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

WTS

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.