Monthly Archives: March 2012

I Get All My News From Jon Stewart

Every weeknight, except for Fridays, Jon Stewart does a half-hour segment of The Daily Show. There’s always an interview segment, and everyone from A-list actors to renowned astrophysicists come onto his show. Stewart presents his own unique view of American politics in a funny, relatable way. His view is that of a hypochondriac Jew who has lived in and around New York City for his entire life. Continue reading

Citywide Teen Open Mic Night

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Calling all Seattle area high school students!

Students from Roosevelt High School invite you to a teen-created, teen-hosted Open Mic Night at the Central Library. It’s a chance for students from all of Seattle’s high schools to get together and appreciate amazing talents.

All forms of performance are welcome!

Citywide Teen Open Mic Night.

Saturday, March 31st. 4 – 6 p.m.

Need ideas of something to perform? Check out our new and improved catalog for inspiration.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

No need to register – just show up and show off!

Calling all teen performers

A teen poet with a great hat

Teens from Roosevelt High invite all Seattle area high school students to the Citywide Teen Open Mic, this Saturday March 31 from 4-6. 

Whether you’re a poet, singer, dancer, musician, actor–or some other kind of crazy performer that we’ve never even heard of–we want to see what you’ve got.   No need to register in advance.  Just sign up when you get here.

Of course, you don’t have to perform; you can also just come to support your friends and enjoy the free coffee and refreshments. 

Where is it?  Oh yeah: the Central Library auditorium (Level 1), 1000 4th Ave.


Teen Review: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince - book coverTitle & Author: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (2nd in the Infernal Devices Trilogy)

I started reading it because… it was the sequel to another great book by Clare.

I kept reading it because… it picks up right at the intensity level the first book ended with, and continues to rise.

Main characters’ Yearbook “Awards”:
Tessa — Most Likely to Be Coveted By A Villain 
Will — Most Likely to Remain Friendless
Jem — Most Likely to Die Young

Six word review: Steampunky, love-triangle heroine hunting villains. 

This book reminded me of:
Soulless by Gail Carrigan (total reflection)

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyers (just a little bit — only the love triangle part, though there are a few werewolves and vampires in this one.)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (steampunk & great female lead)

 –Maddie, Teen Center Advisor

Book Shorts: Leverage



Title:  Leverage

Author:  Joshua C. Cohen

Summary:  High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

I started reading it because…  I was intrigued by the unlikely friendship between the school’s star gymnast and the new football recruit.

I kept reading because… Warning: this book is sad and scary at times. But I kept reading because it’s also hopeful and shows that people can make a difference when they work together.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Start the next “It Gets Better” project.

Six Word Recap: Football player and gymnast fight bullying.

This book reminded me of Everybody Sees the Ants because… both have characters that are bullied and figure out a way to deal with it.

April Fool's Teen Space @ Ballard

Teen Space

Teen Space @ Ballard
Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2 – 4:30pm

Teen Space at the Ballard Branch: a place to meet up and hang out! Why not get out of the house for a while and head to the library? Come alone or bring your friends — then make new friends!

In April Teen Space it might get loud!

We will host Blake Cisneros of the Yanvalou Drum School from 2 – 3 pm with an Afro-Caribbean drum workshop!

Come learn some cool rhythms that are the roots of popular music. He will teach the basics of hand drumming and some fun and funky beats you can play right away. We will play on drums from Africa and the Caribbean such as Djembes, Congas, Bougarabou and Djundjuns. This class is for all middle school and high school aged teens, regardless of musical ability. Drums provided!

From 3-4:30pm join us for our usual fun: music, snacks, games, art and friends.

Library events & programs are free and everyone is welcome. 

No need to register!

Book Review: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers

 Sci-fi is my favorite book genre, so when we had to do a book report, I chose Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. At first, I had doubts about it, but as I read more and more, I was getting sucked in. It was a great book and I loved it.  Continue reading