Tag Archives: Summer fun

Why summer camp is (literally) the best thing ever!!!!

I’m sure that most of us have as least one traumatic memory from our first time at sleep away camp. Don’t you vividly remember the horror of being sent away alone for several nights amongst prepubescent strangers like yourself? I know I do. I catch the first whiff of the briny breeze as I step out of the car at the ferry terminal in downtown Seattle. The air is chilly at 8 am despite it is the middle of July.  Greeted by swarms of kid and teenagers alike, all of them here for the same reason as I am: to be cast away for 7 dreadful days to Vashon Island.  Destination: Camp Sealth.

camp sealth

There is a flurry of duffel bags and sorting out boat tickets and hugs and kisses goodbyes to parents as each of us solemnly depart. We are practically stepping off into the abyss towards the great unknown, A.K.A. a white ferry on Puget Sound. There are tears; there are protests, yet exhausted parents still must shove their reluctant children aboard, a twinkle of guilt along with relief in their tired paternal eyes. I float among these hectic crowds; my dad is already gone. I’m yet to cry. Instead I am a speck of dust being herded like a sheep, backpack and Northface duffel in tow, my only company the novel Legend by Marie Lu.  Guided aboard a packed vessel where I will feel incredibly alone. Continue reading

Radio Journalism Workshop (Registration is required)

p00twgfzSaturday, May 9, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the University Branch Library

Become a media-maker! Learn about public radio journalism in this fun, hands-on interviewing workshop with professional audio recorders.

 

Learn about public radio journalism and interviewing with KUOW’s RadioActive Media.

In this fun, hands-on workshop, teens learn about what kinds of questions get people talking, and then interview each other using professional audio recorders. This program is open to teens 13-19 years of age.

RadioActive is a radio journalism program for teens, based at KUOW 94.9 radio.

Teens ages 16-18 may want to stay afterwards to learn more about a competitive paid summer intership and get assistance filling out an application.

Registration is required. Please call the University Branch at 206-684-4063 to register.

My summer of Volunteering: Hailey

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library. Now Hailey tells us what she really thought about her volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!

 

Hailey, what did you think about volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library this summer?

As the end of summer is unfortunately and rapidly approaching, I reflect on what I have accomplished as a free teenager for the past months, and hopefully I come to the conclusion that I’ve done something purposeful.  I know that most kids totally and utterly detest the sheer thought of anything related to school, and I’m not denying the fact that I am one of those people, but this summer I did something out of the ordinary for me.  This fall, I’ll be a high school freshman, and as much as I am excited, I’m also just as nervous.  I already have nine years of school under my belt (don’t forget preschool), so what could be so different?  Although I don’t have older siblings, I’ve gone through life without any helpful advice from experience such as homework help and some morale support, but I have heard through the grape vine what to expect this school year.  Continue reading

My Summer of Volunteering: Kevin

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library in addition to the rest of their obligations. Now Kevin tells us what he really thought about his volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians while juggling All City Marching Band, and a busy social life!

Kevin, what did you think about volunteering at the Southwest Branch this summer?

I must say that this summer has probably been my busiest summer of my life! Besides volunteering at the library, I also had a lot of other things going on, such as Seattle schools All City Marching Band and quinceria practices. All city practices were Tuesday-Thursday from 6:30-9:00 (if you did drum majoring you meet up at 6:00) so 3 days a week I had practice for 3 hours and parade events were mostly on the weekend.

At first I only volunteered at the library because my mom wanted me to do service hours, but then as time passed by I no longer thought of it as working for something I need. I thought of it as working for something I love! Being able to help out the community has really made a difference in my life. With All City I had been happy to play and give the community the great performance they deserved to see. Now being able to help out at the library also helps my life.   Continue reading

Library Goings-on: 8/26 – 9/2

Tuesday, August 26:

chessFrom 4 – 5 @ 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 labFrom 5 – 7 @ 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.

 

 

 

 

veggFrom 6 – 7:30 @ Green Lake: First Annual Green Lake
Library Veggie Walk
. We’re walking our veggies and reading to them at Green Lake. Leash up your veggie and join us!  Where’s the most unusual place to read a book? At the First Annual Green Lake Library Veggie Walk! Bring your favorite book, a veggie and a leash to the library! We’ll walk the lake for a bit and then sit and read to our veggies.

 

Wednesday, August 27:

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 mangaka in the making.

 

 

MOHAIFrom 2 – 3:30 @ Queen Anne: Vintage Photo Poetry.  Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

 

From 3 – 4:30 @ Northeast: SummeTeen Advisersr Teen Adviser Program.  As part of the Teen Advisers, middle and high school students can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library.  Teen Advisers are ambassadors for reading and the Library, help at programs, and work on creative projects. It’s fun, and there are snacks! Applications are required.

