Monthly Archives: June 2014

World Cup @ Northgate & Central!

usa v belgiumHey Soccer Fans!

Late-breaking news…since TEAM USA (squeaked through, srsly) made it to the next round we’re showing the match (USA vs Belgium) @ Northgate and Central libraries!

When:  Tuesday, July 1st @ 1 pm

Where:  Northgate’s Meeting Room & Central’s Microsoft Auditorium

Who:  All ages of soccer maniacs!

Space is limited to 50 people at Northgate, so get to the library early.  We’ll be passing out tickets starting at noon.

Go Team USA!!  😀

What’s going on @ your library?!?!

need to knowTomorrow, Sunday, June 29, from 4 – 5 pm, Douglass-Truth is offering their (practically) daily Need to Know.

“What do you need to know about working, going to college, or other responsibilities? Learn something new every week when you stop by the teen area for answers, advice and activities. For ages 11 and up.”  These sessions are every Sunday through Tuesday til the end of August.  You don’t have to register, just stop by, say hi to Shannon and Lesley and get the answers you need to know!

Then on Monday, June 30, you once again have three DucttapewalletbyCocteauBoyprogramming options:

  • From 1 – 3 pm, Northgate is hosting Duct Tape Mania.  Find out what you can make with a roll of duct tape! Create roses, picture frames, wallets and more — discover new uses for this sticky product. Materials provided.  Drop-in, no registration needed!flappy bird
  • From 3 – 5 pmHigh Point invites you to Game On! + Hour of Code!  Get some gaming in on the Wii or Kinect, play board games, eat snacks and try your hand at Hour of Code’s drag and drop programming. For ages 10+.  Drop-in, no registration needed!
  • Then it’s back to Northgate from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for Bow Wows and Books.BWB  Practice reading with a new friend who is warm, friendly and a perfect listener! Certified therapy dogs and their handlers will join young readers to read one-on-one in a relaxing environment.

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!  😀

S·A – Typical shōjo but still funny…

S-A-specialTitle: S·A – Special A

Author: Maki Minami

Summary: A talented girl who is always in second place in everything falls for her rival in an elite school for the smart and/or rich.

Gut reaction: Typical comedic super-boy and hard-working-girl shōjo.

Why: Memorable characters, overdone setting, boring plot.

The characters themselves, although not new, are done well and done interestingly.  Although the main couple is boring, they are done in a refreshing manner.  The side characters are two-note but consistent and entertaining.  The setting is weird but not odd and had potential to be much worse than it is.

The plot sucks and anyone who has read Maid-sama can quote it development for development, although I’m not sure which came first.  It’s quite irritating that the girl can never get ahead.

Who would like this book: Any fan of Maid-Sama or shōjo in general would like it.  It’s funny but the comedy alone won’t carry you through.  It’s easy to read, so I’ll follow it to the end.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle

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Nightshade – Can a fragile human change Calla’s destiny?

nightshadeTitle:  Nightshade

Author:  Andrea Cremer

Genre:  Romance, fantasy

Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade packs an entangled love triangle, an authentic heroine, and an intoxicating wolf pack into 452 thorough pages.

Who are the characters?

Calla is the main protagonist. She is a passionate and tender wolf in Ren’s pack.

Shay is a human. He is courageous and bold, but he can be gentle and persistent with Calla.

Ren is the alpha wolf and the intended mate for Calla. He is popular, charismatic, and flirty; but he struggles to show his affection.

3-sentence summary
Calla has a destiny – she knew she was going to graduate high school with her future mate, Ren, living their ecstatic lives together; but this beautiful human in front of her disrupts everything she carefully planned. Calla questions her freedom, love, and fate as Shay weakens her soul with every step he takes. How can this fragile human change her destiny?

Should I read this?
If you’re a hopeless romantic who enjoys a detailed love story, Nightshade is definitely the right book to read! You’ll be dragged into the alpha world within pages and I promise you will not be disappointed by the heated romance that develops over every chapter.

Seattle Pride 2014

pride-flagWhat is Gay Pride? And why do we celebrate it with a Parade? Where did that Rainbow Flag come from? Was it really inspired by “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz? And what about those Pink Triangles? Ever wondered? Check out the above links for more detailed info, history of the gay rights movement & emblems that just may shock you.

Here in Seattle, there are tons of events going on this weekend to celebrate Pride. Visit the folks over at Seattle Pride for a complete listing of activities and performances. The big event, of course, is the Pride Parade on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. We highly recommend it. Well, admittedly we’re a little biased because the awesome Seattle Public Library Bookineers are in it once again, but the whole parade is a joy to watch!

This year’s theme is Generations of Pride and will honor those who fought the early battles and those continuing to advocate for equality in changing times.  George Takei of Star Trek (and social medias) fame is this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshall!

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Need something to do? Join us!

need to knowToday, from 4 – 5 pm, Douglass-Truth is offering the first Need to Know of the summer.

“What do you need to know about working, going to college, or other responsibilities? Learn something new every week when you stop by the teen area for answers, advice and activities. For ages 11 and up.”

These sessions will be held every Sunday through Tuesday throughout the summer.  You don’t have to register, just stop by, say hi to Shannon and Lesley and get the answers to your burning questions!

