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Welcome to the Dalton Teen Blog!
Click one of the links below to be taken one of the most recent posts, otherwise feel free to scroll down and see what’s been going on in the teen department.

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DW – International Game Day 2014

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Dalton-Whitfield Library presents International Game Day @ Your Library: Saturday, November 15th at 10:00am

Come to the library and play some games, including board games like Monopoly, Life, and Clue! Libraries across the country and the world will be hosting their own Game Days all around the same time. All ages are welcome and encouraged to join in.

For teens in 6-12th grade, there will be a Wii tournament. Drop by the library starting November 1st to sign up!

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DW – TAG Meeting

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Dalton-Whitfield Library’s Teen Advisory Group will be meeting

Are you part of the TAG yet? If you’re between 12 and 18 and you want to play a role in how the library serves teens, come to the TAG! Do crafts, chat about what you’re reading, and help us serve you.

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DW – Teen Zombie Makeup and Wounds Workshop

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Dalton-Whitfield Library and the Teen Advisory Group present a Zombie Makeup and Wounds event: Monday, October 27th at 5:30pm

All teens between 12-18 are invited to learn how to put on zombie make up and create fake wounds! It’s free to attend and snacks will be provided. Share your love of zombies and have some fun!

Come join the Teen Advisory Group and learn how to make Zombie Makeup and Wounds

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DW – Teen Advisory Group Meeting

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Dalton-Whitfield Library is reintroducing the Teen Advisory Group called TAG! The first meeting will be September 25, 2014 at 5:30pm

Teens between 6-12th grade are invited to join the TAG group. This is a volunteer opportunity that will allow you to help plan teen programs, give feedback on the library’s teen collection, and promote how great the library can be!

Snacks will be provided.

TAG poster

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DW – Computer Lab Closed

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Dalton-Whitfield Library’s Computer Lab will be closed: Wednesday, September 24th at 5:00pm until Thursday, September 25th at 12:00pm

The staff at Dalton-Whitfield Library will use the closed time to move the Computer Lab to the Learning and Technology Training Center. When the Lab reopens, it will be on the 1st floor of the library. To reach the 1st floor, simply take the elevator down and then turn left.

The last log-in on the computers will be at 4:00pm and time will not be extended past 5:00pm.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience! Make sure you drop by the Grand Opening on September 30th from 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Learn more about the Grand Opening.

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DW – Chattanooga Symphony – The Happiness Project

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Dalton-Whitfield Library’s The Happiness Project presents the Chattanooga Symphony playing some upbeat music: October 30th at 5:30pm

Join the library and other members of the community in listening to some happy, upbeat music played by the Chattanooga Symphony.

While you’re here, make sure you pick up a fabric square for the Happiness Quilt. Draw or write what makes you happy on it and bring it back to the library so we can make a community-based quilt!

Find more information about the Happiness Project.

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DW – The Happiness Project

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Dalton-Whitfield Library is hosting The Happiness Project: September, October, and November

Adults and teens, join the library in reading and discussing books and then watching the movie! See below for the full schedule and the calendar for individual events. Kids, come to story time and explore what makes you happy!

September

  • 9th at 6pm: Discussion of Gretchin Rubin’s Project Happiness
  • 11th at 6pm: Gretchen Rubin’s Youtube Interview and Discussion

October

  • 7th at 6pm: Discussion of Chris Gardner’s Pursuit of Happyness
  • 9th at 6pm: Watch a Movie!
  • 21st at 6pm: Discussion of Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia
  • 23rd at 6pm: Watch a Movie!

November

  • 4th at 6pm: Discussion of Ben Carson’s Gifted Hands
  • 6th at 6pm: Watch a Movie!

October Children’s Program
Happy Harvest month! Children will explore what makes them happy during story times and enjoy upbeat music and movies.

  • 18th at 11:30am: Watch a Movie!
  • 25th at 11:30am: Watch a Movie!
  • 30th at 6pm: Chattanooga’s Symphony

Happiness Quilt
During the months of September through November, everyone is encouraged to submit a square to the library with what makes them happy written or drawn on it. These squares will be joined together to form the Happiness quilt. Library customers will be able to watch the quilt grow as new squares are added.

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DW – LTTC Grand Opening

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Dalton-Whitfield presents the Learning and Technology Training Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on September 30 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm! The Ribbon Cutting will be at 5:30 pm.

Dalton-Whitfield Library is working with other community organizations to offer the Learning and Technology Training Center. The computer lab will be moving into the center, and there will be technology-based classes available, as well as spaces for tutors to work with students and a sitting area with electrical outlets and free wireless internet! Drop by during the grand opening to see the new space, enjoy refreshments, and learn what the LTTC has to offer you.

Get a first look at the LTTC which will have:

  • State of the art technology, including a 3-D printer
  • Convertible classrooms/Makerspaces
  • Comfortable seating area for laptop, tablet, and other wi-fi device use
  • Computer lab
  • Community Meeting Space
  • Private Tutoring Rooms
  • Free Computer and Job Training Classes
  • Collaborative Workspace

LTTC Grand Opening

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DW – Fine Freedom – 7/7

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Dalton-Whitfield Library will be hosting a Fine “Freedom” Day! July 7th, all day long!

Ever been scared about the fines on a book/movie/CD you’ve kept way over its overdue date? July 7th is the day to bring the item in! We will forgive any overdue fees for items returned on July 7th at the Dalton-Whitfield library. This does not include any fees for damages.

