by Claire, Main Library Teen Squad
Hi, my name is Claire and I am a Teen Squad volunteer this year at the Main Library.
I have created a virtual gallery that anyone in grades 6th-12th can submit photography, writing, paintings, or art of any kind. There are a handful of topics to help inspire your submission, or you can submit something that doesn’t relate to the topics at all.
A piece I’d like to highlight from the month of December is a painting by Ryen.
Here is what Ryen said about their painting:
“My art centers around the topic of unidentified bodies and giving a spotlight to these people who are often left ignored and unwanted even after death. I work to spread awareness about this trend and hope that eventually nobody will go unidentified.”
You can find future and past blog posts with updates about this project here on City Library Teens, and a full description of the project on this blog's Teen Squad page.
If you are interested in submitting, please fill out this Google Form.
And finally, if you want to see all the submissions that we get, you can find the gallery here.
by Christine, Chapman Branch
Did you know that not every box is the same? Not only are the books different (hand-picked recommendations just for you), but the rest of the box’s contents are too. We want to see your boxes! Share your unboxing videos and pictures by tagging The Library @slcpl, or submit them on the teen submission page and we’ll post them.
Watch our social media for reminders of Lit Loot signups, and on February 6 you can access signups through the Teen Page on our website.
If you are wondering what a Lit Loot box is, basically it’s a Mystery Box for teens in grades 7-12. Each Lit Loot box comes full of treats, surprises, and a library book picked out just for you. You get to keep the treats and the surprises inside, but you must return the book and the box. Each library book is checked out on your library card, and to be eligible for future Lit Loot boxes you must return the box to a City Library location.
We can't wait to see the pictures and videos of your Lit Loot swag!
by Stephanie C, Main Library
Way back in December we announced a new reading incentive program called 100 Books Before Graduation. If you missed that post, here's a brief recap:
100 Books Before Graduation is a new reading program where students in grades 4-12 can log their reading and get prizes. The City Library has done reading programs in the summer for years, but each year we get requests for reading programs that can be done during the rest of the year or anytime.
The 100 Books program challenges you to read 100 books for fun, outside of school, before you graduate high school. 100 Books might sound like a lot, so that's why students can start this program as early as 4th grade. Some of you may finish early and decide to keep reading for more prizes, others will stretch the 100 books across the whole nine years. Each of you who participate will move at your own pace, but for every 10 books your complete you can get a prize from the library.
So, how do you sign up?
Starting tomorrow (January 23rd) you can begin this program. You can either stop by any library branch and ask for a 100 Books Before Graduation tracker, or log into Beanstack (our reading tracker) and sign-up there to log your progress digitally.
A few important points:
Here are just a few of the prizes you will be able to get as you reach each 10-book milestone:
There are over 10 different books to choose from for prize #5! Other prizes include candy, earbuds, reusable straws, enamel pins, book lights, and more!
If you have any questions about the program you can submit them here on our Contact page, or call the library at 801-594-8200.
*For younger students we have the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and 200 Books Before 4th programs.
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
Are you looking for something to listen to and curious to explore the topic of women's empowerment? You can check out any of the following eAudiobook biographies through Libby and listen to these inspiring stories of girl power.
by Cody, Main Library
The Library may still be closed, but did you know that you can access almost all the software that we use in the Creative Lab from your home computer? From Lego simulators to music production software, this list has all the free software you need to take your artistic endeavors to the next level: Opensource/Free Software.
Learn basic 3D Modeling with TinkerCad:
Then see your project come to life when your design is printed on our 3D printers! Click here to submit your design file for printing.
Learn Digital Art with Krita:
Or explore the cosmos with Space Engine – the universe simulator:
The City Library makes it easy to learn all of these programs by providing everyone with a library card free access to Lynda.com. A site where you can go step by step through each program and download practice files.
We can’t wait to see what you all have made when the library reopens!
Can't wait? Share photographs or your creations or digital art with the whole community by submitting to our Teen Creations portal. Your work might even end up here on the blog!
Volunteering in the Time of Covid
by Claire & Amerita, Anderson-Foothill Branch
Teen Squad member Amerita put together this list about where teens can find safe volunteer opportunities in the time of Covid! Click here for a PDF with links to each organization!
Blog posts are written by our Teen Librarians and, in some cases, teens like you. Visit your About page to learn more about our Teen Librarians.