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Welcome to the Navajo County public libraries' page for Teens and Young Adults!
 
Check out the tabs up top! You'll find everything from the hottest and latest teen reads to homework help ... and fun things to explore when you need a break from homework!

              
Five Teens Selected for Country's Most Prestigious Youth Poetry Honor
Five teens from across the country have been chosen from among thousands of award-winning poets to serve as National Student Poets, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work

The National Student Poets Program is an initiative in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museums and libraries, and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. To be considered for appointment as a National Student Poet, students first must receive a National Medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (link is external), the nearly century-old program known for its recognition and celebration of the country’s most creative teens.

Representing five geographical regions of the nation, the 2018 National Student Poets are:

  • Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, a senior at Burlington High School in Burlington, VT
  • Heather Laurel Jensen, a junior at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ
  • Darius Atefat-Peckham, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI
  • Ariana Smith, a senior at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in Las Vegas, NV
  • Daniel Blokh, a senior at Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, AL

Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate stated, “The National Student Poets are representatives of language at its best: seeking discovery, forging new modes of meaning, singing the particular music of this very moment. They remind us how much poetry continues to matter, and how much we need what poetry fosters, which is care, belief, courage and empathy.”
 


Teens, it's time to select the best teen novels of the year!
The Young Adult Library Services Association has posted the teen novels that were nominated by teens who are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country, but teens across the country will vote to choose the top ten novels from these 25. All teens have a chance for that final vote including teens from Navajo County! Start reading so you can vote later in October.

(Download the PDF with annotations here)

Watch the YouTube presentation of all 25 titles:



 

Great American Reads for Teens - Top Choices

The Great American Read, an eight-part PBS television series that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love began on May 22. We will have a chance to vote on our favorites of the 100 most-loved titles in the U.S. Click here for titles for teens that are suggested as the best to read.

Participate in your library's Summer Reading Program and consider some of these titles to wrack up points for your reading logs. Earn incentives at the library.

 

Top-selling books at Baker & Taylor for Teens:
Top Titles for Teens
  1. Catwoman, by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Cheerleaders, by Kara Thomas
  3. Grace and Fury, by Tracy Banghart
  4. I Am Still Alive, by Kate Alice Marshall
  5. The Darkest Legacy, by Alexandra Bracken
  6. Contagion, by Eric Bowman
  7. Dance of Thieves, by Mary E. Pearson
  8. You May Now Kill the Bride, by R. L. Stine
  9. Sea Witch, by Sarah Henning
  10. Lovely, Dark, and Deep, by Justina Chen

Check out this new Freading eBook to download to your devise.
Young Adult Fiction
Kiss Kill Vanish (2014)
Jessica Martinez

Love. Betrayal. Murder.
Valentina is living a charmed, glittering life in Miami—falling in love for the first time, showered with gifts and affection by her father, surrounded by friends—when one shocking moment shatters everything she thought she knew about herself, her boyfriend, and her world. With no one left to trust, Valentina sheds her identity and flees to Montreal, where she finds work posing for a series of portraits by a pompous young artist. Valentina has always been at home in the art world, but she's never felt quite so alone.
Valentina's carefully constructed new life comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, putting her safety in question and her heart on the line. With betrayal at every turn, Valentina must untangle the deceptions of those she once loved and race to find her own truth—before it's too late.

 

Great Homework Help Site - Khan Academy
Explore fascinating historical events, meet the “father of geometry”, and marvel at the phenomenon of light this month with Khan Academy. Happy learning!
The Khan Academy team


Story Monsters Approved Books Announce

The Uncontrolled The Uncontrolled
by Zachary Astrowsky
From 14-year-old author Zachary Astrowsky comes the story of three teenage friends, John, Chase, and Hazel, who join together in the aftermath of a striking revelation and attempt to fight back against the majority around them that has been secretly implanted with a tracking and brainwashing device. The fight seems hopeless until John realizes that he has the ability to see the future, and the kids devise a plan to outwit the leader of The Controlled. 
Ricky and the Grim Wrapper
 
