Nooks with Teen Books are Available for Checkout!

Is the book you were dying to read currently checked out? Is one of your parents in the library with you?

With their permission, you can get check out one of our Teen Nooks for 3 weeks!

Why a Nook instead of putting the physical copy on hold?

Well, for one, it satisfies your desire for instant gratification! You can have it now!

Why else? Because it has over 400 different books on it!

Fast reader? No more multiple trips to the library within the same week! You can read as many as you want within the checkout period!

Now that I’ve gotten your interest, how do you check one out?

They can be checked out in the Vortex and per our website, “a library card is required to check out a Teen Nook and additional paperwork is required. Teens (under age 18) will need a parent and/or guardian with them to complete the process.”

Drag your parent to the Vortex and get one today! Search here to see if one is available!

(P.S: There’s also ones on the 3rd floor for adults too!)

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Poetry Slam & Open Mic!

Calling all Poets, Writers, Musicians, and Performers!  

The Vortex is having a Poetry Slam & Open Mic!  You can read a piece that you’ve written yourself, a poem or prose by someone else, or even your favorite song lyrics!  Do you sing or play an instrument?  Give us a song!  

Join us on Friday, April 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to share your creativity and enter to win a prize!  (Refreshments available for performers.)

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If you need some inspiration, check out Alicia Keys performing on Def Jam Poetry:

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Poetry Contest – Blackout Poetry

April 22, 2016 – Blackout Poetry

Usually a poem is full of words and phrases that you create.  Blackout poetry is all about the words you choose to obliterate.

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Directions:  Take one of the printed pages.  (Please don’t take them out of the books! ;p )  Choose which words you want to leave visible and which words you want to cover.  You can cover them by simply blacking them out with a marker or you can use any number of colors, materials, and designs to cover the chosen words.  It’s completely up to you.


Entries can be left in the comments below, emailed to or dropped off at the Vortex desk.  All entries must be received by 2pm on Friday, April 29. Winner will receive a snazzy journal and pen set!

Anime Nights in the Vortex

Do you love anime and pocky?

Are you between grades 6 and 12?

Then come to the Vortex on May 2nd at 5:00 p.m. for some anime!


Pictured: Gurren Lagann

So far we’ve shown:

  • RWBY Season 1
  • Haikyuu! (episode 1)
  • Gurren Lagann (episode 1)
  • Kuroko’s Basketball (episodes 1-3)

Let us know what you’d like to see! We have access to the complete collection that Crunchyroll has to offer as well as a limited amount of Funimation titles. (All suggestions must be rated Teen and under. Sorry guys, that means no Tokyo Ghoul!)

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Poetry Contest – Dodoitsu

April 15, 2016 — Dodoitsu

Dodoitsu is another form of Japanese poetry that counts syllables. The first three lines have seven syllables each while the fourth and final line contains only five syllables. Dodoitsu is generally comedic in nature.

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I came across my first love
You were always in my arms
Swore we’d never be apart
But I let you go

Now we are reunited
My heart just beats like a drum
I can’t take my eyes off you …
My first teddy bear

More examples can be found at Poem Zoom.

Enter to WinEntries can be left in the comments below, emailed to or dropped off at the Vortex desk. All entries must be received by 2pm on Friday, April 22.  Winner will receive a snazzy journal and pen set!