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Teen Poetry – PJ – Refrigerator Magnet Poem

A Ruined Business

colorless zebras
ran into purple

Our store?

Is over.


–PJ, Greenwood, Teen Adviser

Formal Dance? Don’t Sweat It!

formal happy danceUgh, yes, once again, formal dance season has arrived. I, myself, just had one this past Saturday, my school’s own version called OLOT. But, yes, here they come again, the Spring Flings and spring formals and all the stress that comes with each one of them.

As a girl, I know the rash amounts of anxiety over the dress, the heels, the nails, the hair, the makeup, the group, and not to mention getting asked to the dance in the first place!

But let’s back up a bit, and let’s have me explain the typical etiquette of my school’s spring formal: OLOT.

  • When: usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend of March.
  • Where: This is the dance where the school chooses an off campus venue, whereas our winter dance, TOLO, is held in our school’s cafeteria. This year, we scored the Pacific Science Center.
  • How is works is that it’s a guy ask girl dance. While at most schools the guy just approaches the girl and says, “Hey, want to go to the dance with me?” the ask is actually one of the most important parts. Usually the guy should come up with a pun or have a poster or bring the girl a baked good.

People have gone all out in the past: renting a pig, scavenger hunts, spelling out the letters “OLOT?” in the windows of a school building, or in my case, an ask imitating the scene from Say Anything where the guy wins the girl by holding up the boom box to the window. (Ok, mine was a little different…him and some of his friends just came up to me carrying the boom box playing The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson and he asked me. But close enough).

I’ll have you know that asking season gets catty, especially amongst the female half of the grade. So here’s my first word of advice: if you can, avoid the asking drama. If you get asked, great! If you don’t, that’s fine too! There’s so much silly high school stigma around not getting asked, but so what! You should still go to the dance. Rally up a group of friends and go as a big group! Also, hopefully your school dances have an atmosphere inviting towards people of all sexual orientations and genders. Ask whom you feel comfortable asking, dress how you feel comfortable dressing, and just be yourself!  It’s supposed to be fun, and it’s a whole lot easier to have a good time if you feel comfortable in your own skin! Continue reading

Youth Drop-in @ Central tomorrow!

Youth Drop-inThursday, Mar. 5, 4 – 6 p.m.

Youth (ages 12-25) are invited to join us for a free weekly drop-in in the Central Library Teen Center.

Hosted in partnership with New Horizons and YouthCare, drop-ins will offer free snacks, activities and resources.

Library events and programs are free and all youth (ages 12-25) are welcome. No registration.

For more info, call the Central Library Teen Center @ 206-615-1410 or E-mail the Teen Center.

Hope to see you there!

My favorite book by John Green – An Abundance of Katherines


Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Summary: Colin Singleton was proclaimed a prodigy at a young age. That’s a lot to live up to. While he tries to piece together what he’s going to do with his life, he attends high school and has curiously only dated girls named Katherine. The novel consists of Colin and his friend Hassan’s summer adventures before the first year of college, as well as flashbacks to Colin’s experiences with several of the Katherines. In order to get Colin’s mind off of his most recent Katherine break up, Hassan encourages Colin to come on a road trip with him. The pair doesn’t have any place in particular in mind, but they end up in a small southern town called Gutshot, Tennessee. Colin and Hassan’s search for what to do with their lives ensues.

Six Word Review: My favorite book by John Green.

I started reading because: I like John Green’s work.

I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s humorous, it’s relatable, it’s intelligent, and it’s fun to read.

I loved that Colin’s last name was Singleton. He has always been the dumpee instead of the dumper so it’s only fitting that his last name be Singleton.

I hated… I don’t know if I really hated any part of this book. Like I said, it’s my favorite by John Green.

Anything else we should know? There are also some really cool footnotes and if you’re into math there are some graphs and other mathematical equations. Don’t be annoyed if you’re not into math though because I’m not really either but John Green introduces the math rarely and in such a funny way that you barely even notice it’s real math. You don’t even have to do any work. No solving for x or cosine or anything, I promise.

–Regina, 17, West Seattle



Teen Space! Now @ Beacon Hill!

Teen Space   Thursday, May 15, 2014, 3 – 5 p.m.

Teen SpaceNeed a space to hang out and have fun? Come to Teen Space at Beacon Hill, it’s a time just for teens to meet up and hang out!

Teen Space at Beacon Hill is a time set aside just for teens ages 12-18 to meet up and hang out.  Why not get out of the house for a while and head to the library? Come alone or bring your friends — then make new friends!

We’ll have snacks (a must), music, and games.  Plus, each month there will be a fun activity.  We’re sure you’ll help us keep it interesting.

Teen Space = a time for you to be creative and have fun, all for free.

For more info call Wendy @ Beacon Hill (206-684-4711) or Ask a Librarian.

Seattle: Something fun to do!

How many of you have at least one day of your weekend totally free?  How many of you would like to do something fun and adventurous to fill that day with some memories?  Well, that is exactly how my best friend and I felt as of a few weeks ago.  We decided to hop on a bus and go, even if we didn’t know where we were going.  I’d always wanted to ride a bus to the end of its route and we did nearly that.  However, in the midst of our bus hopping fun we got off near the Seattle Center.

After moseying around for a few hours and sitting by the large fountain we went into the large food court type place that just so happened to be across from a man who was playing the saxophone quite well!  We decided to try a bit of everything.  From store to store we went buying little bits here and little bits there.  Before we knew it we’d consumed a piece of pizza, candy, hot chocolate and much more.  Our fun adventure likewise gave us a chance to catch up. Continue reading

Our first video post!

Many thanks to the Central Teen Center Advisors for creating our first video post:  Cupcake Party with E. Lockhart! 

Is there a video you’d like to do? Give us a call at the Teen Center 206.615.1410 or talk to your Branch Teen Librarian. 

We’e sending out a Special Thanks to the Seattle Public Library Foundation, Cupcake Royale, and the University Bookstore for sponsoring this progam.  Of course, our extra special thanks goes out to E. Lockhart!!