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Do you have a particular anime that you can’t keep to yourself? Looking to hang out with other teens that love Japanese culture and want to learn more? Then come by the Studio!Blog post by Amina D., Studio Intern
Japan Day is a monthly event put on by the Arlington Public Library to celebrate all things related to Japanese culture. Whether it’s doing origami, learning hiragana, making kokeshi dolls (more on that in a bit) or just having fun watching some anime, the goal of Japan Day is to have a day where teens get to learn a little bit about the Japanese culture and just have a space where they can be themselves!
In February, we learned about kokeshi dolls. Kokeshi dolls are basically a traditional Japanese toy that was bought as a souvenir after a visit to a hot springs, or onsen, as it’s known in Japan. For February, the teens got a bit crafty and we created our own take of the kokeshi doll!
What’s February without Valentine’s Day? Guess who’s stressing about buying the chocolate and making the dinner arrangements? It’s the ladies! As a young girl or working woman, not only do you have to worry about what you’re gonna buy for your sweetheart, but (though it’s becoming less common), you have to buy some sweet treats for your male coworker, boss, teacher, or classmate. Did I blow your mind? Read up more on Valentine’s Day in Japan and the day where the fellas that received chocolate have to show how much they appreciated the gift here.
*The next Japan Day will be March 29, from 2:30-5:30pm at the Teen Studio in the George W. Hawkes Central Library basement floor. Hope to see you there!
This high-energy interactive series will bring out the poet and performer in you. You will learn the basics in poetry writing and techniques of SLAM. Each week you will participate in various exercises and games that will:
- spark your creativity,
- ignite your writing,
- and energize your performance technique.
These workshops are for junior high students in grades 7 and 8 or teens age 12 to 14. If you wish to register more than one teen, be sure to include the first and last name of each additional person in the comments field of the registration form below. By registering for this workshop, you agree to attend all six of the following Tuesday sessions:
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
This workshop series is made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts in Education grant.
Registration is required
Hello APL Teens,
I just wanted to take some time to highlight some amazing new programs coming up in March. Take a look!
Teen Tech Week: Monday-Friday, March 10-14
We will host all sorts of technology related programs in honor of Teen Tech Week! Check out the online calendar for specific dates and locations. Programs include: Podcasting Basics for Teens, Mindstorm Robots: Robot Tug O' War, "Bored Already?", Animated gifs with GIMP, Creating Book Trailers with Animoto, Mindstorm Robots: Segway-Bot, Make a Meme.
Divergent Choosing Ceremony: Thursday, March 20, 5-7 p.m.
Test your knowledge of the first book in this new dystopian trilogy!
Where do you belong?
Book Sale, Friends of the Arlington Public Library: March 19-23
Looking for a sweet deal on a book, CD, or DVD? Purchase a used item and support the library!
Share your musical passion!: Tuesday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.
Record a review of your favorite song! We’ll post your podcast online so you can tell the world what they should listen to next. Feel free to record or talk about your own original music, too!
These events are only open to 7-12th graders.
Register for any of these events here: http://www.arlingtonlibrary.org/calendar
Today’s novels have images of girls wielding bows, boys brandishing guns, sci-fi tech and plots to overthrow the government racing through our brains at the mention of the words dystopian society. Get ready for a twist: In The Last Free Cat, Jon Blake offers a fresh, new look on the idea of an over-controlling society and what freedom is worth.
The reasons Jade and her mother obediently follow their government’s laws are built around logical explanations: all of the “free” cats (one’s not born and bred by a major company and bought for millions of dollars by rich members of the society) carry a deadly virus that could kill a human in a blink. If the government hadn’t stepped in and created the laws that outlawed cats, more than half of the population would be dead by the cat flu. Right?
Maybe not. Jade has always thought so until Feela, a beautiful calico, wanders into her yard and her life is flipped upside down. A couple of crazy twists and action scenes later, Jade is on the run with Feela and a schoolmate, Kris, who is strangely knowledgeable about cats. As Jade fights for her cat’s freedom, the wool is slowly pulled out from over her eyes and she begins to understand that what she sees is not necessarily the whole truth, and the truth she finds is worth fighting for.
Although I felt that some of the characters were frustrating (but where would we be without frustrating characters?), The Last Free Cat is a short, sweet read that will have your brain moving long after you’ve reached the last period.
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When I first picked up this book by Coert Voorhees at a giveaway my book club had last year, I must admit the cover is what pulled me in. The skull made of sand and the scuba diver on the front got me to wonder what such a book could be about. I read the synopsis, and it seemed interesting enough, so I took it. And I wasn't disappointed upon reading it.
Once you open the book to the front page, you dive into the life of Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and total history nerd. Her dad being a teacher doesn't help her status either. When you add the fact her crush thinks her as "adorable" over "desirable", Annie's life looks as if it's going to hit it's lowest soon. So, it's easy enough to see why she would want to change it.
