August 21, 2014

Teen’s Top Ten Voting has Begun!

Filed under: After School Fun, Book Club — Teen Blog @ 11:25 am

Teens’ Top Reads Voting is Open

TeensTopTen logo web Teens Teach Tech Grants, Giveaways, and Teens Top Ten Voting Opens | SLJTeen NewsTeens’ Top Ten, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Voting opened August 15 and runs through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 12-18. Readers ages 12 to 18 can vote online on the YALSA website; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week. Check out the trailer below for a quick overview of the 25 nominated titles.

August 17, 2014

Fall is almost here! Check out our Fall Programming

Filed under: Library Programs — Teen Blog @ 3:04 pm

Fall 2014 Programming for Teens

Banned Books Week September 21-27 – Have you read a BANNED Comic? Find out!

Teen Read Week October 12-18  — Join the library’s Teen Read Week Book Festival!

Tuesdays & Thursdays        Dungeons & Dragons Weekly Gaming Night | 4:30-8:30pm | KidSpot | Drop-In | Ages 12 and up

Different games on Tuesdays and Thursdays, organized by teens with oversight by an adult volunteer.  Please see online calendar for dates and details.

Monday, September 15        Scholarship Open House | 6:00-8:30pm | Mckune | Drop-In | Ages 12 and up and Parents

Scholarship opportunities abound!  Learn about college scholarships from state, local and national organizations from representatives. Hear from Jason Murphy, Chelsea High School and Shannon Price, Coordinator of Outreach Activities/Student Scholarships & Grants for the State of Michigan, among others.  Presentations by organizations will happen throughout the evening.

Mondays, September 22, October 20, November 17        TAB Events at CHS Media Center  | 3:15-4:30pm | Chelsea High School Media Center | Drop-In | Ages 12 to 17

The Teen Advisory Board is going to High School!  New events every month! Open to non-board members!

September 22: Pick up your FREE copy of Fault in Our Stars and plan winter events.

October 20: Book Club: Discuss The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, with pizza!

November 17: Meet with an Entrepreneur Coach from SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives)  and learn about starting your own business!

Kaplan Testing and Presentations

Saturday, September 20      PSAT Practice Test with Kaplan Test Prep | 10:30am-1:00pm | McKune Room | Registration | Grades 7 -11

Did you know that taking the PSAT Test can impact your chances of getting a college scholarship? The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program, and can be a gateway for students to learn about colleges that are right for them. The PSAT is also a great a way to get some early practice for the SAT and get comfortable with standardized tests.  Please bring a simple calculator and a snack to eat/drink during the short breaks in testing. Review session will be October

Sunday, September 21     SAT Practice Test with Kaplan Test Prep | 1:00-4:30pm | McKune | Registration | High School Only

The 3.5-hour SAT Practice Test helps students decide which test is right for them. This is a perfect opportunity to experience the SAT and prepare for testing in the fall. Please bring a simple calculator and a snack to eat/drink during the short breaks in testing.  Review session will be October.

Sunday, October 5                SAT/PSAT Strategies 101 with Kaplan Test Prep | 2:00-3:00pm | McKune | Drop-In |  Grades 8-12

What types of questions are on the PSAT/SAT? Why should I take the PSAT/SAT? How can I do well on the PSAT/SAT? Does my score really make a difference? If you find yourself asking these types of questions, come to our test strategies event and learn the basics of the SAT, understand why it’s important, and how you should approach it. Students who took the SAT and PSAT Practice Tests in September can pick up their test results at this program.

Sunday, October 19, November 9               ACT Practice Test with Kaplan Test Prep | 1:00-4:30pm | McKune | Registration | High School Only

The 3.5-hour ACT Practice Test helps students decide which test is right for them. This is a perfect opportunity to experience the ACT and prepare for testing in the fall. Please bring a simple calculator and a snack to eat/drink during the short breaks in testing.

Review session for 10/19 test will be November 2nd. Students taking the 11/9 test will receive their results by email.

Sunday, November 2            ACT Strategies 101 with Kaplan Test Prep | 2:00-3:00pm | McKune | Drop-In | Grades 8-12

What types of questions are on the ACT? How can I do well on the ACT? If you find yourself asking these types of questions come out to our test strategies event and learn the basics of the ACT. Understand why it’s important, and how you should approach it. Students who took the ACT Practice Test in October can pick up their test results at this program.

Book Related Events

Friday, October 17    Teen Read Week Book Festival | 11:00-2:00pm | Michigan Friends Center, 1000 Long Lake Road | Registration Required | Ages 12 and Up

Celebrate Teen Read Week on your day off with a book festival! We will have lunch and two different book discussion groups to choose from, as well as a special Real Colors® Personality Challenge with 4H and the Michigan State University Extension. Real Colors® is a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange.

