Books Vs. Movies: Guest Entry by Teen Blogger

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by klarakim

This guest entry was written by Sarah M., a teen volunteer at Campbell Library. I don’t know about you, but for a long time in my house there was a “read the book before you watch the movie” rule. I don’t know whether or not to be thankful. On the one hand, it got me reading a lot of really great books even if it . . . more »

Hyperbole and a Grumpy Cat Jumping into Oatmeal Boxes

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 by klarakim

Internet celebrities have books with exclusive content you won't find online. You should lovingly grab these books off your library shelves because it's the closest you'll ever get to hugging the internet. (Unfortunately we're still working on ways for the internet to hug you back.) #1 Hyperbole and a Half Hyperbole and a Half is the webcomic responsible for the "CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!" meme. . . . more »

Digital Natives & How They'll Change the World

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 by klarakim

In a world where self-driving cars are a reality and Facebook is so out of style it might as well be MySpace, children born now are growing up as digital natives. What's a digital native? Originally the term was created to describe people born after 1980. People born before 1980 are called "digital immigrants." Personally I'm a little wary of the term "digital natives" because . . . more »

Lorde, Rookie Magazine, and You

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by klarakim

I love Lorde and hope you do too. Heck, I hope Lorde wins at this year's Grammys or even just the library's Predict the Grammys contest. Her music is intelligent and beautiful, as self-possessed as the artist herself. I've noticed journalists treat her weirdly, like they can't get over the fact that she's a teenage girl in control of her massively popular work rather than . . . more »

Teen Video Challenge: Win Up to $375

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by klarakim

Are you a teen who likes making videos and winning prizes? Oh man, I'm so glad you're reading this because the Santa Clara County Library District is holding a video contest for you! Make a 30 to 90 second video promoting Summer Reading with 2014’s theme of “Spark a Reaction!” and you could win a $100 gift card from your local library. Then we'll submit . . . more »

'Tis the Season for a Holiday Card Craft

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by klarakim

Kids, teens, and adults gathered at Campbell Library to create homemade cards for loved ones and to give to senior citizens in our community. The only thing missing from these photos is documentation of the glitter apocalypse on the library's carpet! Here's some of the cards made for senior citizens: This snowman with a 3D scarf was made by a thoughtful, creative teen: Egads, it . . . more »

Get Excited for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013 by klarakim

Are you counting the days until the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special airs on November 23rd? Reading books about time travel and the paranormal will prepare you for the day the Doctor shows up in your yard and demands you get in the TARDIS and explore a rather dangerous universe together. Here are YA books perfect for any Whovian, Time Lord, or fan of time . . . more »

Top 10 Literary Pumpkin Carvings

Posted on Saturday, October 19, 2013 by klarakim

Campbell Library is holding a pumpkin carving for teens on October 25th at 4pm! Need inspiration? Here's the best bookish pumpkins I found on the internet. 1. Harry Potter Q: How long will I love this Hogwarts crest carving? A: Always. ;) 2. Edgar Allan Poe Poe apparently has the most carvable author face as I haven't seen any other authors on pumpkins. (You hear . . . more »

K-Pop for Beginners

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by klarakim

There's a Korean harvest festival called Chuseok that's hundreds of years old and is being celebrated this week. You can celebrate too by hanging out with your family, eating Korean food, and listening to fabulous k-pop! The library can help you with the k-pop part but you will have to supply your own family and Korean food, sorry. Here, maybe this delightful gif will make . . . more »

"Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by klarakim

Eleanor & Park Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Gr. 9+ 336 pages It’s 1986. You’re on the school bus reading Watchmen. You notice the new girl who sits next to you, the one with bright red hair and bizarre fashion sense, has begun reading over your shoulder. You turn your pages a little slower after that. Soon you’re lending her your favorite comics and you can’t wait . . . more »

8 Teen Spaces Just For You

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by klarakim

All 8 of our libraries have teen spaces built just for you! According to my painstaking research (aka Google Maps), visiting all 8 would mean: 1 hour and 52 minutes of driving 5 hours and 59 minutes of biking 21 hours and 4 minutes of walking Lucky for you, we collected photos of all the teen spac