When Annie is to take a community service trip to Mexico, this may be her chance to prove her crush, Josh, and everyone else wrong about her. Things start to look up for Annie. Except for one thing: her teacher's alternate agenda. Suddenly, Annie is pulled into a world of pitch-black waters, horrible betrayals, and lives at stake as this teen helps search for one of the world's most priceless possessions: the Golden Jaguar. In deeper danger than she had ever thought possible, can Annie find the Golden Jaguar, get the boy, and live to tell the tale? Find out in this wondrous read, In Too Deep by Coert Voorhees.
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This is a great book I would suggest for Junior High students. This book is about 24 tributes ages 12-18 that fight for their death to win The Hunger Games. The main characters are Katniss & Peeta the tributes that are chosen as the District 12 tributes to compete in The Hunger Games. They go through tough times in The Hunger Games like trying to forming some alliances with the other tributes to have a better chance of staying alive.
I really liked The Hunger Games because it is a good book that followed 24 brave tributes go to The Hunger Games because one of the districts rebelled against The Capitol (the monarch of the districts). My favorite character from this book was Rue because she went through a lot of bravery to survive in The Hunger Games. She formed an alliance with Katniss, and was the one of the youngest in The Hunger Games. My least favorite character was Marvel because he killed Rue,and was apart of the alliance in the arena that was trying to bring all of the other District tributes down
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Although at first it's kind of slow, the plot really gets to you quickly. Nathaniel is a 12 year old magicians apprentice that is basically another Artemis Fowl. His knowledge in magic has surpassed normal standards and he plans on getting revenge on a certain magician who embarrased him. He summoms a djinn(genie) named Bartimaeus who has a splendid sense of humor or possibly sarcasm (I'm not sure which)but either way, you'll love him. Bartimaeus the djinn is sent to steal a very important artifact from the wizard who embarrased Nathaniel and is now in a huge heap of trouble.
This is a heads up to understanding the book. The chapters are switched around telling the story from different points of views(Bartimaeus and Nathaniels views)so pay attention to small details to keep from going in a wait...what just happened mode. It's great for the fiction, adventure, magic and comedy lover. You don't have to love all these genres to like, no love, this book and it's great for ages 11 and up(possibly 10 year olds too) Why are you still here? Go read it man! I probably did'nt give this book as good as a review as it could have, but that's because it has to many good parts to write in here.
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Publisher's Description: Evie is different. Not just her upbringing-though that's certainly been unusual-but also her mindset. She's smart, independent, confident, opinionated, and ready to take on a new challenge: The Institution of School.
It doesn't take this homeschooled kid long to discover that high school is a whole new world, and not in the way she expected. It's also a social minefield, and Evie finds herself confronting new problems at every turn, failing to follow or even understand the rules, and proposing solutions that aren't welcome or accepted.
Not one to sit idly by, Evie sets out to make changes. Big changes. The movement she starts takes off, but before she realizes what's happening, her plan spirals out of control, forcing her to come to terms with a world she is only just beginning to comprehend.
JJ Johnson's powerful debut novel will enthrall readers as it challenges assumptions about friendship, rules, boundaries, and power.
Why I Love It: So many new book covers these days have overly gorgeous models staring back at you, with laser energy blasting from their eyes to show you how intense they are. I find these covers a bit off-putting, and usually misleading. No character is pure intensity, without any vulnerability—at least not the characters with whom I connect. “This Girl is Different” is not only the title of this Cover Lover book, but it is also a true statement about the person portrayed on the front.
You can only see the side of her hand-drawn face. She’s lying down in the grass, looking up at the clouds. There’s a calmness in the posture and even the subdued colors. I can feel myself lying on the field and lazily looking up, pointing at a cloud that has formed a meaningful shape. But, on this cover, the cloud has turned dark above her. A complicated storm is brewing. Pointing back down at the girl’s finger is a lightning bolt. Who is looking at whom? I wonder if the girl really is so comfortable confronting this dark complexity, or if there is something she can’t see coming in front of her?...
Finally, I have to say I enjoy how the title has been printed on the cover. The word “different” is upside-down, but I didn’t notice until I reread it. (I think it’s great how the mind can just fill in the blanks sometimes!) There’s something a little off about “this girl”, but we can still picture ourselves in her position. I know I’m not alone in feeling like that different girl in a room full of “normal” people in one way or another. I will have to read this story to find out what exactly makes this girl so unique.
Leave your comments below about what makes you or your favorite character “different”!
For me this book was a great read I really enjoyed all of the action of Amy & Kendra. Peg Kehret is a great book writer and action suspense kind of author. I read this book for one reason. Because I had to for school. I thought oh this is going to be a stupid book but it really is not. This book travels with Amy & Kendra like you are in the book with them telling them not to fall asleep or run away from their captives, My best part was when they were using secret signals for the mom & police to see. This kids were not that stupid.
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