Monthly Archives: April 2014

Have you ever been in a position where you cannot recognize a face?

Not someone’s physical face per say but the actual facial expression itself? The cover of Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz depicts just that; the inabilities to not only recognize but interpret and reflect any non-verbal communication.

Colin Fischer book cover

The main character, Colin, is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (a social and behavioral condition) and is considered to be on the “high-functioning” end of Autism spectrum disorders. Colin is entering into high school with a freshman classification. He already has a preceding track record of strange behaviors and awkward relationships, including but not limited to: family, females, former classmates and authority figures. Colin does not like to be touched in any way and likes for his things to remain undisturbed. His most treasured items are his cheat sheet for facial expressions and his green notebook and pencil for observations. He is seen with them every day. His obsessions are all things questionable, investigations, mathematics and problem solving.

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Creative Projects to Celebrate Spring

We know that you probably have lots of homework and projects this time of year, but we’re hoping you’ll have a chance to have some fun now that spring is here.  If you’re in a slump, here are some ideas that may help you get your creativity back on track.

PBS’ The Art Assignment (hosted by curator Sarah Green)

Each week a different artist suggests an art project, and you’re invited to play along and complete the assignment. If you submit a video, it could be featured in an upcoming episode.

Did you notice that Sarah is married to one of our favorite YA authors?


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Stressed? Sore? Try yoga.

Do you find yourself sitting for most of the day? Does it make you stiff and sore?  I know that describes me.  My back was killing me after sitting at my desk all day…so I decided to be wild and “new-agey” and try yoga.  Yoga?  Queue eye roll…  But, seriously, it’s awesome.  No, seriously.


My first thought was, “Uh…I don’t have the time to go to classes…or the money to pay for them,” so I set out looking for some free sources to learn.  I knew there were videos and books out there, so the librarian in me was like, “RESEARCH!”  From said research, I am here to give you the skinny on the best free resources I’ve found!

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Six Word Memoirs at Okolona

Are you one of many words? Do you have a lot to say or a lot on your mind? Well, I challenge you to write about it. But there’s a catch, you can only do it in six words.

If you were told that you were going to lose all sense of communication and had to share 6 words to leave your legacy, what would they be? Here at the Okolona Branch, we are hosting a 6-word Memoir event on Tuesday, April 15, 6 pm, click here for more information.

We will read the 6-word memoirs from teens just like you. Some of them are fun and simple while others are complex and serious. Think about it…what could YOU say in 6 words? Believe or not, a lot can be said with just a few words. I challenge you to join us and see what you can come up with. Of course, thinking is hard work and can build up a mighty appetite, so refreshments will be served!

Please, come join us.

Check out these titles for examples written by famous people and teens like you.

-Alexis, Youth Services, Okolona Branch


The Stand Alone Stands Alone

Harry Potter book cover City of Bones book cover

These books are not just best sellers that have been turned into (moderately or not-so) successful movies in recent years. These books all have something else in common—they are all series.  Don’t get me wrong. I love series.  There are some series that I wish would never end—I still want a Prequel to Harry Potter. Who doesn’t want to know what Sirius Black was like when he was at teenager? I’m going with womanizing lothario. And exactly how did Peter Pettigrew end up hanging out with the rest of the Marauders? I want to know. But there are some books that should just…end.
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