Teens @ UAPL

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:

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.

Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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Bratislava fireworks

To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.  

dena I'll give you the sun

Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

dana the strange and beautiful sorrows

Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.  

jennifer teen

Jennifer could not decide and picked two!

  • A Beautiful Friendship by David WeberTwelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
  • Relativity by Cristin BisharaRuby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

tracie snow like ashes

Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

katie starbird murphy

Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside  by Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.

laura tin star

Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

stephanie love letters to the dead

Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.  

Sue with the Night GardenerSue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier

Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a  manor house which they soon discover is cursed.

Sarah holds We Were Liars Sarah: We Were Liars  by

E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!