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Teens

Apr 112014
 

Teen Events and Clubs

Teen Advisory Board at NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Teen Maker Club at NOPL @ Cicero
BFF Club (Books, Films, & Fun) at NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Upcoming Events in our calendar (click “teen”)

Teen Online Resources

Freegal
Download up to three mp3s a week from over a million songs including popular new artists. Need help getting started? Click here for directions (pdf).

Hoopla
Stream TV shows, movies, albums and audiobooks right to your desktop – or download them to your Apple or Android digital device for offline enjoyment! Hoopla’s auto-return feature means no late fees. Available to anyone with a NOPL library card! For more information, see nopl.org/hoopla.

Podcasts

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on October 5, 2013
Oct 052013
 

Podcasting Opportunities for Teens at the Library

Last Monday, NOPL @ N. Syracuse hosted a Teen Podcasting Workshop to assist teens who’d like to record audio programs to the Internet. For those who missed it, there are two more podcasting classes.

NOPL @ Brewerton: Monday, November 18, at 4pm

NOPL @ Cicero: Monday, December 9, at 4pm

Podcasts are free audio shows, similar to radio shows, but available to listen to anytime. In fact, some radio shows, like This American Life and All Things Considered, have podcasts that feature previous episodes. There are podcasts that focus on news, music, film, and comedy. There are tons of educational podcasts, where hosts teach a new language or a missed part of history.

The NOPL libraries, thanks to a New York State 2013 Library Cultural Programming Grant (made possible by Senator John DeFrancisco), have been given podcasting equipment for patrons to use. This includes a laptop computer and a professional microphone. Patrons at all three libraries (Brewerton, Cicero, and North Syracuse) will be able to check-out the podcasting equipment (as well as a study room to record) beginning in early 2014.

Chris Suppa, a patron of NOPL @ North Syracuse and member of the Teen Advisory Board, attended the first podcasting workshop. He has friends who record You Tube videos and is interested in starting a Teen Advisory Board podcast.  During the workshop, he learned the basics of recording with Audacity (a free audio editing program) and publishing using SoundCloud.

The workshops offer plenty of advice on how to make a good podcast, here’s a few examples:

Start short – make your podcast short in length at first. Just like how a novelist might begin with short stories, or a director may start with short films, spend the first few episodes learning your craft. Once you become comfortable broadcasting, extend the length.

Wear headphones – this is a good way to figure out how you sound (too loud, too quiet), and assists mixing your voice with other sounds (other participants, sound effects, instruments, background noise).

Bring a notepad with you – before recording, create a general outline of your discussion (as well as questions, random thoughts, jokes, etc.) Use the notepad during recording to keep track of what you have recorded to make editing easier.

Summer Reading at NOPL

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on July 2, 2013
Jul 022013
 

SummerReading2013-bannerBrewerton Kids  Brewerton Teens  Cicero Kids  Cicero Teens   N. Syracuse Kids  N. Syracuse Teens

Dig into Reading at your library this summer! Register at the library or online and earn rewards for reading all summer long. You may pick up your reading record and get more information about all the events happening at the library this summer.

Sign up, log-in, and begin submitting what books you have read this summer!

 

MYS_SmallTeen Summer Reading

Why Summer Reading?

Girl Reading in SchoolSummer vacation is a great time to be a kid. It is great to have time to relax and hang out, with friends and family, at home and in the sun.  It is also important to keep your kid’s reading skills fresh over the next three months. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “at best, students show little or no academic growth over summer. At worst, students lose one to three months of learning.” Summer Reading can go a long way to minimize summer learning loss and can even improve a child’s reading skills. Read the full article.

Summer Reading Events

There are dozens of events for children and teens to enjoy this summer at the NOPL Libraries. Events include Story Times, arts & crafts, visits by magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, The MOST, The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and more. We are also excited to introduce two new clubs, Maker Club and the Junior Gardeners, as well as the continuation of Lego Club, Teen Advisory Board, and Anime Club!

Moreland the Magician literally digs into reading.

Moreland the Magician, pictured here literally digging into reading, will appear at all three NOPL libraries.

NOPL @ Brewerton Summer Reading events kick-off with “Moreland the Magician,” Tuesday, June 25 at 2pm (Registration Required). For all Brewerton kids and teen events, check out our full event list (pdf). Sign up for events in our online calendar, in person, or call 676-7484.

NOPL @ Cicero Summer Reading Kickoff is on Tuesday, June 25, from 10am to 4pm.  For all Cicero kids and teen events, check out our full event list (pdf). Sign up for events in our online calendar, in person, or call 699-2032. Event registration begins Monday, June 24.

