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Today is Mardi Gras!

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Ready to party? Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday) is a time of fun and celebration before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world with parties, feasts, dances, and more.  The most famous celebration is the United States takes place each year in New Orleans, Louisiana.  With parades, bead throwing, and masquerade balls, it sounds like one wild event.  You can also feast on the traditional king cake (see an example below), a pastry resembling a giant cinnamon roll, and hope that your slice features a lucky trinket.  You may receive special privileges for finding the trinket!

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Brazil celebrates Mardi Gras as Carnival.  For several days each year millions of people take to the streets to party.  Rio de Janeiro’s celebrations are the largest in the world and feature an annual competition known as the Samba Parade.  Social clubs known as Samba Schools put together elaborate performances for the parade, which takes place in the appropriately named Sambodromo.  Each performance is judged on its samba song, band, chosen theme, costumes, props, and more.  (Read more about the judging here.)  Sounds like this would be a fantastic experience!

Here at Northgate, we are not quite so elaborate.  We are celebrating with a colorful display featuring books, a recipe for king cake, and masks to take home and color.  Take a look:

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Want to get involved? How about making your own mask? Find some printable templates here or go freehand for even more possibilities.

Have fun!

Celebrate Blue Friday @ Beacon Hill!

SeahawksIt is Blue Friday!  Enjoy arts, crafts, coloring as well as watching highlights of past games at Beacon Hill on Friday from 1 – 3 p.m.

Come celebrate the Seattle Seahawks! Share your stories and meet other 12s! This is a family-friendly event open to all ages.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Registration not required.

For more information call Beacon Hill @ 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian!

Go ‘Hawks!

 

Homemade Paper: DIY Recycling

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I know, I know. It’s September (sorry, November!). Time to buckle down, and abandon the joys of summer for chemistry, geometry, and Faulkner. But once you realize how awesome this handmade paper looks on practically anything, you will be forced to get blending. Plus, it’s much, much easier to make than you would imagine. Continue reading

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!  😀

Library Goings-on: 8/1 – 8/4

Friday, August 1:

Teen SpaceFrom 2 -4 pm @ Southwest: Teen Space presents: Summer Volunteering Showcase. Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space at the Southwest Branch, it’s a place to meet up and hang out! This month, teen volunteers will present a teen-created program.

Saturday, August 2:

makey-makey-bananaFrom 1- 3 pm @ University: Hack a Banana. Ever driven a Mario Kart with a lump of clay? Or played the piano on a banana? Discover how to use alligator clips to turn everyday objects into controllers and touchpads using MaKey MaKey!

Sunday, August 3:

positive youthFrom 1 – 4 pm @ University: Positive Youth: Documentary, Discussion & Health Fair.  Lifelong AIDS Alliance presents a documentary film of personal stories that will forever change your idea of what it means to be HIV+. Stay after for a panel discussion and sexual health fair.

 

weavingFrom 1:30 – 3:30 pm @ Lake City: Craft Extravaganza: Weaving. Children, teens and their grown-ups are invited to make fabulous woven creations from simple materials. There will be simple projects for younger children, as well.

Monday, August 4:

Teen AdvisoryFrom 4 – 6 pm @ Douglass-Truth: Teen Volunteer Group.  As part of our teen volunteer group, high school students can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on special projects as a group. Applications are required.

 

 

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!  😀