Thursday, April 29, 2010
If your interested in learning how to sail, visit our library and check out Richard Creagh-Osborne's classic book This Is Sailing. Another good book to read is Sailing for Dummies, by J.J. and Peter Isler. Both do a great job showing you all the basic moves and tricks of sailing, and have nice illustrations. And if you'd like to take classes in how to sail, the Lake Townsend Yacht Club is teaching lessons as well!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Have you ever been to a circus "sideshow"? It's an odd collection of oddities (both human and otherwise) that will amuse, intrigue, and yes - even shock you. Just the thought of a sideshow immediately brings to my mind images of the bearded lady, the super-strong weight lifter, the contortionist, two-headed snakes, and the always popular sword swallower. They used to be quite an attraction, and a fun part of going to the circus. But the times have changed and these freak shows aren’t so popular. Yet their memories still live on . . . .
Sideshow: Teen Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical, edited by Deborah Noyes, is a wonderful collection of ten original short tales of intrigue and suspense by a fun collection of writers. All the stories share a common bond: the freaks, magic, oddities, and everything else you might encounter in a “show.” For example "The Bread Box", by Cecil Castellucci, is a delightful story about a girl visiting her great-aunt Eden for the first time while her parents are out of town. Pressed into making bread with her aunt, the girl discovers the family secret: the starter for the bread (the part with the yeast) is really alive, and has been with the family since 1846 in Oregon! In "Those Psychics on TV", by Vivian Vande Velde, a boy talks his mother into visiting a psychic to prove that their all phonies. But are they really fakes????
I liked this eclectic collection of stories; I hope you do to!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Check out our fun new teen programs in May at the Greensboro Public Library!
Teen Art Studio - Painting with Jean Muson. Teens age 11 to
19 can learn about painting with acrylics. Supplies provided,
registration required. If you want to share a technique or
volunteer as a guest artist, contact Kelly Prewett at 373-2925.
Tue., May 4 and Tue., May 18 from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Hemphill Branch.
Brave New Voices - Watch as 45 teams of teenage ‘slam
poets’ from Honolulu to Philadelphia journey to compete in
the National Slam Poetry Championship. Narrated by Queen
Latifah. Sat., May 1 from noon - 1 pm. McGirt-Horton Branch.
Teen Game Night - Join us for board games, card games,
and fun. Thursdays in May from 7 - 8:30 pm. Vance Chavis Branch.
Haitian Heritage Month - This month-long celebration honors
Haitian General Toussaint L’ Overture, who helped Haiti
gain its independence in 1803. Check out books and learn
more about this important historical event. McGirt-Horton Branch
Teen Movie Night: Iron Man - Rated PG-13. Thu., May 6
from 6:45 - 8:50 pm. Vance Chavis
Third Thursdays - This series of workshops and activities
provides city youth with the tools necessary for positive
decision-making, personal growth, and community involvement.
Guest speakers, teen discussion sessions, and refreshments.
Intended for teens ages 11-18. This event is FREE,
however we encourage pre-registration: 373-5810. Thu., May
Visit www.greensborolibrary.org for tutors who can help with 20 from 6:30 - 8 pm. McGirt-Horton Branch.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
So what do Jenkins and Stalder suggest for things for you to do before graduating from high school? Here's just a sampling:
- Research your family tree! Get connected to your family's roots by discovering how your family got to be where it is today.
- Watch the sunrise! Get up early and sneak out to enjoy the sun as it first peeks around the horizon.
- Detox you body! Clean your body and mind of unwanted chemicals that might be slowing you down.
- Feed the needy! Help those in your community who are down on their luck
- Learn a martial art! It will sharpen your mind and body.
So are you up for a personal challenge? Check "97 Things to do Before You Finish High School" out and try and few suggestions out!