It’s true! You can download any three of thousands of songs available on Freegal every week for FREE. That includes “Til the World Ends” by Britney Spears, “From the End of the World” by ELO, “Truck Stop at the End of the World” by Bill Kirchen…you get the point.
Do you draw? Paint? Sketch? Sculpt? Photograph? We want to see it!
Laneteenzone.org is accepting artwork submissions. If you’d like to see your artwork displayed on our teen page, you can scan it or take a picture of it, then email it to email@example.com, or bring your creation to the Fairfield Lane Library and we’ll do the rest. Then look for it right here on laneteenzone.org!
YALSA’s Legislation Committee created a Google map that individuals can use to Tweet their US Senator to support teen services for National Library Legislative Day. Please help support their work by helping to spread the news about this resource to your local, state and regional listservs. Here is a message you can pass on:
Tweet Your US Senator to Support Teen Services
May 10th is National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) and it only takes a minute of your time to make a difference! All you need is Internet access and a Twitter account.
- Make sure you’re logged into your Twitter account
- Visit YALSA’s Google map of US Senators at http://tinyurl.com/NLLDmap
- Click on the push pin in your state
- Click on the “Tweet Me” link
- Click on the “Tweet” button (the text of the message has already been created & appears in the text box)
- Encourage others to do this by forwarding the link of the map to them, adding the link to your Facebook page, blog or web site, etc.
To learn more about NLLD, please visit www.ala.org/nlld. To learn more about other ways can advocate for library services to teens specifically, visit http://tinyurl.com/YAadvocate. Thank you for all that you do to ensure teens have access to great library services and resources and thank you to YALSA’s Legislation Committee for creating this advocacy tool!
Beth Yoke, Executive Director
Young Adult Library Services Association
50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611
Get guidelines & tools for teen library services at
If you’ve never heard of Thor (as he pertains to the Marvel universe), or even if you just want to brush up on the backstory before seeing him on the big screen, the Lane Libraries have you covered. Click here to request some relevant Thor comics!
If you like David Cook’s cover of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” you’ll love Freegal. Why? Because Freegal lets you download that and thousands more songs for FREE. If you have a library card and know your pin number, you’re set!
There’s Star Wars Uncut, which invited fans to claim a 15-second snippet of the original movie and film it however they saw fit, then stitched all the best iterations of each scene together as a full-length version of the film. There are a thousand and one Star Wars mash-ups out there. It’s been parodied by Mel Brooks, Family Guy, and Robot Chicken. But, just when you thought it had all been done, now you can see Star Wars, Episode IV, as interpreted with…icons?
Regardless of whether anyone thought it should be done, Wayne Dorrington, designer and illustrator extraordinaire, has told the entire arc of Star Wars, Episode IV with no words (aside from “SOS”) — only icons. Not only that, but he’s completed Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as well.
If you’d never seen the movies, would Dorrington’s retelling still make sense? What other stories could you tell using nothing but icons?
Who likes free music? Perhaps someone like you? Maybe, more specifically, someone like you would like a free download of “Someone Like You” by Adele? Luckily for someone like you, the Lane now offers Freegal, which has music by Adele and thousands of other artists that can, in fact, be downloaded for free. By someone like you.
Pacing and endurance are half the battle when taking the ACTs. Teens 13 — 18 are invited to the Lane Libraries for free ACT workshops that will provide tips and helpful information.
ACT Practice Test
Prepare for the real thing by gauging your test readiness with a full-length practice test. Results will be emailed within 48 hours and accompanied by a detailed analysis.
Saturday, May 7, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Fairfield)
Saturday, May 14, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Oxford)
ACT 101 Review
An instructor will review important math and English content and teach effective test taking strategies and time saving tips. Don’t forget to bring a calculator! Parents are welcome to attend with their teen.
Saturday, May 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Fairfield)
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 — 7:00 p.m. (Oxford)
Registration is required for both programs. Call 858‑3238, ext. 358 for Fairfield and 523‑7531, ext. 215 for Oxford.
For more information about these and other programs at the Lane Libraries, please
call 894‑6557 or visit the Lane Web site at www.lanepl.org.
The ALA has released its top ten most frequently challenged books for 2010. How many have you read?
1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. Lush by Natasha Friend
7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
8. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
9. Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Last week, the blog YA Book Reads came out with their list of Young Adult Literature’s top ten villains.
Nothing helps make a good book better than a villain that we all love to hate.
Click on the links to access our catalog to request the books in which these strong characters shine. (If they’re not in the catalog, try using the M.O.R.E. service).
1. Lord Voldemort, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. Valentine, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
3. President Snow, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
4. Belatrix Lestrange, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
5. Alisitar Knight, Witch series by Carolyn MacCullough (coming soon!)
6. Ismus, Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis (coming soon!)
7. Reyad, Study series by Maria V. Snyder
8. The Volturi, The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
9. The Killer, The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
10 – Bastian – Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton (coming soon!)
Click on the link below to read the full post (rated PG):
Are there any characters who you should add to the list? Any that don’t think should be there? Feel free to comment below!