Frisco Public Library Poetry Contest

It’s time for the 5th annual Frisco Public Library Poetry Contest! Students in grades 1 – 12 are invited to submit their original poems in any style to the contest. Three winners in each grade division (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, & 10-12) will be honored at a reception in April and their poems will be published in a digital anthology to be made available for check out from the library.

This is a wonderful opportunity – just in time for National Poetry Month coming up in April! Entry forms can be found on the library’s website at  and can be picked up from the library’s 2nd floor or Teen Ask Us desks.

I have also attached an entry form here: 2013 Poetry Contest Rules and Entry Forms


Surviving the Middle School Years with your Gifted Child

Dear Mr. Taibbi: My son is a new middle schooler in sixth grade. He is a gifted student and, as such, we signed him up for the pre-AP classes. I knew there would be greater challenge for him there but I did not expect the kind of challenge we have encountered. It’s like he’s a different kid. We argue all the time. He wants us to be less hands-on than we were in elementary school, and I think that is a good idea. But then he complains about having to do any homework at all which is something I don’t recall happening much in elementary school. He’s never been a really organized kid, but when we were more hands-on, we were able to help him compensate for that. Now the arguing about school work is driving us crazy. I don’t know how much of this new attitude is just his becoming a “typical teen” or a conflict of differences in our personalities that both of us will have to work through. Any suggestions?

If this scenario sounds familiar, please read “Surviving the Middle Years with your Gifted Child” by Christopher Taibbi, M.A.T. in Gifted-Ed Guru.

Maker Culture

Do you love to build or make things? What about technology? If so, maybe you might be interested in something called maker culture.

“The maker subculture is a contemporary subculture, representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker subculture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses new and unique applications of technologies, and encourages invention and prototyping.There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them creatively.”

Finally, be sure to check out DIY. According to their website, “DIY is a club for Makers to earn Skills. DIY Makers do challenges, share their work with the community, and earn patches for the Skills they accomplish.”

“DIY was founded in November 2011. We’re a bunch of makers and doers. We’ve made websites, online communities, offline communities, films, cars, games, robots, sculptures, and houses.”

Abridged or Unabridged?

Segment 1

  • Abridged: Chapters 1 – 15
  • Unabridged: Chapters  1 – 23

Segment 2

  • Abridged: Chapters 16 – 30
  • Unabridged: Chapters 24 – 47

Segment 3

  • Abridged: Chapters 31 – 45
  • Unabridged: Chapters 48 – 72

Segment 4

  • Abridged: Chapters 46 – 60
  • Unabridged: Chapters 72 – 95

Segment 5

  • Abridged: Chapters 61 – End of Novel
  • Unabridged: Chapters 96 – End of Novel