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Branching Out Highlights of News & Events for Dec. 2013 - Feb. 2014


Teen Programs

Teen Programs Your Teen Librarians Main Library Placedia Nance 919-560-0122 Bragtown DeLois Cue 919-560-0210 East Regional Archie Burke 919-560-0213 North Regional Christine Grant 919-560-0238 South Regional Jen Brannen 919-560-7444 Southwest Regional Jennifer Lohmann 919-560-8594 Stanford L. Warren Heather Cunningham 919-560-7336

Photography Cover - page 3 and 6: North Regional Library teens make cookies. in October. Page 4-5: Main Library teens Photography by staff.


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E as t Reg ional Book Hedgehogs Monday, Dec. 2 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. For the first time ever, books will be turned into hedgehogs at the library. Make it happen at East Regional! Holiday Stencil Cards Monday, Dec. 9 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Br ag tow n Li brar y Family Fun Friday Fridays, Dec. 13; Jan. 10; Feb. 14 3 - 4:30 p.m. Spend some extra special time with your family at the library. Have fun with a board game, movie and popcorn, a craft or a good book. Gaming @ Bragtown Wednesdays, Dec. 18; Jan. 15; Feb. 19 3 - 4:30 p.m. Play your favorite games at the library. Bring a friend!

Science Madness Thursdays, Jan. 23; Feb. 27 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of high-energy, messy and sometimes gross science fun.

Are you ready for the holidays? Create an original card using stencils, paints and card stock.

Wednesday Wii! Wednesdays, Dec. 11; Feb. 12 4 - 5 p.m. Join us for some after school fun time playing Wii games. Holiday Movie & Popcorn Monday, Dec. 16 4 - 5:30 p.m. Watch a holiday film served with popcorn! Popsicle Stick Bookmarks Monday, Dec. 23 5 - 8 p.m. Pick up a Popsicle stick from the Teen Librarian (Archie) and create your own stylish bookmarks with Sharpies and other random craft pieces.

Flower Power Craft Monday, Jan. 6 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Flowers in January blossom out of plastic and paint! Be there and create! Monday Game Days @ East! Mondays, Jan. 13; Feb. 3 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Play Wii or Kinect at East! Magnetic Poetry Monday, Jan. 27 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. We have the words on magnets; you make the poems! Black-Out Poetry Valentines Monday, Feb. 10 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Create black-out poetry passages for your Valentine. Can You Name This Famous African American? Monday-Friday, Feb. 17-21 Stop by the Teen Room, identify a picture of one famous African American and claim your prize! If you can name why that person was famous, get extra points! *Registration is required.

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Teen Advisory Board Mondays, Dec. 9; Jan. 13; Feb. 10 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Are you interested in volunteering? Join us each month as we plan future teen programs.

Natural Hair Series *A Natural Hair Care Journey Saturday, Feb. 1 3 - 4 p.m. Join Dr. Shauntae White, NCCU Communication Professor, as she discusses natural hair from a historical perspective. Dr. White will also provide insight about the Natural Hair Care Movement and her own experience being natural and a First Lady of a church.

*I Love My Hair Thursday, Feb. 6 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. April Thorpe, owner of Miss April’s Beads and Braids, will reflect and share styling techniques for parents and teenagers. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Book Swap – Free Book! Tuesdays 4 - 5 p.m. Visit the Main Library for a free book. Swap a book review by visiting and click on Teens. Book reviews will be published on the teen bulletin board, website and Facebook page. After School Gaming Thursdays (No games Dec. 26; Jan. 2) 3:30 - 5 p.m. Join us after school to play your favorite board games and video games. Cupcake Decorating Wednesdays, Dec. 11; Feb. 12 2 - 3 p.m. Join us on Early Release Days, and learn how to decorate a cupcake with Chef Pam.

Digital Photo Black History Scavenger Hunt Feb. 3-28 Explore and discover Durham’s rich heritage by using a camera or Smartphone to capture images of historical landmarks within a five-mile radius of the Main Library. Find the list of items on our website at and click on Teens. Once you find all the items on the list, email your pictures to The first teen to complete the scavenger hunt will receive a prize.

DIY Spa Day Monday, Feb. 17 2 - 3 p.m. Do you feel stressed out? Learn techniques to help manage stress while enjoying a relaxing do-it-yourself spa treatment. Healthy snacks and soothing music will be provided. *Registration is required.

Superbowl Scarves Thursday, Jan. 30 4 - 5 p.m. Cheer for your favorite team as we create scarves to celebrate the Superbowl.

*Let’s Talk Hair Saturday, Feb. 8 3 - 4 p.m. Entrepreneur Itohan, owner of Nubian Natural, will speak on natural hair and illustrate ways to style it. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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*Natural Beauty IS Skin Deep Saturday, Feb. 15 3 - 4 p.m. Learn the benefits of eating healthy on a budget with Holistic Health Practitioner Karema McGhee.


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Nor th Reg ional Teen Scene: Movie Mondays Mondays (No movie Dec. 23, 30; Jan. 20) 2:30 - 5 p.m. Come relax with a movie after school each Monday. Movies will be chosen by teens, and snacks will be provided. Teen Scene: Tech Tuesdays Tuesdays (No tech Dec. 24, 31) 2:30 - 5 p.m. Come join us for some activities involving the latest technology! Teen Scene: Game On! Wednesdays (No gaming Dec. 25; Jan. 1) 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Connect with your friends, and show off your skills with board games, card games, Xbox 360 and Wii.

