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Branching Out Highlights of News & Events for March to May 2015


Teen Programs

Teen Programs Read Across Durham:

Your Teen Librarians Main Library Placedia Nance 919-560-0122

A Celebration of S.T.E.A.M. Literacy

Mar. 2 – 7

Bragtown DeLois Cue 919-560-0210

Join us as we celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) literacy! Look for events throughout the week focusing on literacy of all types, @ your library.

East Regional Archie Burke 919-560-0213


Main Library, Monday, Mar. 2, 4:30 p.m

Learn how to draw super heroes and prepare for Summer Reading. Snacks will be served.

North Regional Christine Grant 919-560-0238


Main Library, Wednesday, Mar. 4, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Join our banking expert to learn about saving, budgeting and credit management.

South Regional Jen Brannen 919-560-7444


East Regional, Thursday, Mar 5, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Have fun with Microsoft Apps and prepare for Teen Tech Week. Snacks will be served.

Southwest Regional Caroline Peterson 919-560-8598


Stanford L. Warren, Thursday, Mar 5, 4 - 5 p.m.

Join Environmental Protection Agency staff to learn about and experiment with wattage and energy consumption.


The Discovery Nook/Northgate Mall Children’s Alleyway, Saturday, Mar. 7, 1 - 4 p.m.

Enjoy special programming and browse through a showcase of community agencies featuring information, demonstrations and giveaways. 1 p.m.: Morehead Planetarium’s Science Saturday program 2 p.m.: Dr. Seuss serves up Green Eggs and Ham with songs, stories, a game and craft 3 p.m.: Performance by Akapoma African Music and Dance

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Read Across Durham programs for younger audiences are listed in the children’s section.

Table of Contents: Teen Programs Contact Information........................................2 Read Across Durham.......................................2 Bragtown...................................................... 3 East Regional................................................. 3 Main Library...................................................3


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North Regional...............................................4 South Regional........................................... 4-5 Southwest Regional........................................6 Stanford L. Warren..........................................6

Mar. 8 – 14

Fo r a c o m p l e t e l i s t i n g o f e ve n t s, v i s i t d u r h a m c o u n t y l i b r a r y. o r g / c a l e n d a r. R e g i s t e r f o r e v e n t s o n l i n e , o r c a l l y o u r f a v o r i t e l i b r a r y.

Brag tow n Li b rar y TEEN FOR HIRE! Tuesday, Mar. 31 11 a.m. - 12 noon Want to start a business this summer and be your own boss? Find out how other teens became freelancers, and then do it yourself.

Mai n Li b r ar y JOB READINESS FOR TEENS Tuesday, Apr. 7 4:30 - 5 p.m. Plan now for a summer job by joining in a discussion on how to create a resume, look for work and prepare for interviews.

Eas t Reg ional TEEN CREATIVE WRITING GROUP SERIES Mondays, Mar. 16; Apr. 20; May 18 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

SECOND ANNUAL PEEPS FASHION CONTEST Monday, Mar. 23 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Join Phil Locey, our resident author and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s creative writing program, as he facilitates this group for aspiring writers. Refreshments provided.

Design the winning fashionable Peep and win a prize to keep! We have the Peeps and art supplies for your creativity.

Mar. 16: Essence of Storytelling – With an initial focus on the short story form, this meeting will include a discussion on the elements of a successful story and outlining to thoughtfully develop your story the way you want it told. Apr. 20: Character, Plot, Setting – We’ll investigate the three major components of a story, how to weigh and balance them and tips to make each aspect stronger in your writing. May 18: Pacing and Dialogue – It can be a trick to keep the action and backstory clipping along at a desirable pace. We will discuss building tension, avoiding infodumps and the keys to using dialogue to serve multiple purposes as once.

GAME DAYS @ EAST! Mondays, Mar. 2; Apr. 6 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Play Wii or Xbox games with snacks at East! TEEN BOOK CLUB + PIZZA Mondays, Mar. 9; Apr. 13; May 11 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Join our teen book club for lively discussions, pizza and fun! CELEBRATE TEEN TECH WEEK: TEEN TECH TRIVIA QUIZ Thursday, Mar. 12 All Day Celebrate Teen Tech Week! Take the Teen Tech Trivia Quiz and win a tech prize!

