All of the entries for Power of the Pen are in and now you might be wondering, 'what are you doing with my poem/short story?'
Well, a few things! I (Kat) look after all the electronic entries and Marcel, the teen librarian at Central looks after all the print entries.
We have to check the entries to make sure they follow the guidelines and disqualify entries that go over the word count. We have to make sure that everyone has only submitted one poem and one short story. We also make sure that all entrants are between 12 and 18.
Next we go through and make sure entrant's names aren't on their poem or short story. We call this 'blinding'. We want to make sure that the judges don't know who wrote what so that the judging will be as fair as possible.
Once the entries are all blinded, we assign each entry a number and label them so when we get them back from the judges we'll know which entry belong to whom.
Still with me?
Once we do all that we attach each entry to a judging form and then divide the entries into their category (ie. 13 year old poetry, 15 year old short story). Next, the packages are finally ready to go to their judges!
So right now we're in the middle of printing, blinding and dividing up all those entries so we can get them to the judges. It's a big job but totally worth it!
Lots of awesomeness going on in September and October including our new Digital Media Labs! These are at Terryberry and Red Hill and have really neat equipment including video cameras, DSLR cameras, green screens, and even drums to lay down some tracks! Cool, right?
Congratulations to Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson which was our Top Novel winner this year!
If you haven't read it, it's a really intense sci-fi thriller that has some similarities to superhero stories but this time the ones with the powers are the enemy. I loved it and all the twists and turns the plot had. I would definitely recommend it!
I've been doing more reading over the summer and I'm done my badge! Just in time too. We only have one more week to collect prizes.
I read SIX more books! (Links go to the print book versions, though I read most of these in ebook).
Quickly, some one-sentence reviews! Stolen is intense and interesting. Isla and the Happily Ever After is a perfect rom com. The Reluctant Assassin wasn't my favourite Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl still has my heart). The Boy on Cinnamon Street was a sweet coming of age. The Half-Life of Molly Pierce was an interesting look at mental health. The Here and Now was one of my favourite dystopian time travel things that I've read in a while. Phenomenal.
I also voted in Top Novel which is a contest so I'm all done! YAY!
How are you guys doing? We still have lots of prizes out at the branch.
"Very good because it is fast paced. Full of good stuff."
I'm loving the bite-sized reviews you guys are posting to the reading tracker so far. Here are just a few! (Click the covers to check them out)
"Historic,interesting and imaginative"
"This book is the best book in the world. It has great morals to it and lots of things to think about. In saying that the book is the only book that has made me cry and laugh. The page that got me the most was 270. I really liked it though it is probably my favorite book, now! Great Job John Green! Thank you."
"The book was artfully crafted by an amazing author! Ransom Riggs not only wrote an amazingly peculiar book but also illustrated in through the use of authentic vintage photos. This unique idea sets the backdrop of the story and helps us, the readers, better understand the nature of Miss Peregrine and her Peculiar Children."
"Really good book! Surprisingly one of my all time favourites!"
"Amazing Book. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is competing for Hamiltons Next Top novel. I definitely want this book to win. It deserves it."
"Just as good as the first book! Can't wait to read the last book in the series!"
Okay, so last time I registered and showed staff a book I read. This time I've downloaded an e-book - Free to Fall by Lauren Miller (It's checked out because it's on my card but if you want to read it, you can still place a hold). I downloaded it on my iPad. If you need instructions for how to download books on your device, there are awesome videos here.
Here's an example of a badge if you haven't got yours yet. Pretend those tabs are snapped off on my real badge.
For my prize this time I would have scored a Mcdonald's Ice Cream coupon for a free cone (if I was under 18) which would have come in handy this weekend. Win!
Monday I'm going to (okay, running) the 'How Well Do You Know Your Best Friend' program which will mean another prize!
Thanks to everyone who has been reviewing books! I'm going to post some books you've liked next week. Enjoy your weekend!