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Some Book Series You May Love (From The COL TAG!)

A Matter of Magic:
By Patricia Wrede

MagicA Matter of Magic is about a young orphan girl living on her own, making do with stealing and odd jobs for others. One day Kim meets a man who asks her to search for something on a traveling magician’s cart. While she does believes this is a fake magician, Kim joins the caravan and her journey begins. The book is two stories in one, meaning books 1 & 2 are together to make an awesome story. I recommend A Matter of Magic to people who want romance that isn’t the whole story, but is there. It’s funny and a good mystery.

Demon Trappers series:
By Jana G. Oliver

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The Demon Trappers series is about Riley Blackthorne, daughter of famous demon trapper Paul Blackthorne. All Riley wants is to follow in her dad’s footsteps, even if he doesn’t want her to. This series is truly wonderful. It’s full of action scenes as well as comedy and romantic ones. Throughout the books you get to follow Riley in her struggles as a teenager going through school and trying to prove that a woman can be a demon trapper too. It’s a  MUST read!

 

Wake

 

Wake, Fade, Gone:
By Lisa McMann

A trilogy about Janie, a 17-year-old girl who gets sucked into other people’s dreams whenever they’re sleeping and she’s nearby. This story is another must-read. A well-written book that will grab the attention of any reader.

Columbia Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

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Sophie’s Books that Make You Think

fault-in-our-starsReview #1 (The Fault in Our Stars)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a tragic, yet youthful and captivating book. It features a girl named Hazel Grace who meets a boy named Augustus Waters at a support group for people who have cancer. Augustus uses his wish that he received when he first learned of his cancer to fly to Amsterdam to meet a Peter Van Houten, the author of Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. Right from the beginning, Hazel’s sarcasm mixed with Augustus’s charm stuck to me, and have ended being two of my favorite characters in any book I’ve ever read. The writing was very unique, in that it used beautiful analogies, and was able to blend in a lot of humor despite its tragic topic. To any readers out there that enjoy a little mix of everything I would definitely recommend this book.

Review #2 (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky is in a perksWallflowerway very interesting in that it is vague so that you have to infer what is happening. This book is about a boy who goes by the alias name as Charlie who is beginning high school and decides to document his life through letters to the his friend, the reader. Charlie has no friends, except for Michael who committed suicide back in eighth grade. When Charlie begins high school he meets Patrick, Sam and many of their friends who teach him how to have fun.  I really enjoyed this book because it is in a way, a coming-of-age type of book that really introduces the reader to many different things that are important in realizing that happens to everyone. The author was able to expose the types of things that teenagers and people go through in life. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone of any age.

Lord of the FliesReview #3 (Lord of The Flies)

Lord of The Flies, by William Golding is chilling, and showed the savage side of a human. This book begins with a plane crash on an island, and a group of boys with no adults stranded. Humanity versus savagery is a big theme in this book. It quickly transitions from them trying to remain together as a group to a chaotic and bloody scene. This book was really creative in the symbolic representations that the author had chosen. And I found it really interesting to how the boys had divided the way that they did, and how much they had changed from British school boys to savages. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys symbolism and the capability of how savage a person can really become.

–Sophie, Columbia, Teen Adviser

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Desert Solitaire – memorable experiences with the wilderness

Desert SolitaireI finished Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey with beautifully written scenic imagery. This book is about the author himself, Edward Abbey during the time he was a ranger in Arches National Park.

This book itself gave such a sense of comfort the entire way through, the independence and closeness to nature that Abbey experiences and describes places the reader in his feet. I really enjoyed this book– the writing and simplicity makes it easy. The symbolism throughout the book gives it depth and dimension. Abbey also describes different memorable experiences with the wilderness which is quite captivating and a freshness to it that keeps you reading. As a result I do recommend this book, it provides something that not a lot of modern books include.

–Sophie, Columbia, Teen Blogger

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Library Goings-on: 8/26 – 9/2

Tuesday, August 26:

chessFrom 4 – 5 @ High Point: Drop In Chess. Come play a game of chess! Children and teens are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.

