Summer 2011 Issue Kaiel Grimes, editor
Get your green on!
Pick up a Teen Summer Reading bingo card at any YDL youth reference desk. Complete five tasks to earn a bingo and you will be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates from local businesses and other cool prizes! Entries are due August 20. Read a book, an author’s blog, manga or poetry. Watch a movie, attend a library event or write a short book review to be published in the next Teen Speak issue. If you haven’t already, you can like the Ypsilanti District Library Teens on Facebook to complete your bingo! Everyone who completes a bingo wins a free book. Finish early for the best picks—graphic novels, paranormal romances, adventures and more!
Community Records Hip Hop Workshop Saturdays starting June 18, 12:00-1:30, Mich Ave Write music, record a CD, perform at the Crossroads Music Festival!
Crossroads Festival Library Plaza Teen Stage Friday, August 12, 6 pm. Teen poets, artists, musicians welcome! Call 482-4110 x1390 for information about participation!
5577 Whittaker Road 482-4110 x 1340 Bookmobile 482-4110 x 1359
229 W. Michigan Ave 482-3110 x 1390 8975 MacArthur Blvd. 482-4110 x 1391
Summer Happenings Teen Headquarters
Create, Learn, Grow:â€Ś
Mondays@ Mich Ave!! 5-8 pm
more teen summer programs @ YDL
Teen Advisory Groups (TAG)
Warhammer painting Teen Flix Scott Pilgrim
Mich Ave, first Wednesday of every month, 6 pm Whit Rd, third Wednesday of every month, 7 pm
Gaming: board games, wii and PS2
Mich Ave, Anime Typhoon, Saturdays, 3-5 pm, 6/4, 7/2, 8/13 Whit Rd, TYDL Wave, Saturdays 2-5 pm, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20 Mich Ave, Teen HQ Mondays
Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic card games Anime and kumihimo
Mich Ave, 826 Michigan Writing, Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm Whit Rd, Teen Ink: Getting published, Monday, 8/15, 12:30-1:30
July 11 Yu Gi Oh! and Magic card games War hammer painting
July 18 Anime Marathon
July 25 Gaming: board games, wii and PS2
August 1 Yu Gi Oh! and Magic card games Martial Arts Movie (TBA)
August 8 Gaming: board games, wii and PS2
August 15 Warhammer painting Teen Flix Spiderman III
August 22 End of Summer Yu Gi Oh! And Magic tournament night with prizes!
August 29 End of Summer Party with anime
Volunteering--Read with a child! Whit Rd, Reading Sidekicks, Tuesdays beginning 6/14, 2-3 pm
Gaming Superior, Wii Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm Mich Ave, Teen HQ Mondays Mich Ave, Settlers of Catan demo and play, Friday, 7/8, 2-4 pm
Crafts Superior, Paint a Flower Pot, Thursday, 6/16, 5-7 pm Whit Rd, Decoupage a Pot, Friday, 7/8, 2-4 pm Mich Ave, Mosaic Stepping Stone, Saturday 7/16, 10:30 am Superior, Mosaic Stepping Stone, Saturday, 7/16, 2-4 pm Whit Rd, Decorate Journal Covers, Friday, 8/5, 2-4 pm
Music Mich Ave, Beginning Guitar, every other Friday, 3-4 pm Mich Ave, Songwriting, Saturdays beginning 6/18, 12-1:30 pm, perform 8/12 at Crossroads
Poetry and Fiction Coffeehouse Readings Mich Ave, Fridays, 6/24, 7/22, 8/19, 3-5 pm Whit Rd, Friday, 8/5, Afterhours! 6-8 pm
Drawing Mich Ave, Comic Drawing, second and fourth Thursdays, 6-8
Movies Whit Rd, Harry Potter Movie Marathon, July 7-14, 1:30-4:30 pm Mich Ave, Teen HG Mondays
Foreign Language Mich Ave, Intro to Japanese, Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
Science Superior, Make a Volcano, Thursday, 8/11, 6-7:30 pm
Outdoor Fun Mich Ave, EMU Green Tour, Tuesday, 7/26, 1-3 pm Mich Ave, End of Summer Field Day, Saturday, 8/27, 2-5 pm
TAG Recommendations House of Night: The House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast is about a teenage vampyre with special powers undergoing a change which will decide whether she lives or dies. She struggles with this as she battles to save the world. –Kai’El Grimes Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and Randy Duburke is a graphic novel about the true story of an eleven year old boy who was enticed into a gang because he didn’t have any other family or community members to turn to. He goes on the run after shooting a girl in the neighborhood, but he did it by accident because he didn’t know how to shoot a gun. -Walter McAdam Midnight and the Meaning of Love This book by Sister Souljah is about a young man traveling around the world to Japan to get his wife back. He faces many challenges in a new culture, life, and in the world. –Dontrell Heard
