Teens @ UAPL

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

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Summer Library Club (SLC) is well underway and we are deep into exploring super powers in teen books. So far we have looked at super powers in fiction in the post Teen Super Powers and super powers in that place that gave super powers their start - graphic novels - in Graphic Novels: We Started It All! But, there are more than just super powers out there. This week we will look at books that explore some of these other unique powers, such as having magical abilities, being able to time travel, having psychic powers, learning you are a witch or fairy godmother, being able to raise the dead, being a hero, and more. For some top picks check these out:

For a look at The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott check out the book trailer below. And for some extra fun check out his website, Michael Scott, where he also has lots of extras, info, interviews, and even some Doctor Who stuff! By the way, when I saw this trailer not only did it make me want to run out and read this series, but made me hope for a movie! This is an edge of your seat trailer!

 

For links to these, and other teen books with a focus on all kinds of teen powers, in our catalog see the Teens Powers: All Kinds of Powers! book list.

Also, be sure to check back in July for our last two blog posts in the Super Power Saturdays series. July 11th will highlight heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies! and July 25th with wrap things up with books about creating your own stories, comics, and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!

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Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays. Last week started us off with a look at teen super powers in fiction novels in the blog post Teen Super Powers. This week we will take a look at graphic novels and comics – the place that started it all, giving superheroes and super powers a place to really shine! Here are some fun graphic novel and comic picks:

For a look at Foiled, where fencing is a super power all its own, check out the book trailer below.

 

For links to these and other great graphic novels in our catalog see our Teen Graphic Novels - We Started It All! book list. 

Also, don't forget to check back June 27th for a look at other kinds of teen powers besides just super powers in Teen Powers Abound - All Kinds of Powers!, July 11th for a look at heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies!, and July 25th where we wrap things up by highlighting books on how to draw your own characters and create your own stories and graphic novels in Draw Me! Write Me!.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

 

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Super Powers

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Welcome to Super Power Saturdays. Throughout Summer Library Club I will be posting a blog the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July that will highlight teen books with a focus on all things super powers. I will highlight teen powers in fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as feature some books that can help you write your own stories and create your own graphic novels. For today’s post I will feature super powers in fiction novels because a lot of great superhero books have flown their way from graphic novels and comics into fiction novels. A few great picks are:

 

Logo for the Website Real Life Super HeroesIf reading about superheroes inspires in you the desire or dream to be a superhero yourself or do amazing things in the world check out The Real Life Superhero Project. It is a website that highlights real life people who have become superheroes in their everyday lives. Each one is out there doing real things, such as helping the homeless, dedicating time to charities, working to make their communities safe, and helping kids find their own sense of honor and giving inspired by the comic books they grew up on. Each person is photographed in their favorite superhero gear. Supercool! For a sneak peak at some of these heroes and their mottos check out the video below.

 

For a list of these and other great teen super power books see our Teen Powers fiction book list in our catalog.

And don't forget to check back the second Saturday in June (June 13th) for a look at Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All! and the fourth Saturday (June 27th) for the post Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

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.

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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.

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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"