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Favorite Doctor Who Quotes from a Tween (by Maria Selke)

Today I bring you a guest post from one of my all time favorite people – my nine year old son!

He’s just the tiniest bit obsessed with Doctor Who at the moment. He asks to watch episodes during almost all of his free time. He dressed as Tennant for Halloween. Ten is “his Doctor”.
Favorite 10 DW Quotes
(note not in favorite order)



  1. Everyone thinks they can run with the Doctor forever, eventually everyone can’t keep up. -River Song
  2. You Think You’re A Doctor, Well Stitch This Mate! -Jackie Tyler
  3. Thats the second time a mother hit me. -The Doctor
  4. Well a leg is a leg and a axe is an axe, Do It! -Donna Noble
  5. You are not Alone. -The Face of Boe
  6. You know what my friends sometimes call me? The Face of Boe. -Captain Jack Harkness
  7. I only take the strong never the weak. -The Doctor
  8. Don’t you hear it doctor, the never ending drumming getting closer and closer? – The Master
  9. You know time goes just like this *Snap*. -Adam’s mom
  10. You can’t fix the world by yelling at it. -Wilfred Mott

I wrote this because I like watching Doctor Who and because sometimes the quotes are really funny.

This post is part of TWO marvelous blogging events! 


Sci-Fi Month is brought to you by Rinn Reads. Check out the full schedule of Sci-Fi Month posts! There are reviews, discussions, giveaways, and more!

Doctor Who Week is a joint venture between my blog Maria’s Melange and Teen Librarian Toolbox. We have a full week of fun posts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

Top 5 Companions according to a Tween, a guest post by Maria Selke

This Doctor Who post is being brought to you from our Doctor Who Week companion (see what I did there) Maria Selke from Maria’s Melange.

Today I bring you another guest post from one of my all time favorite people – my nine year old son!

Source BBCAmerica

We were discussing an article I had seen recently on Buzzfeed, where someone ranked all of the Doctor’s Companions. Of course, this lead to our our conversation about HIS favorites. I was greatly amused by his list and his reasons for each ranking.

Companions List:
1) Rose – I have seen her the most so far.
2) Donna – She yells at the world constantly and it is funny.
3) Clara – She is mysterious (at this point he’s only seen her in two episodes)
4) Amy & Rory – I like them, but not as much as the others. They are not with the Doctor I like the most.
5) River – She is mysterious, too. Not as much as Clara. I like her in A Good Man Goes to War.

When I asked him why Martha didn’t make his list, he said that she would be #6, but he was sticking with a top 5 for his official list. Sarah Jane would come in right after Martha.

Doctors (He wanted me to point out that these are the only Doctors he has seen – so far)

10 – This is HIS Doctor – and the one he dressed up as for Halloween.
11 – He is funny.
9 – Better than four and one.
4 – The special effects are corny.
1 – I haven’t seen any aliens yet for this one.

Where do I stand on this matter?


I would keep Rose and Donna in the top two, absolutely. I freely admit to totally “shipping” the Doctor and Rose. I don’t want all of my companions to have a romantic interest in him, though, which may be why Martha wasn’t one of my favorites. I wouldn’t have Clara in my Top 5, though. I do like the eventual reveal of her mystery and purpose, but I wish that her “deal” wasn’t just being mysterious. I didn’t feel like I really got to know her. River would come in higher for me. I just LOVE her spunk, and I mimic her “spoilers, sweetie” on a regular basis.



I’m going to stick to my guns on Nine here and put him first. He’s the one who brought me in the Whoniverse and I love his darkness and his spontaneous goofy grins. Fantastic!

Ten comes next. He’s just so stinking adorable, with his cocked eyebrow and his ruffled up hair. He has the dark streak from Nine (I like to say, “Your nine is showing!”) and the start of the silly from Eleven.

Eleven comes after these two. He’s like the goofy older brother of your best friend that just makes you shake your head and grin so much of the time. I keep waiting for him to fall over something.

