Teen Sewing 101

C.S.I. Sewing
"C.S.I. Sewing" by Misato ♥ Leo COUTURE, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Interested in sewing but you don't know where to start? Is your favorite shirt missing buttons and ripped on the seam? We're here to help!

Bring in your too-long pants, ripped sleeves, buttonless shirts, and join us for

Teen Sewing 101

We'll teach you basic stitches, sewing on a button and how to thread a machine. You'll be sewing up a storm in no time.

Thursday, September 18, 7 - 8PM
Children's Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
Open to grades 8 - 12.

This could be you!


Tips and Tricks: Color Filtering Searches

"Have you ever wanted to look at that book you read last year, but you could not remember the title? If you remember is what it is about and what it looks like, good news: you might still be able to find it!"

Mind = blown.

Mind Blowing
"Mind Blowing" by Nicola Albertini. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

With a smart use of search engines and color filtering, you might be able to track down that book you've been dying to remember. Tasha Bergson-Michelson from the Castilleja School Library has all the details


Staff Pick: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
From goodreads.com:
In this stunning debut, a young Iranian American writer pulls back the curtain on one of the most hidden corners of a much-talked-about culture.

Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?

Pick it: if you are looking for a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story. I learned a lot about Iranian culture that I didn't know, particularly around LGBTQ issues. The story was unique, but the feelings were universal. Keep the tissues handy!

Pair with: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan for another LGBTQ tearjerker. 

Maker Mondays

Maker Playground

Stop by after school to make cool and useful stuff that you can take home. Crafts will include things like toothbrush robots, marshmallow shooters, up-cycled t-shirt fashion, duct tape crafts and more.

Monday, September 15 and Monday, September 29, 3 - 4PM
Children's Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
Open to grades 6 - 12

No registration required!


Teen Movie Zone: Captain America: Winter Soldier

Captain America Shield
"Captain America Shield" by Andrew Buckingham. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

From IMDB: "Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier."

Bring your friends and enjoy a free movie and some snacks. This month's movie is Captain America: Winter Soldier (PG-13).

Saturday, September 13, 2 - 4PM
Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Open to grades 7 - 12.

No registration required!


Gamers' Lounge

Playing Monopoly at Gordon's
"Playing Monopoly at Gordon's" by Colin Campbell. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Need a break from homework? Stop by the Gamers' Lounge after school! Take a Just Dance break, play a round of Ping Pong, try your hand at Giant Jenga and more!

Monday, September 8 and Monday, September 22, 2:30 - 4:30PM
Children's Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
Open to grades 6 - 12.

No registration required!


Staff Pick: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
From goodreads.com:

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

Pick it: if you've spent any part of your teen years on stage or behind the scenes - you know the drama is not saved for when the curtain rises! 

Pair with: Smile for Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel braceface goodness or Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan for another story about high school theatre. 

Reviewed by: Deena