Archive for January 19, 2011

Project Runway for Teens

“Designers…make it work!” – Tim Gunn
Last week we had our Project Runway design challenge for our teens: create a dress for the “runway”. The program was in two parts – week 1, we had a fashion design workshop with Ivy Bell-Bazer, teaching the girls how to sketch like a professional designer and create pieces for their portfolios. Some examples of the drawings:
For week 2, we introduced the design challenge: we had them choose fabric and trim to create a dress.
We gave them time to create and when time was up, we assembled the runway for the show:
Everyone did a fabulous job and there were many fierce creations! Thanks again to Ivy and all of our talented designers!
For more photos, become a fan of the Syosset Public Library TeenSpace page on Facebook to check out photos from this and other Teen Programs!
-Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

American Library Association’s 2011 Awards

On January 10, the American Library Association announced the top books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, Schneider Family and Printz awards.
The following is a list of all ALA Teen Awards for 2011:
John Newbery Medal (for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature):
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Moon over Manifest written by Clare Vanderpool, is the 2011 Newbery Medal winner.
The Newbery Honor Books named were the following books:
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in literature written for young adults):
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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi is the 2011 Printz Award winner.
Four Printz Honor Books were named:
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Nothing by Janne Teller
Coretta Scott King Book Award (recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults):
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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner.
Three King Honor Books were selected:
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty written by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke
Schneider Family Book Award (for books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences):
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick is the winner in the Middle School category (ages 11-13).
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John is the winner in the teen category (ages 13-18).
Pura Belpre Award (honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books):
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the winner of the 2011 Belpre Author Award.
Alex Awards (for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences):
The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel by Alden Bell
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel by Helen Grant
The Radleys by Matt Haig
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray
The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, written by Ann Angel, is the 2011 Excellence winner.
An annotated booklist will be available in TeenSpace shortly.
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Middle School Book Discussion and Pizza Party for Schooled

Come join us for a fun discussion of the laugh-out-loud book
Schooled by Gordon Korman. Pizza will be served!

Monday, January 31 • 7-8 PM • Free

Registration is currently ongoing. Books are available at the circulation desk.
You can register for the above program at the Reference Desk or TeenSpace, by phone (921-7161 ext 242), or e-mail at
Here’s a short description:
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Hope to see you there!
Sharon Long & Pam Strudler
Teen Services