Teen Blog

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:10

Award-winning author Paula Fox had an extremely unusual childhood. Given away by her parents at birth, she spent the first few years of her life in a small town on the Hudson River. Her guardian, a poor minister, was a bachelor who looked after his very ill mother. He was a kind and cultured man who taught her to read and encouraged her to grow. But this pleasant time wasn’t to last.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:08
Don't Get Trapped in the Web Bubble

The Web is as vast and as unending as our ability to create new content, if not knowledge (be mindful of the distinction). That is, almost by definition, as unending as things get, and it can be overwhelming, to put things mildly. As such, many Web services have done their best to personalize their presentations to our individual tastes. In doing so, they are causing us far more harm than good. Click to keep reading. You need to.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 03:02
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

How They Croaked begins with a clear warning: "If you don't have the guts for gore, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK." They are not kidding.

American icon Billy Joel once sang, "Only the good die young," but before modern medicine, almost everyone died young. The only difference was whether it was quick or slow and gruesome. Infections, malaria, gout, and tuberculosis were pretty common ways to go. King Tut, Christopher Columbus, Pocahontas, and Edgar Allan Poe were victims of such illnesses.

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:43
Winners of the 19th Annual Teen Art Show

The 19th Annual Teen Art Show is ourlargest show ever!

A total of 136 pieces of art were submitted (42 in grades 9-10,95 in grades 11-12,) and atotal of 94 artists participated (29 in grades 9-10,65 in grades 11-12).

The show continues in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through March 25.

And the winners are ...

View this slideshow for all winning works. You can also view all winning works on Flickr.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 03:03
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

Tales of the Madman Underground is not the feel-good read of this or any other year, and yet I am completely enchanted with its accuracy of teenage desperation. It fills me with hope to see how author John Barnes has so succinctly summed up the powerlessness and determination of youth.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:06

How can you help the Earth?  There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 03:02
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

The Vera Dietz of Please Ignore Vera Dietz is smart, hard-working, and haunted by the ghost of her best friend. Well...ex-best friend if you want to know the truth.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:37
The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia by Martin Olson

The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia is an ancient and magical tome, or maybe it's just designed to look that way. The book explores the characters and situations that occupy the popular Cartoon Network series. There are few cartoons as imaginative or strange as Adventure Time, in which a boy and his dog fight evil in various forms, including an Ice King, monsters, demons, giants, and the hideous creature known as The Lich.

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:29
3-D Printing Sites Overview

You might have noticed the success of the Do-It-Yourself movement, which is being headlined by the runaway popularity of desktop 3-D printers. Even our library is getting its feet wet with the Mobile Maker Lab, (click here and select your nearest branch for times and dates). 3-D printing’s popularity is defined by the virtually unprecedented open community that has grown up around it.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 03:01
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up is by Daniel Handler and features art by Maira Kalman, and both elements elevate it above your average high school romance novel.

Min has just left a box on Ed's doorstep. The box contains the pieces of evidence of their brief relationship, as well as letters explaining each piece's importance.

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