Teens @ UAPL

New Teen Discovery Kits!

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New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way to learn and experiment. 

Teen Discovery Kit: Learn the Ukulele contains Includes three books, two CDs, one ukulele and one ukulele carrying case. It’s a great way to try out the instrument!

Teen Discovery Kit: Explore Circuitry Includes four books, one Makey Makey kit and one Little Bits base kit. This kit is a fun introduction to circuits and how they work including how to make actual bananas function as a keyboard! (Sorry, bananas are not included in the kit.)

Do You Have the Exam-Season Blues?

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Is the stress of exams getting you down?  Are you jolted awake after having a terrible nightmare that you didn’t study for your AP exam at all?  Do you have words tattooed on your face from falling asleep face-first into your notes?  It sounds like you have a terrible case of the exam-season blues.

Young man stressed out between stacks of text books

Luckily, the library is here to help.  Here at Upper Arlington Library, we have a lot of different solutions to your troubles.  We have new tables in the back of the Youth Department that are designated study tables.  They are tucked in the back, perfect for reviewing notes or revising a final paper.

We also have access to a bunch of great databases.  Click here for quick and easy access.  You can also access it by going to our website.  Click on the “Research” tab at the top of the homepage.  From the drop-down menu, select “Databases”.  This will take you to a page that has oodles of databases to choose from; just select the one that works best for you! This can help if you are missing some scholarly articles for an upcoming research paper.  A great trick, if you need a book, but can’t seem to find a good one on your research topic, is to look at scholarly articles and check out their works cited page.  If they have books listed, go ahead and see if we have them here at the library.

In a procrastination mood?  Well at least you can read a good book while you think about maybe…perhaps…someday…at one point…possibly…starting your essay on capitalism in modern society.  Come on over and check out some of the great new books we have in our teen section.  Take a peek as some of the ones listed below.

"Do all the things - tomorrow" meme

Or maybe you need to focus on your relaxation techniques.  You can always grab a yoga DVD or pick up a book about meditation.  Taking some time to relax can help make a big project not seem so daunting.  Try the books  Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You or My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing anxiety and Panic.

Woman wearing apron offering large chocolate cake on tray "Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards"

 

Poetry Contest Winners for Grades 5-8 and 9-12

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Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions.  The 5-8 grade winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” appears below followed by the 9-12 grade winner, Beth B. for her poem “Wings”. Congratulations!

I Am Sunshine

I Am Sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free

-by Ainsley D.

Wings

Tattered broken wings were my companions.
Dirty, frayed and unkept was their sad state.
I wandered alone like a poor phantom.
I suffered from an invisible weight.

In a silent moment I realized it.
I could not live with this oppressive weight,
I could no longer just stay here and sit.
It was time to start with a new, clean slate.

I brushed my wings until they were spotless,
And began to strech their unused muscles.
A fresh start in life brought a strange calmness.
It was a feeling that made me chuckle.

I push off from the ground and take to the sky.
I am free and I no longer cry.

-by Beth B. 

Teen novels set in Ireland

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

 

The Nolan family's dreams of prosperity in a new country are shattered when baby Joseph fails the medical exam at Ellis Island and must be taken back to Cork by his father. Though Da promises a quick return, Ma is miserable. Frustrated by her dependence on the unwilling hospitality of prosperous relatives, she gladly accepts money from her brother-in-law for herself and her three daughters to return home. Having few opportunities in Ireland, 16-year-old Rose rebels and she and 12-year-old Maureen are allowed to remain in New York to seek work and schooling. (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 5, p146)

 

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Anne Bray

 

It’s the eve of 1994, and the grunge movement has reached its fevered height. On Ireland’s east coast, 16-year-old Maggie, disgruntled and displaced from her native Chicago, after her flighty mother’s recent marriage, listens to Nirvana and misses the uncle in America who snuck her into rock concerts. Her plan is to keep her head down and wait for her mother’s relationship to implode, but she finds herself drawn into her new town of Bray and its generations of inhabitants. When her first real loss comes on the heels of her first love, she undertakes a pilgrimage to the mecca of grunge music: a Nirvana concert in Rome. (Booklist review, vol 111, number 13)

Zom-B by Darren Shan

In the first of a 12-book series, Shan introduces B, an 11-year-old antihero living in Britain. B’s gang of hooligans are going about their routine—cursing, stealing, fighting, drinking, and haranguing the weak—when news reports filter in about a zombie outbreak in Ireland. Despite grainy video clips, no one is sure if these are hoaxes or the real deal. (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p50)

 

Celebrate Pi Day with Math Fiction Picks

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digits of Pi fading into distance

This Sunday, March 14, 2015 is Pi Day a celebration of the infinite digits of Pi. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Pi is often abbreviated to the first two digits after the decimal point or 3.14.  This year (and the only time this century) the first five digits correspond to the date: 3. 1415 or 3/14/15.

In honor of Pi Day here are a few titles with a math focus to enjoy: