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August 2010

Goodbye Until 2011!

August 30, 2010 | Alan H.

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We've reached the "official" end of Word Out 2010.  We'll be closing commenting on all other posts shortly, but will leave the comments on this one enabled for a little while longer for anyone with a final farewell, book recommendation or otherwise.

First, much thanks to:

  • Participating authors who gave their time and thoughts to the program
  • All the TPL staff who blogged and supported the program in their branches
  • Most especially, our teen commenters throughout the summer!  You're the ones who really made this happen.

Secondly, remaining prizes (including the grand prizes) will be drawn shortly and winners contacted.  I'll make a post to announce when this is done.

Third, here are the credits (indeed a stupid web trick); I recommend listening to your favourite piece of fast music that's about 1:30 long--I like The Comedian's Gallop for this purpose.

See you all in 2011!

Week 7 Prize Winners Drawn & Contacted

August 27, 2010 | Alan H.

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Winners for August 16 - 22 drawn & contacted.  Check your email!

Next week will be our grand prize draws, and the cutoff for consideration for joining/comments/videos is 11:59 PM, Sunday August 29th.

What would it be like being protected by a band of superpower youth?

August 25, 2010 | Elsa

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In the popular manga series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumia, an average high school freshman, Kyon decides to join a school club. This club only takes in members who have hidden superpowers and its secret mission is to protect the beautiful Haruhi Suzumia.

You can find out more by checking out the manga series! :) I wonder what it would be like to be protected by a group of super youth? What about you?

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More Vampires @ the Malvern Word Out Party

August 24, 2010 | Tatted Librarian

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Thirsty for More Vampires?

Come to the Special Screening of the Canadian Horror Comedy,

SUCK: The Movie 


There will be a Special Q&A after the film, and I can't tell you anymore... but there will be  Free Food


Please come and join me in the Community Room on this upcoming Monday, August 30 from 2-5:30 p.m.


I hope I will see some you guys there.

Check out the trailer


Malvern Branch

30 Sewells Rd., Toronto, ON 

M1B 3G5





Get Ready to Shiver

August 24, 2010 | Margaret

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Grace is: kind of lonely, living a quiet life with her distracted parents near Minnesota.  As a child, Grace was attacked by a pack of wolves but miraculously survived unharmed.  Now she watches the wolves in the woods beyond her home with fascination, especially one with piercing yellow eyes.

Sam is: leading a double life.  In summer he is the cute boy with strange eyes who works in the bookstore where Grace hangs out.  In the cold winter he must change.  The coming chill marks his transformation into a wolf.

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Random Book Prize Opportunity: Judging Books by the First Thirty-Five Words of Their Back Cover

August 23, 2010 | Alan H.

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Last week we judged books by their covers.  This week you can judge by micro-sized excerpts from their back cover description (or their cover jacket description, in some cases).  We've got copies of all four of the books with excerpted summaries below.  Just tell us which book you'd most like to read based on the excerpt and you'll get a chance to win (not necessarily the one you choose, though--you shouldn't judge books by [small excerpts from the back of] their covers!)

The contest is closed now; we've identified the mystery books below, for the curious.

Mystery Book #1: All sixteen-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school--and life in general--with a minimum of effort.  It’s not a lot to ask.  But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick... (Going Bovine by Libba Bray)

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8 Questions for Alex Lemon

August 23, 2010 | Claire A

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I just finished reading the book, Happy: a Memoir and I loved it. Alex Lemon writes about the period in his life when he went to college and lived a carefree existence.  When he suffered his first brain hemorrhage, he turned to drugs and alcohol to help him cope with what he was going through.  This is the story of how he overcame his illness and substance abuse to become the person that he is today. 


I got the opportunity to interview the author. 



What was it like going through such a difficult experience at such a young age?

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Party Invitation: So you think you can dance?

August 23, 2010 | Kennis

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I have to admit that the blog’s title is misleading because I wanted to get everyone’s attention by using the popular show name!

Sanderson library is going to host the end of summer Word Out wrap party on Wednesday, August 25 at 2pm. Not only will we have food and prizes, we will have a gaming station setup so you can play.  Come and join us on August 25 at 2pm and don’t forget to bring your friends. If your local library is not Sanderson, you are still welcome to come. We’re located at the South-East corner of Dundas and Bathurst.

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What We Read Last Week, Part 8: The Final Week

August 23, 2010 | Alan H.

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It's the final week of Word Out (already?) and I was fortunate enough to read some great books last week to prepare for my final "What We Read" post this summer.

First off, and my favourite of all the YA I've read this summer: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.  Great YA science fiction, set in an offworld colony where a plague has killed all the women and made all the men into uncontrolled broadcast telepaths (they continuously spam everyone around them with their thoughts).  Of course, it turns out things aren't exactly as they seem, and the viewpoint character is forced to flee with his dog... highly recommended.  Looking forward to reading the sequel, The Ask and the Answer, this week.

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Volunteers needed for Black Creek Living History Project

August 19, 2010 | Alan H.

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If you're near the York Woods library and/or interested in local history you may want to check out their Black Creek Living History Project. They're looking for teen volunteers to conduct interviews with area seniors using digital video equipment and to edit the seniors' stories to make up part of an exhibit with an online presence.

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