HAPPYMESS ART @ EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY! Monday, Mar. 30 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Learn how to draw anime and comics with Durham artists from Happymess Art!


MAKE-DIY PROJECTS Tuesday-Thursday, Mar. 10-12 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Explore your creativity and celebrate Teen Read Week. Bring a friend for jewelry making, stenciling tote bags and designing with 3Doodlers. HOT CHOCOLATE + WORDS Tuesday-Thursday, Mar. 17-19 4 - 5 p.m. Sip on hot chocolate while the teen librarian reads from her favorite YA book. Bring your favorite book to share. SHARPIE PEN SCIENCE Wednesdays, Mar. 25; Apr. 8 4 - 5 p.m. Learn the basics of chromatography in this fun science experiment. Supplies are provided. JOB READINESS Tuesday, Mar. 30, 3 - 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Apr. 29; May 6, 4 - 5 p.m. Are you searching for summer employment? Do you need assistance writing a resume, completing a job application or practicing your interview skills? Learn strategies to help prepare you.

Follow the clues for this poetry hunt. Teens who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a treasure at the end! Event lasts through the week of Apr. 27 in honor of National Poetry Month.

BUBBLE MANIACS Tuesday, Apr. 14 4 - 5 p.m. Learn how to use household ingredients to create bubbles.

MAY MOVIE @ THE LIBRARY Monday, May 4 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Watch a favorite anime movie at the library with popcorn! Call for title.

POETIC FLOW Wednesday, Apr. 15 4 - 5 p.m. Bring your creativity as we learn how to construct blackout poetry using newspapers.

AUTHOR READING: J. J. JOHNSON Thursday, May 14 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Join young adult author J.J. Johnson as she reads from her teen books and offers a question and answer session. Refreshments provided.

POETRY 4 PIZZA Tuesday, Apr. 21 4 - 5 p.m. Read or recite a poem, and grab a slice of pizza.

SUMMER STENCIL T-SHIRTS Tuesday, May 26 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. We are celebrating summer with stencil designed t-shirts! Please bring your white t-shirt from home. We have the stencils, paints and brushes!

POETRY EXCHANGE Wednesday, Apr. 22 4 - 5 p.m. Bring a friend, write a poem, exchange poems with one another and grab a goody bag from the librarian. *Registration is required. Spring 2015 Branching Out


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Denisha & Archie (DCL staff)

Nor th Reg ional *TEEN TUTORING PROGRAM Tuesdays-Fridays (No tutoring Mar. 30 – Apr. 3) 4 - 6:30 p.m. MOVIE MONDAY Mondays (No movie Mar. 30; May 25) 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Come relax with a “teen-approved” movie after school each Monday.

TECH TUESDAY Tuesdays (No program Mar. 31) 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Come join us for some activities involving the latest technology! GAME ON! Wednesdays (No program Apr. 1; May 13) 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Connect with your friends, and show off your skills with board games, card games, Xbox 360 and Wii.

DIY Thursdays (No program Apr. 2) 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Join us after school for a variety of fun activities especially for teens. Activities include arts and crafts, fashion design, book discussions and anime club.

TEEN CHALLENGE Fridays (No challenge Apr. 3) 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Challenge yourself with engineering activities, cooking competitions, science experiments and more.


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Participate in our Teen Tutoring program. high school and middle school tutors work with middle school and elementary students. Pencils, paper and other supplies will be available on request. Call Ms. Christine at 919-560-0238 for more information.

HOMESCHOOL LEARNING LAB FOR TEENS Thursdays (No lab on Apr. 2) 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Homeschool Learning Lab for Teens provides homeschoolers with enriching and unique educational programming in a library setting with an emphasis on teen interest. We have fun learning, building relationships and becoming familiar with library resources. Parents are invited to facilitate sessions.

TEEN TECH WEEK Sunday-Saturday, Mar. 8-14 All Day Join us for a week filled with a variety of techrelated activities. CHAPTER CHAT TEEN BOOK CLUB Saturdays, Apr. 11; May 2 1 - 2 p.m. Join our monthly teen-led book club! Come by the Information Desk to pick up a copy of the month’s selection. April: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. May: TBD. *Registration is required.

TEEN TUESDAY NIGHT Tuesdays (No program Mar. 31; Apr. 7) 6 - 7 p.m. Mar. 3: Washi Tape Crafts Use cool Japanese washi tape in a variety of patterns to craft away. You can make a washi tape pencil holder (complete with pencils), binder clips or notebook. Mar. 10: Happy Early Pi Day! Mix up science and art, and celebrate Pi Day a little early this year. Eat pie while learning about the joys of Pi! (And there’s even a Pi craft.) Mar. 17: Mark Your Place! Love to read? Love to craft? Combine them by learning how to make a variety of cool bookmarks, so you never have to lose your place again. Mar. 24: Make Your Own Book Pendants and Charms Capture your favorite words and turn them into wearable literature. Make your own book pendant or charm. Apr. 14: Paint Your Own Flower Pot Spring is here, so let’s celebrate! Get arty and embrace the season. Paint your own flower pot so you can get growing. Apr. 21: Altered Page Poetry Draw, scribble and pick your favorite words, then write a poem on the page of a book. Use recycled book pages, pens and your imagination to create your poems. Apr. 28: Green Crafting Recycled materials + creative intent = green crafting. Go green and have fun. May 5: Cinco de Mayo Crafts Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by learning a couple of nifty paper crafts – paper flowers and papel picado (paper flags) – that will add verve to any celebrations you might attend. May 12: Mother-Daughter Spa Night Need to relax? Learn how to make bath salts, sachets and more. This program is for adults and teens. *May 19: Meme All the T-shirts! Make a meme, then we’ll print it and you can show off your sense of humor to the world on a unique t-shirt of your own design. There will be a limited number of blank t-shirts available for participants. May 26: Nerdy Girl’s Night at the Library Enjoy pizza while you embrace your geek with crafts, trivia and talking about what you love best!

Fo r a c o m p l e t e l i s t i n g o f e v e n t s , v i s i t d u r h a m c o u n t y l i b r a r y. o r g / c a l e n d a r. R e g i s t e r f o r e v e n t s o n l i n e , o r c a l l y o u r f a v o r i t e l i b r a r y.

S o uth Reg ional TEEN OPEN COMPUTER LABS Wednesdays (No lab Mar. 18; Apr. 15, 22; May 13) 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Whether you want to game online with your friends, watch wrestling videos or even do homework, this open computer lab is for you.

TEEN SCENE: GAME ON! Thursdays (No program May 28) 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Wii, Xbox Kinnect, iPads and more. Whether your gaming speed is NBA 2015, Madden, Mario Kart, Mario vs. Capcom, Jaws Revenge or something else entirely, check out our Teen Scene Game Days. Specific game schedules will be listed on our monthly calendar. TEEN SCENE: SPRING FLING! Wednesday, Apr. 15 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Fling yourself into spring with a peep throwing contest and more! TEEN BOOK CLUB Saturdays, Mar. 7; Apr. 18; May 2 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.

*A2Z COLLEGE PLANNING: ADMISSIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS Saturday, Mar. 14 1 - 2:30 p.m. A2Z College Planning: How to Send Your Kids to the Most Selective College for Pennies on the Dollar. Learn how to get a competitive edge in admissions and increase your chance of being awarded a large scholarship for college.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING FOR TEENS Wednesday, Mar. 18 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Everyone has a story to tell. Learn some ways to tell yours using the coolest free tools the internet has to offer.

*JOB READINESS FOR TEENS Saturdays, Apr. 18, 10 - 11 a.m.; May 16, 3 - 4 p.m. Apr. 18: Part 1: The Resume Learn how to create a resume as you get ready to start looking for a summer job. Get practical tips for creating a resume, such as what you can include, formats you can use, etc. Find out about employment resources at the library. May 16: Part 2: Applications and Interviews Are you looking for a summer job? Get practical tips for job hunting, filling out applications and interviewing. Also find out about employment resources at the library.

*TEEN NUTRITION SERIES: LOVE TO EAT? LEARN HOW! Mondays, Mar. 2, 9, 16 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Love to eat? Learn how in this 3-part workshop! Durham County super nutritionist Tyrone Hall will teach you the ins and outs of food safety, basic nutrition and how to make some tasty snacks.

