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The Teen Spot is hosting four ACT test prep sessions this coming semester. ACT Prep for Struggling Learners is designed for students (grades 9 +) that struggle with testing.  It is a tutoring session, not a practice test taking session, led by women who work with students with dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, and learning disabilities.  Teens will learn strategies and tips to improve their score and relieve their test taking anxiety.  Space is limited to 10 teens per session.  You must call 444-7826 to reserve your spot.  Here are the upcoming dates and times. 

ACT Prep for Struggling Learners
Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 12/28/18)
Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 01/25/19)
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 02/22/19)
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 03/29/19)

I will admit it.  I used to DESPISE short story collections.  Mostly because each story was over too quickly.  But I have come to appreciate short stories.  If I only have the tiniest amount of time to read, I can make it through a short story.   And it's a great way to be introduced to an unfamiliar author.  I've read several short story collections this year that inspired me to seek out longer works by the authors featured.  Want some recommendations?  Here are some recent releases that will win you over to the glory of the short story.

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, this collection of short stories crosses cultures and time periods to shed light on a world where queer figures live, love and shape the world round them.

Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles
An anthology featuring award-winning diverse authors about diverse characters. Short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play explore such topics as gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty, and range in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance.

Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout, et al
A collection of short stories exploring the moment when a couple meets for the first time--from an African American girl in upstate New York who simultaneously finds a prom dress and a date to a transgender girl who confronts the student blocking her right to use the school restroom.

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, and Other Dauntless Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood
An anthology of historical short stories features a diverse array of girls standing up for themselves and their beliefs, forging their own paths while resisting society's expectations.

Scream and Scream Again!: Spooky Stories from Mystery Writers of America edited by R.L. Stine
Includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings : 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman
Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.

Unbroken : 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp
An anthology of stories in various genres, each featuring disabled characters and written by disabled creators. The collection includes stories of interstellar war, a journey to Persia, a dating debacle. The teenaged characters reflect diverse colors, genders, and orientations-- without obscuring the realities of their disabilities.

Don't miss your incredible chance to see Incredibles 2 on the big screen in the Library Theatre!  Admission is FREE, refreshments are FREE, having a super time is FREE!  Come dressed as your favorite superhero or as your mild-mannered alter ego.  Use your superpowered organizational skills to save this date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Want to see the first movie again?  Check out the DVD or Blu-Ray from the Kid Zone.  Look under INC.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out in theaters this past weekend.  Have you seen it yet?  Do you know what it's all about?  Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man.  At least, he thinks he's the one and only.  Then he meets Peter Parker . . . and he realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents.  Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.

I worked this past weekend, so I haven't had a chance to see it yet.  But I will.  There is absolutely no dimension in which Katie Jane will not see this movie.  Want more Miles Morales?  Read the novel by Jason Reynolds.

The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve is one of my favorite series of all time.  I own all four titles: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain.  When I first read them, I wondered if they would ever be turned into a movie.  I figured it would be impossible to do it justice, especially the roving cities.  But movie magic has become even more magical, and the time has finally arrived.  Mortal Engines hits the big screen this weekend.  And Peter Jackson helped put it there, so I'm more than a little excited.  Here's hoping it lives up to the hype in my head.


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Teen Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.