Marvel Comics announced last Thursday that Barack Obama will appear in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583, available  on Jan. 14th.

In the comic, Spider-Man comes to the rescue when Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration is disrupted.

Want to get together with other comic & manga fans?  Come to our discussion on Saturday, Jan. 17!   Eat munchies and you could win a free comic.  This month’s discussion topic is weapons & war

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From Teenreads.com:

Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2008 for the Teen Choice Book Award!

In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2008. The five titles that receive the most “votes” will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2009 Teen Choice Book Award. Later we will tell you where you can go vote for them once the five finalists have been announced. The winner will be announced in May 2009.

All you have to do is fill out the form found here between now and January 31, 2009. Your top five selections may come from the list we’ve provided below, or you can vote for titles not on the list. Important Note: Please be sure that the book(s) was released for the first time in 2008; this means that paperbacks originally published as hardcovers will not be accepted. If you’re uncertain about a book’s release date, we suggest you search for that title on Amazon.com.

Click here to nominate your favorite books of 2008.

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The next time a parent or teacher yells at you for text messaging too much, then you can tell them this story.

Two doctors used text messaging to perform life-saving surgery on a 16-year-old in Congo.  The young man’s arm had been shot off, and the wound became infected.  To save him, a doctor would need to amputate the remains of his arm and shoulder.  The only available surgeon had never performed this very risky surgery, but he knew another surgeon in England who had.  So, they communicated through text messages before and during the surgery.  The surgeon in England texted step-by-step instruction to the surgeon in Africa, the operation succeeded, and the young man lived!

Keep texting, and someday you could save a life!

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What is the most urgent issue for president Obama to address after taking office, and why?

WHAT IS “C-SPAN StudentCam”?

C-SPAN StudentCam is an annual documentary competition.  Students are asked to create a short (5 to 8 minutes) video documentary that explores an issue of national significance that they believe is in need of urgent attention from the new president of the United States.

StudentCam is open to all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) in the United States as individuals, or teams of 3 students. The competition is also open to international students and there will be one $500 prize for the best international entry. Videos must be the original work of students, however, teachers may provide guidance and critiques.

Your documentary should include more than one point of view. YOU MUST USE C-SPAN PROGRAMMING TO ENHANCE YOUR DOCUMENTARY. Videos that do not use C-SPAN programming will be disqualified.

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE C-SPAN OFFICES by Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

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Saturday, Nov. 22 - Comics Discussion at 3:00 pm in the Board Room

Bring a favorite manga, comic, or graphic novel to discuss, or pick one from our list.  This month’s theme is School Daze, so many manga and comics are set at school.  Munchies included, and you could win a free comic!

Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Sunday, Nov. 23 – Science with Ben 1:00-4:00 in the Large Meeting Room

“Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky” by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Build a kite and test out other electrical experiments pioneered by Ben Franklin.  Got a science fair project to work on?  Pick up some of helpful science fair information we’ve compiled for you.

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Actor Robert Pattinson appeared recently at Orland Square Mall south of Chicago.  Read about his adventures in this article.

Here’s another story about fans  who were turned away from the event.

Would you have waited overnight for a chance to meet Pattinson?  Would you be upset if you were turned away?

The Twilight movie opens nationwide on November 21. 

If you’re planning to see it anyway, then why not write a review?  From Betsy, at Teen Ink Magazine:

Hey all:

We’re holding a “Twilight” movie review contest, and we want you to participate whether you’re a lover or a hater! The writer of the best review (positive or negative) will receive their choice of a Twilight companion book or a Teen Ink book. You’ll also receive a year’s subscription to Teen Ink Magazine, and your review will be seriously considered for publication!

-Betsy

The contest deadline is December 1st.  Post your review (positive or negative) on Facebook, or email it to betsy (at) teenink.com.

You can also post your movie reviews at the NPLD website.  Local reviewers are entered in a monthly prize drawing!

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The Niles Public Library Teen Advisory Board has met and judged all 69 entries in our 2008 Teen Read Week Art Contest.  Thank you to everyone who submitted their artwork!  Six finalists have been chosen to serve as blog headers for the Teen Scene blog during the next year.

First place (currently displayed) - Crystal N.
Second place - Kelsey Schwert
Third place – Ronald J.B.
Fourth place - Roymona O.
Fifth place – Jerry M.
Sixth place – Karyn M.

Congratulations to all our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who submitted art, as well as to our fantastic judges!

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101 teens voted in our recent mock presidential election.  The votes have been tallied, and here are the results:

Barack Obama & Joe Biden, 79 Votes, 78%  WINNER
John McCain & Sarah Palin, 17 Votes, 17%
Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente, 2 Votes, 2%
Ralph Nader & Matt Gonzalez, 2 Votes, 2%

Image from Barack Obama's campaign website www.barackobama.com

Image from Obama's campaign website

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