Scars This book by Cheryl Rainfield is a powerful novel about a young girl's frightening path to the truth. Her story tends to relate to people on a personal level. -Kaiel Grimes No Safe Place by Deborah Ellis is about immigration. Abdul, our teenage protagonist, has gone from Iraq to France, and is trying his best to get to the UK. He manages to board a boat bound for England along with other immigrants (and main characters) Cheslav, a Russian teen, and Rosalia, a Romani girl. The book is realistic almost in the extreme, and the writing is good. Five stars of five. -Kate Butchart
Attention fans of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series; there is another series sure to entrance you: Robin Wasserman's Skinned trilogy. Once you start the first book, you'll be hooked until you read the last book. Lia Kahn had a life, a family and friends, until an accident changed everything. The night Lia died, her body was lost but not her soul. Waking up in a strange mechanical body that she refused to call her own, she realized she was a machine, that's what she was: a mech. --In the first book, Skinned, Lia begins her new "life" as a mech, or skinner. Losing her boyfriend, distanced from her family and avoided by the public, she leaves home. Making an unlikely friend, she learns more about herself and what she can do with her new body. --In the second book, Crashed, Lia and her new friends have to deal with impending changes in the human world that will affect them. An old friend of Lia's will get revenge and secrets of the past may ruin things for everyone. --In the third book, Wired, after the chaos from the last book, things seem to calm down. But do they? Is the human threat gone, or just lingering in the shadows? Rejected by everyone around her, she struggles to accept reality as she meets others like herself. Trust me when I say that this trilogy is worth the read; I almost couldn't put it down. So, get comfortable and prepare yourself to enter a world you never thought possible: a world of living machines. -Kimberley Culp :)
Teen Book Clubs @ YDL Fiction Addiction,
Mich Ave Tuesdays, 6/21, 7/12, 8/23, 2 pm June: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier July: Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev August: to be determined by group
Books and Bites, Whit Rd Wednesdays, 7/13, 8/10, 7 pm June: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins August: Fat Cat by Robin Brande
Mich Ave Wednesday, 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 6 pm June: Black and White by Malorie Blackman July: Push by Sapphire August: Lips Touch: Three times, Laini Taylor
TAG news This month’s board meeting was fun and exciting as we, the Teen Advisory Group at Michigan Avenue, got ready for summer programming, like having teen time, Teen HQ, every Monday evening, field day, and a tour of green buildings on Eastern’s campus. Also in the summer we are going to have free guitar lessons and Community Records is going to be here for seven weeks so we can put together and record a song for the Crossroads Festival teen Shout it Out concert which will be held in the YDL Plaza.
During Teen HQ we will have different activities on Monday evenings such as watching anime, playing Yu-Gi-Oh! and the card game Magic, watching movies, playing videogames, which all teens will enjoy. Also, soon the TAG group will vote on a new president who will be trained by the former president, which I will be looking forward to! And the remodeled teen zone construction will start in late summer or early fall. A couple of months ago, the Michigan Avenue TAG group went to the Whittaker Road library where two TAG members, Walter and Kaiel, introduced visiting author Luis Rodriguez with a small speech. In one of the TAG meetings we made photo albums. Walter helped out with children’s programs in March by dressing up as the Cat in the Hat and he also helped with the Fancy Nancy Celebration, both at Michigan Avenue. In March, we had an afterhours Anime Club where sword masters came in and showed us some sword techniques. Walter McAdam Mich Ave TAG President 2010-2011
Whittaker Road TAG Happenings… Teens at Whittaker Road TAG meetings are in the process of planning a service project, perhaps repairing and painting the birdhouses. We’ve also done some crafting: painted with melted crayons, decoupaged flower pots, and talked a lot about books in general. All teens are invited to share the discussion and help plan events! Drop in the third Wednesday of any month, 7 pm.