Teen Scene: Wildcard Thursdays (No wildcard Dec. 26) 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join us after school for a variety of fun activities especially for teens. Activities include arts and crafts, book clubs and cooking projects. Teen Scene: Teen Challenge Fridays (No challenge Dec. 27; Feb. 14) 2:30 - 5 p.m. Join us every Friday after school for a new physical challenge, puzzle, brain teaser or trivia quiz. Prizes will be awarded. Chapter Chat Teen Book Club Tuesdays, Dec. 10; Jan. 14; Feb. 11 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join our monthly teen-led book club! Come by the Information Desk to pick up a copy of this month’s selection. College Prep Seminar Tuesday, Feb. 25 6:30 - 8 p.m. Send your kids to the best, most selective college for pennies on the dollar! Learn how in this program taught by A2Z College Planning.

S o uth Reg ional Game Day/Open Computer Lab for Teens Thursdays (No program Dec. 19, 26; Jan. 30) 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Teen Scene: Make Your Own Adinkra Cloth! Wednesday, Feb. 5 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a game day or a teens-only open laptop computer lab every Thursday afternoon. Play games, hang out or even work on homework.

Celebrate Black History Month, and learn about the traditional West African craft of Adinkra cloth making.

Teen Scene: Get Crafty for the Holidays! Wednesday, Dec. 4 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Teen Scene: Happy UN-Valentine’s Day Party! Wednesday, Feb. 12 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Make your own wrapping paper, cards and gift tags.

Not a big fan of Valentine’s Day? Join us for mopey music, break-up books, star-crossed trivia and broken chocolate hearts.

Teen Scene: The Teen Festival of Cookie Decorating Wednesday, Dec. 11 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Teen Scene: Library Scavenger Hunt! Wednesday, Feb. 19 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Teens, join us for a festive jamboree of cookie decorating! Go traditional or go freestyle. It’s all tasty!

Solve the clues, show off your library knowledge and win fabulous prizes!

*South Regional Teen Book Club Saturdays, Dec. 14; Jan. 11; Feb. 8 2 - 3 p.m. Talk books and nosh pizza at the teen book club. Some copies of each month’s book are available at the Information Desk.

Teen Book Cover Bingo – Holiday Edition Saturday, Dec. 14 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Teen Scene: Make Your Own Mardi Gras Mask! Wednesday, Feb. 26 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Mardi Gras by creating your very own mask. Feathers, jewels, flowers – let your imagination be your guide! Christopher W.

Get ready for the holidays (by having fun!) with another round of Teen Book Cover Bingo! A keen eye for YA books + quick reflexes = book cover bingo (and the possibility of winning fabulous prizes).

Teen Scene: Make Your Own Avatar! Wednesday, Jan. 8 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Make a better, digital you! Winter 2013-2014 Branching Out


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Game Day Mondays (No gaming Jan. 13, 20) 3:30 - 5 p.m. Enjoy video games, board games and snacks while you relax after a long day at school.

*Write On! Tuesdays, Jan. 28 - Mar. 4 7 - 8:30 p.m. Writing coaches from UNC-Chapel Hill offer writing support in a casual atmosphere where teens can explore ideas and make their own choices.

St anf or d L . War r en *Gingerbread House Showdown Tuesday, Dec. 10 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Children and teens of all ages, come and create a masterpiece in Stanford L. Warren Library’s second annual Gingerbread House Showdown! And yes, you get to take your candy creation home!

Teen Scene: Floetry Group Thursdays, Jan. 30; Feb. 27 4 - 5 p.m. Do you have something to say? Share your thoughts with us, and let the words flow through writing and poetry.

Teen Scene: DIY Crafts Thursdays, Dec. 12; Jan. 16; Feb.13 4 - 5 p.m. Express yourself through art with a new do-it-yourself project every month. Cosplay Workshop and Party! Tuesday, Dec. 17 4 - 5:30 p.m. Dress up like your favorite anime character, or show up and make a costume when you arrive. Japanese goodies and J-pop music will be provided.

Teen Scene: Game Day Thursdays, Dec. 19; Jan. 23; Feb. 20 4 - 5 p.m. Hang out with your friends, and get your game on @ the library! Teen Scene: Anime Club Thursdays, Jan. 9; Feb. 6 4 - 5 p.m. Do you like anime? Manga? Graphic novels? If so, join us to watch some shows, practice drawing and talk about favorites. Mad Science – Marshmallow Towers Building Contest Tuesday, Jan. 28 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. How tall can you build a tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti? Learn some basic facts about building, and then put your knowledge to the test. The teen architect with the tallest standing tower wins a prize.


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Valentine’s Bash Tuesday, Feb. 11 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Whether you love it or hate it, come celebrate this special holiday @ the library! Join us for games, crafts, sweets and treats. Mad Science – Make Your Own Bouncy Ball Tuesday, Feb. 25 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. What makes a bouncy ball bounce? Learn the science behind polymers with some hands-on experimenting. *Registration is required.


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