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 Stephanie Costa, Main Library
If you've been visiting The City Library for at least three to four years you might remember Code Club. Code Club was a program where kids and teens, ages 8-18, could come and learn computer coding skills each week at the library. Library staff were on hand to help, but students primarily led themselves through a series of coding challenges from the beginning level to more advanced projects. The program ended in 2019 due to a variety of factors, but some students have often mentioned that they miss the club.
Enter 2021 Anderson-Foothill Branch volunteer, Sanskriti. Sanskriti was one of those students that loved Code Club and missed it terribly. This summer, as a Teen Squad volunteer, Sanskriti dedicated herself to reinventing Code Club in a new way. She created a website!
Here's what Sanskriti wanted to share about Library Coding Camp:
Welcome to LCC, the Library's new Coding Club! Here is where you can find resources to learn to code in addition to some project ideas on what to do with your new found knowledge and power. As of now the library's more beginner friendly lessons are still in the process of creation, but please check out the 'lean more' section, which contains links to other nonprofits and companies eager to aid you in your coding journey - for free.
We are so proud of all of the incredible projects our Teen Squad volunteers have created, and this project is no exception. Sanskriti's hard work is a gift for all of our community members looking to expand their knowledge and skills. We hope you'll enjoy exploring coding with LCC and we can't wait to see what future generations of coders make next.
Library Coding Camp is accessible to anyone, not just City Library users, and not just teens. You can find a link below and on this blog's Teen Squad page.
by Samantha, Sprague Teen Squad
This summer, Sprague Teen Squad volunteer Samantha created a digital cookbook of easy healthy snacks! Check out a sneak peek below, and download the full cookbook here.
by Yoli and the Marmalade Teen Squad
I’m Yoli and I am the teen librarian at the Marmalade branch. I won’t talk about myself too much except to say I have a really cool job because I get to work with really creative and thoughtful teens! Our Teen Squad’s projects are really amazing and fun, and I hope you will check them out. On behalf of the City Library and Marmalade Branch, thank you Laynee, Kayle, Christian, and Clover.
Hi! My name is Laynee and I am going to be a sophomore next year! I love reading and all things about books, and I also love the outdoors. For my project this year I decided to create a guide for teens that gives them an introduction into classic books and literature. This guide is in the form of a booklet and will be available within a classics book display at the Marmalade Branch!
Hi! My name is Kayle and I’m going to be a senior next year! I love math, reading, baking, and skateboarding! For my Teen Squad project, I chose to do an art and skateboard project. I have a space theme that I will recreate on my skateboard with spray paint. Hope you all enjoy!
Hi I'm Christian. I am a member of the Teen Squad summer 2021 for the Marmalade branch in Salt Lake City. My projects for this summer are Krypto and Set video tutorials. I will demonstrate how you can play on your own or in a group of 2 or more people. These games have been a favorite in our home and I hope that you can learn how to play them and make them a part of your favorite games as well. These games are also part of the Math Olympiad for Davis School District. Have fun!
by Day-Riverside Teen Squad
Hi, my name is Emily, I am a junior at West High School. I am a teen volunteer at the Day- Riverside library branch. For my project this year I focused on the menstrual movement, a topic which I am very interested in. There is a stigma and taboo against menstruation causing people to not talk about Periods and the problems that menstruaters can face. Period poverty is just one thing that is a serious problem for menstruaters' health and overall women's equality. I had noticed that there was a lack of books on periods in our library's collection. I worked on creating a list of books that were all about the menstrual movement and about breaking the taboos surrounding periods, which were selected and purchased. My project was to create a bookmark with the list of books on it and with a short explanation of what is in the book. This project means a lot to me and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do this. I hope that my project will help people talk more about and better understand periods and the menstrual movement.
My name is Anagha Rao, and I am a rising senior at Skyline High School. This is my second summer volunteering with Teen Squad, and I am part of the Day-Riverside Branch. My project is a 30-Day fitness challenge for teens to encourage them to stay healthy and stay physically fit. After I noticed that there was a lack of books related to exercise and teens, I created a bookmark with a list of books for teens to learn more about exercise and how to get enough physical activity. In the future, I aspire to work in the healthcare industry and share my passion for nutrition and wellness with others. In my free time, I love to write stories, read mystery books such as Agatha Christie, and play tennis with my friends.
Hello, my name is Rocio and I was a senior at West High school. I am a volunteer for Teen squad. My project was focused on providing financial services for students. As a lower income student, money has always been a concern for me. I was constantly looking for scholarships, volunteer opportunities and anything that would help me. It was difficult to find credible and beneficial sites, especially online. I want to provide the necessary information for any student who is in need of financial aid. I created a blog post with all the information in one place. Along with pamphlets with basic information. I hope that I can help anybody who wants to continue college.
by Bea, Chapman Branch Teen Squad
Summer is the perfect time to lose yourself in a great book! We checked in with Beatrice, one of our Teen Squad members from the Chapman Branch, to see what books she is reading this summer:
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
Stay Sweet is your classic summer book. Seventeen-year-old Amelia takes over as the “head girl” of Meade Ice Cream, a popular historic ice cream shop in Sand Lake. On Amelia’s first day, she finds her new boss, Molly, dead, and her boss’s grandson, Grady, has to come in to try and sell the place. Meade had existed since World War 2, always run by young local girls, and the shop was an important feature of Sand Lake, with it’s ice cream’s secret, special recipe. It’s up to Amelia to try and convince Grady to keep the store running, and also try to figure out the ice cream recipe that Molly, the former owner, has hidden somewhere in her cluttered house.
Stay Sweet is a perfect summer read for lovers of ice cream and romance.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is well- crafted murder mystery about Pippa, a senior in high school, who decides to do her senior capstone project on a 5-year-old closed murder case that happened in her town. Supposedly, Andie Bell, a pretty and popular senior, was killed by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, before killing himself out of regret. That’s the story, and everyone in the town believes this is the truth. But Pippa believes that the town was so consumed with grief that everyone chose to think that it was Sal, based on messy evidence and prejudice about Sal’s race. Pip investigates the case with everything she’s got and finds romance and new friendships along the way.
I would highly recommend this book to lovers of true crime and a little bit of suspense.
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