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Summer Intern in Youth Services at UAPL

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Our post today was written by Harriet, one of the UAPL 2015 Youth Summer Interns.  Harriet is returning for her second summer internship with the Youth Department, one of only three interns to hold that distinction throughtout the years.  

Dear Readers,

Throughout the school year you get to hear from our wonderful librarians for all your UAPL blog-reading needs.  However, for a select amount of time in the summer, interns take over.  Before this exciting time, it seems fitting to explain what we, as interns, do for the library.  Actually, a better question would be “What don't library interns do?” The first thing thing that pops into mind is “not work any place other than the Youth Department.” Yes, it is true we pull on-hold books from the Youth Department and take them to the front of the library, but for the most part we stick to our own Youth Department.

 If you see us in any section feel free to say hello!  We can be identified by our red and blue lanyards that script “intern” and our names. Other than that, we pretty much stick to our section, and participate in many of the amazing things our Youth Department does. Such as, prepare crafts, stamp weeded books, help out at youth events, pull missing and requested books and overall just help out.  

My favorite days are when planned events take place, because it is so rewarding to see partrons, young or old, with smiles on their faces. After all, our main goal as interns is to make the library as fun, and help it run as smoothly as possible.

Happy Reading,

Harriet (UAPL Youth Intern)

Sci-Fi Pick For Teens: Apollo's Outcasts

Jamey Barlowe has been unable to walk since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup that has occurred overnight in the United States. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. Jamey soon finds himself at the center of a dangerous political struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon. 

Sci-fi Pick for Teens: 172 Hours on the Moon

It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon. To grab some much needed funding and attention, they decide to launch a historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to the once top secret moon base DARLAH 2. Mia, Antoine, and Midori are going on the trip of a lifetime, and only one is coming back.

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

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Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the definition from the website Holiday Insights. According to them a geek is “an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his [or her ;-)] technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise.”  So whether you are a geek or a nerd - tech savvy, a bookworm, own every comic book ever printed (or aspire to!), so immersed in games (video or otherwise) all else pales, or some other wonderful variety of geek - today is your day. Applaud your unique inner wonderfulness!

In honor of Geekness Day, and being of the bookish (and sciencey! and maybe even gamer!) sort of geek -), I've listed some of my favorite books below. Some of the characters might qualify as geeks -), some are just my favorites.

Book Cover for Geektastic

 

Oh, and don't forget to check out Geektatsic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. It is a collection of short stories by prominent (and some might even say geeky -)) authors of teen literature covering all things, well, Geeky.

 

Happy Reading and have a Geektastic day!

 

 

 

Do you like a little bit of magic in your fiction?

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The power of fictional writing is that there are no set parameters on settings, characters or themes. A story can be about a completely unknown place, known only in some author's mind. I like a good, realistic setting (contemporary or in the past) with just a little something that is unexplainable or has a slightly magical feel. These books deliver with compelling mysterious magic.

bone gap book coverBone Gap by Laura Ruby is the winner of the 2016 Printz award! The town of Bone Gap is full of gaps where people can hide and disappear. A town favorite disappears and the only witness is a boy named Finn who cannot distinguish faces.  

 

weight of feather book coverThe Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. Two competing show families in one California town. One family dominates the trees, the other the water. The show and the family are everything, there is no escaping. Romeo and Juliet meets The Night Circus.

 

strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is a haunting generational tale full of family secrets and stories.  

 

 

skellig book cover

Skellig by David Almond. Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

 

the apothecary book coverThe Apothecary by Malie Meloy. It is 1952 and Janie has just moved to London from Los Angeles. Her life becomes more transformed after meeting a mysterious apothecary whose son and gets swept up in a race to prevent nuclear war.

 

cure for dreaming book coverThe Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters.  In Portland, Oregon, in 1900, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead, a suffragist, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie. Henri is paid by Olivia's father to use the hypnosis to make her more docile and womanly, but instead it gives her the ability to see people's true natures, while she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.

True Tales to be Told: I Will Always Write Back

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of, so she chose it. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

Free Audiobooks All Summer

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For the past few years SYNC has offered two free audio titles for teens all summer long.  Each week features a young adult audiobook paired with a classic.  This year's line-up is diverse and interesting: Jane Eyre and Frankenstein are paired with stories like Raven Boys and Rotters.  You can even sign-up to get a text alert about the titles each week!  Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.  Details can be found on the SYNC homepage at this link: http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/sync-schedule-13/

College is Calling

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As snow melts and flowers start to bloom, spring is not the only thing around the corner.  If you are a junior, or even a sophomore, it may be time to start thinking about colleges!  This may seem like a daunting (SAT word) task—so many tests, choices, decisions—but Upper Arlington Library has a lot of resources to help make this big life-changing decision more manageable.

Test Prep

Whether you need to take the GED, ACT, or SAT, we have workbooks that can help take you through the test step by step.  Many of these tests ask certain types of questions, so it is good to be familiar with the kinds of questions you will encounter on these tests.  Type in the word keywords “GED prep”, “ACT prep” or “SAT prep” into the catalog search bar.  It will pull up a bunch of resources to help you study.

What school is right for me?

With so many schools to choose from, how can someone possibly decide?!  Lucky for you, there are lots of great guides that help match your preferences—are you a big or small school kind of guy? Are you a chemistry or architecture major kind of gal?—these resources can help lead you to schools that fit your needs.  Spring break is a GREAT time to go take a look at schools (especially when you are a junior) so you can know what the school is like before you start filling out your applications!  Type in the keywords “college search” or “choosing a college” into the search bar.  It will show you some great guides for selecting a school.

Worried about tuition and student loans?

We have information about that too!  Covering the costs of tuition can be a very complicated thing, but if you start thinking about and preparing for scholarships and financial aid now, it will make the task of paying for college that much easier.  Type in “student loans”, “financial aid”, “scholarships”, or “paying for college” into the search bar.  It will help you find resources about how to pay for college. 

Knowledge is power!  The more you know going into your college search, the more prepared you will be for your bright, invigorating future.

Below are some books from our collection that can help make the path to college a little easier.

A Dystopia Novel Selection: Article 5

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties. When Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action, or never see her mother again.

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