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From the Teens of Washington County, MD
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Teen Artwork: “Roblox Robot”

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 07:30

“Roblox Robot

By Charlee Armstrong

Sunflower

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 07:30

By Sophie Lucas, Staff Writer

 

The sun has finally come out of its long slumber

While to me it does not mean much I see see nature start to gain back its color

The most noticeable is the sunflowers

 

Their yellow is a great shine, but it does not sting your eyes

 

The sun and the sunflower are like lost lovers

While the sun only gives the flower what it needs because any closer would hurt the flowers

The sunflower follows the sun with endless devotion

 

While they can never meet

They love each other

 

The sun is 93 million miles away

If it was any closer the flowers would burn

If it was any farther the flowers would freeze and die

 

Now they live far away

But it doesn’t mean that they don’t want to get close

 

Many people can feel the same

The sun and the sunflower is 93 million miles away

For me it is 7024 miles away

It is not the same situation

 

But I still want to see him

He is funny

Kind

Considerate

 

But he is far away

 

Somedays I feel like the sunflower

And some days I feel like the sun

 

But it is still okay.

The Scene

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 07:30

By Dahlia

 

The scene was one you never wanted to see. Bright yellow wallpaper with an ugly orangish pattern covered the walls, the wood on the floor chipped and broken away to reveal the concrete underneath. The couch sagged with the weight of the body, ready to collapse at any given moment. Blood stains trailed on the floor from the door to the couch, dried up and looking like it’s been there for ages. The body laid on the couch looking like they were simply sleeping, even though the blood told otherwise. It was cold to the touch and seemed to be frozen in time.

 

Police covered the scene, their suits clashing with the bright colors of the room, the clicking of pens heard, the voices whispering as if scared to break the tension of uneasiness rising among them. Scratches on their notepads and clicking of texts on cell phones, some scared completely as they scavenged for evidence in the old room. No one wanted to look at the one wall where blood seemed to be stained into the wallpaper- the words ‘YOU’RE NEXT’ seeming to scare off the visitors trespassing in the house. In my house.

Teen Artwork: “Not Karkat”

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 07:30

“Not Karkat”

Follow the artist on Instagram @nurophobia

Teen Artwork: “Moth Wearing Sunglasses”

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 07:30

“Moth Wearing Sunglasses”

Follow the artist on Instagram @erosumski_

Teens Talk Stress

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 07:30

By Jay Trovato, Young Adult Librarian

 

One thing I’ve frequently seen and heard since I began working in the Young Adult Department at the library is that teenagers and young adults are often burdened with stress.  Recently, during a meeting of the Teen Library Council (which publishes this blog), I decided to talk more in-depth with the teens at the table to find out where their stress is coming from, how it affects them, and what they do to deal with it.

 

An eighth grade student went into great detail about the stress she felt from the demands placed upon her at school.  She takes advanced classes in a magnet program with high expectations from the school (and from her parents) to maintain a very high level of achievement.  Participating in the school band means she misses some classwork and homework, which she later has to make up.  She feels that her parents don’t really understand how badly her stress affects her and that she constantly feels behind in her work.  All these demands force her to stay up late doing schoolwork, cutting into her sleep time – and even when it is time to sleep, the pressure she is under keeps her from getting good rest.

 

Another eighth grade student at the table agreed that the academic demands are high, but the main stress she feels comes from the other students in her school.  She finds that most of her peers are immature and do not offer stimulating or helpful conversation.  The gestures of friendship that other students have made towards her are not genuine, and therefore she finds herself avoiding contact with other people.  This feeling of peer isolation is something she has experienced for a long time, and the only thing she can hope for is that high school will be better.

 

A teen boy at our meeting had a very different perspective.  He said he did not feel a lot of stress in his life.  He said that life is not primarily about being happy, and that we have to accept that bad things will sometimes happen.  The key is in his optimistic outlook on life: he says that things may be bad now, but later they will be better.  One source of strength and confidence for him is relying on what he called “traditional values” and that he has learned to trust in God.

 

An older teen who no longer attends school has more adult things to worry about: work, money, rent, and exploring the possibility of going to college.  He also faces significant challenges when dealing with his family.  In addition to feeling stress related to lack of money, another Teen Library Council member gets anxious when her house is too messy, or when too many politics-related news stories come on TV or through social media.  Interestingly, another teen found social media to be a way to relieve stress, since it can be a source of entertainment and connection with others.

 

The teens who contribute to this blog (and people of all ages) experience a certain amount of stress coming from school, interpersonal relationships, and money.  How do they fight back?  Some of the strategies they mentioned were playing games, watching TV, drawing, taking a walk, talking to friends, taking a walk, writing in a journal, and coming to the library where they can expect a positive atmosphere.

 

How about you?  What in your life makes you feel stress?  How do you handle it?

Teen Artwork: “Tlilxochitl”

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 07:30

“Tlilxochitl” (Vanilla Plant)

Follow the artist on Instagram @_lexi_chi_

Secondhand

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 07:25

By Lizzie Messer

 

Can I be your cigarette?

So you can pull me out of dark, black box?

So you can light me up when I’m cold?

So can keep me on your lips?

So you can inhale me?

Even though you know how toxic I am,

But you don’t really care,

Because you like that feeling in your lungs?

Teen Artwork: “Daddy Crunch”

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 07:30

“Daddy Crunch”

Follow the artist on Instagram @loser_lux

Video Games

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 07:25

By Sophie Lucas

 

B    A    N    G

 

The sound of a virtual gun

As the character from the enemy team falls on the ground

Many people say this violence will make me evil

but it calms me down

 

In real life I am terrified to even speak up

But in this game I am a doctor who can resurrect the dead

Or a video game star who then started piloting a mech to protect her home

 

In that world I feel important

I feel like I can help people

 

Everyone says I am destined for greatness

But there are  7.53 billion people in the world

It is hard to believe it will me

 

Studying makes my brain feel like it is going to

E                   X

P                                               L

O                               D

E

With thousands of words that I can’t seem to get on paper

 

Then I sit in the silence

The words floating around my head like drones

 

Then I let the gun break the silence

 

In a world were my voice has

POWER

I am

STRONG

I am

 

Important

 

While you all see violence and how it causes problems

I see a stress reliever

And I see

 

home

In the Dead of Night

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:11

By Joseph Gumedzoe, Staff Writer

 

In the dead of night, the raiders slither by;

A vicious platoon of freedom fighters,

Looking for the truth and all that comes with it

 

The sun peeks out from over the horizon as the sky

Melts into a soft orange, reflecting off of the marauder’s

Helmet visor and into the eyes of his comrade behind him

 

Their rugged, armored vehicles trudge through the desert plain

The loud diesel engines vibrating against the barren ground

Making their way to the truth and all that comes with it

 

The blank hours go by, and no words are exchanged

An unspoken objective is shared between everyone

The same agenda is on all of their minds

Teen Artwork: “Goblin”

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 08:09

 

“Goblin”

Follow the artist on Instagram @erosumski_

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