Did you know that August is National Wellness Month? Taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental health are all important to feeling your best. There are lots of ways to focus on your self-care. Whether you’re doing yoga, meditating, listening to music, or reading; as long as it promotes heath and happiness within you, it counts. Here are some things that can help foster a healthy lifestyle.
This book has advice on everything mental health and is a guide for living with your brain. Judgment-free. It tackles difficult topics such as social media, mental health, family, friendships and more.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes all I need is some music therapy. Put on a good song while you go for a walk, clean your room, or just lay around can be very therapeutic. We have an array of music CDs in all genres for you to checkout.
Ah, summer! Long days and late sunsets, grasses blowing in warm (or hot) breezes. And for me, there’s the food! Between carnivals, rodeos, and fairs, there’s enough amazing food to keep me dreaming about all year long! So when I was struck by a longing for funnel cakes and fried Oreos, what could I do but compile a list of foodie books?
Plus, there’s the added bonus that this blog is called Eat, Read, Repeat. Double win! It was meant to be.
Here we go! Food-focused Teen Room books: fiction edition!
National Library Week is April 23-29 this year and the Campbell County Public Library has a lot to offer! Everyone knows that we have books at the library, but there is so much more to our story. We offer books, audiobooks, DVDs, vinyl records, and more for your entertainment. We also have 150 free databases for patron use and tons of programs for all ages. Here are some of the events we have to celebrate. Go to events for more information.
April 24-25, 3:30-5pm Teen Tech Petting Zoo Stop by the Teen Room and see all the cool technology we have available for teens to use.
April 25, 4-5:30pm Teen Chess Club
April 27, 4-5:30pm Teen Anime Club
Campbell County Public Library
April 27, 1-4pm and April 28, 12-3pm: Escape Room for Adults (ages 18+)
Gather your five-member team and see if you can solve the clues to escape the library! Fastest time wins gift cards, thanks to The Library Foundation! Sign up for a session: call 687.0115 or stop by the Reference Desk.
Saturday, April 29, 1:30-3pm: The Library Foundation 2nd Annual Cookie Wars
$5 at the door allows you to taste-test competing bakers’ cookies, view their creative decor, and vote for your favorite!
Want to be a baker for this event? Baker entry deadline is April 21, 2023. 14 spaces available, first come first serve. Adult and Junior (under 18) divisions. Rules and Regulations here: Cookie Wars
Saturday, April 29-The Hunter Family:
Enjoy music in the atrium performed by Stan, Colleen, and family
All Week at Your Libraries in Gillette and Wright
Overdue fine forgiveness (up to $10) and free replacement library cards.
I internally scream and clutch the pearls I don’t even own when Marcy tells me, “We’re going to start a weeding project soon.”
My world shatters. I knew this day was coming!
I knew one day, this dream job would test me in ways I might not be able to pass!
How?! How could I remove books from this beautiful space? How could I take these little tree-babies with souls and send them off to who-knows-where? What if they don’t go to good homes?! What if they, (and here, I gulp in terror and agony) get thrown away?!
Marcy didn’t seem to notice the crazed panic in my eyes, and I did my best to play it cool. “I’m a super cool teen librarian now,” I thought. “I gotta be tough.”
That was months ago; now the weeding is over. I’ve taken multiple deep breaths, and I even put away my still-don’t-actually-own-them clutching pearls. Things are better. Since I’ve reached such a healthy place, I thought maybe I’d let you all in on the secret-not-a-secret of weeding.
The Whats, the Whys, and the WHYYYYYYsss?!
Weeding is the purposeful removal of certain books (or graphic novels, or audiobooks, or whatever, we’re just gonna use books from now on), from the collection, based on certain information, such as how often it gets checked out, how badly it smells or falls apart when you open it, or exactly how outdated that information is about the 1992 Chicago Bulls team.
Okay, but what happens to the weeded books?
A very small percentage have lived lives so full of excited readers, that it’s time to say goodbye altogether and put them in the trash. Most of them, though, end up at the Friends of the Library Book Sale in the fall, where they find new homes and new readers to love them.
Libraries should be full of information that is vibrant, up-to-date, and interesting to the people who use it. There are lots of reasons a book might be weeded, but all of them interfere in one way or another with these goals. A library so full of old books that it doesn’t have room for new books is a library that has become stagnant.
A book is a beautiful thing. Some books make a home in our lives and live with us forever. Some books come into our lives, say a lovely hello, and eventually a sad goodbye. And both are okay.
At the end of the Teen Room’s weeding process, I looked over the books that we weeded, and didn’t see any that I thought, “No! So-and-so reader would have loved this one!” (Those ones we kept!). “That one is so popular, we gotta keep it!” (Spoiler alert: we did.). Or even, “That one deserves one more chance!” (If a book needed one more chance, we gave it one.).
At the end of weeding, I looked around the Teen Room and thought, “Wow. There is so much more room for the next batch of adventures.”
If you’re interested in the full weeding policy, you can check it out here:
Violets are blue. If you like Wednesday, try these too! Are you obsessed with Wednesday Addams, Nevermore Academy, and all things spooky? Well, you’re in luck. Here are some books and shows to keep you in the creepy mood.
Dark Academia meets witchcraft in this twisting thriller. Felicity is returning to Dalloway School one year after her girlfriend died. The school is rumored to be haunted by five students, who were supposed witches. Ellis is the new girl at school, but already has quite the following. For some reason Felicity is drawn to her. But as the girls start digging in the past, history begins to repeat itself.
Rachel is a loner; she likes to keep to herself usually watching horror movies. She soon takes the interest of a mysterious student society called “The Mary Shelley Club.” They make her complete fear tests, each one worse than the last. As the tests escalate, the society and Rachel become the target of a serial killer.
“Dad’s on a hunting trip, and he hasn’t been home in a while.” Two brothers are on a road trip searching for their missing dad. While they drive across country they hunt and kill monsters and save people. This show is addicting, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Can’t go wrong with Poe, he is one of the most famous Alumni of Nevermore Academy after all. This collection of short stories include color illustrated images to go along with each story. Each story is filled with the macabre, so prepare yourself for a spooky read. And maybe keep the lights on.
Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change; she turns 16 this October. She leads a double life, studying magic and spells with her aunts and attending normal school with her friends. Come her sixteenth birthday, though, she has to choose one and leave the other life behind forever. What choice will she make, and will it be the right one?
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. People all around the world celebrate the Winter Solstice differently. There are festivals, feasts, and sometimes gift giving. It is not the same day every year, but falls on December 21, 22, or 23.
This year the Winter Solstice is on December 21 at exactly 21:48 UTC and the Teen Room is celebrating by hosting an escape room! Teens have 30 minutes to try and solve the puzzles before the sun sets on them. Sessions run from 2-4pm, call or stop by the Teen Room to sign up.
Want to stay in the festive mood? Here are some books you can read that happen during the Winter Solstice.
I recently bought a Book Challenge Activity Book, with little envelopes of “prizes” I can open when I complete the challenge written on the outside.
The outside of one of the envelopes says, “Read a book from an author of a different ethnicity than yours.”
That might have been a challenge for me once, but the Teen Room offers so many different diverse authors, I could easily open the envelope right away. But never one to cheat the spirit of the system, (and always one to outdo myself!) I decided to mindfully begin reading even more diverse authors.
And in honor of Native American Heritage Month, here’s a short list of YA books whose authors are indigenous.