by Stephanie C., Main Library
Do you write poetry? If you do, or if you want to start, The City Library has a contest just for you!
The 2022 Teen Poetry Contest is a writing contest for 9th to 12th grade teens in the Salt Lake area. We'll be awarding cash prizes for the top four poems and you can join us at the Main Library on August 13th to hear the winning poems live. We'll also be sharing the winning poems here on the City Library Teens blog, and in the library's digital collection.
Are you ready to get writing? This year's theme is "Oceans of Possibilities", and we want to know what that means to you. Maybe you want to write about the ocean and how it inspires you, or maybe you want to write about your limitless future. Let your imagination go wild.
You can find all of the contest details here. We'll be accepting submissions through July 31st.
If you'd like to checkout last year's winners, visit our contest page on BiblioBoard.
We can't wait to read your work!
by Claire, Anderson-Foothill Branch
Join us for a period equity workshop led by Teen Squad member Iman, and in collaboration with the nonprofit Too Little Children, where you will learn how to sew reusable maxi-pads for girls and women in impoverished areas around the world.
This one-time program strives to promote healthy and informative discussions on period education and equality, while helping to bring about positive change in the form of reusable maxi pad donations.
Additionally, Anderson Foothill will be accepting any other period products to be donated to the Highland High Pantry and The VOA, in order to continue the fight to end period poverty.
This event will be hosted in person and we hope you will join us on Saturday, June 18th at 11:00am the at Anderson Foothill Branch to learn about period equity and sew some reusable period products that will be delivered to girls in need in Pakistan this summer.
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 Stephanie C., Main Library
The Super Summer Challenge is on the horizon!
With about one month of school left and the weather heating up, it's not hard to be dreaming of summer right now. At the City Library we are busy getting ready for our biggest event of the year, the Super Summer Challenge, which runs from June 1st to August 13th.
The Super Summer Challenge is our version of a summer reading program, and while reading is a big part of it (because it's important to keep exercising that muscle over the summer), we also incorporate lots of other fun activities into the challenge, so there is something for everyone. I mean that literally. Anyone can participate, it's not just for kids. We have separate challenge trackers for Babies & Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults too! You can get together with friends to complete challenges as a group, or do activities as a family and everyone wins. Most activities don't even require you to be at the Library. In fact, we want you to get out there and explore your city, world, and beyond this summer.
What's that you say? Are there prizes? Well, yes, of course! Not only do you get a prize for every level of the challenge you complete, you also get a prize just for signing up. If you sign up early, you'll have your pick between a sticker sheet, enamel pin, or library tote bag for your sign up prize. Here's a sneak peak of this year's enamel pin. Shhh!
Oh, and in case you haven't heard, we've started doing in-person events again. So, if you do want to hang out at the Library this summer, we've got you covered. You can always find a cool place to hang out, geek out, art out, and check out your favorite books and movies this summer.
Starting June 1st, set a course for any City Library location to grab your FREE Super Summer Challenge Tracker, or you can go paperless by tracking your progress online with Beanstack or by downloading the Beanstack Tracker app.
Are you still reading this? Nice! If you are really really excited about the Super Summer Challenge and can't wait to tell everyone about it, you might want to consider being one of our Teen Squad volunteers this summer. Tweens and Teens ages 11-17 can volunteer in the Library this summer, helping to sign folks up for the Super Summer Challenge, giving out prizes, and congratulating participants for all of their accomplishments. If that sounds fun to you, head over to our Teen Squad page to learn more.
See you at the Library soon!
By Sarah Phillips Glendale Teensquad
We are hosting a drabble challenge for teens! The challenge begins February 2nd and ends on February 25th.
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 on the limits of your creativity. It is recommended that you type it out in a document so you can check the word count.
Once you are finished you can submit here
The theme of the challenge is Winter Wonderland. All entries submitted will be put into a collection which can be viewed digitally on Bibliboard. You can submit more than one Drabble if you like.
Do you accept this challenge? If yes, get to writing! Remember to have fun:)
You can access other examples of Drabbles from our blog. Check them out!
100 word Stories
by Rebecca, Main Library
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled. Please join us March 12th for a panel about Environmental Activism.
Hosted in collaboration with YouthCity Government and the Mayor’s Office, Teens Talk is a virtual panel series where local students present and lead discussions about the important social issues that affect our communities.
We strive to promote honest conversations between teens and adults by giving teens a platform to share their ideas with peers, parents, teachers, and legislators.
Our January panel event will be on the topic of Immigration and Refugee Experiences and facilitated by the International Rescue Committee’s Speaker’s Bureau member Yusuf Maung.
Are you a teen interested in speaking on this panel? There’s still time to apply!
This event will be hosted virtually and we hope you will join us on Saturday, January 22 at 2pm on Zoom.
Zoom meeting information can be found on our calendar event here.
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.