Tag Archives: The Southwest Branch

Reminder: Soaring Skyscrapers & Roaring Race Cars

2015 02 Design Challenge II flier

Have you ever wanted to race a car, or design and build the tallest skyscraper in the world? Come participate to see whose design will last longest and go the fastest!

Join us at Southwest on February 20, from 3:30-5:00!

Bring your friends! Snacks included! It’s free!  🙂

Soaring Skyscrapers and Roaring Race Cars @ Southwest

2015 02 Design Challenge II flier

Have you ever wanted to race a car, or design and build the tallest skyscraper in the world? Come participate to see whose design will last longest and go the fastest!

Join us at Southwest on February 20, from 3:30-5:00!

Bring your friends! Snacks included! It’s free!  🙂

My Summer of Volunteering: Jesse

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library. This is Jesse’s second summer volunteering for the library.  Now he tells us what he really thought about his volunteer experience assisting with programs, planning a program for other teens, and helping out their librarians!

 

Jesse, what did you think about volunteering at the library this summer?

When I volunteered last summer, I was, for the most part, just an extra pair of hands. I was someone who catered to the odds and ends of the library whenever I happened to be around. While that was a great experience that I do not regret at all, it never really felt like I was part of the library. This year, I had the chance to a part of a larger project. Me and a small group of other volunteers organized and executed an event that we knew people of our age group would enjoy and be excited about. Alas, I was not able to see the final product first hand due to my unfortunate vacation schedule. But I still feel a strong sense of gratification knowing that I was a part of an organized event that hopefully made a small impression on the library and community. Continue reading

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: Dawson

SWTA group of teens spent their summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch Library in addition to the rest of their obligations. This was Dawson’s second summer volunteering at the Southwest Branch.  He tells us what he really thought about his volunteer experience!

 

What did you do this summer?

This summer a lot of what I did outside of programs was the same. I boxed up FOL [donations for the Friends of the Library] books, helped straighten shelves, and so on. The major differences were in the programs, with many of those being different from last year, or at least different from what I had volunteered at before. While last year, the programs seemed a bit more varied, with things like learning how to juggle, playing games, or making buttons, this summer the programs seemed to have a theme, with the majority of programs I’ve helped with being used to help teach science, though this was in a wide variety of fields.

Why did you sign up to volunteer? 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

My Summer of Volunteering: Emily

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

I think this is a great program and that it gave me new experiences and taught me a few things about people and community. Whenever we held a program, I would think at the end of it that a lot of the people I was volunteering with and a lot of the people who came to the program were people that I wouldn’t expect, just by looking at them, to be the kind of people I would socialize with. I admit to it, a lot of the people who come to the programs at the library would be people I would not choose to say hello to in a setting like school. But the programs at the library showed me that if you just talk to people and reach out to someone you normally wouldn’t, they will surprise you, and you will find that the way they look has nothing to do with who they are.

Of course, I am not a horrible person and this philosophy is not new to me, but I have never had many real life experiences with talking to different people, so this program gave me an opportunity to go outside my comfort zone and practice what I believe in, which is not judging people by the way they look. This program also benefits people in the community by, as you mentioned, bringing together mixed demographics and giving all types of people access to the library and it’s resources. Continue reading

D.I.M.S. Authors and Scholars: Elephants

Denny Int'l MS Presents...

Denny International Middle School partnered with The Seattle Public Library and other local organizations to publish student writing in the community.  This is one of the best expository essays submitted:

Elephants

Did you know that wooly mammoths and elephants are related?  Ever since a few years ago, when I symbolically adopted an elephant from Africa, elephants have always been important to me.  We need to save elephants, because they are amazing, in danger, and it’s our fault.  Elephants should be saved.

One reason why elephants should be saved is because they are amazing, beautiful creatures.  What I mean is, imagine them walking across a wide open space with their herd, and happily playing in the water with their trunks.  Awesome!  This shows that elephants are amazing, because almost no other animal has a trunk like an elephant.  This is why elephants are amazing.

However, not only are elephants amazing, but also elephants should be saved because they are in danger.  In particular, according to an internet research, there are only about 60,000 African elephants left in the world.  This proves that elephants are in danger, because there aren’t as many as there used to be.  This is why elephants are in danger.