Thursday, August 28:

Teen AdvisoryFrom 3 – 5 @ Greenlake: 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.  Teen Advisers meet every other week to work on special projects, create media content for the library blog, tweet for the library’s Twitter account, create video book reviews. Snacks are provided, come join us!  Applications are required.

 

Robot Pencil Sharpener

From 3 -5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop-In Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

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!

Hope you had a great summer, Seattle!  😀

Library Goings-on: 8/19 – 8/25

Teen Social Hour:

Teen social hourWhat do you do 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. Feel free to 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.

  • Tuesday,  August 19th @ NewHolly From 4 – 6
  • Wednesday, August 20th @ Rainier Beach From 3 – 6
  • Thursday, August 21st @ Columbia From 3 – 5

 

Tuesday, August 19:

chessFrom 4 – 5:30 @ 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.

Thursday, August 21:

DucttapewalletbyCocteauBoyFrom 2:30 – 3:30 @ Internationl District/Chinatown: Duct Tape Mania. Find out what you can make with a roll of duct tape! Create roses, picture frames, wallets and more — discover new uses for this sticky product. Materials provided.

 

 

game onFrom 3 – 5 @ Beacon Hill: Game 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.

 

digital teen drop inFrom 3 – 5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop-In Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

Friday, August 22:

DivergentFrom 2 – 4 @ Northgate: Teen Movies: ‘Divergent‘.  Beat the wait time — watch movies at the Library! Bring your own pillows, we’ll supply the popcorn. This movie is rated PG-13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 4 – 5:30 @ BroadvTeen book clubiew: Science & Fiction: Teen Book Group Challenge 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.

Monday, August 25:

flappy birdFrom 3 – 5 @ 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.

 

 

Our summer programming is wrapping up.  But don’t despair!  We host awesome programs for teens year-round.  You can find this 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!

Hope you had a great summer, Seattle!  😀

Library Goings-on: 8/12 – 8/18

Teen Social Hour:

Teen social hourWhat do you do 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. Feel free to 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.

  • Tuesday,  August 12th @ NewHolly From 4 – 6
  • Wednesday, August 13th @ Rainier Beach From 3 – 6
  • Thursday, August 14th @ Columbia From 3 – 5

Tuesday, August 12:

chessFrom 4 – 5:30 @ 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.

retro video gamesFrom 5 – 7 @ NewHolly: Retro Video Games.  Play retro video games made for Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Atari consoles. Compete to get the highest scores, and cheer on other gamers while making cool retro crafts!

 

 

Wednesday, August 13:

MOHAIFrom 1 – 2:30 @ Capitol Hill: Vintage Photo Poetry.  Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

 

Teen AdvisersFrom 2 – 3:30 @ GreenwoodTeen Advisory Board Meeing. The Greenwood Branch’s teen advisory board 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.  As part of our monthly Teen Advisory Board, high school students can earn service learning credit at The Seattle Public Library while working on projects as a group. Applications are required.

ArtivismFrom 2 – 5 @ Queen Anne: Artivism 101 with PugetSoundOff.  Do you have a message and a cause? Create a poster that supports the cause you’ve chosen. Cameras, laptops, pizza, and Photoshop instruction will be provided. Registration is required.

 

 

game onFrom 2 – 4 @ Lake City: Game 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.

Thrusday, August 14

Teen AdvisoryFrom 3 – 5 @ Green Lake: Teen Advisor 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. Teen Advisers meet every other week to work on special projects, create media content for the library blog, tweet for the library’s Twitter account, create video book reviews. Snacks are provided, come join us!  Applications are required.

digital teen drop inFrom  3 – 5 @ Northeast: Teen Re-Creation Drop In.  Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

Friday, August 15

Computer gutsFrom 2 – 4 @ Broadview: Compuer Guts Workshop.  Take a computer apart and then rebuild it — no experience needed!

 

 

 

JK PopFrom 6 – 8 @ Beacon Hill: Launch Your Music with JK Pop!  Are you an aspiring musician or DJ? Learn how to record, upload and promote your own music — then launch it at an after-hours showcase!  Registration is required.

Saturday, August 16

denim1From 1 – 3 @ Northgate: Denim Madness.  Bring in old jeans to craft decorative pillows and bags. We’ll provide the bling and supplies; you bring the denim and creativity!

 Sunday, August 17

Movie reelFrom 3 – 5 @ Ballard: Short Video Festival.  Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space at the Ballard Branch. This month, we’ll collect your suggestions for clever, funny & creative short videos then watch the results.

 Monday, August 18

ColorsFrom 2 – 3:30 @ Delridge: Teen Re-Creation Drop In.  Need some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

 

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!  😀