I can’t wait to see more of the older Doctors so I can feel like I have a more informed opinion about them.
This post is part of TWO marvelous blogging events!
Sci-Fi Month is brought to you by Rinn Reads. Check out the full schedule of Sci-Fi Month posts! There are reviews, discussions, give aways, and more!
Doctor Who Week is a joint venture between my blog Maria’s Melange and Teen Librarian Toolbox. We have a full week of fun posts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

TPiB: Mummies

Tweens and teens in my library are separated not only by that HUGE stretch of year (twelve going to thirteen) but by what they are interested in. My teens seem to want movie programs where they can chill, do crafts, and play games in corners and socialize, or gaming programs where we have a variety of things for everyone.

My TWEENS, however, want ACTION and ADVENTURE and EVERYTHING! I have done Angry Birds, Just Dance 4 Wii, and am actively planning my summer themes to blend the two collaborative themes: Dig Up a Good Book (the youth theme) and Beneath the Surface (the teen theme) as these patrons are stuck between the two worlds.

The first one I’m attempting is a mummy/archeology themed program, and I’ve pulled together ALL of my notes to share with you!  Follow the break to see what I’ve pulled together, and note that a lot of these can work for or be aged up to work with teens…

Mummy Wrap:  Team up into pairs, and have one person be the mummy, and one person be the embalmer.  Take rolls of toilet paper, and on the start whistle, have the embalmer wrap the mummy from head to toe in paper.  Mummy must be completely still while the embalmer runs around the mummy.  When the mummy is done, the embalmer and mummy must cross the finish line together.

Spider, Spider: Have the players gather in a circle, and one person is designated it.  That person closes their eyes and placed in the middle of the circle.  Then another player in the circle is given a plastic spider to hide behind their back.  Everyone else then hides their hands behind their back as well.  At the signal, the spider hunter opens their eyes, and then has three chances to guess where the spider is by looking at the other players.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:  Play exactly like Hot Potato, except with a plastic (or stuffed) snake to throw around.  Can be set to music from Indiana Jones movies or The Mummy movies, and when the music stops, the person holding the snake is out.  Those that are out go to tables to color while the rest plays.
Obstacle Course:  Using props like hoops to step in and chairs with streamers to climb under, create and obstacle course to avoid the evil bad guys.  Those with the best times will compete to see who wins the treasure!

Dance of Death:  Create a playlist (or mix CD) of music from Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and other music from mummy and archeology films, as well as those with an Egyptian theme (Walk like an Egyptian, etc.).  Set chairs around the room for the number of players that you have, minus one.  When the music beings, everyone moves around in the circle in various styles (walk like a mummy, shuffling your feet; walk like you’re sneaking past the bad guys, etc.).  When the music stops, everyone scrambles to find a chair- the last one to not have a chair is out.  They go to a table to color and watch while the rest continue. 
Bendable Mummies

Gumby like mummies using simple flexible wire and muslin.  Or make it a recycle craft by using strips of old t-shirts.  Cheap, easy and full of win.  More information at Family Chic.


·         Materials:  hole punch, toilet paper tubes, yarn, markers, glue, self adhesive jewels
·         Punch holes into the tops of toilet paper tubes ahead of time
·         Take two toilet paper tubes and glue together.  Loop string around the ends of each side, then tie together so that they make a lanyard for the binoculars to hang off the neck.  Decorate at will with leftover materials.
·         Materials: containers (Kleenex boxes, shoe boxes, Pringles tubes, etc). Gold Construction paper. Glue. Scissors. Self adhesive gems. Markers.
·         Have tweens take safe scissors and cut an opening into the container if there isn’t one already there.  Take construction paper and cover the containers completely, gluing were appropriate.  Decorate with markers and self-adhesive gems.

