by Meagan, Sweet Branch
Running out of books to read? Did you miss the Lit Loot application but still want some books recommended to you? Sweet Branch Teen Squad member Morgan has you covered!
Here’s Morgan to talk about her project:
I wanted to do this project because I think it is fun to get book recommendations for other people. Everyone sees books differently so it's nice to get someone else’s perspective. I also love giving recommendations to people, so that’s why I chose to do this project. Hearing people’s feedback on books I have recommended is so much fun.
In order to get a book recommendation from a teen you need to fill out this form (this project has ended). You will have to answer a few questions like who your favorite authors are and what you don’t like in a book. We will look at what you like and place a hold on a book we think you would enjoy. You can fill out the form as many times as you would like, and we would love it if you have filled out the form before to give us feedback on how you liked the book we recommended for you!
Tween LGBTQ+ Book Club
by Yoli, Marmalade Branch
If you haven't heard yet about our newest book club, now's your chance! The Tween LGBTQ+ Book Club meets virtually, hosted by librarians from Sweet Branch and Marmalade Branch libraries. This book club is an inclusive, safe, monthly hangout for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. The club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4:30pm. Tweens and Teens are welcome. Our next meeting is December 15. Join us here.
We know what you are thinking. “I’m already tired of Zoom school, I’m not really sure I want to read more books.” Well, we totally understand that! That’s why we have put together a care package (you can request here) that includes a craft and treat, plus a copy of the book or graphic novel you will get to keep! (while supplies last). We hope to spread some light and cheer during these difficult pandemic times.
We think there will be some great conversations sparked by the contents of the care package. A conversation might go something like this:
Person 1: Okay, so what did you think about the Box of Boogers (candy)? What are these librarians thinking!
Person 2: Uh...I was skeptical at first, but sour candy is my jam, so I ate them. Not bad. What did you make with your perler beads?
Person 1: I made Garnet from Steven Universe.
Person 2: I made Peridot!
Person 3: I made a rainbow and made it into a pin!
Person 2: Eek! Show me! Oh cool! What did you do with your string of lights?
Person 1: I wrapped them inside a mason jar.
Person 3: Okay, if you were a tea dragon, what kind of tea dragon would you be?
Person 2: Definitely a peppermint Tea Dragon, since peppermint is my favorite tea.
Person 3: I like this Hibiscus because it is chonk. Super cuuuuute!
Person 1: Okay, what did you notice about the LGBTQ representation in this book?
Person 2: There was soooo much representation. Let’s discuss.
At its heart, this club is about promoting reading, and affirming LGBTQ+ identities. I know that reading books about characters that I personally identify with has been such a positive experience for me, and I also enjoy reading books about people who are different from me. I love that The City Library has such a good selection of books written by LGBTQ+ authors. We built this reading list for the club and it will be updated constantly. I hope to see you at the next club meeting! Thanks for reading!
Art Submissions Wanted!
by Claire, Teen Squad Volunteer
Hi, my name is Claire and I am a Teen Squad volunteer this year at the Main Library. I am looking for submissions to a virtual gallery where you can submit writing, photography, paintings, or any type of art you create. I have created a list of topics to inspire your submission.
Here are the prompts! You can also choose to submit something on a topic of your own choice.
Every month there will be a blog post here on City Library Teens. These posts will include some highlights from that month's submissions as well as a link to the page where you can find all pieces that have been submitted so far.
About the Project
Teen Squad is a volunteer program the City Library has for teens. It's essentially an opportunity for teens to come up with and execute a project at the Library. Typically the library only offers Teen Squad in the summer, but this year is the first time the library is doing it during the school year. I did Teen Squad this summer and loved it, so of course I was very excited to be able to do it during the school year.
I choose to work on this Teen Collaborative Creations project because I love writing, photography, and painting although I'm not very good at it. I am always afraid to share my writing with other people, because it's scary to bring up, and I'm scared of what they will think. So I thought it would be fun to create a safe, completely judgment free space for people to share their art.
