UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:


Meshed String by Lexi R.

(In celebration of Earth Day)

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the water splash up and hit her shoulders

feeling the grinning sun on her back

mixing with the dirt turning her skin a leathery brown

calloused hands

scratched and bruised limbs going unnoticed amongst the large swarms of insects


She sits on the meshed string

feeling the burn from her head to her toe, from the weeks of hard effort and work with little






She sits on the meshed string

hearing the songs being sung by her friends

though she pays no attention

she hears the birds chirping

hears the coyotes howling

bears growling


She sits on the meshed string

knowing that soon they would eat

soon they would swim

soon they would sleep

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the blade of a paddles course through the water with fluid ease

noises not of industry or traffic but of swaying flora and restless fauna


She sits on the meshed string

driving the paddle blade in the water

pulling the paddle out

repeating the endless motion over


She sits on the meshed string

she sees the fishes pawing through the water

sees her friends smiling and laughing

sees the trees swaying around her

sees everything stop for just that moment


I sit in a wooden chair

writing this

thinking about what to write

thinking about my time sitting on the meshed string


Because I am her


Yet she is a different half of I


same hair

same person

same name

same likes and dislikes


Yet two entirely different people


Because she is I



Who Am I? by Beth B.

Did you see that scared looking girl today?

That is me, the daughter of Janine.

I am fourteen and go to the Metro school,

There I spend most of my days working.


There I am quiet, and have lost my way,

I don't know who I am anymore.

Writer, drawer, dreamer, stressor, a fool,

Maybe all, maybe none, I don't know.


I struggle in a sea of work and tears,

Not sure whether I'm happy or sad,

Both, neither, everyday, or not at all,

Lost, still unfound, searching for a way.


Here I stand,

Here I'll stay

Maybe onward

To my dying day.

Howl's Moving Castle and Other Great Fantasy Novels and Anime

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Cover for Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn JonesI am an avid reader of fantasy, but until recently I had never read the Howl's Moving Castle series by Diana Wynn Jones. It is a classic, and had long been on my list, but I just seemed to always find something else – until recently, that is. And when I finally read it, I was not disappointed! Why did I wait so long?! This is fabulous series with hidden gems and little surprises awaiting you in every book. I was both delighted and impressed with Jones’s ability to surprise me and give me little unexpected treats in every story. Wonderful! These are technically companion books, meaning they have connections to each other but could be read on their own, however, I think they are much richer and deeper when read together and in order. There are three books in the series: Howl's Moving Castle, The Castle in the Air, and The House of Many Ways (which is my favorite!) For a great description of all the varied, complicated, and wondrous adventures in Howl’s Moving Castle check out the fan video below (the first video). For a live action trailer, also put together by a fan and using various movie clips, check out the second video below. It is fantastic and I would love (wish) to see this book turned into a live action movie, using this cast!



For more great fantasy novels check out some these books:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Jones was also turned into an anime movie. Although different than the book in many ways, it is still an enchanting and fantastical story. Howl’s Moving Castle (the anime movie) is written by Hayao Miyazaki and is similar to some of his other anime such as Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Also, if you like fantasy and anime or are interested in learning more about anime, graphic novels, and manga don’t miss our Teen Graphic Novel, Manga, and Anime Club coming this fall. Each one will meet one Thursday a month at 4:00pm. Here are the upcoming dates and themes, but for more information and registration check out our Program Calendar.

  • September 10th: Hayao Miyazaki Movie Trailers and Anime Discussion
  • October 8th: Graphic Novels to Tell Your Story – featuring realistic graphic novels
  • November 12th: Manga, Anime, and Japanese Culture

Happy Reading!

Like the Maze Runner? Check out James Dashner's new series The Mortality Doctrine

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If you liked James Dashner's Maze Runner series and are searching for something new to read, check out his new series The Mortality Doctrine - an action packed, virtual reality, gamer adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first in the series (see the book trailer below for a sneak peek). The Rule of Thoughts is book two and was just released August 2014.

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Also, check out Dashner's awesome website jamesdashner.com where he has book excerpts, trailers, blogs, and more. He also has a site Dashner Army about all things Maze Runner and Mortality Doctrine. There you can find info, contests, games, videos, challenges, and even movie tie-in editions of his books. Plus, you can join the Dashner Army where you can be the first to know about James Dashner events, news, and more.

True Tales to be Told For Teens: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

Do You Have the Exam-Season Blues?

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Is the stress of exams getting you down?  Are you jolted awake after having a terrible nightmare that you didn’t study for your AP exam at all?  Do you have words tattooed on your face from falling asleep face-first into your notes?  It sounds like you have a terrible case of the exam-season blues.

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Luckily, the library is here to help.  Here at Upper Arlington Library, we have a lot of different solutions to your troubles.  We have new tables in the back of the Youth Department that are designated study tables.  They are tucked in the back, perfect for reviewing notes or revising a final paper.

We also have access to a bunch of great databases.  Click here for quick and easy access.  You can also access it by going to our website.  Click on the “Research” tab at the top of the homepage.  From the drop-down menu, select “Databases”.  This will take you to a page that has oodles of databases to choose from; just select the one that works best for you! This can help if you are missing some scholarly articles for an upcoming research paper.  A great trick, if you need a book, but can’t seem to find a good one on your research topic, is to look at scholarly articles and check out their works cited page.  If they have books listed, go ahead and see if we have them here at the library.

In a procrastination mood?  Well at least you can read a good book while you think about maybe…perhaps…someday…at one point…possibly…starting your essay on capitalism in modern society.  Come on over and check out some of the great new books we have in our teen section.  Take a peek as some of the ones listed below.

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Or maybe you need to focus on your relaxation techniques.  You can always grab a yoga DVD or pick up a book about meditation.  Taking some time to relax can help make a big project not seem so daunting.  Try the books Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You or My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing anxiety and Panic.

Woman wearing apron offering large chocolate cake on tray "Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards"



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