Teens

Teen Boredom Busters

Bored after school? Need a study break? No worries, we've got fun activities in our Teen Space that are just right for your busy schedule. Stop by for 5 or 50 minutes, whatever works for you. Learn something new, meet a new friend, or just relieve some stress.

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Leia and R2 recreation

Happy Star Wars Day! Every year on May the 4th we celebrate a galaxy far, far away and our love of all things Star Wars. This year, Deb was inspired by the art recreation challenge to imitate a classic scene from Star Wars. 
There is also a 24-hour livestream of free content on Twitch all day on May the 4th, 2020. 

The Library may be closed, but you can still enjoy Star Wars on Hoopla. Here are our top 5 Star Wars items in Hoopla:

  • Star Wars comic series (2015) (comics) - The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far - the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet!
  • Star Wars Trilogy soundtrack by John Williams (music) - Each time the screen goes black and you see those words- "A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away"...the music blasts through you and you're a kid again. Few things bring back the memory of the first time you saw that screen crawl like John William's classic score. 
  • Star Wars Rebels series (ebooks) - Meet the Rebels crew! Your favorite Star Wars Rebels heroes are ready to fight the evil Empire! Ranging from early readers to chapter books, these stories bring Star Wars cannon to younger readers.
  • Why We Love Star Wars by Ken Napzok (ebook and audiobook) - Celebrate the greatest saga ever told: All of us who are deeply influenced by the epic saga of Star Wars have our favorite moments. What began as one movie about good people, evil oppressors, and the space wizards that stood between them has exploded into a franchise that continues to grow in stature, importance, and myth through discussions, debates, and daydreams.
  • Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (video) -Like none before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, permanently transforming both the toy and movie industries, and creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over pop-culture. This documentary looks at the toys' history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

April is Autism Acceptance Month. To celebrate, we have gathered some great titles in Nonfiction, Adult, Youth, and Teen for you to explore.

Children's

Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers! by illustrator Melanie Walsh

International Food Day

Join us in a celebration of cultures at the International Food Day in the Community Room on Sunday, April 19 from 1:00-3:00PM. Connect with neighbors and friends and enjoy a range of dishes from around the world! 

No registration is required to attend.

[Specialty foods by IFPRI-IMAGES is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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Reaching for the Moon book cover

 

Katherine Johnson was a talented mathematician in a field dominated by white men.

After graduating high school at the age of 15 in the midst of the Great Depression, she earned a full scholarship to West Virginia State Institute's math department. Johnson briefly taught high school and then in 1940 was one of the first Black graduate students chosen to integrate West Virginia University.

In 1953 she began work as a research mathematician for what would become NASA. Katherine Johnson shattered barriers for all women, but particularly for Black women, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

To celebrate the inspirational life of Katherine Johnson, check out the resources below or explore NASA's website. Learn about her and other amazing barrier-breaking mathematicians and scientists.

This is Johnson's autobiography, but there are many books to introduce readers to her life in the Children's Biography collection.

U of M Stamps School of Art & Design STEAM Workshop: Mehndi Art

one hand painting henna art designs onto another hand

The cultures of India, Africa, and the Middle East often include a form of body art called Mehndi or Henna. Painted as a temporary tattoo using henna dye, Mehndi patterns are not only beautiful but also offer a rich source of geometric and computational thinking. During this workshop, you can learn about where Mehndi comes from, what the patterns symbolize, and even create your own Mehndi designs using the software provided in the workshop. Program is designed for patrons aged 12-17. Please bring your own laptop if possible. This program has been postponed until further notice.

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Inaugurated in 2016, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. Two to four Honor Books are also named annually. We Need Diverse Books defines “diverse” to be one or more of the following: a person of color, Native American, LGBTQIA, a person with a disability, and/or a member of a marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States.

The Walters include two categories: Teen (ages 13-18) and Younger Readers (ages 9-13).

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the We Need Diverse Books website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Walter Award Winner, Teen Category

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the Alex Awards. The Young Adult Library Services Association awards the Alex Award to books written for adults that will likely appeal to young adults. 

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Alex Winners

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. The Young Adult Library Services Association honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 YALSA Nonfiction Winner

Free lunch by Rex Ogle
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