Mar. 7: The Thriller Edition We’ll be reading a thriller. Apr. 18: The Novels in Verse Edition We’ll be reading a novel in verse to celebrate National Poetry Month. (There will be a list of books to choose from, as well as some copies of the books available at the Information Desk.) May 2: The Funny Edition We’ll be reading a humor title.

*Registration is required.

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ANIME CLUB Wednesdays (No club Mar. 25; Apr. 1; May 13) 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Do you like Anime or manga? Join us to watch some shows, practice drawing and play video games. Snacks will be provided! *BATTLE OF THE BOOKS CLUB Tuesdays, Mar. 3; Apr. 7; May 5 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Are you on a Battle of the Books Team at your middle school? Do you just like reading really good books like The Red Pyramid? Join us at the library on the first Tuesday of every month to discuss a different book. Snacks will be served!

*3D CRAFT PARTY Tuesday, Mar. 10 4 - 5 p.m. Libraries are for making… a bunch of 3D crafts! Play around with the 3Doodler, learn about origami or melt some crayons to create some really cool 3D art. This program is for tweens and teens, ages 9 and up! Snacks will be provided.

GAME DAY Saturdays, Mar. 14; Apr. 11; May 9 2 - 4 p.m. Get your game face on at the library! Join us for multiplayer Xbox or Wii games, or play classic board games. Snacks will be provided! *DOUGHNUTS FOR DATABASES Mondays, Mar. 16; Apr. 20; May 18 4 - 5 p.m. Come for the doughnuts; stay for the knowledge. Learn about the many databases the library has to offer and how finding the right information can make homework easier!

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LGBT BOOK CLUB Mondays, Mar. 16; Apr. 20; May 18 6 - 8 p.m. This book club is a safe place where LGBT teens and their supporters can read novels that feature LGBT characters, and meet other teens with the same interests. Snacks will be provided. SNACKS + STORIES: TEEN BOOK CLUB Tuesdays, Mar. 31; Apr. 28; May 26 6 - 7 p.m. Join us for the monthly teen book club meeting. You get to choose what books we read! We will discuss different genres, favorite authors and fandoms. Tasty treats will be provided.

WRITE ON: TEEN CREATIVE WRITING CLUB Tuesdays, Mar. 31; Apr. 28; May 26 7 - 8 p.m. Join us at the library for writing support in a casual atmosphere where you can explore ideas and create fantastic stories or lyrical poetry.

*POETRY PIZZA PARTY Tuesday, Apr. 14 4 - 5 p.m. Celebrate National Poetry Month with a slice a pizza! You will also be able to create your own blackout poetry.

ZOMBIE PROM Tuesday, May 19 6 - 8 p.m. It’s just like real prom... but with zombies. Come to the library in honor of Zombie Awareness Month for games, food and zombie crafts. Zombie costumes encouraged. *Registration is required.

*MIME AND DANCE Monday, Mar. 2 6 - 7 p.m. Ever wanted to learn the art of mime? Join us as we learn some techniques for dance interpretation.

*WATTS UP? Thursday, Mar. 5 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Join Read Across Durham as we take a look at how many watts are used in the home and how to lower that usage.

GET YOUR GAME ON! Wednesday, Mar. 11 3 - 4:30 p.m. Hang out with your friends and get your Game On @ the library! NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH: CELEBRATE YOUR NAME Saturday, Mar. 14 All Day Stop by the library and participate in a craft that celebrates you and your name!

*POETRY FOR PIZZA Tuesday, Apr. 14 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Pizza in one hand, pen in the other... Come and learn how to express yourself through the art of poetry. Completed works can be entered into the Stanford L. Warren poetry contest and published for others to enjoy.

VOTE! POETRY CONTEST! Monday-Thursday, Apr. 20-30 All Day Swing by the library to see poetry published by the children and teens of the Warren Library. Then vote on your favorite. Winners will be announced on May 1! *CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH Monday, Apr. 27 6 - 7 p.m. Did you know that April is National Humor Month? Join us with some good oldfashioned local comedian entertainment!

*MAD SCIENCE “DRY ICE” Thursday, May 14 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.


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Join Mad Science as they manipulate matter in all of its three states! Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice.

Profile for Durham County Library

Branching Out - Teen: Spring 2015  

Durham County Library's Teen Programming Guide

Branching Out - Teen: Spring 2015  

Durham County Library's Teen Programming Guide