Ricky and the Grim Wrapper
by Allen L. Pier, James Koenig
Ricky is a good boy with one very bad habit: he likes to litter. But one day While on a drive in the country with his parents, Ricky throws an empty root beer cup out the car window and in a blinding flash, he is catapulted into a strange and frightening world where litter comes to life and gathers along the roadside. Will he finally learn that littering is bad for the environment and change his ways? 
Dinner on the Doorstep
 
Dinner on the Doorstep
by Elizabeth Cummings, Bronte Goodieson
Mikey and Simon are missing their mom who is in hospital. Friends and neighbors want to help and so they take turns to bring a dinner to the family. Each day Mikey and Simon look forward to coming home and finding out what is on the doorstep. This heart-warming story celebrates community spirit while touching on a deeper conversation of coping with illness and the emotions that go with it. 
Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause
 
Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause
by Peggy Race, Mike Motz
Deputy Paws was born in a puppy mill. He didn’t have any freedom to run and play like other dogs get. He was stuck in a small cage and not looked after properly. This fully illustrated children’s book follows his story from a sad and unhappy pup to one full of life in his new home where he is loved. Deputy Paws carries a message of hope for one young dog and an important lesson for us all about the dangers of puppy mills and how to avoid buying dogs that are sold through them.

Top Ten Inventions by Teens

2018 YALSA's Aware for Excellence in Nonfiction winner

2018 Winner

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman and published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The bond between brothers was never stronger. Drawing on their lifelong correspondence, Heiligman plumbs their journey from an ascetic upbringing in a Protestant parsonage to the auction houses of Europe as Theo develops business acumen, all the while supporting volatile Vincent’s groundbreaking artistic endeavors both materially and emotionally. Their devotion to each other was so profound that there could have been no Vincent van Gogh without Theo. 
 


Teen eMagazines For You!
If you have a library card from any of our Navajo County Public Libraries, you can download a free subscription to these teen eMagazines to read on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Click on the link below the magazines or Click on this link to see over 120 other eMagazines you can subscribe to and have available to read 24/7. You first need to register for an account, and after that, you're ready to download hundreds of issues.
 
Cicada Cicada Girls' Life Girls' Life Seventeen Seventeen

 

Khan Academy can help with AP-Classes
Khan Academy's free AP videos, articles, and practice exercises are designed to build the knowledge and skills needed for AP-level courses. Teachers can use them as part of their class, and students can use them anytime for extra help. Check them out:

                            Ancient Mesopotamia
 
Learn why Mesopotamia is considered to be the "cradle of civilization" by clicking here.







                             Indus Valley Civilization
 
Explore the technology, art, architecture, and agriculture of this ancient civilization by clicking here.







                             Pre-contact Americas
 
Journey through sixteen thousand years of history in the Americas by clicking here.






 

