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Hiking in Washington

Upper Falls Wallace State Park

The Upper Falls

Over spring break, my friend and I took a road trip over to Wallace Falls in Goldbar, Washington, and then went on a hike. Wallace Falls is a Washington State Park, and thus we needed a Discover Pass to park there. The Discover Pass is this yellow slip that you hang on the front mirror in your car, which allows you to park at these state parks. The Discover Pass is $10 for a day, or $30 annually. We bought the annual pass, since we knew that we would be hiking at other state parks through the year.

Once we got to Wallace Falls state park, we zipped up our layers (for me, I wore 3 coats, including one fleece and one rain coat). On the first small part of the trail, you’re walking under large electrial towers. Before we entered the woods, we stopped at one viewpoint that looked towards mountains, though it was too cloudy to see the mountains. We then entered the forest, we were met with a William Wordsworth quote: “Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” After stopping to take a few pictures, we ventured on. We hiked up the Woody Trail, with the first 1/2 a mile being “easy”, according to the trail map. It had very little elevation gain, and took us on a muddy trail that was surrounded by moss-covered trees and ferns on the ground. We didn’t see anyone else on the trail at this point (around 10, on a Tuesday).

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The Future of Derby is Now

Seattle Derby BratsHave you heard rumblings about Rat City Rollergirls? Did you want to get involved somehow but felt you were too young? That’s why Seattle Derby Brats, Rat City’s junior roller derby team, exists: To bring competitive roller derby to younger generations and continue to build the sport.

Seattle Derby Brats’ New Skater Camp starts in July, but registration is already filling up fast. Here’s how you can find out how to register if you’d like to get involved: Seattle Derby Brats.

SDB provides a inclusive environment for teen girls. I can honestly say that the supportive and dedicated members of the derby community, skaters and adults alike, have changed my life for the better. I would encourage everyone to get involved in some way.

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Jesten’s Fave – Poem is a Little Path – Charles Ghigna

A Poem is a Little Path

by Charles Ghigna

A poem is a little path
That leads you through the trees.
It takes you to the cliffs and shores,
To anywhere you please.

Follow it and trust your way
With mind and heart as one,
And when the journey’s over,
You’ll find you’ve just begun.

Need a book for winter break? I have a list!

There’s always so many books that I want to, but never have the time to read!  Of the many books that are on my to-read list, these are my top five.

1.)    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak bookthief

My sister got this book for me as a present a few years ago. I read the first 30 or so pages, and then for some reason I didn’t pick it up again. My mom “borrowed” the book from me (I swear she’s a book thief – pun intended), and I didn’t get it back until a few months later. In 8th grade, I read Zusak’s ‘I Am the Messenger,’ and I loved it. Ever since then, ‘The Book Thief’ has been one of my top five to-read books. Also, the movie is out so after I get around to reading it, I can watch that too.

2.)    City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

TImagehe Mortal Instruments series is my favorite series that I have read, no doubt. The last book in this series FINALLY comes out on May 27th, which has been one of the most painful waits for a book. Hopefully Amazon is quick in getting the book to me, because I do not think my sanity will hold past the release date. Unfortunately, I asked Cassandra Clare if she would be coming to Seattle for a book tour, and she said that she would not be (due to some contract that keeps her from touring throughout most of the U.S.)  (*sobs forever*).  But we’ll have the book right? I mean, she’s only killing six (known) characters.  I’ll try not to cry too hard.  And if you’re looking for spoilers, check her Twitter and her Tumblr.  She’s given away a few things that could either comfort your worries, or perhaps heighten them (but hey, Church the cat doesn’t die!).

3.)    Allegiant by Veronica Roth allegiant

Well, this is the last book in the Divergent series, and it’s been out for a while… I’ve been avoiding this book for the past couple of months since the ending was spoiled for me.  I’ll probably get around to reading it… Someday… The second book was a little confusing to me, so maybe I could reread it to clear some things up.  And then, there’s also the movie that was recently (or not-so-recently?) in theaters, which was pretty good.  And when I saw it, I hadn’t read the books in at least a year, so I didn’t have too much critique of the differences between the book and the movie.  My friend, on the other hand, had plenty to share with me.  Maybe I’ll muster up the courage to get through this book.  We’ll see.

