Teen Bullying Resource and Booklist

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Just because school breaks for summer doesn't mean bullying will. If you feel like you have been a victim of bullying take a look at these resources, they may be of interest to you.

 

Check out this video on bullying.This video was provided by Maggie Gordon for the Speak Out Against Bullying Project launched byThe Stamford Advocate. For more imformation and to share your story click here.

Make Your Own Lip Balm

Stop by the Teen Lounge today, June 21st at 3PM for a chance to make your very own tube of lip gloss! Choose the color and flavor.  Add a little bit of pink or a lot!

Refreshments will be served. 

Darien Library's Teen Advisory Board Welcomes New Executive Board Members

The Darien Library is proud to welcome the following  members of TAB to serve during  the 2011-2012 school year. 

President: Caroline Farrington

Vice President: Katherine Feehan

Publicity Manager: Dylan Gabriel

Middle School Representative: Henry Keena

Secretary/ Depot Liaison: Sami Testa 

*If you or someone you know is interested in joining TAB please feel free to e-mail Erica Leone, Teen Librarian at eleone@darienlibrary.org. Below is a PDF of the Darien Library's Teen Advisory Board's Bylaws*

 

The Advice of a High School Senior

I am a senior at Darien High School right now, well at least for 5 more days.  On Friday I graduate and move on with my life and as exciting as this is, it is also extremely frightening.  Next year I will be a freshman at Lafayette College, my top choice.  I have no idea what I am going to major in or what i should do but I do know that whatever I do it has to be what I love.  Here is some advice to those of you who want it:

Specifically for Juniors in High School, get your college essays done this summer.  It may sound really annoying and horrible but trust me, it was the best decision that I made this summer.  If you thought junior year was hard, just wait for the first semester of senior year, your life will get even crazier.  As a first semester senior you will be applying to colleges, finishing up with SATs and ACTs, possibly playing a sport, doing homework (the homework does not calm down right at the beginning of senior year) and trying to remember everything from doctors appointments to writing thank you notes to the teachers who wrote your recommendations.   So even though it might be the last thing you want to do on your summer vacation, do your college essays, you will thank me for it later. 

Another piece of advice is not to stress out over school.  If you do not get into an ivy league college that is fine!  Many of the greatest minds today did not go to an ivy league college, Steve Jobs (the co-founder of Apple) dropped out of college and look where that has gotten him!  For those of you who are not thinking about college yet, do not stress out about your grades.  All anyone wants to see is that you are trying your hardest in school even if you really hate the subject.  

Do not listen to your parents! Well sometimes you need to like if your mom or dad tells you to go clean your bedroom, you should probably listen to them.  If they are stressing you out about your schoolwork and how you need to be perfect, this is when I give you permission to not listen to your parents.  Parents want their children to be perfect in every way: school, sports, the arts, whatever; but what they need to realize is that their child is a ball of perfection anyway.  There is no way that you as a student can be perfect in every aspect and you know it but sometimes your parents need reminding.  I was lucky to have parents who accepted me, they wanted me to do my best and they knew that my best was not on the path of valedictorian or the sports star and they loved me for it.  

That is just a little advice from a senior who does not regret anything about her life.  I am happy just the way that I am, so bring on all the haters.  My last little piece of advice is the same that everyone has been telling you for many years but it should be repeated.  Just be true to yourself and happiness will come. 

Exam Snack Attack in the Teen Lounge

(photo courtesy of Flickr user Stepheye)

Finals got you down?

Take a break on us! Come to the Teen Lounge for coffee and refreshments provided by Uncle's Brainfood Cafe.

Study Break Times:

Wednesday, June 8th at 5:00PM

Thursday, June 9th at 7:30PM

Sunday, June 12th at 7:00PM

Monday, June 13th at 7:30PM

Tuesday June 14th at 7:30PM

 

TEDx Darien Continues in April

Please join us on April 10th at 4:00 PM in the Conference Room of the Library for more stimulating conversation around one of our favorite TED talks.  TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design has many chapters throughout the world and right here at the Library.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr user pmo)

The TEDx Darien programs are hosted by Darien Library in partnership with programs moderators Danielle Tilford and Luke Washer.

For Teens: TEDX Darien- twice the fun in March

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March 6th, 2011 - Cancelled 

March 20th, 2011

TEDX Darien meets from 4:00- 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Join us in March for refreshments and two more invigorating discussions surrounding a select TED video. 

 

Minecraft

Image courtesy of Sir Mildred Pierce
Image courtesy of Sir Mildred Pierce

Ever heard of Minecraft? This game seems to be the latest craze with teens as an output for their creative energies. According to the wiki for the game, Minecraft is a sandbox construction game that involves players creating and destroying various types of blocks in a three dimensional environment. The player takes an avatar that can destroy or create blocks, forming fantastic structures, creations and artwork across the various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes.

 The classic version of the game is free, and can be played at minecraft.net using any web browser.

I got a chance to interview some of our teens in the Lounge while they explained more about the game. Here's what they had to say.

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