May Events in History
May 1: German Radio Announcement - Hitler is Dead 1945
May 1: The U-2 Spy Plane Incident 1960
May 1: Empire State Building - A 14 Month Marvel 1931
May 1: Chancellorsville - A Stunning Victory 1863
May 1: The Raven 1844
May 2: The Hunger Games
May 2:  Leonardo da Vinci 1452
May 2: In Flanders Fields - Background of the Famous Poem 1915
May 2: Falklands War - Sinking the General Belgrano 1982
May 2: Friendly fire fells Stonewall Jackson 1863
May 2: Scarlett O'Hara - Margaret Mitchell's heroine 1937
May 2: Negro National League 1920
May 3: Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind 1937
May 3: Ireland is Partitioned 1921
May 3: Mirror, Mirror
May 4: Inside Number 10 - Prime Minister's Residence 1979
May 4: Exocet missile in action - sinking the HMS Sheffield 1982
May 4: Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island 1626
May 4: Britain's First Female Prime Minister 1979
May 4: Kent State Shootings 1970
May 4: Freedom Riders - 50th Anniversary 1961
May 5: First American in Space 1961
May 5: Secretariat Wins the Kentucky Derby 1973
May 5: Kublai Khan - New Ruler 1260
May 6: Building the Eiffel Tower 1889
May 6: Last Message From Corregidor 1942
May 6: Hindenburg explosion 1937
May 7: Tomb of Herod the Great 2007
May 7: Sinking of the Lusitania 1915
May 8: VE Day - World War II Ends in Europe 1945
May 8: VE Day: Victory in Europe
May 9: Enigma Machine - Captured and Decoded 1941
May 9: Capture Of U-110 and the Enigma Codes 1941
May 10: Mandela Becomes President of South Africa 1994
May 10: Transcontinental Railroad Completed 1869
May 11: Massive Dust Storm in the U.S.
May 11: Pentagon Papers - All Charges Dropped 1973
May 12: Coronation of George VI and Elizabeth 1937
May 12: Look the Other Way - Slave Trade 1789
May 12: National Famine Memorial Day
May 13: Churchill: 'Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat' 1940
May 13: Attempted Assassination of Pope John Paul II 1981
May 14: Recorded Voice of Virginia Woolf 1925
May 14: Constitutional Convention Begins 1787
May 15: Trial of Anne Boleyn 1536
May 15: The Fall of Holland 1940
May 16: First Major Wagon Train Travels West via the Oregon Trail 1843
May 16: Marie Antoinette Marries Louis-Auguste 1770
May 17: New York Stock Exchange Is Born 1792
May 17: Van Gogh's Painting of 'Dr. Gachet'
May 18: Plessy v Ferguson - Separate-but-Equal Decision 1896
May 18: Volcanic Eruption of Mt. Saint Helens 1980
May 19: Bismarck versus HMS Hood 1941
May 19: Franklin Expedition 1845
May 19: The Swift Fall of Anne Boleyn 1536
May 19: Death of Jackie Kennedy 1994
May 20: Amelia Earhart - First Transatlantic Flight 1932
May 20: First Solo Transatlantic Flight 1927
May 21: Lindbergh Lands at Le Bourget 1927
May 21: West Loch Disaster at Pearl Harbor
May 22: Alexander the Great - Battle at the Granicus 344 BC
May 22: Wright Brothers - Patent for 'Flying-Machine'
May 23: Death of Bonnie and Clyde 1934
May 23: Joan of Arc Is Betrayed and Captured by Burgundians 1430
May 24: Bismarck Sinks the Hood 1941
May 24: Samuel Morse Sends 1st Telegraphic Message 1844
May 24: Trial of Joan of Arc 1431
May 25: Jesse Owens - Shatters World Records 1935
May 25: JFK - Let's Go to the Moon! 1961
May 26: Bram Stoker Publishes
May 26: Dunkirk Evacuation - 'Operation Dynamo'
May 27: Peter the Great Founds the City of St. Petersburg 1703
May 27: British Navy Sinks the 'Bismarck'
May 28: Alan Turing Submits "On Computable Numbers" 1936
May 28: Indian Removal Act of 1830
May 28: Belgium Surrenders During WWII
May 29: Scaling Mt. Everest 1953
May 29: The Fall of Constantinople 1453
May 30: Joan of Arc - Who was She?
May 30: Death of Joan of Arc 1431
May 31: Brown II - Desegregate 'With all deliberate speed'
May 31: Meet a Mummy - Rameses II
May 31: Big Ben - How Does it Keep Time? 1859
 

Shmoop tests your knowledge of the Internet:

6 Things You Didn't KnowAbout the Internet

1. It's physical.

The internet might seem intangible, but it still relies on a physical system. It's an entire web of connected wires and cables. Try not to trip over 'em.
 

2. It has a very small vocabulary.

Computers may seem really smart, but they only work with 1s and 0s. Really. All that high-speed calculation and rapid information processing comes down to the manipulation of two numbers. 

3. It takes up space.

Just because you can store something in the cloud doesn't mean that it doesn't take up space somewhere. When you send an email, upload a file, or Skype your friends across the ocean, that data has to exist somewhere and…it does. Through a server.

4. It knows where you live.

Every computer on the internet connects from a unique IP address. It's just like a regular address, except that the actual numbers for individual IP addresses can change every session. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) holds on to a bank of addresses and sends your computer a new one any time you log in.

5. The Cold War is its mom.

When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, President Eisenhower saw that little antennae-decorated space ball shoot into the sky and rounded up a group of the nation's brightest scientists to address the concern. Yada yada yada...the internet was born.