Hierogrlyphics Stone Tablet

You can use salt dough or self hardening clay to make Hieroglyphic stone tablets. Complete instructions here

Mummify a Barbie

Visit your local thrift store and by some super cheap Barbies then allow your tweens to mummify them with this condensed process.  You can eliminate steps if you want, or go for accuracy.  There are also great instructions here.


If you don’t feel confident doing crafts on your own with scrounged materials (some don’t and that’s fine- do what’s comfortable for you), then there are always kits available at a variety of online places. Do a search for Egypt or archeology or mummys and see what comes up. I found things like these from Oriental Trading Company- see what you can order to fill out your program.

I always like having movies available to me, especially since we pay for a public performance license. With tweens it gets tricky because I really don’t feel comfortable setting them down for a PG-13 movie, yet they always assure me they’ve seen them (or R movies) all the time. I just keep telling them that because they’re under 13, I can’t show it them or I will loose my job, and that ends the discussion. You, however, can show whatever you’re comfortable with. I’ve pulled a list of movies that (generally) fit with the theme that are rated PG and are covered under the Movie Licensing USA agreement. (NOTE: If you do NOT have a public performance license, please do not show movies- it is NOT worth your job or the fines if you get in trouble).
Encino Man
The Flintstones
The Goonies
Hotel Transylvania
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Jungle Book
National Treasure 1 & 2
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Secret of NIMH
The Corpse Bride

Tweens in the Library: Getting Them Involved in Summer Reading Programming

I am a huge believer of keeping my patrons involved in our library.  If they’re invested in the library and the community, they have a reason to come back, and feel like they belong.  I’ve always felt that way, no matter what library I’ve worked in- large branch or small.  Libraries are such a huge portion of the community, and when the community is invested in it, it takes on a life of it’s own.

I apply this heavily in my tween programming.  I’m heavy in the middle of summer programming, and we (Texas) just switched from having a state program to investing in the Collaborative Summer Reading Program, so our theme for the tween set (which I define as eight through twelve years old, YMMV) is Dig Into Reading.  If your tweens are anything like mine, it didn’t exactly inspire much enthusiasm (flowers, Miss?  REALLY? Plants? WORMS?)  So, it’s my job to GET them enthused- this is the age where reading goes to aliteracy, and they’re not old enough for the lock-in and teen things but old enough to WANT them.  These are the ages where they get so BORED with summer reading, so to get them invested is the BEST thing we can do.

First, I took the CSRP theme and thought up twelve themes for tweens that I thought would work best- ones that I knew I could create some interesting programs for my kids.  Then I created a ballot and had them vote.  Looking at the programming calendar, I knew that I had three programs that I needed tween themes for. The three with the most votes would be the programs for the summer.

After two weeks of voting, I had my three themes:  Mummies, Wizards, and Spies.

Next, I went through the PG listings of movies covered by our umbrella license, and pulled out movies that would fit the three themes, and highlighted them in different colors.  I then let two of my tweens loose with my list and a computer set to IMDB.com, and had them put YES, NO, or 1/2 for their preferences (half being if they couldn’t come to a decision).

 From their list of movies with definite approval, I pulled out ones that I knew I could stand to watch (a definite requirement for *any* program that I do) and have created our Tween Movie Ballot below.

This week is our school system’s spring break week, so they’ll vote for their favorite in each category, and the winner will be the movie we watch.  I’ll tie it in with crafts, games, and other activities pulled from the Internet and the chaos that is my brain, and we’ll have a wonderful time.  

And, not only have I gotten some of my summer programming done, but I’ve gotten a large group of my tweens interested in what’s going on, what the results are, and what we’re doing for the summer- and it’s mid March.

How do you get your tweens involved in your library?  What programs are you planning for your tweens this summer?  Share in the comments!

What’s the diff? MG versus YA . . . a guest post by author Shannon Duffy

How is Middle Grade fiction different than YA fiction?
The simple answer to this question is that in middle grade, the protagonists are usually between ages 9-13 or 14. With young adult, the protagonists are in their mid to late teens. You tend to see a lot of them at about 16 or 17.