We look forward to seeing you after Independence day with your overdue books, movies, music and more!

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DW – New Teen Books 7/1

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The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

Payback Time by Carl Deuker

The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius edited by John Joseph Adams

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Fragments by Dan Wells

Ruins by Dan Wells

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science by Sean Connolly

15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius by Simon Monk

Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius: 64 Lessons with Projects, 2nd ed. by Dave Cutcher


  • Payback Time by Carl Deuker.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “A reporter’s job is to find the missing pieces, and high school journalist Mitch True is on the verge of uncovering those pieces and nailing his first real story. If only he can get cornerback Angel Marichal to talk. Or Coach McNulty to explain why he never allows Angel’s obvious talent–his speed and strength–to shine on the field. What is Angel’s secret? And who profits from keeping the truth hidden?”

  • The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius edited by John Joseph Adams.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In superhero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games, and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy, or otherwise dominate the world as we know it.

    Dr. Frankenstein was the first truly mad scientist of the modern era. And what did it get him? Destroyed by his own creation. And Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo, a man ahead of his time as well as out of his head–what did he do to deserve persecution?

    Even Lex Luthor, by all accounts a genius, has been hindered not once, not twice, but so many times that it has taken hundreds of comic books, a few fill, and no fewer than ten full seasons of a television series to keep him properly thwarted.

    It’s just not fair. So those of us who are so twisted and sick that we love mad scientists have created this guide. Some of the names have been changed to protect the guilty, but you’ll recognize them. It doesn’t matter, though. This guide is not for you. It’s for them: the underhanded, over-brained paranoiacs who so desperately need our help.

    What lies behind those unfocused, restless eyes and drooling, wicked grins? Why–and how–do they concoct their nefarious plots? Why are they so set on taking over the world? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in luck, because we are exposing their secrets, aiding and abetting their evil. It all awaits, within.”

  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. (Book 2 of the Raven Cycle)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

    Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

    One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

    And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

    Ronan is one of the raven boys–a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface–changing everything in its wake.”

  • Fragments by Dan Wells. (Book 2 in the Partials Sequence)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just the beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence–it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

    Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what’s left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira’s journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus will both discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn’t even know existed.”

  • Ruins by Dan Wells. (Book 3 in the Paritals Sequence)
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Our time is almost up.

    As the clock ticks closer and closer to the final Partial expiration date, humans and Partials stand on the brink of war. Caught in the middle, thousands of miles apart, are Samm and Kira. Samm, who is trapped on the far side of the continent beyond the vast toxic wasteland of the American Midwest; and Kira, now in the hands of Dr. Morgan, who is hell-bent on saving what’s left of the Partials, even if she has to destroy Kira to do it.

    The only hope lies in the hands of the scattered people of both races who seek a way to prevent the rapidly escalating conflict. But in their midst appears a mysterious figure, neither human nor Partial, with solemn warnings of a new apocalypse–one that none of them may be able to avert.”

  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “In a city filled with the dead and dying, while a nightmarish war rages halfway across the world, the grieving look for answers in photographs and séances.

    It’s 1918. San Diego. And a girl who doesn’t believe in spirits steps off the train and into a new life…”

  • The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science by Sean Connolly.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Stand back! Genius at work! Encase your little brother in a giant soap bubble. Drop Mentos in a bottle of diet soda and stand back as a geyser erupts. Launch a rocket made from a film canister.

    Here are 64 amazing experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash, boom, and stink. Giant air cannons. Home made lightning. Marshmallows on steroids. Matchbox microphones. There’s even an introduction to alchemy. (Not sure what that is? Think ‘medieval wizard.’) None of these experiments requires special training, and all use stuff found in the kitchen or garden shed. You’d be irresponsible not to try them.”

  • 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius by Simon Monk.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “This wickedly inventive guide explains how to design and build 15 fiendishly fun electronics projects. Filled with photos and illustrations, 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius includes step-by-step directions, as well as a construction primer for those who are new to electronics projects.

    Using easy-to-find components and equipment, this do-it-yourself book shows you how to create a variety of mischievous gadgets, such as a remote-controlled laser, motorized multicolor LEDs that write in the air, and a surveillance robot. You’ll also learn how to use the highly popular Arduino microcontroller with three of the projects.

    Build these devious devices to amaze your friends and confound your enemies: Coil gun, trebuchet, ping pong ball minigun, mini laser turret, balloon-popping laser gun, touch-activated laser sight, laser-grid intruder alarm, persistence of vision display, covert radio bug, laser voice transmitter, flash bomb, high-brightness LED strobe, levitation machine, snailbot, and surveillance robot.”

  • Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius: 64 Lessons with Projects, 2nd ed. by Dave Cutcher.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Fully updated throughout, this wickedly inventive guide introduces electronic circuits and circuit design, both analog and digital, through a series of project you’ll complete one simple lesson at a time. The separate lessons build on each other and add up to projects you can put to practical use. You don’t need to know anything about electronics to get started.

    Using easy-to-find components and equipment, Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius, Second Edition provides hours of rewarding–and slightly twisted–fun. You’ll gain valuable experience in circuit construction and design as you test, modify, and observe you results–skills you can put to work in other exciting circuit-building projects.

    Build these and other devious devices: Automatic night light, light-sensitive switch, analog-to-digital converter, voltage-controlled oscillator, op amp-controlled power amplifier, burglar alarm, logic gate-based toy, two-way intercom using transistors and op amps.”

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