6. All those acronyms mean something.

That http at the beginning of a URL? That stands for hypertext transfer protocol. Speaking of URL, that one stands for uniform resource locator, the character-based address of a particular file on the internet. And of course there's www, the world wide web. Get friendly with more acronyms with our internet glossary.




 

Freading eBooks for School Help
There is no need to worry about school if your prepared. More reading to make this school year a great one includes:
 
Mathematics Minus Fear
Does the thought of a math exam make you freeze with fright? Your not alone. 'Mathematics Minus Fear' can help. It covers concepts such as fractions and percentages with humor and clear language.
 
Be The Best At Science by Rebecca Risman
Award-winning children's author Rebecca Risman offers this fun and fascinating introduction to science for younger children. It's an an excellent way get younger students interested in the importance of science.
 
Up Your Score SAT 2016-2017
This SAT guide is written completely by students who have received top scores on the SAT's. It gives tips on everything from the most effective methods of preparation to ways to relax at exam time. Because its written by students, it's as fun to read as it is helpful. 
 
The Naked Roommate
This New York Times Best Selling Guide is a must read for all college students. It gives advice on how to deal with roommates, tips on getting through difficult classes, and much more. 
 
"This was recommended by a counselor at my son's college. He is not a big reader but he loved this book and said it helped him a lot."
-An Amazon. com reader review

 Click here to go to the FREADING site

 

Looking for scholarships?
GoodCall offers a database filled with available scholarships! Check out their site here.
 

Top 10 Most Popular College Majors
Shmoop - We speak student

1. Psychology 

The only major that grows when people are shrinking. See: Psychology of Influence for a slice or Psychology, Semester A for the bigger picture.

2. Biology 

Perfect for cell-centered people. See: Biology, Semester A.

3. Business

The major where your business is everyone's business. See: Financial Literacy.

4. Computer Science

We're not scary computer hacker nerds, we promise. (And there's no prior experience necessary thanks to our Digital Literacy course.)

5. Health Sciences 

For those who have a healthy obsession with health. See: Body Image and Eating Disorders.

6. English 

Book-lovers and grammar queens unite. See: Contemporary Literature...or the zillion other English courses we have.

7. Political Science 

The major where students play president. See: Social Contract Theory or Politics and the Media, depending on how old-school or new-school you want to get.

8. Engineering 

We hate to break it to you, but if you're going to be an engineer, you'll need math. See: Algebra I, Semester A. (Before you get to studying, narrow it down to which type of engineering you're interested in: Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical...whatever floats your boat.)

9. Criminology 

You have the right to remain silent...but that's no fun. See: Cyberbullying.

10. Economics 

Our econ resources put the "cent" in "incentive." See: Poverty in America.

Nothing jumping out at you? Don't sweat it. We've got loads more majors for you to consider, each with stats on college life, jobs for the major, and long-term prospects.

Hope the wait is worth it, SHMOOP

 


Math games
      Check out the Math Nook for LOTS of games, videos, tutorials, and fun stuff.
 
        http://www.mathnook.com/
 
 
 
 
 

SAT Scores of the Rich and Famous
A New York Times article recently posted the SAT scores of some well-known people that were posted after the College Board announced that it was returning tot he old 1,600 trading scale for the SAT exam:
 
1. Ben Affleck: "Ben had almost perfect SAT scores in high school.”
2. Ke$ha: 1,500
3. Bill Gates: 1,590
4. George W. Bush: 1,206
5. Al Gore: 1,355
6. Scarlett Johansson: 1,080
7. Bill Cosby: 500
8. Steve Wozniak: 800 on the math section
9. Ben Bernanke: 1,590
10. Jesse Eisenberg: 1,260
11. Alex Rodriguez: 910
12. James Franco: "Near-perfect.”

Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day
Learn something new every day in a fun and interesting way. Wonderopolis's "Wonder of the Day" introduces new topics daily. You can even subscribe to them via email so you don't miss a single one. Bookmark this link and start learning a little something each day.
Great Science Links!
Read about fascinating scientific news and developments.

