Tag Archives: digital lives

Library Goings-on: 7/28 – 7/31

Teen Social Hour:

What do you Teen social hourdo 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 maybe just the place for you. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or join your friends for video games, board games, music, computers, food, and fun. This are Teen Space events not to miss!

Monday, July 28:

flappy bird

From 3 – 5 pm @ 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.




From 6:30 – 7:30 pm @ NorthgateBow-Wows and Books. Practice reading with a new friend who is warm, friendly, and a perfect listener! Certified therapy dogs and their handlers join young readers to read one-on-one in a relaxing and nonjudgmental environment.  Teen volunteer opportunity!!

Tuesday, July 29


digital teen drop inFrom 1 – 3 pm @ West Seattle: Teen Re-Creation Drop In. Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!




From 4 – 5:30 pm @ 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 lab

From 5 – 7 pm @ 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.

Wednesday, July 30


From 2 – 3:30 pm @ South Park: Calligraphy: The Art of Lettering.  Learn the history of different alphabets from local teaching artist Amaranta Sandys, then practice basic calligraphy techniques with a variety of writing tools. For tweens and teens.




Teen Advisers

From 3 – 5 pm @ Green Lake: 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. Applications are required.



3-d printing

From 3 – 4:30 pm @ Northeast: Digital Frabication Showcase.  Excited about 3-D printing and laser printing? Discover fabrication techniques & learn about design modeling with experimental digital artist Meghan Trainor. Registration is 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!  😀

Where did all the memories go?

The digital age has had many effects. People are less social, choosing to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites to interact in the place of human-to-human contact. Businesses have been able increase productivity, and information is much less accessible. Many people cannot imagine a life without the internet. However, despite all its benefits, and some of its downfalls, there is one negative affect that has not been discussed.

writing_a_letterIn the past, there were no e-mails, texts, or Facebook.  People sent letters, postcards, and pictures.  Things weren’t saved on-line or on a computer.  They were written down.  Much has been written about how the digital age has affected the literary industry.  But no one talks about the memories it has affected.  We no longer have the letters and postcards we sent to our parents.  We don’t keep our report cards anymore because they’re online and we can check them as often as we want to.  We keep digital albums of our pictures.  And though some continue to write journals, many prefer to document their lives through blogs.

This transfer of memories from paper to computers makes it much harder to flip through memories.  We can’t stumble across boxes of our old documents and take a trip down memory lane.  We can’t see our progression as writers and people develop through letters and journal entries.  And even though we still have many photos, the multitude that we have makes it much harder to find those that are truly significant.

The digital age has made it easier to hold onto memories, but it has made it much harder to retrieve them.

Roxanne, Northeast Teen Adviser