 

 

science labFrom 5 – 7 @ Magnolia: Hands on Science Lab.  Dive into science and learn something new! We’ll do a variety of fun experiments to find out how things work and why.

 

 

 

 

veggFrom 6 – 7:30 @ Green Lake: First Annual Green Lake
Library Veggie Walk
. We’re walking our veggies and reading to them at Green Lake. Leash up your veggie and join us!  Where’s the most unusual place to read a book? At the First Annual Green Lake Library Veggie Walk! Bring your favorite book, a veggie and a leash to the library! We’ll walk the lake for a bit and then sit and read to our veggies.

 

Wednesday, August 27:

mangaFrom 2 – 3 @ Northgate: 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.

 

 

MOHAIFrom 2 – 3:30 @ Queen Anne: Vintage Photo Poetry.  Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

 

From 3 – 4:30 @ Northeast: SummeTeen Advisersr Teen Adviser Program.  As part of the Teen Advisers, middle and high school students can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library.  Teen Advisers are ambassadors for reading and the Library, help at programs, and work on creative projects. It’s fun, and there are snacks! Applications are required.

Thursday, August 28:

Teen AdvisoryFrom 3 – 5 @ Greenlake: Teen Adviser Meeting.  As part of our Teen Adviser Group, students entering high school can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on special projects as a group.  Teen Advisers meet every other week to work on special projects, create media content for the library blog, tweet for the library’s Twitter account, create video book reviews. Snacks are provided, come join us!  Applications are required.

 

Robot Pencil Sharpener

From 3 -5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop-In Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

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!

Hope you had a great summer, Seattle!  😀

Library Goings-on: 8/19 – 8/25

Teen Social Hour:

Teen social hourWhat do you do for fun? Do you like playing video games or board games? Do you like listening to music or surfing the Internet? Do you like talking and texting, laughing out loud? Do you like snacking and chatting with friends? If you answered “yes,” at least once, then the Teen Social Hour may be just the place for you. Feel free to come by yourself, bring a friend, or join your friends for video games, board games, music, computers, food, and fun. This is a Teen Space event not to miss.

  • Tuesday,  August 19th @ NewHolly From 4 – 6
  • Wednesday, August 20th @ Rainier Beach From 3 – 6
  • Thursday, August 21st @ Columbia From 3 – 5

 

Tuesday, August 19:

chessFrom 4 – 5:30 @ High Point: Drop In Chess.  Come play a game of chess! Children and teens are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.

Thursday, August 21:

DucttapewalletbyCocteauBoyFrom 2:30 – 3:30 @ Internationl District/Chinatown: 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.

 

 

game onFrom 3 – 5 @ Beacon Hill: Game On!  Move with the music, hit a home run, crash Mario Karts, cheer on other gamers and meet other teens. Whether you are a gaming expert or a newbie, here is your chance to get some game time.

 

digital teen drop inFrom 3 – 5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop-In Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

Friday, August 22:

DivergentFrom 2 – 4 @ Northgate: Teen Movies: ‘Divergent‘.  Beat the wait time — watch movies at the Library! Bring your own pillows, we’ll supply the popcorn. This movie is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 4 – 5:30 @ BroadvTeen book clubiew: Science & Fiction: Teen Book Group Challenge your inner scientist, mathematician or engineer! Read a mix of real science and science fiction books this summer and talk about them with other tweens.

Monday, August 25:

flappy birdFrom 3 – 5 @ High Point: 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.

 

 

Our summer programming is wrapping up.  But don’t despair!  We host awesome programs for teens year-round.  You can find this 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!

Hope you had a great summer, Seattle!  😀

Library Goings-on: 8/12 – 8/18

Teen Social Hour:

Teen social hourWhat do you do for fun? Do you like playing video games or board games? Do you like listening to music or surfing the Internet? Do you like talking and texting, laughing out loud? Do you like snacking and chatting with friends? If you answered “yes,” at least once, then the Teen Social Hour may be just the place for you. Feel free to come by yourself, bring a friend, or join your friends for video games, board games, music, computers, food, and fun. This is a Teen Space event not to miss.

  • Tuesday,  August 12th @ NewHolly From 4 – 6
  • Wednesday, August 13th @ Rainier Beach From 3 – 6
  • Thursday, August 14th @ Columbia From 3 – 5

Tuesday, August 12:

chessFrom 4 – 5:30 @ High Point: Drop In Chess.  Come play a game of chess! Children and teens are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.

retro video gamesFrom 5 – 7 @ NewHolly: Retro Video Games.  Play retro video games made for Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Atari consoles. Compete to get the highest scores, and cheer on other gamers while making cool retro crafts!

 

 

Wednesday, August 13:

MOHAIFrom 1 – 2:30 @ Capitol Hill: Vintage Photo Poetry.  Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

 

Teen AdvisersFrom 2 – 3:30 @ GreenwoodTeen Advisory Board Meeing. The Greenwood Branch’s teen advisory board meets most months, to check in on projects and have group work time. You can write book reviews, blog or vlog posts, help with programming, create displays, and more.  As part of our monthly Teen Advisory Board, high school students can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on projects as a group. Applications are required.

ArtivismFrom 2 – 5 @ Queen Anne: Artivism 101 with PugetSoundOff.  Do you have a message and a cause? Create a poster that supports the cause you’ve chosen. Cameras, laptops, pizza, and Photoshop instruction will be provided. Registration is required.

 

 

game onFrom 2 – 4 @ Lake City: Game On!  Move with the music, hit a home run, crash Mario Karts, cheer on other gamers and meet other teens. Whether you are a gaming expert or a newbie, here is your chance to get some game time.

Thrusday, August 14

Teen AdvisoryFrom 3 – 5 @ Green Lake: Teen Advisor Meeting.  As part of our Teen Adviser Group, students entering high school can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on special projects as a group. Teen Advisers meet every other week to work on special projects, create media content for the library blog, tweet for the library’s Twitter account, create video book reviews. Snacks are provided, come join us!  Applications are required.

digital teen drop inFrom  3 – 5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop In.  Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

Friday, August 15

Computer gutsFrom 2 – 4 @ Broadview: Compuer Guts Workshop.  Take a computer apart and then rebuild it — no experience needed!

 

 

 

JK PopFrom 6 – 8 @ Beacon Hill: Launch Your Music with JK Pop!  Are you an aspiring musician or DJ? Learn how to record, upload and promote your own music — then launch it at an after-hours showcase!  Registration is required.

Saturday, August 16

denim1From 1 – 3 @ Northgate: Denim Madness.  Bring in old jeans to craft decorative pillows and bags. We’ll provide the bling and supplies; you bring the denim and creativity!

 Sunday, August 17

Movie reelFrom 3 – 5 @ Ballard: Short Video Festival.  Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space at the Ballard Branch. This month, we’ll collect your suggestions for clever, funny & creative short videos then watch the results.

 Monday, August 18

ColorsFrom 2 – 3:30 @ Delridge: Teen Re-Creation Drop In.  Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

 

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!  😀

We need Homework Help volunteers! Spread the word!

HHThe Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to assist K-12 students with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Anne Vedella, the Library’s volunteer services coordinator, said successful Homework Helpers are comfortable interacting with students of all ages individually and in small groups. She explained that Homework Help is a drop-in program for students. “A volunteer does not work with one student throughout the school year,” she said. “Each week, the students and their requests for academic support may be different.”

“We are seeking volunteers who are well-rounded academically and enjoy helping students learn,” Vedella said. “You don’t need to be a subject expert to participate, although that is helpful, especially in the areas of math, reading, writing and science.”

You can find Homework Help (for all your school-related needs) at the following locations from Sept. 8, 2014, through June 11, 2015:

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