Teens

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"

 

The Right 2017 Reading Resolution

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At the beginning of a new year, many people resolve to make improvements in their lives. A new year symbolizes a fresh start and promises a hopeful outlook. Promising to read more, whether it be for pleasure or education, is a popular resolution for all ages. Simply resolving to read a set number of books in a year, however, can be incredibly daunting. Many prospective readers will feel disheartened when they've only made it through one novel by the end of spring. There are many ways to set reading goals, and it doesn't always have to be, “read 17 books in 2017.” Use this list to find the right reading resolution for you! (Of course, feel free to change the goal number or augment the challenge in any way. These are just ideas!)

  1. 17 Books in 2017 - Some will find setting a goal number helpful and enjoyably challenging. Simply keep track of your titles. 
  2. 17 Minutes a Day - This resolution is perfect for those on a busy schedule. If you know finals and school projects are coming up, but don't want to get behind on your favorite book series, simply set a mandatory 17 minutes aside every day to devote to reading. 
  3. 17 Different Genres - Challenge yourself in 2017 to try books from 17 different genres. Genres can include your standards like fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction (and all of their various branches and iterations) but also consider books from the Juvenile, Adult sections as well as non-fiction like biographies and poetry. 
  4. (1)7 Audiobooks - 17 might be too many for even the most avid listeners, but whether it's 7 or 17, setting a goal of listening to audiobooks can give you a different perspective on books. 
  5. 17 Books-to-Movie - Make a list of 17 books that have been made into movies that you want to see or read. Watch the movies, read the books, or do a little of each! 
  6. 17 New Releases - Check in at our library and on the website for books released in 2017. Keep a list of the books you're most interested in reading and put yourself on the wait-list for them. 
  7. 17 Graphic Novels - Don't knock them until you try them! Graphic novels are packed with adventure, intrigue, romance and fantasy: just like traditional novels, except with expert imagery. They're also a very fast read and can help you feel accomplished by reading so many pages so quickly. 

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 Comic Book Day is May 3rd

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Free Comic Book Day is one day each year - the first Saturday in May - when comic shops celebrate comics! Find out how area comic book stores plan to make the day special with face painting, giveaways of comic books and the appearance of your favorite characters at freecomicbookday.com and click on the Comic Book Day locator to find an event near you.

Check out the video below to see what Stan Lee has to say about Free Comic Book Day. (Note: Links open in new window)

UAPL logo The Library is also celebrating with a  Design Your Your Character graphic novel program. The program is on Saturday May 3rd at 1:00 pm. Local comic book artist Julian Dassai will be there and will give tips and techniques and walk you through the process of designing a character. So, get ready to draw!! Registration is required and the program is for 5th to 8th graders; register here.

The library also has a great collection of comics, manga, and graphic novels - everything from superheroes, to mystery, to realistic stories, to classics re-imagined in graphic novel form, and more. Check out the links below for some favorite picks.

Happy (Comic Book) Reading!

What's new?

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What’s new? As school begins again, our lives will quickly move from the bliss freedom of summertime to calendars full of assignments, pending due dates, and club meetings. Amidst the chaos of organizing our route, it’s important to realize that with a new school year is the potential to do something you’ve never done before. The mundane ‘same old, same old’ can be beaten- join a new club, pick up an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, try out for a sport you’ve never played. Do new things. You never know what you’ll like until you try. The choice is yours.

Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in some of these stories:

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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