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December 6, 2013
November 22, 2013
Our first fall Youth Service Group programming support has been a success, thanks to your help!
All teens are invited to join the NEW Teen Advisory Board. TAB Members will hold elected positions, including President, Vice-President, Secretary, Social Chair, Membership Chair, Communications Chair and more. TAB will meet once a month to make decisions about materials to buy, programs to have for teens and programs to run for kids, as well as services that local teens want from the library. TAB meetings are held after school at the Beach Middle School Library.
Wednesdays, January 15, February 5 Teen Advisory Board | 3:15-4:30pm | Beach Middle School Library | Drop-In | Ages 11 to 17
Our Winter Programming starts in December, and we invite you to join the fun! The following programs require your support.
One Time Events
To help with any of these programs, pick up an Application from the Youth Reference Desk. Call Edith or Karen with any questions at 475-8732 ext. 4.
September 4, 2013
Every 6 months the library buys new video games, and new types of video games! We now carry PS3, Wii, xBox, DS and 3DS games. Recent purchases include:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
August 23, 2013
July 21, 2013
May 30, 2013
April 25, 2013
Welcome to the YSG! Youth Service Group is a program that allows you to build skills, accumulate volunteer hours and help the library with programs, planning and more! You must be going into 7th grade to be elligible for this Group.
The application packet (PDF file) includes a letter explaining what YSG is, guidelines for YSG members, the application itself, and a task list for this summer, including dates and times for all programming, as well as other volunteer opportunities like the Summer Reading Registration Table.
If you have any questions, please talk to YSG Coordinator Edith Burney, or Head of Youth & Teen Services Karen Persello .
Our Summer Reading Program is just around the corner, June 7 to July 31. This year our theme is “Dig into Reading” for kids and “Beneath the Surface” for teens. We need your help with registering patrons, handing out prizes & helping with our special events. We can’t do it without you!
Come to the Volunteer Sign-Up & Orientation Session on Wednesday, June 4 or June 5, 3:30-4:15pm in the McKune Meeting Room. At this 45 minute meeting, you learn more about the Summer Reading Program. You will also get a sneak peek at all the great prizes to be given away all summer! Did I mention the YSG Volunteer Party on August 1st that only teen volunteers can attend? We will be having amazing giveaways and raffles just for YSG members!
New This Year: Become A YSG Reading Buddy!
Read to Your Library Buddy is a new program and the library needs your help to make it a success. Volunteer to listen to a child read to you every Thursday during Summer Reading, and help them gain confidence and strengthen their reading skills.
• Read to Your Library Buddy pairs teen and adult volunteers with a (4th grade and lower) child on Thursdays from June 13-July 25 (except July 4th), from 2-3:30 pm, to read anything they want together.
• The program aims to help boost young readers’ skills and get them excited about reading.
• There will be a mandatory training session at the library on June 6 at 3:30 pm led by Lisa Kaemming, Reading Specialist from North Creek Elementary School.
• Volunteers sign up for 90 minutes, but each child has a 15 minute session, so they may see up to 6 children each time.
• Volunteers are not tutors, nor are they teaching how to read, rather, they are listening and encouraging and reading.
• Both volunteers (big buddies) and children (little buddies) may read during a session.
Bring your planner or calendar so you can sign up to help at our special events and schedule your shifts to help with registration.
February 20, 2013
On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.
A new perspective on our little world.
January 22, 2013
In Sierra Leone, West Africa, the lights may come on once in a week, with the rest of the month, dark. So, Kelvin Doe made his own battery to power lights in people’s houses from recycled parts he found in the trash. He also made his own FM radio transmitter and a generator to power it so that he can give voice to the youth in his country. David Sengeh discovered Kelvin at an innovation camp he runs in Sierra Leone and invited Kelvin to M.I.T., where David is a PhD student in the Media Lab. Just as Kelvin’s world is expanded by working in the Media Lab, the researchers there had their world expanded by interacting with Kelvin.
January 4, 2013