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The April Reading Challenge Winners are….

Cheyenne Slusmeyer and Cassandra Pill! Congratulations to the two of you!

The April Reading Challenge included a Mad-Lib style excerpt taken from the iconic poem O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman in addition to reading 5 books. Here are our entries:

O Subjects! My Subjects!
O followers! My followers! our fearful job is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The time is near, the sounds I hear, the people all cheer,
While blinking eyes the steady rise, the brave grim and daring;
But O peasants! Servants! Followers!
O the beautiful drops of life!
Where on the Earth my secret lies,
My secret is sure to die.
-Cassandra

O Joy! My Relief!
O Joy! My relief! our fearful war is done;
The soldier has weather’d every rack, the victory we sought is won;
The crowd is near, the voices I hear, the people all rejoice,
While gleeful eyes the steady passage, the sadly grim and daring;
But O sorrow! Peace! Relief!
O the many drops of tears,
Where on the ground my brother lies,
Never to return home again. 
-Cheyenne

O Friend! My Mom!
O Friend! My Mom! our fearful job is done;
The ear has weather’d every rack, the rack we sought is won;
The storm is near, the rocks I hear, the people all gather,
While our eyes the steady move, the shave grim and daring:
But O Girl! Girl! Girl!
O the big drops of rain,
Where on Earth my friend lies,
On the beach. 
-Trallaja

O Captain! My Commander!
O Captain! My Leader! our fearful deed is done;
The storm has weather’d every rack, the battle we sought is won;
The end is near, the cries I hear, the people all shout and cheer,
While Captain eyes the steady mast, the flag grim and daring:
But O Captain! Leader! Commander!
O the innocent drops of blood,
Where on the deck my body lies,
The battle is won, the deed is done, and now I rest in peace.
-Lucy

O Freedom! My Forlorn!
O Freedom! My Forlorn! our fearful wait is done;
The Nazi has weather’d every rack, the freedom we sought is won;
The end is near, the pain I hear, the people all crying,
While jewish eyes the steady stare, the gassing grim and daring:
But O Freedom! Free! Fatality!
O the laboring drops of mortality,
Where on the spot my deathbed lies,
When the Holocaust reign flies.
-Olivia

O Shiloh! My Darling!
O Shiloh! My Dog! our fearful day is done;
The rain has weather’d every rack, the war we sought is won;
The sun is near, the sounds I hear, the people all around,
While wide eyes the steady stare, the road grim and daring:
But O Shiloh! Shiloh! Shiloh!
O the wet drops of rain,
Where on the porch my Shiloh lies,
No dog park for me today.
-Emily

O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen, cold, and dead.
-Keighley

O Book! My Book!
O Book! My Book! our fearful reading is done;
The cover has weather’d every rack, the books we sought is won;
The end is near, the words I hear, the people all around.
While the eyes the steady, the book are grim and daring:
But O book! book! book!
O the book drops off the rack,
Where on the rack my book lies,
I don’t know. 
-Ben

O Goodness! My Violin!
O Goodness! My Violin! our fearful piano is done;
The horn has weather’d every rack, the tree we sought is won;
The summer is near, the Spring I hear, the people all singing,
While my eyes the steady gold, the liberty grim and daring:
But O yummy! yummy! So good!
O the yummy drops of orange juice,
Where on the tongue my tongue lies,
In my mouth.
-Sophie

Great poetry from our participants! Keep your eyes pealed for May’s Reading Challenge (calling all Divergent fans!)

Read Across the USA!

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Doesn’t taking a vacation sound awesome right now? Well, you can always give your brain one! Teens ages 11-17 can participate in this November’s Reading Challenge: Read Across the USA! Read 3 books that are specially marked with a state tag (these books are on the display on top of the stairs!) Write a brief summary of each book. Finish the challenge by November 30th! TWO WINNERS will win prizes!

Give your brain a road trip! Go to www.mclib.net or come by the library to access the reading challenge!

Spooky Poetry!

For this month’s teen reading challenge, teens had to read two books and write a Halloween haiku in order to be entered to win two tickets to Talon Falls: Dead End Haunted House.

Here are the spooky haiku’s we received!

Happy Halloween
It is fun to trick or treat
I scare small children.
-Ashley

The masked murderer,
He stalks his prey like a wolf,
During the dark night…
-Luke

Samhaini holiday.
Dress up, pranks, sweets, honor, death.
Now then, trick or treat?
-Alexia

Spooky, scary, fun
October thirty first, dark,
Candy, costumes, masks.
-Cassandra

Demons and ghouls roaming streets,
Or costumed children.
This is Halloween.
-Tyler

One dark lonely night,
I was scared out of my sight.
I saw a scary shadow.
But then I realized.
It was only me.
On Halloween night.
-Noah

It was a spooky spooky night.
Everything was deadly quiet.
Through the window.
Came a bright light that shone out the night.
-Noah

He got adopted
Then he forgot about
Next he saved Sam.
-Alyssa

With bats at great heights,
And vampires in the night,
Ghosts are in their flight.
-Jessica

There was a ghost house
A ghost lived in the ghost house
Happy Halloween!
-Cayla

The Teen Reading Challenge is monthly, so keep your eyes peeled for November and December! Good job, teen readers!