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Teen Read Week

YA Author, Jenni James

Jenni James is the author of The Jane Austen Diaries, a series of books set in Farmington, NM. She has also been working on the Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection which contains reworkings of classic fairy tales and will include multiple books that will be released over the next few years.

James will do a presentation and book signing in the Teen Zone on Thursday, October 18 @ 7pm. Teens can enter to win copies of Pride & Popularity and Northanger High at the event. This program is part of the 2012 Teen Read Week. Look for copies of James' books available at the Farmington Public Library and check out her website.

Mayor's Teen Advisory Council
1st Thursday of the month @ 7pm

Join us to discuss teen issues and solve them! Register your volunteer and service learning hours online!


Log on to the reading program during Banned Books celebration at the Farmington Public Library beginning September 5 to October 6. Write a review and you may win a bag of the "Twilight Saga" books by Stephenie Myers at the Mayor's Teen Advisory Council meeting on October 4 at 7pm.

Did you know that in 1981, Bless Me, Ultima was burned in Bloomfield, New Mexico? Do you know the film adaptation of the New Mexico novel will premiere at El Paso's Plaza Theatre on September 17? Do you know you can win an autographed book from Rudolfo Anaya at the Mayor's Teen Advisory Council meeting on October 4 at 7pm?

Monday Matinee @ 4pm
October 1 Star Wars A New Hope or New Release
October 8 Hitch or New Release
October 15 Ghost Rider or New Release
October 22 The Grudge or New Release
October 29 Iron Man or New Release

Blended Zine creative staff meets every Wednesday at 4:30. Bring your creativity and watch it come to life in our teen magazine.

Visit for a copy of the release form and submission guidelines or find us on facebook.

Teen Gaming Fix

Play PS3, Xbox 360, Wii or PS2 games in the Teen Zone! Video Games are available to Teens (13-19) who have a valid library card in good standing and meet the qualifications listed in the Teen Zone Gaming System Policy.

Gaming is available in the Teen Zone daily when the TZ is staffed. Games may not be available during Teen Zone or Youth Services programs.


at the Four Corners Storytelling Festival

Youth take over as emcees and tell at the storytelling festival each year on Friday. This year's Field Trip Day event on October 11, 2012 is currently full. Registration is available on the Library Events Calendar each year beginning in August. Check the Four Corners Storytelling Festival schedule for the free event.

Youth interested in being a youth storyteller/emcee for 2013, download and complete the Youth Storytelling Form and return to Youth Services at the Farmington Public Library or email to

Listen to Cuentos Hahne and Tales on KSJE Radio 90.9 FM Radio, Fridays at 2:00pm for more storytelling! We miss and want to thank Connie Gotsch for her support we would like to dedicate 2012 youth storytelling in her memory.

Master Storyteller, Kevin D. Cordi spotlights past Farmington's Youth Storytelling. Very special thanks to the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and Storytellers of New Mexico.

Letters About Literature, sponsored by the New Mexico State Library in cooperation with The Center for the Book and the Library of Congress. Letters About Literature is a writing contest designed to promote reading and thoughtful writing by encouraging young readers to read a book and then write a letter to the author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. This is the first year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.

Readers in grades 4-10 write a personal letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story, or poem. Students may write about works of fiction or nonfiction. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the New Mexico judges. State judges will select the top letter writers in New Mexico, who then advance to the national competition.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-10. The one winning letter from each level from each state is entered into the final national competition. There will be cash prizes for the three state winners and also for the national winners.

All entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2013.

Please visit Letters About Literature to learn more about the contest.

Lights on Afterschool
Each October, one million Americans and more than 7,500 communities nationwide celebrate the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. Join us for a celebration during GASP from 4-6pm. Pick up an "Afterschool Survival Kit" and find out how to enter the Lights on Afterschool national poster contest.

Come in and sign the Proclamation from Governor Susana Martinez and Mayor Tommy Roberts for the City of Farmington and we will mail it to them!

Facts & Research for New Mexico
In New Mexico, 22% (75,844) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.

Of all New Mexico children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 40% (113,188) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.

90% of parents in New Mexico are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.

17% (57,138) of New Mexico's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 8,036 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in New Mexico, refer to the Afterschool in New Mexico Fact Sheet.

We have an obligation to our children to make sure that their learning environment is as safe and healthy as possible. I support finding resources to renovate school buildings, improving school nutrition and physical education standards and programs, supporting after-school activities and encouraging schools to be part of the fabric of a community.

Tom Udall
U.S. Senate

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