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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_

Teen Artwork – “Little Boy”

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 07:55

“Little Boy”

Follow the artist on Instagram @meektweek

Fortnite

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 07:37

By Anonymous Teen Contributor

 

In Fortnite there are two characters: the visitor and the scientist. They happen to be building a rocketship out of parts from different types of robots. The visitor and the scientist are trying to save the island, but there is going to be a bad outcome. They will end up tearing the island apart and destroying it altogether.

 

It all began with a meteor landing on dusty depot, while the visitor happened to be inside of the meteor. He soon got out and went to the hideout in Snobby Shores. In the secret hideout the visitor is starting to control the rocket ship in the secret hideout. When he finishes hacking, he launches the rocketship into the sky. Then, later on in the game, the rocket comes back through a time-traveling rift in the sky.

 

After the crack was in the sky for a while, a giant lightning bolt came through it and solidified on the ground in the form of a cube. The Fortnite creators have decided to call the cube Kevin. Then Kevin started to move all around Fortnite Island until he came to a place called Loot Lake. When Kevin entered the lake it started to melt, and the lake turned purple, just like Kevin. Then the next season came and Kevin returned to his former shape, which lifted up the house in the middle of the lake.

The house in the middle of the lake began floating in the air.  Ruin marks, which look like hieroglyphic footprints, could be seen all around the island where Kevin had walked. Near the end of the season, Kevin had exploded and he had his own ruins in the ground. In the next season, an ice king appeared and he made a big snow storm. When the snow storm passed, there was another king: the fire king.  The ice king had the fire king locked up in the ice castle. Then, in the next season, the fire king created a volcano to live in.  Forty days after it was created, the volcano erupted and threw some big rocks onto the island, destroying three towns.

 

After that, everything seemed to reset, although the game’s artwork now looked very futuristic.  The visitor and the scientist created robots, and every time the robots landed on the island, they would explode.  When the robots exploded, it made the other robots get a virus.  Some rockets entered the game which were made from the same materials as the robots.  From there the event started and the countdown finished. The rocket started launching and made it to the sky and made a big rift again. Then the first rocket made even more rockets spawn from nowhere and those rockets made even more rifts in time.  The rift allowed time travel and acted like a portal.

 

Then the rockets would start flying through the rifts around the entire map until they began circling around a meteor.  They opened up the rift large enough so that the meteor could pass through it.  The meteor then re-appeared at the top of the sky and fell straight down onto the orb.  The orb had been protected by a force field, but when the meteor hit the force field, it destroyed the force field and fell onto the orb.  When that happened, the players were pushed into the sky and were sucked in by the explosion on the orb.

 

Suddenly, everything went black and a black hole appeared.

The Lover

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 18:57

A cycle of eight poems by Dahlia (Staff Writer)

 

  1. Fall Lover

 

ribbons tied into her hair, freckles slowly fading on her cheeks, pumpkins held in her hands

 

leaves falling onto our picnics, jackets to keep us warm, clicking boots together

 

falling into piles of leaves and laying there for hours just staring at the sky, staying inside by the fire and reading a book to each other, picking pumpkins to carve, hay rides through the field and clinging together for warmth, baking a pie and getting flour on our faces.

 

  1. Rainy Lover

 

rain on her eyelashes, umbrella held tightly in her hands, smile on her cheeks

 

dancing in the rain, puddles splashing on our feet, rushing inside, making tea, reading a book underneath a blanket, heads get heavy, asleep to the sound of the rain pitter-pattering on the roof

 

  1. Spring Lover

 

flowers in her hair, fingers through her hair, freckles coming into view

 

picnic in a meadow, flowers picked to take home, pictures of butterflies, laying down arms spread out, pointing out shapes in the clouds

 

“i love you” whispered when we hold hands, kisses on her hands, feeding food to each other, throwing grapes and goldfish into each other’s mouth

 

  1. Night Lover

 

stuffed animal in her hand, smile of her cheeks, dessert covering her face

 

staying up, raiding the freezer after midnight, pillow fights, sappy movie playing, blankets keeping us warm, head falling onto my shoulder, asleep before the movie ends

 

  1. Christmas Lover

 

wrapping paper in her hands, heart necklace on her collarbones, snowflakes on her cheeks

 

gift shopping through a target, dresses tried on for the christmas dinner, snowball fights in the yard, sledding down a hill, hands clutched together in the cold

 

snow falling while we sit by the fire, hot cocoa made after making a snowman, gift exchanges in the whisper of night, tired from the day’s events, “i love you” whispered in between kisses on our dog’s head

 

  1. Morning Lover

 

pillow against her face, hands holding the blanket, sleepy smile on her face

 

breakfast in bed, watching ‘friends’ re-runs, snuggling in bed, pillow fight that was never finished

 

sun streaming in on her face, her eyes slowly waking up, blankets covering only her, making her breakfast, wiping jam off her nose, her eyes slipping shut once more, waking her up to a pillow thrown, a second pillow fight on its way

 

  1. Halloween Lover

 

her eyes sparkling with joy, her makeup caked on after hours, chocolate covering her lips

 

couple’s costume, shopping for candy, pictures under the trees, falling leaves, hours of smiles, ice cream after candy, sugar high and sugar crash

 

  1. Dead Lover

 

nothing but a memory in my head, tears in my own eyes, hands shaking with her body in my arms

 

the ambulance arriving too late, her last words “i love you”, her eyes closed, a whisper of life gone before me

 

the funeral, tears over the casket, hugs from the family, words read from a paper of what she was like, dinner after with her family, her seat filled by air and emptiness, not willing to go home alone, spending the night drunk at a friend’s, wishing she were beside me as i lay a bed that isn’t my own

Teen Artwork – “Untitled”

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 07:01

“Untitled”

Follow the artist on Instagram @_lexi_chi_

Teen Artwork – “Tribal Wolf: Beyond the Pack”

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 07:57

“Tribal Wolf: Beyond the Pack”

By Shawn Patton, Staff Artist

Moral Mindset

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 07:47

By Michelle Yang, Teen Contributor

Be the reason someone smiles. Often it’s easy to allow life to get us down or take control of us. We’ve all got responsibilities, whether it is bills, work, jobs, and many others, we must also contend with frequent and random obstacles along the way. Experiencing a bad day can cause mood changes. Doing something that helps a person let go of all that negativity can make you feel like you’ve made a big difference. You can be more grateful that you are present today and are able to love yourself. When you share your smile with others, it’s a symbol of friendship and peace. It can just be such a little thing that brightens someone’s day: just bringing out tea or coffee on a beautiful day can be uplifting to someone else. People can really appreciate your actions and that’s something to be proud of. Remember that a smile can be reflected back to you. In fact, make this a habit – the more you smile, the better.

Live each day as if it were your last. Yes, it may sound harsh, but the more you think about it, the more you will understand. So many people go around saying that they want to change their lives and that they want to live a more meaningful and happier life. Which is what any ordinary person will think, because they see change as something that’s out there in the future. Eventually, they end up far away from where they want to be, start feeling overwhelmed, and at the end they give up. We have been told that we have all this time throughout life to achieve what we dream…no. Life is too short to be wasted. We should be using every minute wisely. So stop procrastinating because you feel that you have the time.  Instead, change your mindset. Think and take each day seriously, so that one day you will feel accomplished about the things you have overcome. Remember, you are chosen to be alive, so why not make the most of it?

Changing someone else won’t change who you are. By trying or wanting to change others, you’re setting yourself up for failure, that also goes to blaming others for your actions. The best way to make a difference in the world is to change yourself. Help yourself before helping others. Changing others can result in focusing on the things you want for others and putting a lot of negative energy and thoughts toward it.  People won’t change because of you trying to change them. You should be focusing your energy on changing yourself for the better. Instead of pointing out what’s wrong with other people, maybe you should start looking at yourself. We as individuals have many imperfections and we can change ourselves for the better. Your energy is better spent helping yourself become a better person instead of criticizing others.

Be open minded. Open-mindedness helps you to learn and grow as an individual. Being open-minded is essential to everyday living. It opens up opportunities for you to learn from others. Learn about the way others live or why they believe what they do. Allowing yourself to experience new ideas and thoughts and challenges along the way. Open your mind to see a bigger picture that you may already know. Let new ideas have the opportunity to change what you think and how you view the world. Be honest: you aren’t all-knowing. It means believing that whatever truth you find might always have more to it than you realize. When you live with an open mind, you have a strong sense of yourself, getting to know more about yourself. Chances are, you may gain confidence as you learn more and more about the world around you.

Listen to your heart. “Follow your heart” is a phrase to advise people to simply do what they feel is right for them. When you make an important decision it is more likely you listen to what your mind tells you do. Most of time it is a little different from what you actually will be thinking. This phrase teaches us to follow what is important to us. Make the decision that is best for us and do the things that make us positive individuals. Your heart can tell you most things, not your mind. If your mind makes the wrong decision, you’ll regret it for sure. Instead, follow your heart to signal the correct path. In case the decision is not what you expect, you will likely to say “nice try” and move on because you believe in yourself for once. You learn to trust your instincts and know that if you listen, your heart will guide you in the right direction. Allowing yourself to know who you really are and what really matters to you is really significant.

Teen Artwork – “Gumball”

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 13:02

“Gumball”

Follow the artist on Instagram @lucy.ghost_runner

Teen Artwork – “Bismuth”

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 06:50

“Bismuth”

Follow the artist on Instagram @jai_the_wizard

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