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Teens at the Library

by Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian

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Teenagers in Manhattan and surrounding areas have many opportunities to be a part of Manhattan Public Library. Not only can teens have access to materials and activities, but they also have the chance to log community service hours and connect with other teens and adults in the community.  With their parents’ permission, teens may own their own library card and have access to any unrestricted materials, including comic books, video games, fiction and nonfiction books. Programming for teens include Yu-Gi-Oh dueling, After Hours parties, crafting afternoons, and much more. Any activity or program for teenagers is free, but they do sometimes require pre-registration because of high attendance.

Teens can be a part of the brainstorming and implementation of programming in the library, as well. Keri Mills, MPL’s Young Adult Librarian, hosts a meeting of the Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB) every month. During this time, TLAB plans activities and programs, discusses the library’s young adult book collection, and keeps Keri up-to-date on topics of interest to teenagers in the community. These meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:30 pm.  The next TLAB meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 23rd in the Friends’ Room. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

Rebecca Price, a summer teen volunteer and consistent contributor to TLAB, likes that she gets to meet a lot of new people through the volunteer program and TLAB. As a lover of the library, being an active member of TLAB is important to her. Over the years, she has had the chance to plan a number of different programs and activities, but the Catching Fire After Hours was by far her favorite.

During the summer months, teenagers can also be a part of the teen volunteer program, in which they assist library staff in presenting programs and giving out prizes to summer reading participants. During the summer of 2014, teen volunteers logged in 520 hours! The children’s staff simply could not pull off the extensive programming and awesome summer reading incentives without the help of the teen volunteers. Spots for this program go fast, so be sure to start inquiring about it in the wintertime.

At Manhattan Public Library, teenagers have a space to share their ideas, connect with the resources they need, and make a positive impact on their community.

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Science Saturdays: Survival 101

Couldn’t survive five minutes out in the wilderness? Then, this program is for you. Learn the ropes of wilderness survival with Daniel Schapaugh. Katniss and Peeta will have nothing on you after this program. Be there on Saturday, July 19th at 10:00 in the Groesbeck Room. See you there! Recommended for tweens to adults.

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Waiting for “The Fault in Our Stars”? Try a Read-Alike

Keri Mills, Young Adult Librarian

With the acclaim of both the book and the resultant movie, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green is the hot book to read this summer for teens and adults alike. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, there is a waiting list to check out the book from the library. However, there are a number of great books to read while you are waiting your turn.

me youOne such book is “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews. Greg and Earl, social outcasts at school, spend their free time making their own versions of cult movie classics by Herzog and Coppola. Their movies are terrible, but Greg and Earl aren’t making them for other people, that is until Rachel comes along. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia, and Greg’s mom suggests that he should befriend her. When Rachel decides to stop her cancer treatment, Greg and Earl make a film that forces them to step into the spotlight. The book is humorous and moving with a sarcastic tone.

 

 

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Science Saturdays: Bug Surprise!

Join us at the library Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Groesbeck Room for Bug Surprise sponsored by the KSU Entomology Department. They will lead us in a hands-on workshop all about insects. The program will include information on insect biology with live specimens that you can touch. They will also go over the importance of insects for humans, both positive and negative aspects. And, for the all the brave souls, there will be an insect cooking and tasting activity! The workshop will be geared towards teens and adults, but is probably appropriate for upper elementary school kids, as well.

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Soccer Mania begins!

soccerAll around the world, televisions will be tuned to watching the soccer matches taking place in Brazil as the FIFA World Cup play begins.  Tonight at 5:00 Central time begins the quest by Team USA to win the World Cup, starting with play against the team from Ghana. Soccer is continually growing in popularity in the US, with children’s teams of all ages in communities all over the country. To follow the World Cup action, check out the official web site at www.fifa.com. The US Men’s team has worked hard to prepare for the difficult matches they face in the first round of play (teams so skilled it has been coined “The Round of Death!”)  Information on the team and it’s players can be found at www.ussoccer.com.

From books on coaching and conditioning drills to titles about the history of the game, Manhattan Public Library has the soccer books to help you with your game!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling

Are you a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan? If so, join us at the library tonight, June 16, in the Groesbeck Room from 6-8 p.m. Whether you are new to Yu-Gi-Oh! or an old hand, this is your opportunity to duel and trade with fellow enthusiasts, have some snacks, and possibly win a door prize. This event is recommended for ages 3rd grade and up. Participants are asked to bring their own cards.

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Landscape Collage Workshop with the Beach Museum for Teens

For all of the budding teen artists out there, or anyone who wants to learn something new, join us tomorrow, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Groesbeck Room for Landscape Collage with the Beach Museum staff. See some examples of various landscapes and learn how to create your own with different materials such as string, ribbons, and a variety of papers.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling Saturday

It is time for our monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! dueling this Saturday from 10-12. Anyone in 3rd grade on up to adults is invited to participate. There will not be a formal tournament, but you can duel and trade with other competitors as much as you would like. Please bring your own cards. Snacks will be provided, and one lucky person will win a door prize for a Game Hounds gift card.

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Dr. Who Read Alikes

Keri Mills, Young Adult Librarian

Doctor Who just celebrated its 50th  anniversary last year and is still going strong. If you or your teens are Dr. Who fans, here are some YA books you might enjoy:

“TimeRiders” by Alex Scarrow       Liam, Madeline, and Saleena were each saved from imminent death by a mysterious time traveler from the future named Foster. They are brought to New York City in the year 2001 to bring their talents and skills to the TimeRiders, a group created to stop time travel from destroying the world. This is the first in the series of the same name.

“Bzrk” by Michael Grant       Conjoined twins Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, evil and twisted owners of Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a master plan to take over the world and turn it into their version of Utopia. Opposing them is a secret organization, code name BZRK, in which members take the names of the famously insane. This is no ordinary war, however. Here, the weapons of choice are nanobots the size of dust mites, and the battlefield is inside the human brain. The price of war to combatants is often insanity, loss of memory or free will, and even death. Atrocities are committed on both sides, and it is often impossible to tell the good guys from the bad. This is the first book in a planned trilogy. Check out book number two “Bzrk Reloaded” after finishing the first one. (more…)

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