January 6, 2014
What 2013 Taught Me . . .
What are some of the important or funny or thrilling or surprising new things you have learned through experience in the past year as we make our New Year Resolutions, and look back on 2013? These are just some things 2013 has taught me!
- Books are better than TV.
- People can be surprisingly kind.
- Old friends are the best friends.
- Drink more water. Eat less sugar.
- Adore your parents. You’ll be sad when you don’t live near them one day.
- Get rid of the negative energy. You’ll be happier.
- Don’t leave dirty diapers or dog poop in the kitchen trash can overnight. You’ll be sorry in the morning.
What are some of the things 2013 taught you? Leave your thoughts (both funny and deep) in the Comments below. Farewell, 2013!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
December 30, 2013
Writing Prompt: Word of the Year 2013
Have you ever noticed that the way people talk changes over time? Words that used to be popular start to sound annoying after a while, and new words that you never heard of before start to sound cool and fun. So today’s Writing Prompt is a question for you. What was the most popular new word of 2013? Continue reading
December 23, 2013
Enter YOUR nomination for the STACKS 2013 Person of the Year
Pope Francis has just been named as Time Magazine‘s person of the year. But just as highly anticipated . . . get ready to vote for the 2013 STACKS Person of the Year!
In 2012, you guys chose One Direction as STACKS Person (ok, People!) of the Year. This year, who will it be?
Who has inspired you? Wowed you? Made you want to be a better person? Maybe you look up to him or her. Or maybe it is someone so incredibly talented and entertaining, that you couldn’t get through the day without listening to his or her music, or reading his or her stories.
Just write your nomination in the Comments below. The nominee who gets the most votes by December 31st will be named STACKS Person of the Year. We’ll announce the winner in 2014!
We can’t wait to see your nominees. Come on back on January 2 to find out the 2013 STACKS Person of the Year!
Merry Merry, Happy Happy!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
December 9, 2013
Create a Caption: Arima’s Christmas
Look how cute Arima is wearing that little velvet Santa hat and bandana! It looks like he is anxiously awaiting his family members to celebrate the holiday together!
Here’s my caption: “Oh, I hope I get a new squeaky toy this year! And a ball! And a comfy new doggy bed! Wait . . . what is that?! I think I smell a milk-bone in my Christmas stocking!”
What do you think? Write YOUR caption for this Christmas cutie in the comments!
–Amanda, STACKS Intern
December 3, 2013
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Now that Turkey Day is over, it’s officially the holiday season–and we’re so excited! We’ve got lots of holiday posts coming your way this month on the STACKS (DIY gift ideas and giftwrapping fun!), but before we dive into new activities, we thought we’d give you a good ol’ roundup of holiday-themed things to check out right now:
Do you know how people in other countries celebrate the season? Take our Holidays Around the World Quiz to test your world holiday knowledge. Go give our Christmas Cat a caption, and if you’re feeling extra creative, make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake. Share your family’s craziest, weirdest traditions in our Wacky Holiday Traditions Writing Prompt, and make some tough choices over at our Holiday Gifts Would You Rather. Don’t know what to give your family and friends for the holidays? Check out Sonja’s great gift idea. The holiday season is full of really great music, and we all love to sing along to our favorite songs–but how well do you know those tunes? Take our Holiday Songs Trivia Quiz! And don’t forget to dress your Virtual Pet for the holidays!
Are you excited for the holiday season? What are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the Comments!
– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
December 2, 2013
Book Nerd and Proud!
You’d rather finish your book than watch TV. You drop food on your book because reading and eating dinner at the same time is challenging (my sincere apologies to the Pleasant Hills Public Library!). Your mom tells you you’re going to Disney World, but you just look up from your book and say . . . “Huh?” Admit it – you’re a book nerd, and proud of it!
Today’s Writing Prompt is for you. Finish this sentence. . .
We can’t wait to hear what you guys say in the Comments below! Be proud and read ON!
–Ratha, STACKS Writer
November 18, 2013
Name Your Device Day
iTouch, iPhone, iPad, tablet, Mac, PC, Kindle . . . chances are you spend time cozying up to your favorite device (that is when you’re not busy with school, family, sports, and a million other things). Well Wednesday, November 20th is officially known as “Name Your PC Day.” We thought we’d make it fun, and change it to “Name Your Device Day.”
C’mon, take the plunge. Let us know what you’d name your device! Or maybe you already have a nickname for your device? Let us know in the Comments below.
BONUS – what’s the device you use the most? Curious Splotters want to know!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
November 4, 2013
What I Love About My School
Maybe it’s not the cafeteria food. Maybe it’s not that smell of sweaty socks that comes from the locker room after boys’ football practice. But we know there are reasons that live deep in your heart . . . why you love your school!
Every school is awesome in its own way, so tell us what’s cool about your school!
Let us know in the Comments below . . .
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
October 31, 2013
STACKS Creative Writing Team
Thank you to all the Stackers who have been submitting their chapters to the STACKS Creative Writing Team. It has been so much fun reading everyone’s submissions and receiving so much help in writing this spook-tacular Halloween story.
If you missed the beginning of this story, make sure to check out Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. And now, without further ado, here’s the big conclusion of “A Night of Fright.”
October 28, 2013
It is only 3 more days until Halloween, and we are in a frenzy of excitement! Moderator Katie wrote this Halloween quiz on the STACKS Buzz Board. Don’t worry. It’s not scary. It’s just to find out what Halloween is like for YOU.
- Do you celebrate Halloween? (If no, the quiz is over.)
- What are you going to be this year?
- What is your favorite Halloween candy?
- What is your earliest Halloween memory?
- What’s the funniest costume you’ve ever seen?
- What do you usually give out at your house to trick-or-treaters?
- What would you do if I said “trick” when you knocked on my door?
- What’s your favorite Halloween movie/TV show?
- Any Halloween traditions in your house?
- What does your school do for Halloween?
Leave your answers in the Comments, or go over the Buzz Board to read everyone else’s answers.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer