Normal Public Library Teens

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    206 W. College Ave.
    Normal, IL 61761
    Teen Services Librarian: Kristi Cates
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Archive for the ‘Just for fun’ Category

Ah, childhood memories…

Posted by Kristi on May 20, 2011

So, you teens these days, you’re just so young and strange and into weird things like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga and all kinds of newfangled techno-gadgets and sometimes you just make me feel OLD. So I thought I’d provide you all with a blast from the past so you can get a glimpse of what your friendly librarian’s childhood and teen years were like. So without further ado, check out the awesomeness of the late 80s/early 90s:

I mean, come on: don’t you all wish you could’ve had the joy of growing up in a time when Steve Urkel was on TV?


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Come to the Dark Side…we have cookies.

Posted by Kristi on April 13, 2011

What happens when a little girl goes off script at the Disneyland Jedi Academy show:


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Puppy vs. Ice Cube

Posted by Kristi on March 10, 2011


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Dear Teen Me

Posted by Kristi on February 3, 2011

Ever wanted to write a letter to an earlier version of yourself? Maybe you wanted to keep yourself from making a horrible mistake, maybe you wanted to point and laugh at what you once thought was cool, or maybe you just wanted to reassure yourself that eventually life gets a little better. Whatever the case might be, this is exactly what a group of young adult authors have gotten together to do at Dear Teen Me.  Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, these letters are a great opportunity to find out a little bit more about what some of your favorite authors were like as teens, and what they’d say if they could send letters to their past selves.

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How Twilight Should Have Ended

Posted by Kristi on January 4, 2011

(via bookshelves of doom)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Kristi on November 23, 2010

As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, let’s take a moment to stop and reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. I’ll go first: Among other things, I give thanks for silly animal videos on YouTube. Here’s my new favorite:


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Hyperactive Japanese pudding ad

Posted by Kristi on October 14, 2010


Anybody else want some pudding now?  (From Boing Boing)

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Your Tuesday afternoon Cute Bunnies in Cups pick-me-up.

Posted by Kristi on October 5, 2010

You’re welcome.

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“Enjoy” this “post”.

Posted by Kristi on September 24, 2010

Today is National Punctuation Day! You can celebrate by visiting a couple of my favorite online pedants, the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks and Apostrophe Abuse. Oh, and don’t forget to correct someone’s punctuation mistakes as obnoxiously as possible!

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Six word memoirs

Posted by Kristi on August 4, 2010

Anyone heard of Smith magazine’s Six Word Memoirs?  It’s pretty much what it sounds like – describe your life or an event in your life in exactly six words.  Here’s one of mine as an example: Too much time spent reading? NO!

It sounds easy, but it can be ridiculously hard to sum up all your experiences in only six words.  Smith has published several books full of six word memoirs from both famous and ordinary people, including a version written entirely by teens, I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets (which you can check out right here at NPL).  Now they’ve got a website at where you can post your own efforts and vote on what others have submitted.  Go check it out, and if you come up with any great memoirs of your own, I’d love to see them!

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