Archive for the ‘Teen Issues’ Category
This week I’m showcasing some new nonfiction at SPL that has to do with self-betterment/inspiration, just because it’s that time of year when we all think about such things. Yeah, I know: no one really keeps their New Year’s resolutions. But, it’s still worth it to start the year off with an inspiring book or two. Who knows, maybe this really will be the year you achieve your dreams! YOLO!
New Year’s Resolution #1: Write. You should read…
Myers’ slim volume of writing advice – Myers is, by the by, one of the biggest YA authors of the 90s-2000s – packs a punch. Myers gives you some great prompts and practical tips, while also filling you in on a little bit of his own experience and what works for him.
New Year’s Resolution #2: Volunteer and get involved more. You should read…
High school student Talia Leman shares her random and awesome experiences in harnessing the power of herself and kids like her. When she was in the 5th grade she got inspired by the tragedies in the wake of way that Hurricane Katrina affected the people of the south, and took action to raise over $5 million with the help of other kids around the U.S. She was in 5th grade, you guys! Her wonderful writing is really off-beat and funny, and she will inspire you.
New Year’s Resolution #3: Understand others, understand yourself. You should read…
Queer writers from all genres and types of books come together in this anthology to share their experiences and their worlds through writing letters about the future to their younger selves. This is the ultimate “It gets better…” read and will help you find your path to hope and understanding this year, whether or not you are LGBTQ.
So read on and challenge yourself to keep those resolutions!
NaNoWriMo sounds like a Pokemon character or something (right?!), but is actually the cleverly shortened version of National Novel Writing Month, which occurs every November and is widely celebrated. What is NaNoWriMo about? It’s about writing novels and, more generally, celebrating the written word.
NaNoWriMo challenges everyone to put pen to paper and/or fingers to keys (or screen if you’re a tablet person) and write a novel (or 50,000 words of one) in just 30 days. Can it be done? Sure! Check out the NaNoWriMo website for inspiration and information on what the month is all about, including tips from real authors, and lists of authors who have completed the challenge and the books that have resulted. The Young Writers Program, sponsored by NaNoWriMo, is geared towards teens, with a Dare Machine which features a new writing-related dare every day and interviews with awesome authors like Ransom Riggs.
For more writing motivation check out the display in the Teen Space at SPL featuring young authors who hit it big. You might just have an author inside of you, and these famous young folk (Kody Keplinger and Christopher Paolini, among others) will inspire you to find out.
If you decide to take the plunge and try to write a novel this month (even if you don’t but are still interested in writing), hunt down these recommended books for even more guidance:
Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction (Call # 808.042 F828)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Call # 92 K54)
Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write (Call # YA 808.3 H241)
Go forth and write!
The election is a mere month away! Are you prepared?
Even if you’re not yet old enough to vote, you can still be a political junkie, an activist, a thinker and a person with a voice. Here are some awesome websites to help you get involved and learn more about what’s at stake this election year.
This is a site designed specifically for teens, with posts written largely by teens. Bookmark this one to refer to and post stuff to all year long, not just around election time. This site is easy to use and provides lots of information from a teen’s perspective about the various parties’ campaigns (not just the two major parties, but also the less-talked-about parties like Green and Libertarian), plus discussions about the big issues facing both everyday people and state and federal governments. Many of the teens who post to this site are, as the website’s name might indicate, activists in their communities. You’ll be inspired!
FactCheck.org is an independent (i.e. nonprofit, nonpartisan) website that describes its mission as being a consumer advocate for voters. This means that it takes the messages from politicians that you might hear in the media, and tells you the plain facts that are represented, or misrepresented, in those messages. Sometimes, politicians skew facts to support their viewpoints, and FactCheck.org is a great place to find out when and/or whether your favored candidates are doing so.
Rock the Vote is an initiative founded over 20 years ago to get young people, like yourselves, involved in the voting process. It’s a grassroots organization that inspires your political thought by connecting you to the issues that really matter to you and showing you how your favorite artists and stars are politically engaged, too. Rock the Vote also advocates for issues that impact young people and works to get Washington to consider them seriously.
If you aren’t of legal voting age but still want to be involved, find out how you can volunteer for the campaign of your choice through the party representation in Milwaukee County: Check out the websites for the Republican Party or Democratic Party of Milwaukee County, or the official sites for each of the candidates – President Barack Obama, GOP Challenger Mitt Romney,or the Green Party.
If you are of legal voting age (18, of course), there is still time to register to vote! In Wisconsin, you can register on election day at your polling place, or in person or via mail. Go here to find out exactly what you need to do. Also, the Village of Shorewood has a page with more Shorewood-specific voting information, including a link to a map of polling places, here!