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Teen Volunteer Email Group

Be up to date on all community services opportunities at the library.

If you are interested in hearing about teen volunteer opportunities at the library, join the Teen Volunteer Email Group. By signing up you will receive an email each time the library hosts programs that center around community service or when the Friends of Hancock County Public Library has volunteer opportunities.

To join, go to the Contact Teen Services page and fill out the form. In the comments section, put “Add to Teen Volunteer Email Group”.

 

Teen Contact Webpage

Volunteer for the Friends of Hancock County Public Library

Calling all Teens!

At 6:00pm on Wednesday, August 9th, the Friends of Hancock County Public Library need help moving boxes from the book sale.

In exchange for your help, you will receive a letter as proof of service. 

If interested, please contact Kristen White at the Children’s Desk.

Teen Hour of Code

Today HCPL had its own Hour of Code. We got on Code.org and played games that taught us how to code video games, web pages, and apps. If you are interested in learning to code, below are some free resources that will help you get started!

Online

Lynda

This is free through the library. If you go to HCPL’s website and click the link, you can log in for free using your library card. Then you can find awesome tutorials on how to code (amongst other things).

 

Code.org

This is the site that we used during our Hour of Code program. This is for many grade levels and teaches coding through games with popular themes, like Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft. No downloads needed.

 

Alice

This is a free download that provides space for you to create your game using blocking code. The site has resources that will help you learn to use this space and, thus, learn coding.

 

Code Academy

This code academy gives you options of different coding languages to learn. Then it takes you through guided, interactive lessons.

 

Free Code Camp

While this one requires a lot of set up before you get to the meat of the program (two different free accounts, lots of introductory material, ect.), the actual program is great. It takes you step by step from the beginning and has you coding right away. Also, the projects you do are used to help charities!

 

Scratch

This is a great, free site that allows you to practice basic coding. Plus, no download needed!

 

Code School: Try Python

This teaches you Python through short videos and challenges. You do have to set up a free account though.

 

Bonus: Erase all Kittens is a story line game that teaches you to code as you go on a quest to find the missing kittens. It is quirky and funny. HOWEVER, only the short demo is free. The full game must be purchased.

 

Books at the Library

Young Adult

Coding for Beginners

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

Invent your Own Computer Games with Python

Python Hunting: A Beginner’s Guide to Python Programming and Game Building

Scratch 2.0 Programming for Teens

Juvenile

How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons

Coding Projects in Scratch

Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games

Adult

Coding All-in-One

Programming for the Absolute Beginner

Coding for Dummies

Beginning Programming with Python for Dummies

Beginning Programming for Dummies

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month by reading one of these YA fiction books!

 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

 

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

 

More Happy than Not

 

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

 

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

 

 

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

 

 

 

 Boy Meets Boy

 

 

 

One Man Guy

 

 

 

Openly Straight

 

 

 

Ask the Passengers

 

 

 

Hero

 

 

 

Keeping You a Secret

 

 

 

I’ll Give You the Sun

 

 

 

Everything Leads to You

 

 

 

The Geography Club

 

 

Carry On

 

 

Annie on My Mind

 

 

 

I am J

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

 

Rainbow Boys

 

 

 

We are the Ants

 

 

 

Of Fire and Stars

 

 

 

Parrotfish

 

 

 

The God Box

 

 

 

If I Was Your Girl

 

 

History is All You Left Me

 

 

 

Highly Illogical Behavior

 

 

 

The Porcupine of Truth

 

 

 

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

 

 

 

Fan Art

 

 

 

Am I Blue?

 

 

 

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

 

 

 

The Difference Between You and Me

 

 

 

Empress of the World

 

 

Ash

 

 

 

The Upside of Unrequited

 

 

 

 

 

Books in Verse

Verse is not just for short poems and sonnets, it’s for novels too. Try something new and read these books that are entirely in verse!