Happy Teen Read Week, Bits and Bramblers! See, every year, we set aside an entire week just for teens (like you) who love to read. We even come up with a cool theme—this year, it’s READ BEYOND REALITY. And we do it just to celebrate you guys For no other reason than…reading is fun. And there a lot of good books out there. And the teens who read them are awesome, and deserve their own week.

Now, speaking of good books….haaaaaaaaave you read Meg Cabot’s Being Nikki? It’s the sequel to last year’s Airhead, and it’s got a little bit of everything. Supermodels! Speech class! Multimillion dollar corporations that might really be evil! Unrequited love! Brain transplants! How’s that for beyond reality, huh?

See, Emerson Watts was visiting the Stark Megastore and was accidentally crushed by a giant plasma TV. Luckily for Em, the world’s most famous supermodel, Nikki Howard, suffered an aneurysm at the exact same moment. And when Em wakes up at the hospital, she sounds different and feels different–because a team of Surgeons that work for Stark Enterprises put her brain in Nikki Howard’s body.

And as it turns out, being a supermodel isn’t as easy as it looks. When Being Nikki starts, Em is still getting used to the freezing cold photo shoots and the paparazzi. And just when things seem semi-normal? Nikki Howard’s older brother shows up, and tells her their mother is missing (and how is Em going to explain why she doesn’t remember him?!) And then she realizes that Stark Enterprises has bugged her laptop, and who knows what else. And then someone claiming to be Nikki Howard starts emailing megastar Justin Bay. Only Em hates Justin, so she’s not the one emailing him…but if it’s not Em, who is it? After all, the real Nikki Howard’s dead…right?!

So yeah…I’d say Poor Em’s story is beyond reality, wouldn’t you?

Still…it doesn’t matter what kind of book you read, as long as you…do. Read, that is. After all, it’s Teen Read Week! I mean…I don’t even care if you have to ignore your homework and your chores—take some time and read this week.

Okay, okay…don’t ignore your homework and your chores, but…you know, try and find some time to read.

In fact, I want you to read so much that I’m not even going to leave you with a YouTube clip…you’ve got reading to do, Bits and Bramblers! So grab a book…and go BEYOND REALITY!!!!

A Whole New Reason to EXPRESS YOURSELF…

Hey Bits and Bramblers…

Usually we like to keep things light around here. We talk about books and websites. We tell you about library programming, and we link to funny videos. But if you’d like us to keep doing those things—and much, much more—we need to talk.

Because we need your help.

See, last Friday, our Governor proposed some cuts to the state budget. He wants to cut $112.5 million from the Public Library Fund. Which is…kind of bad for us. In fact, if this passes? Then at least half of your faaaaavorite locations will be forced to close—and maybe more.

We’ll have to cut back on the number of books, DVDS, and CDs we buy, the number of programs we offer, and the number of (*gulp*) staff we have.

So…that’s why we need your help. But the thing is? We don’t have a lot of time…

See, The Ohio General Assembly is going to think about the proposal for nine days, and then they’re going to vote on July 1st, which is…you know, not very far away.

And here’s the thing. You’re probably thinking, “I’m just a kid, what I can do? I can’t even vote. Nobody’s going to listen to me, right?”


You know how everyone keeps telling you that “you’re the future?” Well, they mean it. And this is your chance to start showing everyone the future is in good hands. After all…this is YOUR state. This is YOUR community. This is YOUR library. So why not talk about how much it means to you?

Talk to your parents. If they’re okay with it, email or call your elected officials. Don’t be afraid to tell them exactly what you think. Tell them how much you love your library, and that you want it to stay open.

Talk to your favorite adults Tell them what’s going on, and encourage them to contact their elected officials. The more people we get, the better our chances are.

I’ll even help you out by giving you a list of the people you need to contact, and how to contact them!

Now…if you aren’t sure which officials you should contact, you can check the House and Senate lists (or you could always ask if one of your faaaaaavorite librarians for help! After all…we’re pretty good at our jobs, and we’d like to keep doing them!)

Remember everyone…we don’t have much time. So GET BUSY…and START EXPRESSING YOURSELVES!!!!