TLT has 2 tween reviewers, here is a Top 10 from 2012
Inward vs. Outward focus. Middle graders are usually more internally focused. For them it’s more about themselves, trying to make it through the middle grade years, fitting in while also figuring out who they are. A lot of their world is about their friends and families. YA characters are focused more externally. They are seeing the world in a broader sense and are dealing with, or at least thinking about, drinking, sex, getting their driver’s license, and hey, where are they going to go for college—where do they fit in in the broader scope of the world.

Then there’s the whole romance stuff of course. Yes, there can be romance in MG…but it’s flirtier if anything and these kids are only starting to figure out about liking someone else like that. I personally don’t have romance in my MG, but it can be done, albeit on a much more innocent level than YA. With YA, romance can come into play a lot more—stronger feelings, more romantic and sexual actions—although it’s not mandatory.

Then, of course language plays a part, and in particular swearing. MG books need to be toned down and while reflecting real language and slang of these kids, graphically swearing MG kids doesn’t fit the voice of MG. In YA, swearing is more acceptable. Not only are the characters older, but your readers are too. Not that you have to write your characters swearing either. It depends on your character and what fits their voice. But it’s more acceptable to be seen in YA.

Middle grade books are important because for many kids, this is the time they develop their true love of reading. That’s what happened to me. I loved getting my hands on lots of books as a middle grader. I felt like it took me on adventures, and at times, I felt completely sucked into the story. Not only does reading help middle graders have a better vocabulary and grammar, but hey, most importantly, it’s FUN to read!

Thanks for inviting me to your blog!


Gabriel Stone and the Divinity of Valta is a magical, fast-paced story that takes readers on a journey they won’t soon forget. It has enough mystery, intrigue and wonder to keep readers up, lamp lit, and reading into the night.

Month9Books, a new publisher of speculative fiction for teens and tweens, announces the release of GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA, a middle grade title from Canadian author, Shannon Duffy, on February 5, 2013, whose first title, a young adult paranormal romance, SPECTRAL, was published in April 2012 from Tribute Books.

Gabriel Stone is a twelve-year-old boy still reeling from the unsolved disappearance of his mother. With a dad who’s hard to relate to, and mounting pressures at school, Gabriel lets off steam by hiking in the place where his mother was last seen. There, Gabe and friends find a crystal that proves not only beautiful, but magical beyond their wildest dreams. Only, magic and beauty come with a price: in order to return home, they must save the dying world of Valta.

GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is perfect for the classroom. Reading and Teacher Guides are available. Contact Caroline Patty at: educationm9b@gmail.com to request guides. GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA also makes a great gift for readers ages 9 and up who enjoy fantasy stories like THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA.


Shannon Duffy grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and son, Gabriel. She’s mom to one boy, and several pets. Shannon loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. Shannon Duffy is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA. 
GABRIEL STONE AND THE WRATH OF THE SOLARIAN, Book 2 in the Gabriel Stone series will be available from Month9Books in February 2014!


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TPIB: Monster Fest

Today is October 1 which means Halloween is right around the corner.  So it’s time to get your spook on with some wicked (and wickedly cool) programming.  For this this event we are going to look at monster inspired crafts, food and games and turn October into Monstrober, a rip roaring Monster Fest.  You can have a one time event or pick a day of the week and invite teens to drop in each, let’s say Monday, and do some monster inspired activities.

1.  Pumpkin Monsters
If the thought of pumpkin carving in the library sends chills down your spine, try the less frightening alternative: pumpkin painting.  Give teens some pumpkins (small ones will do) and some acrylic paints and instruct them to create their version of the most fearsome pumpkin creature known to man.  They will have to leave them in the library to dry so put them up on some higher shelves and use them to decorate the library.  And if you want, allow teens to vote on a winner.  You can take pictures and share them on your social websites as well as allow voting in house.

