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.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, March 17 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM East Wing Shrinky Dink Key Chains
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. Registration is required. Please bring your own laptop if possible.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, March 14 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Internet Lab Register

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

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the William C. Morris Award. The Young Adult Library Services Association awards the Morris to a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. 

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 Morris Award Winner

Teen Winter Party

Join us in celebrating the end of winter! Enjoy making your personalized hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar while enjoying the movie Ice Age. Compete in our cookie decorating contest and prove that you have the best cookie design!

No registration required. Ages 11-18.

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, March 11 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room

There exists no universal story of immigration, no book that encapsulates every aspect of crossing over. However, these authors have drawn on their experiences, or those of their family, to create thoughtful portraits of moving to America. The titles below, some fiction and some non-fiction, explore the joys and struggles of immigration through a first-hand lens. Check one out today.

American street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi
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