by Rebecca West, Main Library
Wasatch Charter School is displaying an art exhibit at the Main Library from June 1 to August 20 with pieces inspired by the Great Salt Lake.
Topics range from photography, over landscape-model knitting, Aztec mythology, Goshutes history, geology of the Great Salt Lake, weather and water cycle, to salt art. Through this exhibit, the artists hope to reflect the value of our famous Utah landmark and ecosystem and therefore also promote the protection of the Great Salt Lake.
This summer, you can come see this exhibit on Level 2 of the Main Library (210 E 400 S) in the teen area.
The City Library offers free gallery spaces to teen artists, with the Main Library’s teen exhibit being just one of many library locations where you can share your art with our community.
Interested teens can apply for an exhibit at the library at: slcpl.org/teen-art-exhibits
Or you can ask at any City Library for a paper application.
The Main Library has frames to lend you for your gallery and the teen librarian, Becca, can walk you through the process of putting together an exhibit of your own work.
by Yoli Pérez, Marmalade Branch
Support your local teen artists and view a fantastic art exhibit at the Marmalade Branch of the City Library. Over four weeks, West High School student’s artworks can be viewed and experienced. There are paintings, sculpture and ceramics, digital art and photography, and multimedia collage that can be viewed from Monday, March 21 to Saturday, April 16. Marmalade Branch is located just a few blocks north of West High School. The address is 280 W 500 N, SLC 84103.
STUDENT GROUP 1: Exhibit dates: March 21-April 2.
STUDENT GROUP 2: Exhibit Dates: April 3-April 16
West High School students in the IB program are part of a rigorous global academic program called the IBO or the International Baccalaureate Organization. The IB program curriculum fosters growth, helping individuals who value an integrated lifestyle which extends beyond the walls and years of the classroom, as well as beyond the limits of geographical and political borders and cultural differences. Part of the IB curriculum means students are responsible to hang their own artwork, and carefully curate their own art exhibit. This practical experience supports students in their growth as young artists and helps prepare them for college, and life after high school. The City Library would like to thank Visual Arts teacher, Mr. Evan Smith, the art students themselves, and West High School for supporting this art show, and sharing it with the library community and Marmalade Branch.
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
The Day-Riverside Branch ended their “Year of Zines” with a contest! Artists were instructed to design a zine detailing their ideas on how to build a better future, (because we are plumb out of ideas).
Our winning teen Emily, a past Teen Squad Volunteer, made this fabulous zine about Menstrual Equity! We are so proud of and inspired by her work, which details the effects of Period Product waste, the steps to self-production and the consequences of period poverty.
Her zine discusses the danger of undereducation, when it comes to menstruation, and details the physical dangers of inadequate access to period products.
Emily’s better future definitely sounds brighter, and she has inspired us to investigate ways we, as a Library branch, can contribute to ending period poverty!
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 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!
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.