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 Becca, Main Library
Calling all zine makers, creatives, writers, and artists! We want you to join Teen Zine Team!
What is a zine? A zine is a self-published magazine that comes in any shape and size and can be about any topic. Did you know The City Library has a large collection of zines that you can check out? Visit the Main Library to browse this great, eclectic, and interesting collection.
The Teen Lounge on Level 2 of the Main Library also has its own Teen Zine wall. All of the zines you’ll find on this wall are made by teens and are free to take! No checkout necessary.
If you want to learn more about this awesome form of alternative press, we would love to have you join us at Teen Zine Team.
Teen Zine Team is a weekly meetup with Grid Zine Fest and The City Library where you can explore your creativity by working on individual zines, collaborative projects, bookbinding, and more. No experience needed! If you’re brand new to zines, we’ll show you how to get started.
In the past, Teen Zine Team members have attended events such as Grid Zine Fest’s summer zine swap and picnic, Alt Press Fest’s writing and zine-making workshops, and we table together at local zine festivals.
Teen Zine Team is held on Thursdays from 4-5pm on Zoom until we can meet in person again. If you don’t have zine making supplies at home, sign up here for your own zine-making kit.
We hope to see you there!
Click here to join the zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 984 1761 2674
Held in partnership with Grid Zine Fest.
by Lexi Johnson, Day-Riverside Branch
Are you a fan of ghosts? Interested in the paranormal? Surprise, we are too.
If you are looking to interact with something otherworldly this October, join us on October 22nd for a ghost hunt at Chapman!
The event will be virtual - kind of like watching a live episode of the Ghost Whisperer or Ghost Adventures but better, because we are exploring our own turf! We will work side-by-side with the Advanced Paranormal Services, a group of ghost hunting professionals, to see what might be haunting the halls of Chapman. The building is 103 years old and seems to have collected ghostly visitors over the years. Staff have reported seeing a woman and a few children, puppets moving of their own accord and an apparition of a woman in a column of light. Don’t believe us? Well, many years ago, staff decorated a Christmas tree in the building only to find that - the next morning - all the decorations had been removed from the tree and placed in a neat circle around it. No one had entered the building during the course of the night. Still don’t believe us? Tune in to see if we find any!
We will be raffling off several dowsing rods, digital EMF readers and an analog EMF meter. Any teen who shows up for the virtual hunt will be entered into the raffle - they do not need to have completed the City-wide Scavenger Haunt. The Advanced Paranormal Services will offer up a presentation on ghost hunting techniques that would pair very well with any hardwon ghost hunting tools!
Click below to join the event (and enter code 805268) on October 22nd at 5:30pm!
by Claire, Anderson-Foothill Branch
Starting September 11th the Salt Lake City Library will have its own online monthly Teen Book Club!
A new book club for teens developed by teens!
Meet new people, discover great books, and have some snacks in this book club by teens, for teens. Teen Book Club meets the second Saturday of each month to discuss books chosen by students from West, East, and Highland high schools. You'll even get a free copy of the month's book after you register!
Join the meeting using this zoom link:
Meeting ID: 975 0466 5460
Why is it important to have a Book Club specifically for teens?
Having a Book Club for teens is important because we perceive literature differently from adults or children. Young adult novels have become increasingly popular and prevalent over the past few decades, and we are trying to select books that will be relatable to teens in some way. We believe this is important because books are more engaging when the reader can relate to some aspects of the story, even if the environment, setting, and plot are different from that of their own.
Why is Diversity in Book Clubs important?
One of the goals of our book club is to promote diverse and representative literature to address the education opportunity gap by making literature more accessible to all. A lot of the literature we read in schools disincentivizes minority students from enjoying the learning process because it represents only a narrow slice of the population. By diversifying mainstream literature, we can ensure that all people feel included and represented in our schools, communities, libraries, and in our larger society, and broaden teenagers’ horizons in the process.
About the Books!
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is a memoir of French-Iranian author Marjane Satrapi's life growing up in the turbulent political and religious climate of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. It is written in the form of a graphic novel. Marji’s family are Marxists and she describes them as “avant-garde.” They oppose the unity of religion and government in Iran and frequently protest their lack of freedom under the Islamist government. Marji grows close to her uncle Anoosh, who flees to the USSR and is eventually executed because the regime believes him to be a spy. Eventually, Marji’s parents decide that the Iranian regime is too violent and repressive for her to remain there. They send her to Vienna to live with nuns.
What If It's Us by Becky Abertalli and Adam Silvera
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show stopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
by Stephanie C. Main Library
This summer, The City Library hosted it's first Teen Poetry Contest. Students entering grades 9-12 were invited to ponder the contest theme "Wonder In All Its Forms" and submit a poem under 500 words.
The submission window closed on July 31st and judges, comprised of teachers, librarians, and community poets, met to review each entry and select winners.
Two winning poems and one honorable mention were selected in each category: 9th-10th Grade and 11th-12th Grade. 1st Place winners were awarded $100 and 2nd Place winners were awarded $50.
A celebration was held on Saturday, August 14th via Zoom. Winners read their poems to a live audience.
This year's contest winners are:
9th/10th Grade Category
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.