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5 Things to Do in Michigan

michigan I visited Michigan recently and thought I would write a post about fun things to do in the state.

 

 

 

 

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If you go at the right time of year (summer), there are fresh cherries and blueberries (a specialty), available at the many fruit stands and farmers markets around the state. Also, Macinac Island is home to amazing fudge. In fact, the island itself is pretty amazing.

 

beach_water_quality_web2. Swimming!
Michigan has so many beautiful beaches and lakes to swim in, including the Great Lakes. It’s a great way to escape the heat, and it’s good exercise too!

 

 

3. Outdoor Music!
A great way to relax is by listening to music, and you can do it enjoying the fresh air too. You can listen to something different (without auto-tune) and support small bands.

4. Scenery!
Get outside, get exercise, and see the beautiful scenery. There are so many lakes, forests, and beaches to see, and you’ll want to see them all.

5. Wildlife!
Living in the city, we don’t really see much wildlife, besides the occasional squirrel or raccoon, but Michigan has more to offer in that department. You can spot deer pretty easily (if you’re paying attention), and many other animals you wouldn’t find at home. Just be careful, you wouldn’t want to run into a bear out in the woods.

I’ve listed some of the things to do in Michigan, but obviously not all of them. You can check out some of these travel guides at the library to help find amazing sites and things to do while you’re there:

-Corinna, Greenwood, Teen Blogger

GWD

Spilled Ink: Today @ Ballard

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Live music! Art! Literature! Videos!

Ballard Branch Teen Advisors and Ballard High School Ink Club invite you Spilled Ink, a community celebration of fresh artwork in many guises from INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online journal.

Where? The Ballard Branch 

When? Today Saturday May 2nd @ 6-8 p.m. (You’ll get to be in the library after hours! The Ballard Branch closes at 6 p.m. and will re-open especially for Spilled Ink attendees. )

This event will showcase student works including art and photography, along with a screening of student-produced videos at 6:30 p.m. Live music and spoken word will be performed throughout the evening by local artists Roy Street, Golden Years, Dragon & Android, Ternbern Quertet, Eli Goldberg, Noah Forslun and Sophia Hermann.

There will also be a ukulele jam with members of the Ballard Ukulele Club that all are welcome to join. Players are invited to bring their own instrument to the jam, or play one of the limited number of ukuleles that will be available.

For more info call the Ballard Branch @ 206-684-4089

 

Changes in Push To Talk

push-to-talk1Hey Teens!  The Seattle Public Library is working on new ways to connect with you using technology.   Want to get involved in this exciting project?  Email Juan Rubio, juan.rubio@spl.org or ask a librarian at your local branch.

 

Starting June 1, our Push to Talk and Tumblr blogs will no longer be updated, but stay tuned for news about our next project!  We hope you’ll join us!​

 

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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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

From ’round the web…YALSA wants Teen Bloggers!

YALSA HUBCHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its Teen Read Week Teen Blogging contest in conjunction with YALSA’s blog, The Hub.

Teens aged 12 -18 can sign up now through August 1, 2014 to participate in the contest for a chance to guest blog for YALSA’s ya lit blog, The Hub.  Selected teens will blog about a wide range of topics related to YA literature while also further developing their writing and blogging skills.

Blog posts written by the teen bloggers to be featured during the week of October 12 -18 in celebration of Teen Read Week.  Selected participants will be notified in August.  More details and guidelines about the contest are on the Teen Read Week website under the Teen Corner tab.  Teen Read Week is slated for Oct. 12 -18 this year with the theme Turn Your Dreams into Reality @ your library.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by YALSA.  It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October.  Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW14.

The Hub launched in 2011 in order to provide a one-stop-shop for finding information about teen reads, including recommendations for great teen reads, information about YALSA lists and awards.  Librarians, library workers, YA literature enthusiasts and teens create the content.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA visit the website, call, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail.

If you’re gonna write for them, might as well write for Push to Talk, too, right?!?  Give us your best manga (book/tv/movie/play) review, send it to us, we’d love to give you your own blog post right here!