Teen Tech Week – Be The Source of Change

Teen Tech Week – Be The Source of Change


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It’s Teen Tech Week, your opportunity to explore the world of technology and take a look at the great online resources we have through the library that can give you an edge and make positive changes in your life. This week we have an engineering challenge as part of Old Town Newhall’s DIY Designs, also tied in with our One Story One City presentation which you can find more information about here. On Thursday, we also have Teen Tech Talks at Valencia, where we’ll be discussing and going through some basics of web design, HTML, and CSS through an online program that lets you edit your website and see the results in real time!

Also, don’t forget that our library tech resources provide great opportunities to get the leg up on whatever you may be working on. JobNow provides everything from resume templates and help (they’ll even let you upload your resume and then get back to you with edits and adjustments to make it the best that it can be), and it will also let you search for job openings. HelpNow will let you get help with any homework you may need, even connecting with a real person that will take you through the specific problem that you’re working on step-by-step. Take a look at our online resources here to see all the technology we have to be your source of change.

  • Newhall DIY Designs – 3/8 3:30-5:30
  • Valencia Teen Tech Talks – 3/9 3:30-5:00

Image courtesy of YALSA.

Royal Releases

Royal Releases

Check out the most recent installment of these popular teen books featuring royals. Need to catch up – borrow the first in the series at your local branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library.

Looking for more royal intrigue? These other books are sure to please.

30 Reasons to love Your Library

30 Reasons to love Your Library

 The City of Santa Clarita is celebrating 30 years of cityhood! In celebration of this milestone, check out the 30 reasons why you should love your Santa Clarita Public Library!

 

  1. Use the library’s computers free of charge
  2. Check out the latest teen bestsellers and releases
  3. Prepare to tackle home improvement projects with our Home Improvement Reference Center database
  4. Borrow newly released DVDs for free
  5. Enjoy comfortable group study rooms
  6. Research your health concerns on Consumer Health Complete database
  7. Participate in a book club
  8. Get help with term papers and homework from online tutoring Brainfuse HelpNow!
  9. Research Santa Clarita local history
  10. Take a free computer class
  11. Catch up on classic literature
  12. Find a selection of foreign language books
  13. Plan your next vacation with a wide variety of travel books
  14. Enjoy the air conditioning during hot summer months
  15. Take a practice test for becoming a policeman, fireman, US Citizen and more 
  16. Find templates and forms for preparing your will or trust
  17. Learn how to write a new resume 
  18. Check out books on CD for long drives
  19. Print forms for federal financial aid
  20. Get community hours by volunteering!
  21. Read the latest comic books before they become movies
  22. Use the library’s free wifi while in the building
  23. Learn a language for free with Pronunciator from the library
  24. Stream movies right on your mobile device from OverDrive
  25. Join TAB (Teen Advisory Board) at your local library and help plan fun teen events
  26. Learn how to crochet with others at free library programs
  27. Research your heritage with genealogy databases inside the library
  28. Keep up with the library on social media to see the latest events and free programs
  29. Receive $1.00 towards printing for free every single day
  30. Make your own playlist with 5 free song downloads a week from Freegal Music

One Story One City 2017

One Story One City 2017

2017’s One Story One City is almost here! This year features “Rise of the Rocket Girls” – the story of the women who helped launch a nation into space! Participate in an assortment of free events including:

Creation Station: Ultimate Maker Challenge featuring engineering

  • Wed. March 1st, 4-6pm @ Old Town Newhall
  • Tue. March 7th, 4-6pm @ Canyon Country
  • Mon. March 20th, 3:30-5:30pm @ Valencia

Balloon Racer Challenge featuring jet propulsion

  • Wed. March 8th, 3:30-5pm @ Old Town Newhall during DIY Designs
  • Tue. March 14th, 4-6pm @ Canyon Country during DIY Designs
  • Tue. March 14th, 4-6pm @ Valencia during Teen Study Hall

Female Fandom Friday: Girls Rock!

  • Fri. March 17th, 3:30-5pm @ Old Town Newhall
  • Fri. March 17th, 4-5:30pm @ Canyon Country
  • Fri. March 17th, 7-8pm @ Valencia Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd.

Be sure to check out the Events calendar for more details and additional programs.

Looking for more to read? Check out these fantastic books available from the Santa Clarita Public Library.

Discover Women Who Rock & Scientists Who Soar!

 

Pick Up Artists

Pick Up Artists

Can the first lines of these books get you to check them out?

“Looking back, none of this would have happened if I’d brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.” “We do not know why we came from the sea to this hard and dusty earth, but we know that we are better than it.”
“They say death aims only once and never misses, but I doubt Ty Yorkshire thought it would strike with a scrubbing brush.” “I’m not a shitty person, but I’m about to do a shitty thing. And you will hate me, and some other people will hate me, but I’m going to do it anyway to protect you and also myself.”
“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” “I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am.”
“One summer night I fell asleep, hoping the world would be different when I woke.” “They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.”
“After Anne’s father died, her mother often said that sorrow was the only sun that rose for them. Her mother had since followed him into the darkness of death, leaving Anne to face the dawn alone.” “It doesn’t start here. You’d think it would: two terrified girls in the middle of nowhere, cowering together, eyes bulging at the gun in his hand. But it doesn’t start here. It starts the first time I almost die.”
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” “First the colors. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.”
“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.” “You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.”
 “Joost had two problems: the moon and his mustache.” “Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way, I suppose that’s true.”
“I’m a senior at Cesar Chavez High in San Francisco’s sunny Mission district, and that makes me one of the most surveilled people in the world.” “There is nothing more humiliating than being topless in the backseat of your boyfriend’s car when someone decides to throw an egg at the windshield.”
“There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife.” “Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

The Reading Without Walls Challenge

The Reading Without Walls Challenge

Take part in the #ReadingWithoutWalls Challenge issued by the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature!

Here’s how to do it:

1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.

If you really want to go for the gold star, read a book that fits all three criteria!

When you finish, take a photo of you and the book (or just the book if you’re shy) and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. You’ll inspire others to do the same!

Read without walls and see what happens.  You may surprise yourself!

Here are some titles to try out:

For more information, check out Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.