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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

 

Everything Everything Ticket Giveaway

Everything Everything Ticket Giveaway

Participate in teen programming during the week of May 15th for a chance to win a *FREE pair of tickets to watch Everything Everything in theaters!

Canyon Country

  • Level Up! – Tuesday, May 16th from 4:00-5:30pm
  • Teen Study Hall – Wednesday, May 17th from 4:00-6:00pm
  • Fandom Friday – Friday, May 19th from 4:00-5:30pm

Old Town Newhall

  • Teen Study Hall – Tuesday, May 16th from 4:00-6:00pm
  • Movie Madness – Wednesday, May 17th from 3:30-5:30pm
  • Fandom Friday – Friday, May 19th from 3:30-5:00pm

Valencia

  • Creation Station: Ultimate Maker Challenge – Monday, May 15th from 3:30-5:30pm
  • Youth Chess Club – Thursday, May 18th from 3:30-5:00pm

We’ve read the book, have you?

Already read Everything, Everything? Check out these other fantastic titles.

*FREE tickets and promotional items provided courtesy of Allied Integrated Marketing.

Prom Essentials

Prom Essentials

Prom is around the corner. Gear up with prom essentials by checking out books or attending our FREE programs.

Attend events at the Canyon Country Library to help you get your glam on!

  • Learn easy to do hair styles from professionals at Prom Prep on Thursday, April 13th from 4-6pm.
  • Use our supplies to do your nails during Nailed It! from 1:30-3pm on Saturday, April 8th AND Saturday, April 22nd.
  • Show off your prom finery one last time during Runway Prom on Saturday, May 6th from 10:30-11:30am.

Looking for additional tips? Check out these titles.

Can’t get enough of prom? Read these tales of sometimes funny, sometimes disastrous but always entertaining prom stories.

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!

 

NaNoWriMo: We’re Halfway There!

NaNoWriMo: We’re Halfway There!

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For those of you participating in National Novel Writing Month, whether you’re striving to become the next big author of our time or simply because of a deep enjoyment of writing, congratulations for taking part in this creative journey. As of today, we are just about half-way through our writing journey through November. Keep up the good work and keep that word count going!

Do remember that if you need a nice place to focus and keep wrwitign without the many distractions that you may have at home, the library is a great place to visit!  Each of our libraries not only have space to spread out and get to work in a more distraction-free environment, we also have many resources that may help with your writing struggles. We have numerous books for everything from writing short stories to mysteries to science-fiction. Take a look at some of these if you need inspiration. Even take a look at such books as The Curiosities or The Anatomy of Curiosity wherein real authors write notes in the margins of their short-stories about their process, their editing,and comment on one another’s writing.

We have our finale celebrations for each branch coming at the end of the month:

  • Valencia: 11/29 4-6p.
  • Newhall: 11/30 3:30-5:30
  • Canyon Country: 11/30 6:30-7:30p

Good luck, and keep writing!

 

*Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month