4.)    Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor dreamsofgodsandmonsters

ACTUALLY MAYBE THIS IS MY FAVORITE SERIES.  This and the Mortal Instruments are tough competition. Laini Taylor writes beautifully, and this story is incredible. I’ve actually started reading this book, slowly making my way through it, (because school takes up all of my time – it’s not boring!) and I’m about a third of the way through it. I  would highly recommend this book.  Laini Taylor lives in Portland, Oregon, and she has the coolest hot-pink hair.  And one time, she replied to me on Twitter.  Her favorite kind of cheese is ‘EVERYKIND’.

5.)    Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs hollowcity

I read the first book last summer, and loved how the book incorporates old photographs into the story. I really love the setting that the first book set, the characters, and the plot. This was one of those books where you need the next book after you finish the first. The second book has been out for a few months now, and I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. But since summer is coming, I’m looking forward to reading it. There’s also the graphic novel, for the first book, that came out recently. Cassandra Jean illustrated it, and I’m a big fan of her work.

Most of these books are part of a series, and I would recommend any of these series.  Cassandra Clare and Laini Taylor are two of my favorite authors, and they craft wonderful storylines and characters and I love their writing… I could go on about this.  But if you’re looking for books to read, I would definitely recommend these authors and series.

–Claire, Magnolia, Teen Volunteer

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Writing at School: Is it Really a Nuisance?

writing_a_letterI love writing.  All kinds of writing, from poetry to science fiction.  And I know there are many people out there that share this passion, but this number may be slowly decreasing.  Teachers teach it without emotion, making it seem a lot more like an annoying pest than an exciting new way to use your imagination and creativity, the bland teaching method prevents kids from trying to exercise their creativity, and makes deep thinking much harder to reach.

At high school orientations, I hear lots about choir, theater, band.  But I don’t hear a single word uttered about writing classes or clubs (with the exception of a couple of schools).  Aren’t those important?

Without writing, who would write all those really good books that you’re reading, or magazines, newspapers, and reviews? There would be no libraries, since there are no books to read. Without writing, what would be point of the alphabet?  Continue reading

WOIS: Mega Help for Teens

WOIS can help

I’ve been having trouble trying to figure out what I’m going to do for college and for a career, or if I’m going to even HAVE a career or just a job.  So to figure this out I grabbed the big book of majors and made a list of things I was interested in (there wasn’t that many). Then one day I was talking to Jesten (the teen librarian who I listen to) about the possible majors I found and she liked the idea of an Archivist.  She mentioned some work at museums.  THAT got my attention, but . . . I had no clue what jobs were at a museum so I asked her for a list and a list I got, she then encouraged me to go to WOIS, and it is AMAZING!!

Once you go to WOIS there is an occupation button that has a HUGE list of jobs and VERY in-depth descriptions of the job. It will tell you the typical tasks, overview, school requirements (if you need a high school diploma, bachelors or masters degree), the physical demands of the job, the average wages, and I think a few more. Some of the jobs allow you to have an interview with people who have that job. Wow.

Now I’m not saying that EVERY job is on this database, so please don’t be mad if the job you want isn’t on it, but I think most jobs are there. WOIS is incredible, it helped me so much!!!!!

It also has a “school search” I haven’t checked it out yet but it will probably be awesome too! 🙂

To get to the website you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to Articles & Research on The Seattle Public Library website.
  2. Scroll down  and click the “Jobs and Careers” link.
  3. Then scroll to “WOIS/The Career Information System“.

(Most times you can only access WOIS from a library computer or at school if it has the code). Check it out!

–Freyja, 17, Magnolia

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Want to make a difference?

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Be a Teen Adviser at the Magnolia Branch.

The Teen Adviser program is for high school aged youth (aged 14-19) interested in the library and leadership. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to make a difference in the library as well as the community. Participants receive community service learning credit.

Requirements

  • Attend 1.5 hour monthly meeting (for three months)
  • Complete 3-8 hours of additional service
  • Active participation

Tasks Include

  • Program Development
  • Volunteering at events or running the programs you develop
  • Working with a variety of media to document or market an event.

If this interests you our first meeting is November 5th at 4 PM. Additional details including directions to the branch and a link to the application found at the SPL website.