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Kethry, Teen Contributor

Creating Unique Characters

As a writer, I sometimes have trouble coming up with unique characters.  It seems like they all are the same person.  Other writers have trouble with keeping track of their characters and what they say and do.  Sometimes, a character does something they swore they would never do!  Simply put, characters are as tricky and as difficult as real people.

To help you with creating characters and keeping track of characters you have already created, I have developed an extensive character profile worksheet.  This can even be used for your favorite fiction characters.  Feel free to fill out as much of it as you want.  It is twelve pages, so aim for filling out one or two pieces in each category, or all of it! Really, whatever floats your boat.  If you want to add something, delete something, or restructure it then go ahead.

I wish you luck in all your writing endeavors!

 

Kethry is a teen from Columbine Library whose writing will be featured regularly on the Teen Page.  Check back often to see what else she has in store!

by: 
Inez, Teen Submission

 

Can You Commit to Peace and Nonviolence?

A Day Without Hate is a student led grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, respect, and unity within our schools.  After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. 

A Day Without Hate is more than just one day where we are nice to each other in the hallways.  It is more than just twenty four hours where peace is our purpose.  When we wear white on the last friday in April, we are announcing to the world our intentions to not be just anti-violence, but pro-peace.  One day without hate turns into many lives full of peace.

This year, a Day Without Hate will be holding its annual rally at the Jefferson County Stadium on April 25th.  The doors open at 5 pm for the pre show and the event starts at 6 pm.  This rally is open to all high school students in the state of Colorado.  At the rally, all the students come together to promote peace and friendship with a celebration that includes fireworks, the Flobots, and To Write Love on Her Arms.  The price of admission is the purchase of a T-shirt (available for $8 the night of the event).

This initiative has meant a lot to the kids of Jefferson County, and we hope we can get as many people as possible to come out and celebrate.

 

Where: Jefferson County Stadium, 500 Kipling St, Lakewood, CO, 80226

When: April 25th, doors open at 5:00 pm

Admission:  $8 T-shirt, purchase available at the gate

 

by: 
Hannah, Teen Contributor

The Teen Page is now featuring amazing art, writing, and book reviews by teens.  

MOTHER NATURE by Hannah B.

This is a collage I completed a month ago for an art class.  It began as a self-portrait, but when I integrated natural elements my message became about the personality of Mother Nature. This is the first in a series of three that portray her in different ways.  In this piece she is turned and mysterious. The red flowers and petals are scattered to represent her passion.

The piece is huge and it took numerous hours of tearing magazines to complete. The entire length of the project I smelled like a conglomeration of different perfume samples, and I now tend to avoid magazines at any cost! Even a month later I’m still finding scraps of paper in my room.  Slightly more concerning, a ton of the hair I tore out happened to be Jennifer Aniston’s (it was a perfect color!) so I’m finding her face everywhere too. Oh well, even if she haunts me for months this project was definitely worth it!

Check back soon for parts 2 and 3 of Hannah's Mother Nature series.

 

by: 
Hannah, Belmar Teen

Are you a leader? Want to get involved in your community? The Youth Leadership Jefferson County is looking for applicants!

If you’re going to be a sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2014-2015 school year then check out this awesome nine month program for developing leadership in our community. It’s a great way to make business connections, meet other engaged teens, and explore multiple career options. There’s something for everyone- subjects include everything from justice and government to the arts and media. For one day a month, it just might be your ticket to a great career!

Check out the West Chamber website or call for more information: (720)399-5655

Deadline to apply:  May 5th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by: 
Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

I just finished reading The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson and I was blown away (not literally thank goodness).  Laila's father, a dictator in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, has been killed and now she, her mom and brother have been relocated to the United States.  Coming from a life of privilege and also from a country with strict laws about how women may act, Laila has a hard time adjusting to her new life.  Luckily, Emmy steps in to show her the ropes of American culture.  However, a US government agent begins to complicate things by manipulating her family to try and gain more influence in her home country.  

Carleson is a former CIA operative who worked in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein's rule.  She has an inside perspective on politics in the Middle East and how the US interacts with these countries.  Usually, I would skip the author's note and essay found in the back of the book but, in this case, I highly recommend reading them as they are well worth it!

If you like this book you may also enjoy Shabanu by Suzanne Staples.

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Meghann Henry, Teen Outreach Librarian

Just in time for Teen Tech week, Sharon, a patron experience librarian from the Lakewood Library shared information about the Digital Comic Museum.  Graphic Novel fans can explore hundreds of pre-1959 comics that influenced the style of many graphic novels today (sorry no Batman, Superman or X-Men here).  These comics give interesting and sometimes eyebrow raising glimpse into 1950s pop culture. So, explore the site and see how things have changed - or in some cases haven't changed much at all!

by: 
Meghann Henry, Teen Outreach Librarian

It’s Teen Tech Week at the Library! What does that mean? We are taking a moment to acknowledge all the awesome technology that makes our library thrive and connects us to you. So, cast your vote in our TEEN TECH AWARDS.  It's your chance to tell us about your favorite tech gadgets, your hopes and dreams for the tech waves of the future, and how you feel about being connected all the time (plus you could win a prize)!

 

by: 
Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

Thanks to all the Jeffco Library teens that joined me at the red carpet premiere of Divergent last night!  It was an amazing time!  The movie was excellent and follows the book well.  The actors Ben Lloyd Hughes and Christian Madsen were both present.  Some teens did get their posters and books autographed.  The picture above is about as close as I got to the actors, in other words I was in the back.  I think one of them is in the middle with the purple shirt.  

It would be hard to pick my favorite scene in the movie, the whole thing was so good.  The scenery was amazing and futuristic Chicago was very realistic.  I used to live in Chicago and can freely admit that I would not make Dauntless as I have never had the urge to jump off a moving ‘L’ train.  I would have to say my favorite part was Triss rappelling across buildings, my nails may be a bit shorter after watching this part.  It was a great evening and great film, definitely worth the sleep deprivation for staying up late!

 

by: 
Meghann Henry, Teen Outreach Librarian

 

The Oscars are happening this Sunday, so throw on your party clothes, whip up some snacks and host a watch party.  There are several movies nominated this year based on books including The Great Gatsby, Twelve Years a Slave, and my personal favorite The Book Thief (nominated for Best Original Score). The movie is based on Markus Zusak's critically acclaimed YA historical fiction novel that focuses on the journey of Liesel and her foster parents during World War II.  There is nothing like beautiful music to bring to life and heighten a beautiful story.

by: 
Chandra, Belmar Library

 

There can never be too many books or movies about Greek Mythology.  This month the movie, The Legend of Hercules was released and it amped up my interest in all things Greek again.  There is of course the new Heroes of Olympus book, The House of Hades,which came out last fall, and some really cool graphic novels that feature epic tales like the Odyssey: a graphic novel.   But if you are looking to find more information about the history and details of gods then try out Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology, one of the library's databases. My favorite part is being able to look up some minor god and figure out who he's related to and what he's done. This database is also useful for making your book reports about Rick Riordan look super impressive. 

Stop by the Belmar Library reference desk to pick up a piece of swag from The Legend of Hercules movie.  We have t-shirts, hoodies, and posters to give away to teens on a first come first served basis.

* image of Hoplite provided by Lammyman, Flickr Creative Commons, cc 2013.

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