Library Goings-on: 7/22 – 7/25

Teen Social Hour:

What do you Teen social hourdo for fun? Do you like playing video games or board games? Do you like listening to music or surfing the Internet? Do you like talking and texting, laughing out loud? Do you like snacking and chatting with friends? If you answered “yes,” at least once, then the Teen Social Hour may be just the place for you. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or join your friends for video games, board games, music, computers, food, and fun. This is a Teen Space event not to miss!

Wednesday, July 23

MOHAIFrom 12-1:30 @ West Seattle: Vintage Photo Poetry. Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!



mangaFrom 2-3 @ Northgate: Art of Manga Calling all sketchbook warriors! Do you have a stash of drawings itching to be shared? Need help with a tricky plot point? Share your frustrations and skills with other manga-ka in the making.



flappy birdFrom 2 – 4 @ Lake City: Flappy Birds. Create a Flappy Birds game app with Hour of Code’s drag & drop programming, then play it on your phone or share with friends! This is an independent, self-paced program. Laptops are available.


Thursday, July 24:

arduliano adventureFrom 3 – 4 @ Northeast: Arduino Adventures: Technology, Art or Both? Learn what Arduino micro-controller boards can do with experimental artist Meghan Trainor, who uses a small computer that can sense its environment to produce motion, lights or sound.


Friday, July 25

Youth in FocusFrom 10:30 am –  12 pm @ Columbia: Zoom In: Photography Your Community Learn photography basics with Youth in Focus. Do on-location shooting, learn about composition & using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. No camera required but registration is!



4doctorsFrom 1 -3 @ West Seattle: Teen Re-Creation Drop-InNeed some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!





Teen book clubFrom 6 – 7:15 pm @ Broadview: Science & Fiction: Tween book GroupChallenge your inner scientist, mathematician or engineer! Read a mix of real science and science fiction books this summer and talk about them with other tweens.


Check back often as we’ll be sharing as many of our programs as we can.  You can also find all of our Summer Programming by going to the Calendar of Events and limiting the audience to “Teens.”

We’d love to hear back from you if you attend a program.  You can take pictures, make visual art, write us a reaction post, or just share general thoughts.  Touch-base with your local librarian, or e-mail them to us and we’ll share them here or at our new Tumblr!

Here’s to a great summer, Seattle!  :D

Pink! And other colors…

ColorsThere are primary pigment colors – red, blue, and yellow - and the secondary pigment colors -green, orange, and purple, so where does pink come in?  Pink isn’t a primary or secondary pigment color, it’s a mixture of red and white, so why does it have its own name instead of light red, like how we call a mixture of blue and white light blue, or how we call a mixture of green and white light green?  When we look at the color pink we may not always see how it is a strand of red as easily as we can identify that light blue is a strand of blue.  By not calling pink light red and instead calling it pink, we see it as a completely different color. This may seem ludicrous, but in some parts of the world there’s no green.  The color that we see as green and different from blue some people only see as a shade of blue.  A reason for this may be that blue is all that they know of it to be. Their brains are wired so that they see green as a shade of blue because they’ve never associated it with being its own color.

It’s a difficult concept to explain, one way you might get a better understanding is by reading the book The Giver, by Lois Lowery.  The Giver is a beautifully written book about a society where everything and everyone is the same.  They don’t even see colors.  They don’t know what colors are and their brains don’t register the colors that we see as being any different from each other, like some people around the world may not see green as any different from blue.

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Museum Seeks Music-Minded Teens

EMP guitarsDo you love music, especially the local music scene, and want to get involved without picking up a guitar?  Experience Music Project is currently accepting applications for their 2014-2015 Youth Advisory Board.  What can you do as a member of the Youth Advisory Board?

  • Screen and discuss Sound Off! submissions
  • Assist at events like Bumbershoot, Sound Off! and more
  • Help develop EMP’s youth and teenager outreach and programming
  • Help spread the word about EMP’s programming to Seattle
  • Get an inside peek at museum exhibits and special events
  • Participate and network on The Soundboard—EMP’s online community devoted to the NW’s all-ages music and arts scene

Applicants must be willing to attend twice-monthly board meetings, serve for nine months, be high school-aged (14-18), and of course, love music and want to share your enthusiasm.

Recent EMP events have included a surprise Macklemore performance, a visit from the Iron Throne, and this fall, EMP will host multiple concerts as part of Decibel Festival.

At the library, you can find tons of cds in all musical genres.  You also get three free mp3s per week from Freegal, that are yours to keep.   Check it out!

Cyber punk, magical realism, and questions of the afterlife…

HBWatEotWIs the elimination of the problems of life worth the loss of the mind?  Is an eternity of Boredom better than nothingness?  These are the intriguing questions Haruki Murakami dives into in his novel Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

The novel takes place in two separate worlds.  One world is futuristic cyberpunk-esque yet slightly mystical, containing information theft, Kappa, and other-worldly science.  The second world is a mythical world, containing unicorns, dream-readers, and shadows that die.  Each chapter switches between each world.

This a good book for you if you are a fan of cyber punk, magical realism, human behavior, and questions of the afterlife, but this book is not the easiest to read.  The author spends much of the book focusing on detail, and towards the end, on the way the characters spend their lives.  Instead of continuously working towards a problem, solution, and ending, the author explores the lives of the characters in intense details and creates a more realistic story, from the perspective of human nature, than readers seeking action-packed novels may be accustomed to, or even enjoy.

–Sam Z, Teen Blogger

We need Homework Help volunteers! Spread the word!

HHThe Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to assist K-12 students with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Anne Vedella, the Library’s volunteer services coordinator, said successful Homework Helpers are comfortable interacting with students of all ages individually and in small groups. She explained that Homework Help is a drop-in program for students. “A volunteer does not work with one student throughout the school year,” she said. “Each week, the students and their requests for academic support may be different.”

“We are seeking volunteers who are well-rounded academically and enjoy helping students learn,” Vedella said. “You don’t need to be a subject expert to participate, although that is helpful, especially in the areas of math, reading, writing and science.”

You can find Homework Help (for all your school-related needs) at the following locations from Sept. 8, 2014, through June 11, 2015:

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The inside scoop on Irish dance

I recently spent five days surrounded by incredibly talented kids covered in fake tan, wigs, and Swarovski crystals. I realize this reads like an oxymoron, but for those of you who are familiar with Irish dance, you’re probably not surprised. See, the event I’m talking about is the North American Irish Dance Championships, this year held in Montreal, Canada. Over 2,000 Irish dancers from age 7 to adult danced in both team and solo competitions.

Emergency hair pinning.

Emergency hair pinning.

This year, my sister and I were two of these dancers. I competed in the Under 17 B group along with 140 other girls, while Fiona, my sister, was in the Under 13 B group. Our school, Tara Academy of Irish Dance sent 8 dancers, all in the solo competition. Solo dancing competitions involve two to three dances, each judged by three well-trained and well-respected adjudicators. Continue reading