Reviews and Blog Posts: Teens

Butter

by Erin Jade Lange

Reviewer Rating:
4

Butter is so obese that he doesn't even get teased at school any more--he is invisible. He has an online relationship with Anna, who has no idea who he really is, a few friends from FitFab, where he goes every summer, and his saxophone, which he turns to for comfort...

Check Out the New Teen Blogs on Evolver

Create and Connect

The Denver Public Library's Teen Blogs have moved to the new Evolver teen website. There are blogs about topics just for teens, and teens can sign up for a blog account and contribute to Evolver too!

If writing a blog isn't your thing, you can submit art, poetry, videos, book lists, reviews and more. See how easy it is for teens to contribute to Evolver!

October is Anti-Bullying Month--Are You Ready to Take a Stand?

Cornered

October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.

Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?

The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.

Writing Workshop for Teens!

writing

Do you love to write? Do you dream of seeing your stories in print?

Here's your chance to learn more about the writing process. We're hosting a writing workshop that is just for teens (ages 12-18) with award winning author, Laura Resau, author of 7 books including The Queen of Water, Red Glass, and The Indigo Notebook. Laura will teach her Creating Vivid Characters workshop using various activities.

Creative teens + technology = ideaLAB!

Image courtesy of DeviantArt user Jakusczon

This last week brought terrific news: the Community Technology Center at the Denver Public Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Colorado State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services! The grant will fund the creation of what we’re calling the ideaLAB, a digital creation space just for teens.

The purpose of the ideaLAB is to provide a space where Denver youth have access to professional-level equipment and software, creating a positive, safe after-school space where teens can become producers of digital media. In the lab, you can create and record your own music; film, edit, and produce your own videos; make your own video games and distribute them online; create digital art and photo manipulations and print them out in color; create 3-D models for animation and games; and much more.

Free the Books! Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Image by Charlie Corrigan

Did you know that over 11,000 books have been challenged since Banned Books Week began in 1982? Celebrate your freedom to read and check out a banned book today!

The library enthusiastically supports an individuals freedom to choose what they read and to express their own unique opinions. Having multiple viewpoints available to you is a fundamental right that libraries work hard to protect.

What is your favorite banned book? Some famous banned books include:

2012 Teen Read Week Sticker Contest

It Came From the Library

Calling all teen artists - enter our Teen Read Week Sticker Contest!

Teen Read Week is October 14-20 this year and the theme is "It Came From the Library." One person will be chosen as our contest winner and will have their sticker distributed in all Denver Public Library locations during Teen Read Week!

The Rules

Superhero Summer!

Summer is a time for playing outside, relaxing, and watching the latest summer blockbuster at your local cinema.

A bonus for this year: 3 superhero movies! The Avengers was amazing, and while I haven’t gotten a chance to see the new Spiderman yet, it sounds like it’s pretty good as well. Last but not least? The new Batman movie, of course! Even though Bane (the villian) looks more like Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me (or maybe Hayden Christiansen’s Darth Vader wearing headgear?), I’ll still give it a whirl.

Teens - Help us choose magazines for next year!

image of Alfred E. Neuman from Mad Magazine

It seems like it’s crazy early to think about 2013 already, but at the Central Library, we’re doing just that.

I’m in the process of selecting teen magazines for the Burnham Hoyt Room and I’d like your input. Is there a magazine that you wish the library carried? Let me know! You can respond in the comments or call the Hoyt desk at 720-865-1312 – we would love to hear from you!

Here’s what Hoyt currently carries for teens:

All You
BMX Plus
J-14
LaTeen
Mad
Nintendo Power
Playstation: The Official Magazine
Seventeen
Sister 2 Sister
Teen Vogue
Teen Voices
Transworld Skateboarding

Make your own games!

24 years ago, I spent a summer in front of my brand-new Atari XE (Dad was convinced the NES wouldn't be successful), playing Rescue on Fractalus!, an early LucasArts 8-bit game that made me scream so often that my mother asked me to stop playing it (it was really scary when I was 11). Games have been a part of my life ever since, and I'd always dreamed of making my own.

Luckily, the tools to actually make your own games become readily available to everyday Janes and Joes (or Janes and Joes Who Don't Want to Learn How to Code, at least). If you (or maybe someone you know who loves games, is home for the summer, and is just dying​ of boredom) are interested in making your own video games, there are lots of (FREE!) ways you can get started. These first options are great for lower-res, 2D games like platformers and puzzles, and are great options if you're just getting started:

Syndicate content