Teens! Great Stories

Teens!  Through the receipt of a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Auburn Public Library is pleased to present the Great Stories Club.  During the course of the fall, selected teens will be reading and discussing 3 books — Buck, a memoir by MK Asante; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; and The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  Each book is autobiographical or semi-autobiographical in nature and each character in the book uses art — whether drawing, creative writing and/or music — to overcome challenges in his or her life.  Teens who would like more information or would like to be considered for this book group should contact Donna Wallace  — via phone, 207-333-6640, ext. 4 or email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Teens! Discoveries in STEM, Sept. 15

Teens!  Come join Maisy Cyr of 4H and discover how you really do use science, technology and math outside of the classroom!  We may dabble in food science, animal science, simple machinery and technology, or just make some crazy creations.  This month, we’ll be doing a fun, easy curriculum called Balls & Tracks.  It’s basically made up of marbles and pipe insulation and there are various challenges participants must complete that include making the marble go over a hill, completing a loop-dee-loop, and more.  It’s a cool introduction to physics using the laws of motion.

Bring your ideas for future meetings of this monthly program and together let’s see what we can come up with!  This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

September 15 at 4PM.

 

Teen Summer Reading Program Wrap Up!

Now that this summer’s teen reading program has come to a close, here is a recap of what went on here this summer, as well as the prize winners.

For this summer’s theme, “Get in the Game: READ!” we turned our attention to Mind & Body Wellness.  Our 8-week program kicked off on June 21st with a visit from triathlete Angela Bancroft.  Our schedule was jam packed with programs like the smoothie challenge, a Step Count Challenge, make your own zen garden, yoga and — of course — reading, including a book club!

In the smoothie challenge, teens formed teams of 2 and had to put together their best recipe using a liquid, at least 2 fruits and/or veggies, and had the option of adding healthful extras and spices or sweeteners.  Our winning team, Marcus Mitchell and Monique Market, went for chocolate — and lots of it — and each won a smoothie cookbook!

During the month of July, for the Step Count Challenge, teens were issued pedometers and kept track of their steps for the month.  Our winner, Mitchell Bean, logged a total of 398,272 steps during July. For his efforts, he won a $25 gift card to Olympia Sports.

Winning the prize for the most number of programs attended was Chris Cloutier.  Chris attended 20 programs and won a backpack filled with school supplies.

With 42 teens signed up to read with us this summer, there was lots of reading going on — with a total of 245 books read!  Our Pizza & Pages Book Club read and discussed 3 books with a common theme of the main character having to overcome setbacks to achieve in their sports of running, swimming and baseball.  Thanks to Center Street Dental, participants got to keep a copy of the book(s) they read, and our local Domino’s supplied the pizza for this book group!

Our top reader this summer was Lily Vincent, who read 30 books.  For her efforts, she won a book bundle of 6 popular young adult books.

Faith Thompson was the winner of this summer’s grand prize, a FitBit Charge, donated by Best Buy.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program.  Special thanks to our sponsors — Best Buy, Portland Sea Dogs, Center Street Dental, Top It Frozen Yogurt, Domino’s Pizza and Hannaford!

Believe it or not, we’ve already started thinking about the 2017 Teen Summer Reading Program. Next summer’s theme: “Build a Better World.”  If you’d like to help in the planning, contact Donna Wallace at the Reference Desk!

 

 

 

Teens! Summer Reading Finale August 12

Teens! Join us as we close our out 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program, “Get in the Game: READ!”  We will watch some of the Olympic games, make our own ice cream sundaes, and our summer reading program prize winners will be announced!  Just for teens, ages 12-18, this program will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

Yoga for Teens

Teens!  Continuing with our summer theme of Mind & Body Wellness, Tisha Bremner from Inner Light Yoga of Maine returns for another 3-part series, An Introduction to Yoga for Teens.  Learn the poses, breath techniques, and mindful attention practices in a fun and easy way in this class designed to inspire you to relieve stress and take really good care of yourself.  You should wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily.  A healthy snack will be provided at the conclusion of each class.  Registration is required.  This program is just for teens, ages 12-18 (grades 7-12).

First session is August 1 at 2:15.

Teens! Journaling starts June 30

Teens!  As we continue on our summer journey of “Mind & Body Wellness,” we will take a look at journaling and why keeping a journal might be helpful toward living a healthy lifestyle.   The workshop will be a 3-part series.  At our first meeting (June 30), we will be decorating our journals (plain composition notebooks which the library will provide).  We will meet again on July 14th to talk about “why journal” and to look at various journaling styles.  And at our third meeting on July 28th, there will be actual writing prompts whereby we will spend some time reflecting and writing.

This program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

Teens! Extreme Gravity June 6

Teens!  Join Bates Astronomy & Physics professor Nicole Hastings for this demo and discussion.  We will use a gravity demonstration to learn about the science of gravity, blackholes, and how (or if) time travel is possible.

This program is just for teens, ages 12-18 and will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

June 6 at 4PM.

Get in the Game: READ! 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program

Teens!  Join us this summer for “Mind & Body Wellness.”  We kick off our program on Tuesday, June 21, at 4 p.m.  Iron man competitor Angela Bancroft will be with us to share her story in “My Spirit for Sport.”  At this event, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and enter to win the Grand Prize!  Teens unable to attend this event may sign up anytime after June 21st at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor.

This summer’s program begins on June 21st and ends on August 12th.  All books must be read during this 8-week period.  Teens will keep a reading log.  Every 5 books read (1 graphic novel per 5) wins a prize, up to 15 books.  Keep reading to be eligible to win the Top Reader prize.  Reading logs should be turned in at the Reference Desk, and we will only accept one reading log per week, per reader.

We have put together some great programs within this year’s theme, including yoga, a smoothie-making competition, journaling, gaming, movies, zen gardens and more!  Special programs this summer will include the Pizza & Pages Book Club and the Step Count Challenge.  New this year — a prize for program attendance!  For more details on all of our summer programs, visit our Calendar of Events.  (Click on Events at the top of this page — all teen programs appear in green.)

The next time you’re in the Library, be sure to pick up a brochure, and we look forward to seeing you on June 21st!

The Teen Summer Reading Program is just for teens, ages 12-18.

 

 

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