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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!

How Has Scout Changed in "Go Set a Watchman" Since "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

Click here to watch Schmoop's take on it


Summer Reading with SYNC

SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads — a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title — each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer. Click here to get started.

 


These 24 Nominees will be voted on in August for the Teens' Top Ten Reads 2015
The books are chosen by teens. See if you can find some great books to read this summer from these selections. Which would be your favorite ten titles?


It's all about the Books!

Nashville Public Library team celebrates library cards in this adaptation of Meghan Trainor’s performance of “All About That Bass,” as seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.


College Bound?
We are here to help

Getting ready for college?  Your library website is here to help you.

Your local Navajo County Library District page has many resources to help you prepare for a great start. Check out the Teen Page, Homework Tab and you will find Free database resources, Homework help, test prep, and many more links to helpful resources.

Also, check out Schmoop for additional resources.

Reminder:

Upcoming ACT registration deadline is May 8, 2015 for the June 13, 2015 test date.

Upcoming SAT registration deadline is May 8, 2015 for the June 6, 2015 test date


No Plans for the Summer? We've Got You Covered
Blayz.com

Best of all Blayz is FREE. Create a profile, discover your interests, connect to volunteer opportunites and internships, and build your resume to stand out.

WHY SHOULD I USE BLAYZ?

Colleges want amazing students that are passionate about their interests. Students want amazing colleges that will launch them on their career path. Parents want amazing scholarships to offset the high costs of college.

Blayz.com


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

 


7 Things You didn't know about Harper Lee

A sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, called Go Set a Watchman, will be hitting shelves this summer. In honor of the news, Schmoop put together a list of little-known facts about this back-in-action author.

1. She's still alive.

You'd be surprised how many people didn't realize that until yesterday. Lee will be publishing her second book in July at the age of 89.

2. She's more popular than Moses.

In 2006, members of the British Museum, Libraries and Archives Council voted To Kill A Mockingbird the number one book that every adult should read before they die. The Bible was number two (source).

3. Harper is actually her middle name.

Her first name, Nelle, is her grandmother Ellen's name spelled backward (source

4. She rubbed elbows with the rich and famous...in kindergarten.

When Lee was in kindergarten, she befriended an eccentric young boy named Truman Streckfus Persons. You might know him as Truman Capote—or Dill.

5. Even she had writer's block.

At one point, Lee grew so frustrated with the writing process she opened the window of her New York apartment and hurled the entire TKAM manuscript into the snow. Clearly, she got it back.

6. She studied law.

Lucky for us, she quit—but not too early to get some good deets for the courtroom scene in To Kill a Mockingbird.

7. She wrote more than one book.

The manuscript for the TKAM sequel was rediscovered last year, and after some hesitation, Lee agreed to publish it. We hear Peter Jackson is directing the movie adaptation, so get ready for Go Set a Watchman Parts 1-3.

 


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

Taylor Swift Reading

Watch a video of Taylor discussing "Reading opens a World of possibility" with a group of students and skyping with a couple of classrooms. Students offer some great suggestions of their favorite books. Taylor shares her creative ideas for her songwriting.

 
http://www.scholastic.com/taylorswift/
 
 
 
 
 

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.”

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Popular Teen Book List

Since 1987, the Young Adults' Choices project has developed an annual list of new books that will encourage adolescents to read. The books are selected by the readers themselves, so they are bound to be popular with middle and secondary school students. Click here for the most recent selection list.   

 

Stuff YA Readers say

2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association Committee selected the following titles as the top ten books of the year from 175 nominations:

  • Berry, Julie. All the Truth That’s in Me. Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013.
  • Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Freakboy. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013.
  • Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
  • Sedgwick, Marcus. Midwinterblood. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
  • Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Penguin/Philomel, 2013.
  • Smith, Andrew. Winger. Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  • Sullivan, Tara. Golden Boy. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013.
  • Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. Disney-Hyperion, 2013.

'Divergent' Stars Divulge Fun Personal Details


NEW! Navajo County Library District now gives access to the online Britannica Library for all of its patrons. Britannica Library is divided into three easy to use sections; Children, Young Adult, and Reference Center, which has the most detail. Search for Snow or search for Snowden, Britannica Library has thousands of detailed articles that are more researched and more accurate than Wikipedia. Get the facts you need with your Navajo County Libraries' library card. Let's get started!

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.sciencenews.org/
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/

Give Him a Hand
Kansas teen makes prosthetic for young friend.
"Matthew Shields flashes a smile and high-fives Mason Wilde with the prosthetic on his right hand. Born without fingers on that hand, Matthew, 9, now uses his Robohand to open doors, carry books and catch a ball-thanks to Mason, 17, who made the device with a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kan." Read the full article.
Featured Career - Magician
IllusionShmoop's website has many articles on different careers. The currently featured career is Magician. Find out what types of careers are available in this exciting field, including Stage Illusionists, Table Illusionists, Escape Artists, and Mentalists. Which is best for you? It depends on your skills and interests. Check out this article and get started right now.
Lay vs. Lie

 

Shmoop's hips don't lie, but we admit that it’s hard to lay a finger on the difference between "lay” and "lie.” Our new ShmoopTube video makes it easy to answer the classic verb question, and that ain't no lie.
 
Want even more grammar tips? Check out our video grammar tips here.

Take Shmoop's Career Test
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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


REMEMBERING JOHN LENNON

John Lennon was killed during the evening hours of December 8, 1980.  Earlier in the day, he had given an interview about his current life and his hopes for the future.  This clip features an excerpt from that interview, conducted by Dave Sholin (assisted by Laurie Kaye) on behalf of RKO Radio.  Hours after John spoke these words, he was dead (at the age of 40).

Lennon had also agreed to an extended interview with Jonathan Cott - from Rolling Stone magazine - three days before he was shot.  That interview (in its entirety) was released (for the first time) to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Lennon's death.  We provide links to it.

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.