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Why you should be excited to go back to school

It always hits me about halfway through August: school is in only a few short weeks, and I desperately don’t want to go back. Summer is still in full swing—no leaves falling from the trees yet—and I’m completely lost in the flow of carefree, lazy summer days. Who would want something like school to mess up this perfect paradise? At times like these, I have to remind myself why I really do love school, and why the pros of the school year starting outweigh the cons—if only just barely.

Reason 1: I’m bored. Staying up late, sleeping in until noon, and spending the rest of my time sitting around the house can be fun for a while, but at some point enough is enough. It’s hard to admit it, but I can tell that I need something to do with myself after I’ve watched reruns of Law & Order for a week straight. And let’s face it: school is probably the most useful thing I can do with my life right now, so I really should get to it.

Reason 2: I miss my friends. I do see them occasionally throughout the summer for movies, shopping, or hanging out at the beach, but it’s nothing like seeing them every day at school. They’re the reason why my boring classes are tolerable, and studying with them in the library saves me from failing my tests. It’s hard to realize how much I rely on my friends until I don’t see them for a while, but I value them more than I can say. The sooner I get back to school, the sooner I can spend time with them.

Reason 3: School is actually sort of… Fun. Everyone has those moments while they sit in their favorite class and suddenly understand a tricky concept, or when they finally finish the problem they’ve spent an hour puzzling over, or when they can help a friend with a hard bit of homework. I know I have, and it’s those moments that make going to school every day worthwhile—it’s those moments that I will be able to use in the future, in real life.

Just to be clear, I’m not one of those crazy, school-obsessed kids who spend every spare minute studying. I love summer, I love having free time (especially when I can hang out and read books from the library!), and I love the wonderful weather, but all good things have to come to an end. When I consider all the reasons that I’ve set forth, it’s clear that, while school may be sometimes annoying and difficult, it is a truly valuable opportunity. I know that I will always choose to take advantage of this opportunity I have to learn, and I can have fun while I’m at it.

Want to relive the sounds of summer?  Check out this Summer 2011 Playlist compiled by Seattle Public Library patrons on Facebook.  Or, if you’re more interested in diving into Fall and the new school year, here’s a list of classics put together by Seattle Public Library staff.

Susan, Teen Volunteer
Northeast Branch

Getting to know your librarians – Wendy

Then…

What should we call you?
Wendy

Where can we find you?
Beacon Hill

Why teen services?
The first class I took in library school was Young Adult Literature.  We read Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, and a lot of graphic novels and manga.  I was hooked!  Now someone pays me to read my favorite books and sometimes I get to play video games at work!

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Novelist (scroll down & click on Novelist) and is a great online database that lets you find new books based on books or authors you already know you like.  After I finished the Hunger Games Trilogy, I typed in “Mockingjay” and found my next book: Exodus by Julie Bertanga.

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?
Picking my all time favorite book is pretty much impossible.  I’ve read Matilda by Roald Dahl probably more times than I can count so that’s at the top of the list along with When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  My favorite books that I’ve read recently are Beauty Queens by Libba Bray and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

You live in Seattle – To umbrella or not to umbrella?
I’ve lost every single umbrella I’ve ever owned, so none for me!

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
Is it ridiculous to say the weather?  I love the short but gorgeous summers we have here and that it never gets too cold.  I lived in Texas where it could be 110 degrees for the entire month of August, and in Illinois where it could be -10 in January. I’ll trade that for a little rain!

We know you love Seattle but where would you most like to live?
New Zealand (the prettiest place on the planet)!

…Now

What is your favorite word?
Penultimate

What is your motto?
I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. (Margaret Mead)

College Help: Narrowing Your List

If you are a soon-to-be-senior planning on applying to colleges, you’ve hopefully been doing some research by now. (If you haven’t started your college search, check out this post: http://blog.spl.org/yablog/2011/03/15/college-help-getting-started/).

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What we're reading for summer – day 3

Every spring, teen librarians from The Seattle Public Library leave their branches and visit their local schools to promote our annual Summer Reading Program, and we always bring along a bunch of books that we know will get you through the summer. This year, we want to tell you ahead of time who we are, which schools we’re visiting, and what books we are bringing.

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What we're reading for summer – day 2

Every spring, teen librarians from The Seattle Public Library leave their branches and visit their local schools to promote our annual Summer Reading Program, and we always bring along a bunch of books that we know will get you through the summer. This year, we want to tell you ahead of time who we are, which schools we’re visiting, and what books we are bringing.
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FUN THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER

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Summer is nearly here! The weather has been amazing- I even got SUNBURNED the other day! So, as school is nearly out, I’ve decided to fill your head with things you can do to fill those gorgeous, endless summer days with entertainment. 

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What we're reading for summer – day 1

Creative Commons - Sean VosEvery spring, teen librarians from The Seattle Public Library leave their branches and visit their local schools to promote our annual Summer Reading Program, and we always bring along a bunch of books that we know will get you through the summer.  This year, we want to tell you ahead of time who we are, which schools we’re visiting, and what books we are bringing.
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