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Teen Fiction and Youth Reads 2014

Teen Fiction and Youth Reads 2014

by Alyssa Bradac - 0 Comment(s)

Remember the good old days when you had disposable time on your hands? Time that was not scheduled for homework, sports practices, studying, music or drama rehearsals, club events, or after school jobs? Yeah, neither do we. We wish we could tell you that high school is the craziest time in your lives - but that would make us horrible liars, and we generally think very poorly of lying here at Saddletowne.

So here's the deal: we know you're busy. We know how much you have on your plate, and how reading for pleasure just doesn't have the same appeal that it used to - you know, 3-4 years ago when you had all the time in the world. But I'm here to tell you that reading for pleasure is good for you. Like, really good; like will-help-you-on-test-scores-and-university-entrance-essays good. Reading fiction frequently is scientifically proven to help you:

  • read faster
  • improve comprehension
  • expand vocabulary
  • verbal fluency
  • improve test scores

And if those reasons aren't enough to make you go pick up a book for 20 minutes a day, here are some logical, every-day reasons:

  • reading for 20 minutes a day improves empathy (all the feels!)
  • provides a greater insight to human nature (understand why people behave and act so weirdly!)
  • greatly reduces over-all stress and anxiety (which we know you have...like whoa!)
  • is an excellent escape from general every-day craziness (we know what that's like!)

Here are some common myths that you might have been lead to believe you must do when picking up a new book:

1. The only books that you'll benefit from are books that are on a formal reading list!
FALSE!! Read whatever you want! Please! We beg you! We don't want you to read things that you have no interest in, we want you to read what interests YOU. Graphic novels, manga, non-fiction, supernatural romance - if you dig it, we dig it too! And more importantly, we'll help you find it!

2. If you start reading a book, you HAVE to finish it!
FALSE!! If you read 50-75 pages into a book and still can't get into it, you are under no obligation to keep reading. Seriously. The book police will not come and give you a ticket. Life is too short to read books that you don't love, and there are far too many good books in the world to waste your time with one that is not holding your attention.

While you're probably getting ready for the end of the school year right now, and are starting to think about exams and other important stuff (like anything other than reading for pleasure), just be aware that Youth Reads 2014 is on the horizon for the summer - when homework and tests disappear.

What is Youth Reads?

Youth Reads is an online summer reading contest for 13-18 year olds. Each week between June 18 and August 31, new challenges will be released - one of them will always be a reading challenge, and the other will be a challenge to show off your creative side - drawing, writing, making, and doing! Sign-up with your friends online, and come to the Saddletowne Library on Monday nights this summer for some awesome and fun activities, challenges, candy (probably!), and the chance to win prizes!! (Yeah, you read that right!)

The best part about Youth Reads?? You don't have to have a library membership to take part!

Sign up today!!

Also, if you're currently looking for new reads, we recommend checking out the Teen Blog at the Calgary Public Library homepage. Or, you know, click the hotlink.

Free library programs from January to April 2014

Free library programs from January to April 2014

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

Here is what you were waiting for! The Winter program guides.

Your library card gives you free access to great programs for children, teens, and adults. Visit us at Saddletowne to pick up a program guide or check them out on our website.

These are some of the most popular programs at Saddletowne:

For kids and teens: For adults:
  • Storytimes
  • Computer buddies
  • Reading buddies
  • Lego contest
  • ESL Teen Talk
  • Chess in the library
  • Career basics: Interview skills
  • Career basics: Resume development
  • CyberSeniors connect
  • ESL conversation club
  • Citizenship preparation workshop

Find programs or register here >>

Program Guides

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Hi everyone!

Program guides are now available online and at any Calgary Public Library branch. Pick up your copy today!

Teen Movie Night

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Hello all the teens out in the digital world! Here is a program that might interest you.

Teen Movie Night
Enjoy a feature length movie in the library. Ask library staff for movie title information. For ages 13 to 17.

Wednesday August 14, 2013
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Register in person, by phone, or online.

TD Summer Reading Club

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

TD Summer Reading Club has started!! Lanch party for the Saddletowne TD Summer Reading Club in on Saturday, June 15.

Drop in for a scavenger hunt and other fun activities. Collect your passport from your local Library branch and read all summer to win great prizes!

Youth Read 2013

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Hi teens out there!

Youth Read 2013 is about to start! Following the link below to register.

http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/teens/youth-read

How it works:

Every week beginning June 12th we’ll post a series of challenges — all you have to do is complete one each week to be eligible for the grand prize draw. One will always be a reading challenge; the others will let you show off your creative side. Register today and we’ll send you an email when the contest begins.

Prizes:

  • Grand prize: $250, $150, and $75 gift cards to Cadillac Fairview malls (Chinook & Market Mall)
  • Weekly prizes: Free books and $25 gift cards – 12 winners every week!
  • Special prize: Tell a friend and you could each win a $50 gift card!

Youth Week 2013

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Calling all youth out there!! Youth Week 2013 is coming up and there are numerous activities throughout Calgary taking place.

The Saddletowne Library is hosting a Button Making activity on Thursday, April 25 @ 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Enter to win prizes as well!

For more information of different activities during in Calgary during Youth Week visit http://youthcentral.com/youthweek

Program Guides

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Hi Everyone! The new program guides are out today! If you would like a copy of your own stop by any of the branches and pick one up.

Click the link below of a pdf copy of the program guides.

http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/services/programs-events/register-for-programs

Youth Week 2013

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Calling all youth out there!! Youth Week 2013 is coming up and there are numerous activities throughout Calgary taking place.

The Saddletowne Library is hosting a Button Making activity on Thursday, April 25 @ 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Enter to win prizes as well!

For more information of different activities during in Calgary during Youth Week visit http://youthcentral.com/youthweek/

Fiction is Stranger than Truth

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

For anyone who wonders what staff are faced with at the library here are some funny titles you should look at!

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