SRP Thank Yous!

SRP Thank Yous!

 

This year’s summer reading program was an awesome success!!! Thank you to all those who participated!! And a HUGE thank you to the Santa Clarita Friends of the Library for helping us with this year’s SRP!!!

 

Some highlights from teen programs this summer!

Lucky?

Lucky?

Winning the lottery sounds like a dream come true but some might say, “Be careful what you wish for.” Check out these books about lottery winners and decide for yourself just how lucky they really are.

Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

Volunteer Spotlight: Leo

We value each and every teen volunteer who shares their time with our library. The Santa Clarita Public Library can’t say enough about the incredible teens who volunteer with us, and who become the heart of our special events, fun teen programming, and general operation of library services.

 

Volunteer work can range from being here during our Summer Reading Program, assisting with shelving duties, being involved in our Teen Advisory Board, and being a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor for our digital literacy program.

 

This summer, we were thrilled to be approached by Leo Ouyang, a high school senior who was interested in teaching computer languages. Leo wanted to spend his summer volunteering with us for Summer Reading and as a volunteer instructor. His passion about computer science was evident during his sessions, where he used free online web platforms to demonstrate the basics of Python and C++.  Participants in his class practiced writing strings of code, including how to write a program that would do simple mathematical equations in order of operation.  Class attendance skill level ranged from intermediate knowledge to those who had never heard of the computer languages before.

 

Thanks Leo!

 

 

What motivated you to become a Digital Literacy Volunteer Instructor over the summer?

 

I had always been interested in teaching and computer science. So I figured, why not do something I love with a subject I love?

 

How did you learn computer languages? In school, self-taught, online courses?

 

I self-taught C++ (my first language), took online courses for Python, HTML, and CSS, and went to school for Java.

 

Why do you think it’s important to teach coding?

 

Computers are our future. They will play an increasingly large role within our lives as time passes. Learning to work with them will be as important as working with humans.
 

What was the best thing about volunteering your time this summer with Santa Clarita Public Library?

 

It was meeting new people and bringing them together. Even though I only had a few students, they all came from drastically different backgrounds yet we all found unity in an interest in computer science.
 

Tell us something surprising about yourself!

 

I was first inspired to code by playing video games, notably, Minecraft.

Get involved!

 

Teens ages 14 and up can assist with many activities such as organizing, shelving, helping children with their Homework and with after-school programs. All teens are required to be interviewed or attend an orientation. In order to be scheduled for an interview/orientation, please click on the link “sign-up to volunteer” and complete the application process. Be sure to indicate which library you are applying too.

 

Make your voice heard! Be part of your local Teen Advisory Board.

 

Help shape teen services at the library.

Acquire leadership skills AND earn volunteer service hours.

Interact with other Santa Clarita area teens.

New members are always welcome!

Enjoy snacks.

TAB meetings are held monthly during the school year, September through May (unless otherwise noted), at your local branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library.

 

For more information on the Teen Advisory Board, click here

 

To sign up as a volunteer, click here

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because We’re Horrified

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because We’re Horrified

 

The very first horror stories were probably spoken word, passed down from generation to generation. These folklores were designed to explain, or possibly prepare, for the great unknown that lurks beyond.

 

Deeply rooted, primitive fear is a natural component to survival. But fear has many different faces- even if you aren’t currently being chased by a serial murderer and fearing for your life, you may still be facing something scary in your life.

Fear of rejection, fear of not fitting in, fear of not being good enough. 

 

Escape from what is terrifying you with a good horror book. Live the action, seek the thrills, and go on creepy adventures vicariously through these Young Adult Horrors and Thrillers list- click on the graphic to see our booklist of all things frightening.

 

 

For a more in-depth look at horror literature and emotional response, read this article.

 

Teen Mash Up #Program

Teen Mash Up #Program

Missed a session the first time around? Teen Program Mashup is your second chance to design some perler bead creations, re-purpose art or shoot a short stop motion animation film. All supplies provided.

Dates:

  • Valencia Library – July 18th 3-5pm
  • Newhall Library – July 20th 3-5pm
  • Canyon Country – July 26th 3-5pm

 

 

 

 

 

Programs being recreated:

  • Pixel Pals
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Upcycling Art

 

Work Together #SRPMission

Work Together #SRPMission

 

Mission Set 3: Work Together

 

 

  • Strategize! Come up with brilliant solutions as a group at our Escape Room, Pixel Pals or Stop Motion Animation programs and then feel great about yourselves.
    • Come check out one or all of these fun programs and get creative!
  • Tales of Teamwork Read an article (Tumblr or Buzzfeed counts), book (fiction or non-fiction) about people actively working on an issue you care about, whether it be in politics, the tech industry, or the arts.
    • Find a book or article about something you are passionate about no matter the subject…see how people are working to make the issue less of an issue!
  • Lend a helping hand. Volunteer your time officially or just do a good deed on your own to help someone in need. Tell us about it in a sentence below:
    • Have you volunteered or paid it forward? Tell us about it!