Are you going to the Phoenix Comicon this year? If so, stop by booth #3085 and say hello! Mention that you saw post on the teen blog and we’ll give you a special secret code for bonus points in the summer reading program. Have you signed up for Maricopa County Reads yet? It starts on Monday, June 1st!
Check out this article about summer programs at the Goodyear Library from Veronica, editor of the Verrado High School’s Viper Times. Thanks for sharing this, Veronica!
May 15, 2015
Filed under World/Local News
The city of Goodyear is notorious for not having anything to do for teenagers. There are many parks scattered across town, but when it gets hot in the summer, very few residents actually want to go to them. Luckily, the Goodyear library has many programs for teenagers this summer which are free and in the air-conditioning. Many people do not know about all of the free things that the library offers to Maricopa County residents.
Since relocating to a new building in 2013, the library has expanded upon their teen section, featuring genres such as historical fiction, fantasy, supernatural, science fiction, mystery, graphic novels, faith, and nonfiction.
Leonardo Huerta, a teenager who finds the library extremely helpful said, “It helps me a lot with school, since sometimes I can’t use my computer at home.”
Huerta is one of the many teenagers who has one of the new student library cards. Before, teens under eighteen would come into the library and try to access the computers, but could not get a card without a legal guardian present. Now with the new student cards, anyone who is a student can get a free library card without one. This includes complete access to the internet and downloadable content as well as being able to check out up to five books at a time, but not including CDs.
One of the programs that will be offered for free this summer at the library is an ASU Coding Camp. Spots are granted on an application basis, and participants will be able to attend a two-week camp hosted by ASU experts about brainstorming, coding, animation, and game design. Participants will also create an app while working together in groups, and do not have to know anything about coding before joining.
Rob Wilson is currently advertising for a fall leadership club made up of twelve high school students who enjoy volunteering. They will work together to develop and lead kids programs at the library such as origami, Star Wars activities, homework help, and book buddies, where kids read to the teenagers. Applications are available at the library, and being a part of this club will look great on college applications and resumes.
Anyone ages twelve to eighteen can sign up to volunteer for the Summer Reading Program. All that is required is filling out an application and attending a mandatory orientation on either May 19 or May 27 at 4pm. Now that the Summer Reading Program is online, volunteers will be assisting families in signing up for the program and tracking their progress, as well as distributing prizes such as coupons and free book vouchers.
A majority of teenagers have access to computers at school or at home, and many overlook the fact that the library has so many activities going on, as well as free books and movies available for checkout.
Today marks the release of Amy Fellner Dominy’s newest book, A Matter of Heart. Read on for more details from Amy herself, and a chance to win a copy of the book!
What would you do if the one thing you love, the one thing you’ve ever dreamed of doing, the only thing you’re good at…is the thing that will kill you?
That’s the question Abby faces in A MATTER OF HEART. Abby is sixteen, she’s a swimmer good enough to compete for a spot on the Olympic team in three weeks when she discovers that she has a heart condition. One that could kill her if she swims.
So what would you do?
What would I do?
That’s how I usually start writing a novel—with a question that I can’t answer. Of course none of us wants to die. But how do you give up the one thing you’ve been living for? That’s the thought I had on the day I brought my kids to their high school for a heart test.
At the time both of my kids were varsity athletes. My daughter played tennis and my son played baseball. I’d read about a football player from their school who had died of an enlarged heart (the medical name is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) and his mom had started a foundation to bring heart tests to schools across the country. She never wanted the same thing to happen to another student athlete.
On the day of the heart test, I met the mom, Sharon Bates. The story of her son, Anthony, really affected me. It started me thinking and imagining and questioning.
The result is A MATTER OF HEART and I hope it’s a story that will touch your heart, too. Abby’s not just dealing with her health and the pressures of competition, but she’s also got parents she wants to please. A boyfriend who also swims. And then there’s Alec…well… you’ll read about him.
This is Abby’s story and I hope none of us will ever have to make the decision that she has to make.
But what if you did?
Want to win a copy of A Matter of Heart? To enter to win, leave your answer to this question in the comments by Friday, May 15th:
What passion of yours would you risk your life for?
First Name: Alexandria and Jordan
Age: Alexandria, 15, and Jordan, 17
Library Branch: White Tank Branch
Top 3 Favorite Books:
Alexandria: The Hobbit, Dragon Chronicle Series, Calvin and Hobbes Comics
Jordan: The Last Lecture, Beowulf, Vladimir Tod series
Favorite Stuff To Do:
Alexandria: Draw/paint, Cross Country, Tennis, play chess, watch movies, hang out with friends
Jordan: Golf, Cross Country, Hiking, Outdoor activities, gaming
Favorite Teen Library Program:
Alexandria: Gaming (at White Tank), Art of Tangling, T-shirt making
Jordan: Steampunk, Gaming (1st Saturday at White Tank)
Best Thing About Being a Volunteer:
Alexandria: Everyone is friendly and I got to learn what goes on behind the scene. I get to check out the new movies and books. I like the book sale as well.
Jordan: Helping the staff, earning community service, learning how the library functions behind the scene.
Thanks for all of your great work, Alexandria and Jordan!
In a world where the only people alive are senior citizens and children there are bound to be some problems. Old people – called enders – live in luxury, while unclaimed kids – known as starters – are poor and dying. The only way out of this destitute life is through the body bank, where your body is no longer yours.
Starters and Enders is an amazing Duology by Lissa Price about a girl in a post apocalyptic world trying to save what little family she has left. These books me racing to find out the truth and what happens next, it was filled with action, love, mystery, and twists I didn’t see coming and I absolutely loved it! I highly recommend Starters to fans of sci-fi, action, and mystery.
– submitted by Mary Grace, Goodyear Branch Library
Check out the amazing films that were part of the North Valley Regional Library’s 2nd Annual Teen Film Festival!
The first film is the winning entry, and it comes from Angela Houston.
Congrats to our April Teen Volunteer of the Month, Ashley!
Favorite Stuff To Do: I enjoy exploring, playing video games, and listening to music.
Favorite Teen Library Program: Teen Gaming Day has been my favorite since its beginning!
Best Thing About Being a Volunteer: I enjoy interacting with the kids the most. Kids are very adventurous and wondrous, and I love to have the opportunity to forget about thinking like an adult, in order to look through the eyes of someone younger than me.
Thanks for all of your great work, Ashley!
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