answers you really need. Best of all, it's filled with the voices, poems, and cartoons from hundreds of other teenagers, who tell you what makes them feel worried, angry, confused, sexy, happy, and yes, even excited and hopeful about their lives.

"Cracking the SAT" 2007 edition. Published by The Princeton Review

Are you going to be taking the SAT soon? This book will help be prepare and be confident in your skills. There are 7 full-length practice tests included, three in the book and exclusive free access to 4 online. There is even a DVD included with video tutorials from top instructors.

"What smart teenagers know...about dating, relationships and sex" by Deborah Hatchell

Everyone is at different stages in the relationship game. You might be shy and not know how to break the ice, or you don't know how to flirt. Maybe your relationship is headed for a crash-&-burn and you need to know what to do next. You just got dumped and don't think you'll be able to breathe. Or, you want to break up, but don't know how. Okay, so you're interested in sex too, but this isn't one of those birds-and-the-bees "sex talk" books. This is about the stuff you care about right now.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

New Books

"Superhero explosion: 60 easy lessons for drawing comics" by Neal Yamamoto

Creating killer comics packed with amazing heroes and vile villains has never been easier. Just follow the step-by-step demos and in a flash you'll go from drawing basic heads, figures and costumes to capturing all the explosive powers, punches, and places of comic-book realms.

"You can draw Marvel characters" by Dan Jurgens

The complete guide to drawing Marvel Comics award-winning heroes and villains. With this book ou can master the essential comic-book arts of penciling, inking and coloring. Develop your drawing skills using new artworks, trace overlays, foldout pages, and stencils. Learn to draw vehicles, clothing, and equipment to enhance your figures. Get exciting tips on how to make your own comic.

"Chew on this: everything you don't want to know about fast food" by Eric Scholsser

In this book the author and Charles Wilson upwrap the fast-food industry to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the business that both feeds and feeds off the young. Some of the cool and scary facts you'll learn include:
*Meet the fifteen-year-old wh invented the hamburger
*See how French fries are often shot through a
supowered gun--and what makes them taste so good
*Explore the six weeks that a fast-food chicken lives
before it becomes a chicken nugget
*Examine a table of healthy and unhealthy human
body parts--and see what happens inside your body
when you eat too much junk

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fun at the finale!

Everyone had a great time at the Teen Summer Reading Finale...the final numbers are, 17 kids read their three books and got prizes from McDonalds and Beach Treasures coffe. 40 local teens signed up and read over 75 books. The people that attended the finale got great prizes in the drawings from local businesses, and Evan Whipple walked away with the Harry Potter set. We played water balloon dodgeball and the competition was fierce! Here are some photos for your enjoyment:

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Friday, August 25th at 3 pm is the Finale of the TSRP (Teen Summer Reading Program). We will hand out awards and prizes to those who read their three books. If you haven't turned in your reading forms yet, you have until 5 pm on Thursday the 24th to turn them in. Everyone will have fun playing Water Balloon Dodgeball! See you there.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Teen Summer Reading Update

I wanted to remind everyone that has signed up for 'Creature Feature' the deadline for reading your three books is August 24th. So far, nine people have read the required three books and got a bracelet or dogtag necklace. Remember, there are lots of awesome prizes you could win so...start reading! Here are some reviews that were submitted by participants:

Name: Savannah
Title: "The year of secret assignments" by Jaclyn Moriarty
Review: "It was really good and has many exciting twists and turns
Rating: 4 paw prints

Name: Elizabeth
Title: "Beware Princess Elizabeth" by Carolyn Meyer
Review: "Princess Elizabeth is enemy's with her sister Mary until Queen Mary dies and Elizabeth becomes queen."
Rating: 4 paw prints

Name: Haley
Title: "Hoot" by Carl Hiassen
Review: "Ray's just on his way to school when he sees a strange boy running barefoot down the street. He follows him and gets dragged into a major issue for saving little owls. He is tormented by bullies and even wins the heart of one. Can the owls be saved?"
Rating: 4 paw prints

Name: Brittany
Title: "Chasing redbird" by Sharon Creech
Review:"Zinny finds a trail that is 20 miles long. Clearing the trail will lead to the mysterious disappearing items of her aunts & cousins. A sad book.
Rating: 4 paw prints

Name: Jasmin
Title: "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer
Review: "A girl moves to a new town to live with her father and ends up falling in love with a vampire"
Rating: 4 Paw prints (couldn't put it down!)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Nintendo Display

All August, TAB Member, Robby Ramiskey is displaying his collection of Nintendo through the years. From the original system to the Game Cube, it's all here. You can also see some classic game titles. Come enjoy this display all month. If you have a collection you would like to display at the Library, contact Michelle at

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

More Monsters

Here are more monsters from the contest...