2.  Shrinky Monsters
Did you know that you can do Shrinky Dinks in a toaster over?  You can buy blank packets of Shrinky Dink paper, colored pencils and leave teens to it.  Simply follow the instructions on the package.  Your Shrinky Dink monsters can be made into magnets or jewelry.  Or, string them all up as garland to decorate your teen shelves during the month of October.

3.  Exquisite Corpse
If you read my posts, you know that I have mentioned this activity not once but twice before.  But it is a FREAKTASTIC monster making idea.  Divide your teens into teams of 3 or 4.  Give them either individual sheets of paper or, for more ghoulish fun take 1 long sheet of paper (think table covering size) and fold it into 3 or 4 sections (1 for each person on the team).  The rule is this:  each person on the team can not see what the previous person has drawn.  So person 1 draws the head, person 2 draws the torso and person 3 draws the legs.  What type of monstrous creature will they come up with?  When all the components are put together you will see some wicked creativity . . .

4.  Zombie Prom
As far as monsters go, there are none quite to popular right now as the zombie.  Invite the undead to come to your library for a zombie prom.  Libraries everywhere are jumping on the zombie bandwagon, and it is good to strike while the trend is hot.  The Newport Public Library zombie prom in 2009 invited teens to come dressed in the best zombie prom gear (think altered thrift store clothing, shredding and blood stains provided by your teens) and had a variety of activities including crafts and a zombie themed photobooth.  I would recommend getting teens to do the Thriller dance by Michael Jackson and bring out the new Calling All the Monsters video by China McClain on The Disney Channel.  Of course, a little Monster Mash might be fun, too.  Here are some great ideas about making a zombie costume.  And here is a video on cheap and easy zombie make-up.  Everyone loves cheap and easy, especially librarians with shrinking budgets.

5.  Mini Monster Felties
With some cheap felt scares, needles, stuffing and thread you can invite teens to make mini monster felties similar to these.  Pair this with some of the other monster themed crafts.  And again, these can be strung up to create monster themed garland.

6.  Clay Monsters
Of course, what you can do with felt you can also do with air dry or bake clay.  Check out these Fimo clay monsters and be inspired.  You don’t have to include the poo which was, well, gross.

7.  2×4 Monsters
The Keeping it Simple blog (linked above in title) has a great craft idea using 2x4s.  You can create individual monsters using individual 2×4 or create a collaborative project which could once again be sued to decorate your teen space.

From the Keeping it Simple blog at http://craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/2011/09/spooktacular-2×4-halloween-characters.html

8.  Freaky Heads

You can buy some Styrofoam white wig heads at Amazon.com and give 1 to each teen to make terrifying.  Make sure to provide a wide variety of scrap materials and let creativity reign supreme.  My example is not monster themed because it was for a different type of activity (which I will soon write up in a theater themed program), but you get the general idea. 
9. Monster Treats
Think of all the fun monster themed treats you can make.  Here they made some monster pops by adding candy to a lollipop.  Here you can learn how to make edible googly eyes – they make a great addition to these spooky haystacks.  Here are some Frankenstein inspired Rice Krispie treats.  Here are a ton of spooky cake pops.  In fact, if you google “spooky food” you will get a ton of hits.  I do an image search to see what the food looks like and if it looks interesting follow the link to see if it will work in a program.
10.  Monster Games
Kick of your spook fest with a rip roaring game of eyeball golf.  You can use a floating eyeball ball and set up a mini golf course either in your meeting room (fun) or your stacks (funner).  In fact, one of your craft activities can be having teens design and decorate the various course holes.  Note:  Bookends make an excellent foundation for a mini golf hole.  Then add in some bean bag eyeball toss (or head, whatever you want to make them), some zombie freeze tag, and possibly some zombie survival games (think Nerf archery).

P.S. – Don’t forget that a lot of these crafts can be used to make jewelry.  Just add in some hemp cord and beads.  Voila, you have some scary bangles and baubles.