by Claire, Anderson-Foothill Branch
UPDATE: Spots for these workshops are now full
Teens can learn coding and robotics basics with these two free sets of virtual classes, led by West High Teen Robotics teams.
"Team Red Rocks" will be teaching Python programming fundamentals of OOP CS using python, with research/ML-based applications as an extension!
Team Red Rocks will have a lesson on the third Saturday 2-3pm of each month from January- March.
January 15th - 1st Online Lesson: Python Programming 101
Learn the basics of the coding language Python. Python is used to build websites and software, automate tasks, and conduct data analysis.
February 19th - 2nd Online Lesson: Fundamentals of Python with data
Learn to input commands into Python as well as how to store data
March 19th - 3rd Online Lesson: Python Control Statements Arrays and Loops.
Learn how to store your data, and make loop commands.
“Team Overclocked” will be teaching 3D modeling.
Team Overclocked will have a lesson on the third Tuesdays 4-5pm of each month from January- March.
January 18th - 1st Online Lesson: Tinkercad
Learn to use the online coding site Tinkercad and learn how to model shapes
February 15th - 2nd Online Lesson: Onshape
Learn to Model 3D parts with extruding and Make 2D sketches come to life.
March 15th - 3rd Online Lesson: Onshape Drawings
Learn more techniques of making 3D objects come to life!
These workshops are for tweens and teens ages 11–17. For registration information and the class schedule, visit slcpl.org/events.
All lessons are taught by teens with the help of a Librarian!
by Christina, Day-Riverside Branch
There will be times when you will encounter difficult situations; it could be with friends, family, or in the dating world. I hope that I can give you some resources to better understand what boundaries are and how to use them to keep yourself safe and true to who you are.
So, what are boundaries?
Boundaries are limits you establish in order to protect yourself from being hurt, manipulated, or taken advantage of. It also is an expression of self-worth! Boundaries can let other people know who you are, what your values are, and how you want to be treated.
It’s important to note that boundaries are different for everyone, when done right, they will help you set limits with others. Learning how to set boundaries can help you understand your limits within all of your relationships.
So, how would you set boundaries?
You may run into a variety of different scenarios in your relationships. You may have a friend or sibling who keeps borrowing clothes and not giving them back. You may have a friend who likes to tease people behind their back and you would like no part of it. You may have a friend that keeps borrowing money and not paying you back. These are all scenarios where setting boundaries can be useful.
Here are some tips for setting boundaries:
Find your feelings!
Learning to recognize and label different feelings is definitely not as easy as it may sound. It will take work and practice to stop and think about how you are feeling in any given situation. Being able to pinpoint how you are feeling is the first step in setting boundaries.
Trust Your Gut!
You should always trust your intuition. If something feels off or wrong about a situation, it probably is. You aren’t being dramatic or overly sensitive regardless of what the other people say. You need to be true to who you are and not what someone else expects you to be.
Key Phrase you can use and practice
Setting boundaries can be hard and takes a lot of practice. It is something that requires some thought and decision making. Here are some key phrases that can give you some time to think about your next decision. “Let me think about it and get back to you,” “No thanks. I’m not comfortable with that,” or “let me talk to my parents about that and let you know tomorrow”
Keep in mind that you may run into many different situations throughout your life that challenge your values and beliefs and knowing how to set boundaries can be an important part of growing as an individual. I have attached resources for boundary setting in romantic relationships, real teens telling their stories and self worth building.
Love Is Respect -non profit organization that addresses dating abuse with young people.
by Saia Langi & Sarah Phillips, Glendale Branch
Ever wrote a story that just kept dragging? Have you ever taken what you wrote, dribbled the words and slam dunked them right into the garbage can? If you have, let me be the first to welcome you into the writers block club.
Many times, when we write stories it can be a long, arduous process. This process does not need to be so hard. Instead of dribbling on with drawn out words, you have to remember to drabble!
A drabble is a short story that is exactly one hundred words long and it tends to focus on the smaller details rather than the big picture. It may seem easy to write, but it is a test of the limits of your creativity. It is recommended that you type it out in a document so you can check the word count.
With the help of Teen Squad Volunteer Sarah Phillips, we have procured two examples of what a drabble can look like. If you need some extra tips to get started, check out my November 15th blog post tilted “100 word story”.
Without further ado, please enjoy the delightful dialects of two writers who love to drabble. Happy writing!
I saw her outside my apartment window on the tenth floor. She knocked on it and I lifted the window to talk to her. Loud roars shook the walls of my building and I could see a massive monster wreaking havoc across the city.
“I’m sorry but I’m going to have to cancel our movie night,” she said with her green cape billowing behind her. I nodded.
“Alright but you owe me,” I told her. ”Now go and save the day." She smiled, waved goodbye, and flew away with lightning speed. It wasn’t easy having a superhero for a roommate.
Scrape. Thud. I awoke. The buzzing in my ears made it hard to decipher what I was hearing. I tried to open my eyes but they refused to see the light of day. With all my strength I sat up, only to hit my head on something hard. I tried to open my eyes again only to realize that they were open. Scrape. Thud. The sound was deafening. I began to scream and claw at the hard surface above me, “no. No. NO!” Scrape. Thud. It continued. “Let me OUT! You got the wrong guy!” SCRAPE. THUD. Thud. thud….thud.
We would love to feature some of your 100 Word Stories on our Teen Creations page. If you'd like to share, please submit them here.
by Yoli Perez, Marmalade Branch
The Marmalade Game Exchange started in November. You can pick up a “new to you” board game at Marmalade Branch during regular hours, or drop off any games you have grown tired of. Just make sure all game pieces are accounted for. Welcome to the “Game-brary”-- LET volunteer.
This kind of free exchange of goods is part of the gift economy. Check out Alex Gendler’s TED Talk, “What is a Gift Economy?” There is a worldwide movement called “Buy Nothing” where neighbors help neighbors by offering gifts or picking up gifts of items that are no longer needed or wanted. This gift-giving fosters community connections. You can read more about the Buy Nothing Project here.
To participate in the Marmalade Game Exchange, there is no obligation to bring a donated game. You are welcome to just stop in and take a free game. Thank you for reading, and sharing the word about the Marmalade Game Exchange! Note: We also accept puzzles, and so does the Sprague Branch Library. The Sprague Puzzle Exchange is the inspiration for the Marmalade Game Exchange, and another wonderful thing.
The Marmalade Branch is located near West High School at
280 West 500 North
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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