Tomorrow, June 25th you have three programming options…but you have to choose one ’cause they’re all at the same time!manga

  • From 2 – 4 pm, Northgate is hosting the 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 mangaka in the making. For ages 10+.”  Drop-in for a bit or the whole two hours.  Bring your artwork & stories to share!bristlebot
  • Also from 2 – 4 pm, Lake City invites you to create a Bristlebot!  Build, decorate and race your own tiny robot using a toothbrush, battery, and pager motor! Supplies and snacks provided. For ages 11+. Registration is required on this one, so call soon.
  • Finally, from 2 – 4 pm, Greenwood wants to see your Lego Mindstorms.  Work in teams to assemble and program a digital Lego Mindstorms robot, and then watch it come to life. No lego mindstormsexperience needed. For ages 11+. Registration is required here too…get ‘er done!

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!  😀

Summer is here!

imageThis summer Seattle Public Library has come up with 10 ideas we’d like teens to explore.
  1. Tell us about your  neighborhood  WITHOUT  telling us its name.
  2. What do you think the future will look like?
  3. Clowns, spiders, public speaking – what’s your greatest fear?
  4. Where or when in the past would you have liked to live?
  5. What superpower would you like to have?
  6. What’s the best book you have ever read?
  7. What’s the worst book you have ever read?
  8. Where is the most unusual place to read a book?
  9. Create a book spine poem!
  10. What would you say in a letter to the President?

    top-20-useless-superpowers

    For example…superpowers you may not want!

Create a response post with photos, videos, gifs, drawings, songs, text, or any other way creative you want to answer.

Post your response to your  Tumblr  account and connect to the library and other teens in Seattle by tagging your response  #bysplteens

Need inspiration?   Follow teenspl on Tumblr and visit your local library!

Don’t have a Tumblr account?  Email your response to pushtotalk@spl.org and we’ll help you get your message out there.

 

Friendship, loyalty, and courage…

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a relatively short but powerful book that is bound to leave the reader thinking and debating the issues that the characters in the book brought up.  Ponyboy Curtis lives with his older brothers Sodapop and Darry.  They are part of a gang known as the Greasers, along with a few other kids, who are rivals with another gang known as the Socs (short for “Socials”).  These two gangs differ in terms of wealth, with the Socs being the more elite “rich” class, and the Greasers being the poorer class.  The story follows Ponyboy and his friends after a run-in with the Socs, and what happens after a few incidents.  This book covers friendship, trust, and loyalty in a tense situation, and will definitely leave an impact on the reader long after you put the book down.

I kept reading the book because the characters were all so believable and realistic.  Each one of the characters maintained a distinct personality throughout the whole book, and each one was very unique.  The setting and the narration also helped set the tone and atmosphere of the book.  Many things brought up in the book are relatively mature, and include themes and motifs such as gang violence, alcohol, smoking, etc…, which all adds to the portrayal of the characters and the narration of the story.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thought-provoking, discuss-able story.  This book is consistently rated very highly from many sources and is definitely worth the time to read and understand the ideas and themes presented throughout this entire book.  Friendship, loyalty, and courage are three big themes that pop out in this book.  The Outsiders is definitely a book you do not want to miss!

–Matthew, 11th Grader, Lake City

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Launch your music for FREE @ Beacon Hill

djAre you an aspiring musician or DJ?

Launch Your Music with JK Pop!

Learn how to record, upload and promote your own music. Then launch it at an after-hours showcase!

Ages 12-18. Registration is required; please call Beacon Hill at 206-684-4711. 

Thursday, June 26, 3-5 pmMusic Workshop
Thursday, July 10, 3-5 pmOpen Music Lab
Friday, August 15, 6-8 pmAfter Hours Showcase

Wendy @ Beacon Hill

Shout-out to the Teens at the Central Library

Did you know that our library has Teen Advisory Groups? They meet on a regular basis all over the city. They come together and earn service learning credits by writing blog posts and creating displays and giving us direct feedback on our databases, and finding ways to help the library create interesting, engaging programs for teens.

Picture of the Teen Center Advisory Group 2014But you guys, here’s the thing – many of these teens are just flat-out AMAZING people. They are gifted, driven, engaged, brilliant people, and I’m just going to take a moment to tell you some more about them.

We could mention Greta, who writes lovely, beautifully written blog posts AND double volunteers for us and the Ballard teen advisory group.

Or Aldo, a graduating senior who has been with us since he was a freshman. We love his contributions to our group discussions—he’s not afraid to address difficult issues.

Aidan was also with us all four years of high school, and even though he now attends college at Sewanee, he attends our meetings when he’s home on breaks! Aidan also loves debates and controversy.

Or Ray, who is always willing to help out at an event and always brings a fresh perspective to our meetings.

Or Loren, who says such amazing things about books and films that you want to read and see them all yourself. And he isn’t embarrassed to gush about the books he loved as a kid, and how much they meant to him—and still mean.

Or Rebecca, who asks super thoughtful questions during podcasts and although she has her own point of view, is open to other perspectives and ideas.

A second picture of the Teen Center Advisors 2014 -- Feel the love!Or Andrew, who is crazy about music and has interesting things to say about how that has influenced his life.

And then there’s Maddie, who is an extremely poised, smart, & talented gal. She reads Shakespeare for fun, without being snooty about it. She writes really funny blog posts. Oh, and she won a 2014 Edward R Murrow Award for her writing in a recent RadioActive piece: Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against “Mr. C.”  Honestly we think we’d be better off if Maddie were just in charge of everything.

We also have Teen Volunteers who come in faithfully to do a lot of the work packing up materials for the Friends of the Library and putting stickers on books and counting out pencils in sets of 30 and cleaning off bookcovers and a whole wealth of necessary, repetitive tasks. Continue reading