by Annabelle, Main Library Teen Squad
I am doing this project to help out in my community. For the drive, we are looking for new socks and underwear. You can find a donation box on the 2nd floor of the Main Library in the Teen area.
The drive will last from now to August 7.
Thank you for your help!
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
I think it’s safe to say, we are all experiencing some form of digital-fatigue. We’ve been communicating digitally for a long time now, from virtual schooling to relying on facetime to safely see family and friends.
If you are craving social interaction that isn’t through a screen, I’d like to recommend the Library’s Teen Pen Pal project. Teens ages 12-17 can sign up to be paired with a pen pal based on their ages and interests. Don’t worry about stamps, you will simply pick up and drop off your letters at any City Library branch. We’ll send it to where it needs to go through our own sweet system of intra-library branch mail. You’ll get an email when a new letter arrives and viola! You’re going back in time and participating in old-timey communication. We’ve already had quite a few teens sign up, so you will get matched quickly to a pen pal we think you’ll click with.
Why write physical letters? There are tons of reasons. You can add personalized art. You can meet new friends across the city in a safe way. And, most of all, writing letters is a classy friend’s game.
Steve Topfer, associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University actually did a study examining the effects of writing letters on happiness, life satisfaction and depression. A sample of 219 undergraduate students wrote letters and the study revealed that, the more letter writing people did, the more they improved significantly on happiness and life satisfaction. (Read more about the study here).
So why not? Sign up for a pen pal here!
by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
Have you been getting curious about Makeup? Want to test some out without committing to a purchase? Well, starting June 1st, the Salt Lake City Public Library will be running a Makeup Club*!
The club is open to all teens who are interested in Makeup.
Come to any branch of the Library and ask staff for a makeup sample! We will have ready a box of fabulous makeup available for teens to pick a piece to try out and review, full of mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick, the works! We will keep the boxes stocked through makeup subscriptions so, once you’ve reviewed an item, feel free to come try another! We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Beginning in June, there will be a monthly Makeup Club meeting! Attending the club is not mandatory for makeup samplers, but on the third Thursday of each month, from 5:00-6:00 pm Makeup club will meet to discuss what they’ve tried and reviewed, show off their techniques and learn more about the unique world of makeup. Join us digitally, on June 17th, to flaunt your makeup looks and learn about the chemistry behind makeup from the expert Victoria Russell!
Victoria Russell works for the Center for Synthetic Organic Electrochemistry and will be teaching us about what goes into make-up!
*Please note: The Library events calendar shows that the Main library will not be handing out samples. This is incorrect. You can pick up makeup at any City Library location.
by Maddie, Main Library
Hey! We’re the Teen Zine Team!
We meet every Thursday at 4pm on Zoom to share our latest creations, learn about zine making, and connect with each other. Everyone’s welcome, no matter your familiarity with zines or artistic skill, so come join us! You can even sign up here to receive a free zinemaking kit which has all the tools you need to get started.
“What’s a zine?!” you might ask… A zine (pronounced “zeen”) is a DIY self-published magazine. It can be any size, length, and shape. Most importantly, it can be about anything!
Here are some of our zines and random thoughts about zine making!
I joined the team about a month ago and it’s been a blast! It’s been really fun to go to the meetings and share my latest ideas and inspiration for zines. I haven’t had that much experience making zines, but, being a pretty artsy person, I really enjoy it and highly recommend trying it out! As well, they’re pretty easy to make and have a lot of creative freedom. -Agatha
Without having any idea what in the world a zine was, I joined the teen zine team and instantly fell in love with zines. I found that they are a great way to put all of the crazy thoughts I have into a physical form that is both creative and sometimes very chaotic. - Madison
I made this [Trying My Hand and Drawing Hands] zine just for fun, but I think it turned out pretty well! This really shows how limitless zines are- you can make them about literally anything! -Agatha
This zine is a sort of list of “personal disclaimers” or things that I wish people would know about me before they meet me or once they meet me. Mostly it’s goofy stuff like small habits, but it’s a lot of fun and was just a fun thing to make. -Trin
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.