by Becca, Main Library
June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and we’re here to help you celebrate. In this blog post we’ll walk you through a super simple DIY Mini Pride Garland that you can use to decorate your bedroom!
But first, here are some other activities to check out this month:
Today, let’s make a DIY Mini Pride Garland. For this craft you will need colored paper, twine, scissors, and a glue stick. If you don’t have colored paper or twine, you can pick up supplies for this craft at any City Library location starting June 1, while supplies last.
The colors we’ve included in this DIY Pride Garland are the same colors you’ll find in the Progress Pride Flag.
Now let’s get started!
First, you will lay out your twine on a table or on the floor.
Next, fold all of your papers in half.
Place your folded papers on the twine.
Glue the paper strips together. You can also glue the paper to the twine if you don’t want them to move around.
Cut the bottom of the paper however you like. You can cut them as shown in the picture, in triangles, or any other creative way you want!
You’re done! Find a place to hang your garland. You can tie, tape, or pin them almost anywhere!
Happy Pride Month!
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
Have you been getting curious about Makeup? Want to test some out without committing to a purchase? Well, starting June 1st, the Salt Lake City Public Library will be running a Makeup Club*!
The club is open to all teens who are interested in Makeup.
Come to any branch of the Library and ask staff for a makeup sample! We will have ready a box of fabulous makeup available for teens to pick a piece to try out and review, full of mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick, the works! We will keep the boxes stocked through makeup subscriptions so, once you’ve reviewed an item, feel free to come try another! We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Beginning in June, there will be a monthly Makeup Club meeting! Attending the club is not mandatory for makeup samplers, but on the third Thursday of each month, from 5:00-6:00 pm Makeup club will meet to discuss what they’ve tried and reviewed, show off their techniques and learn more about the unique world of makeup. Join us digitally, on June 17th, to flaunt your makeup looks and learn about the chemistry behind makeup from the expert Victoria Russell!
Victoria Russell works for the Center for Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry and will be teaching us about what goes into make-up!
*Please note: The Library events calendar shows that the Main library will not be handing out samples. This is incorrect. You can pick up makeup at any City Library location.
by Christine, Chapman Branch
This time of year at my house is gardening season. We plant vegetables and flowers that we hope will attract bees to our plants. Recently I learned that in addition to bee friendly flowers and plants, it is important to include a source of water. Why? Sources of water can be tricky for bees. If it’s a natural source of water birds and other animals can easily prey on them, and other sources of water can be tricky because bees don’t easily swim and can drown.
Happily, there is a solution to this! A bee watering station! It helps your garden, and your garden’s natural pollinators. Especially these days when we hear talk of bee colonies on the decline.
Bee watering stations are inexpensive and easy to make with items you already have around your house.
You Will Need:
Place the rocks or marbles inside the dish. I used a pie tin I had around the house. We don’t have many rocks around the yard, so I used some old decorative glass for vases I found around the house and used those.
Next, pour some water into the tin. The most important thing here is to make sure the water level can’t get high enough over the rocks or marbles that the bees can drown. The purpose of the rocks is to provide more surface for the bees to stand on and get a drink of water. So make sure some of those rocks are not covered by water.
And then find a nice spot in your garden for your bee watering station to live!
by Maddie, Main Library
Hey! We’re the Teen Zine Team!
We meet every Thursday at 4pm on Zoom to share our latest creations, learn about zine making, and connect with each other. Everyone’s welcome, no matter your familiarity with zines or artistic skill, so come join us! You can even sign up here to receive a free zinemaking kit which has all the tools you need to get started.
“What’s a zine?!” you might ask… A zine (pronounced “zeen”) is a DIY self-published magazine. It can be any size, length, and shape. Most importantly, it can be about anything!
Here are some of our zines and random thoughts about zine making!
I joined the team about a month ago and it’s been a blast! It’s been really fun to go to the meetings and share my latest ideas and inspiration for zines. I haven’t had that much experience making zines, but, being a pretty artsy person, I really enjoy it and highly recommend trying it out! As well, they’re pretty easy to make and have a lot of creative freedom. -Agatha
Without having any idea what in the world a zine was, I joined the teen zine team and instantly fell in love with zines. I found that they are a great way to put all of the crazy thoughts I have into a physical form that is both creative and sometimes very chaotic. - Madison
I made this [Trying My Hand and Drawing Hands] zine just for fun, but I think it turned out pretty well! This really shows how limitless zines are- you can make them about literally anything! -Agatha
This zine is a sort of list of “personal disclaimers” or things that I wish people would know about me before they meet me or once they meet me. Mostly it’s goofy stuff like small habits, but it’s a lot of fun and was just a fun thing to make. -Trin
by Anagha, Day-Riverside Teen Squad
Hello everyone. My name is Anagha Rao and I was a participant in Teen Squad 2020. At first, I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t even think I would get in. I applied for the Day-Riverside branch just because I wanted a productive way to spend my time this summer.
However, I ended up learning numerous useful skills that I use everyday. In Teen Squad, we had the opportunity to create a library-related project of our choice to make the library better. At first, I didn't have any ideas, and it felt intimidating to initiative a project. But, I received tons of support from the librarians and my Teen Squad group during our regular Zoom meetings to discuss ideas and make friends. The project I chose was a 30-day fitness challenge to help encourage people to stay active during the pandemic. I began by preparing the materials and planning out the logistics of the program (how many days it would last, how would people complete it, etc.) Since many of the libraries were closed, I had to find creative solutions to making sure that the challenge was virtual. I found that the library’s BiblioBoard was a great way to market my project to the public and encourage people to participate. I also learned a lot about working digitally and using different software like Zoom, Google Forms, and many more. The amazing thing about Teen Squad is that I was able to commit 2 hours a week or 10 hours a week, depending on my schedule. This is why Teen Squad is a great summer activity, even if you have other extracurriculars going on.
Another skill I learned was presenting. At the end of the program, we presented our projects to the other participants. But don’t be intimidated by that! As long as I prepared once, it was easy to share my ideas, and everyone in Teen Squad was very supportive. I was inspired to hear about all the different projects teens in Utah have created in order to make the library a better place.
My Teen Squad project was the Step Up Challenge. It is a 30-day fitness challenge to encourage teens to stay active during the pandemic. If you want to participate in the basic challenge, you would log any fitness activity everyday either by steps, time spent exercising, or distance walked. There is also an additional Bingo challenge where teens can challenge themselves to try different types of activities to stay healthy. Every time you complete a challenge, you cross it off and try to get a Bingo or a blackout. Lastly, there is a Healthy Habits challenge that encourages teens to practice other healthy habits such as eating fruits and vegetables or staying away from screens. In order to participate, you must go onto the library’s BiblioBoard and print out the packet.
At the end, it was an incredible accomplishment to have started your very own library-related project, and I was happy that I took that step to apply. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about applying to give it a shot because it is an incredibly rewarding experience.
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