Make a Monster Winners

The winners of the "Make a Monster" contest were Zach Brady, Navarre Kerr, and Skyler Whipple. The prizes included a coupon for a free 6 inch sub courtesy of Subway, a coupon for a game of bowling from Shores Bowl and candy. The winners made a very scary monster using most of the materials available. The judges were Dave Weiser, City Manager; Gene Swygard, Friends of the Library Treasurer; and Betty Smith of the Library Board of Trustees. We thank the judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the contest. We also thank the Ocean Shores Friends of the Library and the Teen Advisory Board who sponsor the Teen Summer Reading Program. The winners named their monster "Martha Stewart" Here is a picture of the winners and their lovely but scary Martha

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Next TSRP Program is MONSTROUS!

Friday, July 28th at 2pm come to the library and Make a Monster. You can work alone or in teams of up to three. You will have basic supplies like cardboard and duct tape to work with. The monsters will be judged and prizes will be given to the winning monster creator(s). There will be snacks to eat and a scary movie to watch...come and have a great time!

Monday, July 03, 2006

TSRP Kick Off Party!

Everyone had a great time at the Kick Off Party, playing Cheeto Head, Mummy, Egg relay and more. Dirt cake was also enjoyed by all.

Elizabeth wins the Gummy Worm Bob

Monday, June 26, 2006


The 2nd annual Teen Summer Reading Program has begun at the Ocean Shores Library. The theme this summer is "Creature Feature" Sign up at the Library now and you'll get a schedule, a reading list, a temporary tattoo, and a coupon for free skating at the Harborena. When you read three books, turn in three review forms, you win a rubber bracelet or dog tags (your choice). You'll also get your name in the drawing for the BIG prizes at the August 25th finale. Some of the prizes include: A set of Books 1-6 of the Harry Potter series in Hardback, sweatshirts, t-shirts, gift certificates to local businesses, journals, and more! Sign up today.

Babysitting Class a Success!

16 local teens attended the Babysitting Class at the Ocean Shores Library on Friday, June 22nd. They learned what to do in an emergency. Here on the left you see the Heimlich maneuver being learned. We hope everyone learned alot and had a good time. Keep checking this blog for more teen programs at the Library.

Read a good book

Some members of the Teen Advisory Board show that reading is cool! If you like the library and want to help make our teen services even better, join the Teen Advisory Board. For information, contact Michelle at the Library 289-3919 or

Friday, June 02, 2006

Free Babysitting Class

Don't let this be you!
Sign up for a free babysitting class,
Thursday, June 22nd at the library
For more information, ask the library staff.

Book Review

"My almost epic summer" by Adele Griffin

Review by Haley 7th grade

"Irene is a normal teen just getting ready for a glam summer in her mom's beauty store. But the thing is, she gets fired and ends up with lust, a little love, and a whole lot of Larkins Park. It's simply a MUST READ!"

***** (5 Stars!)

Friday, May 26, 2006


"Manga Mania" How to draw Japanese comics
by Christopher Hart

Do you want to learn how to draw manga? Check out this new book! Some of the chapters include Action poses, manga's fantasy realm, awesome robots, designing dynamic scenes, common Japanese terms, and more.

Call # YA 741.5952 Har

"Looking for Alaska" by John Green
Green's debut YA novel follows a year in the life of high school junior Miles Halter, a friendless Floridian who begged his parents to enroll him in the Culver Creek boarding school. Miles dreams of starting anew at his elite Alabama prep school, of finding Francois Rabelais's "The Great Perhaps." At school, he falls in with a prankster of a roommate, the Colonel, and the sassy, sexy, messed-up Alaska Young. For an unforgettable 128 days, Miles learns life lessons in love, loyalty, friendship, literature, and poetry, as well as experiences the thrill of a first girlfriend. When tragedy strikes Culver Creek, Miles is forced to undertake an even closer examination of his own character and relationship with his friends.

"Scorpia" by Anthony Horowitz (An Alex Rider adventure)
Alex Rider, the 14-year-old spy and adventurer from Stormbreaker (2001), Point Blank (2002), Skeleton Key (2003), and Eagle Strike (2004, all Philomel), is back. While vacationing in Italy, he is recruited by the deadliest terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, away from the world of M16, a British secret intelligence organization. Through a web of lies and deceit, Alex is persuaded to assassinate the deputy head of M16, a former friend and supervisor, while Scorpia plans a secret mission that will kill hundreds of thousands of British children in the blink of an eye. Missing his target and captured by M16, Rider is sent back into Scorpia, but this time as a spy. It is only with the teen's help that M16 can stop the organization's vicious threat. Of course, Alex Rider saves the day, but not without psychological mind gaming and fighting that will bring readers to the edge of their seats and keep them there until the final page

Friday, May 19, 2006

Teen Advisory Board Meeting!

The next tab meeting is Saturday, May 20th at 3pm.
Anyone who uses the library and is in 7th-12th grade is welcome to attend. We'll discuss the Teen Summer Reading Program, meeting dates for the summer and an upcoming fundraiser and book buying trip only for TAB members. Join the TAB and have your ideas heard!

