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Did you get a chance to touch base with that teen or young adult in your life last week? Take some time this week and talk about what they like to read. If they happen to mention a title that interests them, suggest going to the bookstore with them and picking it out.
Hey teens and young adults! Ideas are always needed and welcomed for those adults in your life who may want to pick up something for you.
March’s Theme – National Reading Month
National Reading Month is an author’s dream come true. Throughout the month of March, teens across America will be doing a lot more reading with activities that will take place throughout the month to promote reading. This month we also try to close the learning gap by promoting reading, the cornerstone to learning.
This month, I am focusing on this theme on my blogs and mentor page. Check out my mentor page and see how I am doing just that Selma P. Verde – Mentor Page
Another fun thing I am doing to celebrate National Reading Month is to track the number of pages I read this month. So far, I am at 1828 (through last night).
Do you know about the library?
The library has always been a fun place for me. I remember going there with my dad when I was growing up. In the kids book area, they had a big yellow climbing truck that we could climb all over and find places to sit and read the books we picked out.
Do you have a library card? They are free and it gives you access to books, videos, eBooks and many of the services offered by the library.
Another way that I utilize the library is through an app called Libby. It allows me to check out eBooks and read them on my phone or tablet. It is the main way I have been able to read so many different books, especially during the pandemic and lockdown. The app has search features to help you find books that may interest you. It also allows you to put holds on books and lets you know when they are ready for you to check out.
As nice and convenient Libby is, I still like going to the library in person.
Your Local Branch
Do you have a library nearby? It seems every city and town has at least one. Not only will you find books there, but they offer many other services and events as well.
These clubs are a great activity for teens to get involved in. The library offers these in person and sometimes online. It is a great way to get to know other teens and meet authors of the books you are reading.
Sometimes people donate books to the library for their book sales. This is one way the library raises money for the services it provides. They also sell the books that they take out of circulation. All of these books are sold at very discounted prices. This can be a great opportunity to build your own library.
Libraries will offer opportunities for people to come and speak. Sometimes it is authors about their books or sometimes the speaker can be a local person who has done something inspiring. I went to one where the speaker was a dog sled musher (the driver) talked about his experience in a race in Northern Minnesota.
Need a computer to write that paper you have due for class? Need to do some job searching for a little extra cash? Just want to surf the world wide web? Well, the library has computers available that you can use for free to get those things done.
Next time you see this sign, why don’t you stop in at your local library and see what they have to offer. Sign up for a library card and check out that book you have been wanting to read. If you do that, remember to bring it back. Or use it to get eBooks or audiobooks online through Libby.
One found in every school
And every school has its own library or sometimes they are known as media centers.
Why were they called media centers? Because they housed multiple kinds of media. From books, to videos, to all of the equipment. It is set up for physical interaction of the people who are using it and has a quiet place for students to study.
Do you or did you spend a lot of time at your library at school? Some people do and some people don’t, but like your local library, it offers a place where there are many services offered to help you with learning for school and to provide information for those things you have always been curious about.
A Great Resource
The library can be a great resource for teens. Whether you like to read or need to do some research for that paper coming due, there are many things the library can offer you. Take a look and let me know what the library can do for you.
Looking for YA reads?
Both of the books in my series, The Way Series, focus on high school and the challenges teens can face. Book one, The Hard Way, focuses on peer pressure and making choices with the approval of peers being a factor. Book two, Shawn’s Way, shows a freshman in high school navigating his way through being the target of a bully. Check out the books tab of my website for more information and how to purchase your own copies, Selma P. Verde – Books