WWE, Pearson Foundation, and YALSA are teaming up to present the 2014
WrestleMania Reading Challenge!
Teens ages 13-18, write about your favorite book to a WWE Superstar Pen Pal at www.wwereadingsuperstar.com
for the chance to win tickets to WrestleMania 30, and more!
Deadline to submit is March 7, 2014
Show your support for the Bridgeport Public Library and all of America’s Libraries.
Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.
Below is our story that was conceived during NaNoWriMo by visiting our Letterbox plant. Six people visited during the month and added sentences to a story starter. Teens at the library carved their own stamp as well.
NaNoWriMo Story Letterbox 2013
Walking up the front steps of the library I saw a lady coming out with a very large book. She told me to listen to Nirvana. Such a cool idea. Love the idea of a library. I love family! I love the library!
Life is like a funhouse mirror. It isn’t the way you may look at it. It could be something else. You need to find out! This is the perfect place to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon and still be able to Letterbox. Thank you for a fun trip.
Have you played the party game, Telephone, when you whisper a phrase to the person next to you, and the phrase is passed around the circle until the last person announces what is usually a different phrase than what they heard? On Saturday, November 16, 2013 as part of International Games Day the Bridgeport Public Library Burroughs & Saden Main branch, did just that, only bigger!
The phrase which started in Australia, with “Playing games is great fun” passed from person to person and library to library in the Global Gossip Game. The game finished in Alaska over 24 hours later with the phrase “Clouds travel around the world”.
The GGG came through the Bridgeport Public Library downtown at 3:30 p.m. with the phrase“ I love to road” from the Richmond Public Library in Richmond VA. During twenty minutes of play the secret phrase travelled through seventeen patrons and staff of all ages. It ended with “I love the world” Bridgeport Librarian Nancy Sweeney passed on this phrase around 3:50 to the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepard Park Library in Washington DC.
The Library hosted a variety of gaming opportunities before the “gossip” began. Free play throughout the day featured chess, giant checkers, and fun new games donated by our sponsors: Square Shooters, USAopoly, and Yu-Gi-Oh!
Some where in the Bridgeport Public Library downtown there hides a Letterbox in honor of NaNoWriMo!
This is a follow-up to our Teen Read Week activity where patrons made their own unique rubber stamp to be used for Letterboxing. This year’s theme was “Seek the Unknown”
To find the clue visit Atlas Quest.
Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming “treasure hunt” style outdoor quest. A wide variety of adventures can be found to suit all ages and experience levels.
Teens who missed making stamps during Teen Read Week will be able to create a stamp in the Teen Cafe beginning next Monday.
2013 Teens’ Top Ten Winners
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion)
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books)
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen)
- Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Simon & Schuster)
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
- Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux)
- Every Day by David Levithan (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)
- Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (Egmont)
- Butter by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury)
These drop in sessions will emphasize:
- Searching for colleges, majors, and careers
- Discussing college affordability and financial aid.
- Discussing high school courses, grades, and test scores.
- Starting the application to college, writing essays, asking for recommendations, and more.
This program is free and open to all high school students and their parents.
Seventh and eighth grade students are also welcome.
It is never too early to be thinking about college!
No appointment necessary.
The following Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.
October 22 November 5 and 26 December 3 and 17
Sponsored by: The College Place
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Black Rock Branch
Learn to Draw Comics
Image-based storytelling is a powerful educational tool. Comics are probably more able to combine story and information simultaneously, more effectively and seamlessly, than almost any other medium.
These workshops are aimed at Teens and Tweens, but all are welcome! Be ready to start that webcomic or graphic novel you always wanted!
All classes are free but space is limited. To register stop by the library or call: 203 576-7025.
Breaking News!- We have added X-Box Wednesday on the 4th Wednesday of the month; also at 6:00.
Contact Newfield Branch: 203 576-7828
WWE READING WRESTLEMANIA® CHALLENGE WINNERS!
Bridgeport Public Library and the WWE unleashed the reading power of local teen patrons. Javier Llantin Cruz and Ramon Pons, both of Bridgeport, CT were finalists in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge. Eighteen readers were selected over a four month judging process based on how they answered the following question, “What is your favorite book and why should your favorite wrestler read it?” Winners in grades 5-12 were chosen from across the United States, Canada and England. Read More
Back to school reminder!
Heading back to school? Remember with your Bridgeport Library card you have access to a live tutor every day from 2p.m.-11 p.m.!
K-12 and college students can get help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in every subject, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies and English.
Speak Out Against Bullying
The Hearst Connecticut Newspaper Group is embarking on a project delving into bullying in our schools and woud like to hear directly from students.
Here’s a short video on what some students have already said: click here.