Earlier I mentioned every month there will be a post here on City Library Teens, highlighting some of the submissions from the month. On the monthly blog posts there will also be a link to Bibliobaord, a virtual gallery space, where all the submissions can be found. By the end of the project there will also be physical copies of anything that can be printed. Sadly if you submit a video we won't have physical copies of that.
How to Submit
Please fill out this Google Form and you can find all the instructions on submitting there. Within the form you will be directed to Biblioboard. Please upload your piece there, and read through the terms and conditions.
We are accepting submissions from now until March 31, 2021. You can submit as many pieces of art as you’d like until that deadline.
(Having any issues with the Google Form or uploading your piece to Biblioboard? Email Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org?)
Festive Fruit Garlands
by Stephanie H, Sprague Branch
One of the best parts of winter is that citrus fruits are in season. A dried citrus garland is an inexpensive way to spruce up your decor and bring some sunshine to the gray winter months.
I made this garland with 2 oranges and a grapefruit.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, do not go any higher than this because you will end up burning your fruit.
First you will need to slice your fruit, about ¼ of an inch, you can just eyeball it. Thicker slices will not end up dehydrating all the way.
Arrange your slices on a baking sheet and put them in the oven. The key to getting the oranges dehydrated is to be patient, this will take a few hours. After the fruit has been in the oven for an hour, take them out, flip them, and put them back in for another 2 hours. Make sure to check on them occasionally to make sure they do not burn.
Burnt slices will take on a brownish color and will feel brittle.
After the final two hours, take the slices out of the oven and place them on a cooling rack (if you have it, if not, just leave them on the cookie sheet) The fruit will need to rest for a few hours or over night.
To string the oranges, I cut a hole in the fruit and tied it to a long string.
The oranges should last through the winter and then you can compost or toss them after!
Running out of books to read? Teen Squad member Morgan has you covered! Here's Morgan introducing her project:
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
If you’re looking for an excellent way to add humor to your Instagram feed, following comic artists is the way to go! These 5 comic artists on Instagram are guaranteed to provide you a moment of joy and several humorous ways to view, deal with and laugh at reality!
First up, Dami Lee:
Dami Lee is an amazing “cartoonist-lady-person”. Her hilarious comics perfectly capture the importance of snacking, the anxiety of making minor decisions, the funny nuances of everyday life and the thrill of animals who behave like humans. If you are interested in the joys of halloween, the importance of costumes, and what it’s like to be Seoul-born, California-raised and New York-struggling on a daily basis, check her out.
Next is Alina Bean:
Alina Bean, (she often goes by Beanie) draws sweet, humorous, autobiographical comics about her life! (And she’s had a pretty funny life). Beanie’s comics jump back and forth through her timeline, sharing stories of childhood imagination and sass and stories of adulthood imagination and sass. Beanie is an excellent example of someone who has, throughout the years, truly remained her-(miraculous)-self.
Jimmy Craig draws this amazing comic about animals who can talk! Jimmy’s comics have the answers to all of life’s essential questions, like what is my cat thinking as it knocks my glass off the table? What could dogs possibly be barking to each other? How do spiders establish trusting relationships?
Gemma Correll defines herself as an infamous anti-socialite and pug lady! She’s a tiny aquarius, whose favorite word is Albuquerque and favorite color is red. Her comics range in topic from mental health, Halloween costume ideas, period pain, and portraying history through a comedic lens. If you’d like a realistic, yet humorous, view of social anxiety, feminism, and what it means to truly be yourself, Gemma’s comics are for you.
Last, but not least: Bob Guy
Bob Guy has been working on comics for years and has been drawing since before he can even remember! His world of “pudges”, (funny creatures, similar in nature to humans) is easy to relate to and lose yourself in. He has written a heartwarming tale about Hannah & Morty, a father and daughter who have volunteered to work as Grim Reapers! If you’re curious about what a father and daughter reaper team can get up to, check out his comic.
We hope these comics bring a smile to your face. Comment below with your favorite comic artists!
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