Our Book discussion themes are From Hazel to Alaska: The Fault in Our Stars & other books by John Green, and Destination Dystopia: the Divergent trilogy, and other “faulty futures.”  A selection of titles from John Green and Veronica Roth will be available for teens registering for the program at the Youth Desk. Note which discussion group you are joining in the Notes field of our online registration form.

Friday November 21             Mockingjay Murder Mystery Party| 6:00-9:00pm | McKune | Registration required – Costumes suggested | Ages 12- 17

A murder has happened again in the library, and this time it’s a character you know!  Join us for dinner and detective-work in a Hunger Games drama that’s all new.  A character will be assigned and emailed to you after you register – know your character and dress the part for this special event!  Teens who solve the case may just win a visit to the movies.

May 28, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

Filed under: Current News — Teen Blog @ 9:07 am

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

May 23, 2014

Bored? Let the Michigan Activity Pass take you on an Adventure!

Filed under: Summer Fun — Teen Blog @ 11:51 am

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How the Program Works
Beginning May 24, library users with a valid library card from any one of Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries can print a pass, either from home or at the library, to one of the 70+ participating cultural institutions at the website. Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week from the date it is printed. Each library will have five passes available per week for each of the participating organizations. Participating organizations as of the date of this press release (more venues will sign on before the program kicks off for its second year on May 24) include:

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn
Argus Camera Museum, Ann Arbor
Arts & Scraps, Detroit
Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington
Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor
Wild Swan Theater, Ann Arbor
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor
Jiffy Mix Factory Tour, Chelsea
Yankee Air Museum, Belleville

Use this helpful mapping tool to find something to do close to you!

May 16, 2014

Newsletter’s out!

Filed under: Summer Fun — Teen Blog @ 10:26 am


Sign up for our great summer programming now!

July 19 10:00am-4:30pm, July 20 1pm-4:30pm, July 23, 5:00pm-7:30pm, July 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm | Improv Comedy Bootcamp | | McKune & Kidspot | Registration | Ages 12 to 17

Hone your skills at spontaneous comedy in this intensive improvisational comedy weekend workshop — with a performance right before Chelsea’s Sounds & Sights!  Instructor Shelly Smith will teach you how to live in the moment, interact with others, accept new information and utilize it, all without scripts!  The final day is a performance in front of an audience of your friends, family and anyone else who would like to attend!

July 23             Minecraft | 1-2:30, 2:30-4pm | McKune | Registration | Ages 8-14 |

Explore the endless possibilities of Minecraft Programming using the Python programming language! Begin with the basics and work your way up to our advanced challenges.   Presented by GameStart School of Ann Arbor.

Download a Youth Service Group Application!

May 9, 2014

Two Free Audiobooks Every Week this Summer? Count me in!

Filed under: Great Reads, Summer Fun — Teen Blog @ 9:53 am


May 1, 2014

Youth Service Group Summer Signup has begun!

Filed under: Youth Service Group — Teen Blog @ 10:44 am

You are invited to become a member of the Chelsea District Library’s Youth Service Group—a volunteer organization. YSG for short.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 eligible for this Group.

2014 YSG Application and Task Form

Our Summer Reading Program is just around the corner, June 10 to July 30. This year our theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for kids and “Spark a Reaction” for teens. We need your help with registering readers, handing out prizes & helping with our special events. We can’t do it without you!
Second: Attend the following program:
Tuesday June 3 & Thursday June 5 YSG Volunteer Sign-Up & Orientation | 3:30-4:30pm | McKune | Drop-In | Ages 12 and up, or Entering the 7th Grade Learn what Youth Service Group is all about! Bring the Summer Volunteer Task Form and YSG Application with you, and make sure it is signed by a parent. You only need to attend ONE of these orientations.

April 23, 2014

Michigan Thumbs Up Award: Time to Vote for your Favorite Teen Novel!

Filed under: After School Fun, Book Club, Great Reads — Teen Blog @ 5:12 pm


The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually to the author of an original work that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The award includes a statewide teen vote of the top ten books. These 10 books were narrowed down from 100 by a group of Michigan youth and teen librarians.

Now it’s time for the teens to vote. Please distribute the list of Top Ten Titles to Michigan teens so they can read and vote! Voting will be open through May 31, 2014.

The winning book will be announced at MLA 2014 in Grand Rapids in October.

Click here to Vote!

April 17, 2014

Adventure Time!

Filed under: After School Fun — Teen Blog @ 12:38 pm

April 16, 2014

Gayle Forman’s book, “If I Stay” is going to be a Movie!

Filed under: Great Reads, movies — Teen Blog @ 10:01 am

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

It’s finally here! Watch the first trailer for If I Stay below. The film is based on the novel by Gayle Forman, and stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley. The story follows a young musician, named Mia, who develops a relationship with a boy named Adam. She is a serious musician, and has big dreams to go to Juilliard. However, when she is involved in a car accident she has to make a huge choice: to decide to give up everything, or keep on living. Via Page to Premier.

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