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Welcome teen visitors!

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Did you know that you can also visit us on Facebook? We look forward to your visits – in person, on Facebook and, here, on our web site! You can also reach us by phone at 860-652-7720.

Looking for reading recommendations from fellow teens? Check out YALSA's 2020 Teens' Top Ten Nominations.

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Upcoming Events

Yoga ~ Virtual Program for Teens

Who: Teens in grades 7-12
When: Tuesday, March 2 2021
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Virtual session

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Teens, come join Heather Casale of Sacred Rivers Yoga for a virtual yoga class! This class will incorporate the physical and meditative benefits of yoga while trying to help you gain a deeper understanding of your practice. The instructor will lead you through fluid, dance-like movements while connecting you to your breath. Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and to connect with your body. Register online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

How to Play the Ukulele, Part 1 ~ Virtual Program for Teens

Who: Teens in grades 7-12
When: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time: 4-5pm
Place: Virtual session

 

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Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she demonstrates the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you’ll be playing the ukulele! No experience necessary.

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Please note this is the first class in a two-part series. It is recommended that you attend both classes. Part 2 will be held on Thursday, March 18.

If you need to borrow a ukulele, instruments will be available for checkout from the library beginning Thursday, March 4. The teen librarian will email you to arrange a pickup day and time. You must have a valid library card to check out an instrument. Instruments must be returned to the library at the conclusion of the series.

Registration begins February 11, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. When you register for Part 1, you will automatically be enrolled in Part 2. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

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Virtual College Entrance Exam Practice Session

Who: Students in grades 9-12
When: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Time: 10am-1pm
Place: Virtual session

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The Welles-Turner Memorial Library is partnering with C2 Education to offer free, full-length, virtual practice tests for the ACT, SAT and PSAT for local high school students. On the day of the testing event, participants will receive a link via email that will bring them to a timed exam. After the exam is submitted, students will receive a score report with a comprehensive analysis of strengths and weaknesses via email. Registration is required and begins January 15; please sign up online here. For assistance, please call Reference at 860-652-7720.

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How to Play the Ukulele, Part 2 ~ Virtual Program for Teens

Who: Teens in grades 7-12
When: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 4-5pm
Place: Virtual session

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Now that you’ve been practicing the basics of ukulele playing, join us for Part 2 of "How to Play the Ukulele!" In this class, instructor Julie Stepanek will be available to answer any ukulele-related questions you may have. Please note this is the second class in a series. You must attend the first class to join this one. If you have borrowed a ukulele from the library, it must be returned at the conclusion of the series. Registration for both classes begins February 11, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720; click on the Part 1 listing to register for both Parts 1 & 2. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

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Celebration Mug Cake ~ Virtual Program for Teens

Who: Teens in grades 7-12
When: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 4-4:45pm
Place: Virtual session

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Mug cakes are back! This time, we are going to make a Celebration Mug Cake, which is a classic vanilla cake with tons of sprinkles. For this recipe, you will need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla extract
  • sprinkles

You are also welcome to add frosting, ice cream, or whipped cream to the finished product. Registration begins March 18, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

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Handwriting Fun ~ Virtual Program for Teens

Who: Teens in grades 7-12
When: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 6-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

Turn your own handwriting into colorful creations that can be used for cards, journaling, doodling and, of course, just for fun! Join instructor Debby Reelitz to learn more than 20 techniques to alter your handwriting, add color with a basic set of supplies (no expensive tools needed!) and add decorative elements. Pull out your highlighters, pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, markers or whatever interesting writing/drawing tools you have hiding in your drawers. Don’t forget that you will need something to write on — grab some scrap paper, blank paper or a drawing journal! Registration begins March 25, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

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Doodle Workshop ~ Virtual Program for Teens

Who: Teens in grades 7-12
When: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Virtual session

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Teens, come explore the art of doodling! Join instructor Cara Bean for this hands-on, visual thinking workshop, which will walk you through a series of creative exercises intended to lessen anxiety, build confidence and grow creativity. Together, we will go over the basics of communicative drawing (stick figures allowed!) and develop the skills needed to doodle as a form of play and problem-solving. No prior art experience is necessary. This session will be helpful for novices and experts alike. For this workshop, you will need six sheets of blank paper, a pencil and an eraser. Other art supplies like markers and pens are welcome, but not required. Registration begins May 13, online or by calling Reference at 860-652-7720. Registration with a valid email address is required to receive login information on the day of the Zoom meeting.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

 

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Teens' Top Ten Titles for 2020 - Winners!

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The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Readers ages 12-18 voted online between August 15 and October 15 on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners have been announced! And the title voted #1 by teens is ...

Source: YALSA*

 

"10"-copyrighted image/Fotolia.com2020 Teens' Top 10 Nominees and Winners

The Teens' Top 10 Winners for 2020 are ranked according to the numbers indicated below.

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#MurderFunding (#MurderTrending #2) by Gretchen McNeil Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

 

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

4

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

 

The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

 

Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland

5

Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

 

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

 

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

 

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

 

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

 

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

8

Lovely War by Julie Berry Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

10

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

 

My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill

 

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

2

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

 

Stolen Time (Dark Stars #1) by Danielle Rollins

 

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

 

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

 

Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World by Jeff Henigson

1

Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

7

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

9

Wilder Girls by Rory Power Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

3

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

 

For a list of the 2020 winners and their storylines, click here.

2019 Teens' Top 10 Winners

 

1

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil (Freeform Books/Disney Book Group) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

2

Wildcard by Marie Lu (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

3

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hatchett Book Group) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

4

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

5

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

6

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (First Second/Macmillian) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

7

American Panda by Gloria Chao (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

8

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Random House Children’s Books/Penguin Random House) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

9

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, Emily Carroll (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

10

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen/HarperCollins) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

 

2018 Teens' Top 10 Winners

 

1

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Dutton/Penguin) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

2

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Delacorte/Random House) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

3

Warcross by Marie Lu (G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

4

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Random House) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

5

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Flatiron) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

6

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

7

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez (Knopf/Random House) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

8

Paper Hearts by Ali Novak (Sourcebooks Fire) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

9

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown and Company) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav

10

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (Viking/Penguin) Gold Star-Open Clip Art-AdamStanislav


*YALSA - Young Adult Library Services Association

 

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