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Give Small? No. GiveBig! ;)


GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event, inspiring people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations (like Seattle Public Library!!) that make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

Each donation up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, made to the 1,600 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, will receive a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.  As long as you have access to the web and a credit card, you can participate!

You can also narrow your search to organizations that are geared to, staffed by, or serving teens…  Nonprofit orgs 4 teens.  This list includes many organizations near ‘n dear to our library ❤ including (but not limited to):

If you can GiveBig.  If you can’t then give small.  If you still can’t, check out this list of ways to give back to your community!

Seattle's Arts & Teens

During the holidays, there is an infinite selection of seasonal movies to choose from. It seems that the most popular choices are generally Dr. Suess’  How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the old classic It’s A Wonderful Life.  My personal holiday favorite was always A Christmas Story, the comical tale of an American family’s Christmas in Indiana during the 1940s. I can’t watch it without splitting my sides.

5th Avenue Theater's New Production

So naturally, when I found out about the 5th Avenue Theater‘s new production – A Christmas Story: the Musical – I was ecstatic. I finally got a chance to see it Dec 27 and it was anything but a disappointment. The kids performing in the musical did a fantastic job and the script was the perfect balance of the movie and something new. Unfortunately, the production just ended, though it may return next holiday season.


SHORTLY BEFORE THE SHOW, the 5th Avenue Theater offers something called “Student Rush Tickets.” Basically, anyone ages 25 and under can present a Student I.D. and receive discount tickets for any available seats in the theater. For A Christmas Story, Student Rush Tickets for any seat in the theater were $20.

If you are interested in more discount tickets for the arts around Seattle, check out Teen Tix. Teen Tix offers registered teenagers $5 tickets for dance, music, theater, film and art events in Seattle Center. There are a few exceptions, such as the Nutcracker and most Boeing IMAX movies, but several events outside of the Seattle Center are also available for the discount. Also, on Thursdays/Sundays, the $5 deal can be extended to a friend or family member who is not registered. To find this week’s discount preformances, view the Weekly Events Calendar. If you would like to learn more, click here. Teen Tix registration is free and a link to the Teen Tix Blog can be found under Push To Talk’s Blogroll.


Diva by Alex Flinn

There are a lot of great shows coming to Seattle Center in January. I am particularly excited for Seattle Opera’s The Barber of Seville, beginning January 15. Hope some of you will be there!

P.S. Opera was not high on my list for the longest time, but eventually I got around to reading a book by the notoriously good Alex Flinn and it completely changed my mind: check out Diva. And by the way — live opera is incredible! Especially when you get second row seats for $5.

– Maddie, 14
Teen Center Advisor

Film Review: Bilal's Stand


We all know applying to college is stressful. Now imagine that you come from a poor family where no one has ever tried to go to college, and no one expects you to try, either. Instead, they expect you to run the family taxi stand. But you dream of a better life, a better future for yourself and your family – so you apply to college in secret. Things get even more complicated when you find out you’ve been accepted. How are you going to explain to your family that you want to leave them behind?

            Well, that’s the conflict behind the new film Bilal’s Stand, the true story of a high school student (the director himself, Sultan Sharrief) growing up in the ghettos of Detroit, fighting to make it to college against all odds. For those of us who don’t know what it’s like to grow up surrounded by poverty, this film is a rare look at what poor teens struggle with in order to achieve social mobility. It’s fairly obvious that Bilal’s Stand was made by amateur filmmakers (in fact, the film was organized as a chance for young adults to learn the art of filmmaking), but the less-than-perfect acting, camera work, and sound only adds to the reality of the film. At times, you almost feel like you’re watching a documentary. Yet despite the realism and seriousness of the piece, the protagonist, Bilal, keeps the mood fairly light with his clever narrative. It’s hard not to admire him – he works hard to support his family in addition to maintaining high grades at school, all while navigating the rough environment of the ghetto. He even takes up ice-carving as a way to win scholarship money. His conflict over going to college or staying to help his family is a truly thought-provoking issue, and this film will definitely result in long discussions afterwards. Bilal’s Stand also has a great soundtrack with a mix of alternative and rap, all from bands local to the Detroit area.

            Though I myself don’t know what it’s like to grow up in poverty, this film gave me a glimpse into such a life. It made me realize how difficult it is to try to move up in the world, and how important the support of family is to success. I think any college-bound teen will appreciate Bilal’s struggle. It’s a truly inspirational story about an underdog going above and beyond the expectations set for him by society.

             If you’re interested in seeing Bilal’s Stand, it will be showing at the Seattle International Film Festival in the coming weeks (bring your Teen Tix pass, and you can get in for only five bucks!). Watch the trailer and check the schedule here

Review by Callan, teen blogger