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http://www.newscientist.com/
http://www.popsci.com/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/
http://discovermagazine.com/
http://naturalhistorymag.com/
http://www.nasa.gov/news/index.html
http://www.space.com/
http://scienceblogs.com/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/
http://www.sciencenow.org/

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Teens Create Their Own App Development Business
Fourteen-year-olds Max Colbert and Matt Dillabough are really taking their Computer Science dreams to the next level. Two years ago, they started the Menlo App Academy, which teaches sixth- through ninth-graders how to create apps. They've taught over 125 students, and the number is growing: they're looking to secure a grant to train up to 2,500 students. Yowza.

Want to start your own business to prop up your college application? Find out what it takes to be an entrepreneur here.


No Ladies Took AP Computer Science in Three States
File this under "needs improvement." Not one female student in Mississippi, Montana, or Wyoming took the  AP Computer Science test in 2013. On top of that shocking stat, only 20% of the 30,000 students who took the exam were female. This is extra sad because several studies have shown that computer science-related majors have the lowest rates of unemployment and the highest earning potential. Read more.
 
If you ladies are intrigued by computers or science or both of them together, check out this free  AP Computer Science A Practice Test.

Time Warp Trio
Based on the Time Warp Trio television series, this site offers educational games and adventures that help you learn about history in a fun way.
http://www.timewarptrio.com/

Teen eBooks through Freading!
  Young Adult and Children Collections are growing larger every week from Freading, our eBook supplier! If you haven't tried an eBook, click here to see what is available, as well as check out these suggestions:

                                STUDY HELP

If you or someone in your life is currently a student, don't forget that Freading has a profusion of exceptionally helpful study guides in addition to many titles at that are required reading. Need help studying for that exam about World War I or writing an essay about The Great Gatsby? Sparknotes are like tutors that are available to you 24 hours a day. 

 

     

  

ODDKINS: A Fable for All Ages

by DEAN KOONTZ 

Blockbuster author Dean Koontz’s first novel for young readers.  A beautifully illustrated and visually stunning story about a magical band of living toys who learn to overcome the fears we all face in the dark.

*This is a great book for grades 2-6 (too scary for the little ones!)

GREAT BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS

  • Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
  • County Line Road by Marie Etzler
  • Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
  • Twice Shy by  Patrick Freivald
  • Lost in Clover by Travis Richardson
  • Extreme Elvin by Chris Lynch
  • Liv, in the Moment by Tracy Dale
  • Purgatory Reign by LM Preston
  • The Locker by Richie Tankersley Cusick
  • The Other Shepards by Adele Griffin

LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS

Boys love books too!  

Here are some books with no frilly girly stuff!

  • The Heart of the Enemy by M. Zachary Sherman
  • Zeke Meeks vs the Horrifying TV-Turnoff Week by D.L. Green
  • Undertakers: The Rise of the Corpses by Ty Drago
  • Revenge: Jason Steed by Mark Cooper
  • The Devil's Sword by Douglas E. Richards
  • Last Stop (Watchers #1) by Peter Lerangis
  • The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
  • The Mapmaker's Sons by V.L Burgess
  • Keeper of the Black Stones by PT McHugh
  • Wanderer by Roger Davenport

  

 


Cool Jobs!
Shart Traffic CopWhat do you think a cool job would be? Archaeologist? Astronaut? Oceanographer? How about a Flavor Chemist, or a Hacker, or even a Shark Traffic Cop?
 
 
Check out these enlightening videos about Cool Jobs from Discovery.com


62 Magical Facts About . . .Harry Potter
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, the same day as his creator, J.K. Rowling. Click here for those 62 magical facts about the series.
Research Help
Do you have a big project coming up at school? Check out these web resources - they can get you information or point you in the right direction!
  • From NoodleTools : If you're not sure where to start, this chart can give you some direction on which web sites or search engines can provide you with the best information on your topic.
  • KidsClick! : Broken down by category, this site provides a list of web resources on every subject imaginable - designed by librarians.

College info

Are you trying to decide which college you'd like to attend? http://Study.com has basic admissions information on major colleges and universities in each state. They offer statistics on the colleges themselves as well as the cities that surround them. Check out the stats here.

 

If you're looking to take some free online courses, check out the list Education-Portal.com has put together. Listed by general subject area - including business, technology, science, and liberal arts - this site lists free online courses from some of the country's top universities.