The Supernatural World: Favorite YA picks

This blog post was written by Keagan Blackford, the Bainbridge Youth Services teen intern at our Bainbridge Island location.

Reading books is a great way to get the imagination going. But I find it's more fun when you read about things that don't really exist- it causes your imagination to branch out more!

Three of my favorite supernatural and paranormal are Paranormalcy, Clockwork Angel, and The Young Elites.

A Rainbow of Teen Reads

At a very special meeting last Wednesday night, the Sylvan Way Teen Advisory Board discussed their feelings about the tragedy in Orlando. The teens responded with empathy and thoughtfulness, and noted that it does not matter how far away, we are all connected. I listened to their comments and each person had a chance to reflect. When one community is in pain, all communities feel that pain. The teen group had an open dialog and many different viewpoints were shared with respect for all perspectives.

STEMify Your Summer

The below blog post was written by Cole, a BiblioTEC Intern at our Poulsbo location. BiblioTEC internships are supported by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and provide teens and young adults (ages 16-25) with the opportunity to gain real world job experience while developing 21st century skills. They also help to make the Library's youth STEM programs more awesome.

Young Women Who Inspire

This March, we’ll celebrate inspiring women from the past. It’s also a great time to recognize young women who are inspiring others in ways big and small. The following memoirs offer a range of experiences to read about; some will have you laughing, some will have your crying, but in the end they will all have you feeling proud of young women today. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.

#BlackHistoryMonth Reads

If you're looking for Black History Month reads this February, there's some great web resources out there! One of my new favorites is using the hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, which should lead you to the story of Marley Dias. Dias is an 11 year old frustrated at not seeing black girls as characters in books she's assigned at school. She decided to do a book drive collecting 1000 books where black girls are the main character.

Succeeding in the Second Half

Did you watch the game last week? It may have been a rollercoaster, but it was inspiring to see our Seahawks come back in the second half of the game. Winter break always feels like half-time when it comes to the school year. Whether you are finishing your finals for the first semester in high school or gearing up for graduation in spring, the second half of the school year can be daunting! So many big questions come into play: How can I stay organized? What do I need to succeed? Who can I turn to for help?

The Fight for Civil Rights: Compelling Middle and High School Titles

One way to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, is to learn more about the experiences of people who were part of the struggle for civil rights. In recent years, a number of highly engaging books have been written for middle and high schoolers on this subject. Descriptions from Baker & Taylor.

Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Hours by Ann Bausum


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