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What Would Carter Stevens Read?

Have you had a chance to watch Finding Carter a very intense series that first aired on MTV last year?  The show is about a teenage girl named Carter Stevens who is confident, pretty, and popular, which are traits quite handy in navigating high school life.  She also has an amazing relationship with her mom who always tells Carter how much she loves her.  One fateful night Carter is out partying with her friends and things get out of control and she ends up being detained by the police.  Nothing prepares Carter for the punch-in-the-gut news that comes when she is told that she can’t go home to her mom – ever.  Carter finds out she was abducted when she was three, and now she must return to her biological family, who thought she was gone forever.  As Carter tries to forge a new life with her real parents, twin sister (fraternal), and younger brother, she must also adjust to life in a new school.  Carter misses her “mom” terribly and she can’t get over the fact that her real parents are pressing charges.

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Carter has a lot of emotional issues and she jumps into anything that will take her mind off of missing the woman that she thought was her mother.  If Carter walked into my library right now what books would I recommend for her to read?  Here’s what I would suggest. Continue reading What Would Carter Stevens Read?

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All the Players are Belong to Us: Multiplayer Games in Libraries

A lot of gaming has become about community. Many games are built to be an experience. The boom of rhythm games, family gaming on the Wii, and the Kinect, all facilitate a multi-player experience. Really, some of my best experiences are hanging out at the arcade, with my quarter on the glass, waiting for my turn on Mortal Kombat.


In teen spaces, multiplayer gaming is vital. Why have a single player game when you can have four … or eight … or sixteen? It is most cost-effective and efficient to offer games where the greatest number of players can get in on the action.

While many multiplayer games are competitive, thus creating winners and losers (and sometimes sore feelings), they still tend to create a great sense of community. Lesser players will team up. Good sports will congratulate others. And win, lose, or draw, a great play still elicits excited shouts of joy from all players. Continue reading All the Players are Belong to Us: Multiplayer Games in Libraries