Third, and perhaps the most important reason that we need to help elephants, is because it’s our fault they are in danger.  For instance, poachers have killed many elephants over the years.  This is evidence that shows how humans have killed and are responsible for the loss of many elephants.  Elephants are in danger because it is our fault.

In conclusion, elephants are amazing creatures, they are in danger, and it is our fault.  Elephants need to be helped.  I bet the next time you think of elephants, you will be a bit sympathetic for them.

–Casey, Southwest, Teen Blogger

Library Goings-on: 7/22 – 7/25

Teen Social Hour:

What do you Teen social hourdo 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. 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!

Wednesday, July 23

MOHAIFrom 12-1:30 @ West Seattle: Vintage Photo Poetry. Explore captivating images from the Museum of History and Industry’s archives and create poems and short stories using vintage typewriters!

 

 

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 manga-ka in the making.

 

 

flappy birdFrom 2 – 4 @ Lake City: Flappy Birds. Create a Flappy Birds game app with Hour of Code’s drag & drop programming, then play it on your phone or share with friends! This is an independent, self-paced program. Laptops are available.

 

Thursday, July 24:

arduliano adventureFrom 3 – 4 @ Northeast: Arduino Adventures: Technology, Art or Both? Learn what Arduino micro-controller boards can do with experimental artist Meghan Trainor, who uses a small computer that can sense its environment to produce motion, lights or sound.

 

Friday, July 25

Youth in FocusFrom 10:30 am –  12 pm @ Columbia: Zoom In: Photography Your Community Learn photography basics with Youth in Focus. Do on-location shooting, learn about composition & using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. No camera required but registration is!

 

 

4doctorsFrom 1 -3 @ West Seattle: Teen Re-Creation Drop-InNeed some space and support for your digital projects this summer? Drop in for help, ideas and snacks!

 

 

 

 

Teen book clubFrom 6 – 7:15 pm @ Broadview: Science & Fiction: Tween book GroupChallenge 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.

 

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!  😀

Library Goings-on: 7/16 – 7/18

Wednesday, July 16:

Teen AdvisoryFrom 2 – 3:30 pm @ GreenwoodTeen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting.  As part of our monthly TAB, high school students can earn service learning credit at the library while working on projects as a group. Applications are required.  (Greenwood’s TAB 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.)

 

need to knowFrom 4 – 5 pm @ Douglass-TruthNeed to Know.  What do you need to know about working, going to college, or other responsibilities? Learn something new every week when you stop by the teen area for answers, advice and activities.

 

 

Thursday, July 17:

Teen AdvisersFrom 3 – 5 pm @ Green LakeTeen Adviser Meeting.  As part of our Teen Adviser Group, students entering high school can earn service learning credit at the library while working on special projects as a group. Applications are required.

 

 

Game OnFrom 3 – 5 pm @ Beacon HillGame 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.

 

 

Tai ShanFrom 6 – 7 pm @ West SeattleTai Shan Performs “Living Fiction.”  Enjoy the sounds of Seattle pop-folk artist and songwriter Tai Shan playing new songs with her band.  The band will perform songs from “Living Fiction,” Shan’s new CD with music inspired by her favorite books.

Shan is a Seattle-based pop-folk artist and songwriter who is known for her unusual chord voicing, wide sweeping melodies and detailed lyrics. As a music teacher, performer, composer and collaborator with a wide variety of jazz, folk, and pop musicians, she has gained a dedicated fan following through performances across the West Coast. Shan is also an active contributor to the Seattle chapter of The Bushwick Book Club, a group whose passion is not only to read books, but also write and perform songs about the books.

Friday, July 18:

Youth in FocusZoom In: Photograph Your CommunityLearn photography basics with Youth in Focus. Do on-location shooting, learn about composition & using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. No camera required, but registration is!

 

 

lego mindstormsFrom 2 – 4 pm @ BroadviewLego Mindstorms Workshop.  Work in teams to assemble and program a digital Lego Mindstorms robot, and then watch it come to life. No experience needed. Registration is required.

 

 

scienceFrom 2 – 4 pm @ SouthwestScience Exploration + Legos.  Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space at Southwest, it’s a place to meet up and hang out! This month, we’re doing messy science experiments and building creative things out of Legos.

 

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!  😀