Author Archives: Cheresse

Reminder: Soaring Skyscrapers & Roaring Race Cars

2015 02 Design Challenge II flier

Have you ever wanted to race a car, or design and build the tallest skyscraper in the world? Come participate to see whose design will last longest and go the fastest!

Join us at Southwest on February 20, from 3:30-5:00!

Bring your friends! Snacks included! It’s free!  🙂

Soaring Skyscrapers and Roaring Race Cars @ Southwest

2015 02 Design Challenge II flier

Have you ever wanted to race a car, or design and build the tallest skyscraper in the world? Come participate to see whose design will last longest and go the fastest!

Join us at Southwest on February 20, from 3:30-5:00!

Bring your friends! Snacks included! It’s free!  🙂

Creativity strikes at Southwest!

Here’s a shout-out to the teens who recently attended Southwest’s Teen Space: The Art of Manga.  There was a great turn-out and you all made some awesome art!

Check out these great pics from the event!  If you post any of your pictures of any library events on Instagram or Tumblr please tag the library!  We’ll look for your tag and put it up.

 

For Instagram: @seattlepubliclibrary  – #seattlepubliclibrary

Our Teen Tumblr Blog  use #bysplteens

Remember, we’re always posting about teen events, opinions, and book reviews right here on Push to Talk, so send us yours!

Or, post content on your blog, social media site, or Tumblr and email us a link at pushtotalk@spl.org, and we’ll link to your post, picture, video, music, or art.

2 teens + 1 library = 389 volunteer hours!

The Southwest Branch is getting ready to say goodbye and good wishes to two AMAZING teen volunteers Christina and Andrey.  Why do we have to say goodbye?  Because they’re graduating from high school this week.  Woohoo!

SWTWe all know that teens are required to volunteer 60 hours to graduate high school.  We get that, and we can take it for granted.  Some teen volunteers are immature, some are responsible, and I have supervised all kinds as a teen librarian.  What I have not seen in over 10 years of working as a Teen Librarian are the qualities and skills these teen volunteers have shown over the years: dedication, responsibility, good communication skills, organization, creativity, and I could go on and on. Together, these teens have volunteered 389.5 hours at the Southwest Branch.

Let me say that again:

THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE AND ONE HALF hours!

That. Is. AMAZING.

What have they done in that time?  They have:

  • created beautiful and elaborate displays,
  • assisted with reading programs,
  • boxed up books for the Friends of the Library,
  • placed posters and advertisements about library programs in places teens would go in the neighborhood,
  • helped give out prizes and food at programs,
  • collated Summer Reading finisher packets,
  • straightened the library so there are no tripping hazards,
  • disinfected children’s puzzles, and
  • done a whole host of other things that I can’t even remember.
SWT 2 teen volunteers

These two teen volunteers have done so much for the Southwest Library, and we are eternally grateful (and proud!).

Do you think these teens are going to continue to use the library as they go to college, get their first professional jobs, start families, and move through their major mile-stones of life?  I think so.  In fact, they have already asked for the adult volunteer application, so that once they get a handle on the college schedule they can continue to give back to their community.

I call that a success!

Congratulations on your achievement Christina and Andrey! Everyone here at Seattle Public Library wishes you happiness and continued success!

display at the Southwest Branch

How You Doing Denny?

Denny International TagulSchool Shout Out Denny International Middle School!

Thanks for being such a great audience today.  Do you want to read one of the books I brought to your school?  Click here to see the entire list.  Click here to see the prezi again.

The summer program starts June 23. Come to the library to pick up your free book and participate in a summer of great activities!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

Want to write for this blog? Send us an e-mail and we’ll let you know how!  Remember to check out our tumblr page to see what Seattle teens create this summer.

Check out what else you can do at your library [for free] all summer long!  There is lots to see and do and learn and enjoy and experience and discuss.

Get involved @ Your Library!

Cheresse from Southwest

Pathfinder 6-8! How you doing?!?!

Pathfinder K-8 School Shout Out Pathfinder 6-8!

Thanks for being such a great audience today.

Do you want to read one of the books I brought to your school?  Click here to see the entire list.

The summer program starts June 23. Come to the library to pick up your free book and participate in a summer of great activities!

Check out our Teens webpage for current programs and activities.

Want to write for this blog? Send us an e-mail and we’ll let you know how!

  • Take advantage of the great book lists that Seattle Librarians compile just for you.
  • Get a personalized reading list of titles you’ll love: Your Next Five.
  • Zinio provides magazine reading at your fingertips.
  • Don’t forget that our e-books and e-audiobooks collections are growing all the time.
  • Download three free songs every week through Freegal. They’re yours to keep, too!
  • Hoopla is a new streaming service that the library offers. See what music, video, and audiobooks they have today.
  • Ask a Librarian is available 24/7 for all those burning questions that keep you up at night.
  • Arrange a group tour of Central Library…or just take the cell phone tour; it’s your “call.”
  • Visit a Seattle Museum for free!
  • Use Homework Help in-person at 11 Seattle libraries (throughout the school year) or check-out the online Homework Help. Both are great ways to advance your studies.

Lots to see and do and learn and enjoy and experience and discuss.

Get involved @ Your Library!

–Cheresse from Southwest

Make Your Summer Count – Volunteer!

volunteersWe are looking for reliable, creative, and motivated teens for a fun and intensive summer volunteer experience.  Volunteers will assist with library programs, help design and present a program for teens, and gain or improve the following skills: project management, money management, public speaking, instruction, publicity, and more.  Get a jump on those required volunteer hours and have fun at the same time @ your library!

Application Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age and enrolled in high school
  • Must attend volunteer orientation Mon, 6/23
  • Must attend and present a program for teens on Fri, 8/1
  • Must be able to: work well with others, be a self-starter, and be reliable

To Apply:

  • Fill out an application and turn it in at your local Seattle Public Library by 6pm Sat, 5/31.
  • Note on the front of the application that it is for the Summer of Volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library.

Contact Cheresse (206-684-7455)
at the Southwest Branch for more information.