Category Archives: TEEN INTERESTS

Summer In the Middle

In the Middle is for kids in grade 6 and higher.  Programs are at 2:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) and last for an hour. Please REGISTER register for each session you wish to attend. Registration begins June 4.

June 13 Libraries Rock ART! Come rock out with us while transforming rocks into pebble peacocks, stony sneakers, and rocky reactive faces.

June 20 Book Club.  Like a Rock Star: Read about a coming of age/discovering themselves teen . The story should include musicians, singers, and other protagonists who express themselves through the music they love.  A list of suggested titles will be available on the teen website and on the In the Middle display area.

June 27 STEAM challenge.  School of Rock: Create an instrument with recyclable materials, perform in a “drum” circle and experiment with sound waves using apps.

July 11 Rock’n mystical ART! Look deep into your rock and see the eye of a dragon or other magical creation that will escape from your rock.

July 18 Book Club. The Princess and the Pea: Read verison(s) of the Princess and the Pea and we’ll discuss the similarities/difference, as well as, consider how it was made into a musical.

July 25 STEAM challenge. Rocks-Rock: Explore the culture/art of stacking stones, cairns, or inuksuk and then create our own.

August 5 Family Fun at the Book Sale. Sign up to help us out by supervising a “play” station 12-5 PM. Service hours opportunity!

August 15th ROCK & READ. Join us for an afternoon of relaxed reading in rock chairs. Drop in anytime between 2-5 PM .

August 25th Help out at the Rock the Fort. 2:30-4:30 PM. Families may use materials from home to create reading forts in the library and then read together. Service hours opportunity!

SYNC AudioFile

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Keeps teens engaged with books all summer. Great for avid readers/listeners and reluctant readers/listeners! Click this link to audiobooks for teens. Access a different audiobook each month from April 26, 2018  to July 25, 2018. Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep. Sync is powered by OverDrive. Available for iOS®, AndroidTM, Kindle®, and Windows Phone®, as well as for Windows and Mac desktop platforms.

Websites for Teens

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Find websites for technology interests, writing and art contests, fashion, music and other media recommendations, world current affairs and reading suggestions.

TED ideas worth spreading – global issues.

GC3 – activities and information on careers for girls in science and technology.

makeuseof.com – 10 cool websites for music, writing, bond with math fanatics, how to stand out, how to make a difference.

teens.love.toknow.com – websites for teens, and what they want to know: includes fashion, games, and music.

NoveList Plus – looking for ideas on fiction and nonfiction read – alikes? (log in with your Hershey Public Library card).

HubPages.com – 12 awesome websites for music, science, careers, games, news,  networking for saving the planet, and more.

Pomegranate Words – links to several writing contests for teens including Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest, Kids-in-Print Book Contest, and MISFITS Writing Contest.

Teen Ink – variety of writing contests including cover art contests, poetry contests, fiction writing contests, and environment writing contests.

In the Middle

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In the Middle program for kids in grade 6 and up will be offered throughout the school year on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. PLEASE REGISTER FOR EACH SESSION YOU WISH TO ATTEND. Register on the Event Calendar, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708. (See Summer In the Middle.)

Facilitators: Jackie Sisco and Annika Sundberg. Meeting Room #1.

1st. Wednesday – Open room for playing games

2nd. Wednesday – Art

3rd. Wednesday – Book Club

4th. Wednesday – TBA (Wild Card)

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Teen Tech Week

The theme this year is “Libraries are for Creating.”

Teen Tech Week, 2018  was March 4 to 10, 2018.  You can be a teen tech volunteer at any time, not just teen tech week. Download a JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION  form to be a Teen Tech Assistant to patrons with computer questions, and help with library tech stuff. Do you have ideas on tech recycling?  Do you know how to be safe online and about identity theft prevention? Would you like to make posters,  or organize a bookmark contest that highlights the library’s digital resources? 

26 Easy Tips for Teens

  1. Download an ebook or audiobook from OverDrive or Hoopla.
  2. Research and download a new app for your smartphone or tablet, or download a mobile app for your phone to scan your library card barcode so you never forget your library card at home again.
  3. Start a TwitterTumblr, or Flickr account as a way to find and share content about a topic of interest to you.
  4. Write a blog post – about a library book or program you enjoyed, a hobby you enjoy, or something else that interests you!
  5. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReadsLibraryThing or Shelfari.
  6. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  7. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  8. Ask your librarian or library staff to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you or a technology-related fiction book.
  9. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  10. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  11. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  12. Check out some DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  13. Write and share instructions for a skill you already know how to do on https://www.instructables.com/
  14. While you’re at it, find an instructable for a craft or maker project you could do using materials available at the Hershey Public Library, and try it!
  15. Start a tech-related club at the Hershey Public Library.
  16. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  17. Sketch a plan for a piece of technology that would make your life easier or better in some way – it may even be something that you could try to build!
  18. Learn the basics of coding using a free website. Try https://www.codecademy.com/!
  19. Research and write a persuasive proposal to the Children’s librarian for a piece of technology, game, movie, technology-related book, ebook, or other tech-related item you think the library should have but does not yet have.
  20. Volunteer to tutor library patrons who are new to using computers.
  21. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  22. Search in a database for an article about your favorite musician.
  23. Learn how to use some new software, and even create your own mobile app to submit for the Congressional App Challenge.
  24. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  25. Create a database of something you want to organize.
  26. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database. (Power Library.)

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LGBTQ

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Young adults or a parent/guardian looking for advice and information, take a look at what is available in the online catalog and links to Internet sites you might find helpful.

Nonfiction titles in the catalog – click the image to select. Some titles are digital media in OverDrive. Titles in the print collection and Reference eBooks on Gay Rights.

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Websites to browse for information

10 Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian,  Bisexual or Transgender Child

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents

Transgender/Inclusion Advocacy & Information