Summer has arrived at the library! ! Starting Monday, June 15 students in Grade 6 and up may join the Imagine Your Story: Teen Reading Club 2020! Teens are encouraged to read or listen to books for at least 60 minutes every day to earn a Reading Grand Prize at the end of the summer. You may also complete independent Missions to earn collectible mini-buttons!
Looking for something interesting and different to do? With over 7 million subscribers, 5-Minute Crafts TEENS is a treasure trove of ideas for a bored teen.
There are short videos with simple crafts that include easy drawing and painting tricks, sewing ideas, and creative art ideas using everyday items. You will also find entertaining and informative life hack videos. The videos include Photoshop ideas, Instagram help, microwave hacks for food lovers, one-minute breakfast ideas, beach day hacks, surviving wildlife and much more. You don’t want to miss “23 Everyday Hacks You Must Know”, it may just change your life. Check it out and have some fun!
TeensHealth.org focuses on giving you the information and the confidence to better understand your health questions and concerns. Nemours, a nonprofit children’s health system, offers doctor-reviewed advice on hundreds of physical, emotional and behavioral subjects. You will find easy-to-follow articles, slideshows, and videos all aimed to educate and empower teens to make the best health choices.
Each year, YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) releases a Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list. It is a great way to find books especially if you are a teen who does not love to read. Coming across just the right book can oftentimes make all the difference. This diverse list contains 64 titles and includes descriptions which makes it easier to find a story that appeals to you. The top ten books for reluctant readers are noted as well. Take a look at all your options and then pick out your next book!
Two teen-aged girls from Chicago, Krishita Dutta and Lauren Tapper, have created an inspiring website, COVID-TV. This is a place where you can “Quarantine Together” with teens from around the world as they share their stories about life during this pandemic. It is an opportunity for you to share your story as well. Topics include everything from creating music and art to dealing with loneliness and stress.
COVID-TV also includes a community tab which details many ways that you can have a positive impact in your own town. You will find a lot of ideas about how to take action. Ready to make a difference? Get started now!
Are you ready for another escape room challenge? You’re traveling to outer space for this one. Space Explorer Training is recommended for kids ages 11 and up or for families. You can complete this challenge on your own or with a group. Have fun!
Thank you to Morgan Lockard, Adult/Teen Services Librarian from Campbell County Public Library, for creating and sharing this awesome digital escape room.
Do you know about Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum? It is a world-famous attraction considered to be the premier museum of medical history. Last week it posted an amazing virtual tour on YouTube. You don’t want to miss this 25-minute video that features some of the museum’s most popular exhibits.
You get a chance to visit fan favorites such as the Hyrtl Skull Collection (139 skulls collected by Dr. Joseph Hyrtl in the mid-19th century), The Soap Lady (see her body and learn about its postmortem decomposition) and, of course, the Giant Megacolon (the world’s largest human colon on display). Some day you will be able to visit the museum in person. For now though, sit back and enjoy this interesting and entertaining virtual tour!
Check it out! This is a great opportunity to enjoy free live classes taught by real-life stars. At Varsity Tutors StarCourses, you can join celebrity instructors as they teach their favorite subjects. Here is a look at two of the upcoming courses:
Aly Raisman – Gymnast, Gold Medalist, Author – Balancing Mind & Body Wellness
Mayim Bialik – Actress, Author & Neuroscientist – Neuroscience: It’s Not (Necessarily) Brain Surgery
Popular vlogging brothers, Hank and John Green, are co-creators and contributors to Crash Course which offers fun and informative video tutorials geared for teens and young adults. The videos are free and there are over 15 courses available on topics that range from the humanities to the sciences.
Crash Course has hundreds of millions of views on its YouTube channel and its fans include students as well as casual learners who just want to get smarter. US and World History, Mythology, Ecology, Film Studies, Literature, Biology, Computer Science . . . choose your topic and get ready to learn and be entertained at the same time.
And as Hank and John like to say, “Don’t forget to be awesome!”
Are you looking for suggestions on what to read next?? Here is a great place to start! The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. The 2020 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees have been announced by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). More information, including an annotated list, is available at the Teen’s Top Ten web page.
Many of the nominated titles are available in an e-book format through the library. So, be sure to Meet Libby to learn more about the our digital resources.