NOPL @ North Syracuse Kids Summer Reading Kickoff is on Monday, June 24, from 1pm to 5pm, followed by the Teen Summer Reading Kickoff from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For all N. Syracuse kids and teen events, check out our full event list (pdf). Sign up for events in our online calendar, in person, or call 458-6184. Event registration begins Monday, June 24.

Resources

Summer Reading Recommendations via the New York State Library

Badges

nopl-programming-badge1Are you tired of reading books and just listing them out? Not to worry! Your Library now offers more than just that! Sign up for our new Make Your Summer program!  Learn skills! Do activities! Go places! Earn Achievements and other Badges to share and display on Facebook!

Make Your Summer your own!NOPL-TAB-badge1

May 082013
 

TAB Meeting June 14th

Saturday June 14, 2014
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
N. Syracuse, Community Room

 

This is a mandatory meeting for teens who wish to volunteer to help with the children/ teen summer reading program. At this meeting you will be signing up for the specific summer reading program activities you want to work at so please remember to check with parents,employers regarding your availability.

 

A brief regular Teen Advisory Board Meeting will follow.

 

 The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) was formed to give teens the opportunity to participate in and influence teen services at the NOPL@North Syracuse Library. TAB meets once a month to discuss library volunteer opportunities,  programming, books, music , movies and teen issues. TAB volunteers assist with the Summer Reading Program.

Anyone in grades 7-12 is welcome to attend.

 

Teen Advisory Board

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on February 6, 2013
Feb 062013
 

North Syracuse Teen Advisory Board
Meetings / Special Events 2014

September 27 – Teen Advisory Board Meeting 1pm
October 12 – Teen Read Week event is now a week-long raffle Oct. 12-18. Teens can stop in and when they use their library card they can put a raffle ticket in. The drawing will be at the TAB Halloween Party now scheduled for 10/18 1-3 PM.
October 13- Tim Burton Halloween Film Fest from 1-6 PM. All Ages are welcome.
October 18-  Teen Advisory Board Halloween Party 1-3 pm
November 22-Teen Advisory Board Meeting and Fall Bake Sale  Noon- 5 pm
December 20 – Teen Advisory Board Meeting and Holiday Party 12:30-2pm

Join the Teen Advisory Board!

Meet, discuss, and volunteer with the N. Syracuse Teen Activity Board.

TAB meets once a month to discuss books, magazines, teen issues, and programming.
Join the conversation! Anyone in grades 7 – 12 (or the equivalent homeschooled) are welcome.

Find us on Facebook!

Wait a sec – I have some questions first.

Q: Do I have to be a teen to join the Teen Advisory Board?

A: Yes. The T.A.B. is just for teens.

Q: What does the Teen Advisory Board do anyhow?

A: Lots of stuff, including:

- suggest books, music, and DVDs for the library to purchase

- help plan events for teens at the library

- help with library events and earn volunteer hours for school or college applications

- write reviews and articles for the NOPL Teen Blog

Q: Do I have to be a member of the T.A.B. to come to teen events at the library?

A: Nope. But if you have opinions about what you want to do, see, or borrow at the library, the T.A.B. is a great way to get those opinions heard.

Check out the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Spotlight on Teen Group Making a Difference at NOPL @ North Syracuse Library

By Alyssa Newton, March 2013

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting at the NOPL @ North Syracuse branch.  This group of teens, in grades 7 through 12, meet once a month, working on projects to improve the teen services at the library and discussing everything from books and movies to new programming ideas. According to the group, TAB is the voice for teen issues in the library. It is a place where teens can share their ideas for the library, meet new people and volunteer at library programs.

Teen groups like this have become popular in public libraries across the nation. According to the Young Adult Library Services Association, teen advisory boards “incorporate teens as direct stakeholders in their library, instilling a greater sense of pride and responsibility for the collection and programming.” The teens involved in the group at NOPL @ North Syracuse know it is a great opportunity to meet new friends and add volunteer and service hours to their college resumes. Emily Bell is a member because she thinks “it’s fun and you get to hang out with people you haven’t met before, and it’s exciting.” Natalie Ackerman shares the same enthusiasm about the group, adding, “It’s awesome!”

These teens volunteer to help out at many different programs each month at the library. In addition to planning activities for their peers, they assist with children’s programs at the library. Chris Suppa is one teen that volunteers each week at Family Fun Night because he enjoys helping the little kids.

Download Music

 Posted by NicoleH on January 20, 2013
Jan 202013
 

Downloadable instructions for freegal.

freegal (rhymes with legal) is a downloadable music service, like iTunes from your library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download special software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with. Access to freegal is limited to NOPL patrons. See freegal FAQs for more information. For the latest news and popular songs on freegal, check out their blog.

Freegal is now available on phones and tablets.  Download from the iTunes App Store and the Android MarketPlace.

 

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