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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!  😀

Yoga for Teens: Beyond Flexibility

yoga for teensYoga for Teens:
Beyond Flexibility

Everyone has heard about yoga and what it does for your flexibility.  But this
ancient Indian art can do much more than simply make your muscles stretchier.

Here are just a few ways yoga can improve life for a teenager:

1. Posture
It’s common for teenagers to have problems with bad posture, probably resulting from the unfortunate combination of growth spurts and late nights slumped in front of the computer.  Yoga is a great way to counteract those slouching tendencies.  Many yoga poses target tension the chest, shoulders, and neck, which are problem areas for people with bad posture.  Yoga also focuses on aligning and balancing the spine with other parts of the body, which naturally helps you sit up a little straighter at the dinner table.

2. Creativity
When you’re busy keeping up with schoolwork and studying for SATs, it’s hard to keep in touch with your creative side.  Practicing yoga enhances focus and helps to clear the mind of the loud distractions in the world that can prevent us from paying attention to the things we are passionate about.  Yoga creates space in the brain for creative juices to flow.

3. Strength
This one goes out to all of you fellow athletes out there.  If you’re training on a sports team or just looking to enhance your physical strength for personal reasons, yoga is one way to go about doing so.  When practiced regularly, yoga stretches can increase your muscular endurance and make you stronger over longer periods of time.

4. Sleep
Between getting up early for school in the morning and staying up late doing homework, the average teen spends their school days either religiously patronizing the neighborhood Starbucks or lumbering through the halls in a zombie-like fashion.  Practicing yoga might just help fix your sleep schedule.   Studies have shown that yoga can improve the quality and quantity of sleep you get every night.

5. Stress
Yoga is a huge stress reliever and a booster for spirituality.  I attended a yoga class during finals week last semester and walked away feeling happier and more relaxed than I thought was possible.

While yoga may not magically erase all the bad and scary things about your life, it is much easier for you to peacefully accept their existence once you step off the mat.  This is a mindset that you will benefit from in all aspects of your busy and stressful teenage life.

–Hannah, 16, Greenwood


Joy of Push-ups

Most people don’t like doing push-ups but I don’t mind them at all. I enjoy  that there are many push-up variations.  Here are a few of my favorites

1) The original push-up:

Lay flat on the ground. Your hand should be shoulder width on the floor, then go up and down repeatedly, keeping your back and legs straight. Try to have your elbows make a 90 degree angle or less each time you do a push-up without your chest touching the ground. Push-ups work your chest and your triceps.

2) The clap push-up

This is like a normal push-up except instead of going up and down you clap in between a pushup with your hands. Sounds tricky?  It is hard. Most people (I haven’t been able to do them yet) can’t do it unless you’re super buff or you’re a push-up prodigy. Use it to show off to your friends. Again, works out your upper body.

3) The triangle push-up

In this push-up you position your hands to form a triangle on the floor.  This method is a little harder but try to go low as you can without falling or touching the ground. Works out your triceps and upper body.

4) The rotational push-up

These are easy ones and friendly. I say they are my favorites. You do a push-up, then one arm comes up to the sky, rotating your body. You put your arm back down again and do another push-up. You then take the other arm and bring it to the sky. Put the arm down do a push-up. Repeat with other side.

There are many types of push-ups and you can even create your own.  Every time you get your body moving, that’s a step towards a healthy you.

If you want to know more about pushups check out some links down below ↓↓↓
one hundred push ups
this is a challenge ↑↑

14 Smart Pushup Improvements
more pushup varitions! (^.^)

Health and Wellness Resource Center
Library card and pin number required…

Andrea, Teen Advisory Group
Northeast Branch