Just For Teens
This year's theme for the Summer Reading Program is “Unmask” and it’s centered on something we all know and love: Heroes (and Villains).
A few titles to consider:
If you wanted a list of great titles about those people we love to root for (whether they’re on the side of good or otherwise), check out this reading list. And remember, you don’t have to be a playboy millionaire to be a hero, we’re just as focused on real-world examples, too.
Check out YALSA’s blog post for some great hero-related titles, too.
But wait, there’s more. Don’t think that this is all about the reading lists. We have a few craft ideas for you if you’re interested. This site has a collection of a few cool ideas from Pinterest including this little guy found on Twinkie Chan’s blog.
The New York State Library Posts Educational Resources for Teens on Facebook
Find wonderful resources to inspire teen learning at the TeenNY Facebook page.
The Common Core Learning Standards demand that students develop literacy and technology skills to access, use, and create information. In order to assist teens with this demand, the New York State Library posts compelling informational resources onto the Teen NY Facebook Page, found at https://www.facebook.com/TeenNewYork.
Teen NY is updated three times each week with the intention of engaging teens in all subjects, from computer science to fine art. Resources posted to the page include Creative Commons Licensed databases, primary documents, and tutorials, as well as interesting articles and infographics. The page is curated to inspire teens to pursue their own interests and use quality resources when completing school assignments.
A Common Sense Guide to Apps
So you just got a new smartphone or tablet. Now what? If you’re wondering what apps to load it with, check out the recommendations by the editors at Common Sense Media (see the link below). The site’s “Essential Apps for Kids and Teens” guide – which can be downloaded - let’s you browse by device and age group. Selections are made by independent editors, based “solely on kids' best interests.” “Buy links” for many apps are included for convenience. www.commonsensemedia.org/guide/best-first-kids-apps
Did You Know?
The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in financial aid to college and career school students each year.
For students and families: “Federal Student Aid Web Resources" (pdf) provides a list of websites that are available to students to help them learn about and apply for financial aid. The document also includes shortcut URLs to popular topics and lists resources for those who assist students in learning about financial aid.
For librarians: “Help Students Find Money for College or Career School" (pdf) provides instructions for ordering free materials from the USDOE Federal Student Aid distribution center and highlights a few publications that may be relevant to students and their families.
Good and Graphic>
If graphic novels are your thing, grab these reviews from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Graphic Novels
Storify? Tumblr? Pinterest?
Where are you on the tech curve? See what other teens are up to! Top Tech Trends for Teens
Teen Book Finder
YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association), has developed a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and anyone who loves YA literature find some great teen reading. Users can search by the usual title, author, and genre, as well as by year, award, and book list. There is also a daily selection of "Hot Picks" to choose from. Tap a title for a brief description of the book. If it looks like your kind of read, hit the "Find It" button and a map of local libraries that own the book pops up along with links to each libraries catalog! Develop a list of favorites and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter through the App. An Android version of the app is planned for later this year. This FREE app is funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Do you have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download this FREE app now by using the QR Code to the left or through this link: Teen Book Finder
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Use this QR Code to get the app today!
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