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Shannon’s Fave – Afternoon on a Hill – Millay

afternoon on a hill

Afternoon on a Hill

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass
And the grass rise.

And when the lights begin
To show up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1917

The illustration is from Childcraft encyclopedia 1949, which was on my bookshelves when I was small.

Library Goings-on: 7/22 – 7/25

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 may be 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 is a Teen Space event not to miss!

Wednesday, July 23

MOHAIFrom 12-1:30 @ West Seattle: Vintage Photo Poetry. Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

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 manga-ka in the making.

 

 

flappy birdFrom 2 – 4 @ Lake City: Flappy Birds. Create a Flappy Birds game app with Hour of Code’s drag & drop programming, then play it on your phone or share with friends! This is an independent, self-paced program. Laptops are available.

 

Thursday, July 24:

arduliano adventureFrom 3 – 4 @ Northeast: Arduino Adventures: Technology, Art or Both? Learn what Arduino micro-controller boards can do with experimental artist Meghan Trainor, who uses a small computer that can sense its environment to produce motion, lights or sound.

 

Friday, July 25

Youth in FocusFrom 10:30 am –  12 pm @ Columbia: Zoom In: Photography Your Community Learn photography basics with Youth in Focus. Do on-location shooting, learn about composition & using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. No camera required but registration is!

 

 

4doctorsFrom 1 -3 @ West Seattle: Teen Re-Creation Drop-InNeed some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

 

 

 

Teen book clubFrom 6 – 7:15 pm @ Broadview: Science & Fiction: Tween book GroupChallenge 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.

 

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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Library Goings-on: 7/16 – 7/18

Wednesday, July 16:

Teen AdvisoryFrom 2 – 3:30 pm @ GreenwoodTeen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting.  As part of our monthly TAB, high school students can earn service learning credit at the library while working on projects as a group. Applications are required.  (Greenwood’s TAB 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.)

 

need to knowFrom 4 – 5 pm @ Douglass-TruthNeed to Know.  What do you need to know about working, going to college, or other responsibilities? Learn something new every week when you stop by the teen area for answers, advice and activities.

 

 

Thursday, July 17:

Teen AdvisersFrom 3 – 5 pm @ Green LakeTeen Adviser Meeting.  As part of our Teen Adviser Group, students entering high school can earn service learning credit at the library while working on special projects as a group. Applications are required.

 

 

Game OnFrom 3 – 5 pm @ Beacon HillGame 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.

 

 

Tai ShanFrom 6 – 7 pm @ West SeattleTai Shan Performs “Living Fiction.”  Enjoy the sounds of Seattle pop-folk artist and songwriter Tai Shan playing new songs with her band.  The band will perform songs from “Living Fiction,” Shan’s new CD with music inspired by her favorite books.

Shan is a Seattle-based pop-folk artist and songwriter who is known for her unusual chord voicing, wide sweeping melodies and detailed lyrics. As a music teacher, performer, composer and collaborator with a wide variety of jazz, folk, and pop musicians, she has gained a dedicated fan following through performances across the West Coast. Shan is also an active contributor to the Seattle chapter of The Bushwick Book Club, a group whose passion is not only to read books, but also write and perform songs about the books.

Friday, July 18:

Youth in FocusZoom In: Photograph Your CommunityLearn photography basics with Youth in Focus. Do on-location shooting, learn about composition & using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. No camera required, but registration is!

 

 

lego mindstormsFrom 2 – 4 pm @ BroadviewLego Mindstorms Workshop.  Work in teams to assemble and program a digital Lego Mindstorms robot, and then watch it come to life. No experience needed. Registration is required.

 

 

scienceFrom 2 – 4 pm @ SouthwestScience Exploration + Legos.  Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space at Southwest, it’s a place to meet up and hang out! This month, we’re doing messy science experiments and building creative things out of Legos.

 

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!  😀

Need something to do? Join us!

need to knowToday, from 4 – 5 pm, Douglass-Truth is offering the first Need to Know of the summer.

“What do you need to know about working, going to college, or other responsibilities? Learn something new every week when you stop by the teen area for answers, advice and activities. For ages 11 and up.”

These sessions will be held every Sunday through Tuesday throughout the summer.  You don’t have to register, just stop by, say hi to Shannon and Lesley and get the answers to your burning questions!

Tomorrow, June 25th you have three programming options…but you have to choose one ’cause they’re all at the same time!manga

  • From 2 – 4 pm, Northgate is hosting the 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. For ages 10+.”  Drop-in for a bit or the whole two hours.  Bring your artwork & stories to share!bristlebot
  • Also from 2 – 4 pm, Lake City invites you to create a Bristlebot!  Build, decorate and race your own tiny robot using a toothbrush, battery, and pager motor! Supplies and snacks provided. For ages 11+. Registration is required on this one, so call soon.
  • Finally, from 2 – 4 pm, Greenwood wants to see your Lego Mindstorms.  Work in teams to assemble and program a digital Lego Mindstorms robot, and then watch it come to life. No lego mindstormsexperience needed. For ages 11+. Registration is required here too…get ‘er done!

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!  😀

School Shoutout: Washington Middle School

Washington

Hey Washington Middle School!  Thanks for stopping by the library table at lunch time on Friday to talk with Lesley and Shannon about Summer of Learning, your favorite books, and things you never knew about the Douglass-Truth branch.

See you at Need to Know every Sunday through Thursday this summer, starting on June 23, 4-5 pm. We’ll be giving away free books, answering questions, doing activities, and hanging out in the teen area at Douglass-Truth library.

It’s going to be a great summer!

Lesley @ WMS

 

Getting to know your librarians…Shannon

SW-teen photo What should we call you?
Shannon

Where can we find you?
Douglass-Truth

Why teen services?
I love hearing about that thing that saved your teenage life, and maybe even being the one who introduced you to it.

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Be careful, you could get sucked into a black hole of research on http://tvtropes.org/Afterwards you will never watch tv, read a book, or write a story without making connections between all the plots, characters, and symbolism you’ve seen before.

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?
Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has my all-time favorite character, pintsize sleuth and poisoner, Flavia de Luce.

I love to read about unusual people, places, and times.  (Or all three.)

You live in Seattle To umbrella or not to umbrella?
An umbrella is a must, to match my galoshes.  Can you tell I spent a long time living outside Seattle?

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
SIFF, Archie McPhee, Scarecrow Video, all-night coffee.SW-current photo

We know you love Seattle but Where would you most like to live?
Glasgow, Scotland, or possibly Middle Earth.

What is your favorite word? 
Word is the best word.  I’m also fond of misanthrope, and the phrase “salad days.”

What is your motto?  
Make plans.