Thursday, May 11, 2006


"Identity Crisis" Brad Meltzer
(Graphic Novel)
After the tragic death of Sue Debny, the wife of the Elongated Man, the members of the Justice League of America and most of the DC superheroes are brought together to investigate. Sues murder is unsettling for a couple of reasons: she was a friend, and whoever committed the crime knew enough personal information to be able to sneak past security. Even more troubling are the letters that the family members of other heroes receive, indicating that they are the next targets. The superheroes split into teams to follow the leads that they are most suited to solve. The novel asks: how far do you go to protect your loved ones? What if everything you stand for goes against your need to protect your family?

"Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen.
Read the book before you see the movie!

Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the universe. Because if it wasn't for Dana Matherson.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Artwork on display

North Beach High School Student, Dana McCrackin has her manga artwork on display. Come in all May and enjoy this talented artists' work. If you have artwork or a collection you would like to display, contact Michelle @ the library.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Book review!

Review by: Haley, 7th grade. Review of the book "Defiance" by Vallary Hobbs.
******SIX STARS! "Toby is normal, I guess. Besides the fact that he has cancer. On vacation with his mom, his dad is only able to see him on weekends. Toby is away for three weeks at the cabin "resort". Hes sly, so he leaves early and goes for a bike ride. He comes across a cow. Later, he finds out the cows name is Blossom, but right now, all he knows is this cow is SKINNY! So, with his courage, he travels down a dirt road to a broken down home. A gunfire...why a gunfire???Toby runs, but returns the next day with Cheerios for the friendly cow, and trys it again with the home this time. Someone answers...I read this book in one sitting. Its a gripping, emotional, and very heartaching! 6 stars. %110 amazing!"

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Book Review by Haley

*****Five stars
"Four things my geeky-jock-of-a-best-friend must do in Europe"

"Brady is Jewish, is a teenage girl living in Washington D.C., USA. Her mom takes her to Europe instead of doing a bar mitzvah. They go to many different places. On the cruise ship there are teen parties every night. There is love, embarrassment, humility, and tons of fun!! I couldn't put this book down plus its written in letters from Brady to her best friend. Bradys best friend wrote four things that Brady has to do in Europe. Thus, the humiliation. You'll know what I mean. Read the book. If you're like me, you'll be walking down the hallways at school bumping into people...because you can't put this book

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Yellow Card "Lights and sounds"

Jeff Foxworthy "Have your loved ones spayed or neutered"

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


"Criss cross" Lynne Rae Perkins : "Debbie and Hector are having a time of it. Let's talk about Debbie first, though. She's fourteen and feeling particularly dull and uninteresting. She likes boys (she likes a football player boy for one) but she freezes up when she talks to them. Fortunately she has her old friends, friends since childhood, to help her out of being uncomfortable. She has Mrs. Bruning, the old German lady neighbor, to help out when the woman's arthritis is acting up. And she has Mrs. Bruning's cute grandson to get to know in the midst of what turns out to be a particularly big emergency. Then there's Hector. Hector, in a burst of not wanting to consider himself roly-poly and dull too, is learning the guitar. He likes a girl who is also learning, but at the same time he's resentful of her other admirer. Still, in spite of everything he's seeing the world in different ways and trying to figure out how he fits into it. It makes for a unique little summer. "
"Twilight" Stephanie Meyer: "As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship."
"Peeps" Scott Westerfield: "Nineteen-year-old Cal, a Texas transplant, lost his virginity–and a lot more–when he first arrived in New York City. He became a parasite-positive, or peep–he prefers not to use the v-word. Now he works for the Night Watch, a secret branch of city government dedicated to tracking others of his kind. Unlike the rare natural carriers like Cal, who has acquired night vision, superhuman strength, and a craving for lots of protein, most peeps are insane cannibals lurking in darkness. But now the teen has found the young woman who infected him–and learns that something worse than peeps is threatening the city, and he is on the front lines.
"Poison" by Chris Wooding: "Pale and thin, with long black hair and violet eyes, the sullen, moody girl named Poison is an appropriate heroine for this over-the-top gothic horror fantasy. The 16-year-old has never been out of the Black Marshes, one of the remote backwaters settled by humans in a Realm ruled by phaeries and inhabited by a cast of foul creatures that includes trolls, daemons, and a particularly nasty Spider Woman. When her baby sister is kidnapped and a changeling is left in her crib, Poison sets off for the Realm of Phaerie to rescue her."
"Upstate" by Kalisha Buckhanon: "Poignant, compelling, luminous, this novel told in epistle form is a moving account of a young couple in love and their struggle to maintain a relationship while the young man, seventeen years old, is incarcerated for a horrendous crime. The first words Antonio writes to Natasha is "Baby, do you believe I killed my daddy?" Thus begins a correspondence that spans almost ten years."

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Review by Evan, grade 10. Review of "Cinderella Man" Movie starring Russell Crowe
. !!Four Stars!! "Great Movie, some language that adds to the characters. Excellent acting!"

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Psychic website!

Okay, this website freaked me out. Thanks to Niko for showing it to me.
Follow the directions and watch it read your mind!

If you have a cool website you want to share, email it to me at or tell me about it.

Anime Review

I like this show because of the characters and weapons

Review by Niko
Grade 9